Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts Foundation Inc.

aka LSMSA Foundation   |   Natchitoches, LA   |  www.LSMSA.edu/foundation

Mission

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation develops and manages resources to enhance the work of LSMSA.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Ms. Ali Landry

Main address

715 University Pkwy

Natchitoches, LA 71457 USA

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EIN

72-1006260

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the Foundation's largest and most critical source of support for LSMSA. Dollars from the Annual Fund allow the Foundation to address the school's ongoing and varying needs each year, providing flexibility and new resources to LSMSA's students, faculty, staff.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

The EXCEL Fund supports intensive tutoring and counseling for students who are at statistical risk for not graduating from LSMSA because they come from underperforming hometown schools. EXCEL students graduate at a higher rate than the general LSMSA population and have exiting ACT scores that are indistinguishable from the rest of the class.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Academics

The Student Enrichment Fund is dedicated to enhancing the LSMSA Living/Learning environment by expanding educational opportunities for all students, such as providing travel support for academic competitions and field trips; funding mental health and well-being initiatives; and assisting students with financial need, such as room-and-board assistance and funding of last resort for small but critical expenses.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Academics

The Praecellemus Fund is designed to bring scholars, artists, and researchers to the LSMSA campus for presentations and short-term residencies. The primary goal is to spark in students a better understanding of their talents and training in the context of contemporary issues and thought.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Academics

The Dr. Richard G. Brown Fund for Faculty Advancement provides grants to faculty members for professional development. The Brown Fund helps LSMSA develop and retain its university-quality faculty.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our Goals:

Intensify academic excellence at LSMSA by supporting educational and intellectual endeavors that go above and beyond a typical classroom experience;

Support faculty and staff in their professional development and personal research, so that LSMSA teachers continue to be scholars and artists in their own right;

Improve and expand LSMSA residential and instructional buildings, so that the LSMSA community inhabits a living-learning environment that is both safe and stimulating.

The LSMSA Foundation has recently focused on growth of infrastructure to best enable our organization to support LSMSA. This has included increasing full-time staff from two to three, as well as the purchase of the Blackbaud CRM database.
In order to best serve LSMSA, the Foundation strives to increase donations by a minimum of 7% each fiscal year. This is accomplished through a variety of fundraising activities and events, including a fall appeal letter, reunion weekend, an alumni challenge competition, alumni networking events throughout the country, and other fundraising events that may arise.

The Foundation is managed by a staff of three, full-time employees, and is supported through a strong network of volunteer board members. Board members serve on a minimum of one committee per year, including Development, Governance, Technology, Legal, Executive, Finance, and Nominating.

The Foundation saw a 5% increase in donations between the 2019 – 2020 fiscal year and the 2020 – 2021 fiscal year despite a world-wide pandemic.

Financials

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Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts Foundation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Ellen Slayter

LSMSA Foundation

Term: 2019 -

Micah Luftig

Mary Ellen Slayter

Ashley Amy

Sterling Augustine

Amanda Callais

Beth Colvin

Seema Patel

Chris Robichaux

Sue Rosenthal

Mary Slater

Niescja Turner

Grant Belgard

Paul Carter

Heath DeJean

Brandon Daniel

Kate Lowry

Ben Marcel

Cashman Prince

Rachelle White

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/1/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/19/2019

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.