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2017-2018 ANNUAL REPORT July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018


Message from the Chairman Highlights Events at a Glance


2017-2018 Financial Report




New This Year


Funded Projects Teacher Supply Grants


Who Are Our Donors? Social Media Report


Our purpose is to seek, cultivate and obtain revenues to develop and expand educational opportunities for the students of the North East Independent School District. North East Educational Foundation (NEEF) underwrites projects and programs that enhance the basic required curriculum and broaden the range of students’ educational experience.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Randy Bristow Chairman Carr Hornbuckle Vice Chairman Dee Lorkovic Secretary Cindie Hernandez Treasurer Amy Lane Executive Director


David Beyer Edra Bush Amanda Crouch Trent Davidson Avery Duke Jon Fisher Karen Funk Brian Gottardy, Ed.D. Allison Greer Skip Hildebrand Sandy Hughey

Steve Jones Steve Lin Robert Lopez Mike Lyons Tom Marks Laura Mayes Cindy Mentor Fred Morrison Maria Nelson Brooke Pate

Ashlee Peña Kimberly Prater Jennifer Scroggins Tara Snowden Sheryl Staf�ier Becky Stallings Joe Stiglmeier Gregg Thorne Anne Whittington Terri Williams

RANDY BRISTOW CHAIRMAN 2018-2019 In April 2017, the Board of Directors of the North East Educational Foundation committed to a bold, new vision for the future. The momentum of our work toward that vision created unprecedented results and, by all measures, 2017-2018 has been the most exceptional year in the existence of the foundation. The Directors realize that the results of this past year clearly establish a challenging new paradigm of success upon which the foundation will be measured in the future. We accept this challenge. The North East Educational Foundation renews its ongoing commitment to the ambitious mission to enhance educational opportunities for all NEISD students. To achieve that mission in the coming years, every Director is committed to a well-conceived strategic plan of aspirational goals. The desired outcomes of which can only be achieved with the support of our wonderful donors, the guidance of the gifted NEISD staff and the ongoing commitment of the NEISD Board of Trustees. We trust in that support and believe in the realization of that bold vision.



Jerry Comalander’s Fore! the Kids Golf Tournament Our annual golf tournament is the

2nd largest fundraiser for NEEF. Both commercial and individual players are invited to participate in our fun scramble tournament. All proceeds support innovative grants for NEISD classrooms. This year was the �irst year to have a completely sold-out tournament and broke the record with more than $100,000 in revenue. 2018 GOLF TOURNAMENT

Starlight Gala NEEF’s annual gala is an evening full of good food, student visuals, and great conversations, which also includes both a live and silent auction. Funds raised through sponsorships, ticket purchase and auctions help fund our mission to enhance our students’ learning experiences. This year’s gala shined in a new location - the Witte Mays Family Center - with a �lash mob performed by a high school chorus and a 27% increase in revenue.

The Big Give SA Each March, NEEF joins more than 600 nonpro�its throughout South Central Texas for a 24-hour period of giving, known as The Big Give. Through our nonpro�it platform, we coordinate with NEISD campuses across the district creating fundraising pages to ask their communities for support. Each campus received 75% of all funds raised, while 25% went districtwide to fund innovative grants. NEEF contributed an additional $1,500 to the campus who brought in the most funds. This allows campuses to raise mission-based funds for meaningful projects in a matter of hours. No cookie dough or wrapping paper sales needed!


FINANCIAL REPORT NORTH EAST EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, INC. Statements of Financial Position June 30, 2018 and 2017

2018 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Investments, at fair value Contributions receivable Deposits Total Assets

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Liabilities: Deferred revenue


867,723 228,714 14,966 3,989


563,340 336,779 5,000 5,451









Net assets: Without donor restrictions

Total Net Assets









*Audited financials prepared by Certified Public Accountants: Akin, Doherty, Klein & Feuge Full audit available upon request.

2017-2018 REVENUE $250K


GIVING BIG @ NEISD Hats off to the top �ive fundraisers: DATA at Ed White Middle School, Stone Oak, Huebner, Encino Park and Walzem elementary schools. Campuses got into the innovative spirit by funding an Escape Room, Chromebook cart, new Social Emotional Learning Space, STEAM projects, outdoor classrooms and many more wonderful projects. Congratulations to DATA for clinching the top spot with a grand total of $7,000 raised for their Escape Room project.



“The Design and Technology Academy (DATA) is excited to be able to provide experiences that will help students ‘break out’ of traditional learning and into engaging and exciting activities in all content areas with their own Escape Room,” said DATA Director Fernando Ruiz.


Teachers will develop lessons in which students will lock themselves in a room and have to seek out and solve content-based clues to ‘escape.’ Teachers are planning lessons that involve collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.
























“We are so thankful that NEEF is providing us with the opportunity to provide this innovative avenue through which the DATA students can continue to excel and grow,” said Ruiz.













In the past, all gifts given to NEEF went automatically into the innovative grant fund. As funding from the state to NEISD continued to decline, it became apparent that donors would appreciate the opportunity to directly impact campuses and programs they personally feel passionate about or areas of the District that have greater needs. This new option of designating donations allows for �lexibility in where funds are directed, which attracts new donors. With the addition of designated funds in general and the NEEF-generated funds from Team NEISD and The Big Give SA, campuses are able to ful�ill their commitment of providing the best education possible to NEISD students. TEAM NEISD NEISD employees were given the opportunity to support NEEF through their own giving campaign by making a one-time donation or contributing through monthly payroll deductions in the amounts of $4, $6, $10 or other. Dependent on their level of giving, employees received a spirit stick, pennant, or Team MVP shirt. For those employees that work on a campus, half of their donation goes directly back to their campus at the end of the campaign. The other half supports our mission of funding innovative grants districtwide. NEISD employees already give back an incredible amount to their community, and we were blown away by the additional generosity of so many.


In previous years, our Innovative Grant distribution occurred in May of each academic year. After feedback from previous grant recipients and principals, we moved our grant distribution time to early fall. This allows the recipients to start the new academic year off with new resources and implement their innovative projects right away which creates great momentum for the year.

CREATED NEW BOARD COMMITTEES To provide transparency and accountability to our community, the NEEF Executive Board created two new committees – Finance and Internal Audit. The mission of the Finance Committee is to provide �inancial oversight for the organization. The entire NEEF Board of Directors are ultimate �iduciaries of the NEEF’s �inancial assets with Finance Committee providing the specialized expertise and focus to achieve such �iduciary control. The Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s �inancial reporting, internal controls (and their testing), the audit process and the organization’s compliance with laws and regulations. They will also appoint and manage the independent External Auditors.


At the April 10, 2017 NEISD Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Brian Gottardy and the North East Educational Foundation presented a resolution to approve full-time NEISD positions to work with NEEF. After careful study, the Board of Trustees approved up to 3 new NEISD staff positions to work with NEEF. The NEISD Director of Partnerships became the Executive Director of Partnerships and NEEF, a Public Relations Specialist was hired for 50% NEEF workload and a Development Coordinator was hired for 75% NEEF workload. Through tighter coupling with the district, designated funds to the Foundation for NEISD campuses and projects are now accepted and the joint goal of NEISD and NEEF to bring more funds to campuses, districtwide is being realized.

2017-2018 FUNDED PROJECTS Elementary Canyon Ridge Colonial Hills Colonial Hills Dellview El Dorado Encino Park Fox Run Hidden Forest Huebner Las Lomas Montgomery Northern Hills Northwood Oak Grove Oak Grove Olmos Redland Oaks Redland Oaks Regency Place Ridgeview Roan Forest Roan Forest Serna Serna Stahl Stone Oak Stone Oak Thousand Oaks Tuscany Heights Tuscany Heights Walzem Wetmore Wilshire Windcrest

Middle School Sensory Room Modular Furnishings STEM in the Gym Land Stewardship Makerspace Classroom School-Wide STEM Enrichment Social Emotional Learning Lounge / Counseling Classroom Imagination Playground STEM in the Gym, Perpetual Motor Learning Lab Full STEAM Ahead to My Fascinating Future! Relaxed Reading and Readiness Special Education Sensory Room and Technology 21st Century Collaborative Common Learning Areas Dual Language Program Library Enrichment STEAM Club (and Makerspace Cooperative Support) Owlettes Who Code (a Girls Who Code club) Innovation Stations Sensory Room Flexible Seating Motor Lab Exploration Station Flexible Seating - Tomorrow's Classrooms Today Math Fluency Orff Instruments Critical Thinking and Problem Solving with Rubik's Cubes Enhancing Multicultural Awareness and K-5 Research Growing Generations of Green Problem Solvers Campus Makerspace Early Motor Lab STEAM--Explore, Learn, Lead Walzem Word Work Sensory Tubs for Classrooms Math Stackers Manipulatives for All! Elementary Makerspace for All

Bush DATA @ Ed White Ed White STEM Academy at Nimitz Tex Hill Wood

Explore Learning Gizmos Growing our Future Flexible Seating to Improve the 4 C's Outdoor Classroom and Garden Bengal Studios Flexible Seating

High School Academy of Creative Education Academy of Creative Education LEE MacArthur Madison NEAC Reagan Reagan Roosevelt

Board Game Creation for Student Learning Ozobot Computer Support Kit TI-Nspire Navigator System Virtual and Augmented Reality Class VR Hydroponic Farm-to-Table Campus Literary Magazine AP Biology-thermal Cyclers Creative Pens for Creative Kids Garden to Table on Wheels

Districtwide NEISD Gifted and Talented $10K to New Teachers to NEISD $30K to All Teachers in NEISD


ThinkLaw Primary Curriculum Teacher Supply Grants Teacher Supply Grants


teachers were surprised with a $200 gift card to help with classroom needs for 2018-19

$10K given to 50 new teachers at orientation

$30K given to 150 teachers districtwide



1,205 total followers 236 posts 1,164 average impressions per post TWITTER Created as secondary social media platform

LONGS CREEK WEATHER STATION Longs Creek Elementary School’s North East Educational Foundation grant from spring of 2017 purchased consoles that are now connected to the weather station mounted on the roof of the campus. Students can note the high and low temperatures for the day, as well as the time of sunrise, sunset, and the phases of the moon with just a glance at the console. Fourth and �ifth grade classes collect weather information one to three times per day, taking notice of air pressure, wind speed, and temperature change. “We can explore even more with this weather machine, and weather interests us even more than before,” said Isabella Rodriguez, a fourth grader at Longs Creek. Younger students watch weather patterns and use their knowledge to make important decisions... like whether or not to wear a coat at recess.

LEE FARM LEE High School’s Farm is starting to bloom thanks to the hard work and dedication of the members of the Garden Club and their sponsor, Sarah Nordman. Last year the North East Educational Foundation awarded LEE High School an Innovative Grant to purchase soil, tools, seeds and other garden supplies. These funds turned a bare plot of malnourished soil into an astounding project, which produces a bounty of vegetables, herbs and spices. LEE High School senior, Marcus Mendez, was encouraged to join the Garden Club during one of Ms. Nordman’s art lessons that showed level-style gardening. “I like spending the morning out here (on the farm) and being able to say that I helped turn nothing into something,” said Mendez. The Farm strives to reach out to LEE students who are beginners and experienced gardeners through education and hands-on involvement with the plants.


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