Shawnee Mission Education Foundation among top foundations in nation, according to new report

Jay Senter - January 3, 2018 11:58 am
Anthony Springfield, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation President, at the foundation's annual breakfast this fall.
Anthony Springfield, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation President, speaking with a student and her parents at the foundation’s annual breakfast this fall.

The Shawnee Mission Education Foundation is among the top K-12 school foundations in the nation with annual revenues between $500,000 and $1 million, according to an annual report from two education technology companies.

The report, Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation, puts the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation fifth among foundations in its budget division. No other K-12 foundation in Kansas or in the Kansas City metro area made this year’s rankings.

“We are once again delighted and honored to be ranked in this study. It is a testament to the power of community and shows the depth of commitment to quality education here in Shawnee Mission,” said Kimberly Hinkle, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Executive Director.

The study, authored by the Caruthers Institute and funded by Foundant Technologies and ClassWallet, looked at the largest 200 districts in the country by student population as well as a select group of high-performing districts of smaller sizes. With less than 30,000 students enrolled, Shawnee Mission did not qualify for automatic inclusion in the study based on enrollment.

The study uses eight metrics to determine the top performing foundations by category. They are: annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student, and human capital.

Last year, Shawnee Mission came in sixth in its division. It made the top ten list the year before that as well.

“We’re thrilled to make the Stepping Up list again in our division, and to be leading the way as the only Kansas and only Kansas City-area education foundation to make the list,” said Anthony Springfield, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation President.

Just last month, SMEF announced that it would be making more than $100,000 in investments in programs that will support STEM and arts education in Shawnee Mission classrooms in 2018 and beyond.

You can find the full report from Caruthers here.

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