Foundations in Education

Transforming Lives Through Education

aka Foundations   |   Bridgeport, CT   |  www.foundationsineducation.org

Mission

Foundations in Education is committed to strengthen and transform the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curriculum programs, fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders and providing tuition assistance to families in need.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Ms. Holly Doherty-Lemoine CFRE

Main address

238 Jewett Ave

Bridgeport, CT 06606 USA

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EIN

47-5130557

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Catholic education has been a precious gift to children for generations. The 21st century ushered in challenges that Catholic education is addressing with help from Foundations in Education. Challenges include: (1) Affordability – through tuition assistance, Foundations in Education aids families that need financial assistance, so their children can attend a Catholic school within the Diocese of Bridgeport; 2) Innovation in the classroom promoted by grants for innovative projects; (3) Leadership Development for teachers and administrators through leadership and professional development grants.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Bishop's Scholarship Fund awards $2,500,000 in tuition assistance to more than 1,300 students from low income families so that they may choose a values based Catholic education to help form, inform and transform students as life long learners and future leaders.

Population(s) Served

A program of the Bishop's Scholarship Fund. Leaders of Tomorrow are eligible students selected by their principal as students of strong academic, exemplary character and who demonstrate leadership potential.

Population(s) Served

Innovation and Leadership Grants promote innovation in Catholic schools within the Diocese of Bridgeport through a competitive grant process. These grants for teachers and administrators are intended to encourage new and creative projects or initiatives in the classroom and to provide best in class programs for students. Projects may be piloted and are intended to be scaled for broader impact in subsequent years.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Amount of funds awarded for tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Innovation and Leadership projects funded by grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Innovation and Leadership Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Amount of funds awarded through Innovation and Leadership Grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Innovation and Leadership Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Foundations in Education’s commitment to education is two-fold: (1) To provide tuition assistance, ensuring that all families who wish to send their children to Diocese of Bridgeport-sponsored Catholic elementary schools of their choice are able to do so regardless of their financial situation; and (2) To provide grant funds to encourage innovation in the classroom and professional leadership development among teachers and administrators to help guarantee an even brighter, more stable future for our Catholic schools.

Measurements of success for these two programs include the following:

Bishop’s Scholarship Fund desired outcome:
• Provide tuition assistance grants to students with a defined calculated need, providing them access to an excellent academic experience.
• Retain 80% of the student recipients in the school system through graduation from elementary school.
• Achieve 100% advancement to the next grade level at the successful completion of the school year for all students benefitting from tuition assistance.

Innovation and Leadership Grants program desired outcome:
• Provide a minimum of $125,000 each year to fund grant awards
• Ninety percent of projects will continue beyond the awarded year
• A minimum of 50% of grant applicants will be awarded

Fundraising efforts are ongoing, with individual contributions, proceeds from the Annual Gala and contributions from the Diocesan-sponsored Annual Catholic Appeal raising the majority of the funds for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund and the Innovation and Leadership Grants program.

In the winter of each year, the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund program invites applications from families in need of tuition assistance. Foundations in Education as well as school Principals communicate with families about the Fund and tuition assistance to build awareness and support families during the application process.

The educational demands of the 21st century must be addressed in a whole new, comprehensive way. In order to accomplish this, educators are challenged to engage this next generation of learners in a more personalized and targeted manner. Our extraordinary teachers are encouraged to implement creative projects and initiatives that will benefit students at multiple grade levels. Their lessons, done well, will have a long-term impact on students’ learning.

Foundations in Education is led by an exceptional Board of Trustees with fundraising, tuition assistance and grant awards, and communications activities managed by a team of four employees headed by an award-winning Executive Director.

In February and March of each year, families who are in need of tuition assistance fill out and submit an application through FACTS Management Company, providing all necessary financial documentation. All applications are vetted and considered by the Scholarship Committee of the Board of Trustees, which assigns awards to each qualifying family and pays the school on the family’s behalf.

Every September, Foundations in Education invites the teachers and administrators of Diocesan-sponsored Catholic schools to submit grant requests for projects aimed at innovation in the classroom or professional development opportunities focused on expanding instruction for students and leadership stability in the system. The Innovation and Leadership Grants Committee of the Board of Trustees considers each application and decides which projects will be granted awards. The award implementation period is from July 1 to June 30 each year.

In the past five years, the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund program has provided needed tuition assistance to students through the issuance of more than 8,200 awards:
• $2,111,052 was awarded to 1,573 elementary and high school students in 2015-2016.
• $2,240,793 was awarded to 1,255 elementary school students in 2016-2017.
• $2,582,000 was awarded to 1,302 elementary school students in 2017-2018.
• $2,540,250 was awarded to 1,380 elementary school students in 2018-2019.
• $2,798,800 was awarded to 1,456 elementary school students in 2019-2020.

The award process for 2020-2021 is still underway, with $2,390,950 awarded to 1,160 students, plus $345,075 awarded to 177 students for COVID-19 Emergency Tuition Assistance as of August 1, 2020.

For the Innovation and Leadership Grants program, over the last 3 years 66 projects have been funded. These grants are intended for innovative projects or initiatives that benefit students and that will have a long term impact on student learning, with many of the awarded projects adapted to distance learning during the 2019-2020 school year. With the ongoing flexibility in instruction required to accommodate distance learning in the pandemic environment, the need for creative instruction solutions is greater now than ever before.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Foundations in Education

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Most Reverend Frank Caggiano

Bishop Diocese of Bridgeport

Term: 2015 - 2019

Thomas McInerney

Bluff Point Associates

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No