ERIC Number: ED462464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Education Foundations: Changing Public Education and the Way Connecticut Communities Pay for It. CPEC Best Practices Report, Volume 2, Number 1.
Smith, Jim H.
Connecticut uses local education foundations to improve public education. These are not-for-profit organizations created and managed by local citizens, with the primary mission of improving public education at the local level. Connecticut foundations are as diverse as Connecticut communities. Most are totally volunteer managed. Currently, Connecticut has more than 40 education foundations designed to jump-start many worthy projects. Fundraising is a priority for all of the foundations, though not all foundations raise funds in the same manner. Many foundations view their mission as broader than simply developing revenue sources. They also support local schools with various in-kind or human resources. Leaders of education foundations must establish a rapport with school boards and school administrations as soon as possible, aggressively pursuing community involvement. Ten steps for creating an education foundation include: recruit a group of core leaders, clarify what is to be accomplished, schedule an informational community meeting, recruit a board of directors, define priorities, and create a fundraising plan. Five tips from experts include emphasizing public involvement, remaining independent, focusing on financial resources first, building credibility with committed professionals, and creating and keeping to a strategic plan. Contacts for getting started are listed. (SM)
Descriptors: Administrators, Community Involvement, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Fund Raising, Nonprofit Organizations, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Public Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Connecticut Policy and Economic Council, Inc., Hartford.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut