Mission: Our mission is to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting change in Oklahoma City Public Schools. There are many challeng ... (More)

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1984, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://okckids.com/

 431 West Main Street
Suite E
Oklahoma City OK 73102 

  405-604-5977


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 98.23, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

93.0%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

3.1%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

3.8%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

18.1%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.03


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.56 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

36.98%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
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Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



MARY MELON, SECRETARY/PRESIDENT/CEO

$153,400


PERCY KIRK, CHAIR

$0


CLAUDIA SAN PEDRO, TREASURER

$0


BRYAN COLEMAN, BOARD MEMBER

$0


JUAN PACO BALDERRAMA, BOARD MEMBER

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations (BMF activity code: 602)

Other school related activities (BMF activity code: 059)


Foundation Status:

Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Throughout the pandemic The Foundation was fortunate to retain the support of most of our community partners to continue to meet the needs of students & teachers in Oklahoma City Public Schools. We were also fortunate to have additional support from new organizations in funding Covid related needs.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

The pandemic necessitated a significant shift in the way The Foundation offered programs and services to students & teachers in OKCPS. Many of the classroom and school site specific programming had to be reoriented to provide programs remotely. We shifted from offering books directly to students in our ReadOKC little free libraries to offering pre packaged book packs that were distributed with district meal distribution. The Foundation sent school supply kits to elementary and secondary student's homes throughout the district, funded instructional packet printing for Oklahoma City Public Schools for distribution to students and provided at home recognition for graduating seniors in the district. The Foundation transitioned our reading buddy and direct mentoring program to a remote platform allowing students to continue to connect to their community volunteers.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The Foundation largely transitioned our office staff to working from home for a large part of 2020. Employees were empowered to connect to the office remotely. Zoom and similar platforms allowed our staff and board to continue to hold regular staff and board meetings remotely. In addition to our student and teacher specific programming The Foundation offers some special events related to honoring the annual Teacher of the Year for the district and recognizing distinguished alumni of the district. All of these events successfully transitioned to online or virtual events in 2020. Traditionally The Foundation has recognized notable graduates of Oklahoma City Public Schools. Generally those honored have been persons that were high profile graduates of OKCPS. In 2020 The Foundation pivoted to recognizing unsung heroes who while not being as high profile as previous honorees were making significant contributions to public health and medical care during the pandemic.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

While not unique to our organization, The Foundation relied heavily on platforms such as Zoom to meet remotely for staff meetings, board meetings and board committee meetings. While we will shift back to some in person meetings, we found that the virtual format facilitated better attendance at many of our meetings. We will continue to have some of our meetings, especially committee (audit, governance, finance, executive) meetings remotely. The Foundation is looking at keeping some of our events virtual or having hybrid events persons could attend in person or remotely. We have also continued to honor an unsung hero as part of our annual Wall of Fame event.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
7/1/20212019 98.23
5/1/20202018 98.23
5/1/20192017 91.16
5/1/20182016 89.39
11/1/20162015 89.39
6/1/20162014 92.43

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,703,319

Spent in most recent FY

69%

Percent of program expenses


PROVIDE INNOVATIVE TEACHER/CLASSROOM SUPPORT - THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WITH DONORSCHOOSE.ORG, INITIATIVES LIKE PARTNERS IN ACTION AND READOKC, THE FOUNDATION PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL NEE ... (More)


$241,662

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


SUPPORT EFFORTS TO RECRUIT & RETAIN URBAN-READY TEACHERS - THROUGH PROGRAMS LIKE THE BILINGUAL TEACHER PIPELINE PROGRAM (BTPP) , THE DIVERSITY PIPELINE PROGRAM (DPP) AND THE URBAN TEACHER PREPARATION  ... (More)


$437,743

Spent in most recent FY

17%

Percent of program expenses


BUILD ADVOCATES FOR OKCPS - THROUGH THE FOUNDATION'S "OUR BEST INVESTMENT" CAMPAIGN AND PROGRAMS LIKE WALL OF FAME AND STARS OF EDUCATION, THE FOUNDATION HIGHLIGHTS THE SUCCESSES OF OKCPS AND THE IMPO ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Our mission is to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting change in Oklahoma City Public Schools.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


We support lasting change in OKCPS that improves the quality of education for every student.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Provide Innovative Teacher/Classroom/School Support

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Support Efforts to Recruit & Retain Urban Ready Teachers

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Build Advocates for Oklahoma City Public Schools

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

The Foundation regularly engages employees to participate in leadership training courses and other leadership activities. In the last year The Foundation has sent two employees through the National Standards for Excellence certification. In 2020 all employees of The Foundation attended the NSFA (National School Foundation Association) National Convention. Finally, The Foundation funds and encourages employees to participate in Leadership Oklahoma City which offers yearlong programs for leadership development. In 2020 & 2021 The Foundation's Director of Community Outreach is participating in Leadership Oklahoma City's LOYAL training program and The Mine. The Mine is a catalyst for social innovation, equipping Oklahoma City's entrepreneurs, nonprofits, creatives, and developers to create a better world.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The Foundation is engaged with numerous community partners and organizations to execute program activities. Our President/CEO is on the board of the National School Foundation Association and regularly presents at their annual convention as well as participating in the statewide education foundation to collaborate with other education foundations across the state. The Foundation engages in the recruiting and training of community volunteers to be reading buddies and mentors in Oklahoma Coty Public Schools. Through The Foundation's social media presence and public service announcements aired on local television and radio we raise awareness of Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Foundation staff and board members regularly advocate at the local and state level on issues affecting public education.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but most especially for public education. Schools closed to in person instruction and transitioned to remote learning. Many of The Foundation's programs were geared towards teacher & classroom support so the method in which we administer those programs had be adapted drastically. The Foundation pivoted from providing classroom based project funding and activities to providing programs and services centered around remote learning and the challenges our students and families faced. We assisted the Oklahoma City Public Schools in providing instructional learning packets, schools supplies and book packs directly to student's & families. We had to pivot our in person reading buddy and mentoring program to a virtual platform that allowed our community mentors to connect with their students virtually. We organized and funded yard signs for all graduating seniors in the district. The Foundation was one of the first in Oklahoma City to announce that our annual All Hands Raised fundraising luncheon would be held virtually and all foundation events in 2020 were held virtually.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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