Carroll Education Foundation

Exceptional Teachers, Extraordinary Students

aka CEF   |   Southlake, TX   |  www.carrolleducationfoundation.org

Mission

A community united in providing private resources to ensure an exceptional education for all Carroll Independent School District (CISD) students, now and for future generations. To accomplish our mission, we supplement funds for teachers and other educators whose positions the state of Texas does not require but our community considers necessary for a superior education. CEF is the only group that our school district allows to fund teachers and staff at our school campuses.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Kathy Lanier

Main address

P.O. Box 93041

Southlake, TX 76092 USA

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EIN

75-2638646

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Vision: A community united in providing private resources to ensure an exceptional education for all CISD students, now and for future generations. Mission: To build financial support from our community and corporate partners to ensure excellence in education for all students in CISD. CEF is the fundraising arm of the Carroll ISD. The district has a long tradition of educational excellence. As one of the best performing school districts in the state of Texas, we believe that teachers are at the heart of our success. That's why the foundation is redoubling its efforts to support Carroll ISD in providing exceptional teachers for our extraordinary students. Our goal is to help fund key staff positions on each campus that are not required by the state of Texas, but we all believe are necessary to deliver the best-in-class, Dragon education our children deserve.

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?

Teacher Fund

Communities are measured by their school; schools are measured by student achievement. As the foundation of student success begins with effective instruction, it’s essential that the district attract and retain the best educators possible to inspire our students and help them succeed.

Beginning in 2002, Carroll ISD became a Chapter 41 (wealthy) school district. In the state of Texas, wealthy school districts are required to send a portion of locally generated funds from the district to the state’s general fund and other less-wealthy districts.

We anticipate that the state will recapture approximately $32 million in revenue this school year alone. That is 36% of your local tax dollars that will never make it to your child’s classroom and this amount is only growing over time.

Funding is limited for teacher, educator, and staff positions and programs not deemed “essential” by the state. It is these very positions that enrich each student’s experience and success – in academics, extracurricular activities, sports, and more.

Here are some representative positions that are considered “non-essential”:
Librarians
Nurses
Gifted & Talented Teachers
Campus Tech Coordinators
Counselors
Special Teachers (Art, Music, PE)
Elective Teachers
Foreign Languages
Learning Labs
AP and Pre-AP Classes
Classes in Technology, Journalism, Debate, Statistics, Calculus, Biology II, Chemistry II, Creative Writing, Fine Arts
Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Drama Programs
All Sports Programs

The Teacher Fund seeks community and private donations allocated to a Carroll ISD grant annually to help attract and retain educators for K-12 public education students. The foundation was created over 20 years ago to protect the tradition of excellence in Carroll ISD schools, despite budget shortfalls. Your donation to the foundation ensures a higher quality of teaching and learning at every school and for every child in Carroll ISD. Every $50,000 we raise will fund one teacher.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Foundation provides scholarships for Carroll ISD high school seniors and alumni. The scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and through an application and committee review process.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young 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.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

CEF has provided student scholarships to Carroll ISD high school seniors and alumni. All scholarships are awarded through an application and committee review process.

Total dollars in donations given to school district.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Teacher Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For 2017, CEF changed from calendar year to fiscal year, ending June 30. CEF uses cash basis accounting. The 2019 donation was processed after June 30, 2019, and is on our 2020 IRS Form 990.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Children and youth, Young adults

Related Program

Student and Alumni Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The scholarship amount is consistent at $1,000 per award.

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Teacher Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of donations made by board members

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Teacher Fund

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of overall donors

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Teacher Fund

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our donors have increased greatly since transforming our mission to fund teacher salaries.

Average donation amount

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Teacher Fund

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

CEF has more donors than in past years, but the average donation has decreased.

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.

To accomplish our mission, we supplement funds for teachers and other educators whose positions the state of Texas does not require but our community considers necessary for a superior education. CEF is the only group that our school district allows to fund teachers and staff at our school campuses. As a result of the efforts of our organization and our community, the foundation will fund one teacher on each of the 11 campuses totaling a $550,000 grant to the Carroll ISD in June 2021.

CEF has a four part strategy for funding teachers in Carroll ISD. The Teacher Fund is an annual campaign that includes both corporate and family giving. The Club Charlie Campaign is our Kindergarten initiative. Our third strategy is our Carroll Dragon Alumni Network which began in 2019. The final pillar of our organization is our signature event, the CEF Culinary Celebration. This event, our programs, initiatives and campaigns all work in concert to fund salaries for teachers who are not fully-funded by the State of Texas, but are critical to the excellence in education for our students.

Our organization is building capacity and has an executive director and development director to increase CEF's capacity and enable us to continue to reach our fundraising goals. In addition, we are leveraging technology in order to share our message through digital and social media communications.

Since the change in our funding focus from classroom grants to funding teacher salaries, CEF has donated $965,000 to Carroll ISD to fund teacher positions that are not fully-funded by the State of Texas. CEF is on track to donate $550,000 to Carroll ISD to fund 11 teacher positions, one on each campus in June 2021.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

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

    test,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

  • 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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Carroll Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rebecca Hindman

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
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/11/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/11/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.