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The Carroll Education Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. CEF’s Tax ID # is 75-2638646.

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Make a one-time gift to fund vital teachers and staff positions at CISD. For every $50,000 we raise, we fund another teacher.


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FAQs

We have attempted to answer the most common questions about the Carroll Education Foundation. If you still have questions, please call the foundation at (817) 949-7064 or email us at info@southlakecef.org.

Founded in 1996, the Carroll Education Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation that provides financial resources to ensure excellence within the Carroll Independent School District.

As the primary fundraising arm for Carroll ISD, the foundation helps bridge the gap between state funding and what it costs to deliver on the district’s promise of excellence in education.

In 2018, the foundation refined its vision and mission to focus on funding teachers, ensuring the district has the resources to support teacher and educator critical positions that inspire learning, enrich the student educational experience, foster academic excellence and elevate student success.

In 2018, Niche ranked Carroll ISD as the 21st best school district in the nation. However, the ever-increasing state tax dollar recapture program (known as "Robin Hood") has put substantial budgetary pressures on the district. Nearly 32 percent of our property tax revenues are directed to other less-wealthy districts, leaving us with a significant funding gap to fill every year.

Unwilling to compromise the best-in-class education we’ve always provided, the foundation was created to ensure an exceptional education for all CISD students, now and for future generations. Specifically, the foundation is focused on funding teachers, which guarantees more personal attention, more advanced courses and more electives for every student in CISD.

Currently, 32 percent of the annual budget is recaptured by the state of Texas to support other less-wealthy districts. In the 2017-18 school year, this recapture totaled approximately $26.2 million. Since the 2001-02 school year, the total recapture has exceeded $310 million.

The Teacher Fund supports and highlights teachers, educators and functions with broad parental, student and community appeal from across all 11 campuses. In particular, we focus on positions that are not required or supported by the State of Texas, yet are critical to providing a superior education to our students. To learn more about the Teacher Fund, please click here.

We describe our focus areas as “staff vs. stuff.” The foundation is focused on raising money for the district to fund teachers, educators and other key staff. We complement the outstanding work done by the PTOs, which raise money for materials, equipment, and activities at each campus.

Stronger schools mean a stronger community. Quality of schools is a critical factor in neighborhood choice for homebuyers and business owners. The success of our schools directly impacts property tax values and translates into strong economic vitality of the community and quality of life for residents and businesses.

The majority of our block grant to Carroll ISD goes to the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) portion of the budget. Eighty-six percent of this budget is dedicated to district staff positions. The foundation is the only organization that provides support to the district to fund positions; PTOs and booster clubs provide material support to campuses, and the district’s school bond program covers capital improvements to the campuses. For more information on the district’s budget, please click here.

We welcome your involvement in the foundation’s mission of funding teachers in a variety of ways: supporting the Teacher Fund annual campaign; volunteering at one of our campuses or for one of our special events; attending our annual gala; or serving as a community advocate or ambassador for our district.