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Corvallis Public Schools Foundation

Supporting schools. Investing in our future.

aka CPSF   |   Corvallis, OR   |  http://www.cpsfoundation.org

Mission

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created by concerned citizen leaders and the Corvallis School Board in 1996.  Our mission is to support our 13 local public schools and inspire learning for a lifetime in all students. We strive to reduce barriers to education for students navigating poverty and homelessness, expand excellence through enrichment opportunities, and create pathways to graduation for all students.

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

Liv Gifford

Main address

1555 SW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97333 USA

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EIN

93-1208608

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe a strong education improves the lives of young people and is vital to our democracy. We are all better off when kids are educated. The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation works to bring resources to students at every public school in Corvallis. Your donation supports authentic, real-world learning experiences that are critical to keeping students engaged and excited about learning. Your gift also ensures that students who are struggling academically or navigating homelessness or poverty get the extra support they need to participate and excel.

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?

Enhancing Equity and Excellence

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation builds equity and excellence through IMAGINE grants and Youth Empowerment and Action (YAE!) Grants. CPSF also provides scholarships to graduating seniors and rewards, honors, and develops outstanding teachers and staff through its Golden Apple Awards. The organization is committed to long-term stability and making a positive difference to future generations by building its endowment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We fund strategic interventions designed to support the social, emotional, and academic progress of students from kindergarten through high school graduation. The majority of these interventions occur during the summer and serve students who need an additional boost or credit recovery opportunity. Since 2013 rates have increased from 67.5 percent to 90 percent.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We strive to reduce barriers to education for students navigating difficult circumstances, from homelessness to poverty and mental health challenges. Funds support basic needs, school-related expenses, and peer support programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2006

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2008

National School Foundation Association - Member 2007

National School Foundation Association - Member 2021

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.

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation has three goals:
1) Reduce barriers to education for historically underserved and underrepresented students, including those navigating poverty and/or homelessness.
2) Create pathways to graduation for all students.
3) Promote innovation and enrichment to inspire a love of learning.

Our strategies include the following:
1) Offer Student Opportunity for Success Grants at all 13 public schools in Corvallis.
2) Support summer programs and other academic interventions to ensure that every student graduates.
3) Promote innovation through Learning Enrichment Grants.
4) Support diversity, equity, and inclusion in our own organization as well as in parent/teacher organizations across the district.

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation has a Board of Trustees made up of 14 community members who are passionate about education. In concert with the CPSF Executive Director, the Board guides development efforts and distributes funds according to current needs and opportunities. The Board works closely with the Corvallis School District and other community partners to set priorities.

We have well-established Student Opportunity for Success Grants, Learning Enrichment Grants, and Summer Program Grants. We are in the process of building a fund for professional development to better support educators in our schools and to "grow our own" teachers. We are also working closely with the school district to establish a summer program for incoming kindergartners to promote school readiness.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our primary stakeholders are the k-12 students of the Corvallis School District. Secondary stakeholders include teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and community members.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Corvallis Public Schools Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ashlee Chavez

Library Director

Term: 2020 - 2022

Mike Sheets

Retired Orthodontist

Ashlee Chavez

Corvallis Benton County Public Library

Bronwyn Evans

Edward Jones

Becca Gose

Oregon State University

Salam Althahabi

Corvallis School District

Mindy Hamlin

HP

Angela Hibbard

Hibbard Consulting

Wanda Arp

Retired Educator

Gretchen Morris

Retired Attorney

Emily Barton

Community Outreach, Inc.

Brenda Coleman

Community Volunteer

Kevin Dougherty

Oregon State University

Nina Erlich-Williams

Public Good PR

Frank Heresco

Retired Chiropractor

Tammy Jaquith

Self Employed

Gwenda Rice

Retired Educator

Rick Wallace

Retired Educator

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/30/2021

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Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.