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Statewide Reach. Local Impact. For Students, Teachers and Schools.



CONSORTIUM OF FLORIDA EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS TABLE OF CONTENTS 2016-2017 Statewide Reach ..............................................................3 A Donor’s Viewpoint............................................................................4 A Superintendent’s Viewpoint ...........................................................5 Teachers Learning from Teachers .....................................................6 Advancing Girls in Science .................................................................7 Engaging Volunteers to Increase Student Achievement ...............8 Ensuring Collier Students are ‘Future Ready’.................................9 1:1 Leveraging State & Philanthropic Investments ................10-11 Awards & Accolades ....................................................................12-13 Serving as ‘Second Responders’ After Hurricanes .....................14 2016-2017 Financial Impact .............................................................15

Pasco County, Robotics Competition

Education Foundation of Martin County

DeSoto County Education Foundation

Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools



Florida’s local education foundations serve as the conduit for private-sector investment and community involvement in our public schools. More than 1,100 community leaders serve on local education foundation boards with 80% of these volunteers from the private-sector. TheConsortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) serves serves as the primary link between local education foundations and regional, statewide, and national partners. Our member education foundations raise $63 million annually to support initiatives that increase student achievement in Florida. They invest in programs not funded through tax dollars, including student scholarships, mentoring and other drop-out prevention




strategies, teaching innovation and recognition programs, classroom grants, college-readiness and access programs, literacy improvement strategies, technical and career education initiatives, and targeted support for low-performing students and schools.

bought and renewed the

Support Education tag.

$390,600 raised from Florida drivers who through workplace giving

$800,000 donated by school district employees $536,000 distributed through

Find It & Fund It


crowdsourcing platform.

Supporting Classrooms Project by Project Champions for Learning, the education foundation of Collier County, has a robust “Find It & Fund It” online program that allows teachers to post projects with descriptions and funding requirements. Parents, businesses, and others wanting to support hands-on learning can contribute to projects—or pay the entire cost. Art teacher Jennifer Frank raised $696 for her “Peace Windows” project that enabled 4th and 5th graders at Mike Davis Elementary to create transparent paintings with floating imagery and Chagall-like colors symbolizing peace, love, tolerance and faith. 3

Manatee Education Foundation

Florida Panhandle Technical College Foundation


President, AT&T Florida About two million jobs are unfilled in the U.S. today, lacking qualified applicants. For our country to succeed in the 21st century, our workforce needs the right skills. Change on a national level begins at the local level, and Florida also needs a well-educated and wellskilled workforce. Our desire is to help ensure that students in Florida have every opportunity to become a part of that work force. At AT&T, we are always looking for problem solvers and the CFEF has done a great job in a lot of different areas in the STEM world to make sure we are creating those problem solvers, helping students take the next step once they enter college or enter the workforce. That is something AT&T sees as having great value and is a great public service to the state of Florida. Our relationship with the CFEF benefits the students of Florida and provides AT&T with an avenue that helps us give back to our communities in meaningful and measurable ways. In 2010, AT&T helped create and pilot STEM @ Work, a program that provides students with opportunities to better understand an area of STEM through work-based experiences and increase their awareness and interest in STEM careers. Since its inception, we have provided almost three-quarters of a million dollars to help directly impact more than 42,000 Florida students.


And the CFEF has helped AT&T bring underserved families our low-cost broadband service that is available to SNAP participants. This program opens up another avenue to enhance the education of at-risk students in Florida. Nationally, through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T helps provide access to the education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.We support programs that prepare people for careers in technology, media and telecommunications and increase the number of students graduating from high school. Data from organizations we support show students in these programs had higher attendance and were more likely to graduate from high school than their peers. Since 2008, we’ve committed $400 million in programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. AT&T is also a part of the GradNation campaign to drive America to a 90% high school graduation rate by 2020. When the GradNation campaign launched in 2010 with AT&T’s support, the graduation rate was 74.9% for the class of 2008. At 83.2%, the U.S. class of 2015 graduation rate is at an all-time high. In 2016, Florida’s graduation rate was the highest it has been in 12 years. We like to think that AT&T has had something to do with that increase.


School District of Indian River County What makes the Education Foundation of Indian River County (EFIRC) unique and effective? Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell’s answer is “They are a ‘broker of resources!’ They know the school district and personnel. And they create opportunities for the District and Foundation to work together to enhance the education of students in our county.” Dr. Rendell recounts how the Foundation introduced the Career Academies director to local auto dealership owners, which created internships for seniors in the automotive academy class. He also talks about how the Foundation raises money for the District’s Step into Kindergarten summer bridge program that ensures 225 preschoolers from low-income families enter Kindergarten ready to learn. “What’s different about our education foundation is they ask How can we support the goals of the district? —not What do you need money for?” reflects Dr. Rendell. It’s a different mindset that he appreciates in how the EF-IRC works with him, their school board members, principals and teachers. With Foundation support and the superintendent’s encouragement, the Algebra Counts 2—Lesson Study program was created. This professional development program provides teachers time to meet during the school day, collaborate, plan lessons and implement lessons in neighboring schools. This collaborative learning community also is supported by a Teaching Institute and “shoulder-to-shoulder” coaching, enabling teachers to explore and try new classroom strategies.

“When I meet with the Education Foundation’s board of directors to talk about projects and share ideas, they consider our discussion and come back to me a short time later to let me know what they can and can’t do. They just want to help and show results,” Dr. Rendell says with conviction.

“What’s different about our education foundation is they ask How can we support the goals of the district? — not What do you need money for?” What’s Dr. Rendell’s favorite project so far? The Room of Engaging Ability Learning (R.E.A.L.) Lab and “Speak Up!” projects at the Wabasso School because they dramatically changed the lives of its students. The Wabasso School is a special education school serving students ages 5-22 with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. The R.E.A.L. Lab provides transitional opportunities for children ages 18-22 to develop independent living and employability skills. Within the lab are four functioning businesses: a sign shop, culinary kitchen, laundry service and a puppy pastry company. Many of the school’s students are non-verbal or are not easily understood. The EFIRC reached out to the John’s Island Foundation which ultimately funded iPads for all 52 students to give them a voice.Within weeks of learning how to use the technology, the students were talking in sentences and asking questions.


PEERS IN PUBLIC PRACTICE Teachers Learning from Teachers LaTorria Mosely has gone full circle – from being invited to join the Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program in 7th grade at Howard Bishop Middle School in Gainesville to teaching Pre-Algebra and advanced mathematics at the same school.With the help of the TSIC staff and her mentor—and the Florida Prepaid Scholarship she received through the program—LaTorria was the first in her family to attend college. After five years of teaching and learning from her peers, LaTorria was a featured panelist for the “Peers in Public Practice (P3)” discussion at the UF Lastinger Center International Teacher Leadership Conference in Miami in March 2017. P3 is a pilot program of the CFEF, funded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that matches new and less experienced teachers with others who open their classrooms for observation and, later in the day, discussion. Howard Bishop Middle School has limited technology, so LaTorria jumped at the opportunity to watch a more seasoned teacher explain a lesson to her class integrating the technology she does have. As part of the P3 program, teachers also receive some professional development on topics like strategies for cultural responsiveness in classrooms.


“I liked seeing how another Algebra I teacher handled the lesson, bell work, and homework—and how the teacher interacted with a student who was not being successful in class. Seeing it in practice for a new or younger teacher like me brings it all together.”

“I liked seeing how another Algebra I teacher handled the lesson, bell work, and homework—and how the teacher interacted with a student who was not being successful in class. Seeing it in practice for a new or younger teacher like me brings it all together.”

While in high school, she always said she wanted to be a teacher or a pediatrician. As a University of Florida student, she quickly realized medical school wasn’t her path. After graduating college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, she wasn’t sure what to do. She had always been good with math, so she became a substitute teacher— one who taught lessons, asked questions, and didn’t lose control of her classroom. It wasn’t long before she had a classroom of her own. “Some people don’t want to ask for help or ask questions. I don’t know everything, so I see the P3 program as a ‘clarifier,’ ” said LaTorria. “She was open to being mentored as a student and, now, open again as a third-year teacher. We are thrilled to continue supporting her development,” says Rachel Debigare, Executive Director of The Education Foundation of Alachua County.

Kate is used to being the only girl on engineering design teams. Here the team’s medical assistant robot,T.I.M., won 1st place at the Energy Whiz Competition.

ADVANCING GIRLS IN SCIENCE “I like how engineering can dramatically change someone’s life for the better.” - Kate Walsh, Lyman High School Kate Walsh is a STEM competition enthusiast. Smart, self-motivated, inquisitive and systematic, Kate entered her first competition in 3rd grade solving algebra problems. Her first invention was a cowboy hat that included an insulated lunchbox at the top so her hands were free when she went to the park and wanted to bring a snack. Since then she has entered, and often won, dozens of local, state and regional competitions. Over the years, Kate has participated in Lego leagues, SECME (Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics and Enrichment), Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Challenges, and Energy Whiz competitions building her patience, confidence and leadership skills. Kate’s favorite invention is the medical assistance robot known as Terrestrial Incident Manager (T.I.M.). When she was in 8th grade, she and her team built T.I.M. to serve as a first responder after disasters. It is solar charged and controlled remotely. The base is a recycled wheelchair and the payload bay, made from a recycled drawer, carries medical supplies to treat injuries from splinters and open wounds to broken limbs. At the front of its chassis is a Wi-Fi camera that connects to a virtual reality headset, enabling the driver to see where it’s going.

Kate thrived as an active member of the Elevating the Engineering Field for Girls and Exploration of Solar Energy programs— funded by Duke Energy through the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools—during her middle school years at Milwee, Seminole County’s Pre-Engineering Magnet. As a high school freshman, Kate is strategic in picking teammates and competitions, looking for challenging and rewarding experiences with classmates who share her passion for science. This year her team is working on an upgraded T.I.M. that includes arms and a GPS tracking system so it can distribute supplies and provide coordinates of injured people to be rescued safely. It’s no surprise that Kate earned a perfect score on her 8th grade Statewide Science Assessment and carried a 4.0 GPA throughout middle school. Drawn to the sciences with the help of teachers throughout elementary and middle school, she favored biomedical engineering in 7th grade, prosthetics and structural engineering in 8th grade and, now in 9th grade, mechanical and electrical engineering. Whatever type of engineering Kate chooses, she knows she wants to help people and use her skills to benefit society.


ENGAGING VOLUNTEERS TO INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT “We used to have some children who came to school crying because school was so hard and they were falling behind. Now, they are coming to school smiling from ear-to-ear,” beams Kathleen Elementary Principal Lana Tatum. Ms. Tatum uses the AmeriCorps Polk Reads program in her school to help students build their confidence along with learning site words, building vocabulary and increasing reading fluency. During the 2016-2017 school year, three tutors worked with 45 students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Spook Hill Elementary Assistant Principal Rubie Kauffman credits tutors with creating and building relationships with their students that had positive effects in their classrooms. “One student in particular could hardly make it to class every day, but the tutor was able to make an impression on him and because of the relationship she built, he was able to trust her. He is flourishing and smiling every day now.” AmeriCorps Polk Reads tutors meet one-on-one with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders weekly at 10 elementary schools throughout Polk County. During the 2016-2017 school year, 345 students completed at least 15 weeks (half of the school year) and three assessments. Of these students, 90% showed academic achievement. The biggest gains were seen in second graders where 97% of the students improved. At Spook Hill and Kathleen Elementary Schools alone, 96 students participated and 70 met their learning goals. Every student in the program receives two books to start or grow their home library along with a backpack and certificate at the end of the school year. AmeriCorps Polk Reads is a program of the Polk Education Foundation.

“I have a 1st grade student that, before I started working with him, was on lower Kindergarten highfrequency words. His teacher told me whenever he had to read in class, he got so frustrated with himself to the point of crying. Now, the teacher tells me all the time about how proud she is of his progress! He is caught up and is on the Unit 6 1st grade high-frequency words and has moved up six Rigby reading levels. This student is happy to read and no longer gets upset when he is picked up for tutoring. He is so excited to see what we are reading that day.” Tutor Kaitlyn Rayborn Kathleen Elementary School 8

ENSURING COLLIER STUDENTS ARE ‘FUTURE READY’ A network of organizations, businesses, schools and community members are working together to ensure Collier’s students are “future ready” driven by two goals. The goals: (1) Ensure all children are Kindergarten-ready; and (2) Ensure all young people are career-ready by graduating high school on track to obtain a degree or credential. The network: Future Ready Collier. Future Ready Collier is a Future Makers Coalition Partner, and the goal of the regional coalition is to transform the Southwest Florida workforce by increasing the number of college degrees, certificates or other high-quality credentials from 27% to 55% by 2025. Collier County’s story is like most counties: lots of great organizations working hard every day to support families, young people, schools and others. Few connect or coordinate their efforts against larger, community-wide goals. In 2015, Champions For Learning, the education foundation of Collier County brought together other key partners to begin pooling resources and working collaboratively.Today, 60 organizations work together to ensure every child is Future Ready, through concrete goals and strategies that are aligned and leveraged across organizations. Eight teams drive progress around identified priorities: developmental screenings, family engagement and early literacy, program provider quality and access, resources and funding for early learning, college access, college retention, middle school support, and workplace experiences. Kindergarten readiness indicators include the state and district established assessments, plus a focus on on-time Kindergarten registration so that children are in their seats on the first day of school. For the college- and career-ready goal, indicators focus on increasing the percentage of 25- to 64-year-olds with a two-year degree or more (38% in 2015) and the percentage of seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (53%, June 30, 2017).

“Collectively, we are deepening our capacity to build and sustain a dynamic economy that works for everyone. We are leveraging resources to really move the needle for children and families in our community.” Champions For Learning President Susan McManus


1:1 LEVERAGING STATE & PHILANTHROPIC INVESTMENTS Florida is a national leader in leveraging state funds to encourage private-sector investment and involvement. Through the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, the state allocates funds as challenge grants to public school district education foundations for programs that target technical and career education, literacy initiatives, STEM initiatives, teaching quality, graduation rates and low-performing students. Education foundations must match each $1 received by the state with $1 from private philanthropy. Since 2001, more than $81.5 million has been invested by the state and private philanthropy to improve academic achievement for more than 13 million students.

School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program

2016 - 2017 Highlights: • Total investment: $10,980,542 • Private-sector funding: $6,480,542 • State funding: $4,500,000 • # of Projects: 151 • Total students impacted: 1,057,238

Career & Technical Education

Public Education Foundation of Marion County “Pathways 2 Prosperity” Helping students look beyond graduation, Pathways 2 Prosperity (referred to as “P Squared” by students) exposed 340 high school juniors and seniors to high-earning jobs accessible through technical education colleges. In small groups, students toured and learned about employment needs of local business in the hospitality, equine, manufacturing and health care industries. Students also wrote resumes and cover letters, dressed professionally and participated in mock job interviews, and learned about financial literacy.

Students visiting the City of Ocala Electric Utilities Department.


After touring Ocala Electric Utility in his junior year, Jacob Moore returned two weeks later to learn more about being a lineman, participated in a mock interview and created a long-term plan with his tour guide including determining what technical school he should attend.As a senior at North Marion High School, he checks in regularly with his counselor to make sure he is on track.

“Many students who thought they could only work in high paying/high rewarding jobs with a 4-year college degree realized that many professions can start with a certification from a technical school or a 2-year degree, and they can then continue their education while working to advance in that profession.” Karen Holmes, Counselor North Marion High School, Marion County







Students demonstrated increased interest in CTE

Teachers improved knowledge and attitude

Students had improved reading skills

Students increased their interest in STEM Education

Low-performing students improved grades

High school senior participants graduated

Teaching Quality

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools “Collegium for the Advancement of Education” Collegium for the Advancement of Education is a one-week training workshop where teachers and administrators learn how to improve their communication skills, become more effective in their classrooms and increase their productivity. All participating teachers during the 2016-2017 school year showed increased knowledge about teaching and made changes to the way they teach as a result of the workshop. Ninety percent indicated their attitude towards teaching improved.


Investing in Kids, St. Johns County “FLY—Five Learning Years” Tutors used the Nemours BrightStart! Early Literacy Program and worked with underperforming pre-Kindergartners in groups of four for 30 minutes a session for six months. On average, students completing the intervention improved their scores by 85%. Participating kindergarteners improved their scores by 40% on average, with the greatest gains (150%) on letter and sound recognition. Progress was measured using the Get Ready to Read Screening Tool and Letter Identification and Sound Test.


Hamilton County Public Schools Foundation “Robotics, Energy and Electricity” An extension of the 2016 summer robotics camp, this 60-hour Robotics, Energy and Electricity enrichment STEM initiative provided hands-on experiences to 140 fifth graders with its program partners the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee and LEGO. The Challenger education staff provided standards-based science lessons introducing students to new technologies, computer programming, Hamilton County Public Schools Foundation

engineering, physical science, mathematics and imagination. Students worked in groups using WEDO kits from LEGO and had access to a variety of technology for their projects. Snap Circuit kits from ELENCO were used for lessons on energy and electricity. All participating students showed an interest in pursuing a STEM career, and 83% showed an increased interest in STEM education.

Low-Performing Students

Charlotte Local Education Foundation “Literacy at Peace River Elementary School” Extending the school day by one hour, low-performing second graders worked one-on-one with a teacher using programs designed to improve comprehension, vocabulary and phonics and build closereading skills. The program engaged parents by providing books and technology to support reading at home and successfully reduced the number of school absences for this target student group. Ninety-two percent of the students increased their reading performance, and five made more than a full year’s growth using the i-Ready reading program.

Increasing Graduation Rates

Champions for Learning, Collier County “Real World Learning Model: College & Career Prep Programs” This collaborative program provided students at eight high schools from low-income families with tools to graduate high school, earn a post-secondary education, and transition into the workforce. Future Ready Collier, a group of local organizations focused on getting students college- and career-ready, was established. One hundred percent of 12th grade participants graduated from high school and have a plan after graduation, and 100% of 11th grade participants reported they intend to graduate.

Charlotte Local Education Foundation


AWARDS & ACCOLADES Champion of Service

Invested in Excellence

Futures Foundation forVolusia County Schools

Brevard County Public Schools

Paula Gregory

A retired Certified Public Accountant, Paula Gregory led changes to the Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools accounting and financial management procedures. She serves on the executive board and becomes president in July. Gregory also mentors students, is active in fundraising efforts with Futures and volunteers with Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Ormond Beach. Paula Gregory receiving the 2017 Champion of Service Award from Jovita Woodrich of Volunteer Florida.

Outstanding Partners

Publix Super Markets Charities

Publix-supported Public Education Foundation of Marion County Tools 4 Teaching Store Publix Super Markets and its charitable foundation have supported education foundations for more than 20 years. Local stores donate school supplies, cakes and balloons for events, gift cards for auctions— helping any way they can. Publix Super Markets Charities supports local education foundations with more than $200,000 annually, sponsoring awards programs, culinary academies, and literacy, science and health programs for students. Employees volunteer at all levels, from board leadership to stocking shelves at a the local teacher supply store. 12

Jane Araguez

(left to right) Janice Kershaw, Executive Director, Brevard Schools Foundation; award recipient Jane Araguez; Maureen Wilt, Education Program Manager, Florida Power & Light; Mary Chance, President/CEO, CFEF Described as a “master at building relationships” by her principal, Brevard Public Schools 2017 Teacher of the Year Jane Araguez received the Invested in Excellence Award earning statewide recognition and $1,000. The award is sponsored by Florida Power & Light and annually recognizes a Florida teacher of the year for his or her dedication to involving the community and local business partners for “above and beyond” classroom experiences for students.

Dr. Brian Dassler Awarded Posthumously Brian’s vision was that the least effective teacher a child has in Florida today is better than the best any of his or her parents ever had. As Deputy Chancellor for Education Quality, Brian championed education foundations and encouraged their role in building teacher leaders in Florida’s schools. His enthusiasm and passion were contagious, especially as he worked to bring together leaders with different experiences and perspectives to build bridges of understanding in the K-12 education arena. His own leadership skills flourished in Broward public schools where September 2, 1978 – he was a student leader and the March 21, 2017 district’s youngest ever Teacher of the Year.

STAR AWARDS School Board Member of Superintendent of the the Year Year Bill Mathias, Lake County

Dr. Kamela Patton, Collier County

As the school board’s ex officio representative on the Educational Foundation of Lake County Board of Directors, Bill Mathias looks for every opportunity to make a positive difference for students. Each year he contributes 10% of his school board salary to the foundation. The owner of a restaurant supply business, he secured $10,000 in equipment needed for culinary arts students to put their skills to work at the foundation’s annual Renaissance Faire. Bill regularly visits with schools and talks with students and parents about their challenges and concerns. When he learned that some children who lived within one mile of their school faced busy roads and dangerous intersections on their route to school, he personally established a transportation scholarship fund to extend the district’s bus transportation service.

When Dr. Kamela Patton was chosen as superintendent for Collier schools six years ago, she inherited a strategic plan that had strong input from many community voices through Champions for Learning, the education foundation of Collier County. She engaged a broad cross-section of community organizations to help accomplish the goals articulated in that “Connect Now” plan. Now Dr. Patton is involving more than 50 community organizations through a new collective impact initiative—Future Ready Collier—with common agreement on goals for both early learning and college- and career-readiness. Her strong leadership skills within the school system and the greater community were tremendous assets when a record number 28 schools were opened as emergency shelters during Hurricane Irma.

National Superintendent of the Year Award

Dr. Michael Grego, Pinellas County

This year, accolades for Florida school leaders who champion their education foundation extended nationwide with the National School Foundation Association naming Dr. Michael Grego of Pinellas County as 2017 Superintendent of the Year. Nominated by the Pinellas Education Foundation, Dr. Grego was recognized for his leadership with the Foundation’s career education initiatives that focus on engaging area business leaders in developing robust certification programs in high-demand industries. Nineteen superintendents from throughout the U.S. were nominated for the prestigious award.

Consortium Champion Judy Boles

Judy Boles served as the Executive Director for The Education Foundation of Alachua County after retiring from a business career. She was active in the CFEF Legislative and Professional Development committees, led the Take Stock in Children Affinity Group and participated in several other affinity groups. She never shied away from new experiences or challenges and took full advantage of every learning and funding opportunity that came her way through the CFEF. Her contributions will continue to impact student learning for years to come!

About this Award The Consortium Champion Award started in 2015 in memory of Jim McKenzie who served as St. Lucie Education Foundation’s executive director for many years. It is given to an executive director or volunteer leader of an education foundation who exemplifies both the collegial spirit and the overall mission of the CFEF, with a high level of positive engagement with other member foundations and CFEF staff.


Education Foundation for Osceola County

SERVING AS ‘SECOND RESPONDERS’ AFTER HURRICANES Florida’s network of local education foundations proved critical to the response before, during and after Hurricane Irma swept the state in September. They also helped more than 8,000 Caribbean students displaced by Hurricane Maria as they enrolled in Florida school districts.

Broward Education Foundation established an Emergency Relief Fund for families in need as its homeless student population grew, exceeding 2,500. The Monroe County Education Foundation raised more than $350,000 to help 100 teachers with burdensome housing and relocation costs so they could return to their classrooms. The Education Fund received $20,000 from Ford Motor Company to repair “food forests”—which serve as students’ outside science labs—at urban elementary schools in the Miami-Dade area. In the midst of these natural disasters, Lee Elementary School in Hillsborough County was destroyed by fire on September 12. The Hillsborough Education Foundation stepped in and created a relief fund, raising $130,000, including $150 from one child’s lemonade stand and several thousand dollars from a school coin drive in Mississippi. Some Maryland teachers filled a truck with school supplies and personally delivered them to Hillsborough County for the school’s students.

Champions for Learning (Collier County) Some local education foundations raised money for schools serving as shelters like the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. They raised and distributed $30,000 to replenish classroom supplies used by more than 19,000 evacuees and their pets. Champions for Learning in Collier County opened their doors for high school seniors to complete college applications and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in their College and Career Resource Lab so students without computers, electricity or internet access didn’t miss any deadlines. Once power returned and the debris was cleared, obstacles still prevented some students and teachers from returning to their schools. Foundations, corporations and individuals—including students from the Chambersburg School District in Pennsylvania—donated to provide gas cards, clothes, school supplies, backpacks and other necessities.The 14

At the state level, the CFEF served as a conduit for more than $13,000 donated by The Actuarial Foundation’s members nationwide. It was a challenging start to the school year, but the generosity of neighbors through Florida’s network of education foundations helped move students, teachers and families towards recovery and “back to school” again.

“We are focused on doing everything we can to welcome these children – getting them the basic supplies and support they need to adjust to their new life,” said Debi Pedraza with the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools where more than 2,000 Hurricane Maria evacuees have enrolled to date.

2016-2017 FINANCIAL IMPACT Total Revenue $5,190,334 Total Program Expenses $4,934,013 Management & Fundraising Expenses $ 164,933 Net Assets as of June 30, 2016 $ 427,215 Source of Funding



Membership Dues & Fees

Corporations & Foundations





Administration & Fundraising


Member Services


Grants to Local Education Foundations

2016 – 2017 Partners Statewide Impact Partners ($100,000+) • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation • State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program • Suncoast Credit Union Regional Focus Partners ($50,000+) • AT&T Foundation • Duke Energy Foundation Consortium Champion ($25,000+) • Florida Prepaid College Board • Motorola Solutions Foundation • Wells Fargo Presenting Partner ($10,000+) • Amscot Financial Event Showcase ($5,000+) • Bank of America • Publix Super Markets Charities Membership Matters ($2,000+) • Florida Power & Light Company • TD Bank

Education Foundation for Osceola County



Holmes Santa Rosa


Okaloosa Walton Washington Bay


Gadsden Leon



Liberty Gulf




Suwannee Columbia Taylor







Bradford Gilchrist




St. Johns Flagler

Levy Marion Volusia Citrus Sumter



Seminole Orange


Hillsborough Pinellas

Nearly all of Florida’s 67 county-wide public school districts have a local education foundation that is engaged in our statewide network.

Osceola Polk

Brevard Indian River



Okeechobee Highlands


St. Lucie

DeSoto Martin Charlotte


CFEF Member Foundation Inactive or No Known Foundation







Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, Inc. 3919 W. Newberry Road, Suite 3 | Gainesville, Florida 32607 Phone: 352.338.0250

Palm Beach


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