Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Fort Bend I S D Education Foundation

We touch every school in Fort Bend ISD

aka Fort Bend Education Foundation   |   Sugar Land, TX   |  www.fortbendisd.com/foundation

Mission

To enrich and enhance the quality of education for all students in Fort Bend ISD through our grants to teachers and schools programs.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Brenna Cosby

Main address

Po Box 1004

Sugar Land, TX 77487 USA

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EIN

76-0383233

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since it's inception in 1992, the Fort Bend Education Foundation has served as a powerful catalyst for extraordinary academic achievement. The Foundation supports innovative academic projects and staff development opportunities, that make learning fun and hands on!
But the demands on school districts today are enormous, and budgets can't always keep pace with the individual requests of classroom teachers who want to make innovative education a reality for their students. Delivering this exceptional level of learning is neither easy nor inexpensive.

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?

Grants to Teachers and Schools

Support innovative classroom and schools site projects proposed by teachers in Fort Bend ISD for which conventional funding is not available. Awards Range from $1500 - $20,000.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$800,000

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

TEXAS - Governors Onestar Volunteer Award 2016

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 students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Grants to Teachers and Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Coding and Robotics Clubs on 65 campuses in Fort Bend due to a partnership with FBEF and a local company. Coding elective on all high school campuses and some middle school campuses.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Each year, the Foundation receives hundreds of applications, representing every school in the district. Every proposal undergoes an extensive review process by the Foundation's Board of Directors, to ensure that strict criteria are met. <br/> The number of grants funded each year is limited only by the amount of money raised by the Foundation.<br/><br/>Funds raised from generous local businesses and individuals are channeled with expert precision directly into classrooms, where talented students are teamed with inspired educators, to achieve levels greater than anything they thought possible.

The Foundation offers the following opportunities for support:<br/><br/>Grants to Teachers and Schools Program <br/>Founders Grants<br/>New Teacher Gifts<br/>Professional Development Grants<br/>and <br/>Pass thru programs.

Funds are raised through<br/><br/>Annual Campaign<br/>Four Annual fundraisers<br/>Generous donations from private Foundations, individuals and business partners.<br/>Employee giving<br/>Tribute Fund<br/>Employee Discount programs<br/>Business partner events (grand openings, FBISD night at the Rockets, etc.)

Tracking<br/><br/>Number of grants funded each year.<br/><br/>We update our strategic plan every three years and track each year if we are implementing our action plan and meeting our goals in four critical areas<br/><br/>Development<br/>Marketing<br/>Finance (including investing for the future)<br/>Community Affairs (volunteer recruitment and community awareness).<br/><br/>Track the number of volunteers joining our Auxiliary and participating in events.

Since inception the Fort Bend Education Foundation has funded over 33 million dollars in grants to the Teachers and Schools in Fort Bend ISD.<br/><br/>For the 2017 year we received the Governor's one star Volunteer award for Partners in Education.<br/><br/>We are proud of the diversity within our organization, and proud to say that in a given year we are honored to have 800 volunteers participate at our various events.

Financials

Fort Bend I S D Education Foundation
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Operations

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

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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 06/08/2020

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
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/08/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.

Keywords

Education, Science, Technology, enginering, mathmatics , communications, arts, reading, ELA, bi-linqual, athletics, special education