Blue Valley Educational Foundation
Blue Valley Educational Foundation
15020 Metcalf
Overland Park KS 66223
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 239-4622
Mission Statement
To enrich educational excellence through community outreach, financial development and ongoing funding of extraordinary educational programs.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joy Ann Ginsburg
Board Chair Ms. Carol Sherman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shawnee Mission Health
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1990
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To enrich educational excellence through community outreach, financial development and ongoing funding of extraordinary educational programs.
Background Statement

The Blue Valley Educational Foundation was founded by BVSD parent volunteers in the early 1990s in response to changes in the state finance formula which reduced the local community's ability to supplement the needs of students in the school district.

Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments:
  1. Awarded a $5,000 grant to every Blue Valley school, a grant of at least $5,000 to each of 7 district-wide programs, and more than $39,000 in support for district-wide programs that promote student wellness, character education and personal responsibility in 2015-16.
  2. Awarded a total of $439,045 in grants, scholarships, awards and special programs to BVSD students and teachers during 2015-16, for a total of more than $4 million in grants, scholarships and special programs awarded since 1992. 
  3. Adopted a new 5-year Strategic Plan
  4. Celebrated our 25th anniversary with special grants, a Lead Gift campaign and a special donor recognition event.   
  5. Celebrated the 18th year of the Sunflower Ambassador Character Education program in every Blue Valley school.
Top Goals:
  1. Raise funding to support teacher grants, district-wide program support and a new program to support new Blue Valley teachers.
  2. Increase Endowment Fund.
  3. Review and revise current grant criteria and application process.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding grant requests of up to a total of $90,000 from individual teachers to better support curriculum initiatives throughout the district.
  2. Funding district-wide grant requests from administrators to implement new programs or expand current ones to better address education initiatives throughout the district. These requests range from $1,000 projects to support for multi-million dollar programs.
  3. Funding the BVEF endowment to support the district when state and local budget cuts negatively impact student learning.
  4. Matching funds for New Teacher Welcome program.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Executive Director: At BVEF, we work to ensure that the Blue Valley School District remains a leader in elementary and secondary public education in our greater metropolitan area. We do this by funding grants that enhance educational excellence for all Blue Valley students and support the district’s strategic goals of unprecedented academic success and unparalleled personal growth for each student in Blue Valley.  Our grants are funded through the support of parents, staff, and community partners, whose generosity helps us close the financial gap in public school funding.
President: The Blue Valley Educational Foundation is proud to have funded a $5,000 grant for every school and 7 district-wide programs in Blue Valley during its 25th anniversary celebration.  During the current year, BVEF will continue to fund teacher classroom grants that support innovative teaching and learning methods, invest in district-wide programs that (1) tie to curriculum and (2) promote student wellness, character education and personal responsibility, and support programs that promote the retention of excellent teachers.  As an executive at Shawnee Mission Health, I am deeply committed to not only strong academics but also student health and well-being and values education.
Description Funding of grants to administrators, teachers, parents and students to better support curriculum initiatives throughout the district and to support programs that promote Goal 2 initiatives, including student wellness, character education, and personal responsibility.
Program Budget $86,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Funding of district-wide grant requests in 2013-14 included Goal 2 initiatives, Robotics, LibGuides and CAPS and were approved by our grant committee and Board of Directors.
Long-Term Success Implementation of funding district-wide grants by our Foundation to benefit the most students possible.
Program Success Monitored By We request project reviews from all grant recipients and communicate the success of the grants with donors and district administrators.
Examples of Program Success We provided seed money for an elementary foreign language program and this has now been adopted by our Board of Education and spread to all elementary schools in the district. We funded a grant for a BVTV station which now produces its own community television shows put on by students throughout our district. We've secured nearly $400,000 in funding to establish a 30-acre Wilderness Science Center in our district which provided authentic learning experiences to 6,000 Blue Valley students last year. We are a PE4Life Academy that teaches K-12 students what is necessary to achieve fitness and how to maintain fitness.
Funding of Grants of Educational Excellence for individual classrooms that provide support for innovative and creative teaching and learning methods.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success This year BVEF funded $245,419.30 in grants for students in grades K-12. The grants included a variety of programs and materials from Robotics to e-Books to Makerspaces.
Long-Term Success

Successful BVEF funded grants are assumed by the school or school district for continued funding in future years. Examples include the Wilderness Science Center that was originally funded by BVEF. The ongoing expense of maintenance and salary has been assumed by the school district. BVEF has funded elementary broadcast studios in partnership with each school. Multicultural Trunks started as three trunks for Africa, China and Native American and have grown to 22 trunks that are shared throughout the school district.

Program Success Monitored By The BVEF Grant committee reviews all grants. We request project reviews from all grant recipients and communicate the success of the grants to donors, teachers, parents and district administrators.
Examples of Program Success We developed a menu of successful grants that funded a grant at every Blue Valley School for the 2015-16 school year.
This annual character education program is administrated by BVEF. Students and staff who exemplify the seven Blue Valley Virtues are nominated by their peers and recognized in their school and at the BVEF Community Breakfast.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Fourth, Seventh and Eleventh graders and a staff member in each school are nominated by their peers to represent their school as the Sunflower Ambassador. These role models are honored in an all school assembly and the BVEF Community Breakfast every year.
Long-Term Success This character education program that begins in fourth grade and continues through twelfth grade strives to instill the seven Blue Valley Virtues including; Compassion, Courage, Honesty, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility and Self-Discipline in all students.
Program Success Monitored By BVEF Faculty Fellows, BV Principals and BV staff monitor and judge the written essays and selection process.
Examples of Program Success Success is measured in the number of nominations each school receives. Parents, teachers and students continue to be very positive about the recognition of character. The school district supports the program by allowing school time for the writing and recognition processes.
CEO Comments More information is available at or by contacting Joy Ginsburg at (913) 239-4622. Thank you for your consideration.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Joy Ann Ginsburg
Term Start Aug 2016

Education:  University of Kansas, B.A. Experience:  National Senior Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; skills and experience include fundraising, membership, philanthropic development, government and community relations.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Ms. Anne H Blessing Jan 2011 - Sept 2016
Senior Staff
Title Business Manager
Experience/Biography BVEF Business Manger since 2002. Previously a sales executive with Xerox for 16 years
Title Communications Coordinator
Experience/Biography BVEF Communications Coordinator. Previously a Consultant, Public Affairs Manager and Corporate Communications Consultant in the transportation industry
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
We continuously collaborate with administrators, teachers and parent groups of the Blue Valley School District.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Our Board of Directors and committee members play an active role in securing funds for our annual events and campaigns especially our Community Breakfast.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Carol Sherman
Company Affiliation Shawnee Mission Health
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board Members
Mrs. Renee Bartholome BVNW/Community Volunteer
Ms. Julie Brewer United Community Services of Johnson County
Mr. David Brown American Century
Mr. Darren Dupriest Validity Screening Solutions
Mr. Ron Gier Sprint
Ms. Samantha Hammontree Community Volunteer
Ms. Katherine Howell Saint Luke's South
Ms. Amy Kennedy Community Volunteer
Mr. Jeff Keyes BMO Harris Bank
Mr. Bronson Ko KOMA Martial Arts
Mr. Mike Meyer Meyer Music
Mr. Matt Sheets First National Bank
Mrs. Carol Sherman Community Volunteer
Ms. Mandy Shoemaker Prairie Elder Homes, LLC
Dr. Mike Slagle Blue Valley School District
Mr. Doug Spear Shawnee Mission Health
Ms. Kristin Stoneman DLR Group
Mr. Stann Tate Menorah Medical Center
Mr. John Vratil Community Leader
Mr. Erik Winkler Commerce Bank
Mr. Brad Yeretsky Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Distributions / Grant Making
CEO Comments Our Board of Directors and committee members play an active role in securing funds for our annual events and campaigns especially our Community Breakfast.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $603,000
Projected Expenses $600,000
Endowment Value $2,409,334
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported from IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$39,771$49,305$261,482
Membership Dues$81,567$80,676$14,792
Special Events$305,834$310,109$272,286
Revenue In-Kind$18,120$16,610$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$520,352$461,981$474,485
Administration Expense$125,879$105,702$90,922
Fundraising Expense$123,161$96,382$86,887
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.151.46
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%70%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%16%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,067,957$2,123,349$1,937,487
Current Assets$319,390$392,690$267,039
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$146,691$223,494$144,619
Total Net Assets$1,921,266$1,899,855$1,792,868
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.181.761.85
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMajor Savor $56,803CPS Foundation $55,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBlack & Veatch Corporation $25,000Major Saver $52,685 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDixon Family Foundation $25,000Barton P. and Mary Cohen Davison Charitable Foundation $40,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Our accountant is former BVEF board member and Blue Valley parent, Charles A. Floyd. Our auditors are Mize Houser.
Organization Name Blue Valley Educational Foundation
Address Blue Valley Educational Foundation
15020 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS 66223
Primary Phone (913) 239-4622
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joy Ann Ginsburg
Board Chair Ms. Carol Sherman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shawnee Mission Health
Year of Incorporation 1990