Search For New EPSF Executive Director Begins
Posted on January 1st, 2019

​After a successful five years leading the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, executive director Lori Dickinson Black has announced that she will be leaving at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
 
“I’m incredibly proud of all we’ve accomplished in growing the EPS Foundation to raise more resources, friends and awareness for our schools – that was my goal when I started in 2014,” Dickinson Black said. “My initial goal was to create a sustainable, annual fundraising approach that would allow for a well-funded, structured granted system to support Edmond Public Schools’ students and teachers. It was equally important to raise awareness for the increasing needs in our schools as well as advocate for funding for schools in general to maintain and further the excellence that abounds in Edmond.”
 
During her tenure, just a few of the accomplishments the EPS Foundation has enjoyed:
 
• Increased annual funds raised by 150 percent from $160,000 to $400,000.
• Doubled classroom grant funds distributed by EPSF through Great Idea Grants from $90,000 to $185,000 annually.
• Increased the number of donors 400 percent from 150 to 800.
• Increased the net revenue of the Hall of Fame and golf tournament by more than 100 percent.
• Secured the largest single donation to Edmond Public Schools.
• Created an annual fundraising luncheon called “ONE Edmond” to secure annual and multi-year gifts.
• Created the Achieve Fund to help offset costs of students and teachers attending artistic and academic competitions.
• Advocated for important legislation to increase funding support for public schools.
• Improved the relevance and connection to EPS employees that has equated an increase in an annual workplace giving campaign from $10,000 to $55,000 – making EPS staff the largest donor to the EPS Foundation.
• Raised community awareness and involvement with the EPS Foundation that has resulted in being the recipient of the Common Thread for two years, this year’s Keller Williams Red Day Run, raffle of a $25,000 custom painted Harley Davidson and a 2019 VW Jetta.
• Created the “Celebration of Excellence” event to bring attention to and celebrate teaching excellence in Edmond and to award/name the EPS Teacher of the Year.
 
The mission of the Edmond Public School Foundation is to connect the community and its resources with the Edmond Public Schools teacher, student and school needs in pursuit of the highest level of academic excellence. 
 
Originally founded as the Edmond Educational Endowment, the organization was created in the early 1980′s as one of the first education foundations in the state of Oklahoma. In 1999, the organization formally changed its name to the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.
 
Since inception, the EPS Foundation has provided over $2.5 million in direct support to the district. These resources have funded: new technology, classroom curriculum, software, hardware, teaching aids, teacher trainings, student scholarships, playground equipment, textbooks, supplies, musical instruments, artwork, equipment, teacher awards, and numerous other educational aids. 
 
“My family moved to Edmond in 2012 specifically for the schools,” recalled Dickinson Black. “We knew it was the top district in the state, and we wanted our children to have great teachers and be in schools that received community support. Edmond has far exceeded our expectations.”
 
Dickinson Black will be turning her efforts toward a focus on growing her non-profit consulting business, volunteering in the schools, and increasing awareness of the need for mental health/counseling support in the schools.  “I’m not going anywhere as far as my commitment to continuing to support Edmond teachers and schools, I’m just changing my approach.”
 
To find out more about the EPS Board of Directors search for a new executive director or to apply, visit http://www.edmondpsf.org/position-search.htm
 


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