Belton Educational Foundation
110 W. Walnut; 2nd Floor
Belton MO 64012
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 348-1151
Mission Statement
Belton Educational Foundation will provide funding to enrich educational opportunities and encourage innovation to maximize the learning potential of every student attending the Belton School District.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Krista Watkins
Board Chair Ms. Jackie Cook
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Belton Educational Foundation will provide funding to enrich educational opportunities and encourage innovation to maximize the learning potential of every student attending the Belton School District.
Background Statement The Belton Educational Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization promoting quality education in the Belton School District, was established in 2002. It was organized exclusively for educational purposes to provide supplemental funds for educational and scientific programs or activities of the Belton School District. The foundation seeks and distributes funds to support programs and initiatives enhancing learning for public school students in the Belton community. Currently the district serves over 5,000 students of which 52% receive free and reduced lunch.
Impact Statement

In 2016, the Belton Educational Foundation - awarded $57,742 in grants to schools within the Belton School District. The foundation also awarded $17,950 in scholarships to graduating seniors, so that these students may further their education.  In addition, the Foundation works with the Belton School District to secure funds for the ACCESS program which provides school-based mental health services.  

The Belton Educational Foundation in 2017 will award teacher grants for innovative projects, award scholarships for seniors, and work to grow our endowment to ensure the perpetuity of the Foundation and its programs for generations to come.
Needs Statement
  • $4,000 to fund New Teacher Support  
  • Funding for Innovative Teaching Grants 
  • Funding for Pirate Pantries  
Service Categories
Funding Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
MO - Cass County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The Belton Educational Foundation helps the teachers of the Belton School District make an impact on students every day. You will find pieces of technology, books, and programs funded through the foundation in every building across the district. As a result of the generosity of donors, our students have more opportunities, new options, and additional learning experiences. The foundation plays a key role in connecting our community and our past with our future. The foundation offers community members, businesses and alumni the opportunity to have a positive deliberate impact on the current generation of Belton students. The foundation provides an opportunity, an opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.

Many of us are familiar with annual calls from the various universities we attended but how many of us remember our roots. How many of us donate to the educational institution where we spent most of our childhood, in some cases, a full 13 years. It was in those halls where we first discovered our talents, passions, and abilities. Now there is a new generation walking those halls and we have the opportunity to help them discover who it is they will become. We have the opportunity to help them make their current dreams a reality by helping to provide an exceptional education. As the world becomes a more competitive place every day, it demands that we provide our students with an education that has more opportunities, more options, and more learning experiences than you or I ever had. It is up to us to ensure that students from Belton have the tools they need to succeed in this world.

In 2016, the Foundation raised just under $500,000 to support education in the Belton School District. The Foundation has generated over $3 million in support of education in Belton over the course of its existence. It is our hope that you will take the opportunity to participate in providing our students the opportunity to dream, achieve, and succeed.
Programs
Description

Teacher/School Grants (in the following areas)

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Communication Arts
  • Special Initiatives

Teacher Enrichment

  • New Teacher Support
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
Program Budget $41,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Math & Science
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Short term success will be achieved if the students’ (involved in the pilot projects) learning is enhanced through the purchase of innovative curriculum and equipment.
Long-Term Success This program will fund innovative curriculum and equipment, with the end goal of successful pilot projects becoming a standard across the district. Successful pilot projects will be those projects that through evaluation have shown to improve students’ knowledge of math and science concepts. In the area of technology, the use of the technology to improve overall education will be evaluated.
Program Success Monitored By Site visits are conducted throughout the school year to assess students’ interaction with equipment and curriculum. At the end of the school year, reports of students’ progress will be submitted and compared with baselines.
Examples of Program Success

One of the recently funded teacher grants purchased the parts for a computer and 3D printer.  The gifted students from the high school worked together as a team to build the computer and 3D printer and get it to print things.  During the process they encountered several obstacles that they used problem solving skills and team work to overcome.

Description With 52 percent of the students in the Belton School District receiving free and reduced lunch, having access to nutrition can be a struggle for some of our children. As a result, the District has partnered with Harvesters to provide the BackSnack program to 200 of our students in kindergarten to sixth grade each week. The program provides nutritional kid-friendly food to students over the weekend. Funding for over 50 percent of these BackSnacks is provided by local donors.  In addition, the Foundation has established two Pirate Pantries.  One located inside of our middle school building and one inside of our high school.  This program serves approximately 60 students each week.
Program Budget $20,700.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success The short-term success of this project is to enable students to focus on learning everyday and not be worried with what they are going to have to eat when they go home.
Long-Term Success The long-term success of this project is to provide students with the nutrition they need in order to finish their education and graduate.
Program Success Monitored By Lists of all students receiving food is kept and individual student success is tracked.
Examples of Program Success

Recently a student who participated in this program graduated from a local university.  He has spoken about how much this program helped him during the lean times.

Description The Foundation secured over $250,000 in funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the district through Pathways Behavioral Healthcare will provide four full-time therapists and one part-time therapist for students and their families during school hours in our school buildings. The ACCESS program will continue during the 2016 – 2017 school year. As a result of this program teachers and counselors in the district have expressed a decrease in negative behaviors that disturbed the learning environment and caused trauma to other students in the district. 
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success One short-term success of this program is a decrease in the number of students placed in in-patient psychiatric care.
Long-Term Success The long-term success of this program is improved well-being.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by both Pathways and the Belton Educational Foundation who evaluate change in function across a broad range of activities.
Examples of Program Success This school year only 39 students were placed in in-patient psychiatric care.  Prior to implementation of the ACCESS program approximately 75 students a year were placed in inpatient psychiatric care from the same population. 
Description We provide scholarships to students attending college or who have been selected to participate in special leadership opportunities.
Program Budget $14,600.00
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success The short-term success is to fund scholarships for our graduating seniors and students selected for leadership training.
Long-Term Success The long-term success is to grow future leaders of our community.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by keeping in touch with recipients to see how they have achieved their goals.   
Examples of Program Success We have had several scholarship recipients who have completed their college education and have gone on to graduate school or to get a job in the field they choose.
CEO Comments The Belton Educational Foundation continues to grow and evolve as we work to meet the needs of the students of the Belton School District.  As many other organizations, we often have greater needs than we have funding to meet.  We collaborate with many community partners and use volunteers when possible to make our programs as strong as possible.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Krista Watkins
Term Start July 2016
Experience Krista Watkins is a graduate of Missouri State University, receiving a BS in Business Management before going on to earn her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2009. She spent the last few years in the education field, teaching secondary level business education classes and working for the Ozarks Writing Project, a grant-funded, collaborative program between Missouri State University and the National Writing Project. Prior to her career in education, she served over 10 years in corporate insurance litigation.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 40
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
The Belton Educational Foundation helps the teachers of the Belton School District make an impact on students every day. You will find pieces of technology, books, and programs funded through the foundation in every building across the district. As a result of the generosity of donors, our students have more opportunities, new options, and additional learning experiences. The foundation plays a key role in connecting our community and our past with our future. The foundation offers community members, businesses and alumni the opportunity to have a positive deliberate impact on the current generation of Belton students. The foundation provides an opportunity, an opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.
 
Many of us are familiar with annual calls from the various universities we attended but how many of us remember our roots. How many of us donate to the educational institution where we spent most of our childhood, in some cases, a full 13 years. It was in those halls where we first discovered our talents, passions, and abilities. Now there is a new generation walking those halls and we have the opportunity to help them discover who it is they will become. We have the opportunity to help them make their current dreams a reality by helping to provide an exceptional education. As the world becomes a more competitive place every day, it demands that we provide our students with an education that has more opportunities, more options, and more learning experiences than you or I ever had. It is up to us to ensure that students from Belton have the tools they need to succeed in this world.
 
The Foundation has generated over $3 million in support of education in Belton. It is our hope that you take the opportunity to participate in providing the tools our students need to participate effectively in today’s world.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jackie Cook
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Douglas Bradley Southland Primary Care
Mrs. Amber Branson
Mr. Fred Buchanan Community Volunteer
Mrs. Joye Conklin RG Federal Credit Union
Ms. Jackie Cook Franke Schultz & Muller
Mr. Bob Hardin Community Volunteer
Mr. Nathan Irvin
Ms. Patte Klaus Schreihofer Klaus Rose Farm Flower Shop
Mr. Jerry Miller
Dr. Steve Morgan Belton School District
Mr. Dave Mosby
Mr. Peter Murphy Eurotool
Mr. James Person Belton Police Department
Dr. Sharon Slusher Community Volunteer
Dr. Kenneth Southwick ACI Boland, Inc.
Dr. Andrew Underwood Belton School District
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 5%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Audit
CEO Comments The Belton Educational Foundation is a growing foundation that supports the Belton School District. This foundation upholds the highest standards of non-profit management and governance.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $233,350
Projected Expenses $193,350
Endowment Value $317,528
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
2015 BEF 990
2014 BEF 990
2013 BEF 990
2012 BEF 990
2011 BEF 990
2010 BEF 990
2009 BEF 990
2008 BEF 990
2007 BEF 990
2006 BEF 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$110,038$94,251$90,453
Administration Expense$54,563$33,310$29,693
Fundraising Expense$29,508$25,567$29,565
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.301.431.34
Program Expense/Total Expenses57%62%60%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%13%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$413,613$355,076$289,710
Current Assets$117,862$93,622$80,655
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$413,613$355,076$289,710
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCrossroads United Methodist Church $14,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way GKC $10,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $5,750 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Belton Educational Foundation
Address 110 W. Walnut; 2nd Floor
Belton, MO 64012
Primary Phone (816) 348-1151
Contact Email kwatkins@bsd124.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Krista Watkins
Board Chair Ms. Jackie Cook
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2002