PLATINUM2023

PALO ALTO PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

aka PiE   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  https://papie.org

Mission

PiE raises money from parents and the community to provide all Palo Alto Unified School District students an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Linda Lyon

Main address

P. O. Box 1557

Palo Alto, CA 94302 USA

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Formerly known as

Palo Alto Foundation for Education

EIN

77-0186364

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PAUSD is designated a “Basic Aid" district, which means that the city's property tax revenues are high enough to limit the amount of state funding we receive but still insufficient to support our budget. While housing costs are very high in Palo Alto, the amount our schools receive is very limited. PiE makes an important difference in providing resources for our schools so they can deliver a well-rounded education, including music, art, engineering, etc. These programs, which used to be funded by property taxes, are simply not a part of the PAUSD funding equation today. California's school funding model necessitates a hybrid system where private donations supplement the limited public dollars schools receive.

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?

Support of PAUSD Schools

PiE distributes funds raised from parents, community members and businesses to all eighteen Palo Alto Unified School sites on a per-student basis annually. Schools use PiE donations to enhance support and enrichment programs like aides, hands-on science, art and music, electives, and counseling.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This program, in existence with our predecessor organization since 1988, grants funds to Palo Alto Unified teachers and staff members for innovative programs that affect students at all schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

Number of Instructional Aide hours provided.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Support of PAUSD Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

PiE funds instructional aide time in every elementary school in PAUSD.

Percentage of Elementary Art program funded.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Support of PAUSD Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

PiE funds 100% of the Spectra Art program in every PAUSD elementary school.

Number of electives available at Middle Schools.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Support of PAUSD Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Thanks to PiE's support, the three middle schools in PAUSD are able to offer additional electives including Biotechnology, Broadcast Journalism, Industrial Technology, Marine Biology and Music.

Number of additional counseling hours provided at Middle Schools.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Support of PAUSD Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

PiE funds additional counselors in the three PAUSD middle schools.

Number of additional support staff available to High School students including teacher advisors, counselors and mentors.

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Support of PAUSD Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

PiE supports the mental health and wellness programs at both of PAUSD's high schools.

Number of additional electives available at High Schools.

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Support of PAUSD Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Because of PiE's funding, both high schools in PAUSD are able to offer additional electives including Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Music.

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.

PiE's goal is to successfully raise funds to help enhance Palo Alto Unified school experiences for all students, and to unite the community behind the importance of accessible, outstanding public education for all PAUSD students. Our vision statement, which guides our work, is: PiE's volunteers, in partnership with parents, schools, and the community, will ensure every student in the Palo Alto Unified School District experiences an enriched and fulfilling education.

PiE's activities are shaped by the following organizational values:

• Education Matters – We believe that a prosperous society has its roots in a strong, well-funded public school system.
• Funding Matters – We believe consistently well-funded schools are able to prepare our graduates to meet the challenges and opportunities of our world.
• Partnership – We join forces with parents, the school district, PTAs, boosters, principals, teachers, students, businesses, and the extended community to enhance Palo Alto Unified School District schools for all students.
• Equity – We are dedicated to the founding ideals of equality as we strive to provide an enriched education to all Palo Alto Unified School District students.
• Academic and Personal Growth – We support schools in their efforts to nourish our children's intellect, self-expression, social skills, and engagement with the larger world.
• Broad Support – We welcome all donations, large and small, and recognize that broad community involvement sends a powerful message of caring about the growth and future of all children in our public schools.
• Volunteer Diversity – Volunteers from all backgrounds strengthen PiE and our schools.
• Integrity – Fundraising efforts are conducted with honesty and adherence to the highest degree of ethical standards.
• Efficiency – A foundation run primarily by dedicated volunteers maximizes the contribution to schools and minimizes overhead.
• Innovation – We are committed to innovation in addressing our District's funding needs, and to facilitating the District's innovation in teaching.

Within this value framework, PiE works to raise funds to support all students within the Palo Alto Unified School District. We ask parents, community members, and businesses to contribute to PiE to enhance PAUSD's educational excellence, and we report on our impact and efforts in a transparent and trustworthy way to our community. We embrace diversity, and rely on the outstanding talents of our dedicated volunteers to help communicate our message to our community.

Partners in Education relies on a dedicated group of amazing volunteers to achieve our goals. Starting with our Board of 30 members, we recruit these talented folks from all across the Palo Alto Unified School District community. In addition to our Board, each of whom serves for a two-year term with the possibility of one additional term's service, our organization recruits chairs for every school site to help communicate our message to pare2020-21 we had more than 110 dedicated volunteers working at the 18 school sites in PAUSD. Our efforts are also enhanced by the wise counsel of our 25-member Advisory Council, who are drawn from a wide range of schools and local businesses to provide PiE with additional insight and wisdom.

Finally, PiE employs a full-time Executive Director and 2 additional part-time staff to ensure that its operations are run professionally and competently.

In the past 10 years, PiE has:
- Gone from raising $2.8 million to nearly $6 million annually
- Increased schools volunteers from 32 to 75
- Increased Board size from 20 to 30
- Improved its annual audit process and adopted the full slate of required policies and procedures for a nonprofit of our size, including Conflict of Interest, Whistleblower, Gift Acceptance, Document Retention, and others
- Improved its relationship with the Palo Alto Unified School District to allow for better transparency and communication of impact for all donors

What we hope to continue to improve is participation rates by parents at all levels. We are also working to become more inclusive and more diverse as our community demographics change, to raise additional funds as needed to pay for valued programs, to improve our stewardship efforts and donor satisfaction, and to ensure that our infrastructure can adequately support and enhance our community efforts with outstanding staff, expert database management, and other resources as needed.

Every day to work to achieve our vision in every way possible.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • 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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PALO ALTO PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rosanna Jackson

Joy Hinton

Patrick Sullivan

Rosanna Jackson

Ana Eng

Sushmita Vij

Kaumudi Bhawe

Jennifer Lee

Stephanie Frick

Julia Jacobsen

Maria Derrick

Donna Do

Jennifer Schultz

Melanie Gurunathan

Casie Walker

Andrea Levesque

Kaitlyn Liao

Susan Johnson

Bryna Lee

Abby Domine

Amie Franconi

Tina Kuan

Joyce Farnsworth

Sheri Shamdasani

Christine Roper

Karrie Chen

Sue Kramer

BeBe Jacobs

Kate Loomis

Manoj Batra

Angie Sanaee

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 10/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/16/2022

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

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.