The Kansas State Council, as well as many other chapters, councils, and individual members of ESA belong to the ESA Foundation. The Foundation allows each state council in ESA International to appoint a State Counselor to represent the Foundation in its affairs within the United States and Australia. The ESA Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization pledged to further the development of philanthropic activities of volunteers, provide assistance to establish programs which serve human needs, and produce new programs to improve the quality of life..
"STRIVING TO INSPIRE"
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To contribute to the ESA Foundation use this form. Your dues are counted as a charitable donation as the foundation is a 501 C3.
Combined Federal Campaign
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The mission of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.
History of the CFC: Fundraising for charitable organizations in the Federal workplace can be traced to the late-1940's. In 1964, the first "combined" campaigns, officially called "Combined Federal Campaigns, or CFC" were conducted as experiments in six cities. President Nixon announced on March 3, 1971, that the CFC would be the uniform fundraising method for the federal service. Contributions grew dramatically: from $12.9 million in 1964 to $82.8 million in 1979. In April 1984 the CFC was opened to basically any 501(c)(3) charity and permitted write-in designations.
The CFC today is known to be the most inclusive workplace giving campaign in the world with the number of participating charities estimated at over 20,000 nonprofit charitable organizations worldwide. The charities supported through the CFC range from nascent community groups to large, well-known charities.
Our Foundation is open to any person for membership and helps to support a $200,000 Scholarship program. A one time membership fee of $25 for the first year and $15 a year thereafter is all it costs to belong to our Foundation. Be sure to check out the eight scholarships established and supported by the KSC.
The ESA Foundation was established in 1970 and incorporated under the laws of the State of Colorado as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Its affairs are currently directed by the Board of Directors nominated and elected by members of the Foundation. Directors serve a three year term without compensation and are motivated by their devotion to the purposes and ideals of the organization.
The operations are supervised by the Board of Directors and four executive directors elected by the Board of Directors. Officers of the board are the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. Accounting, legal, and membership services are performed by professionals in these fields employed by the Board.
The ESA Foundation receives principal financial support from the members of ESA International; however anyone can join the Foundation. Other sources of support are individuals and businesses who share the goals and purposes of the organization. Contributions to the ESA Foundation may be undesignated or designated. Undesignated gifts become a part of the general funds which are used to underwrite the various programs, projects and operational expenses of the Foundation. Designated contributions may be directed toward a particular area of endeavor consistent with the objectives of the Foundation.
The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that the ESA Foundation is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. This means that contributions and bequests to the ESA Foundation are fully tax deductible.
Donation forms are available from the Kansas ESA Foundation Counselor, or by directly accessing the ESA Foundation website at www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/esaf, and selecting “Contribution Form” from the left column.
The Kansas State Council is a member in good standing of the ESA Foundation. Its membership serves as an extension of the member's philanthropic interests.
Any individual or group may become a member of the ESA Foundation. Membership can be obtained by contacting the Kansas ESA Foundation Counselor, or the ESA Foundation Headquarters. The membership fee is $25 with an annual dues assessment of $15 thereafter. Life active membership is available for either a one time $500 payment, or two $250 payments in consecutive years. All dues are tax deductible.
This is a public foundation for all persons who share its goals. The fiscal year for the Foundation is June 1 through May 31. In order to vote at the annual meeting the active member must have their annual dues paid by March 1.
The Turn-Around Fund is that portion of the ESA Foundation that enables members of the Foundation to obtain contributions from businesses / individuals to contribute to philanthropic projects / organizations. Depending on the status of the donor, these contributions may be tax deductible. The Turn-Around Funds are internally-funded grants. The ESA Foundation Turn-Around Fund may be used by the ESA Foundation’s membership – individual, chapter, district, regional, state, IC Council, or outside entities.
The ESA Foundation Board of Directors has adopted the following policies for the Turn-Around Fund (TAF):
The Foundation concentrates its efforts in the identification and creation of viable programs which meet the purpose of the Foundation of serving human need and improving the quality of life.
Grants: There are several types of grants that are now available through the Foundation which promote educational pursuits. Currently the Foundation is in the process of building a grants program which will be far reaching. At the present time the following grants are available:
Outstanding Senior Youth Award Grant. This grant is given to the Outstanding Youth Award recipient of ESA International. It is worth $1000 which must go to further the educational goals of the winning youth which is selected by the International Council of ESA International. There is also an Outstanding Junior Youth Award Grant given each year for a $500 savings bond for students enrolled in grades 7 through 9 passing all subjects.
Service Grants. In order that non-member organizations and businesses can take advantage of the scholarship processing services, the Foundation will provide administrative services for a small fee.
ADAPT Grants. The ADAPT grants were established in 1999 to train ADAPT teachers. The grant requires an application submitted by June 1 to the ESA Foundation Grant Chairman and approved by the Board. It would require that the money be used for ADAPT training and that the training be put to use within one year.
ADAPT: (A Development of Auditory Processing Techniques) ADAPT is auditory conceptualization. There is a direct relationship between the ability to judge sounds when heard in a word and the ability to see logic in reading and spelling. As much as one third of our population lacks this ability to some degree. The Board of Directors has recently established the ADAPT grants to train teachers in this processing technique. ADAPT clinics which were once a project of the Foundation can still be established but the Foundation has had to seek other ways to support this worthwhile methodology other than establishment of clinics which were too costly and burdensome for the Foundation members to set up and maintain. The Foundation now pays for the training of teachers through the newly established ADAPT grants.
Scholarships. The ESA Foundation has a dynamic scholarship program with more than 100 endowments currently registered with the Foundation. Scholarships in the amounts of $500/$1000/$1500 are awarded annually. Kansas currently has seven endowments officially registered with the Foundation:
Special plateaus of lifetime achievement are recognized by the Foundation for the individuals or groups donating to the Foundation and its works: Bronze Founder ($250 to $499); Silver Founder ($500 to $999); Crystal Founder ($1000 to $4,999); Turquoise Founder ($5,000 to $14,999); Pearl Founder ($15,000 to $24,999); Peridot Founder ($25,000 to $49,999); Garnet Founder ($50,000 to $74,999); Topaz Founder ($75,000 -$99.000); Amethyst Founder ($100,000 - $149,999); Opal Founder ($150,000 - $199,000); Tourmaline Founder ($200,000 - $299,999); Tanzanite Founder ($300,000 - $499,999); Aqua Founder ($500,000 - $749,999); Sapphire Founder ($750,000 - $999,999); Ruby Founder ($1,000,000 - $1,499,999); Emerald Founder ($1,500,000 - $2,499,999); Gold Founder ($2,500,000 - $4,999,999); Alexandrite Founder ($5,000,000 - $7,499,999); Platinum Founder ($7,500,000 - $9,999,999) Diamond Founder ($10,000,000 - plus). Other awards given by the Foundation are:
MEETINGS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Newsletters: A membership newsletter is published and mailed to all Foundation members in good standing in an effort to keep them fully informed on projects, goals, and issues. There is also a State Counselor's Newsletter which is published by the State Counselor's Director to assist with the distribution of information and aid the State Counselor to do her work for the Foundation as a state representative.
Meetings: Two meetings are held for the membership to attend and participate in the business of the Foundation. The Annual meetings and Open Board meeting are held in conjunction with the International Council's ESA Convention which is usually held in July. The aim of these meetings are to give the member an opportunity for total participation in the activities of the Foundation, to inform the membership on the business and financial status of the organization, and to provide training for any member who wishes to assist with the growth and development of the Foundation.
Further information may be obtained on these or any other topic by contacting the State Counselor or ESA Foundation Headquarters, 363 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526. Addresses of the current Board of Directors and/or information on the ESA Foundation can also be obtained by visiting its website at http://www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/esaf.