NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  Teach For America, Inc.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           501 Government Street, Suite 100
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           P.O. Box 65148
Baton Rouge, LA 70896


Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Thomas H. Castro
El Dorado Capital, LLC

Maxine Clark
Build-A-Bear Workshop®

Patricia J. Crawford
Wells Fargo

Millard Drexler
J. Crew Group

Paul Finnegan
Madison Dearborn Partners

Lew Frankfort
Coach, Inc.

David Gergen
Harvard University

Randall H. Harbert
State Farm Insurance Companies

Leo J. Hindery, Jr.
InterMedia Partners

Walter Isaacson (Chairman Emeritus)
The Aspen Institute

David W. Kenny
The Weather Channel Companies

Joel Klein
News Corporation

Wendy Kopp (Chair)
Teach For All

Matthew Kramer
Teach For America

John Legend
Recording Artist and Philanthropist

Sue Lehmann
Management Consultant

Michael L. Lomax
United Negro College Fund

Stephen F. Mandel, Jr. (Treasurer)
Lone Pine Capital, LLC

James M. McCormick
First Manhattan Consulting Group

Darla Moore
Rainwater, Inc.

Richard D. Parsons (Lead Director)
Providence Equity Partners, Inc.

Richard S. Pechter
Retired Chairman, DLJ Financial Services

Greg Penner
Madrone Capital Partners

Nancy Peretsman
Allen & Company, LLC

Arthur Rock
Arthur Rock & Co.

Vince Roig
Helios Education Foundation

Paula A. Sneed (Chair, National Council)
Kraft Foods, Inc.

Sir Howard Stringer
Sony Corporation

Kurt Strovink
McKinsey & Company

Lawrence H. Summers
Harvard University

Beverly Daniel Tatum
Spelman College

Sara Martinez Tucker
Former President & CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Gregory W. Wendt
Capital Research Company

Margaret “Meg” Whitman
Hewlett-Packard Company

Elisa Villanueva-Beard
Teach For America

José H. Villarreal
Akin Gump

Jide Zeitlin
The Keffi Group Ltd.


The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  1913

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $5,000,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Thomas H. Castro
Founder and CEO
El Dorado Capital, LLC

Maxine Clark
Founder, Chief Executive Bear & Chairman
Build-A-Bear Workshop®

Patricia J. Crawford
Retired - Senior Vice President
Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion
Wells Fargo

Millard Drexler
Chairman and CEO
J. Crew Group

Paul Finnegan
Co-CEO
Madison Dearborn Partners

Lew Frankfort
Chairman & CEO
Coach, Inc.

David Gergen
Professor of Public Service
Director of the Center for Public Leadership
Harvard University

Randall H. Harbert
Senior Vice President
State Farm Insurance Companies

Leo J. Hindery, Jr.
Managing Partner
InterMedia Partners

Walter Isaacson (Chairman Emeritus)
President & CEO
The Aspen Institute

David W. Kenny
Chairman and CEO
The Weather Channel Companies

Joel Klein
CEO, Education Division
Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman
News Corporation

Wendy Kopp (Chair)
CEO & Co-Founder
Teach For All

Matthew Kramer
Co-CEO
Teach For America

John Legend
Recording Artist and Philanthropist

Sue Lehmann
Management Consultant

Michael L. Lomax
President & CEO
United Negro College Fund

Stephen F. Mandel, Jr. (Treasurer)
Managing Director
Lone Pine Capital, LLC

James M. McCormick
Founder, CEO & President
First Manhattan Consulting Group

Darla Moore
Vice President
Rainwater, Inc.

Richard D. Parsons (Lead Director)
Senior Advisor
Providence Equity Partners, Inc.

Richard S. Pechter
Alumnus, Teach For America
Retired Chairman, DLJ Financial Services

Greg Penner
General Partner
Madrone Capital Partners

Nancy Peretsman
Managing Director
Allen & Company, LLC

Arthur Rock
Principal
Arthur Rock & Co.

Vince Roig
Chairman
Helios Education Foundation

Paula A. Sneed (Chair, National Council)
Retired Executive Vice President
Kraft Foods, Inc.

Sir Howard Stringer
Chairman
Sony Corporation

Kurt Strovink
Director
McKinsey & Company

Lawrence H. Summers
President Emeritus
Charles W. Eliot University Professor
Harvard University

Beverly Daniel Tatum
President
Spelman College

Sara Martinez Tucker
Former Under Secretary of Education (2006)
Former President & CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Gregory W. Wendt
Senior Vice President
Capital Research Company

Margaret “Meg” Whitman
President & Chief Executive Officer
Hewlett-Packard Company

Elisa Villanueva-Beard
Co-CEO
Teach For America

José H. Villarreal
Senior Advisor
Akin Gump

Jide Zeitlin
The Keffi Group Ltd.

Current Louisiana Executive Directors:

Michael Tipton, Executive Director Teach For America - South Louisiana

Kira Orange-Jones, Executive Director Teach For America - Greater New Orleans & Louisiana Delta

Board Members and co-CEOs can be contacted at:

Teach For America, Inc.
315 W. 36th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Louisiana Executive Directors can be contacted at:

Teach For America - South Louisiana
P.O. Box 65148
Baton Rouge, LA 70896


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Teach For America currently provides more than 500 teachers (corps members) and more than 1,000 alumni who serve as teachers, leaders and positive change agents in the lowest income schools throughout the Greater New Orleans and Greater Baton Rouge areas, Central Louisiana, Acadiana and the Louisiana Delta.

Teach For America’s sustainable and historical size of operation is 200 teachers and 100 alumni but after Hurricane Katrina and with the incredible opportunities for educational change in Louisiana, Teach For America was asked by the state and private philanthropists to grow larger to provide the necessary human capital pipeline for schools and districts. Using millions in national philanthropic dollars Teach For America grew from 200 teachers and 100 alumni to our current scale. Given the state’s ongoing focus on providing a great education to all students, we are fulfilling a critical part of this mission and see continuing to serve more of the highest needs areas of the state as our top priority. One recent example of our effort here is that Teach For America has opened an initial corps in the Louisiana Delta. These corps members currently teach in Concordia, Tensas and Madison parishes.

With evidence that Teach For America teachers are highly effective despite working in the most challenging schools and the evidence that Teach For America alumni are staying in Louisiana (currently more than 1,000 call Louisiana home) and are becoming Principals and other education leaders Teach For America is helping to create system wide improvement for students in the areas we service. As a result we and the LDOE see continued investment to enable this work as critical. Both our ongoing operations and our service in the Louisiana Delta are entirely contingent upon our ability to find and generate the needed funds. Given the positive results and the need to continue this effort and our service in existing and new areas of the state the Louisiana Department of Education may request up to $5,000,000 for Teach For America.

This $5,000,000 is far less than giving levels of our neighboring state of Mississippi but is in line with the needed funds to continue operating in Louisiana. Teach For America is currently leveraging state funds more than 10 to 1 by raising more than $11,000,000 in private funds for our operations in Louisiana. An increase in state funding allows us to continue this work and allows us to attract even more private donations in the years to come.

Teach For America is currently a top 10 place to start a career according to Business Week and with nearly 60,000 applicants last year, including 15%+ of all Ivy League Seniors, 7% of Tulane Seniors and 2% of Seniors at LSU, our corps members, with an average ACT score of a 30 and 100% holding senior leadership roles, represent a unique pipeline of talent that might not have entered education without our recruitment. The pipeline is also incredibly diverse with some 30% being people of color and 40% being from low-income backgrounds. We know that our corps members have great promise to achieve with their students and schools and see this every day. The net benefit of the improvement in education provided yearly to our corps members adds more than $70M in positive returns for the state, not even beginning to count the added other impact. Teach For America is now the largest importer of top flight human capital into the state and is focusing this talent on our #1 issues – improving education. We ask for your support and consideration of the funding to make this possible.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $5,000,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Teach For America recruits, selects, trains and supports teachers and leaders for the lowest income schools and school districts in the state of Louisiana and around the country. Teach For America is tapping a previously untapped base of talent and attracting America’s top recent graduates to teach in schools that need their support the most. We are ensuring that these teachers achieve excellent results immediately and are working to channel their energies towards long term impact within education and within the state of Louisiana. Currently our 500+ corps members work with more than 45,000 students in the state of Louisiana. Our 1,000+ alumni run schools, continue teaching in classrooms, are setting policy and otherwise influencing the debate for educational change in a positive direction.

As such, Teach For America’s public purpose is to improve the quality of education for students immediately and the quality of education for all students in the long run by providing the talented leaders who can bring our students, our schools and our state into the future. In doing so Teach For America corps members and alumni tackle challenges like the drop out rate, low literacy rates and societal effects of poverty while also providing opportunities for economic development, visibility and innovation – all of which are state priorities.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          For the 2013 – 2014 school year Teach For America will recruit, select, train and support a corps of between 500 and 700 teachers within the state of Louisiana, up from our normal state of 200 just a few years ago. With appropriate funding we will be able to grow this number to beyond 700 with a specific focus on the Baton Rouge, Shreveport and continued impact throughout the New Orleans area.

During the 2013-2014 school year Teach For America will continue recruiting and retaining talented Teach For America alumni as school leaders, teachers and other influencers within the state. Growing this number above 1,000 statewide.

Teach For America will maintain and expand up the current quality of our teachers and alumni by providing additional training, resources, connections and opportunities for development.

Teach For America will also, as previously, share best practices, resources and information with schools, school districts and the state to help improve all practices and supports for teachers and leaders throughout the state.


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           One School Year

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                 Kira Orange-Jones
Executive Director
Teach For America - Greater New Orleans

P.O. Box 65148
Baton Rouge, LA 70896

Kira is an elected member of BESE and has cleared her continued role with Teach For America through the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                 

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
              

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
               

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 Teach For America receives funding by contract through the Louisiana state Budget from the Louisiana Department of Education. The LDOE via State Superintendent of Education John White is the primary requester but in previous years our grant has been managed through the Division of Teacher Recruitment and Certification under the leadership of Barbara Burke.

Barbara Burke
Division of Teacher Recruitment and Certification
Louisiana State Department of Education
PO Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804


(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               Teach For America supplies and supports some current 500+ teachers in Louisiana. For the coming year Teach For America proposes to recruit, select, training and support some 550+ - 700 corps members and 1,000+ alumni to continue and expand operations state-wide.


Contact Information
name:  Michael Tipton 
                                       address:  P.O. Box 65148
Baton Rouge, LA 70896

                                       phone:  2253818163x16101
                                       fax:  2253818234
                                       e-mail:  michael.tipton@teachforamerica.org
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director, Teach For America - South Louisiana