1. What is The Success Foundation?
The Success Foundation is a community partnership for educational excellence that provides the opportunity for members of the Greeley and Evans communities to become directly involved in supporting education in our public schools. The Success Foundation is governed by an independent Board of Directors. We seek to prepare students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
2. Why do we need The Success Foundation?
School foundations collectively address the widening gap between government funding and the escalating expenses of educating children. The Success Foundation, through its autonomous fundraising, seeks support for areas that the district currently is unable to fund.
It is not the intent of The Success Foundation to supplant what the district should fund, but rather to enhance opportunities for teachers and schools. This Foundation allows people to make both modest and significant contributions in a direct manner to support education.
The Success Foundation also serves as an independent, positive voice for public education in our community.
3. Aside from raising funds, for what other purposes does The Success Foundation exist?
The Success Foundation strives to be a unifying force, bringing together educators, parents, students, and members of the community in supporting our public schools. The Success Foundation is an advocate for public education, teacher excellence, and student success. Among many advocacy efforts, the Foundation recognizes outstanding teachers and administrators, leads community partnership building, and increases opportunities for students to achieve success.
The Foundation showcases excellence and innovation in our schools while demonstrating community investment and involvement in the school district. We recognize that broad community engagement sends a powerful message of caring about the growth and future of all children in our public schools.
Additionally, the Foundation continues to identify the many educational needs that go unmet because of insufficient funding.
4. What is the relationship between The Success Foundation and District 6?
The Success Foundation operates in partnership with District 6 staff and the Board of Education, but maintains an independent identity. The Success Foundation supports district goals, but is separate from the district in decision making and the allocation of money for proposed, needed projects. District staff members and a Board of Education member hold seats on the Board of Directors for The Success Foundation.
A written agreement between District 6 and The Success Foundation outlines the relationship. District 6 currently provides in-kind temporary support, including an office in the district’s central administration building and assistance from staff.
5. What does The Success Foundation fund? Who decides how the money is used? How much money is used for administrative costs?
The Success Foundation provides funding for educational projects, activities, and travel that align with The Success Foundation vision and that otherwise would not have a funding source. It is the vision of The Success Foundation to use such funding to increase excellence and innovation in classrooms of the school district and to provide students with 21st century skills necessary for their future success.
The Success Foundation funds 21st Century Educational Grants for educators and schools. In 2012, The Success Foundation began providing funding for larger-scale, district-wide needs in addition to grants. The initial emphasis is on technology.
Administrative costs are minimal. The Success Foundation employs one part-time administrative assistant. Most of the work is completed by board members and volunteers.
6. Who is eligible for grant funding? How does the application process work?
Educational providers that serve students in the Greeley-Evans District 6 schools including charter schools are eligible to receive funding. Teachers, administrators, support staff, students, and parent groups may apply for funding.
The application materials, process, and timelines are available in the fall.
7. What is the difference between current school fundraising efforts and The Success Foundation fundraising?
School fundraising efforts are generally targeted to meet specific school needs. It is expected that those efforts will continue. The Success Foundation funding is intended to provide expanded opportunities for students to develop 21st century learning skills. Funded projects must be compatible with both school district and Foundation goals.
The Success Foundation funding is not intended to supplant taxpayer obligations or parent-funding efforts. Rather, the Foundation hopes to achieve a larger scale of fundraising to support the needs of students above and beyond what current funding can sustain.
8. Where do the funds come from and how are fundraising goals be determined?
Funds come from donations by individuals, businesses, endowments, and other foundations. Anyone may be a donor. The Success Foundation conducts annual funding drives and special events to support its work.
Fundraising goals are determined by The Success Foundation’s community-based Board of Directors. Annual goals are set for the number of dollars raised and the number of donors who contribute to The Success Foundation.
The Success Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Revised February 5, 2016