Educational Institutions

THE ORCHARD FOUNDATION

Alexandria, LA

Mission

The Orchard Foundation's mission is to improve academic achievement for Central Louisiana students by promoting best practices, recruiting, retaining, and rewarding excellent and innovative teachers, building school leadership, and strengthening school and community relationships.

Ruling Year

2004

Executive Director

Dr. Marjorie Taylor

Main Address

1101 4th Street Suite 101C

Alexandria, LA 71301 USA

Keywords

professional development, K - 12, school leader, teacher, workforce development

EIN

87-0730768

 Number

4806585669

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Orchard Foundation is a nonprofit local education fund established as a resource for Central Louisiana (Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn) that works with school districts, businesses, and communities to improve educational opportunities. We believe The Orchard Foundation provides outstanding opportunities to develop leaders in education which enhance the education efforts in Central Louisiana.

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Instructional Leadership Institutes

CAREER READINESS: Cenla Work Ready Network

CAREER READINESS: Career and College Coaching

CAREER READINESS: Students Exploring Career Opportunities

CAREER READINESS: Workplace Experience Exchange Camp

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Instructional Strategies for Student Engagement

SCHOOL READINESS: School Readiness Institutes

SCHOOL READINESS: Read to Soar

Central Louisiana Instructional Partnership

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

In 2004, The Rapides Foundation assembled a group of leaders from throughout the nine-parish Central Louisiana area to study the need for a local education fund and to determine the possible role it could play to improve educational opportunities for educators. The Rapides Foundation initially committed $600,000 over a three year period to establish the local education fund, and continues funding today under its Education Initiative. The Rapides Foundation’s Education Initiative seeks to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement among Central Louisiana residents. Research tells us that people with higher education levels are healthier and live longer. One of the core strategies in the Education Initiative is providing professional development and leadership opportunities for teachers and school leaders in Cenla. The Orchard Foundation administers these efforts through funding from The Rapides Foundation.

The Rapides Foundation created The Orchard Foundation in 2004 as a nonprofit local education fund to serve as a resource for Central Louisiana that works with school districts, businesses and communities to improve educational opportunities within the nine-parish service area served by the Foundation. The Orchard Foundation administers many of the programs developed under The Rapides Foundation’s Education Initiative with funding from The Rapides Foundation. The Orchard Foundation also seeks to partner with organizations who share its mission, as well as sharing in the goal of The Rapides Foundation's Education Initiative to improve health by increasing the level of educational attainment and achievement in Central Louisiana schools. Our program areas are: School Readiness, Career Readiness, and Professional Development.

The Orchard Foundation is led by Dr. Marjorie Taylor, a passionate educator with more than 25 years of experience, the last 20 of which have been in adult education, continuing education, and workforce development. Marjorie and the TOF board share the same vision of collective impact, with a deep understanding that our mission to improve academic achievement for Central Louisiana cannot be accomplished alone. Orchard was initially founded through the efforts of regional business and education leaders, and it functions as a way for organizations to work together to solve the overlapping issues of education quality, workforce development, and post-secondary readiness. We believe that while solo efforts can certainly improve individual schools or job sectors, long-term, systemic change can only come through broad, cross-sector engagement.

We annually set goals and objectives for each of our programs. At a minimum, we conduct an internal evaluation of our work. Periodically, we conduct longer-term assessments of our program goals and outcomes.

Please access the following web page for an overview of the ongoing outcomes of our work: https://www.theorchardfoundation.org/News.aspx

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Financials

THE ORCHARD FOUNDATION

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No