School Connect

Because it takes a village...

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School Connect

EIN: 82-3762263


The mission of School Connect AZ is to meaningfully connect all 2,485 Arizona K-12 public school campuses with their surrounding community so that every student has a well-informed village ready to help them reach their potential.

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Executive Director

Tracey Beal

Main address

14240 N 43RD AVE


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Subject area info

Community improvement

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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

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Our programs

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

School Champions

School Champions are community volunteers trained by School Connect and matched to a participating school. They build relationship and "walk beside" the school principal to understand specific needs and strategically collaborate with the surrounding community partners from business, nonprofit and faith organizations to fulfill those needs. The School Champion is trained by School Connect to support CAFE's (Community and Family Engagement events) at the school, helping the principal to invite potential community partners to the table to collaborate. They help facilitate Love Our Schools Day community service activities, as well as other events that serve the school's specific outreach needs throughout the school year. They become the primary connector between community partners and the school. Champions can be found in business, faith, nonprofit, government and university communities as business outreach directors, missions or youth pastors, university outreach program managers, community engagement specialists, or engaged parent leaders. School Champions participate in Learning Communities to collaborate with other School Champions throughout Arizona.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

School Connect AZ (SCAZ) strengthens Arizona schools and communities by fostering the robust unification of schools to local organizations, businesses, and programs that prioritize educational attainment within underrepresented communities. SCAZ program interventions advance school-community relationships by identifying and training community stakeholders to regularly assemble with the singular focus of improving their schools and communities. Primary benefactors are the students and their families, who experience improved schools and increased access to community resources. Secondary benefactors include the school, school staff, and community – who benefit from stronger schools and connected resources. Through catalytic events scheduled throughout the school year (Love Our Schools Day, Community and Family Engagement Round Table Event, School Connect Summit, and Parent University), SCAZ builds sustainable school-community partnerships that endure long after the program has ended.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

The Teacher Wellness Rooms Project repurposes small unused spaces on campuses into spaces for educators to reset and refocus their attention during the day. Students commonly have designated spaces for quiet reflection on campus; however, there are no such spaces for teachers to briefly rejuvenate and restore calm. Studies show a widespread and growing mental health crisis among U.S. teachers – a problem so grim that many are leaving the field or making drastic lifestyle changes. This is especially true in Arizona, where teacher burnout levels are reaching epidemic levels. This project will target diverse, underserved, and Title I schools in AZ where rates of burnout and depression are highest. Teacher attrition rates are highest among teachers of color: 62% of Black and 59% of Hispanic/Latino (59%) educators are leaving the profession. Teacher burnout rates are 50% higher in Title I schools and 70% higher for teachers in schools that serve diverse populations.

Population(s) Served

School Connect AZ (SCAZ) Rural and Tribal Program focuses on rural and tribal communities across Arizona. Rural and tribal regions face geographical, social, and logistical challenges creating enduring school-community collaboratives. To create stable and thriving communities within rural regions, SCAZ provides one year of intensive school-community building activities that bring the village to the school to ensure students thrive. The school is the hub of community-building activities throughout the program as a specially trained School Champion cultivates sustainable partnerships that strengthen both schools and communities. The program aims to improve the school climate and increase student learning through regular catalytic events. Events such as the Community and Family Engagement (CAFÉ) Round Table Event, Love Our Schools Day, the School Connect Summit, Educator Awards Event, and Parent University amalgamate partnerships that aim to improve school outcomes.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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School Connect
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.42 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.7 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

School Connect

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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School Connect

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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School Connect

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of School Connect’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 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $201,209 -$106,075
As % of expenses 76.6% -27.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $196,681 -$106,175
As % of expenses 73.6% -27.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $474,918 $280,277
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -41.0%
Program services revenue 6.6% 27.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 93.4% 72.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $262,730 $386,352
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 47.1%
Personnel 33.6% 62.8%
Professional fees 25.0% 6.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 41.4% 30.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $267,258 $386,452
One month of savings $21,894 $32,196
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $502
Total full costs (estimated) $289,152 $419,150

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020 2021
Months of cash 31.3 3.3
Months of cash and investments 31.3 3.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.1 4.3
Balance sheet composition info 2020 2021
Cash $685,825 $106,685
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $7,988 $18,417
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $502
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 19.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 73.8% 9.5%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $244,004 $137,829

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2020 2021
Material data errors No No


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

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Executive Director

Tracey Beal

Tracey Beal is founder/E.D. of School Connect a 501c3 that focuses on helping local schools build dynamic partnerships among business, faith, government and non-profit organizations. Following years of taking students on international service trips, Tracey incubated a model of collaborative community engagement at Palo Verde Middle School in Phoenix AZ. The successful model was recognized for its exceptional results in 2015 by the US Department of Ed and AZ Department of Education. School Connect was incorporated in Jan 2016 and today serves over 650 schools in 68 districts throughout Arizona, touching more than half of all Arizona students. Tracey also serves as Pastor of Community Development at Pure Heart Church. She is a member of the AZ 21st Century Vision Team, District Interfaith Council, Leadership Network City Impact Learning Community, Global Leadership Summit planning team and Phoenix Youth and Education Commission.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 04/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Dr. Jennifer Johnson

Arizona Department of Education

Term: 2022 - 2023

Linda Livermore

Pure Heart Church

Dr. Jennifer Johnson

Arizona Department of Education

Dr. Dan Steffen

Pure Heart Church

Dr. Mike Richardson

Grand Canyon University

Rev. Dean Kuest

Central Christian Church

Dr. Carol Lippert

Grand Canyon University

Ricardo Pringle


Nedda Shaffir

Communications Consultant and Board Specialist

Tim Tiller, MSW


Dr. Betsy Hargrove

Avondale Elementary School District

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/18/2022

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