JIM BURKE EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Providing Opportunities to Excel

aka Dream Builders   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  www.jimburkeeducationfoundation.org

Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to continue the legacy of Jim Burke's generosity by providing opportunities for students to excel by enhancing educational development and improving learning opportunities through financial resources, scholarships, grants, seed money for programs, advocacy, and matching funds.

Ruling year info

1996

President

Mr. Jeff Vaughan

Main address

P.O. Box 316

Bakersfield, CA 93302 USA

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EIN

77-0387337

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Jim Burke Education Foundation understands youth need more opportunities to learn leadership skills, connect with community members, and obtain opportunities to excel.

The foundation aims to address these issues by connecting youth with local business and nonprofit organization leaders. The foundation also provides educational opportunities through annual scholarships.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dream Builders

Dream Builders is a leadership program, created by the Jim Burke Education Foundation, for high achieving high school seniors that focuses on civic responsibility, life skills and leadership development. Each Dream Builder's class is comprised of four teams each made up of eight student leaders. The development of the Dream Builders leadership skills begins as soon as they are accepted into the program. Mini projects that are "done in a day” are assigned so that the students can bond as a team and begin to identify each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Regular meetings are held twice a month so that the Dream Builders can become acquainted with community leaders who talk to them about the needs of the Bakersfield community, how some of them have been addressed and what still needs to be done. They also learn how to run effective meetings, set agendas, communicate effectively, and develop a framework and timeline for a project. Most importantly speakers such as Lakesha Ray, Sean Kenny, Lyle Martin, and other community leaders emphasize the importance of civic responsibility, character, ethics and gratitude.
Within the first four months of the program the Dream Builders are divided into four separate teams and assigned a corporate sponsor and several community advisors. At this point they are asked to identify a community need that they would like to focus on and brainstorm possible service projects that would address the problem.
In December each team presents their project concept to a panel of judges for approval. The project must have a vision statement that identifies the need it will address, goals and objectives, and an action plan. Additionally, each team member must have a specific responsibility. A financial plan, material and supply needs are also required. Once approved, the actual projects begin in January and must be completed by the end of March.
During this time the student leaders meet on a weekly basis with their corporate sponsors and advisors to create their service projects. They are also required to collaborate with a nonprofit organization or agency to help in the project development. Teamwork becomes essential at this point along with time management, communication skills, and leadership development. Hundreds of hours go into these projects and team members quickly learn the importance of the word "commitment” and what it takes to juggle volunteering along with school activities, academics, sports, faith, and family commitments.
A community "Celebration of Excellence & Awards Night” is held in April featuring Keynote presentations by each team on their completed projects. A panel of judges evaluates and scores their performance. The Dream Builder teams compete for monetary awards (totaling $2,500) that they donate to a community organization or charity of their choosing.
In 2020, all 33 student leaders received a $2,000 scholarship from the Foundation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Beautiful Bakersfield Chairman's Award 2013

Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The primary goal of the Jim Burke Education Foundation is to continue to develop future community leaders as well as support adolescent education in Kern County. The development and implementation of the projects by the Dream Builders help develop more socially aware, community conscious students who understand that they have the ability to facilitate change in their community through teamwork and cooperation. Their motto is “service over self". They are student leaders today, community leaders tomorrow. In order to continue to grow our program and assist youth, another goal of the foundation is to establish a $1 million endowment fund to support additional educational scholarships.

The Jim Burke Education Foundation will continue to develop, mentor and support youth leaders through the Dream Builders program and the $37,000 in student scholarships we award every year

Through our yearly fundraiser and newsletter, we will continue to raise funds in hopes of reaching our $1 million endowment. It is also a strategy to continue to work with community minded companies to help increase the funds we award students.

The Jim Burke Education Foundation has strong ties to the community and has far reaching alumni that help support our programs and will give us the capability to reach our endowment goal. We have a strong partnership with Jim Burke Ford and long term corporate sponsorship with great community companies such as Aera Energy LLC., Bank of the Sierra, The Garlic Company and Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospitals. We have been fortunate that many of our alumni have come back to make Bakersfield their home and continue to support and help us grow through their contributions and volunteer efforts.

Since the foundation's inception in 1994 we have increased the Foundation's financial support for student scholarships, Mini Grants and community educational programs such as the Superintendent's First in Class Award. Every year students and advisors review and critique our Dream Builders student leadership program. Through their observations we have learned how to help and better serve the youth we mentor. We constantly strive to modify our program format to improve communication and career skills for students. For example, an increase in community advisors at meetings and clear refined goals for students on how to develop their community projects has been implemented. The challenge of this program is taking already busy high school seniors and teaching them the importance of committing to a goal and seeing it through. We have seen over 350 students in the past 11 years grow and complete amazing community projects. Many have come back to us during and after their college years and told us how much the program gave them confidence and helped them in pursuing jobs and grants.

Fiscally, we raise about $55,000 a year in contributions, fundraisers, and investment income. We intend to reach our endowment goal in the next five years through the continuation of our Ghost Party and corporate contributions.

Financials

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Operations

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

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JIM BURKE EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 8/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeff Vaughan

Laura Houchin

Vince Fong

Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Roger Griess

Ag Tech Resources

Mikie Hay

Jim Burke Ford Lincoln

Chad Manning

Jim Burke Ford Lincoln

Cindy Meek

Sally Nalesnik

Clinica Sierra Vista

Maria Toretta

Jeff Vaughan

Vaughan Exploration, Inc.

Troy Fringer

Jim Burke Ford Lincoln

Katie Werdel

Jim Burke Ford Lincoln

Matt Billings

Billings Ranches

Lakesha Ray

Stonecreek Jr. High

Gabe Woodward

Wells Fargo Advisors

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No