DeBusk Foundation

McKinney, TX   |  http://www.debuskfoundation.org

Mission

The DeBusk Foundation, continuing the work of Manuel and Edith DeBusk, makes grants annually to educational organizations for the operation of summer programs for gifted elementary and middle school students (grades 3-8), in the state of Texas.

Ruling year info

1981

President

Miranda Bennett Ph.D.

Main address

1836 W. Virginia St., #208

McKinney, TX 75069 USA

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EIN

75-1671193

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to solve the problem of the dirth of appropriate programs for gifted elementary and middle school students. DeBusk Enrichment Center's purpose is to provide life-changing enrichment to academically gifted and talented students in third through 8th grade. DECATS offers a unique opportunity for high-ability students to participate in a three-week summer adventure of challenging and enriching coursework, nurturing the whole learner and fostering the leaders of tomorrow. The overriding purpose of the program is to identify and challenge young students at a critical period in their lives, focusing on core values such as critical and creative thinking, self-awareness and advocacy, social and emotional growth and a strong emphasis on servant leadership.

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?

DECATS Austin

DECATS offers a unique opportunity for high-ability students to participate in an intensive three-week summer adventure of challenging and enriching coursework, nurturing the whole learner and fostering the leaders of tomorrow. The program provides an enhanced learning environment for 3rd through 8th grade students who demonstrate high intellectual ability, and whose basic skills and composite scores place them at or above the 95th percentile.

DECATS provides a qualitatively different learning experience for children with strong academic talents. The program focuses on the curricular areas of literature, drama, social studies, mathematics, science, computer science, creative writing, journalism, art, music and creative problem solving.

Other goals of DECATS include helping gifted students to develop the skills needed to succeed, to spark and sustain interest in intellectual pursuits beyond that possible during the normal school day, to teach techniques important to gifted individuals and to expand students' problem-solving ability.

Population(s) Served

Jr. DECATS offers a unique opportunity for high-ability students to participate in an intensive three-week summer adventure of challenging and enriching coursework, nurturing the whole learner and fostering the leaders of tomorrow. The program provides an enhanced learning environment for 3rd through 8th grade students who demonstrate high intellectual ability, and whose basic skills and composite scores place them at or above the 95th percentile.

Jr. DECATS provides a qualitatively different learning experience for children with strong academic talents. The program focuses on the curricular areas of literature, drama, social studies, mathematics, science, computer science, creative writing, journalism, art, music and creative problem solving.

Other goals of Jr. DECATS include helping gifted students to develop the skills needed to succeed, to spark and sustain interest in intellectual pursuits beyond that possible during the normal school day, to teach techniques important to gifted individuals and to expand students' problem-solving ability.

Population(s) Served

DECATS offers a unique opportunity for high-ability students to participate in an intensive three-week summer adventure of challenging and enriching coursework, nurturing the whole learner and fostering the leaders of tomorrow. The program provides an enhanced learning environment for 3rd through 8th grade students who demonstrate high intellectual ability, and whose basic skills and composite scores place them at or above the 95th percentile.

DECATS provides a qualitatively different learning experience for children with strong academic talents. The program focuses on the curricular areas of literature, drama, social studies, mathematics, science, computer science, creative writing, journalism, art, music and creative problem solving.

Other goals of DECATS include helping gifted students to develop the skills needed to succeed, to spark and sustain interest in intellectual pursuits beyond that possible during the normal school day, to teach techniques important to gifted individuals and to expand students' problem-solving ability.

Population(s) Served

DECATS offers a unique opportunity for high-ability students to participate in an intensive three-week summer adventure of challenging and enriching coursework, nurturing the whole learner and fostering the leaders of tomorrow. The program provides an enhanced learning environment for 3rd through 8th grade students who demonstrate high intellectual ability, and whose basic skills and composite scores place them at or above the 95th percentile.

DECATS provides a qualitatively different learning experience for children with strong academic talents. The program focuses on the curricular areas of literature, drama, social studies, mathematics, science, computer science, creative writing, journalism, art, music and creative problem solving.

Other goals of DECATS include helping gifted students to develop the skills needed to succeed, to spark and sustain interest in intellectual pursuits beyond that possible during the normal school day, to teach techniques important to gifted individuals and to expand students' problem-solving ability.

Population(s) Served

DECATS offers a unique opportunity for high-ability students to participate in an intensive three-week summer adventure of challenging and enriching coursework, nurturing the whole learner and fostering the leaders of tomorrow. The program provides an enhanced learning environment for 3rd through 8th grade students who demonstrate high intellectual ability, and whose basic skills and composite scores place them at or above the 95th percentile.

DECATS provides a qualitatively different learning experience for children with strong academic talents. The program focuses on the curricular areas of literature, drama, social studies, mathematics, science, computer science, creative writing, journalism, art, music and creative problem solving.

Other goals of DECATS include helping gifted students to develop the skills needed to succeed, to spark and sustain interest in intellectual pursuits beyond that possible during the normal school day, to teach techniques important to gifted individuals and to expand students' problem-solving ability.

Population(s) Served

Sr. DECATS offers a unique opportunity for high-ability students to participate in an intensive three-week summer adventure of challenging and enriching coursework, nurturing the whole learner and fostering the leaders of tomorrow. The program provides an enhanced learning environment for 6th through 8th grade students who demonstrate high intellectual ability, and whose basic skills and composite scores place them at or above the 95th percentile.

Sr. DECATS provides a qualitatively different learning experience for children with strong academic talents. The program focuses on the curricular areas of literature, drama, social studies, mathematics, science, computer science, creative writing, journalism, art, music and creative problem solving.

Other goals of Sr. DECATS include helping gifted students to develop the skills needed to succeed, to spark and sustain interest in intellectual pursuits beyond that possible during the normal school day, to teach techniques important to gifted individuals and to expand students' problem-solving ability.

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.

The DeBusk Foundation, continuing the work of founders Manuel and Edith DeBusk, makes grants annually to recognized educational organizations for the operation of summer programs for gifted elementary and middle school students throughout the state of Texas. The Foundation supports educators in their work of impacting the lives of gifted children so that those students will be enriched and encouraged to continue in their studies, develop lifelong social skills, and become leaders in their schools and communities. Often the gifted student is not supported in schools where budgets do not stretch to provide the specialized education children of high intellect require. These children often give up their intellectual strength in order to fit in and/or experience a sense of isolation and alienation from other children their age. Programs supported by the Foundation demonstrate a clear vision and understanding of the special needs of the brightest children by offering accelerated and enriched programming to engage the young students fully in the opportunities for learning. It is the deepest desire of the Foundation that some of the young scholars who participate in the programs sponsored by the Foundation will go on to make a lasting positive impact in the larger world, which is so desperately in need of creative, intelligent, morally strong leadership in science, the arts, government, and society in general.

The DeBusk Foundation provides grants of financial assistance to educational programs in the state of Texas serving gifted and elementary students. Grants are made to educational organizations who adopt the DECATS model, solely for the purpose of direct enrichment of gifted students during summer programs. Consequently, the foundation will not fund items such as land acquisitions and improvement, capital campaigns, or endowment campaigns.

Programs seeking funding must provide a specific process for identifying the gifted students attending the program. However, if a program is to qualify for funding consideration, one criterion of the Foundation MUST be met for all incoming students: a ranking in the 95 percentile or above on any nationally standardized achievement test, creativity test, or reasoning test, in a specific area (such as mathematics), in multiple areas, or as an average score overall. Additional criteria may be implemented by individual programs as appropriate. A full request for funding is due each fall, and is reviewed by a board committee of educators trained in gifted learning. The committee makes recommendations to the full Board about funding levels. Programs that do not meet the criteria or which are not well-run are not funded. Programs which demonstrate through the depth and breadth of their programming and the careful management of their funds that the students are being given the appropriate learning environment can request funding on an annual basis. The Board votes on the funding of the grants each winter and funds are distributed. During the summer, while programs are in operation, they are visited by one or more of the Board members who make a report to the entire Board at the summer meeting. Each funded program must submit an end-of-program report, a template for which is provided by the Foundation, and which outlines the programmatic accomplishments as well as accounts for the monies awarded in the grant.

Final reports on the programs funded are expected by the end of August each year after the program ends. Failure to submit a full report as stipulated will remove the program from further funding consideration. Grants are made on a one-year basis, with no guarantee of continuation of funding or level of funding from one year to the next.

On the financial side, the Finance Committee meets regularly to review the performance of investments and makes regular reports to the full Board about changes in policy and return on investments. Discussions are held at the committee level and the Board level about investment policy and procedures. Clear policies regarding financial matters exist and are adhered to firmly. Records are kept of all transactions and minutes are kept of all meetings. The financials are audited by an outside firm with a report being made to the Board annually.

The Foundation has been in existence since 1979 and has supported numerous programs. In its early incarnation, the Foundation supported individual students who showed great promise in any particular area who would benefit from an opportunity to be developed in that field. Later, the Foundation solidified its mission to restrict giving to established tax exempt educational organizations which were creating programs to meet the special educational needs of gifted elementary school students. The founder made support of the younger student his top priority and the Foundation has stayed true to his wishes.

The Foundation's invested funds provide sufficient financial resources to support a variety of programs each summer, with two programs having been in existence for over 30 years. Generally, over 1200 students each summer from Dallas, Austin and Houston are supported in the programs. These programs partner with the individual school which houses them and the school provides many of the resources used by the programs, including facilities, utilities, materials, etc., at little or no cost to the programs. Additionally, the Board has funded a consortium for the funded DECATS programs so that directors from across the state can come together and compare ideas and learn from each other to insure sustainability in all the programs.

The Foundation Board is comprised of educators who are specialists in gifted education, financial experts who manage the investments and budget, and legal experts who guide and counsel the Board. The Board is stable and self-sustaining, and has a process in place to bring on new members with key skill sets as current members leave the Board. This balance of experienced professionals allows the Board to have confidence in the programming and the efforts to support gifted children in many different ways.

This long term stability of programs and Board, and the clear intentionality of the mission statement, makes the work of the supporting the young scholars who are targeted by this Foundation a predictable and continuing endeavor, without large swings in either personnel or finances. The Foundation works seamlessly to monitor both the quality of the programs and the security of the financial resources left in our care.

Over the time that the Foundation has been in existence, from its earliest individual grants, to the first two programs which were funded, limited efforts were made to follow-up students who benefited from the programs. Currently a robust database of all parents, scholars, mentors, board members and donors is under construction. Anecdotal evidence strong suggests that the students who were in the early programs went on to have successful careers, and many have enrolled their own children in DECATS programs. Judging outcomes and successes is challenging because the children are so young and there are so many other contributing variables to consider. The responses to the doctoral dissertation research and the growth of the size and number of programs over the years, with some programs having waiting lists of students, indicates that the program has met some immediate needs of young gifted people and their parents. The formation of human beings does not always lend itself to clear numerical data of cause and effect, but there are thousands of children at various stages of growth who have learned in the DECATS program that being gifted is truly a gift and not a burden, and that they have a responsibility to return the benefits of their gifts to their communities, in ways both large and small. We keep our mission always in mind: to encourage these youngest of our best and brightest on the path to success, both as scholars and as human beings. A five year strategic plan has been developed that addresses board member succession, board policies, marketing the uniqueness of the DECATS program and increasing the foundation's assets.

Financials

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DeBusk Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Miranda Bennett, Ph.D.

DeBusk Foundation

Term: 2019 -

Keith Belcher

J. Michael Tibbals, J.D.

John Barone

Janette Boazman, Ph.D.

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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