History of Leaf
The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF) was established in 1993 as a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing supplemental funding assistance for extracurricular activities in District 742 schools, helping to ensure a balanced, comprehensive educational experience for all students. In 2009, LEAF expanded its mission to include all academic programming, becoming a \\\"full-service\\\" Education Foundation. LEAF provides financial assistance to District 742 educational programming through its Endowment Fund with a current fund balance of approximately $950,000 as well as ticket surcharge return and ticket sales program at both Tech and Apollo High Schools and various other sources.
- The Board of Education formed an ad hoc committee to research the possibility of forming a foundation for the purpose of providing support for extracurricular activities in District 742.
- A Student Activities Advisory Committee subsequently recommended to the Board that such a foundation be formed.
- The Board of Education approved the formation of an activities foundation to be called the District 742 Local Education Activities Foundation (LEAF). In June of 1993, the Board approved a transfer of $100,000 to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation to establish the LEAF Endowment Fund. The Board also approved a ticket price increase of $1.00 on each adult admission and $.50 for each student admission at both Tech and Apollo High Schools with the subsequent annual revenue from this increase to be deposited in the LEAF Endowment fund.
- Articles of Incorporation as a non-profit organization were developed and filed with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office. Application was then made to the Internal Revenue Service for tax exempt status.
- The first LEAF Board of Directors was formed and began meeting regularly. The organization’s by-laws were developed and formally adopted.
- Status as a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non profit organization was received from the IRS.
- LEAF began its twice yearly granting program utilizing 5% of its endowment fund for the support of extra curricular activities programming in the District’s K-12 schools.
- LEAF hired a fundraising consultant and began organized fundraising activities.
- LEAF undertook a special fundraising project, netting $140,000, to assist in preserving Junior High School activities programming.
- LEAF Begins Night of the Stars (NOTS) fundraiser.
- LEAF Hires Executive Director.
- First LEAF Appreciation & Awards Banquet to recognize specific contributors to the success of LEAF.
- Night of the Stars moves to Paramount Theatre to a “sold out” crowd!
- Year-long development of a strategic plan and vision statement with funding from the Initiative Foundation.
- LEAF Board Handbook developed to encourage Board professionalism.
- LEAF Endowment stands at $450,000 as of February 2007
- LEAF Web Page developed: www.leaf742.org.
- 15th Year Campaign. ($324,850 pledged by November 2008).
- LEAF Endowment stands at $563,756 as of December 2008.
- LEAF Mission expanded to include academic opportunities and Enrichment.
- LEAF now has two funds:
- 1. Academic Opportunities & Enrichment
- 2. Student Activities
- NOTS Silent Auction moves to online only
- March - The first LEAF academic grants are awarded - $12,500
- October - the first Academic Fund event is held - Food For Thought
- NOTSsets a new record returning $8,049 on ticket revenue to student activity programs
- LEAF\\\'s new Adopt-A-Classroom program raises $11,750 and funds 49 classrooms with $250 grants for supplies
- October - the second Academic Fund event, A Learning Renaissance, raises more than $23,000 and nets $14,734 for the Academic Fund
- LEAF yearly fundraising sets a new record: $157,070.86
- LEAF updates Strategic Plan with ClearPath consultants
- Adopt a Classroom Program raises $15,000 and provides 60 classroom supply grants
- Tech Football and Tech Athletics Legacy Funds reach the $25,000 level and begin providing annual returns to those programs
- LEAF obtains two grants for the PAKRAT PRogram and prvides $51,914 in support of this unique P03 literacy and parent involvment program.
- Total LEAF grants during the f2013-13 school year = $115,307!
- Total Endowed Funds on 12/31/12 = Activities Fund: $597,523 Academic Fund: $130,268
- Twelfth Night of the Stars features three performances and nets $11,435 for student activities.
- Third annual Learning Renaissance nets $19,930 in Fund-A-Need direct support of academic programs and $16,068 for the Acadmeic Endowment Fund
- Total Endowed Funds on 12/31/13 - Activities Fund $720,984 Academic Fund: $184,492
- Thirteenth Night of the Stars at the Paramount Theatre nets $11,386 for student activities