Foster Grants and Giving Inc

"Helping the Helpers"

aka Foster Grants and Giving Inc.   |   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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Fostering Higher Education for All

Our program aims to help underprivileged and lower socioeconomic students of all backgrounds and races get into college. Our priority has shifted to serving under-served private High-School students during this COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic progresses, our students are experiencing a myriad of challenges, with the most significant health, economic, and social impacts being borne by communities under-resourced before this crisis.

During these unprecedented times, Fostering Higher Education for All is honored to support High School Students in Central Florida, help close the digital learning gap and provide vital services to support the well-being of private school students during these uncertain times. We have immediately started to support students in our underserved communities during the transition to distance learning and build on existing resources for students impacted by school closures. We are working on partnering with T-mobile to provide connectivity to private school students across three counties, Osceola, Orange, and Polk. Because they are not part of the Public or Charter school system, they have to rely on their poorly run schools who do not have the capabilities to provide the necessary resources. Our goal is to provide mobile internet devices, including hotspots, laptops, and tablets to students who lack home internet access. We also have zoom meetings will all of our families to go over the new virtual college options and how to navigate through the new digital learning age. Our program provides free SAT/ACT testing preparation, free breakfast, and lunch during tutoring sessions, scientific calculators, up to five free college books their first semester of college, gas cards, paid college application costs, ACT/SAT waivers, and laptops during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Program Goals• Making sure all high school students of every race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and all socioeconomic levels have the proper information, tools, knowledge, and opportunity to attend the best colleges in the country.• Making sure the student and families have the proper help in filling out applications and understanding the entire process from the beginning of their senior year to the first day of class as a freshman in college.• Ensuring children have access to academically enriching activities, helping close the opportunity gap between higher-income and lower-income families.• Involvement in the school community at large with participation in committee, department, and staff meetings to benefit our underserved students.• Providing parent programs and individual appointments to impart information about the college application process, scholarships, financial aid, NCAA regulations, and other post-secondary planning topics.• Supporting and educating our students, parents, and school faculty while connecting them to appropriate community resources.• Collaboration with admissions and marketing departments to convey information (within ethical and privacy limits) for the interest of parents who lack the resources and the knowledge to help their children properly.

Our strategy for keeping our program successful will be our continued grassroots approach.  We have a relationship with over 30 high schools in a four-county radius. We will continue to offer our student and school services:                                                                                                                                                                         Students• 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.• Counsel and assist students in identifying resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities.• Setting up ACT/SAT testing accounts.• ACT/SAT test preparation/payment assistance.• Setting short term and long term academic and career goals.• College visitation setups (arranging transportation and in some instances, accompany the student on the trip).• Preparing Letters of Recommendation.• Mentoring services.• Armed Forces Recruitment Liaisons and ASWAB test preparation. • Resume building, interviews, mock admission committees, and college trips; for seniors, essay-writing sessions, and Common Application sessions.

Foster Grants and Giving Inc. has received significant partnerships, funding, and In-Kind gifts 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, OtterBox, 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, and private donors.

We have held these unaccredited private schools accountable by offering the following services to their school:• Setting up National/Regional Accreditation.• Reviews and signs off on each junior and senior student’s course registration.• Organizes information sessions such as Junior/Senior College Night and Paying for College information sessions.• Coordinates independent instructors’ test prep courses offered for fees to private school students.• Setting up CEEB Testing Codes for schools that want to have students attend universities.• Reviews and signs off on each junior and senior student’s course registration and assists administrators in four-year planning discussions with rising ninth grade families.• Maintains accurate and complete records of students' application materials, college applications, acceptances, matriculations, scholarships, and aid awarded.• Analyzes and creates reports on these to help give informed advice to students, faculty, and administration.• Setting up Dual Enrollment partnerships with local community colleges and universities.• Create and submit materials to colleges in support of college applicants, including transcripts and references/recommendations. • Coordinating and providing workshops for the faculty in writing requested recommendations for students applying to college. • Develop master Academic (Core/Elective) Schedules.• Advanced Placement identification and implementation.• Curriculum Accountability. • Graduation Standards Compliance (Regular Diploma/Four-Year College).• Arranges for college admissions officers to visit their campus.• Designing, Developing, and Delivering appropriate transcripts that are accepted by higher education institutions.

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Foster Grants and Giving Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
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

Vice President