Belton Educational Foundation
110 W. Walnut St.
Belton MO 64012
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 348-1150
Mission Statement
The mission of the Belton Educational Foundation is to 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. Sonja Abdelgawad
Board Chair Ms. Joye Conklin
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations can be sent to Belton Educational Foundation at 110 W. Walnut, Belton, MO 64012.
 
Donations can also be made online by clicking the Donate Now button on our website: beltonfoundation.org    
 
Please contact us for in-kind donations or to volunteer with the Belton Educational Foundation.  Call us at 816-348-1150. Contact us electronically using the Contact Us feature on our website: beltonfoundation.org or send us a message on Facebook, at Belton Educational Foundation.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of the Belton Educational Foundation is to 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 2018, the Belton Educational Foundation - awarded $52,625 in grants to schools within the Belton School District. The foundation also awarded $15,075.00 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 supports Belton students through BackSnack and Pirate Pantries programs.  We also work to keep Belton Alumni connected with the schools and community through our All Class Reunion and Hall of Fame Ceremony.

The Belton Educational Foundation, in 2019, will award up to $42,000 in teacher grants for new teachers and innovative projects, award up to $15,500 scholarships for seniors, give $1,150 to fund leadership opportunities for students at Belton High School 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 and BackSnack Program
  • Funding for Student Scholarships
  • Funding to assist in sustaining our school based therapy, mental health programs.
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 many additional programs funded through the foundation in every building across the district. As a result of the generosity of donors, our students have services to meet their basic needs, frequent innovative learning experiences, and more opportunities for a successful future. 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 Belton Educational 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 2017 – 2018 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 Mental Health Treatment
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. Sonja Abdelgawad
Term Start Feb 2019
Experience Belton Educational Foundation Executive Director, Sonja Abdelgawad is an innovative educator and civic leader, who brings 20 years of experience working in education to the Foundation. Sonja holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in education and curriculum from University of Missouri - Kansas City, and most recently earned an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Sonja has worked in the Belton School District for 14 years. Throughout her career in education, she has served as teacher, parent educator, instructional coach and district curriculum facilitator in the Belton, Harrisonville, and Grandview School districts Sonja also serves, since 2012, as a member of the Raymore City Council.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 40
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
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National School Foundation Association - Member0
Chamber of Commerce0
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. Joye Conklin
Term Jan 2019 to Jan 2021
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Nick Boeth
Mrs. Charlotte Bradley
Mrs. Amber Branson
Mrs. Joye ConklinRG Federal Credit Union
Ms. Jackie CookFranke Schultz & Muller
Mrs. Karen Fletcher
Mr. Chris Gentile
Mr. Nathan Irvin
Ms. Patte Klaus SchreihoferKlaus Rose Farm Flower Shop
Mr. Joe Ledford
Mrs. Kathy Morton
Ms. Kathy Muder
Dr. Bob PoisalBelton School District
Mrs. Cynthia Riddle
Dr. Kenneth SouthwickACI Boland, Inc.
Mr. Scott Swaggart
Dr. Andrew UnderwoodBelton School District
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 9
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 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Audit
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Community Outreach / Community Relations
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, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $233,350
Projected Expenses $193,350
Endowment Value $287,753
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
2017 BEF 990
2016 BEF 990
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 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$85,486$98,706$110,038
Administration Expense$43,259$48,157$54,563
Fundraising Expense$35,985$29,378$29,508
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.331.181.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses52%56%57%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$499,297$444,806$413,613
Current Assets$139,626$112,258$117,862
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$499,297$444,806$413,613
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Crossroads United Methodist Church $14,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --United Way GKC $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $5,750
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name Belton Educational Foundation
Address 110 W. Walnut St.
Belton, MO 64012
Primary Phone (816) 348-1150
Contact Email sabdelgawad@bsd124.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sonja Abdelgawad
Board Chair Ms. Joye Conklin
Year of Incorporation 2002