Edmond Public Schools Foundation Inc.

Connecting the community to classrooms.

aka EPSF   |   Edmond, OK   |  www.edmondpsf.org

Mission

Connecting the community to advance excellence and enrich student opportunities through Edmond Public Schools.

Ruling year info

1984

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Deanna Boston

Main address

P.O. Box 30837

Edmond, OK 73003 USA

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Formerly known as

Edmond Educational Endowment

EIN

73-1210460

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Edmond Public School Foundation connects the community and its resources with the Edmond Public Schools teacher, student and school needs in pursuit of the highest level of academic excellence.

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 Support

Our classroom support program is designed to help meet the needs of students and fill the gap so teachers are not spending their own money for the classroom.  For every dollar we invest, we see a five dollar return through community donations from 48 states!

DonorsChoose funding is provided to certified educators including kickstarter grants, awards at Convocation, professional development and new teacher training.

"My goal is to create a colorful, uplifting space for individual students to release stress. I'd like a bright, comfy space that makes you feel safe and supported. I'd like to furnish the space with encouraging words, a journal, a reflection box, and stress relievers to be the decor." - Ms. King

"The goal of my project is to enhance my computer science classroom by providing materials students need to create hands-on STEM projects and allowing them to experience the concepts of computer science through unplugged activities." - Mrs. Mendenhall

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Each year, we honor those who do the day-to-day work in our schools, ensuring academic excellence. For over 20 years, we have honored teachers, including Teacher of the Year. This is an exciting event where the teacher is surprised in front of their peers and administrators. As part of our strategic plan, we added Support Employee of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year to the celebration through endowed funds.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Annually, the Edmond Public Schools Foundation provides student scholarships to Edmond Public School students through endowed scholarship funds. Providing support to Edmond students in their next educational step is central to the mission of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We seek out opportunities to communicate the needs of the Edmond Public Schools district including:
Leadership Edmond's Education Day
Community Fairs
Social Media
Newsletters
Speaking Engagements

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Educator awards are provided through endowed funds, including the Lucile Johnson Peters Excellence inTeaching Award and the Rees English Language Arts Award.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Edmond Public Schools Foundation has a strategic commitment to invest $1.25 million for mental health student supports from 2021-2026.

While the nation as a whole has experienced a growing trend of childhood and
adolescent mental health conditions over the past two decades, the Pandemic
accelerated and accentuated the rate of incidences of mental illness.

Edmond System Assessment by Healthy Minds Policy Initiative (prior to the pandemic):
Youth behavioral needs exceed local provider capacity
1500 children ages 6-17 have a serious emotional disturbance
Nearly 1,100 youth 12-17 have had a major depressive episode in the past 12 months
No evidence of wraparound systems of care in Edmond

What we will be investing in:

Offering a continuum of school and student mental-health supports
Improve school-community collaboration to provide integrated and coordinated mental-health
Connecting families to mental health and other services, empowering them to manage the myriad or resources

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
At-risk youth

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Edmond Public Schools Foundation and Fine Arts Institute of Edmond to help provide art programming in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms for all EPS elementary schools!

The EPS Foundation is providing funding for art supplies, while Fine Arts Institute of Edmond will provide the arts educators.

By 2026, the EPS Foundation's goal is to raise $150,000 annually to sustain this program.

Just a few reasons Art in Schools is important:

-Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills.
-Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them easier to understand.
-Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventivenes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students
Teachers
Children and youth
Students
Teachers

Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2003

Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) 2008

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter 1999

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate 2007

National Association of Education Foundations 2019

Oklahoma School Foundation Association 2019

Edmond Chamber of Commerce 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average online donation

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Edmond Public Schools educators and staff also give monthly recurring donations to support classrooms. The average donation from educators and staff is $10 a month and the average online $2 a month.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

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.

1. Long-term sustainability to ensure future student success
2. Build capacity to meet the needs of the 3rd largest public school district in the state
3. Build strong district collaboration to meet the current needs of students

PROGRAMS:
1. Classroom Support
2. Mental Health and Student Support
3. Art in Schools
4. Educator Professional Development and Recognition
5. Student Ambassadors
6. Community Mobilization
7. Scholarships and Awards

Implementing programs directly supporting the schools, which include providing funding for classrooms, mental health and art in schools.
Connecting the community with Edmond Public Schools through community fairs, leadership programs and Student Ambassadors.
Recognizing excellence through the Celebration of Excellence, which recognizes teachers and support staff and the Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding alumni.
Providing college scholarships for graduating seniors.

EPSF has a solid history, strong community support, a diverse board of directors and professional staff.

Originally founded as the Edmond Educational Endowment, the organization was created in the early 1980′s as one of the first education foundations in the state of Oklahoma. In 1999 the organization formally changed its name to the Edmond Public Schools Foundation and continues to meet the needs of students today.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Students, educators and staff of Edmond Public Schools.

  • 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, Impact quotes and stories from educators and students,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We transitioned from providing classroom grants to the DonorsChoose model, which has received positive feedback from educators and administrators. Additionally, we have seen a five to one return on our investment and support coming from 48 states into our classrooms!

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback collected was used in informing strategic goals for our five-year strategic plan.

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Edmond Public Schools Foundation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Julie Woodard

Chesapeake

Term: 2022 - 2025

Ruthie Riggs

Retired Educator

Sara Walker

Saxum

Darin Kent

Regent Bank

Jennifer Cain

Community Volunteer

Brett Windsor

Commerce Bank

Julie Woodard

Chesapeake

Mark Taylor

First Christian Church of Edmond

Ausitn Fugitt

MIDCON

Cassie Niemann

Paycom

Chris Rodriguez

American Fidelity

Christi Woodworth

OG&E

Devona Whitfield

W&W Steel

Lezel Safi

Cunningham Safi Legal Group

Michael Grafton

Brookdale

Dr. Ruth Jackson

Langston University

Ryan Siler

It's My Community Initiative

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/17/2022

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)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/07/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.