Leon High School Foundation
550 E Tennessee St
Tallahassee FL 32308-4938
Contact Information
Address 550 E Tennessee St
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Telephone (850) 488-1971
Fax 850 9225311
E-mail KeepLeonStrong@gmail.com
Alternate Address P O Box 15963
Tallahassee, FL 32317
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://leonhighfoundation.org/
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Leon High School
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Leon High Foundation
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2096338
Year of Incorporation 1981
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Mission Statement

The Leon High School Foundation’s primary purpose is to provide financial support, as well as materials and services to Leon High School for academic and educational aid.

The Foundation Board of Trustees, in conjunction with the school administration and faculty, identifies areas of need and sets priorities for the use of undesignated gifts to the Foundation. Priority is given to expenditures that offer the maximum amount of assistance to the greatest number of Leon High School students. When gifts to the Foundation are designated for specific purposes (usually to fund scholarships), the Foundation administers them according to the wishes of the donors.

Needs Statement
1. Launch and fund the $1 million endowment
2. Raise at least $20,000 through the Spring Golf Fundraiser
3. Educate the Leon High community about the work of the Foundation
4. Maximize the donation of unrestricted funds
5.  Maximize the donation of restricted funds
Impact Statement
Three accomplishments from the past year:
1. Provided $20,000 in supplemental funding to the science, English, performing arts, ESE, and physical education departments in response to detailed funding requests submitted by Leon High faculty members.
2. Administered seven designated scholarship awards to Leon High students.
3. Administered and awarded two TCC scholarships funded by the Foundation.
Goals for the upcoming year:
1. To launch and fund our inaugural $1 million endowment.
2. To maximize our fundraising.
3. To continue to provide funding grants to faculty.
4. To maintain and award the scholarships administered by the Leon Foundation  
Background Statement

Colleges and universities, both public and private, have used non-profit foundations to supplement their funding. The idea for a similar organization to augment state and federal funding at Leon High was proposed at an officers’ meeting of the Leon Parent-Teachers Organization in November 1980.

At the time, no foundation to raise additional funds to improve the entire educational program was known at a public high school, but the idea met with enthusiastic support from school officials, alumni and friends. The Leon High School Foundation was chartered in January as a 501(c)(3) non-profit Florida organization.

Since 1981, the Foundation has provided several hundred thousand dollars to enrich the academic and co-curricular experiences of Leon students. Going beyond tax dollars, the Foundation provides resources which help bridge the gap between the average and the excellent educational experience for all Leon students.

Service Categories
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Annual Spring Fundraiser raises funds each year to give back to the school to fund teacher requested mini-grants.  Each Spring any teacher at Leon High School can apply for a mini-grant.  These grants are for items the teacher would otherwise not be able to purchase for students as part of the regular school budget.  The Foundation also funds two scholarships for Tallahassee Community College Students for two years from this annual fundraiser. 
Budget $25,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Short-Term success is measured annually, because mini-grants are applied for and awarded each year.  
Long term Success Teachers would not be able to purchase the education tools for students, unless we provided the funding for these items.  The education tools the teachers need are for every level of student at Leon High School.  The entire population of the school is affected in their 4 years of high school attendance, in some way, by items the Foundation purchases. 
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by the Board, annually and monthly as well as the school's administration.
Examples of Program Success ESE students going on field-trips, 4 a year, that they would not be able to do without Foundation funding.  Replicated skulls used for teaching Biology in the Science department.  A String Quartet visiting the school for the week as part of the World History program.  Special graphing calculators for Math.  AP Study Guides for the English Department.  Curtain, recording devices and microphones for the performing arts department.  A dance floor for the Dance Department.  Large Instruments for the band/orchestra.  Foreign Language study aids for students.  
Description An Endowment, with a Million Dollar goal was created in 2012 to enhance the Annual Spring Fundraiser.  When sufficient levels are achieved for the Endowment, the interest raised annually will be added to fund the teacher requested mini-grants. 
Budget $2,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Once enough principal is generated, the Endowment will be able to increase the annual giving back to the students and teachers of Leon High School. 
Long term Success By creating an Endowment for Leon High School, we are able to ensure an annual gift to the school with the interest generated dollars.  The gift will continue to give for years, since the principal will never be touched.  It's a long-term gift to the students of Leon High School. 
Program Success Monitored By Board & School Administrators
Examples of Program Success To date, we have raised $180,000. 
Description The Leon High School Foundation administers 9 scholarships, 1 of which is funded by the Foundation.  The 9 scholarships we administer require the Foundation to accept, review and choose a scholarship recipient from hundreds of applications.  Donors have entrusted the Foundation to manage these scholarships, the funding and administer the scholarships funds annually.  The Foundation funds one scholarship to Tallahassee Community College for two years.  
Budget $6,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adults
Short Term Success The High School is able to offer scholarships to its students each year.  
Long term Success The long-term success is based on the students served.  Each of the students selected for scholarships the Foundation administers do not qualify for Bright Futures in the state of Florida.  By providing these students with scholarship funds, in many cases it is the only way these students can attend college. 
Program Success Monitored By Board, Scholarship Committee and school administrators. 
Examples of Program Success Students attending college and community college who would not be able to afford college without scholarship funds. 
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Ida Thompson
Company Affiliation Professional Volunteer
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Email b.thompson4@comcast.net
Board Members
Joe Audie Marble Medical
Carolyne Bradford Community Volunteer
Ellen Culpepper St. Peters Church
Charlie Dailey Surgery Center
Beth Desloge Community Volunteer
Abby Dupree Carroll and Company, CPAs
Cay Ford Community Volunteer
Linda Hilaman Raymond James
Darrin Holloman Regions Bank
Terance Keenen Community Volunteer
Mary Ellen Klas Kennedy Miami Herald
Erik Kirk Kirk Consulting Group Inc.
Michael Kramer Desloge Oxygen
Danny Manausa Manausa Law Firm
David Mitchell Community Volunteer
Georgia Murphy Graphic Artist, FL Dept. of Health
Stephanie Pichard Community Volunteer
Brent Pichard Community Volunteer
Charles Redding Retired
Laura Rogers Leadership Tallahassee
Wendy Schulte FL Commission on Offender Review
Angie Sipple Attorney
C.C. Smith Tallahassee Community College
Margaret Ausley Stalvey Community Volunteer
Julie Steinmeyer Attorney
Dena Strickland Boys Town North Florida
Linda Teague Community Volunteer
Mike Thomas Attorney
Molly Thornal Community Volunteer
Emily Waugh Ausley & McMullen
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 30
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 20
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ida Thompson
Term Start July 2014
Email b.thompson4@comcast.net
Experience No paid staff, the Board Chair is considered the ED for a 2 year term
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 33
Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Endowment Value $115,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$36,704$33,217$43,135
Administration Expense$16,542$8,869$9,025
Fundraising Expense$2,881----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.130.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%79%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$204,678$195,476$190,191
Current Assets$204,678$195,367$189,858
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$204,678$195,476$190,191
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
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
Foundation Comments
  • The financial figures were taken from the 990EZ's
  • Contributions from foundations, corporations, governments and indirect support are included with total for individuals as they are not separated out in the 990EZ's
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the 990EZ
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Leon High School Foundation
Address 550 E Tennessee St
Tallahassee, FL 323084938
Primary Phone 850 488-1971
Donate with a credit card http://leonhighfoundation.org/
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Contact Email KeepLeonStrong@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Ida Thompson
Board Chair Ida Thompson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Professional Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1981