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Westminster Public Schools Foundation

Working Together to Make Educational Dreams Come True

Westminster, CO   |  www.fundwps.org

Mission

WPSF's mission is to create partnerships and programs to improve students’ achievements, encourage life-long learning, and build opportunities for a bright future for the students of Westminster Public Schools.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Ms. Stephanie Baer

Main address

7002 Raleigh Street

Westminster, CO 80030 USA

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EIN

84-1088489

NTEE code info

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

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The WPS Foundation develops partnerships and programs to improve students’ achievements, encourage life-long learning, and build opportunities for a bright future for the students at Westminster Public Schools. Our Ongoing Projects: Post-Secondary Success Initiative: The Foundation understands that students need & desire to continue their education once they graduate from the district. Scholarships: The Foundation administers scholarships on behalf of community businesses, families, & organizations. Career & Technical Credentialing: Earning an industry credential exposes students to real-world workplace situations & demands in a valuable & practical way. Benevolent Program: When essential or critical needs such as appropriate clothing for inclement weather, school supplies, & meals are met, students will focus on school Initiatives: Impact a large number of students, serve at-risk students, have data-driven impact & results, provide equitable investments at all grade levels

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?

Post-Secondary Program

The Westminster Public Schools Foundation administers a variety of scholarships that encourage and inspire students to graduate high school and pursue their continuing educational dreams. In many cases, the scholarships make higher education accessible to students who might not otherwise dream of a college education. Scholarships are only open to students graduating from Westminster High School and Hidden Lake High School. There is a good range of awards. Some are based on merit and some on need. There are also multi-year scholarships. Our Post-Secondary Program also supports/funds students through Career Tech Education and Project Lead the Way.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

The Benevolent Fund for student assistance is aimed at providing basic medical support to students that cannot afford them. The ultimate goal of this fund is to allow disadvantaged students to focus on their learning by receiving the necessary assistance they require to be successful. This allows them to feel better and gives them the appropriate tools that enable them to be successful in a school setting.

These funds support items such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, wheelchair batteries, one-time supply of medications, and emergency dental visits. This is an internal fund that can only be accessed by Westminster Public Schools staff members on behalf of the students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The needs of our students change and as a Foundation we want to be responsive to these needs. Therefore, we created a bucket of funding for key district initiatives. ​

The Foundation partners closely with district leadership to identify educational priorities. In recent years we invested in several initiatives such as the Math Academy which offers free after-school tutoring to elementary and middle school students. We have supported the Career Tech and Education program, the Future Center located at Westminster High School, the PASS parenting program and Project Lead the Way to name a few.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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.

Strategic Priority 1 – Foundation Growth
Broaden engagement among donors, prospective donors, WPS employees, and alumni to ensure increased support for the Foundation in the short-term and for decades to come.

Strategic Priority 2 – Internal and External Awareness
A strong communication strategy plan ensures that information is shared equally and regularly with stakeholders. This plan also creates a sense of transparency and increases stakeholders’ trust in the organization.

Strategic Priority 3 – Programs and Services
Foundation programs enrich students' lives, helping them grow, learn and enter the world more confident and better prepared to compete in the 21st century. Fostering current scholarship relationships and developing future scholarship opportunities for students will engage the community and support future workforce development.

Strategic Priority 4 – Governance
Strong governance enables the board of directors to provide the necessary oversight of the Foundation's mission and strategic plan. It also subsequently monitors the achievements of the Foundation.

WPS employees are strong supporters of the WPS students. By informing and engaging employees to donate monthly through workplace giving will increase a reliable funding stream.

A strong communication strategy plan ensures that information is shared equally and regularly with stakeholders. This plan also creates a sense of transparency and increases stakeholders’ trust in the organization.

Corporations, small businesses, and district vendors have great potential to be strong supporters of the Foundation's work for both donations and volunteer work.

Increase scholarship program capacity and infrastructure to ensure post-secondary credential attainment for all scholarship recipients.

Establishing a robust process for receiving benevolent and district requests allows our community to receive the support they need in a timely and equitable manner.

The WPS community is increasingly diverse. Members of the Foundation need to understand and reflect on this rich variety of perspectives to achieve greater impact. To do this, we have dedicated ourselves to creating an informed, equitable and inclusive community. When we advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization, it helps us live up to our values and create a more vital organization.

Compose the board with individuals with the skills, resources, generosity, diversity, and dedication that address the needs of the Foundation.

The WPS Foundation Strategic Plan will serve as a compass to maintain the organization's priorities, goals, and achievements. Engaging community stakeholders about the most comprehensive approach to providing quality experiences for the students we serve is essential to understanding what is critical to the community.
This plan responds to growth and opportunity, sustainability of programs, and community needs. In August of each year, the plan will be reviewed by the executive director and leadership team and presented to the entire Board of Directors to consider adjustments to the plan.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Westminster Public Schools Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matthew Duran

Tom Lynch

Matt Duran

David Bell

Derek Otte

Dr. Pamela Swanson

Fran Groff-Gonzales

Aracely Hobday

Deb Haviland

Nicole Knight

Steve Laubhan

Max Math

Kendra Robinette

Ron Tam

Lottie Wilson

Andy Wood

Ryan Snyder

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/28/2021

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data