Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc.
301 N. 9th Street, 17th Floor
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement

Established in 2001, the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that partners with Richmond Public Schools to improve student learning and achievement in preparation for success in college, career, and community.

The Foundation’s role is to increase private philanthropy coming into Richmond Public Schools to support new and existing evidence-based programs and enrichment activities that enhance the student learning experience.

In 2010 the Foundation completed a restructuring process designed to increase its impact. Since then the Foundation has raised more than $5 million to support RPS programs. The Foundation is a bridge that helps donors contribute to the building of a 21st Century approach to public education. In addition, the Foundation fosters the participation of community partners who complement on-going work and help to create innovative and exciting ways to motivate students. We have three primary areas of concentration in Richmond Public Schools:

 

  • Student Success – support of enrichment activities that enhance student learning
  • Teaching Innovation – assistance through classroom resources and professional development
  • Post-Secondary Learning – scholarships for graduating seniors going to college or career training
The overall goal of the Foundation is to help Richmond Public Schools boost student retention, increase on time graduation rates, and support college and career readiness.

 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ty N Toepke
Board Chair Mr. Brendan J. McCormick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Venable, LLP
Contact Information
Address 301 N. 9th Street, 17th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 780-8623
E-mail ttoepke@rvaschools.net
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,000,000.00
Additional Documents
Annual Report2015View
Annual Report2014View
Annual Report2013View
Statements
Mission

Established in 2001, the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that partners with Richmond Public Schools to improve student learning and achievement in preparation for success in college, career, and community.

The Foundation’s role is to increase private philanthropy coming into Richmond Public Schools to support new and existing evidence-based programs and enrichment activities that enhance the student learning experience.

In 2010 the Foundation completed a restructuring process designed to increase its impact. Since then the Foundation has raised more than $5 million to support RPS programs. The Foundation is a bridge that helps donors contribute to the building of a 21st Century approach to public education. In addition, the Foundation fosters the participation of community partners who complement on-going work and help to create innovative and exciting ways to motivate students. We have three primary areas of concentration in Richmond Public Schools:

 

  • Student Success – support of enrichment activities that enhance student learning
  • Teaching Innovation – assistance through classroom resources and professional development
  • Post-Secondary Learning – scholarships for graduating seniors going to college or career training
The overall goal of the Foundation is to help Richmond Public Schools boost student retention, increase on time graduation rates, and support college and career readiness.

 

Impact

Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation depends on the generosity of companies, foundations, and individuals to support and enrich the educational experience of RPS students.  Through fundraising efforts and collaboration the Foundation raises and invests private funds to enrich the educational experience of RPS students, promote student success, and inspire teaching innovation.  

2015 Foundation Highlights

 

  •       Literacy skills up by 2.4 reading levels for first graders participating in MARSS Program (Mentoring and Reading Student to Student) according to PALS testing
  •       Sixty-one grants of up to $1000 awarded to teachers for classroom enhancements
  •       Scholarships presented to 42 students attending college and post-secondary career training
  •       700 middle school students stayed after school for year-long enrichment activities
  •       1600 middle and high school students viewed the historical movie, Selma
  •       Eight RPS alumni were honored for their outstanding professional accomplishments and community service
  •       Supported four fundraising who partners successfully solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars for student programs

 

Needs
Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation's top most pressing need is the in-kind and financial support of initiatives that enrich the educational experience of RPS students, promote student success, and inspire teaching innovation and excellence.  
 
Donor support support makes possible programs such as:
  • RVA Future
  • TechConnect 
  • Post Secondary Student Scholarships
  • RPS Volunteer Coordinator
  • Support for specific school district selected programs and needs
  • Capacity building & assessment activities to enable continuous improvement and future success of the Foundation's supported programs and partnerships.  
Background

Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation serves as a bridge that helps donors connect and contribute to the building of a 21st Century approach to enhance the educational and teaching experience for RPS students and teachers respectively.   In addition, the Foundation fosters the participation of community partners who complement on-going work and help to create innovative and exciting ways to motivate students and invest in our future.  

 

Established in 2001, the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that partners with Richmond Public Schools to improve student learning and achievement in preparation for success in college, career, and community.

 

The Foundation’s role is to increase private philanthropy coming into Richmond Public Schools to support new and existing evidence-based programs and enrichment activities that enhance the student learning experience.

In 2010 the Foundation completed a restructuring process designed to increase its impact. Since then the Foundation has raised more than $5 million to support RPS programs

The Foundation is a bridge that helps donors contribute to the building of a 21st Century approach to public education. In addition, the Foundation fosters the participation of community partners who complement on-going work and help to create innovative and exciting ways to motivate students. The overall goal of the Foundation is to help Richmond Public Schools boost student retention, increase on time graduation rates, and support college and career readiness.

 

 

CEO Statement
An investment in education lasts a lifetime. We believe there is no better way to prepare for the future. In Richmond Public Schools there are smart, creative teachers and dedicated administrators.  But they can’t do it alone. They need help and support from the Richmond community. That’s why the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation was established -- to support the school system by seeking monetary donations and other resources that will enrich the learning experience of “our” children so they will graduate ready, ready to go to college…ready to pursue a career…ready to be your employee… ready to be a productive member of our community. 
 
The private sector fundraising efforts of Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation have come a long way over the past five years.  With the continued support of caring community members we will strive to meet our goal to boost student retention and increase on-time graduation rates.  As our work continues to enrich the learning opportunities for RPS students and teachers we invite you to join us.  
 
 
 
Board Chair Statement

Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation reached thousands of students in 2014-2015 with an impactful mentoring and reading program, in-school and after-school enrichment programs and investments in teacher development and classroom resources. These programs were made possible by your donations and the strong partnerships we have developed with Richmond Public Schools, alumni, other nonprofits and the community. We are proud of the ways these efforts are enhancing the educational experience of Richmond’s elementary, middle and high school students.

Just as Richmond’s students learn, experiment and grow, so do we. The Foundation is focused on continuous improvement and we regularly assess our efforts for impact on students and teachers. Several of our programs will evolve to make them more efficient and effective. We aim to make investments that are capable of transforming lives and changing outcomes. The current year has already brought two new programs with the potential to do so: RVA Future and TechConnect. I encourage you to learn more about how you can support our work by reading this report and by visiting our website throughout the year.

With your support, the Foundation will invest in programs that make a meaningful difference in the lives of students and their families and help make RVA an even better place to live.

Brendan McCormick
Chairman
Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Richmond, City
We serve students, their families, teachers, and the public schools in the City of Richmond, Virginia.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Brendan J. McCormick
Company Affiliation Venable, LLP
Term July 2013 to June 2018
Email brendanmccormick@verizon.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Corliss Archer Wells Fargo
Dr. Thomas Beatty VCU School of Education
Reverend Benjamin P. Campbell Richmond Hill
Reverend Donald Coleman Richmond Public Schools- School Board
Mr. Donald Cowles Community Volunteer
Mr. TJ Edlich, Jr. Esq.Altria Client Services
Ms. Sherrard Gardner Richmond Public Schools- Educator
Ms. Sarah Gross National & State PTA
Mr. Otis Jones IBM
Ms. Rosemary Jones J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Mr. Thomas Kranz Richmond Public Schools
Mr. Brendan McCormick 70 Douglass Communications LLC
Mr. David Mills David Mills, LLC
Ms. Dawn Page RPS School Board
Ms. Sheryl Pannell Myers and Stauffer
Dr. Patrick Sapini RPS School Board
Mrs. Sandra Tormoen Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Mr. Thad Williamson University of Richmond
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Program / Program Planning
Finance
Board Governance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Ty N Toepke
Staff
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 4
Contractors 2
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description

Funding their futures –
Student Scholarships

Each year, Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation partners with corporations and individuals to establish scholarships that are awarded to graduating seniors. The General RPS Education Foundation Scholarship Application offers students the opportunity to apply for MULTIPLE SCHOLARSHIPS through ONE SIMPLE APPLICATION. These scholarships were created to assist RPS graduates who are planning to pursue continuing education at a four year college/university or community college. Funds are paid directly to the educational institution and can be used for tuition, books, or other approved school related costs.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Description

Supporting Innovation & Excellence in Teaching

Teachers and students benefit from teacher grant program

In Richmond Public Schools, there are innovative teachers striving to inspire students and give them the skills they need to be successful in college, career and beyond! But they can’t do it alone. Each year RPS Education Foundation provides teachers with the opportunity to gather much needed resources to improve their own skills, purchase supplies to create innovative learning spaces, and improve the overall learning experience of their students through the Teaching Innovation & Excellence (TIE) Grants.

This year, 134 teachers applied and 48 teachers were awarded thanks to the generous support of our donors!
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $50,000.00
Description

Reaching forward

Free laptops for middle schoolers!

TechConnect is a new program launching in the 2015/16 school year to serve up to 240 middle school students —from each of the two pilot school sites at Henderson and Boushall middle schools. Three 10-week sessions offered at each site in conjunction with after school programming offer a fun and adventurous learning opportunity. Students will discover more about computers technology and will also use computers to fulfill their school assignments. Students will participate in an orientation that includes class expectations, requirements, internet, social media safety, and a pre/post-survey of the student’s technology knowledge. The weekly classes will include training such as:

· Keyboarding/word processing

· Animation

· Research methods

· Video creation

· Microsoft Office tools

· Coding

· App creation

· Gaming

· Digital Portfolios

· Presentations (i.e. Prezi)

Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of concepts through assignments, quizzes, and surveys. Additionally, upon successful completion of the 10-week course each participant will receive a laptop computer to take home!

Jose participates in our TechConnect program, a technology class for middle school students. Jose’s mom said her son is one of four children and when it’s time for homework she gets a little frantic about being able to help each of them. Receiving the new laptop from TechConnect will allow Jose and his siblings to access research materials, prepare projects, and write papers much easier than in the past. Through TechConnect students are introduced to basic computer software while encouraged to be curious and experiment so they can learn at their own speed. This program helps students become familiar with technology and fosters innovation.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Description

RVA Future Centers offer an exciting new opportunity aimed at increasing the number of Richmond Public Schools graduates accessing quality post-high school college and career opportunities, by providing a strong system of support, information, and assistance to RPS high school students. The long-term vision is to provide meaningful non-financial and financial support to all RPS high school students, before, during and after graduation, to bolster students’ long-term educational and economic success after high school. This is a collaborative initiative between the City of Richmond (via the Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building), Richmond Public Schools, and the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, where this initiative is based.

Each of the five comprehensive high schools have an RVA Future Center staffed by a dedicated professional to create, organize, and implement career/college activities focused on student success beyond high school. In partnership with the RPS School Counseling Department, RVA Future Centers help to identify the gaps, determine metrics for success, and develop a coordinated plan for effective service delivery.

Long range impact will be to create a stream of qualified/educationally prepared talent for the Richmond workforce and improve the quality of life in the Richmond community by investing in future generations. 

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
CEO/ED/Board Comments Collaboration with and input from stakeholders is a key component of our operating values. We believe that in order to prepare students for success we must understand what the business community and post secondary institutions expect from a high school graduate and ensure that appropriate learning opportunities exist within the school system. We know that the higher the educational attainment per capita, the greater the economic gain for the community, region, and nation. Our role as a liaison and support mechanism for Richmond Public Schools offers a new opportunity for relationship-building.  We look forward to sharing our goals and dreams with potential private and public sector partners and inviting them to join our efforts to better prepare students to be their employees, neighbors, and friends.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,000,000.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$377,544$487,358$835,500
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$377,544$487,358$835,500
Individual Contributions$687,616$688,207$751,082
$1,679$118$3,621
----$105,989
Investment Income, Net of Losses$36$55$20
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$45,961
Revenue In-Kind$263,780$44,780$32,880
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,442,506$1,183,241$1,442,761
Administration Expense$36,442$40,978$32,967
Fundraising Expense$0--$1,329
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.901.001.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%97%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,407,119$1,596,917$1,556,012
Current Assets$1,407,119$1,596,917$1,556,012
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$5,808$47,313$2,707
Total Net Assets$1,401,311$1,549,604$1,553,305
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities242.2733.75574.81
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990s.
  • IRS 990 and audited financial statements for FY 2011 prepared by Gwendolyn Yvonne Faush, CPA.
  • IRS 990 for FY 2010 and 2009 prepared by Wanda Payne, Board Treasurer.
  • Financial review prepared by Gwendolyn Yvonne Faush, CPA.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" may also include support from individuals, special events and United Way.