Frequently Asked Questions

Please find answers to our most frequently asked questions below. For more information, contact us.

What is an Education Foundation?

The Cleburne Education Foundation is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. Its purpose is to seek, cultivate and obtain revenues to develop and expand educational opportunities for the students and teachers of the Cleburne Independent School District. It is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors – parents, educators, and business/community leaders. The Cleburne Education Foundation acts as a partner in the community’s overall strategy to support its students and teachers.

Why a Foundation?

As the cost of quality public education continues to increase, the Cleburne District’s tax-supported budget can no longer include all the enrichment that our children deserve and our taxpayers expect. To help improve this situation, the Foundation underwrites projects and programs that enhance the basic required curriculum and broaden the range of our children’s educational experience.

Where does the Foundation find the programs it underwrites?

Each year, the Foundation calls for innovative proposals for suggested programs to be implemented. The proposals come from Cleburne’s educators, who work with students on a daily basis – the people who know the individual educational needs of our children. The Foundation asks for a description of the program, targeted student population, degree of educational need for the program, its relation to current curriculum, any prior successful use, method of evaluation, and line-item budget. All proposals are reviewed by a Foundation committee, whose recommendations for funding are taken to the full Board of Directors for final approval.

What types of programs will receive funds from the Cleburne Foundation?

The Foundation considers programs which enrich the education of Cleburne’s students but which cannot be funded by the District. Excluded from consideration are personnel payments, capital outlay items, awards with no educational value, and temporary items such as food, transportation, and lodging. Programs that potentially may be funded include technology, social studies, fine arts, reading, writing, math, science, and other areas that enhance student learning opportunities.

How does the Foundation pay for these programs?

Funds are raised primarily through corporate and individual donations and through annual fund-raising events. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Board sets aside a percentage of undesignated donations and of net proceeds in the Foundation’s endowment fund, from which the interest is available to use far into the future for the benefit of Cleburne ISD students.

What are the benefits of having an Education Foundation?

  • Financial support is raised to support existing school revenues.
  • Community support and financial support of education are expanded.
  • Donations are attracted that can only be given to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
  • A perpetual source of funds is created to support education.
  • Funds are provided to supplement educational programs and activities for which tax dollars are not available or for which tax dollars cannot be expended.
  • Donations to support education may be accepted from individuals, corporations and other funding sources, and donors are assured maximum tax credits.

Who oversees the Education Foundation?

The Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, with input and support from an all-volunteer Board of Advisors from the community. Operations are managed by an Executive Director, who, along with the CISD Superintendent, serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.

Are Minutes from the Board of Directors meetings available for viewing?

Yes, Minutes from the Board of Directors’ meetings are kept in the CEF office (505 N. Ridgeway Dr., Suite 195, Cleburne) and are available for viewing.