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Foster Grants and Giving Inc

"Helping the Helpers"

aka FGG   |   Orlando, FL   |  https://www.fostergrantsandgiving.org

Mission

Our mission is to Help the Helpers, which means providing support and resources to organizations and people who educate and assist students while directly engaging the community and providing direct programming to foster hope and guidance. Our vision is to create a future where every individual, regardless of background, has access to quality education, fostering personal growth and community well-being while creating a ripple effect of positive change, influencing the lives of individuals, and enhancing the community's overall well-being.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Mr. Rashaan Foster MABC, CNP, CNE, CDE, CNC

Main address

PO Box 771501

Orlando, FL 32877 USA

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EIN

83-1790452

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

Fostering High-Quality Education for All

Foster Grants and Giving Inc. wants to humbly request grant support to fund our impactful programs. Our programming is comprised of areas that make an immediate and daily impact on vulnerable populations in our community. Our comprehensive program, Fostering High-Quality Education for All, was created to impact homeless students, their families, and under-resourced/underprivileged students in Central Florida. Everyone involved in the education industry knows about the severe learning loss that has occurred since the pandemic. It is projected that the pandemic learning loss could cost students $70,000.00 in lifetime earnings, which equates to 5.6% lower lifetime earnings. On top of that, a new report just surfaced that only 1 out of 5 graduates from the class of 2023 were fully prepared for college. It is a crucial time in education as 40% of new high school graduates are not meeting the ACT's college-readiness benchmarks in any subject, and only 21% met benchmarks in all four subjects.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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 students per classroom during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fostering High-Quality Education for All

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Moving our students to pre-pandemic levels and leaving the learning loss in the rearview mirror by utilizing evidence-based, comprehensive, intensive outside-the-school-day learning opportunities for students by providing in-person and virtual tutoring services.
Promoting equity by making programs more accessible by providing content in sync with student needs and purposefully designing out-of-school-time programs to meet our students' specific and diverse needs.
Providing books to underserved students to support literacy to combat learning gaps due to post-pandemic education slides.
Providing books to schools to build classroom libraries and supporting literacy programs to combat learning gaps due to post-pandemic education slides.
Aligning program content and staffing with student interests and needs.
Providing consistent and personalized high-impact and high-dosage (offered three or more days of the week) tutoring to struggling, underserved students.
Creating a College-Going Culture, which refers to the environment, attitudes, and practices in schools and communities that encourage students and families to obtain the information, tools, and perspective to enhance access to and success in post-secondary education.
Engaging in Career-Aligned Educational Activities, which align career aspirations and educational programming that most efficiently prepares students for post-secondary goals.
Advising students on college and career choices while promoting their overall physical, intellectual, emotional, and social well-being.
Providing PERT, SAT, and ACT test preparation, including study guides, online access, and tutoring.
Ensuring all high school students of every race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level have accurate information, tools, knowledge, and opportunities to attend the country's best colleges.

Foster Grants and Giving Inc. wants to humbly request grant support to fund our impactful programs. Our programming is comprised of areas that make an immediate and daily impact on vulnerable populations in our community. Our comprehensive program, Fostering High-Quality Education for All, was created to impact homeless students, their families, and under-resourced/underprivileged students in Central Florida. Everyone involved in the education industry knows about the severe learning loss that has occurred since the pandemic. It is projected that the pandemic learning loss could cost students $70,000.00 in lifetime earnings, which equates to 5.6% lower lifetime earnings. On top of that, a new report just surfaced that only 1 out of 5 graduates from the class of 2023 were fully prepared for college. It is a crucial time in education as 40% of new high school graduates are not meeting the ACT's college-readiness benchmarks in any subject, and only 21% met benchmarks in all four subjects. While we are on the college subject, the number of students from lower economic areas attended college 50% less often than in the previous three decades. These trends show a widening gap between higher and lower economic populations attending college. As you can clearly see, your support could not have come at a more imperative time. Your funding will be a beacon of hope for students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and migratory students. Additionally, our comprehensive programming supports literacy and remediation programs throughout our community for underserved students while providing evidence-based, intensive outside-the-school-day learning opportunities and summer enrichment for our students by providing in-person and virtual tutoring services, books, supplies, college prep services, and feeding programs.

Foster Grants and Giving Inc. makes Community Collaboration with community leaders, nonprofits, schools, local school districts, churches, small businesses, and social agencies a priority for our company. Our slogan is "Helping the Helpers" because we collaborate and do everything humanly possible to provide aid where it is needed the most with dedication and understanding of humanity and care. Collaboration with community leaders, businesses, programs, volunteers, and social agencies is invaluable for our program, which provides all the necessary support and wraparound services for our students. In addition, we are blessed to have partnerships from Walmart, Costco Wholesale, CVS Health, Walgreens, Publix, Uber, Wawa, Pizza Hut, Celebration Restaurant Group, KFC, Taco Bell, A Yum! Brands Franchise, Panera Bread, Oriental Trading, Zevia, Cobb Theatres, Medieval Times, Jeremiah's Italian Ice, WonderWorks Orlando, Chuy's Tex Mex, Topgolf Orlando, Ross Dress For Less, Orlando Solar Bears, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, 4imprint.com, Otter Box, Crayola Experience, University of South Florida Athletics, Nora Roberts Foundation, Luckys Market Winter Park, Orlando Apollos, Alliance of American Football, ALDI/ALDI Smart Kids Program, USA Today Networks, Facebook, Amazon, Southeastern Grocers, Winn-Dixie, Fogo de Chao Churrascaria, Microsoft, Foxtail Coffee Co., Rubio's Coastal Grill, TPC Tampa Bay, Insight Community Foundation, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Osceola County Government, Margaret McCartney & R. Parks Williams Foundation, Harper Family Charitable Foundation, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Google, Registry for Good, Whole Foods Foundation, One-By-One Foundation, City of St. Cloud, IronMan Foundation, RDV Ice Den, Toho Water Authority, Lisa Libraries, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Hindis Libraries, Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House series, Random House Children's Books, City of Kissimmee, Kissimmee Parks and Recreation, Verizon Small Business, First Horizon Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, First Book Marketplace, Allstate Foundation, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Southeastern Grocers Community Bag Program, Urban Awareness USA, DeBartolo Family Foundation, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Fun Spot America, Osceola Board of County Commissioners, Mister Car Wash, Camp Homework, MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), Legoland Florida Resort, Inspired Edge Coaching, and the Dr. Phillips Center.

Wrote and received funding for a $450,000.00 Bi-partisan grant approved through Congress for an innovative school in Osceola County.
Wrote and received funding for a $953,000.00 Bi-partisan grant approved through Congress for an innovative Youth Business School in Osceola County.
Partnered with legendary author Mary Pope Osborne and delivered 3,775 Magic Tree House books worth $22,000.00 to 20 underserved Title I schools.
Provided $50,000.00 worth of books to schools to provide Classroom Libraries to support Summer Literacy and Academic Acceleration.
Wrote over $350,000,000.00 in foundation grants to nonprofits and private schools across the state to support low-income students.
Established a partnership with two major Central Florida Healthcare companies to provide healthy snacks to needy communities and low-income/homeless students.
Established the Imani Foster Scholarship Fund, which gives $500.00 in scholarships to African American High School Seniors.
Provided five hundred backpacks and school supplies to underserved students and schools for the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.
Wrote and managed $245,000,000.00 in ESSER (CARES) and ARP grants to support students, schools, and teachers affected by the pandemic for a prominent school district.
Provided 500 Online Libraries to elementary, middle, and high-school students so they can access thousands of popular and award-winning eBook titles for free courtesy of our partnership with Open eBooks.
Provided Supplemental High-Quality Materials and STEM Books for summer programming to schools, impacting students' lives, helping close learning gaps, and addressing students' academic and youth development needs.
Provided $5,000.00 worth of STEM kits, materials, and teacher resources to five incredible private schools that educate underserved and often forgotten students in Central Florida.
Delivered (75) SAT, (75) ACT, and (50) PERT Test Prep Study Guides (200 Total Books Valued at $6,000.00) to underserved high-school students across Central Florida.

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Operations

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Foster Grants and Giving Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Rashaan Foster

President

Term: 2018 - 2023

Rashaan Foster

Foster Grants and Giving Inc.

Liz Foster

Kingdom Kids Christian Academy

Imani Foster

Foster Grants and Giving Inc.

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/01/2022

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.