General Pre-Conference Sessions will be held on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM and are open to all conference registrants. The Member-Only Pre-Conference Session will be held on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM. Members can sign up for the Member-Only Session here. When you register to attend the Conference, select your pre-conference option in the registration form. Click here to register for the Conference!
Local education foundations (LEFs) all have different approaches to their program work and determining funding priorities. Sometimes they develop and deliver all aspects of a program and in other instances they respond to funding needs presented to them. Often the efforts impact individual teachers and students rather than addressing more systemic issues. In Florida the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) is working with LEFs to support school districts in tackling some of the big challenges and barriers involved in increasing student achievement gaps. In this session participants will consider current examples from CFEF members in Florida. Participants will consider how they can approach this challenge in their community by using a tool developed by CFEF. This process helps LEFs understand and navigate the challenge of engaging school districts and other partners on fundamental student impact initiatives.
Natalie Clogsten, Pearland ISD Education Foundation
Researchers have examined education foundations in states including California (Deitrick, 2009), Florida (Fernandez, 2014), and Pennsylvania (Spangler, 2017). Over 400 education foundations exist in Texas, and yet no comprehensive study has been conducted. This session will present the results of a statewide mixed-methods research study on the impact of education foundations on school districts and public education funding. In the research study, data was collected and analyzed to measure correlations between education foundations (revenue, board size, years of operation), school districts (location, size, academic performance), and public education funding (per student funding). Interviews with a purposeful sample of district superintendents were also conducted to understand the perceived impact of education foundations. The findings of this study can provide insight into the effectiveness and importance of education foundations.
Building a successful Annual campaign is essential for every education foundation. It is the foundational piece of the fundraising puzzle. It requires coordinated planning efforts that help you maximize year-round fundraising opportunities, tell your story and share the impact you are having in your schools and community. This workshop will walk through the process of building a successful annual campaign with concentrated emphasis on your Major Gifts program. Many education foundations struggle with developing and utilizing a successful Major Gifts program. Major Gifts work seems to always end up on the bottom of the to-do list. Workshop participants will gain tips on assessing their current fundraising program, creating an annual development plan and integrating an intentional major gifts effort. Workshop topics will include: Major Gifts Strategy, Board Giving, Community Appeals and Staff Giving. This workshop will help you develop a COMPREHENSIVE annual campaign plan to ensure your success.