MANHATTAN BEACH EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Every Child, Every Day

Manhattan Beach, CA   |  www.mbef.org

Mission

The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is a community driven fundraising organization, which supplements state funding for programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence in the public schools of Manhattan Beach.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Ms. Hilary Mahan

Main address

325 S Peck Ave

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 USA

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EIN

95-3881166

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Funding for public schools in California is inadequate - and not what you would expect from a state with the largest GNP. The assumption that our property taxes adequately fund public education is simply not true. The fact is our state provides barely enough to fund the basics – not the enriched educational opportunities that we strive to provide our children. California continues to rank among the bottom ten states in annual per-pupil spending and Manhattan Beach is among the lowest funded districts in California. Despite our high property taxes, only a small portion is dedicated to fund education based on legislation from over forty years ago, making MBUSD a “Revenue Limit” district. “Basic Aid” districts dedicate a larger portion to education and can retain the excess taxes, putting their per-pupil funding well above Manhattan Beach. Our community has supplemented insufficient state funding for decades, but as expenses rise and state funding flattens, the need is even greater.

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?

Annual Grants for Education

MBEF provides over $6 million in grants to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District to fund teachers and other educators who provide educational opportunities that the school district would not otherwise be able to afford.

Population(s) Served
Children and 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.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Annual Grants for Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Intro of hands-on science and makerspace labs in grades TK-5 has encouraged an interest in STEM. Traditional science courses for grades 6-8 are supported by growing interest in advanced STEM courses.

Average online donation

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Annual Grants for Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The average donation to MBEF has continued to grow with each Annual Appeal Campaign. The challenge is keeping up the participation rate as student enrollment goes down.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Annual Grants for Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The Covid pandemic adversely impacted our fundraising progress. Loyal supporters understood the need and gave even more, but there were fewer donors overall resulting in a smaller overall result.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MBEF aims to ensure outstanding public schools in Manhattan Beach through annual fundraising and endowed giving that supports annual grants for programs, teachers, and other educators. With increased funding, learning opportunities increase, providing our students with the tools.
Goals:
1. Options for enrichment activities beyond the textbook in elementary schools with hands-on science labs, makerspace, choral and instrumental music, trained physical education teachers,
2. Enriched electives and alternatives courses to challenge middle and high school students.
3. Smaller class sizes for personalized learning.
4. Social emotional support with a lower student to counselor ratio.
5. Exceptional standardized test scores at all grades levels.
6. 98% graduation rate and 95% rate of attendance of 2 or 4 year college at graduation.

MBEF's board of directors partners with parents, PTA, school district administrators, the school board, and teachers to determine educational priorities. MBEF engages parents and local businesses with an Annual Appeal to raise over $6 million annually. It's subsidiary, the MBEF Endowment Fund, raises funds to supplement annual revenue and ensure long-term sustainability. MBEF's model funds programs and educators ensuring parity in educational programs across the district.

Our fundraising efforts are comprised of a Annual Appeal Campaign, sponsorship program for Community Partners and an annual Manhattan Wine Auction.

A 90% donor participation rate at elementary levels and a dedicated community of volunteers allows us to provide annual grants that have increased every year since inception.

MBEF seeks to provide stable revenue that will shelter students from an inherently unstable public funding system in California. During the great recession, it saved many programs and teachers from being cut. Yet, the state's per-pupil funding is among the lowest in the nation. And our district's funding is far below that figure as well. Ultimately, the Foundation would like to provide enough funding to make our public schools great now and forever.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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MANHATTAN BEACH EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 1/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Scott Rosenthal

Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

Term: 2020 - 2022

Michelle Cormack

Emily Macias

Kate Bergin

Remco Waller

Michelle McDonald

Joni Ramallo

Scott Rosenthal

Katie Gunther

Wysh Weinstein

Anna Bargagliotti

Mike Brunick

Heather de Roos

Mike Duckworth

Ted Iantuono

Alice Kuo

Erin Levin

Lorelei Chao

Rachel Disser

Joy Higa

Dave Gendron

Ellen Padnos

Dan Rogoff

Kate Sinclair

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2022,

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