All Students Experience Success

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EIN: 23-7425256


Our mission is to provide a highly specialized educational and therapeutic program for students identified with emotional disabilities, as well as those with social, emotional, and learning challenges, preparing them to be lifelong learners. Our vision is "all students experience success." Our purpose is to inspire, uplift, and motivate our students to strive for a bright future and believe they can achieve their dreams. The Foundation Schools is a non-public, non-profit special education day school which delivers innovative school programs and support services for children and adolescents with emotional disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. The Foundation Schools serves students in grades K-12 from throughout the greater Washington area.

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Mrs. Gina James

Main address

1300 McCormick Drive

Largo, MD 20774 USA

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Subject area info

Special needs education

Mental health care


Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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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?

The Foundation School

We provide our students with special education services that meet curriculum requirements, as well as individual and group therapy to prepare our students to be productive and successful in their future academic and career paths. Our special programs also include home-based counseling and crisis intervention, athletics, alcohol and drug education and prevention, and literacy and remedial reading. The Foundation Schools operates three schools, two in Prince George's County and one in Montgomery County, serving 300 children and adolescents with emotional disabilities and autism from throughout the DC metropolitan area. Many of our students come to us with a history of school failure and are missing the essential skills necessary for them to do well in school. In addition to their behavioral health disabilities, many of our students present with fully diagnosed learning disabilities. Our students are primarily from minority ethnic groups and the majority live in low-income households.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 1.19 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of THE FOUNDATION SCHOOLS’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 $359,029 -$230,751 $1,312,256 $3,230,143 $840,219
As % of expenses 2.4% -1.5% 8.1% 18.4% 4.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $24,795 -$535,050 $991,354 $2,833,285 $379,772
As % of expenses 0.2% -3.4% 6.0% 15.8% 2.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $15,267,859 $15,965,584 $17,523,591 $20,783,631 $19,826,112
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.7% 4.6% 9.8% 18.6% -4.6%
Program services revenue 97.2% 97.1% 97.9% 90.6% 96.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.5%
Government grants 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 6.5% 2.2%
All other grants and contributions 2.5% 2.8% 1.9% 2.6% 1.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% -0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $14,910,815 $15,433,484 $16,211,931 $17,545,763 $18,498,592
Total expenses, % change over prior year -0.3% 3.5% 5.0% 8.2% 5.4%
Personnel 76.9% 76.0% 78.4% 80.8% 78.4%
Professional fees 9.0% 10.2% 7.4% 4.8% 4.1%
Occupancy 8.8% 8.4% 8.7% 9.9% 11.7%
Interest 0.0% 1.1% 1.0% 0.9% 0.8%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 5.3% 4.4% 4.6% 3.7% 5.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $15,245,049 $15,737,783 $16,532,833 $17,942,621 $18,959,039
One month of savings $1,242,568 $1,286,124 $1,350,994 $1,462,147 $1,541,549
Debt principal payment $183,585 $230,593 $0 $1,558,959 $215,323
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $602,952 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $16,671,202 $17,254,500 $17,883,827 $21,566,679 $20,715,911

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.6 4.3 4.9 6.4 2.1
Months of cash and investments 3.6 4.3 4.9 6.4 5.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.2 4.6 5.1 6.4 6.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $4,505,649 $5,476,600 $6,575,071 $9,303,969 $3,300,798
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,398,273
Receivables $2,249,371 $1,716,434 $2,923,465 $1,656,959 $3,307,931
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $10,690,665 $10,765,167 $10,752,470 $10,903,796 $10,376,103
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 49.6% 52.0% 54.0% 52.7% 52.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 45.2% 50.8% 51.3% 40.0% 36.2%
Unrestricted net assets $6,746,884 $6,211,834 $7,203,188 $10,036,473 $10,416,245
Temporarily restricted net assets $8,999 $8,574 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $8,999 $8,574 $7,978 $15,703 $32,539
Total net assets $6,755,883 $6,220,408 $7,211,166 $10,052,176 $10,448,784

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Mrs. Gina James

Mrs. James brings 20 years of experience and expertise working in the educational field to The Foundation Schools, where she has worked for the past 16 years. Mrs. James holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology and two Master’s Degrees in Counseling and Master’s Degree in Special Education with a specialty area in educating emotionally disabled students. Mrs. James currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF). “My passion is working with disadvantaged students to reach their highest potential and helping our staff become effective leaders for our students.”

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
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Board co-chair

Andre Gingles

Gingles, LLC

Board co-chair

Eric Randolph

Hopwood Financial Services

Andre J Gingles

Gingles, LLC

Thomas M DeGonia

Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger

Neena Masih


Andrea R Adler

DC Association for Special Education

James Cornelsen


Tara Jackson

Deputy County Attorney, Government Operations, Prince George's County

Marion Porter


Eric Randolph

Hopwood Financial Services

Caroline M Brown

Brown & Peisch PLLC

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
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)

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