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Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools

Getting kids to school happy, healthy and ready to learn.

aka Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools   |   Vancouver, WA   |  www.foundationforvps.org

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Mission

We create opportunities to cultivate and inspire student success.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Jenny Thompson

Main address

Po Box 6039

Vancouver, WA 98668 USA

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EIN

91-0971800

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research has shown that household income is one of the strongest factors shaping a child’s academic path. Children from impoverished households are already behind their more affluent classmates by the time they enter kindergarten, and the disparities persist through school. Alleviating the stress of financial instability and providing access to enrichment and mentoring will improve academic outcomes for kids.

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?

Basic Needs

We see “basic” as what students need to come to school healthy, happy and ready to learn. A bed. Glasses. Dental care and hygiene items. School supplies. Shoes and clothing, to name a few.

Population(s) Served
Students
Parents

We believe early access will allow our community’s most vulnerable children to get in step with their peers. Our early learning programs provide important evidence-based results that will allow educators to support these children through their entire k-12 school experience.

Population(s) Served
Students
Families

The Foundation provides enrichment grants in all schools so all students have opportunities that spark their interests, connect them to their passion and help them envision and plan for their future success in college, career and life.

Population(s) Served
Students
Academics

Students are more likely to succeed if they have a mentor. It could be a parent, a teacher, a coach — someone special who keeps an eye out for a student in need. Sadly, hundreds of VPS students do not have positive adult role models in their lives.

Currently, 19 VPS elementary schools participate in the Lunch Buddy program. More than 100 children are on the wait list, most of them boys, making the need for male mentors especially critical.

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

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.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Enrichment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

During the 2022-2023 school year we provided $80,000 in enrichment grants and engagement activities benefiting students at 37 schools through projects, programs, and experiences.

Number of clients served

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

Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All enrolled students of the Vancouver Schools District #37 have access to programs and services funded through our organization.

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Basic Needs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

During the 2022-23 school year, 493 children from 221 households received housing stability assistance to prevent eviction. Coming out the pandemic, housing stability needs have risen greatly.

Number of clients receiving the grocery shopping services

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

Low-income people

Related Program

Basic Needs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

During the 2022-2023 school year we provided nearly $25,000 in grocery store gift cards for families in need. During this timeframe access to food pantries was greatly expanded to accommodate need.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Basic Needs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

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.

From pre-k thru HS graduation, there may be times when a student needs extra support for things that cannot be funded by the school district. Private donations enable the Foundation for VPS to address needs thru basic needs support, enrichment activities, mentoring programs, and early learning programs.

A majority of the work we do is focused on removing barriers to student learning and achievement. The Foundation for VPS has partnered with VPS to adopt a Community School Model to encourage collaboration between the community and the schools creating stronger connections to social service resources, learning enrichments and positive role models. By 2020 we plan to expand the services of the Community Schools Model to all 36 schools.

The Foundation for VPS works to provide significant funding for the district's 18 Family-Community Resource Centers and mobile unit to ensure consistent access to support services for students and their families at the district's highest poverty schools. Through FCRCs we are able to leverage $4 in services for every $1 donated.

In 2017-18, the Foundation for VPS anticipates investing $350,000 in direct support to students in order to mitigate barriers based on economic and social need. These barriers include housing instability, food insecurity, school supplies and fees, school readiness/early learning, transportation, and medical needs, including dental and vision challenges often not covered by health insurance.

The Foundation also anticipates investing $150,000 in enrichment and mentoring support and opportunities.

During 2015-16, the Foundation for VPS worked closely with the school district to develop a broad strategic vision for future collaboration. The result of those planning conversations led to the formation of the Community Schools initiative, which ultimately seeks to bring the benefits of the community schools model to all VPS students by 2020.

In the process of developing the Community Schools initiative, the Foundation for VPS vetted and hired Nada Wheelock as Executive Director. A former Foundation for VPS Board member, Nada was specifically selected to spearhead the process of carrying out the strategic objectives reflected in the Community Schools initiative. In recent months, Nada has met personally with more than 20 key influencers in regional philanthropy, including Jennifer Rhoads of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Many other interviews involved people who are also actively engaged with the Community Foundation. The early interviews strongly supported the strategic vision of the Community Schools initiative, and input from participants has shaped ongoing efforts to rally leading givers to support the project.

Formal fundraising for the initiative begins in early 2017, starting with 100% commitment from the Board of Directors. By end of 2018, the Foundation for VPS anticipates securing $3 million to support multi-year funding of Community Schools priorities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools

Board of directors
as of 09/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jeff Fisher

American Family Insurance

Term: 2023 - 2025


Board co-chair

Amy Reeves

OnPoint Credit Union

Term: 2023 - 2025

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 9/7/2023

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
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/02/2022

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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.