NGO Funding Request


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

The recipient entity's physical address:
           25 Broadway, 12th floor
New York, NY 10004


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           25 Broadway, 12th floor
New York, NY 10004


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
Founder and CEO
El Dorado Capital, LLC

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

Paul J. Finnegan
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Madison Dearborn Partners LLC

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

Rand Harbert
Senior Vice President
State Farm

John Hotchkis
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Ramajal, LLC

Walter Isaacson
President and CEO
The Aspen Institute

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

Wendy Kopp
CEO and Founder
Teach For All

Matt Kramer
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Teach For America

Sherry Lansing
CEO
Sherry Lansing Foundation

Sue Lehmann
Management Consultant

Michael L. Lomax
President and CEO
United Negro College Fund

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

Richard D. Parsons
Senior Advisor
Providence Equity Partners, Inc.

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 Sneed
Retired Executive Vice President
Kraft Foods

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

Beverly Daniel Tatum
President
Spelman College

Elisa Villanueva Beard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Teach For America

Gregory W. Wendt
Senior Vice President
Capital Research Company

Meg Whitman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hewlett-Packard


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:
           Kira Orange Jones
Executive Director
Teach For America – Greater New Orleans and the Louisiana Delta
1055 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 600
New Orleans, LA 70130

Laura Vinsant
Executive Director
Teach For America – South Louisiana
501 Government Street, Suite 100
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Katie Walmsley
Senior Managing Director, Impact Strategy & Development – Louisiana
Teach For America – Greater New Orleans and the Louisiana Delta
1055 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 600
New Orleans, LA 70130

Elisa Villanueva Beard
Chief Executive Officer
Teach For America
25 Broadway, 12th floor
New York, NY 10004


The following members of the National Board of Directors can be reached at:
Teach For America
25 Broadway, 12th floor
New York, NY 10004

Thomas H. Castro
Founder and CEO
El Dorado Capital, LLC

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

Paul J. Finnegan
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Madison Dearborn Partners LLC

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

Rand Harbert
Senior Vice President
State Farm

John Hotchkis
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Ramajal, LLC

Walter Isaacson
President and CEO
The Aspen Institute

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

Wendy Kopp
CEO and Founder
Teach For All

Matt Kramer
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Teach For America

Sherry Lansing
CEO
Sherry Lansing Foundation

Sue Lehmann
Management Consultant

Michael L. Lomax
President and CEO
United Negro College Fund

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

Richard D. Parsons
Senior Advisor
Providence Equity Partners, Inc.

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 Sneed
Retired Executive Vice President
Kraft Foods

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

Beverly Daniel Tatum
President
Spelman College

Elisa Villanueva Beard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Teach For America

Gregory W. Wendt
Senior Vice President
Capital Research Company

Meg Whitman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hewlett-Packard


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Teach For America (TFA) is growing the movement of leaders in Louisiana who work to ensure that children growing up in poverty get an excellent education. Every year we recruit a diverse group of professionals and recent college graduates who have a record of achievement, as well as character traits that are critical for transformational teaching in the classroom. These leaders expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community in Louisiana. We provide intensive training, support, and career development to help these leaders increase their impact and deepen their understanding of what it takes to eliminate educational inequity. Over the long term, we advance educational outcomes by inspiring the career paths of our alumni, most of whom remain working in education in schools, districts, government and the non-profit sector, and through others who hold positions of influence and have the perspective that comes from having been a public school teacher.

Over the past 25 years, TFA has grown in its commitment to ensuring that students have access to great teachers with a variety of perspectives and experiences – including those with similar backgrounds as our students. Nearly fifty percent of our first-year teachers now identify as people of color, compared with less than 20% of all teachers nationwide; 47% received Pell grants in college, a reliable indicator of low-income background; 33% are the first in their families to attend college; and 35% come to the corps from graduate school or with professional experience.

Teach For America’s core program includes:

i. Recruiting college graduates, graduate students and professionals who have demonstrated great potential to become transformational teachers for underprivileged students.

ii. Facilitating matches between corps members and the schools and subject areas where they can have their greatest impact.

iii. Providing in-field teacher preparation through an intensive five-week training institute.

iv. Providing training and leadership development through all-corps programming, specialized cohorts and individual coaching throughout the year.

v. Increasing the capacity of our alumni base through recruitment pipelines and programming that facilitates mentorship, community-building and career development.


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?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Teach For America seeks to recruit, place, and support between 350 and 400 educators in high-need public schools serving low-income populations in Southern Louisiana and the Louisiana Delta. Teach For America is the only national talent provider in the education sector that can claim a unique combination of: capacity to recruit, train and support thousands of diverse educators annually to teach in low-income schools; a required commitment to teach in the placement location for at least two years; a proven track record of providing teachers who exceed expected impact in their classrooms and meet or exceed the expectations of school leaders; and the ability to cultivate excellent leaders in education.

The following evidence substantiates Teach For America’s ability to serve this public purpose effectively. In 2015, nearly 50 percent of new corps members are people of color, and African-Americans and Latinos account for 34 percent of the new corps. In comparison, among all teachers across the nation, less than twenty percent identify themselves as people of color. Teach For America teachers return for a second year at a higher rate than new teachers nationwide, with 90 percent of TFA corps members returning for a second year, versus 86 percent of teachers overall and 83 percent of teachers in schools serving low-income populations. A recent study, commissioned from Mathematica Policy Research by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences, determined that over the course of a year students who were taught by TFA teachers achieved the equivalent of an additional 2.6 months of learning in math, versus their peers. Additionally, a 2009 study by researchers at Louisiana State University used data gathered from 2004 to 2007 to conclude that, “In all areas except for social studies,” (for which the number of observations in this study was too small to draw statistically significant conclusions) “TFA corps members were significantly more effective than other new teachers.”

Furthermore, the vast majority of principals who work with TFA corps members report that these teachers are making a positive difference in student achievement, classroom culture, school culture, and faculty collaboration.

Teach For America’s ongoing program in Louisiana, and especially our footprint in the Louisiana Delta, is entirely contingent upon our ability to raise funds to support our operations. Given the unique combination of attributes, services, and results that Teach For America provides in Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Education may request up to $5,000,000 in public funding for Teach For America. $5,000,000 is significantly less than the size of public investment in Teach For America in our neighboring state of Mississippi.

Last year, TFA leveraged our appropriation of $919,813 in state funds by a magnitude of more than 10 to 1 by raising more than $9.4 million in private funds annually for our operations in Louisiana. However these funds are disproportionately tied to our urban placements, specifically New Orleans, and we depend upon public funds to be able to place in high needs districts across Louisiana.

An increase in state funding allows us to continue this work and attract sustained private donations in the years to come.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Teach For America will recruit and place a corps of between 350 and 400 educators in high-need public schools serving low-income populations in Southern Louisiana and the Louisiana Delta.

Teach For America will continue recruiting a diverse pipeline of teachers to Louisiana whereby at least 50 percent of new corps members are people of color, from a low-income background, and/or the first in their family to attend college.
Teach For America will continue requiring that their corps members make a commitment to teach for at least two years in their placement school, and will retain their teachers for a second year at a rate that is higher than the national retention rate of 86 percent overall and 83 percent in schools serving low-income populations.

Teach For America will provide teachers who on aggregate achieve higher than average student achievement results in their classrooms by providing training, resources, connections and opportunities for development.


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Twelve months: June 2016 through May 2017

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
Senior Vice President and Executive Director
Teach For America-Louisiana
1055 St. Charles Avenue Suite 600
New Orleans, LA 70130

Kira is an elected member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (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 our grant has been managed by the Chief of Staff of the Louisiana Department of Education, Kunjan Narechania.

Kunjan Narechania
Chief of Staff, Louisiana Department of Education
PO Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064


(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 will recruit, place, train and support a corps of between 350 and 400 diverse educators in high-need public schools serving low-income populations in Southern Louisiana and the Louisiana Delta.


Contact Information
name:  Katie Walmsley 
                                       address:  1055 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 600
New Orleans, LA 70130

                                       phone:  (504) 648-6900 x44167
                                       fax: 
                                       e-mail:  katie.walmsley@teachforamerica.org
                                       relationship to entity:  Senior Managing Director, Impact Strategy & Development – Louisiana