The Foundation for Leon County Schools, Inc.
725 S. Calhoun Street
Tallahassee FL 32301
Contact Information
Address 725 S. Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Telephone (850) 487-7881
Fax 850 487-0443
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At A Glance
Organization DBA
Foundation for Leon County Schools
Former Names
Leon County Schools Foundation
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2852594
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $360,000.00
Projected Expenses $290,000.00
Mission Statement
Needs Statement
We need more:
  • investors in public education.
  • volunteers for our events.
  • community visability.
We also need to continue to advocate our legislators for funding.
Impact Statement
  • Increased public school support by 30 percent.
  • Grown our support organizations.
  • Grown our membership base. 
  • Increase pubic awareness about the Foundation.
  • Increase our donor base.
  • Increase our programs.
  • Increase Board of Directors participation.
  • Increase our volunteer and advocacy base.
Background Statement
In 1986, area business, community, and education leaders established the Foundation for Leon County Schools (FLCS), a not-for-profit alliance to assist public schools in their efforts to deliver a superior education to our children. Under the leadership of its volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation remains focused on enhancing programs that include classroom grants, dropout prevention, scholarships, service learning, and teacher recruitment and retainment. These initiatives are monitored and supported by separate development committees established by the Foundation Board. In short, the Foundation acts as a liaison between the private sector and the Leon County School District to provide avenues for business, industry, and community involvement in our public schools.

By combining business resources and individual donations, the Foundation provides an efficient and accountable way for our community to increase educational opportunities in ALL of our public schools. We value excellence in education. We believe that private philanthropy is essential for quality public schools. We are dedicated to providing equal access to educational opportunities for all students. We believe that an excellent public school system is necessary for the economic and workforce development of our community. 

Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Educational Services
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
Areas Served
We serve 46 public schools in Leon County.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement
Considering that Florida ranks last in per capita spending for education, the Foundation for Leon County Schools was established to ensure quality education remains available to our community youth. The good news: Leon County residents understand that without quality public schools, our economic development would suffer. That's why the voters of Leon County just extended the Half Penny Sales Tax Referendum to help fund much needed capital and technology improvements in our public schools. Additionally, the business community understands that our public schools graduate well educated students that become part of a vibrant workforce, and that's why so many business and community leaders support the Foundation. 
Through a competitive application process, we reward teachers for innovative instruction through our teacher mini-grant program. Since 1989, we've awarded nearly 2 million dollars in classroom resources and programs. We are unique in that we receive matching grant dollars from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation and the Department of Education (DOE) for this program.
Budget $64,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
The goal of our mini-grant program is to enhance student achievement and teacher productivity through additional resources that result in innovative and results based instruction. While we could afford to grant only 21 teacher mini-grants, 128 teachers participated in these projects. Clearly, our program promotes collaboration and cooperation among faculty members to create more sustainable projects. In addition, teachers work to impact as many students as possible with their projects- 3448 students participated in these grants; 1182 of them were considered low-performing students; 120 were high performing or gifted.

Another goal of the mini-grant program was to focus on STEM initiatives. As stated earlier, nearly 33% of our grants were related to STEM curriculum.

We hope to continue to grow our program to include more teacher projects and schools. We want to encourage more middle school participation, as only one middle school participated this year. We have yet to develop a way to measure if students who participate in mini-grants show more academic progress than those who don't, as they matriculate. We would also like to conduct an attitude/environment survey of our teachers. Because we have only 1 staff person, it's difficult to find the resources to conduct such surveys.

Long term Success
Our teacher mini-grants are evaluated annually. In order to win an award, teachers must demonstrate learning gains through DOE approved evaluation tools. Through these grants, we have determined that we have been able to increase classroom performance and test scores.
Program Success Monitored By
Teachers submit evaluation forms that are signed by their principals. Additionally, our program is audited for accuracy through the Department of Education (DOE) and the Governor's office.
Examples of Program Success Because our mini-grant program is available to all schools and grade levels/subjects, here is a glimpse of some of the evaluation results:
  • 94% of 5th graders scored 4 or better on final Florida Writes Upon Request (WUR);
  • 77% of 4th graders scored 4 or better on final WUR;
  • 77% of 3rd graders scored 3 or better on WUR;
  • 90% of students scored 80% and above on post science tests;
  • 4th grade science pre-FCAT test increased 40%;
  • 80% of 4th grade students improved WUR scores;
  • 38% reading growth on STAR tests, grades 2-5);
  • 100% pass rate on 3rd grade science chapter tests;
  • 57% growth (to score 4 and above) on 4th grade FCAT;
  • 40% growth in science chapter tests, grades 2-4;
  • 4th grade Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students improved from a 44% to a 70% on Florida Writes;
  • 30% growth in Success Maker, grades 3 & 4;
  • 100% improved math scores on 10,11,12th grade low-perfoming students;
  • 80% of 5th grade students demonstrated proficiency on FCAT science;
  • placed 5th among 17 rookie teams in Florida Robotics competition;
  • City recognition for significant water conservation and irrigation field for school gardens;
  • 50% increase in post-test on Scholastic Reading Counts tests;
  • recognized by the National High Magnetic Field Lab for CAD designs and innovation.

We continue to request that teachers use DOE approved evaluation tools and augment projects with more in-kind contributions

Because wellness programs are not funded by tax dollars, the Foundation for Leon County Schools holds an annual event at which they raise dollars to help schools find the resources they need to build healthier students and employees. With our premier partner, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, we host an annual community event, Stomping Out Type 2 Diabetes, at which we raise much needed awareness about the risks associated with Type 2 Diabetes and raise dollars to combat childhood obesity. These dollars are then awarded to schools. Additionally, at our annual event, the Florida State Medical School and Tallahassee Diabetes Center do free diabetes screenings and help distribute wellness information to the community.
Budget $25,000.00
Category Education, General/Other School Health Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families, At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
This event helps to bring awarenss and education resources to our community that will help us combat childhood obesity and improve family health.
Long term Success
Our desire is to create enough awareness, educational resources, and school programs to help families decrease childhood obesity and improve employee performance. Working with the Leon County Schools, we've been able to increase wellness participation by 30%.
Program Success Monitored By
We know that, because our attendance has increased and so has participation in school wellness programs, our efforts are successful.
Examples of Program Success
Not available
Because many volunteer organizations want to support educational programs and scholarships, the Foundation acts as a fiscal agent for 5 organizations.  Through our valuable partnerships, we are able to give student scholarships, increase programs for gifted students, assist homeless students with shelter and resources, and encourage at-risk students to stay in school, graduate, and continue post-secondary educations.
Budget $100,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Partnerships in Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations, Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
In the past 4 years the Foundation has gone from 0 support organizations to 5 support organizations. We've raised more than $100,000 to infuse in our education/scholarship programs.
Long term Success
The Foundation hopes to increase our partners by 15% annually, so we will be able to impact more students and families, and help more volunteers assist with our mission.
Program Success Monitored By
We are audited annually, and our support organizations submit evaluations/reports of their programs and events.
Examples of Program Success
  • 50 Large Program has helped more than 50 at-risk young men remain in school and graduate.
  • KEYS program has funded more than $60,000 in post-secondary scholarships for our most physically and mentally challenged students.
  • Childers-Everertt Scholarship fund has given more than $20,000 in scholarships to scholar athletes.
  • Social Worker Fund has distributed more than $15,000 to families in need and who are homeless.
  • Tallahassee Gifted Network has provided STEM teacher training, and has saved our school district thousands of dollars.
Because the school budget has been reduced considerably in the past 5 years, the Foundation assists the District in providing professional development and training for teachers and administrators in the following areas:  Florida Standards and STEM/STEAM.  We allocate dollars for trainers, resources, and teacher stipends that relate to these trainings.
Budget $45,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Assessment & Evaluation
Population Served Adults, K-12 (5-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
100 percent of our District staff will receive the necessary training to become better acquainted and equipped to enact Florida's new teaching standards and the technology associated with implementation.
Long term Success
100 percent of our District staff will receive the necessary training to become better acquainted and equipped to enact Florida's new teaching standards and the technology associated with implementation.
Program Success Monitored By
Because this training will occur this summer, we don't have the data to report at this time.
Examples of Program Success
See above
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Over the past 6 years our school district's budget has been reduced by $145 million dollars. We are challenged to help raise dollars to supplement our public schools, so they can remain in the top 10 performing school districts in the state. Without the support of our community, our public schools would not be able to create a well-educated workforce, which is the backbone of our community's economic development and sustainability.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dave Vincent
Company Affiliation JRA Architects
Term July 2013 to June 2014
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Jeanie Booth
Company Affiliation Big Brothers/ Big Sisters
Term July 2013 to June 2014
Board Members
Jeanie Booth Tallahassee Democrat
Carmen Butler CenturyLink
Betsy Couch Tallahassee Jr. League
Erik Davis Wells Fargo Bank
Mary Estes First Commerce Credit Union
Shari Gewater Leon County Classroom Teacher Assc.
Tom Harrison Tallahassee Primary Care
Beth Keating Gunster Law Firm
Sha Maddox Community Volunteer
Dan McGrew ITT Technical Institute
Sylvia Myers Leon County Schools Teacher of the Year
Ryan O'Connor Envision Credit Union
Diana Oropallo Florida Assc. of District School Superintendents
Kyle Phelps Capital City Bank Group
Jackie Pons Leon County Schools Superintendent
Foyt Ralston Ralston & Associates
Linda Recio Evergreen Solutions, LLC
Curt Reilly Governor's Inn
April Salter Salter-Mitchell, Inc.
Forrest Van Camp Leon County School Board
David Vincent JRA Archtects
Paul Watts Electronet
Kawana Williams FSU College of Business
Jason Zaborske Capital Events, Inc.
Joe Zollner Guy E. Burnette, Jr. P.A.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 62%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
CEO Comments
We are proud to have an extrememly active Board of Directors who are passionate about maintaining our quality public schools. Because the work is intense, however, we are in need of new board members every 3 years!
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Sheila Costigan
Term Start Jan 2009
Ms. Costigan was a Leon County School Teacher for 20 years before she was elected to the School Board.  While serving for 6 years on the Board, she worked for Brandt Information Services as their marketing director.
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 60
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
United Way of the Big Bend2008
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30 2014
Projected Revenue $360,000.00
Projected Expenses $290,000.00
Endowment Value $124,043.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage (if selected) 0%
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$122,427$116,155$157,771
Investment Income, Net of Losses$12,169$0$18,129
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$107,760$109,569$129,141
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$121,940$113,232$168,213
Administration Expense$46,592$39,711$36,988
Fundraising Expense$54,712$52,109$58,241
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.201.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses55%55%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue45%45%37%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$576,745$427,902$326,062
Current Assets$206,315$175,335$133,314
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$238,323$131,038$69,470
Total Net Assets$338,422$296,864$256,592
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.871.341.92
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments
We have hired a new bookkeeper which should help expedite our processes and create new efficiencies. 
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the audits.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the audit or 990.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the audit or 990.
  • Has an Endowment at the Community Foundation.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit The Foundation for Leon County Schools, Inc.
Address 725 S. Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Primary Phone 850 487-7881
Donate with a credit card
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
CEO/Executive Director Sheila Costigan
Board Chair Dave Vincent
Board Chair Company Affiliation JRA Architects
Year of Incorporation 1989
Former Names
Leon County Schools Foundation