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A Snapshot of Florida’s Local Education Foundations and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

• Florida operates on a county-wide school district model and the first local education foundations were established in the early 1980s. The CFEF serves the one recognized local education foundation aligned with each county-wide school district. Current membership is 59 foundations that collectively represent 99% of Florida’s 2.7 million K-12 students. • An early effort of the CFEF was the establishment of a specialty license tag which has generated more than $11 million to date to enhance education through local education foundations. • Combined total revenue of member foundations in 2012-13 was $45 million with combined assets of $128 million and $20 million in endowments. Florida is recognized as a national leader in the local education foundation movement with six CFEF member foundations ranking in the top 25 in the U.S. based on eight key performance areas. (Dewey & Associates, 2014) • With an average board size of 25, there are approximately 1,100 volunteer leaders of CFEF member foundations. The majority (77%) are business and community members, and in the typical model the superintendent and one school board member serve in an ex officio capacity. In addition to board members, local education foundations involve 12,500+ volunteers annually in other capacities, including as mentors and tutors for students. • Since 2001, the State of Florida has appropriated nearly $30 million to the CFEF for the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program – leveraging public funds to provide a $1 for $1 match to encourage privatesector investment and involvement for locally driven initiatives to advance student achievement. In 2014-15 alone, $4.5 million in matching funds are supporting 156 projects in 57 school districts with the CFEF accountable to the Florida Department of Education for all deliverables including reporting of measurable outcomes for each funded initiative.

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• The CFEF also acts as a conduit for private-sector investment in local education foundation initiatives through targeted re-granting programs that match philanthropic interest with classroom needs on the local level. Current partners AT&T, Motorola Solutions Foundation and CenturyLink are providing thousands of Florida students and teachers innovative learning opportunities this school year through the CFEF. • Customer giving and corporate affinity programs can also be facilitated through the CFEF in a turn-key manner. In 2014, Amscot Financial’s annual ‘Just a Dollar’ campaign surpassed the $1 million milestone in support for local education foundation initiatives in the Tampa-based company’s 20 county service territory! • Individuals, businesses and organizations can now invest directly in an innovative classroom project online with a few simple clicks through the CFEF’s Find it Fund it program! Visitors to can check out the education foundations with this capacity and choose the local teacher-led project they want to support. • A growing number of CFEF members are getting involved in community engagement activities, seizing an opportunity to bring school districts and citizens together in support of better student outcomes. Through a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 15 CFEF member foundations are now receiving substantive training and professional coaching support to facilitate productive dialogue among diverse local stakeholders on education issues and challenges. • In addition to convening member foundations for professional development and sharing of best program practices, the CFEF regularly engages the board members and supporters of local education foundations in virtual and in-person forums to hear directly from state policymakers on timely education issues. Presentations, resources and related news are archived on an online hub hosted by the CFEF: • The CFEF is actively engaged with a number of other statewide entities that are also committed to student achievement including the Florida Chamber, the Florida College Access Network, the Florida Tax Watch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability, the Florida School Boards Association, the Florida Association of School District Superintendents, and the Florida Department of Education.

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Santa Okaloosa Rosa Walton






Calhoun Liberty

Jefferson Madison


Wakulla Taylor




Suwannee Lafayette

Gilchrist Dixie

Public Education Foundation of Marion County A Look into the Future Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Inc. STEM Innovation with Raging Robots Flight, engineering and robotics were included in middle school instructional modules to improve student achievement in science and math. High school students mentored middle school students in competitions with their new Robotics Team, participating in regional and national competitions.

Students worked in collaborative groups to construct a model energy efficient development within a community. Each team was responsible for all structures, infrastructure, landscape and energy sourcing. Hernando County Education Foundation Creating a Human-Powered Submarine Students worked in teams to test the practical applications of engineering concepts, conduct in-water testing of hull and mechanics and construct a submarine and its propulsion and control mechanisms in preparation for an engineering competition.




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Hardee Education Foundation Not a Gift, a Skill

Spotlight on Statewide Impact

Hardee District Elementary teachers created or participated in grade-specific professional development based on using appropriate technological devices to support curriculum.

Member Foundation

Champions For Learning Real World Learning

Inactive or No Known Foundation

The Real World Learning Model at Golden Gate High School provided students and their families with the information and resources needed to graduate from high school, attend college and make a successful transition to the workforce.

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Baker County Education Foundation Expanding Horticulture through Hydroponics



The goal of this project was to increase the education levels of 1st grade students in science and math through a hydroponic project (growing healthy food choices in soilless areas). Students developed a general understanding of hydroponics including the integrated science and math concepts used to solve food production problems.



Union Bradford Alachua


St. Johns

Flagler County Education Foundation Reaching New Heights with STEM


This project gave middle and high school students a real-life opportunity to assist professional engineers and amateur radio enthusiasts in designing and building of a tethered weather balloon for aerial surveillance and two-way communications for Flagler County Emergency Services Agencies.

Flagler Marion Volusia



Brevard Schools Foundation Supply Zone for Teachers


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Pasco Osceola


Polk Indian River

ManateeH eHardee


Okeechobee St. Lucie Highlands

DeSoto Martin

Charlotte Lee





Palm Beach



Learning from successful models by other CFEF members, BSF opened their free store for teachers to obtain supplies for their classrooms and needy students at no cost. Overwhelmingly, teachers report their access to needed supplies helps them and their students do a better job in the classroom. Polk Education Foundation Polk County Reads The Polk Reads program impacted 380 kindergarten through third grade students--all at least one grade level below in reading--through one-on-one tutoring sessions with trained volunteer tutors. Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Special Effects of Theatre Through a study of the chemistry and physics of technical theatre, students developed a deeper understanding of the need to pursue further studies in the sciences in support of the performing arts. Broward Education Foundation Growing STEM Roots Students researched, designed and planted school vegetable gardens complete with student-built irrigation systems. Proceeds from the sale of crops at the school store to parents and students provided funds for use in their school store.

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Pam Stewart, Florida Commissioner of 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.”


Gary Chartrand, Chair, State Board of Education “As a founding board member of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, I have seen the power of local education foundations in bringing the community together to focus on what we all care deeply about – providing every opportunity for our students to achieve their full potential and become productive citizens of our state.”


Laura Perry, Executive Director, Glades Education Foundation “The opportunity to learn from CFEF staff and network with other members has been priceless in starting an education foundation for our rural community. We didn’t have to start from scratch – they have been supportive every step of the way and with their help we are already making a positive difference for our students and teachers.”


Joe York, President, AT&T Florida “Florida’s local education foundations are well positioned to be the link between schools and local businesses for students, enabling them to build connections with potential employers in their communities, get a sense of what careers they offer and the skill sets they require.”


Senator John Legg (R-17), Chair, Education PreK-12 “The capacity to put funds into the hands of a teacher or school motivated to try something innovative is incredibly powerful. Local education foundations can recognize and reward both innovation and motivation.”

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Celebrate! The CFEF also celebrates the leaders who champion local education foundations and foster privatesector investment and involvement in Florida classrooms. Here are our 2014 Award Winners: Educator Champion of Children

Public-Sector Outstanding Partner

It isn’t every day that a NASA engineer makes the move from working on the International Space Station to being a classroom teacher in a rural high school. It’s even more remarkable for that teacher to involve her students in raising $100,000 to create an award-winning FIRST Robotics team while also teaching Calculus, Physics and Engineering Technology. Celena Crews, the School District of Columbia County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, received statewide recognition and an award of $1,000 from the CFEF and Florida Power & Light for being that amazing teacher.

Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart was celebrated by the CFEF for her long and significant track record of support for Florida’s local education foundations – from her days as an educator and school leader in Marion and St. Johns to her statewide capacity. Commissioner Stewart was surprised with the award at the CFEF annual partnership celebration and is pictured here (second from left) with Florida Department of Education Macy's Teachers of the Year (from left to right) Alvin Davis (2012), Dorina Sackman (2014), & Alexandre Lopes (2013)

STAR Local School System Leaders

Private-Sector Outstanding Partner

Critical to the success of local education foundations are school district leaders who champion their efforts. Alachua School Board Member April Griffin and Bay Superintendent Bill Husfelt were celebrated for the active involvement in their local education foundations, chosen from among 7 nominated local school system leaders. They are pictured here with Mike Fields (center), state president of Bank of America, sponsor of the CFEF annual STAR School Board member and Superintendent Awards.

This year, CenturyLink was singled out for their involvement with education foundations within their 30-county Florida service territory and their recent commitment to helping teachers develop and use new technology-driven classroom instruction strategies. CenturyLink representatives, from left to right, Melanie Becker, Lisa Willis, & Shelly Chitwood accepted the award on behalf of their many additional colleagues who serve as board members and supporters of local education foundations.

2013 - 2014 Financial Snapshot Total Revenue


Total Program Services


Management & Fundraising Expenses


2013-14 CFEF Sources of Funding Membership Dues Corporate & Foundation 1

1% 21%


Government 78% 3

Net Assets as of June 30, 2014


More than 96% of CFEF Revenue Provides Direct Member Services & Support

(Through School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program)

2013-14 CFEF Expenses Administration 3% Membership Services


Grants to Local Education Foundations



Based on Independent Audit for FY ended June 30, 2014. Complete Audit and IRS Form 990 available on our website in the About Us section.

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A Special Thank You to Our Partners:

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

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Consortium of Florida Education Foundations - Investment Report 2014  

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