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2012 - 2013 Annual Investment Report

Teacher Resources STEM & Technical Education

Classroom Innovation Mentoring & Tutoring

Connecting Communities & Classrooms Scholarships Student Enrichment & Competitions Reading Initiatives Rewarding Excellence Hands-on Learning Experiences

Statewide Perspectives on Florida’s Local Education Foundations Nearly 30 years ago, shortly after legislation that allowed for the establishment of 501c3 non-profit foundations to be developed for each of Florida’s county-wide school districts, a group of colleagues from the handful of initial local education foundations began to meet regularly to share best practices and help one another not have to “reinvent the wheel” in developing programs and fundraising initiatives. They also volunteered to travel to school board meetings in neighboring districts to help establish more education foundations. These early leaders banded together in the early 1990’s to advocate for Florida’s second specialty license plate – the Support Education tag – and brought businesses on board for additional shared revenue opportunities and the fledging movement grew. In 2001, after several years of efforts, the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program was funded by the Florida Legislature and the effort caught fire with major corporations and philanthropic organizations taking notice that the state’s local education foundations were serious about having an impact in classrooms throughout the state through this $1 for $1 match incentive. The rest, as they say, is history. In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Florida’s local education foundations are changing the world in myriad, positive ways for students, teachers and classrooms. Now, with a solid performance track record and thanks to a broad base of support, they are poised to have an even greater impact in the years to come.

Mary Chance, CFEF President

Donna Lueders, CFEF Membership Chair

Our state has made significant strides in student achievement over the past several years and we continue to raise expectations in our quest to be a national leader in education. Florida’s vibrant network of K-12 local education foundations is one of the greatest assets we have in encouraging private-sector involvement and investment in our classrooms – a critical element for our success. As a former teacher and school district administrator in Marion and St. Johns counties, as well as a former Public Education Foundation of Marion County board member, I saw first-hand how powerful local education foundations can be in bringing business and community leaders together to provide focused support for Florida students, teachers, and schools. Whether they are recruiting volunteer mentors to support our struggling students or providing funds to motivated teachers to try innovative ways to deliver instruction, local education foundations are a tremendous and valued resource. On behalf of Florida’s 2.7 million students and 194,000 teachers, I applaud the staff, volunteers and supporters of our school districtwide education foundations and encourage more Floridians to “Get on the Bus” and make a positive difference for our students! Pam Stewart Florida Commissioner of Education As a founding board member of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF), I have seen the power of local education foundations in bringing the community together to focus on what we all care most deeply about: Providing opportunities for all of our students to achieve their full potential and become productive citizens of our state. Through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations my fellow JPEF board members and I join with 1,100 like-minded business, community and education leaders around our diverse state who are generously contributing their time and resources to make the difference for students in our state. As current chair of our State Board of Education, I have a deep understanding of the policy and budget issues that frame K-12 education in our state. Without a doubt, we face many challenges and a variety of opinions on how we can best use our resources to reach our student achievement goals. The fact that so many volunteer leaders and supporters of Florida’s local education foundations are equally committed to our students inspires me in my work on both the state and local level. Gary Chartrand Chair, State Board of Education Executive Chairman, Acosta Sales & Marketing

About CFEF & Florida’s Local Education Foundations

Established in 1987, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) advances K-12 student achievement in Florida by increasing the capacity and resources of member local education foundations in partnership with key stakeholders. Out of 67 county-wide school districts, nearly all have associated non-profit foundations that are members of the CFEF. More than 1,100 business and community leaders serve as board members of Florida’s K-12 education foundations, working with school system leaders to focus resources where they can best impact student achievement and address specific local needs. Together, they serve 99% of Florida’s 2.7 million students and 194,000 educators. Collectively they raise nearly $60 million annually, now have more than $100 million in assets and have endowments in excess of $25 million. (Source: 2012-13 IRS 990 forms and CFEF member survey)

Florida’s K-12 local education foundations serve as the conduit for private-sector investment and involvement in our public schools. While the scope of their work varies in response to local priorities, they universally invest in programs to support students, teachers and public schools when school budgets fall short and tax dollars don’t allow through a variety of locally-driven initiatives.

CFEF member foundations raise nearly $60 million annually for education enhancement and classroom innovation throughout Florida.

2012 - 2013 Financial Snapshot Total Revenue


Total Program Services


Management & Fundraising Expenses $114,067 Net Assets as of June 30, 2013


More than 95% of CFEF Revenue Provides Direct Member Services & Support Based on Independent Audit for FY ended June 30, 2013. Complete Audit and IRS Form 990 available on our website in the About Us section.

2012-13 CFEF Sources of Funding Membership Dues Corporate & Foundation

1% 26%

Government 73% (Through School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program)

2012-13 CFEF Expenses Administration 4% Membership Services


Grants to Local Education Foundations


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From STEM to Stern



Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Middle school students work with Lego EV3 robots to learn about computer programming and engineering while being mentored by high school robotics team members.

Jackson Gadsden


Calhoun Liberty Gulf




Technical Education Grants Hamilton County Public Schools Foundation Providing materials for hands-on learning allows students and teachers to apply classroom lessons to realworld applications.

Classroom Innovation Grants The Education Foundation of Gulf County Classroom grants for motivated teachers to provide ‘above and beyond’ learning experiences and resources for their students are a cornerstone program for most of Florida’s local education foundations.

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Next Generation Entrepreneurs Pinellas County Education Foundation Engaging high school students who have a unique and innovative business idea. These students are given the opportunity to turn their great idea into businesses. Students are paired with mentors and attend workshops on real-world business planning.

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Student Advocacy & Mentor CFEF Member Foundation Not a CFEF Member No Known Education Foundation

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Low-income students in challenging circumstances receive extra support, re and mentoring to keep them on trac graduation and positioned for post-secondary success.

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Josh Crews Writing Project Flagler County Education Foundation Led by a Florida author and professional publishing team, sixth grade students publish an anthology of their personal creative works to develop writing skills in a way that is meaningful and relevant to their lives.


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Hamilton Baker

Suwannee Taylor

Union Lafayette



Teacher to Teacher Connection

St. Johns

Gilchrist Dixie

Literacy Project

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Polk Education Foundation Teachers of preK - 8th grade in Polk and Hardee Counties use this opportunity to connect, recognize, and reward fellow teachers who develop innovative teaching methods.



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Lake Seminole

Sumter Hernando



Pasco Osceola Hillsborough


Pinellas Indian River

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Okeechobee St. Lucie Highlands

Okeechobee Educational Foundation Teachers are encouraged to think creatively to cultivate a love of learning and connect math and writing curriculum for their students.

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Charlotte Lee




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Middle School Summer Pre-Career Academy Learning Labs


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Implementing Common Core Through Uncommon Writing



Education Foundation of Palm Beach County An engaging, rigorous curriculum for students in low socio-economic communities to position them for success in their chosen engineering or medical sciences high school career academies.

Providing Ways for Floridians to Engage in K-12 License 4 Learning

When Florida residents purchase or renew their Support Education license plate, $20 is donated to their county’s local education foundation to enhance educational opportunities for local students. Since the tag was introduced in 1994 through the collaborative efforts of CFEF member local education foundations, more than $9.3 million has been generated for targeted initiatives where tax dollars fall short and budgets won’t allow. Student scholarships, innovative classroom projects and programs to recognize outstanding teaching are examples of initiatives funded annually through Support Education revenue.

Florida’s dedicated teachers have no shortage of great ideas to get their students engaged in learning, but they often lack school funds to put their creativity into action without reaching into their own pockets. Now individuals, businesses and organizations can invest directly in an innovative classroom project online! Through Find it Fund it, Florida, donors can provide materials needed for hands on learning, provide extra resources for at-risk kids, send students to educational competitions and so much more. Just find it and fund it with a few simple clicks using our website at

Education Works Forums on K-12 Policy

The CFEF also provides forums for Florida citizens who care about public education to better understand why and how policy decisions are made that impact their local classrooms. A series of regional roundtables and virtual forums hosted by the CFEF provide a platform for local education foundation leaders and supporters to hear directly from state policymakers and learn how to stay informed and impact the issues that matter most to them.

2012 - 2013 CFEF Awards Highlight Outstanding Leaders Clear Channel Outdoor and Motorola Solutions Foundation were recognized as Outstanding Private-Sector Partners for championing the work of the CFEF and local education foundations throughout Florida. Pictured from left to right: Mary Chance of the CFEF, Clear Channel Outdoor representative Michael Barbaro, former Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett, and Susan Copeland, former CFEF Membership Chair. One Champion of Children Teacher who seeks privatesector investment and involvement in their classroom is selected annually from the districtlevel honorees in the FLDOE/Macy’s Florida Teacher of the Year Program and honored at the statewide event with a $1,000 award and plaque. Megan Williamson, 2013 Champion of Children, is pictured with Larry Volenec, External Affairs Manager at Florida Power & Light.

An Outstanding Public Sector Partner was also celebrated for his leadership in K-12 education and support of local education foundations. Senator Bill Galvano (R-26) is pictured with Susan Copeland, former CFEF Membership Chair, and Maureen Wilt of Florida Power & Light (right).

School district leaders who go above and beyond to actively support their local education foundation are recognized at the Annual Joint Conference of the Florida School Boards Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Mike Fields, state president of Bank of America, is pictured with the 2013 award-winners: Star Superintendent of the Year, Robert Runcie of Broward (left) and Star School Board Member, Dede Schaffner of Seminole(right).

Florida a National Leader in Leveraging State Funds through Local Education Foundations What happens when the Florida Legislature allocates $4 million in matching funds for contributions to local education foundations for the 2013-14 school year? Their volunteer leaders and staff roll up their sleeves to raise even more for locally driven initiatives to increase student achievement! “We were pleased to be able to fund the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program at the level it was before the economic decline and equally pleased that local education foundations throughout the state responded by bringing in new business and community contributors,” said Senator Bill Galvano (R-26) “Beyond the dollars, it’s powerful that this program gets citizens engaged in their local schools and interested in investing in innovative teaching and extra support for students beyond what school budgets can provide.”

Before state funds are distributed, local education foundations must certify that the matching dollars have been raised from non-government sources. Foundations also must develop local programs that specify how they will address one or more of the current eligible program areas: teaching quality, increasing graduation rates, support for low performing students, literacy, STEM and career/technical education. “No other state has this type of $1 for $1 match incentive for providing above-and-beyond support for students and classrooms through local education foundations,” said National Schools Foundation Association Executive Director Nina Menis. “Florida is a true leader in encouraging business, individual and philanthropic investment in public education, and state leaders should be applauded for making the program a priority and empowering community leaders to make a difference for their students.”

CFEF Partners Provide Support for Local Impact

Business and philanthropic organizations often partner with the CFEF to develop and implement projects in a strategic, turn-key manner with CFEF staff facilitating the relationship, providing accountability and recognizing the donor on a statewide level as well as on the local level through the CFEF member network. Through both grant opportunities and affinity programs, the CFEF is committed to serving as a conduit for rolling out statewide and regional initiatives for maximum impact within a donor’s area of interest.

Amscot Financial “Just a Dollar” Campaign

Each August, customers of Amscot Financial -- a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services -- are asked if they would like to voluntarily contribute a dollar to their local education foundation. Amscot tracks each contribution by county and matches the first $10,000. More than $876,000 has been raised since 2005, and all proceeds are used to support scholarship and literacy programs through the CFEF member local education foundations in the 20 counties where contributions are received.

AT&T “Stem @ Work” Program

As the inaugural partner in providing Florida students with workplace experiences to connect to classroom curriculum in STEM areas, AT&T has led the way for other corporate partners and inspired the development of new initiatives by local education foundations for the past four years. Their continued support for the 2013-14 school year will result in an additional 42 projects in school districts throughout the state, adding to the totals of 15,865 students and 203 workplace partners who have already been directly involved in 130 past projects.

Motorola STEM Solutions Foundation

This year’s $50,000 grant will enable ten CFEF member foundations to inspire students through projects designed to help them solve real-world problems in STEM areas. In the past, 4,399 students, 232 teachers, and 37 local business partners have helped to make Motorola STEM Solutions a great success, and we are looking forward to a great program this year! Projects this year investigate the sciences behind weather balloons, theatre special effects, and the citrus industry.

A Special Thank You to Our 2012-2013 Partners:

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Consortium of Florida Education Foundations - Annual Report 2013  

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