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John and Janice Wyatt Foundation

aka J2W Foundation   |   Winchester, VA   |  https://www.j2wfoundation.org

Mission

We seek to help remove roadblocks to success through a holistic approach to strengthening the education to workforce development pipeline whereby socio-economically disadvantaged youth and children within targeted communities are in the optimal position to realize their full potential as contributing residents. We look forward to helping and contributing to the betterment of society.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder and President

John Wyatt

Main address

100 North Loudoun Street

Winchester, VA 22601 USA

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EIN

83-1736618

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Standards of Learning (SOLs) taken in the 3rd grade are key indicators of the future success of a child in the public school system. Generally, upon entering 4th grade, the success – or lack thereof – can be identified as children are either A or B tracked at that point. Once on a B track, it is very difficult to move out of that pathway and find success. The latest Virginia Biennial School Readiness Report Card states 45% economically disadvantaged elementary school students failed the 3rd grade reading SOL (almost half) and 36% failed the math (1 in 3). Therefore, it is critical to invest in early childhood education to offer better opportunities for reading and math preparation – and thus successful SOL testing – at the completion of elementary school.

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?

Educational supports for economically disadvantaged youth

The John & Janice Wyatt Foundation provides grants to create, enhance, or scale specific programming needs aligned with the mission and vision of the organization. Grants will be committed to public educational institutions and high-impact non-profits working within the targeted geographic service areas.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Pacesetter Award - Winchester VA 2023

Campaign for Grade Level Reading

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 per classroom during the reporting period

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

Children and youth, Social and economic status

Related Program

Educational supports for economically disadvantaged youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are beginning to see slight increases in OST numbers. These numbers increased more significantly as a result of the Boys and Girls Club coming to Dorchester County, MD

Number of students who perform at average or above on standardized testing

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

Children and youth, Social and economic status

Related Program

Educational supports for economically disadvantaged youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These are percentages for 3rd grade reading

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

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

Children and youth, Social and economic status

Related Program

Educational supports for economically disadvantaged youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These are percentages and are displayed as a decrease in chronic absenteeism numbers. Thus a reduction in numbers are a positive indicator.

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

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

Children and youth, Social and economic status

Related Program

Educational supports for economically disadvantaged youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are percentages of K readiness improvement

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.

We are a newly founded family foundation that is just getting started in working with partners to level the playing field for disadvantaged you in the education space. The John & Janice Wyatt Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit, grantmaking family foundation established in July 2018. We are intensely focused on creating equity and leveling the playing field for socially and economically disadvantaged children and youth in our geographic service area. Our focus is on early childhood education through high school the cradle to career pathway and our goal is to help these children stay engaged and become successful, active citizens in todays rapidly evolving world.

If J2W Foundation wants to improve the readiness and preparation of economically disadvantaged elementary school students with the goal of achieving academic parity with their peers, as well as be more successful with the 3rd grade SOLs, a number of early interventions could be explored. These early interventions would raise the level of academic performance of targeted children during elementary school, which would increase readiness for SOL benchmarking in the 4th grade, thus improving the likelihood of academic achievement later in middle and high school, and therefore creating higher opportunities for success with high school graduations and post-high school citizenship.

To help close the achievement gap for the economically disadvantaged children within the community, one approach must be to focus resources and capacity on increasing access and improving quality early childhood education, while supplementing the school districts with high-attending, high-quality out-of-school time programming and also focusing on ensuring our students remain connected to school by attending school more than 90% of the time during a school year (reducing chronic absenteeism).

We will focus our resources on increasing access to, and improving the quality of, early childhood education; then wrap around high-quality, high attending out-of-school time programs to supplement the public schools and reinforce these early childhood gains.

Our four strategic buckets include:
Developing a Collective Impact model that works in synchronicity with the entire community to facilitate a holistic, unified approach, targeted to improve educational outcomes for all children, with a focus on 3rd grade literacy. We adopted the national, evidence-based model called the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. We are facilitating Campaigns in 2 of our 3 service areas (Winchester, VA and Dorchester County, MD).
Increasing access to quality education for low-income children to reduce the opportunity gap.
Improving the quality of existing public and private programs to deliver better results and reduce the achievement gap.
Continually exploring other innovative approaches that have the potential to improve equity in education, and to be nimble and responsive to new ideas.

While we recognize our approach is not necessarily unique to the overall non-profit sector, we do believe we distinguish ourselves from many other similar organizations in several ways:

We develop deep relationships with our partners. We do not plan to write checks and hope the work on the ground gets done. We are intentional about understanding the key community challenges, we identify and research the existing organizations already doing the work and choose those we believe are (or can be) successful, we collaborate to develop the program design and implementation plan, and we share and analyze data to determine effectiveness and performance. In other words, we practice high-impact, or catalytic, philanthropy.
We believe we already possess adequate financial resources to develop or enhance strong programs. Thus, our fundraising is minimal and only used to co-invest in high-impact strategies. We are a private operating foundation that works in our communities alongside our partners. What we do is strive to bring along additional co-investors who believe the programs and partners we are working with have potential and are willing to consider layering their funding with ours to scale successful programs and to ultimately do more together.
We act as objective brokers within communities. We work to facilitate community conversations, bring multi-sector partners together, and act as the catalyst for new ideas and opportunities.
We believe we have a leadership team that complements one another and will help ensure we achieve the results we seek. We have expertise in building and running successful private industry; we have strong leadership in the non-profit sector; and we have extensive experience in K-12 education. Combined, we have the internal capacity to help propel communities forward with a new vision for the future but, ultimately, it will take much more than our investments to move the needle in a significant and sustainable way.

In 2020, we shifted our long-term strategies to a shorter-term COVID-19 response effort. To that end:
- Facilitated and organized all-day Learning Labs for students to have a safe space to do homework during the virtual learning year
- Support out-of-school time non-profits with bridge funding and summer camp resourcing
- Supported public school pre-k programs with take-home materials
- Assisted non-profits with acquiring CARES Act grant funding
- Funded virtual tutoring programs during the virtual school year

We no longer invest in COVID-related strategies. Now, we are laser-focused on the following:
- Growing and maintaining the Campaign for Grade Level Reading (collective impact program) in both Winchester, VA and Dorchester County, MD
- Piloting Pre-K3 programs for 3-year olds in Dorchester County, MD and Winchester, VA. Each add 15 and 18 new slots, respectively, for students in our communities. These classrooms will soon be fully adopted and funded by the school districts to cement these programs in perpetuity while we later shift our resources into other areas
- Launching a quality coach program that works within the center-based daycare programs in Winchester, VA to improve teacher quality and thus, ultimately, student outcomes
- Piloting a CDA mentoring credentialing program in Fairfax County, VA
- Expanding ASQ developmental screening program in Fairfax County, VA
- Redesigning the in-school mentoring program for Fairfax County Public Schools
- Building capacity of an OST non-profit in Dorchester County, MD by funding their first-ever executive director
- Piloting a YMCA early learning readiness program in Dorchester County, MD
- Supporting the Boys and Girls Club in Cambridge, MD with their literacy-focused Power Hour Drop Everything and Read program

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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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John and Janice Wyatt Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Wyatt

Janice Wyatt

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 1/12/2024

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
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/12/2024

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.