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Lawrence Family Development & Education Fund, Inc. (LFDEF)

 34 West Street
 Lawrence, MA 01841
[P] (978) 689-9863 x 133
[F] (978) 689-8133
www.lfdcs.org
jmarley@lfdcs.org
Judith Marley
INCORPORATED: 1995
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3177142

LAST UPDATED: 04/28/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

"Strengthening Families and Building Community through Education"

Mission Statement

"Strengthening Families and Building Community through Education"

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $1,825,000.00
Projected Expense $1,526,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Lawrence Family Development Charter School
  • YouthBuild Lawrence

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Overview

Mission Statement

"Strengthening Families and Building Community through Education"

Background Statement

Lawrence Family Development and Education Fund, Inc (LFDEF) was founded in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to "Strengthen Families and Build Community through Education." Our work encompasses youth leadership, education, skill training and community service through the YouthBuild Lawrence Program; independent public education for children (K-8) at the 678 student Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS); and adult education and training for newcomers and immigrants at the Maria del Pilar Quintana Family Center (MQFC). Family Center programs have included English as a Second Language (ESL), Board Leadership Training, Family Literacy Workshops, Basic and Intermediate Computer Skills Training, and a Citizenship for New Americans Program (CNAP). CNAP incorporates civics classes, U.S. Citizenship application assistance, interview preparation and a variety of support services to serve our community's immigrants and refugees.
 
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently approved an amendment to our LFDCS charter, allowing it to grow from its current enrollment level of 678 students (K-8) to 800 students over the next 8 years. In 2014 LFDCS achieved Level One status for academic achievement that placed it in the top 10% of all public schools in Massachusetts based on the 2014 MCAS Spring English Language Arts and Mathematics test results. LFDCS, which enrolls the highest percentage of children who are poor of any K-8 school in the state, and also enrolls one of the highest percentages of students whose first language is not English also earned designation as a 2012 Commendation School for significantly increasing student performance and reducing the achievement gap for high needs students. Only 64 of 1,587 public schools in Massachusetts earned this designation.
 
In September 2014 our YouthBuild Lawrence Program received an award of $1.1M from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide education, skills training, leadership development and community service opportunities to 16-24 year old high school dropouts over a period of 3 years. Graduates are transitioned to post secondary education and/or employment earning a livable wage.
 
LFDEF is overseen by a community based Board of Directors and an experienced management team. It has in place administrative, fiscal and policy components that ensure sound decision making and procedures that meet federal, state and public audit guidelines.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS), our early K-8 Commonwealth public charter school, achieved Level One Status for academic achievement that placed it in the top 10% of all public schools in Massachusetts based on the MCAS 2014 English Language Arts and Mathematics results released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. LFDCS also earned designation as a 2012 Commendation School for significantly increasing student performance and reducing the achievement gap for high needs students. Only 64 of 1,587 public schools in Massachusetts earned this designation.
 
LFDCS graduates 8th grade students and awards scholarships to students for high school to help needs beyond what parents are able to pay. These funds are raised through the efforts of individual donors, foundations, students and parents. Graduates also earn scholarships from private and parochial high schools.
 
The Maria del Pilar Quintana Family Center, serves newcomers and charter school parents and other adults from the City of Lawrence. It serves approximately 500 students in its English as a Second Language, U.S. Citizenship/Civics, and Computer Skills Training Programs.
 
Our YouthBuild Lawrence Program, provides academic preparation and skills training to 16-24 year old high school dropouts. Serving 34 students or more each year, it focuses on building academic skills and providing job training
 
Current Year Goals:
Continue a high level of student academic achievement at LFDCS and increase the number of graduates gaining admission to private and parochial high schools. This necessitates an increase in fundraising to build our endowed scholarship fund (goal $1M dollars) and donations for annual direct scholarships (goal $100,000/year) for future graduates.
 
Expand the services of our LFDCS Opening Doors Program, which works with 7th and 8th grade students and their families to provide assistance in preparing students for high school admissions exams and the application process.
 
Expand YouthBuild by opening, in addition to the current construction track, a program in culinary arts and food services. 

Needs Statement

Financial support is needed for our charter school's Opening Doors Program to assist 7th and 8th graders and their parents with the private and parochial high school admissions process, field trips to campuses throughout New England, after school academics, and summer SSAT preparation for required entrance exams. $175,000/year must be raised.
 
Our Patricia Foley Karl Endowed Scholarship Fund, managed by the Essex County Community Foundation, has an established goal of raising $1M. At the beginning of 2015, the scholarship fund had grown to $300,000. Contributions are needed to help build this investment in America's youth and future.The endowed fund will support scholarships for students who graduate from the eighth grade at LFDCS and need assistance with the high cost of tuition at private and parochial high schools.
 
LFDCS graduates attending private and parochial high schools need $100,000/year in direct scholarship assistance to attend the schools of their choice. This is in addition to any tuition assistance they receive from their high schools.
 
Citizenship Education (preparation for U.S. Citizenship Exam) and assistance with U.S. Citizenship applications, English as a Second Language and Computer Skills Training Programs for adults need financial support of $125,000/year.
 
The Alternative Youth Programs (YouthBuild) would like funding to add a culinary arts teacher. The salary cost for this position is estimated at $55,000 with an estimated $13,750 in benefits.   

CEO Statement



Board Chair Statement

As one of the founders of Lawrence Family Development Charter School in 1995, I believe that youngsters who come from economic poverty or enter school when English is not their first language can succeed. People who do not believe this need only look at the performance of our school. The achievements of our teachers and students prove that the combined attention to quality education at school and in the home build a partnership for student success. Family is at the center our organization's name, and it is working with parents who support our policies of attendance, homework and participation that we are able to achieve beyond the expectations of demographics.
 
I am also very proud of the fine work being done by the staffs of our Maria Quintana Family Center and YouthBuild Lawrence Program. This past year the Family Center set new enrollment records in its ESL, Citizenship Preparation and Computer Literacy classes and the wait list for servives continues to grow. The culture among the adult students at the center has increased the focus on learning English and moving to the community college to seek additional educational services. The Family Center has done an excellent job helping immigrants and refugees to move closer to achieving the "American Dream."
 
The YouthBuild Lawrence Program's record of achievement must also be commended. The staff help provide a second chance for 16-24 year old high school dropouts. With their assistance teens and young adults have been able to obtain a GED and employment and leadership skills that will serve them well as they work towards economic self-sufficency. Many participants have graduated and enrolled in college or found employment that brings them closer to achieving their goals.
 
One of the greatest challenges facing this organization is the high academic achievement levels of our Lawrence Family Development Charter School students. Their performance has positively impacted our graduates’ ability to gain acceptance at a high rate to one or more prestigious private or parochial secondary schools. We must raise more money for scholarships to help economically disadvantaged students and parents who want to see their children access high quality secondary education.

Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA

City of Lawrence, Massachusetts

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Charter Schools
  2. Human Services -
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Programs

Lawrence Family Development Charter School

Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS) is an early K-8 Commonwealth public charter school founded in 1995 in Lawrence, MA. The school is currently serving 676 students and was recently approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a charter amendment allowing expansion to 800 students over the next 8 years. LFDCS has achieved Level One status for academic achievement that placed it in the top 10% of all public schools in Massachusetts based on  MCAS Spring English Language Arts and Mathematics results.
 
The school enrolls the highest percentage of children who are poor of any K-8 school in the state, and also enrolls one of the highest percentages of students whose first language is not English. Despite the challenges presented by these demographics, LFDCS has also earned designation as a 2012 Commendation School for significantly increasing student performance and reducing the achievement gap for high needs students.
Budget  $9,600,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Delivery
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Within LFDCS we operate the Opening Doors Program, which focuses on preparing 7th and 8th graders and their parents for the private and parochial high school application process. An annual high school fair takes place in the gym that draws over 30 recruiters from private and parochial high schools around New England. LFDCS also provides students assistance with applications, field trips and scholarships to help them achieve their American Dream. After school and summer school classes are offered to prepare students for high school entrance exams. The assistance provided by Opening Doors will increase the number of students gaining admission to private and parochial high schools and scholarship support raised through fundraising activities will be used to help them attend the school of their choice.
Program Long-Term Success 
As previously described, LFDCS has achieved Level One status for academic achievement and designation as a 2012 Commendation School. Only 64 of 1,587 public schools in Massachusetts have earned commendation status.
 
In 2012, LFDCS attained a school-wide Composite Proficiency Index (CPI) of 89.9 in English Language Arts, outperforming the state median of 86.7. In Mathematics the school attained a school-wide CPI of 90.4, well ahead of the state average of 84.1. These are demonstrated by exceptional rankings of students attaining Advanced and Proficient levels across the grades from Grade 3 where the youngest grade of students assessed attained a 78% in ELA and 75% in Math to Grade 8 which achieved 94% in ELA and 81% in Math, both grade levels outperforming all public schools in Lawrence.
Program Success Monitored By 
LFDCS is monitored by the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to ensure the school is in compliance with all applicable laws and that students are learning. MCAS results and other nationally normed assessment tests administered throughout each school year demonstrate the high level of academic achievement attained by students.
 
Administrators at the school attribute our students' impressive growth to the rigor of teacher lesson plans, the focus on building background knowledge and vocabulary knowledge, and the school's Response to Intervention Model which allows grade level staff to meet monthly and assess student performance with particular attention to students in Tier II and Tier III, those just below benchmark and those at warning. Teachers create individual learning plans and put interventions and additional teaching time in place to eliminate learning gaps and improve performance. The number of students at warning has been reduced to below 5% in 2012-2013.
Examples of Program Success 
LFDCS has attained Level One status for academic achievement that placed it in the top 10% of all public schools in Massachusetts based on the 2012 MCAS Spring results released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school also earned designation as a 2012 Commendation School for significantly increasing student performance and reducing the achievement gap for high needs students.
 
Graduates are gaining entrance to private and parochial high schools at a rate with scholarship assistance from both the accepting institutions and our organization.

YouthBuild Lawrence

YouthBuild Lawrence primarily serves 16-24 year old high school dropouts seeking to earn a GED and the occupational certifications they need to gain entrance into college and/or employment. A small number of participants have finished high school with a certificate of completion rather than a diploma because they were unable to pass state MCAS testing. These students are looking for remedial education services so they can retake and pass the MCAS and upgrade their certificates to high school diplomas. They are also interested in admission to college and/or employment.
 
Participants rotate daily between educational, skills training and leadership development components. Counseling and case management services are a major part of their program and continue post placement. YouthBuild uses industry, as well as nationally and state government recognized curricula for both the education and vocational skills components of the program.
Budget  $550,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations Minorities Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
In the short term we have an application for a new charter high school pending at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that is based on our successful YouthBuild model. If we are granted a charter at the end of February 2013, we will open the YouthBuild Academy Charter High School in the fall. When the school is fully enrolled it will serve 175 high school dropouts in an intensive academic and vocational program designed to assist students with attaining their high school diploma and post secondary education.
Program Long-Term Success 
YouthBuild Lawrence has successfully operated for 17 years to help teens and young adults gain the educational and occupational skills they need to succeed. Performance data from the 10 cycles ending June 30, 2011 shows 353 enrollments with 235 successful completions. 144 (61%) received their GED or high school diploma and 181 (77%) demonstrated literacy and numeracy gains of at least 2 grade equivalents. 62% of graduates entered employment and 18% went on to post secondary education. The program achieved an overall positive outcome rate of 80%.
 
We recently received a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor for $1.1M to help fund this program over the next 3 years. In 2012 we made changes that will impact the program in a positive way and boost the number of educational and employment outcomes.
Program Success Monitored By 
The newly designed program will be monitored by the U.S. Department of Labor and YouthBuild USA to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, implementing regulations and projected performance goals. Students' academic achievement will be monitored utilizing nationally recognized testing instruments and the Response to Intervention model established in our Lawrence Family Development Charter School. Ultimately, success will be measured by the results of MCAS and the number of students earning a high school diploma and admission to post secondary education.
Examples of Program Success 
Performance data from the 10 cycles ending June 30, 2011 shows 353 enrollments with 235 successful completions. 144 (61%) received their GED or high school diploma and 181 (77%) demonstrated literacy and numeracy gains of at least 2 grade equivalents. 62% of graduates entered employment and 18% went on to post secondary education.The program achieved an overall positive outcome rate of 80%.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As the Executive Director of Lawrence Family Development and Education Fund, Inc and the Superintendent of Lawrence Family Development Charter School, I am acutely aware of the challenges our charter school students and their families face as they work to improve their lives. The teens and adults served by our YouthBuild Lawrence Program and through the programming offered at our Maria Quintana Family Center also face many difficulties as they try to get ahead.
 
The City of Lawrence is the 23rd poorest community in the nation. Many families live in substandard conditions with family members unemployed or working in low wage occupations. The city's current population of approximately 71,000 is 69.4% Hispanic or Latino as opposed to 6.8% for Massachusetts. Over 35% of the population is foreign born with 73.8% speaking a language other than English at home. Only 41.8% of the city's residents age 25 and older are high school graduates as compared to 84.8% statewide.
 
These U.S. Census demographics clearly show the nature of our challenge. The individuals and families we assist through our English as a Second Language, Citizenship, Academic and Skill Training programs are in desperate need of help. Without assistance many families are unable to build a brighter future for their children. Without intervention, the weight of poverty and its pervasive feeling of powerlessness can be passed from one generation to the next. Lawrence Family Development and Education Fund and Lawrence Family Development Charter School are working to break this cycle by providing families hope for the future through its school and other programs.
 
As a not for profit organization the greatest challenge we face is finding the financial resources needed to address the demand for services in this community. While we have had a measure of success, there is still a significant amount of work that needs to be done. We have been expanding our fundraising efforts to include new individual, private foundation and corporate donors to address the needs and I, my staff and the Board of Directors will continue this work until we reach our goals.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ralph Carrero
CEO Term Start Aug 2007
CEO Email rcarrero@lfdcs.org
CEO Experience
Fitchburg State University, M.Ed.; University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A.; Northern Essex Community College, A.A.
 
Lawrence Family Development and Education Fund, Inc, Executive Director and Superintendent of Lawrence Family Development Charter School, 2007-present.
 
Greater Lawrence Technical School, Coordinator of Student Services, 1999-2007; Dean of Discipline, 1995-1999; Assistant Bilingual Coordinator, 1988-1999.
 
Massachusetts Trial District Court, Probation Officer, 1987-1988.
 
District Attorney's Office, Essex County, Massachusetts, Program Director, 1987; Program Coordinator, 1984-1987.
 
Department of Social Services, Social Worker, 1983-1984.
 
Greater Lawrence Boys Club, Individual Service Director/Counselor, 1978-1979.
 
Past President and Executive Board Member of Lawrence Family Development and Education Fund Inc.
 
Co-Founder, President and Executive Board member of Lawrence Family Development Charter School.
 
City of Lawrence, Massachusetts School Committee, 1992-2001.
 
CASA Dominicana, Inc. Founding Board Member and Executive Board Member.
 
Latino Scholarship Fund Founding Board Member.
 
Lawrence Youth Commission Founding Board Member
 
Greater Lawrence Psychological Center Board of Directors.
 
Dominican American National Roundtable, Washington, D.C. Executive Board Member and Co-chair of 8th Annual National Conference.
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Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
Mass. DESE Charter School Office
Mass. Charter School Association
U.S. Dept. of Labor
YouthBuild USA
AmeriCorps
Mass. YouthBuild Coalition
Essex County Correctional Facility and Sheriff's Office
Lawrence District Court Probation Office
City of Lawrence Community Development Office
Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board
ValleyWorks Career Center
Mass. Office of Labor and Workforce Development
GroundWork Lawrence
Greater Lawrence Technical School
Salem State University
Northern Essex Community College
Lawrence Public Schools
UMass-Lowell
Charles Hope Companies, LLP
Greater Lawrence Family Continuity Program
Mass. Office for Refugees and Immigrants
MIRA Coallition
Phillips Academy Andover
Project Bread

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 120
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 77
Hispanic/Latino: 39
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Indian
Gender Female: 96
Male: 26
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. John Housianitis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Central Catholic High School
Board Chair Term Sept 2014 - Aug 2015
Board Co-Chair Ms. Raquel Bauman
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2014 - Aug 2015

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Rafael Abislaiman Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board Voting
Ms. Raquel Bauman Ayer Shirley Regional School District Voting
Ms. Donna Bertilino Northern Essex Community College Voting
Ms. Dolores Calaf La Alianza Hispana Voting
Ms. Courtney Conlon Conlon Products Voting
Ms. Ethel Cruz Lawrence Public Schools Voting
Ms. Patricia Fernandez Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Voting
Mr. Ken Hamilton Psychological Center Voting
Ms. Anne Hemmer People's United Bank Voting
Ms. Marisol Hilario Appleseeds Voting
Mr. John Housianitis Central Catholic High School Voting
Mr. Jose Javier Independent Contractor Voting
Ms. Ana Medina Greater Lawrence Technical School Voting
Ms. Kretcha Roldan SABES North East Regional Support Center Voting
Mr. Gregory W. Spurr III TD Bank NA Voting
Ms. Marybeth Sullivan Retired Voting
Ms. Wendy Taylor Dept. of Youth Services Voting
Ms. Joan Thompson Marian Court College Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 9
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 13
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 81%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 44%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Endowment
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Parents
  • Scholarship
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $1,825,000.00
Projected Expense $1,526,000.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $2,319,873 $1,911,564 $1,852,647
Total Expenses $2,161,502 $1,989,207 $2,379,429

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $92,366 $50,666
Government Contributions $796,532 $516,662 $700,764
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- $24,000
    Local -- $28,500 $31,336
    Unspecified $796,532 $488,162 $645,428
Individual Contributions $180,484 $6,290 $35,405
Indirect Public Support -- $22,063 $20,833
Earned Revenue $1,263,855 $1,271,926 $1,041,377
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,801 $2,257 $3,602
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $77,201 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $1,093,400 $1,090,038 $1,411,938
Administration Expense $1,068,102 $899,169 $967,491
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.07 0.96 0.78
Program Expense/Total Expenses 51% 55% 59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $7,901,379 $7,981,569 $8,128,605
Current Assets $1,407,313 $1,116,914 $930,271
Long-Term Liabilities $5,643,184 $5,773,024 $5,905,209
Current Liabilities $190,070 $298,791 $235,999
Total Net Assets $2,068,125 $1,909,754 $1,987,397

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 5.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.40 3.74 3.94

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 71% 72% 73%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Lawrence Family Development & Education Fund, Inc. focuses on its mission to Educate Families. Building Community. Through Education.
 
We have a strategic plan in place through 2020.  We seek to build a STEM Center to enhance our charter school facilities, the resources to hire a Culinary Arts Teachers for our alternative youth programs, and funding for teacher stipends to accommodate more students on our waiting list. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Foundation Funding of $90,000 for our STEM Center; $75,000 yearly for the salary, benefits and supplies for a Food Services component of our Alternative Youth Programs, and $39,600 to fund 18 ESL for citizenship instructors who would earn $2,200 each. 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

We have two professionals who work on a variety of projects and are also charged with cultivating resources for donations. We have a Board which meets monthly and works in subcommittees with staff to develop and sustain programs. Last year, we gathered all stakeholders and developed a specific Strategic Plan through 2020 with goals and needed resources. 

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Last year, we gathered all stakeholders and developed a specific Strategic Plan through 2020 with goals and needed resources. Each area is led by specific teams and resources and goals are tracked and measured on a regular basis.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

We have learned that systems  and processes for accounting needed to be updated and efficiencies are important to scale our organization and impact the scope of our outcomes.