Manatee Education Foundation Inc.
1023 Manatee Avenue West
Suite 215
Bradenton FL 34205
Mission
The mission of the Manatee Education Foundation is to provide funding for innovative programs and enhanced educational opportunities for the teachers and students of Manatee County public schools beyond allocated state dollars.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mary Glass
Board Chair Mr. Harry Kinnan
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Supported Organization School District of Manatee County
Former Names
Manatee County Schools Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1989
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2017
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $855,500.00
Projected Expenses $816,100.00
Impact Statement

Through our newly revised Teacher Impact Grant program, over 200 teachers were presented with classroom grants.  In all, $100,000 was distributed through MEF's main giving initiative - directly from the private sector into the hands of the deserving teachers who are able to now fund projects in their classrooms.

 

The Book Buddy Reading Program is designed to engage and motivate our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, while they support the kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students as they develop and refine their active literacy skills. The program offers many opportunities for all students to practice higher order thinking strategies and to effectively communicate with peers within the area of literacy.  Diagnostic assessments have shown an increase in reading scores over the past two years with students who have participated in the Book Buddy program.

 
The Heart & Soul Art Program in the high schools is a multi-faceted event in the arts curriculum with the Heart & Soul Gala and Live Art Auction in January.  Students who are chosen for the prestigious program donate their artwork to the foundation to be auctioned at the gala.  Proceeds from the event are given to the art departments and also help fund art programs at the elementary and middle school levels.  The 2016  Heart and Soul Program was the most successful to date helping raise much needed funds for high school fine arts programs. 
 
The Manatee Education Foundation helped sponsor a satellite VPK classroom at the South Florida Museum for the 2016-2017 school year.  The satellite VPK is a Title I classroom for students with special needs established due to the lack of physical space at other District locations.  The classroom is comprised of a very diverse group of 20 students that are able to use the museum's resources to engage in STEM education initiatives.  


 

 

 

 



 

Needs Statement
The Manatee Education Foundation’s main giving initiative is the Teacher Impact Grant Program celebrated and awarded at an annual reception in October. Teachers apply for grants for supplies for their classrooms, innovative projects and even field trip expenses. They can apply for funds to bring in speakers, add technology or just replenish their classroom library. Sponsors are needed for these grants which are $1,000 each and an organization or individual can choose the category for funding and present the teacher with the check at the energetic and lively Teacher Impact Grants reception.
 
The Heart & Soul Arts Program in the high schools is an integral part of the arts curriculum culminating with the Heart & Soul Gala and Live Art Auction in January. The Manatee Education Foundation recently celebrated its 10th year of the Heart & Soul Arts Program. Sponsors who appreciate the talents of student artists are needed for this elegant and heartwarming evening where students learn to showcase and sell their art in the market place. 

It is always a reassuring experience when an individual gives of their time to help the cause you so firmly believe in. Volunteers are always needed to help with MEF programs and events. The MEF looks to the community to ready and evaluate teacher grants, scholarship applications, and to serve on the Marketing and Heart & Soul committees. The School District of Manatee County always need volunteers and we can find an opportunity for anyone to help the schools. 

The Manatee Education Foundation helps in facilitating the Excellence in Education Awards which celebrates the Educator of the Year and Support Person of the Year for the district. Sponsors are needed for this event.

The Book Buddy Program is a literacy program designed to engage and motivate our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, while they support kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd students as they develop and refine their active literacy skills. Sponsors are needed for this program to continue expanding it to additional schools.  
 
 
 
 
Background Statement
 The Manatee Education Foundation was founded in 1988 as the Manatee County Schools Foundation by then School Board member and local education legend, Marjorie G. Kinnan. The Foundation was established to better support teachers and their needs in the classroom. Funding for innovative programs and enhanced educational opportunities for our students and supplies for our teachers have remained the focus of giving. The board of directors is comprised of active civic oriented business people, many of whom are founding members.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Programs
Description The Manatee Education Foundation’s main giving initiative is the Teacher Impact Grants program celebrated and awarded at an annual reception in October. Teachers apply for grants for supplies for their classrooms, innovative projects and even field trip expenses. They can apply for funds to bring in speakers, add technology or just replenish their classroom library. Sponsors are needed for these grants which are $1,000 each and an organization or individual can name the grant, choose the category for funding and present the teacher with the check at the energetic and lively Ready for School Rally.
Budget $100,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Teachers immediately feel the short term success of the grants as they are able to buy needed supplies for their classrooms.  The long term effects are documented at the end of the year in the required evaluation form when teachers are able to report increases in reading levels, test scores, etc.
Long Term Success
Every teacher that receives a Teacher Impact Grant is required to submit a evaluation form at the end of the school year including information on their suggestions for the program.  We take into account their comments and suggestions and continually attempt to improve the program.  Another way to determine the success of the program experience is by how many sponsors return each year to sponsor grants. 
Program Success Monitoring
Every teacher that receives a Teacher Impact Grant is required to submit a evaluation form at the end of the school year including information on their suggestions for the program. We take into account their comments and suggestions and continually attempt to improve the program and the rally. 
Program Success Examples
Each teacher who is awarded a grant submits results from their project at the end of the school year. 
Description
The Book Buddy Reading Program is designed to engage and motivate our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, while they support the kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students as they develop and refine their active literacy skills. The program offers many opportunities for all students to practice higher order thinking strategies and to effectively communicate with peers within the area of literacy.  
 
An intermediate student is paired with a primary student.  The intermediate student becomes the "Mentor Book Buddy" and the primary student is referred to as the "Book Buddy."  These partnerships meet two to three times per week for their Book Buddy session.  During this session, the Mentor may read to their Book Buddy or the Book Buddy may read to their Mentor.  The students follow a sequence that includes a book discussion and a written response.  The mentor facilitates the session and completes the reading log/written response with their Book Buddy.  The reading log is turned in once per month to the Program Coordinator for feedback and recognition.
Budget $25,000
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success One of the highlights of the program is our monthly Mentor Buddy Training Sessions.  Each meeting begins with "Celebration Shout Outs," where Mentors are able to share some of the wonderful work they have been doing with their Book Buddies.  Mentors are given the opportunity to document these celebrations, which are then displayed in the hallway for the school community.  Additionally, Mentors meet with the Program Coordinator where they are presented with a variety of trainings including but not limited to, the roles and responsibilities of a Mentor, how to emulate the characteristics of a responsible learner, how to support an emerging learner, and how to support an emerging reader through use of decoding strategies.
Long Term Success Students are assessed quarterly using a diagnostic assessment program i-Ready.  The success of the Book Buddy Program is measured using the i-ready data, as well as,  the FCAT developmental scale scores.  The i-Ready data has shown consistent growth in the reading scores of students in the Book Buddy program over the past 2 years.  
Program Success Monitoring
Students are assessed quarterly using a diagnostic assessment program i-Ready. The success of the Book Buddy Program is measured using the i-ready data, as well as, the FCAT developmental scale scores. The i-Ready data has shown consistent growth in the reading scores of students in the Book Buddy program over the past 2 years.
 
Additionally, Mentors meet with the Program Coordinator where they are presented with a variety of trainings including but not limited to, the roles and responsibilities of a Mentor, how to emulate the characteristics of a responsible learner, how to support an emerging learner, and how to support an emerging reader through use of decoding strategies.
Program Success Examples Students are assessed quarterly using a diagnostic assessment program i-Ready. The success of the Book Buddy Program is measured using the i-ready data, as well as, the FCAT developmental scale scores. The i-Ready data has shown consistent growth in the reading scores of students in the Book Buddy program over the past 2 years.
Description  The Heart & Soul Art Program in the high schools is a multi-faceted event in the arts curriculum which culminates with the Heart & Soul Gala and Live Art Auction in January. Students who are chosen for the prestigious program donate their artwork to the foundation to be auctioned at the gala. Proceeds from the event are given to the art departments and also help to fund art programs at the elementary and middle school levels. 
Budget $50,000
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
At the beginning of the school year, Heart & Soul funds are distributed to high school art teachers via seed funds for their classroom supplies to begin creating the art work for the program.  Many of these teachers have from $20 to just a few hundred dollars to provide for all of their students for the entire school year.  The Heart & Soul dollars provide paper, paint, clay, etc. for the students to express their creativity. 
Also at the beginning of the year at the Teacher Impact Grant reception, teachers are awarded arts and culture grants from the Heart & Soul dollars from the previous year's fundraiser. 
Manatee County boasts one of the highest percentages of arts programs in the area.   
Long Term Success
The ultimate goal of the Heart & Soul program is to raise funds to put dollars into public school art classrooms.  The core of the Heart & Soul program is the high school students who create artwork and then if selected, donate their artwork to the Manatee Education Foundation to be sold at auction.  The dollars raised from the auction then fund grants in art classrooms, Kindergarten through 12th grade, district wide.  The ultimate measure of success is the quality of the artwork that we are receiving from the students to auction and the amount of funds that we raise at the auction to benefit the students through out the grade levels through classroom grants.  
Program Success Monitoring
Heart & Soul is a constantly evolving process.  We evaluate the program every year immediately after the Gala and then again every year before the program is introduced to the students.  We ask for input from the teachers who participate in the program and try to use it to improve the experience for the students. 
 
Program Success Examples
We know that the Heart & Soul program is doing well by the increase in attendance of all of the events.  It is now seen by the high school art students as a prestigious achievement to have your artwork selected for auction.  Also, the art teachers have discontinued participation in other art competitions because they feel that the Heart & Soul program offers the most benefit to the students. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mary Glass
CEO Term Start Mar 2007
CEO/Executive Director Email glassm@manateeschools.net
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 50
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
The Manatee Education Foundation follows the policy guidelines of the School District of Manatee County. 
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
2011
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Harry Kinnan
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Sept 2016 to Sept 2018
Board Chair Email hgkinnan@yahoo.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Linda Agresta Community Volunteer
Ms. Jackie Barron Mosaic
Ms. Sarah Colandro Fawley Bryant Achitecture
Ms. Samantha Cummins Goodwill Manasota
Mr. Vernon DeSear Manatee Memorial Hospital
Mr. Mark Freeman ME&S General Contractors
Mr. Kim French Willis Smith Construction
Mr. Bob Gause Gause and Associates
Ms. Diana Greene School District of Manatee County
Mr. David Heiser Florida Power & Light
Mr. Ross Hodges 1st Manatee Bank
Mr. Gary Huggins NDC Construction
Mr. Chuck Johnson Blalock Walters, PA
Mr. Charlie Kennedy School Board of Manatee County
Mr. Harry Kinnan CommunityVolunteer
Mr. Tom Peacock Gilbane Building Company
Mr. Jeff Podobnik Pittsburgh Pirates
Mr. Paul Sharff Early Learning Coalition
Ms. Robin Thompson School District of Manatee County
Mr. Bob Turner Bradenton Herald
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 14
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 72
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 35
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 54
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $855,500.00
Projected Expenses $816,100.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Audit/Financial Documents
2015 Audit2015
Audit2014
Audit2010
Audit2009
Audit2009
Audit2008
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$383,395$503,281$516,245
Administration Expense$210,320$130,073$160,773
Fundraising Expense$48,791$59,632$58,643
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.011.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses60%73%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%9%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$822,893$733,733$794,573
Current Assets$712,297$169,351$794,573
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$86,233$41,571$108,765
Total Net Assets$736,660$692,162$685,808
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $374,250Contributions, gifts, grants $457,801Contributions, gifts, grants $563,769
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $311,476Fundraising $240,262Fundraising $217,320
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $1,278Investment Income $1,277Investment Income $6,768
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits Yes
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.264.077.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as there were not separated in the 990s or audits.  The financial figures were taken from the audited financial statements for years through 2010 and from the Federal tax returns for 2011 and 2012 as the financial statements were not available.  The Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile for tax years 2009 and 2010. 
Nonprofit Manatee Education Foundation Inc.
Address 1023 Manatee Avenue West
Suite 215
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone 941 251-4937

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