AdoptAClassroom.org

Give Teachers A Hand

aka AdoptAClassroom.org   |   MINNEAPOLIS, MN   |  http://www.adoptaclassroom.org

Mission

Adopt-A-Classroom advances equity in education by powering today's classrooms to prepare tomorrow's graduates.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Ms. Ann Ruhr Pifer

Main address

401 Second Ave. N, Suite 350

MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55401 USA

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EIN

65-0828272

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Children's Rights (R28)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

School budgets are tight and many families cannot afford to provide school supplies for their children. Teachers fill the gap by spending an annual average of $740 out-of-pocket on their classroom. We connect teachers and schools with funding to ensure every student has what they deserve to succeed in 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?

Classroom Adoptions

When you choose a classroom and make an adoption, we direct 100% of these funds to the teacher.  The teacher can then purchase purchase items that enrich the learning environment. Adopt-A-Classroom emphasizes accountability and responsibility. We send you information about your adopted classroom and an itemized invoice detailing exactly what the teacher purchased. We also send the teacher contact information about you. Throughout the school year, you communicate with the teacher and students and visit the classroom to experience first-hand the impact of your contribution. As you participate in subsequent years, you enjoy the cumulative effect of your efforts with each new class of students, as well as develop a lasting and meaningful relationship with the teacher.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Teachers may apply annually to receive funding for classroom materials specifically for STEM subjects. Priority is given to teachers in Title 1 schools

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Arts fund supports arts education programs in schools—from drama to finger-painting—so teachers can stock their classrooms with the supplies they need. Arts programs are especially vulnerable to limited budgets as teachers rely on expensive consumable products. A student’s creativity shouldn’t have a limit, and your support makes this a reality.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

What is an "Inclusive Classroom" and why is it important?

Every student learns in their own way and often at their own pace. And, we know teachers are uniquely positioned to identify and address each student's individual needs.

The Inclusive Classroom Fund will support teachers wanting to incorporate reading materials better representative of their students cultural and experiential backgrounds, materials for ESL students, equipment and curriculum materials for special needs students, anti-bullying programs and workshops, diversity training for teachers, alternative learning therapies, and much more.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

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 children who received school supplies

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of classrooms adopted

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

Children and youth

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

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

Charting impact

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

AdoptAClassroom.org addresses educational inequity by connecting donors with teachers and schools who need funding. Our goal is to ensure that all students have the tools they deserve to succeed in school.

By 2025, we want to reach all of our nation’s school districts and provide funding for 3 out of 4 Title 1 schools.

We recruit individual donors to support education across the nation by adopting classrooms and schools. We reach out through traditional mail, email marketing, and social media.

We recruit teachers and schools to participate in our programs by distributing information to school districts, participating in national and regional education conferences, and volunteer outreach.

We also partner with corporations and foundations to fund classrooms and schools on a larger scale.

Our website: Teachers and schools can register on our free crowdfunding platform AdoptAClassroom.org. Donors may search and adopt teachers and schools directly on our website.

Our proprietary eCommerce marketplace: No cash changes hands in our system. Teachers and schools spend their funds on our private eCommerce marketplace consisting exclusively of educational products and office supply vendors. Teachers and schools can get what they need, when they need it. All spending in our marketplace is tracked for full transparency.

Our programs: Our Teacher Program, School Program, and Spotlight Funds serve accredited K-12 public, private, and charter schools and teachers. Spotlight Fund grants fund need based on subject area or Title I status.

Our staff: Our staff of 12 employees is organized into Marketing & Development, Finance & Administration, and Operations & Technology. We leverage technology to keep our team as small and efficient as possible.

Since 1998, we have raised $50 million, adopted 225,000 classrooms, and supported 5.5 million students.

By 2025, we want to reach all of our nation’s school districts and provide funding for 3 out of 4 Title 1 schools.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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AdoptAClassroom.org

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Jennifer Swanson

Jen Swanson, LLC

Term: 2019 - 2020

Ami Anderson

Tenet Healthcare

Julie Krueger

Google, Inc.

Scott Pansky

Allison+Partners

Martha Phelps

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Matt Johnson

West Monroe Partners

Kurts Strelnieks

Union Bank & Trust

Erik Huckle

HupBeat

Patrick Strother

Strother Communications Group

Neely Tamminga

Distill

Ryan Vernosh

St. Paul Public Schools

Rahoul Ghose

ECMC Group

Jordan McGowan

US Bank

Chuck Stroud

Minnesota Autism Center

Dale Robinson Anglin

Cleveland Foundation

Ashley Gobert

Accenture

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 ? 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? 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 2/4/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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