THE STRATFORD ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION WAS CREATED TO SUPPORT THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR BOTH THE STUDENTS AND THE STAFF OF THE STRATFORD INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE FOUNDATION PROVIDES FUNDS FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE PARAMETERS OF THE NORMAL OPERATING BUDGET. THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO FACILITATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, TO RECOGNIZE AND ENCOURAGE STAFF EXCELLENCE, AND TO EXPAND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT FROM INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES, AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS.
FOUNDED IN AUGUST OF 2002, THE STRATFORD EDUCATION FOUNDATION HAS GIVEN OVER $221,000 AS OF JANUARY 2023. MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES AND REQUESTS HAVE BEEN FUNDED BY INDIVIDUAL DONORS AS WELL.
SYNOPSIS OF THE STRATFORD EDUCATION FOUNDATION:
PURPOSE—The Stratford ISD Education has been created to support the educational programs for both the students and staff of the Stratford Independent School District. The Foundation will provide funds for education programs and activities outside the parameters of the normal operating budget. These funds will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence, and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses, and civic organizations.
STRATFORD ISD MISSION STATEMENT– Stratford Independent School District believes that each student can learn and master basic skills in education, regardless of the student’s current academic achievement, socioeconomic status, race, or gender. Stratford Independent School District is firm in the conviction to provide effective and quality instruction.
STRATFORD ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION MISSION STATEMENT—The mission of The Stratford ISD Education Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to the Stratford ISD to enrich, maintain, and expand programs needed to meet the District’s stated mission of excellence in education.
DISTRIBUTIONS– This is a perpetual Foundation, meaning as the assets of the Foundation grow, it will be there for the future benefit of the Stratford ISD and its students.
MEMBERSHIP & BOARD OF DIRECTORS—Directors shall be elected from current, qualifying Foundation members. (To qualify as a board member, a person must meet the minimum contribution level of $100.00 per member annually. This can be met through one-time or multiple contributions per year. All members are allowed one vote in any Foundation elections.) Directors’ terms are 3 years and they can be elected for more than one term.
CURRENT STATUS OF FOUNDATION– It qualifies as a tax-exempt 501c3 Foundation. Gifts to the Foundation qualify for tax deductions (subject to certain charitable gift deductions).
GIFTS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS– Donations of any size are welcome. They may be current or testamentary (given in a will). Examples of acceptable gifts are CASH, PROPERTY (SUBJECT TO BOARD ACCEPTANCE)-STOCKS-MEMORIALS-HONORARIUMS-CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT-LIFE INSURANCE. In the instance of substantial gifts, we recommend your consulting with accountants and or attorneys to maximize your tax benefits. All gifts are acknowledged to the donor and anyone who is honored with a memorial or honorarium.
PAST PROJECTS– Find these on the “Grants” section of this website.
You can also find current information regarding former students, funded grant projects, guest lecturers, our donor list, memorials and honorariums, and various other Foundation activities.
MISSION & GOALS
Mission Statement and Goals
Scope: The Stratford ISD Education Foundation…
- is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit tax-exempt philanthropic organization of citizens
- shares a vision of enhancing education in Stratford ISD
- works to increase private support for educational activities in Stratford ISD
- benefits Stratford ISD students and staff by supporting innovative educational activities not funded by tax dollars
- fosters creative approaches to education through private grants and involvement
- awards Foundation funds through a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and educational leaders.
The Stratford ISD Education Foundation has been created to support the educational programs for both the students and staff of the Stratford Independent School District. The Foundation will provide funds for education programs and activities outside the parameters of the normal operating budget. These funds will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations.
Stratford ISD Mission Statement
Stratford Independent School District believes that each student can learn and master basic skills in education, regardless of the student’s current academic achievement, socioeconomic status, race, or gender. Stratford Independent School District is firm in the conviction to provide effective and quality instruction.
Stratford ISD Education Foundation Mission Statement:
The mission of the Stratford ISD Education Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to the Stratford Independent School District to enrich, maintain, and expand programs needed to meet the District’s stated mission of excellence in education.
The Foundation will achieve its mission by directing resources toward these goals:
· Encourage all students and staff to work to their highest potential
· Support staff for innovative efforts
· Recognize staff for exemplary performance
· Build community awareness for the Stratford ISD Education Foundation
· Inspire parents and community to participate with the school district in enriching education
A Suggested Procedure for Identifying Initial Funding Priorities
The following is an outline designed to assist foundation boards in determining what the funding priorities are and what objectives must be accomplished to impact these priorities. Before any efficient strategy for attracting funds can be developed, the: (1) What, (2) Why and (3) How much must be clearly stated. Once the what, why and how much are determined, identifying where the funds are and how to access these funds becomes a much easier task.
The purpose of this exercise is to achieve agreement within the foundation as to what the priorities are at this time. It will also provide the Board of Directors with a consistent message to give when asked, “What does the foundation do?” Lastly, it provides a guide when making decisions about grants.
STEP 1: Explore a number of possibilities for potential funding. This “list” can come from a variety of sources such as the following:
List from administrators, staff, and/or the Board of Education
List of perceived needs from the Foundation Board of Directors
Areas of interest of foundation directors and/or school officials
Areas, projects, or programs for which known or expected funding may be available
STEP 2: Discuss and brainstorm this list without limitation.
STEP 3: Divide the list into categories. Combine like or similar items on the list.
STEP 4: Reduce the list into a more concise number of potential priorities–a minimum of three to four; a maximum of seven to ten items. Does each priority meet the following criteria?
Is it fundable?
Does it provide the foundation with image-building possibilities?
Is there a potential for controversy?
What is the impact on the school/students?
Is it consistent with Board of Education/Administration policy and philosophy?
Is it short-range or long-range program/project?
STEP 5: Identify broad themes that will cover the specific activities in program areas that were chosen in the above process. An example of a broad theme is–Promote Academic Excellence. (Note: Use dynamic words– that indicate action and movement)
The broad themes should be expansive enough to cover the primary activities previously selected. The foundation should create three or four broad themes such as:
Encourage excellence through creative teaching and learning
Facilitate student development
Promote excellence in teaching
Build strong self-image in students
Promote the well being of students
Facilitate school/community partnerships
STEP 6: Identify appropriate subgroups according to school and community needs and related to the broad themes as previously defined. An example of subgroups under “Encourage Excellence Through Creative Teaching and Learning” could be:
Support professional growth
Encourage travel and out-of-school experiences
Provide venture capital for creative ideas and programs
STEP 7: List specific objectives under the subgroup headings that are attainable, easy to communicate and have fixed dollar amounts, (or ranges). Examples are as follows:
1. Support professional growth
Provide a $1,000 stipend to a teacher in each building for educational opportunities ($7,000)
2. Provide venture capital for creative ideas and programs
Purchase a computer aided design software for drafting class ($12,000)
Provide mini-grants to teachers ($6,000)
Make sure objectives cover wide areas that will interest a variety of people. Objectives should be long-range, mid-range and short range; high, mid, and low cost and impact as many students as possible.
Leave open the ability to accept restricted gifts and provide latitude for the foundation to respond to concerns outside the funding priority model through discretionary funding.
STEP 8: Assemble a funding priority from the information gathered in Steps 1 through 7. An example would be as follows:
1. Encourage excellence through creative teaching and learning
a. Support professional growth
· Provide a $1,000 stipend to a teacher in each building for educational opportunities ($7,000)
b. Provide venture capital for creative ideas and programs
· Purchase computer aided design software for drafting classes ($12,000)
· Provide mini-grants to teachers ($6.000)
Examples of Priorities Typically Funded by Foundation Boards
· Innovative Teaching Grants
· Staff Development
· Economic/Special Needs of Students
· Interactive Learning Experiences for Students
· School/Community Partnerships Programs/Projects
· Student/Teacher Recognition Programs
· Author/Artist in Residence Programs
· Permanent Endowment Fund
· Endowed Scholarship Programs