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School Connect

Because it takes a village...

Glendale, AZ   |  http://www.schoolconnectaz.org
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School Connect

EIN: 82-3762263


Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Tracey Beal

Main address

5350 West Bell Road Suite 122 #415

Glendale, AZ 85308 USA

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EIN

82-3762263

Subject area info

Community improvement

Population served info

Children and youth

Families

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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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?

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
Families

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
Families
Parents
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
Teachers

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
Families
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people

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 teachers retained after 12 months

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

Children and youth

Related Program

School-Community Coalition Building Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through identifying the goal of retaining teachers, community partners at Mountain View Elementary School worked alongside the principal to build programs that retained their teachers.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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

School-Community Coalition Building Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During our STEM CAFE we helped 3 STEM schools engage their students in STEM activities & STEM careers.

Number of training events conducted

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

School Champions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We hosted 10 Community & Family Engagement Round Table Events for 10 school districts, where partners & parents created strategic projects to help their students become successful in school.

Number of volunteer management professionals trained

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

Children and youth

Related Program

School-Community Coalition Building Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We trained 234 schools & their partners in 34 school districts to host a Love Our Schools Day to meet the needs of schools. Example projects: murals, updating sports fields, creating sensory paths.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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

Children and youth

Related Program

School-Community Coalition Building Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We brought 800superintendents, principals, business, nonprofit, faith & civic leaders together to learn how to work together at our School Connect Summit to help students become successful in school.

Number of mentors recruited

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

Children and youth

Related Program

School Champions

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In the Avondale Elementary District 100 children received mentors in a collaboration with the Avondale Fire and Police Departments. These students decreased discipline behavior & grew academically.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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


Connecting 2,485 Arizona schools to their community because it takes a village to help every child reach their potential.
The core mission of School Connect is building a village of champions from the community who invest in our kids and work together to unleash their potential. In working together as a village, we discover how to build win/win partnerships that transform a child’s life, a school’s life, and even a whole community’s life. It is School Connect’s mission to create a clear and simple pathway to bring them all together. We share stories, network, train, and coach champions from schools and communities to build mutually beneficial, strategic partnerships that truly impact outcomes for children. Thus far, School Connect has helped build partnerships in 700 schools in Arizona. In 3 years, our goal is to double that number to 1,400 schools.

School Connect will grow statewide as leaders around Arizona scale the core interaction of a school supported by its village; this growth will expand organically like a fractal. The principal who works with a School Champion to build a village with the minimum of parent, faith, and business champions in strategic collaboration are the key ingredients for schools and communities to flourish in any neighborhood in Arizona.
In 3 years, we will double the number of schools that have a village supporting them from 700 to 1,400. As we scale in Maricopa County, Tucson, and Flagstaff, we will also bring School Connect to rural districts and tribal lands throughout the state. We want each of these schools to have a volunteer School Champion that helps the principal facilitate the village and each district/region to have a Regional Champion. (Have expanded the School Connect relationship to rural and tribal districts: Paloma, Nadaburg, Mojave County, Holbrook, Chinle. Expanded to Tucson Unified, Flowing Wells, and Marana in Pima County October 2022. Begin a case study with Holbrook Unified Spring 2023. CAFE’s are the special focus, with ongoing engagement plans and School Champions the outcome.)
School Champions
In 3 years, we will have a full on-line training program for School Champions that will make it possible for every school with the School Connect model to have a champion who works with a principal to facilitate the village. These School Champions have the Founders Heart! They are passionate about supporting the principal’s vision for their school and effectively build a village of business, faith, parent, and community champions who collaborate strategically in win/win partnerships. (School Champions training program completed in June 2022. Begin training a new cohort of School Champions in Avondale Elementary District Spring 2023)
• Each School Champion will work with the principal to create a baseline assessment identifying where the school stands in key areas where they want to make progress: teacher retention, attendance, school culture, social/emotional support, parent engagement, academic achievement, STEM initiatives etc.
• They will share their goals through a round table conversation with community partners called the CAFE.
• Together the principal, School Champion, and village will track their initiatives to create a school case study that tells the story of progress.
• School Champions are trained by Regional Champions in district cohorts.
Regional Champions
Each school district/region will have a Regional Champion who will coordinate district initiatives, facilitate partnerships, and support and train School Champions. (Regional Champions identified and full training program to begin by March 2023)

• Regional Champions also work alongside the school district to train and support principals with strategic planning and alignment of the activities of their village.

As Founder and President, Tracey Beal would like to lead the national expansion of School Connect and work directly with the Arizona Executive Director who will lead the School Connect Mission in Arizona. Tracey’s role will be to provide ongoing vision and development to the organization nationally; while focusing attention on public speaking, writing, training, and coaching leaders. (Tracey begins to focus on National School Connect by July 2024 with the hire of an Arizona Executive Director)
• We will have an Arizona Executive Director who has a Founder’s Heart with a clear and compelling picture of how to increase School Connect’s impact in all 2,485 schools in the state. The Executive Director will lead the Arizona School Connect Team and represent School Connect in all state-wide partnerships. (Arizona Executive Director hired by July 2024)
• Our Outreach and Events Manager will build our School Connect Programs into “do not miss” events that reach all regions of the state. (Events and Outreach Manager hired June 2022)
• We will hire new City Directors in Tucson and Flagstaff. (July 2024 - Tucson Unified, Marana and Flowing Wells are engaging with Love Our Schools Days and CAFE’s).
• We will develop a formal Development Department which will be responsible for growing our partnerships by 30% and will fully fund the work in Arizona through strategically diversified and sustainable funding streams. (Development Manager hired by July 2023)
o June2022:Created a DevelopmentActionTeam. Development Manager will begin August2023.
• We will have a Marketing and PR Team that makes School Connect a recognized name across Arizona. (Marketing and PR Team hired July 2022)
• Our National Training Development Team will provide School Connect Arizona with powerful leadership development through inspirational storytelling, clear and engaging training and coaching that is personal and relational. Our Arizona City Directors and Regional Champions will use these materials to train and coach champions throughout the state. (Curriculum finished January 2022)
• Our Arizona Board will grow to reflect all of the sectors and constituents we seek to engage and will move School Connect into greater influence, funding, and impact in our state. (Added Dr. Carol Lippert and Dr. Betsy Hargrove July 2022. Began Network Action Team September 2022 with goal of recruiting 100 influencers in the state of Arizona. July 2023)
• School Connect will use the best technologies we can find to achieve quality results that allow us to track engagement of schools and partners as we inspire, train, and coach leaders around the state. (Actively developing our CRM and finished a new website launch October 2023)
• We will have a project management driven culture where our operational systems make our programs, events, and trainings clear and understood by all team members. These operations systems will remove barriers to success and help our team excel with less stress.

School Connect successfully re-launched Love Our Schools Day to engage 234 schools in 34 school districts with 7000 volunteers who served these schools and began a relationship that could grow into a sustainable partnership. There were 24,000 volunteer hours and $250,000 of contributed product. This impacted 140,400 students.

We hosted 8 Community and Family Engagement Round Table Events in 8 school districts bringing together 88 schools with 1000 community partners to create projects that impact 58,776 students.

We hosted our 2023 School Connect Summit which brought 800 superintendents, principals, business, faith, civic & nonprofits leaders together to learn how to collaborate to bring resources that will not only provide core physical needs, but give students hands on experiences in STEAM, reading and math support, and career exploration.

We hosted our first STEM CAFE where 6 STEM schools met with 75 STEM industry experts to create programing for students to experience more hands on STEM learning and explore careers in STEM. The out come of this were STEM field trips, recruitment of Chief Science Officers, classroom STEM experiences and the funding of a Coding CAFE.

School Connect hosted our 3rd Annual Champions of Education Awards Event where we honored, students, teachers, principals, school board members and community partners who worked together strategically to impact academic outcomes and career opportunities.

Over the past 4 years School Connect has started it's model in 8 other cities across the United States: Lafayette, LA, San Antonio, TX, Fort Wayne, IN, Little Rock, AR, Oklahoma City, OK, Colorado Springs, CO, Appleton, WI & Orange County, CA.

Financials

School Connect
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

4.40

Average of 2.81 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.4

Average of 7.6 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

20%

Average of 11% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

School Connect

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $201,209 -$106,075 $10,984
As % of expenses 76.6% -27.5% 2.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $196,681 -$106,175 $10,576
As % of expenses 73.6% -27.5% 2.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $474,918 $280,277 $517,276
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -41.0% 84.6%
Program services revenue 6.6% 27.3% 28.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 93.4% 72.7% 71.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $262,730 $386,352 $506,292
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 47.1% 31.0%
Personnel 33.6% 62.8% 49.6%
Professional fees 25.0% 6.7% 4.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.5%
All other expenses 41.4% 30.4% 45.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $267,258 $386,452 $506,700
One month of savings $21,894 $32,196 $42,191
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $502 $1,233
Total full costs (estimated) $289,152 $419,150 $550,124

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 31.3 3.3 3.4
Months of cash and investments 31.3 3.3 3.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.1 4.3 3.5
Balance sheet composition info 2020 2021 2022
Cash $685,825 $106,685 $143,473
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $7,988 $18,417 $31,421
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $502 $1,735
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 19.9% 29.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 73.8% 9.5% 21.1%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $244,004 $137,829 $148,405

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors 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

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

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Dr. Jennifer Johnson

Retired

Term: 2022 - 2024

Linda Livermore

Pure Heart Church

Dr. Jennifer Johnson

Retired

Dr. Dan Steffen

Pure Heart Church

Dr. Mike Richardson

Grand Canyon University

Dr. Carol Lippert

Grand Canyon University

Ricardo Pringle

Retired

Nedda Shaffir

Communications Consultant and Board Specialist

Tim Tiller, MSW

Mytek

Dr. Betsy Hargrove

Avondale Elementary School District

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 6/30/2023

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