Pinellas County Education Foundation Inc

aka Pinellas Education Foundation   |   Largo, FL   |  www.pinellaseducation.org

Mission

The mission of the Pinellas Education Foundation is to accelerate educational achievement for ALL students through the effective mobilization of innovation, relationships and resources. Our vision is that every student will be prepared for life after high school, whether the choice is to attend college, to enter the workforce, or to obtain technical training. Founded in 1986 by Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Gus A. Stavros, the Pinellas Education Foundation has raised more than $140 million to support the students and teachers of Pinellas County Schools and is consistently ranked among the top public school education foundations in the United States. The Pinellas Education Foundation is passionately committed to providing all students with the opportunity to be successful. It is our belief that we must have a superior educational system to ensure that our school children remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. Involving the private sector in our efforts to improve education is vital to our success. The Pinellas Education Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501 © 3 organization. The Pinellas Education Foundation is a coalition of business and community leaders who work together to improve the quality of public education. They do this by advocating for public education reform, creating programs to improve student and teacher performance, and raising funds for scholarships, grants and teacher recognition. Some of the most successful Foundation programs are Youth Connect, the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program, Enterprise Village and Finance Park, Teach for Excellence Classroom Grants, and the Frances Stavros Career Education Scholarships.

Ruling year info

1986

President

Dr. Stacy Baier

Main address

12090 Starkey Rd

Largo, FL 33773 USA

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EIN

59-2688253

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Academic achievement is the bedrock of any educational experience. Improving attainment levels, especially for those students with the greatest achievement gaps, is pivotal to the Pinellas Education Foundation’s work. That’s why we strive to support highly effective teachers and principals. The Pinellas Education Foundation is working toward closing the gender achievement gap in Pinellas County. A gender achievement gap can occur when the traditional classroom environment is more advantageous for girls or boys. Decisions about curricular content, behavior management and the structure of the school day are all factors contributing to how different genders succeed. The Pinellas Education Foundation believes that educators are the key to breaking down gender stereotypes. Numerous sources report that the success of a student depends heavily on the teacher in their classroom as well as the principal at the top of their school.

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?

Take Stock In Children Scholarship Program

Through the support of businesses, civic groups, a myriad of organizations and individuals who care enough to invest their resources in the future of our school children, the Take Stock In Children (TSIC) Scholarship Initiative, in partnership with Take Stock in Children, is giving low-income students the opportunity to work toward the attainable goal of a college education. While TSIC provides those necessary college tuition funds, this comprehensive program offers so much more including mentors who provide inspiration and guidance and school-based ambassadors who monitor student progress and enhance student learning through enrichment activities.
Donor contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Prepaid Foundation. That means that every contribution, no matter the size, will be doubled in value. Currently, the cost of a full scholarship is $6,500, which will be fully matched to fund one deserving student's college education.

Students in grades 6th - 10th may be nominated for a Take Stock in Children Scholarship. If selected, they will earn a Florida Prepaid Scholarship by fulfilling a contractual obligation to attend school regularly, maintain at least a "C" in all classes, study for tests, complete homework assignments and remain crime and drug free. To be eligible for a TSIC Scholarship students must be on their school's approved free/reduced lunch list. TSIC contributions only fund student tuition through the Florida Prepaid College Scholarship plan, which funds up to 4 years of college tuition support. TSIC contributions will be matched with Education Foundation funds, thereby doubling a sponsor’s investment. There are approximately 40,000 students in Pinellas County who are eligible for TSIC Scholarships.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To raise awareness and formulate solutions, the Foundation created the Gender Achievement Gap Initiative. In collaboration with Pinellas County Schools, the Pinellas Education Foundation provides gender-specific training and school-wide grants to advance strategies for improving education achievement. Our initial focus encompasses elementary English Language Arts and behavioral referrals. In both areas, boys are increasingly falling behind their female counterparts. We are currently working with six elementary schools to develop model strategies for addressing these gaps.

Our strategy for providing education solutions to close the gender achievement gap is just the beginning. The Pinellas Education Foundation is dedicated to identifying current issues in public education and strives to provide innovative solutions that will further enhance the quality of learning.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Pinellas County Education Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/01/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Doug Bishop

Bouchard Insurance

Term: 2018 - 2020

Richard Austin

Retirement Income Planning

Joseph Baker

Baker Property Management

Robert Byelick

Abbey, Adams, Byelick & Muller, L.L.P.

Pierre Caramazza

Franklin Templeton

William Carlson

Tucker Hall, Inc.

Cathy Collins

Clinical Consulting Solutions

Dick Crippen

Tampa Bay Rays

Sebastian Dortch

Tampa Bay Times

Tash Elwyn

Raymond James

Michael Grego

Pinellas County Schools

Michael Harpole

Wells Fargo

Charles Harris

Trenam Kemker

Summer Jesnsen

Junior League of St. Pete

Susan Johnson

Echelon

Mitchell Lee

Bruce Lucas

Heritage Insurance

Robert McIntyre

DITEK

Steven McMullen

KPMG, LLP

James Myers

Crown Automotive Group

Irwin Novack

Kane's Furniture

William Pingleton

Gary Regoli

Achieva Credit Union

Amy Rettig

Nielsen

Teresa Rooney

Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.

Karen Seel

Pinellas County

Craig Sher

The Sembler Company

Ellen Stavros

Mitch Vigeveno

Turning Point, Inc.

Jeffrey Walker

Peter Wallace

Skelton, Willis, Bennett & Wallace, LLP.

Lawrence Clermont

Pinellas County Council of PTAs

Rene Flowers

Pinellas County School Board

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within 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? Yes