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Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc.

Serving Maryland's Largest School District

aka MCPS Educational Foundation   |   Rockville, MD   |  www.mcpsfoundation.org

Mission

The Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation supports Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) strategic initiatives, supports efforts to provide equitable opportunities for MCPS students to learn and grow; and supports community engagement in support of successful student outcomes.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Ms. Yolanda Johnson Pruitt J.D.

Main address

Room 149 850 Hungerford Drive

Rockville, MD 20850 USA

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EIN

52-1804509

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Foundation serves the educational needs of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Maryland's largest public school district and the Nation's 14th largest public school district. We give priority to mitigating opportunity gaps that impact MCPS students. Fifty-seven thousand (35% of enrollment) MCPS students experience economic disparity, as indicated by their qualification to participate in the Free And Reduced-price Meal System (FARMS). The Foundation's goal is to support equitable access to educational tools and opportunities that are proven to yield student academic success.

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?

Howard Hughes Science Grants

Special grant for K-12 science education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Merit and need-based scholarship ranging from $1,0000 to $5,000 to graduating seniors enrolled in Montgomery County, MD public schools.

Population(s) Served
Students

Grants up to $2,000 for a single-teacher led project) or $5000 for collaborative projects led by multiple educators, are awarded to educators and/or administrators for the benefit of the students they serve. Funds are used to purchase special instructional materials that enrich the educational experience for students. Funds also pay fees associated with career certifications for students who otherwise could not pay the fees.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

This fund serves the most vulnerable among our enrolled students. It addresses basic needs in times of crisis. It also will pay for transportation to parent-teacher conferences on a limited basis. The fund also makes an annual grant to the outdoor education program to provide the required gear for students who are economically disadvantaged.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Provides funds to pay balances owed for school lunches distributed to students who qualify for the Free And Reduced-priced Meal System (FARMS), but accrue a balance they cannot pay. The debt often is accrued while the family is waiting to be approved for free meals. Once approved, some students are unable to pay for lunch on a daily basis even though they qualify for the reduced-price lunch. The fund allows students to eat the lunch of their choice and not receive an alternative meal which reveals their circumstances to their peers. The goal for 2023 is to obtain a sponsor for every school.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Education Foundations 2022

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 enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers, Students

Related Program

Foundation Small Grant Awards

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Foundation sets fundraising benchmarks based on student enrollment. Currently, we raise about $20 per student.

Average online donation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We want to prevent a student's circumstances from becoming a predictor of educational outcomes, by providing resources to make the educational experience equitable. To raise the funds needed, we must compete for philanthropic support in a community of strong nonprofits, many of which are national in scope.

To grow annual support, we have articulated campaigns that support specific student needs and programs. In our appeals on behalf of these campaigns, we have emphasized the impact of small, recurring gifts. To grow the Foundation assets, we have identified goals for permanent endowed funds to provide more equity in resources available for out-of-class enrichment and the pursuit of postsecondary education.

We have a state-of-the art fundraising software bundle that enables us to track our progress. We can communicate effectively across social media platforms. We can receive contributions through online portals, mobile platforms, social media appeals, workplace campaigns, and third-party fundraising organizations.

We have continued to attract new donors, increase online giving, increase giving from individuals, and foundations. We have also added new campaigns in response to the needs of students enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools. The Foundation meets benchmarks for effectiveness that have been established by the National Association of Education Foundations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We need to be more systematic about the practice collect feedback at every activity.

Financials

Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc.
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Operations

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

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Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Melvyn Leshinsky

Aronson LLC (Retired)

Term: 2012 - 2022

Monifa B. McKnight

Montgomery County Public Schools

Steve B. Cohen

ProShares Advisors LLC

Jennifer Nordheimer

Linda Plummer

NAACP Montgomery County Branch

Rob Smith

Fitzgerald Auto Malls

Kim M. Watson

KMW Public Relations

Brenda Wolff

Montgomery County Board of Education

Melvyn Leshinsky

Aronson LLC (Retired)

Farzaneh L. Sabi

Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group

Pennie Abramson

Gary & Pennie Abramson Charitable Foundation

Yolanda Johnson Pruitt

MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.

Victoria U. Samuels

Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (Retired)

Paul Leleck

Building Hope

Rebecca Smondrowski

Montgomery County Board of Education

Joshua Bokee

Connect for Broadband

Matthew Swibel

Lockheed Martin

Arlandis Rush

United HealthGroup

Susie Leong

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data