BENEFITING: FOUNDATION FOR EAST BATON ROUGE SCHOOL SYSTEM
EVENT: Louisiana Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: Jan 17, 2016
The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System (EBRSS) is an independent, not-for- profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preparing students for successful post-secondary education, careers and citizenship.The Foundation generates private support for priority, high-impact projects for which tax dollars are not available.The Foundation is one of over 10,000 similar non-profit organizations nationwide dedicated to improving the quality of public schools by providing alternative resources, and strengthening relationships between school districts and the communities they serve.
In 2011 a group of concerned citizens gathered to consider forming a foundation for EBR Schools. With this interest at heart, The East Baton Rouge Parish School System, in coordination with the National School Foundation, conducted a feasibility study that was completed in August 2011. In September 2012 volunteers from the community established a board, held its first meeting, and filed Articles of Incorporation with the Louisiana Secretary of State. Also in September 2012, a memorandum of understanding was approved by the EBR School Board with a working construct that established how the two organizations would support each other. In January 2013, The Foundation was officially granted 501 (c)(3) status by the IRS and continued to leverage community support as it does today.
While a separate entity from the school system, the Foundation for EBRSS works closely with all stakeholders (teachers, principals, administrators, and parents, as well as the business community) to understand and address the most pressing, unmet needs. With the generous help of individuals, private organizations and corporations, the Foundation supports a variety of programs, specifically targeting the development of skills and knowledge in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The foundation stimulates an integrated, connected approach to learning guiding students to becoming critical thinkers and problem solvers. Common to all high-achieving schools, the foundation focuses its efforts on three impact areas:
The mission of the Foundation for EBRSS is to enhance education by promoting academic excellence, championing innovation, and providing sustained financial support to public schools within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
The Foundation for EBRSS envisions a strengthened community through world-class education and partnerships.