Liberty Education Foundation
8 Victory Lane
Liberty MO 64068
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 736-7020
Mission Statement
Our mission is to enrich educational experiences in Liberty Public Schools by mobilizing community resources and financial support.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Tanna Campbell
Board Chair Ms. Jody Magera
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1995
Former Names
Liberty School District Foundation
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Support can be accepted in the following ways:
  • Donations by check or credit card
  • Planned giving  
  • In-kind donations or services to support our organizational efforts and project/event specific donations
  • Volunteer opportunities to include serving as a Director on our Board of Directors, serving on an event committee or providing support at special events
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Statements
Mission Statement Our mission is to enrich educational experiences in Liberty Public Schools by mobilizing community resources and financial support.
Background Statement
Started in 1995 by nine community members committed to the advancement of Public Schools education, with two core programs – Honoring Our Own and the HOPE Awards. The work of the Foundation now focuses on raising monies to support teacher classroom grants and special School and District-wide grants to reach as many students as possible with exceptional learning experiences, as well as supporting new programs supported and needed by the District. 
 
The Foundation enjoys amazing dedication and leadership by Foundation board members and volunteers. The Foundation’s current strategic goals focus on strengthening core programs and developing and expanding new programs which provide expanded education opportunities for both students and faculty. With a vision for the future, the Foundation continues to play a pivotal role in supporting Liberty Public Schools and their efforts in providing an excellent education to all of their students.
Impact Statement Accomplishments:
  • Introduced the STEAM Bus, a mobile learning lab for our elementary schools to enhance learning experiences for students around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
  • Served as a fiscal partner to the Liberty Schools Building Pride Activity Complexes Campaign. New activity complexes now serve both high schools and our community.
  • Provided over $70,000 in grants and gifts to Liberty Public Schools in support of classroom/teacher and building grants, the STEAM Bus, new technology and a financial literacy program offered to all high school juniors.
  • Hosted the 22nd Annual H.O.P.E. Awards, honoring Liberty students who display exceptional attitudes and actions, inspiring others and making their schools and communities better places. In total, 69 students were recognized.
  • Dedicated the Lawrence "China" Slaughter Reading Park. A partnership among the Liberty Arts Foundation, Clay County African American Legacy, Inc., Liberty Education Foundation and Liberty Public Schools was formed to implement the vision and raise funds for this project.
Goals:

  • Continue to enrich educational experiences in Liberty Public Schools and increase our impact by identifying new areas of philanthropic support.
  • Increase community awareness of the Foundation.
  • Expand programs/services to have a broader impact.
  • Evaluate short-term and long-term financial health.
  • Develop a database to increase efficiency of staff.




Needs Statement
  • Increase community awareness and giving.
  • Support the needs of our district by aligning new programs and services with district priorities.
  • Evaluate short-term and long-term financial health.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
Programs
Description
In keeping with the mission of the Liberty Education Foundation, Excellence in Education grants are awarded to promote innovative, educational and unique learning opportunities for Liberty students. These grants are awarded to certificated staff members and nurses for projects or programs that support the LPS strategic plan or existing school curriculum.
  • Grants are awarded on an annual basis and range from $2,000-$10,000. 
  • Examples of previous grant-funded projects include the Early Childhood Center with a room for special needs’ children, establishing a Peer Helper/Sophomore Transition Program, and providing funds to redesign the high school library media center.
  • In the 2017-2018 school year, the Foundation awarded grants to the Early Childhood Center in support of adaptive playground equipment, Heritage Middle school for a aeroponics project and Liberty High School for a Carvey machine. 
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success To achieve overall success, it is important that the program continue to meet the needs of our educators and district in providing the necessary funds to create innovative learning experiences and environments for every LPS student.
Long-Term Success The ultimate success for the program shows an increase in the number of grants requested and the number of students whose educational experience with Liberty Public Schools has been enhanced by the grants supported by the Liberty Education Foundation. The success would also be determined by an increase in the dollars funded by the Foundation.
Program Success Monitored By
  • The amount of funds awarded on an annual basis.
  • The amount of funds awarded when compared to the amount of funds requested.
  • The number of students whose learning is enhanced.
Examples of Program Success We have funded multiple grants.
Description
The Foundation initiated the Learning Enrichment Grant Program (LEG) in 1997 to provide mini-grant funds for creative projects implemented by K-12 educators who develop projects outside of the district’s budget. 
  • Grants are awarded on an annual or semi-annual basis depending on funds available.  The maximum request is $500.
  • Since the beginning of the program, the LSDF has awarded over 475 Learning Enrichment Grant awards.
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success

To achieve overall success, it is important that the program continue to meet the needs of our educators and district in providing the necessary funds to create innovative learning experiences and environments for every LPS student.

Long-Term Success

The ultimate success for the program shows an increase in the number of grants requested and the number of students whose educational experience with Liberty Public Schools has been enhanced by the grants supported by the Liberty School District Foundation. The success would also be determined by an increase in the dollars funded by the Foundation.

Program Success Monitored By
  • The amount of funds awarded on an annual basis.
  • The amount of funds awarded when compared to the amount of funds requested.
  • The number of students whose learning is enhanced.
This shows the level of interest in the program by the staff and faculty of the District.
Description The STEAM Bus is a mobile learning lab available to all LPS elementary schools to enhance learning experiences for students around science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success To allow students and teachers the opportunity to collaborate in an intimate space. Each year the bus should visit 100% of our elementary schools.
Long-Term Success To expose our students to some of the most cutting edge technology that makes learning about science, engineering, technology, arts and math fun. This bus allows our teachers to pilot new technology. A long-term goal is to have it available at our secondary level.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Tanna Campbell
Term Start Jan 2018
Experience Liberty Education Foundation named Tanna Campbell the new executive director of the Liberty Education Foundation in January 2018. Campbell comes to LPS from William Jewel College, where she served as director of development. In that role, she managed a comprehensive annual giving program and helped to develop fundraising efforts.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Laurie Sutton-
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive 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
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jody Magera
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Apr 2018 to June 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Becki AndersonCommunity Volunteer
Leisha BarryCommunity Volunteer
Heath BurchCommunity America Credit Union
Julie CaselDr. Triplett Dentistry
Mary CooganLiberty Teacher
Carey CrossleyCommunity Volunteer
Jason FoustCommunity Volunteer
Patty Gentrupi9 Sports
Mitch HiserLiberty Public Schools
Jennifer HuyserCommunity Volunteer
Mandy LevingsCommunity Volunteer
Jody MageraCommunity Volunteer
Kate NolandCommunity Volunteer
Chris ShultzCommunity Volunteer
Archie SmithUniversal Construction
Jacque StofferFundraising Professional
Carrie SwetnamLiberty Teacher
Rhonda TornoCommunity Volunteer
Michael WeishaarCenter School District
Heather WoleskyCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Program / Program Planning
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $202,460
Projected Expenses $198,000
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$389,132$79,576$80,548
Administration Expense$79,148$83,474$70,365
Fundraising Expense$9,102$6,334$845
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.740.900.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%47%53%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$810,909$430,587$559,557
Current Assets$447,622$76,333$159,731
Long-Term Liabilities$1,384$787$107,905
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$809,525$429,800$451,652
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%19%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Daniel G. and Wanda K. O'Dell Family Foundation $25,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $10,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLiberty Area Chamber of Commerce $10,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose
Organization Comments
Other Documents
Organization Name Liberty Education Foundation
Address 8 Victory Lane
Liberty, MO 64068
Primary Phone (816) 736-7020
Contact Email tanna.campbell@lps53.org
CEO/Executive Director Tanna Campbell
Board Chair Ms. Jody Magera
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1995
Former Names
Liberty School District Foundation