Jeffco Schools Foundation

Helping Students Thrive

aka The Jefferson Foundation   |   Golden, CO   |
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Jeffco Schools Foundation

EIN: 84-0970315


OUR VISION ​Every Jeffco Student Thrives. ​OUR MISSION​ Jeffco Schools Foundation is a fundraising partner of the Jeffco Public Schools district. We cultivate partnerships to ensure Jeffco students thrive through equitable, excellent, and engaging educational experiences

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Courtney Jensen

Main address

1829 Denver W Dr. Bldg. 27

Golden, CO 80401 USA

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Formerly known as

The Jefferson Foundation



Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Elementary and secondary education

Education services

Community organizing

Corporate social responsibility

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We seek to ensure every Jeffco student thrives. Jeffco Public Schools includes 155 public schools, 84,000. students, more than 14,000 district and school staff, and spans a vast geography. One in three students are low income (as designated by Free or Reduced Lunch status). We seek to deliver for all of our students, and to always be anchored in our values. Values: • Students first, always • Equitable supports matter more than equal supports • Community and family engagement are essential • Educators and schools are valuable partners and leaders • Measuring success is critical to achieving success • Honoring our past is critical to securing our future • Quality education is the right of every Jeffco student

Our programs

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

STEM Smart Labs

Jeffco Schools Foundation serves the over 80,000 students in Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado. STEM Smart Labs are within a number of Title I schools in the Arvada articulation area.

STEM Smart Labs are one of the nine program areas we support. STEM education in Jeffco emphasizes an interdisciplinary, innovative, and authentic approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In addition to essential skills such as communication and collaboration, our STEM programs also emphasize transferable STEM specific skills that students are able to apply across STEM aligned disciplines. These STEM skills include: Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Creating and Using Models, Planning and Carrying out Investigations or Valid Tests, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Constructing Explanations / Designing Solutions, and Engaging in Argument from

Our STEM programs embrace a student driven, inquiry embedded instructional approach, utilizing educational models such as Project/Problem Based Learning and Design Thinking. Some of our Jeffco Schools partner with organizations to support STEM learning, including but not limited to: Creative Learning Systems, Expeditionary Learning, New Technology Network, PBL Works, and Project Lead the Way.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Working poor

Visual Arts programs are an integral part of the core curriculum offered at every K-12 Jeffco public school. Jeffco Schools provide high quality instruction, emphasizing a balance of studio art (creating), critique and analysis, and art history. The curriculum students receive is based on the Colorado Academic Standards - Visual Arts, in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, digital media, sculpture, and ceramics.

Visual Arts are essential. They teach students innumerable lessons - practice makes perfect, small differences can have large effects, collaboration leads to creativity. Visual arts also teach children that there are several paths to take when approaching problems and that all problems can have more than one solution.

Population(s) Served

The Jeffco Costume Connection is an educational theater resource available to all students, educators, and families in Jeffco. All costumes are free to check out, much like a library. The Costume Connection is filled with costumes, clothing, and special event wear (for special occasions like graduation or prom, or even Halloween!).

The Costume Connection provides no-cost lending of outfits to Jeffco students and schools, including theater productions, individual family requests for special clothing loans, and more. School staff, parents, and students can go to the Costume Connection and select items to "check-out" and then return at no cost. This is a volunteer-led effort, supported by the Jeffco Schools Foundation and Jeffco Public Schools.

Population(s) Served

Serving Kids Clothing Program is a program sponsored by Jeffco Schools Foundation, working together with Jeffco PTA, Jefferson County Administrators Association and community donors to make almost-new clothing items available to Jefferson County Public School students in need. Staffed by volunteers, the Serving Kids program provides a week's worth of new or near-new clothing, including jeans, coats, shoes and more, to any student in Jeffco Public Schools who needs it.

Sometimes a student's biggest obstacle to being successful may be as basic as the lack of appropriate or warm clothing to wear to school. School personnel are usually the first to recognize the need. Clothing is delivered to the employee, who then gives it to the student. Serving Kids volunteers act behind the scenes to allow caring employees the joy of making their students happy.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Children and youth
Artists and performers
Children and youth
Artists and performers
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Jeffco Schools Foundation's vision is that every Jeffco student thrives.

To achieve this, Jeffco Schools Foundation has defined three strategic priorities.

EQUITY: Identify Opportunities to Meet Needs
• Expand effective community and school partnerships
• Invest in equitable student supports
• Diversify and target supports to meet individual student and school needs

EXCELLENCE: Shine a Spotlight on Success and Invest in Excellence
• Define key elements needed for students to “thrive”
• Identify, measure, and celebrate success
• Seed promising innovations and expand successful models

ENGAGEMENT: Convene, Collaborate, and Move to Action
• Invest in strategic partnerships
• Remain nimble and responsive
• Act on community feedback to inform investment and action

Jeffco Schools Foundation has 1-, 3-, and 5-year goals and related metrics aligned to our three strategic priority areas: equity, excellence, and engagement.

1-Year Goals and Metrics: Define effective partnership criteria; Invest deeply in three
effective partnerships to support schools with highest
needs; Support school relationships with at least 80 percent of schools

3-Year Goals and Metrics: At least a twenty percent of partner schools report a meaningful JSF partnership; JSF Board diversity more fully reflects the diversity of our community; JSF programs report results and impacts by Board
defined equity criteria

5-Year Goals and Metrics: Track process for partner engagement and data collection; Track success and impact of JSF programs on student success; Report success rate on investments

1-Year Goals and Metrics: Define what it means for a student to “Thrive” and articulate measures; Pilot community engagement focus groups to inform JSF efforts; Create annual program and
overall impact statements

3-Year Goals and Metrics: Expand supports for programs aligned to “Thrive” measures; Expand three excellent programs to at least five schools; Communicate impact broadly; Publicly celebrate excellence
through two or more events

5-Year Goals and Metrics: Majority of JSF-supported schools report progress on “Thrive” measures; Engage the community in development and release of 2025-30 strategic plan building on excellence

1-Year Goals and Metrics: Convene, Collaborate, and Move to Action; Establish strong school
engagement mechanisms; Reach 80 percent or more of schools; Engage at least seven key
community partners to collaboratively support schools

3-Year Goals and Metrics: Three articulation areas have thriving school support partnerships; Three articulation areas are forming school support partnerships

5-Year Goals and Metrics: Six articulation areas have thriving school support partnerships; Partnerships are supporting a majority of schools; At least a twenty percent increase in student
engagement in excellent programs

Jeffco Schools Foundation has a strong and diverse Board of Directors, deep partnership with our district, direct relationships with over 80 of our schools, and a very supportive community.

We have all the elements needed to achieve success in ensuring every Jeffco student thrives. However, we cannot succeed without partnership, community support, and funding.

Jeffco Schools Foundation is honored and privileged to serve our students, families, educators, and schools. We are delighted to share that in the 2019-20 school year we provided some level of support to 80 percent of our 155 schools. At the same time, based on feedback from our strategic planning process and our community, we know there is work to be done in regard to impact, measuring that impact, expanding supports for what works, investing in innovations, and communicating successes and challenges with our community.


Jeffco Schools Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.19 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Jeffco Schools Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Jeffco Schools Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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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Jeffco Schools Foundation

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Jeffco Schools Foundation’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 $191,614 -$12,020 $581,977 $118,238 -$253,200
As % of expenses 18.4% -1.1% 64.5% 9.8% -13.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $191,614 -$12,020 $581,977 $118,238 -$253,200
As % of expenses 18.4% -1.1% 64.5% 9.8% -13.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,124,607 $1,129,896 $1,792,237 $1,486,380 $1,357,440
Total revenue, % change over prior year -4.5% 0.5% 58.6% -17.1% -8.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.0% 2.1% 1.3% 1.3% 1.8%
Government grants 21.0% 0.0% 1.2% 18.2% 17.8%
All other grants and contributions 76.9% 97.7% 96.1% 80.0% 80.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.4% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,043,192 $1,121,524 $902,450 $1,205,326 $1,897,664
Total expenses, % change over prior year -6.5% 7.5% -19.5% 33.6% 57.4%
Personnel 12.8% 16.2% 22.9% 16.1% 7.7%
Professional fees 9.7% 8.4% 2.0% 6.3% 35.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 71.7% 71.1% 57.6% 66.0% 48.4%
All other expenses 5.8% 4.3% 17.5% 11.5% 8.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,043,192 $1,121,524 $902,450 $1,205,326 $1,897,664
One month of savings $86,933 $93,460 $75,204 $100,444 $158,139
Debt principal payment $141,427 $0 $0 $33,100 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,271,552 $1,214,984 $977,654 $1,338,870 $2,055,803

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.6 5.6 12.7 17.7 8.2
Months of cash and investments 15.7 15.9 25.3 28.8 16.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.8 1.5 9.6 8.4 3.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $402,267 $519,663 $954,109 $1,781,987 $1,293,081
Investments $961,057 $964,570 $949,205 $1,108,062 $1,233,399
Receivables $316,503 $46,208 $548,821 $15,989 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $32,825 $32,825 $32,825 $32,825 $32,825
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.1% 4.5% 3.2% 2.8% 17.0%
Unrestricted net assets $153,165 $141,145 $723,122 $841,360 $588,160
Temporarily restricted net assets $483,157 $530,652 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $791,963 $791,963 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,275,120 $1,322,615 $1,651,899 $1,999,769 $1,511,622
Total net assets $1,428,285 $1,463,760 $2,375,021 $2,841,129 $2,099,782

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Executive Director

Courtney Jensen

As an experienced nonprofit leader, Courtney comes to JSF with 8 years of nonprofit experience. She has worked in various roles in the nonprofit realm, from operations, volunteer management and into fundraising before leading Family Promise of Greater Denver through the COVID-19 pandemic for the past 2.5 years. As the Executive Director for Family Promise of Greater Denver, Courtney worked hard, supporting, and advocating for families in a housing crisis in Metro Denver. Courtney more than doubled the size and services the organization offered. As low-income families were hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, she led FPGD in modifying programming to provide increased safety and shelter to families in our community. During her tenure, Courtney was an active voice ensuring every child had a safe place to call home. She brings that same vigor and passion to Jeffco Schools Foundation.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Jeffco Schools Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Jeffco Schools Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2023
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Board chair

Josie Huelskamp


Term: 2020 - 2023

Josie Huelskamp

First Bank

Pam Brier

The Action Center

Ben Miller


Dayna Ashley-Oehm

City of Aurora Housing Authority

Tracy Dorland

​Jeffco Public Schools

Tara Curry-Jahn

Leadership + Design

Rick Rush

Former Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education Member

Paula Reed

Jeffco Schools Board of Directors

Sandra Weathers

Community Member

Kami Welch

​Arvada Chamber

Adele Willson

Hord Coplan Macht

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/31/2023

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