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.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Mr. Rashaan Foster

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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Programs and results

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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 Higher Education for All

Our programming comprises two areas that make an immediate and daily impact on vulnerable populations in our community. The two programs, Fostering Higher Education for All and Fostering Hope for All, were created to impact homeless students, their families, and underprivileged and lower socioeconomic students in the Central Florida area. During these unprecedented times, we are honored to support students in Central Florida, help close learning gaps, and provide vital services to support elementary, middle, and high school students' well-being during these uncertain times. Post pandemic, we are committed to supporting remediation and literacy programs to catch our students up from being behind due to the year and a half of academic learning loss from digital learning due to COVID. In addition, we provide brand new books to underserved students and books to schools that serve low-income African Americans and students of color to create classroom libraries.

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 high school graduates who are persisting in college

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Fostering Higher Education for All

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

• Providing books to underserved students to support literacy to combat learning gaps due to COVID and post-pandemic education slides.
• Providing books to schools to build classroom libraries and supporting literacy programs to combat learning gaps due to COVID and post-pandemic education slides.
• Focusing on closing achievement gaps and accelerating student reading achievement for our identified students.
• Prioritizing the connection and well-being of our children and community.
• Providing laptops to students and underfunded schools to allow every student to have one-on-one computer access and the ability to work from home in case school closures occur again.
• Providing nutritious and appealing meals while being served by caring professionals in a friendly atmosphere.
• Ensuring homeless children have access to education and other services meets the same standards to which all students are held.
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During these unprecedented times, Fostering Higher Education for All is honored to support students in Central Florida, help close learning gaps, and provide vital services to support elementary, middle, and high school students' well-being during these uncertain times. Post pandemic, we are committed to supporting remediation and literacy programs to catch our students up from being behind due to the year and a half of academic learning loss from digital learning due to COVID. In addition, we provide brand new books to underserved students and books to schools that serve low-income African Americans and students of color to create classroom libraries. We are also committed to ensuring every student has a laptop and connectivity to complete assignments and work from home if another school closure occurs. We will also make sure low-income private schools that do not receive state funding can be one-on-one technology schools where every student will have laptops to take to and from school every day. We also partner with various telephone and digital providers to provide connectivity to students across three counties, Osceola, Orange, and Polk. Our goal is to provide mobile internet devices to students who lack home internet access, including hotspots.

Our high-school program provides free SAT/ACT testing preparation, complimentary breakfast and lunch during tutoring sessions, scientific calculators, up to five free college books for their first semester of college, gas cards, paid college application costs, and ACT/SAT waivers. Our high school programming will build critical thinking skills, which will be used in our student's future higher education and post-high-school career endeavors.

High School Services
• • Providing strategies, advice, support, and guidance to students and their families from the application process throughout their time in high school, making the best-individualized choice for college.
• Assisting students in identifying resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities.
• Armed Forces Recruitment Liaisons and ASWAB test preparation
• ACT/SAT test preparation/payment assistance.
• Setting short-term and long-term academic and career goals.
• Preparing Letters of Recommendation.
• Mentoring services.

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. That is the reason our slogan is "Helping the Helpers" because we collaborate and do everything humanly possible to provide aid where it is needed the most with a 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. We are blessed to have partnerships from Wal-Mart, 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, Lucky’s 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, Hindi’s Libraries, Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House series, and Random House Children's Books.

We are proud of the following accomplishments in our eight-year history:
 Wrote a $450,000.00 Bi-partisan grant approved through congress for an innovative school in Osceola County.
 Partnered with legendary author Mary Pope Osborne and delivered 2,400 Magic Tree House books worth $13,000.00 to Underserved Title I schools.
 Provided $25,000.00 worth of books to schools to provide Classroom Libraries to support Summer Literacy and Academic Acceleration.
 Wrote and managed $217,000,000.00 in CARES grants to support students, schools, and teachers affected by COVID.
 Wrote over $250,000,000.00 in foundation grants to nonprofits and private schools across the state to support low-income students.
 Wrote a crucial $100,000.00 grant that fed 1,000 homeless students for five months.
 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 that gives $500.00 Scholarships to African American High-School Seniors.
 Consulted with Private Schools to help receive Title I, Title II, and Title IV Federal Funds to support low-income students with academic services, tutoring, and teacher professional development opportunities.
 Wrote and managed a $137,000,000.00 ESSER III (CARES) grant to support students, schools, and teachers affected by COVID.

Financials

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Foster Grants and Giving Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/02/2022
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 4/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/01/2022

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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.