The Jackson Educational Foundation (JEF), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation was founded in 2005 to provide and support quality education in the Public Schools of Jackson Township, NJ by securing private funding for innovative projects that cannot be funded by Local, State or Federal dollars and that can serve as models for educational practices; to link all aspects of The Jackson Township Educational Community, to improve educational practices and to provide continuing educational opportunities through The Jackson Township Educational Community.
We are comprised of local business owners, professionals, interested parents, and members of the educational community. The Foundation is separate and distinct from the Jackson Township Board of Education and theJackson School District which is comprised of ten schools that include six elementary, two middle and two high schools with a combined student population of over 10,000. The district employs over 1,000 teachers, administrators and staff. A not-for-profit organization, JEF was organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey and filed Form 2300 with the Internal Revenue Service on March 6, 2007 for our 501(c)(3) status which was determined on December 21, 2007.
As our membership grew from the initial ten members to forty active members, we began our first year of fundraising in 2007. Our efforts produced $7,200 from our Annual Giving Campaign, $8,000 from the 1st Annual Battle of the Bands, $3,000 from our Luncheon Fashion Show and $1,000 from the 1st Annual Alumni Picnic. Over 95% of the monies raised were used to fund projects that provided the school district with technology that otherwise would not be available due to budget constraints. Our first project was to provide interactive “SMART Boards” to all elementary schools in the district. Next, we encouraged innovative projects by providing Mini-Grants for teachers. Our third project during this first year was to initiate a Scholarship Program for graduating High School Seniors.
Our Needs Assessment Committee has already prepared their recommendations for the 2007/2008 Academic Year and our goals are ambitious but realistic. In addition to the $50,000 grant we have recently applied for, we anticipate a minimum fund raising revenue
of $40,000 through scheduled events that include our Annual Giving Campaign ($10,000), 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands ($10,000), Casino Night ($5,000), Art Auction ($5,000), Pre-prom Fashion Show and Luncheon ($5,000), a Carnival Day to specifically fund Special Education projects ($2,500) and our 2nd Annual Alumni Picnic ($2,500). JEF hopes to fund the following projects with these proceeds: Laptop Tablets in conjunction with LCD Projectors and Screens for both of the Middle Schools and Jackson Memorial High School ($22,800), Scholarship Awards ($5,000), Mini-Grants ($5,000), Teacher of the Year Awards ($1,250), Staff Recognition Awards ($1,250) and funding for “Special Needs” projects ($2,500).
To promote a feeling of pride and teamwork and the importance of each and every individual involved in the educational process of the students, JEF will honor the “Teacher of the Year” for each school and the district-wide “Teacher of the Year”. The Foundation will also honor each of the bus drivers, cafeteria, custodial and support staff workers who go the extra mile to support the students of the Jackson School District. It is the Foundation’s expectation to use this as a stepping stone to funding a Staff Recognition Program for 2009 which will include a luncheon or dinner as the signature event.
Educational Foundations throughout the tri-state area and nation continue to grow due to budget constraints that local and state governments have placed upon the school systems. JEF’s benchmark goal is to raise a minimum of $20 per student totaling $200,000 within 3-5 years. This is a minimum standard with the hopes of reaching a higher goal of $40 per student as our Endowment Goal. These funds will be used to provide needed technology and programs both during the school year and during the summer for our students that would otherwise not be available through the normal budget process of the Jackson School District.
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