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La Crosse Public Education Foundation Inc

Support a School. Raise a Community.

aka LPEF   |   La Crosse, WI   |  lacrosseeducationfoundation.org
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La Crosse Public Education Foundation Inc

EIN: 39-1610700


Mission

The mission of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation is to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse and to promote community understanding and support for public education.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Nell Saunders-Scott

Main address

PO Box 1811

La Crosse, WI 54602 USA

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EIN

39-1610700

Subject area info

Education

Elementary and secondary education

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Students

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Classroom grants

Twice-annual program offering classroom grants to teachers and others working with La Crosse public schools. Grants are selected through a competitive application process

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Checking accounts are provided to each school that allow principals and social workers to discreetly take care of needs of individual students who cannot otherwise afford the cost - whether for clothing, shoes, outwear, food, hygiene supplies, school supplies, activities, transportation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Through grants and other programs, LPEF offers support for training for teachers and other staff in the School District of La Crosse, and provides recognition, such as with our annual Thank a Teacher Day.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In consultation with the School District of La Crosse, LPEF provides fundraising support for special projects, such as the launch of the International Baccalaureate program at North Woods International School.

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.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Classroom grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 data is for school year ending spring 2021 and so on.

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Classroom grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 data represents school year ending spring 2021 and so on.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Classroom grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 data represents school year ending spring 2021 and so on.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 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 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • 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

La Crosse Public Education Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

55.86

Average of 57.76 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.6

Average of 13.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

La Crosse Public Education Foundation Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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La Crosse Public Education Foundation Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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La Crosse Public Education Foundation Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of La Crosse Public Education Foundation Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$55,492 $93,163 -$13,464 $17,638 -$89,748
As % of expenses -14.7% 26.5% -3.6% 5.8% -26.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$55,492 $93,163 -$13,464 $17,638 -$89,748
As % of expenses -14.7% 26.5% -3.6% 5.8% -26.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $563,262 $322,782 $653,979 $489,503 $302,462
Total revenue, % change over prior year 49.6% -42.7% 102.6% -25.2% -38.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 9.3% 14.9% 8.6% 16.2% 21.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 2.1% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 87.2% 81.0% 86.4% 79.2% 81.8%
Other revenue 3.5% 4.1% 2.8% 4.6% -3.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $378,043 $351,743 $376,936 $303,688 $343,426
Total expenses, % change over prior year -18.5% -7.0% 7.2% -19.4% 13.1%
Personnel 24.3% 29.1% 27.7% 30.6% 29.8%
Professional fees 1.4% 1.5% 1.3% 2.6% 2.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 68.0% 63.9% 66.9% 60.0% 63.5%
All other expenses 6.2% 5.4% 4.1% 6.8% 4.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $378,043 $351,743 $376,936 $303,688 $343,426
One month of savings $31,504 $29,312 $31,411 $25,307 $28,619
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $409,547 $381,055 $408,347 $328,995 $372,045

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.3 10.3 7.4 9.7 6.6
Months of cash and investments 51.3 61.7 69.3 101.0 73.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.2 19.6 17.8 22.8 17.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $294,336 $302,802 $233,620 $244,516 $189,522
Investments $1,320,644 $1,506,384 $1,943,519 $2,311,792 $1,924,540
Receivables $58,618 $39,555 $79,153 $26,753 $16,988
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.3% 1.8% 0.5% 0.7% 1.0%
Unrestricted net assets $480,197 $573,360 $559,896 $577,534 $487,786
Temporarily restricted net assets $246,853 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $924,283 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,171,136 $1,242,931 $1,684,396 $1,988,041 $1,622,225
Total net assets $1,651,333 $1,816,291 $2,244,292 $2,565,575 $2,110,011

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Nell Saunders-Scott

Nell Saunders-Scott joined La Crosse Public Education Foundation as Executive Director in January 2022. She brings a breadth and depth of experience in fundraising and nonprofit work to the role and a passion for a strong and equitable education for all.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

La Crosse Public Education Foundation Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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La Crosse Public Education Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Heidi Odegaard

Mayo Clinic Health System

Term: 2023 - 2025

Tracie Bosch

Sandy Brekke

Gundersen Health System

Mark Brumm

Mayo Clinic Health System

Margaret Dihlmann-Malzer

Aaron Engel

School District of La Crosse

Angela Erdenberger

Coulee Bank

Byron Holz

School District of La Crosse

Laura Huber

Viterbo University

Adam Kendle

Gillette & Associates

Lisa Klein

UW - La Crosse

Xeng Lee

School District of La Crosse

Tom Thompson

Community Member

Katie Berkedal

Gundersen Health System, School District of La Crosse Board of Education

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 1/19/2024

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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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/23/2023

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

Policies and processes
  • 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.