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Bixby Educational Events, Inc.

 27758 Santa Margarita, Pkwy 337
 Mission Viejo, CA 92691
[P] (855) 427-8233 x 0
[F] --
www.bix-bee.org
[email protected]
Donna Bixby
FOUNDED: 2007
INCORPORATED: 2010
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Organization DBA B.E.E.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 27-3242051 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Bixby Educational Events, Inc. is to provide the necessary experiences that students will need to be prepared for the workforce. We believe that incorporating the steady practice of the Arts is essential to developing transferable skills as well as encouraging innovation in every student. Our vision is that students will graduate knowing who they are, what skills they have to offer, and discovering their path for future career success. This will prepare them to make significant contributions to the creative industry as well as the national economy.
Our programs are designed and brokered to provide the experiences a student needs to gain in deep learning for academic excellence and vocational success. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Bixby Educational Events, Inc. is to provide the necessary experiences that students will need to be prepared for the workforce. We believe that incorporating the steady practice of the Arts is essential to developing transferable skills as well as encouraging innovation in every student. Our vision is that students will graduate knowing who they are, what skills they have to offer, and discovering their path for future career success. This will prepare them to make significant contributions to the creative industry as well as the national economy.
Our programs are designed and brokered to provide the experiences a student needs to gain in deep learning for academic excellence and vocational success. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $150,000.00
Projected Revenue $200,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Arts Teach Program
  • HIVE Program
  • BEE Inspired Urban STEAM

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The mission of Bixby Educational Events, Inc. is to provide the necessary experiences that students will need to be prepared for the workforce. We believe that incorporating the steady practice of the Arts is essential to developing transferable skills as well as encouraging innovation in every student. Our vision is that students will graduate knowing who they are, what skills they have to offer, and discovering their path for future career success. This will prepare them to make significant contributions to the creative industry as well as the national economy.
Our programs are designed and brokered to provide the experiences a student needs to gain in deep learning for academic excellence and vocational success. 

Background Statement

Bixby Educational Events, Inc. (BEE) is an educational non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been in business since 2007. BEE started with a group of homeschool parents in leadership that wanted more opportunities to prepare their students. We aimed to create an organization that would add to other's educational programs, to train and provide students with the skills and resources they will need for the changing economy.
Today we serve over 1000 Home School families, 9 Charter Schools and many Private Schools with assembly programs, classes, workshops, and interdisciplinary programs filled with Arts and career experiences that are coordinated with academic studies. We also provide Industrial Arts opportunities to learn practical skills through classes offered at the Urban Workshop.

Impact Statement

BEE was able to reach more families with our programs in 2017 than ever before. Some of our accomplishments are below:
  • We were able to offer over 30 families discounts and complete scholarships to our programs.
  • We were able to start and launch Four different Two Day a week drop off programs
  • We expanded to a two day a week program in Costa Mesa called the HIVE.
  • We were able to partner with an Independent Charter School to offer hands-on learning environment for their students.
For this year in 2018, some of our future goals are:
  • Continuing our partnership with Junior Achievement.
  • Continuing our partnership with Urban Workshop to bring students real life applications and experiences thru the industrial arts including workshops for woodworking, metal shop, CAD software, and 3D printing.
  • Creating an expansion of our Arts Teach program with Oc Music and Dance teachers taking residency within our program

 


Needs Statement

Our constituents are families who have chosen an alternative education. They are a culturally diverse group with limited financial means to provide a quality, independent education for their children. Parents do this through co-operatives, small private schools and charter schools. We partner with these groups, and by uniting the community, we help them meet their educational goals.

Many families cannot afford the necessary classroom fees, and thus, are left without the benefits of reinforcement, access to a variety of arts disciplines, or enrichment of core learning. The courses are designed to prepare our students for adult life in our ever-evolving society. Our education programs are unique because by providing an arts-integrated curriculum, they foster students’ imagination, creativity, and critical thinking skills, all of which are necessary agents in developing adaptable and well-rounded members of our society.


CEO Statement

I am passionate about our pursuit of educational equity for all students.
It is essential that our children find their place and passion thru their educational experiences. As the world continues to change at a rapid pace, they will need new skills to adapt and thrive. Having opportunities to exercise their creative decision making as well as critical thinking skills in solving real world problems will help our students become the leaders of tomorrow in their communities.

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations are appreciated and can be mailed to: 27758 Santa Margarita Pkwy #337, Mission Viejo, CA 92691All gifts received go directly into support of our programs created for the low to moderate income families we serve in our community. We appreciate your financial support for integrating the arts, career/vocational, and industrial arts training into each student's educational journey.We are always looking for business and personal mentors that have a passion for helping our students grow academically, as well as new board members with educational nonprofit experience to help us forge a path into the future.Thank you for your consideration.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
We currently serve approximately 1200 home schooling families from 7 charter and private schools in the Orange County area. Eighty percent of these families are struggling to pay for their necessities and cannot afford extra costs for classes. BEE has tried to keep our classes affordable, available, and accessible to the whole community.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

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Programs


Arts Teach Program

Arts Teach is an arts integrated learning path with a combination of core subjects and classes in Visual Arts, Music, Movement/Dance and Theater.  The Arts Teach program is for the student who is already interested in the Arts.  The student may be showing signs of interest in drawing, film making, dance, drama, music or theater.
 
This program is designed to take that interest and teach core academic subjects through the student's learning style and passions. When you join BEE’s programs, we integrate and rotate the arts electives within all of our core subject classes. For example the students who participate gain the knowledge and skills in the use of the basic vocabularies, materials, tools, techniques, and intellectual methods of each art discipline.
Budget  $45,500.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
To give children access to experiences that will give them the opportunities to be awakened to the Arts.  Many have walked away with a desire to learn more or see more Arts shows.
 
With added funds, BEE will be able to provide more opportunities for students to be introduced to an art form; which has led to more engagement in the Arts.
Program Long-Term Success 
B.E.E.'s Arts Teach Program is a teaching/learning environment that addresses the critical need of filling the gap between incorporating the Arts into curriculum in a practical way.  Through the experience of the assembly and the workshops we are impacting a new generation with the Arts in a way that they had never experienced before.  Parents, teachers and students are learning a new appreciation of the Arts as well as a new way of integrating it into their educational journey.
 

Our economy needs students educated to reflect the growing need to be "innovative." Alongside education and research, art and culture constitute major building blocks of civilization. Moreover, as part of the creative economy, art and culture make a significant contribution to the competitiveness and growth of the national economy and with our custom integration of Junior Achievement programs as well as other business partners; the students will be ready at graduation, prepared to meet that economy with confidence and a clear purpose.

 
 
 
Program Success Monitored By 
Our success is shown in the stories and testimonies we hear from our participants. 
  • Kids who heard classical music for the first time and now can't seem to get enough. 
  • Parents of kids with "learning disabilities" telling us how much more the kids are learning, focused and that they have seen emotional growth and stability.
  • Students who came to a workshop and now can't stop making something new from what they learned.
  • Students who stayed for a day and learned a new skill they didn't know they could do and are now engaged and ready to go deeper.
  • Students that were so intrigued by the subject matter that the they couldn't wait to get to the library to find out more.
 
Examples of Program Success 
Comment from a parent: "For our family, it was particularly good to have this one-time class, as I have not had a lot of success placing my girls in small group settings and getting them to participate. I actually prayed that they would participate today. Sometimes, their autism makes "just making it through" a challenge, although we see growth all the time. I don't know if you saw this, but they were extremely resistant to participating in the beginning (I was nervous we might have a big outburst), but by the end, they were up on the stage, pretty free, being goofy! That was a blessing and answer to prayer."
 
Another family impacted:

"We have homeschooled for nine years and B.E.E events and classes have played a significant role in my children's educational experience. The performances represent an incredible value - high caliber live events at an affordable cost, making them accessible to families such as ours. The performances have brought both enjoyment and made their academic subjects - literature, music, critical thinking, language arts, etc. -come alive. I am always on the lookout for good quality performances for my children, in a time where our kids have been undernourished in the fine arts and BEE has helped fill this gap for our family.

The classes have been a place where my children have thrived in small group settings. Through these sessions, my daughters have grown in their confidence, their abilities to express themselves, problem-solve and answer open-ended questions - all areas where they have struggled for years.

I am so grateful to Donna and Mary for providing these programs, with empathy, support and understanding for our kids. The fact that they provide a sibling discount for the homeschooling families is just one way that shows that they understand homeschoolers' needs. Thank you!!!"

 

HIVE Program

Our foundational program called the H.I.V.E. (Homeschool Initiative for Vocational Education) will help students succeed in a global economy through exposure to the arts and career-oriented exploration.

Students will meet in classrooms, for two-day-a-week program, that includes core academic subjects in Math, Language Arts, History, and Science. These classes are enriched with "Arts Teach" integration within each subject. In addition, the electives are geared towards careers, skill sets, and the exploration of industry clusters. We include Junior Achievement curriculum along with these electives.

These hands-on experiences are part of broad-based learning that provides context, direction and purpose to enhance and reinforce a variety of the academic subjects and curriculums being used.
Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

The six-month outcomes for the H.I.V.E. program include the following: (1) For K-5 students, 75% of student participants will have a clearer understanding of how careers are part of the overall consumer economy; (2) 100% of students will learn through their coursework how to prepare for being positive contributors in their community and in the workforce; (3) For middle and high school students, 75% of the students will have a clearer understanding of how to generate wealth from building a business, as well as determining their potential proper career direction.

Program Long-Term Success  For the students completing all the classes, they will have a clear picture of the majors they should pursue in college and the direction.  The students will have a clearer understanding of how to generate wealth from building a business, as well as determining their potential proper career direction.
Program Success Monitored By 

The program outcomes will be measured by a pre and post course survey using both qualitative and quantitative measures of success. The students, at various academic levels, will also be given the opportunity to present subjective reflection on their acquisition of skills, knowledge, and experiences from participation in the classroom. Results of the evaluation as well as testimonials will be posted every year on the BEE website to assess student progress and determine the program’s strengths and weaknesses.

Examples of Program Success  --

BEE Inspired Urban STEAM

In 2015, we partnered with the Urban Workshop, a full-scale workshop and training center located in Costa Mesa, CA, to provide all of the STEM training for our program participants. It is our goal to continue to extend this program to meet the needs for skilled workers by manufacturers within their industries. Through this program, participants improve their fundamental technical skills and are introduced to a variety of workshop experiences.
This program starts in our Level 1 series where kids are introduced to hand tools, metal working tools, wood shop, electronics, and AutoCAD where they develop a feel for the tools they are using and manipulating. Level 2 increases the technical difficulty by introducing powered hand tools, welding, small machinery, engine mechanics, circuitry, and more advanced AutoCAD modeling to the curriculum.
We hope to build up to 5 levels of classes to bring young adults to the point where they will understand the basics of automotive, power tools, modeling, as well as machinery operation.
We seek to inspire our community's youth to achieve their full potential by providing them the modern equivalent experience of what was referred to as "the industrial arts". Many schools in our area can no longer afford to provide this type of experience to our youth. Through this partnership, we hope to continue to build the curriculum in order to offer school STEM classes, after-school opportunities, and summer camps.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Science & Technology, General/Other Manufacturing & Industry
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
The overview structure of the program has inspired a wide variety of students to participate.  When we first started there was a high ratio of girls to boys involved.  Many of the girls have been encouraged to continue and learn in all areas of the workshop.  It is important that the girls feel safe and able to explore all aspects of the STEM fields and we are excited to provide this opportunity.
 
Since inception we have gone from 8 students in one class to now 17 classes of at least 6 students each participating in the workshop experience.
Program Long-Term Success  It is our goal to continue this program and provide young, skilled, and trained students to the manufacturing and production industry. Through this program participants improve their fundamental technical skills and are introduced to a variety of workshop experiences.  The end results are students who can create their own products or design for others.  We will also have a new generation that will understand how to operate various manufacturing machinery.
Program Success Monitored By  We have learned that the kids should be at least 10 years old to start the program so that their size with the machinery does not hold them back.
Examples of Program Success 
Several parents have exclaimed that their students are no longer shy to take things apart at home.  This has had some great results and some unexpected consequences.
Since inception we have gone from 8 students in one class to now 17 classes of at least 6 students each participating in the workshop experience.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Donna Bixby
CEO Term Start July 2007
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience After many years of homeschooling trying to prepare her sons for the working world, Donna realized that it wasn't enough. She made it her mission to provide more educational, artistic, vocational, and technical experiences for other families who choose an alternative education path. Her vision is that all students graduate high school being more creative problem solvers and critical thinkers who have the knowledge and possess the skills necessary for the ever changing job market.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

We collaborate with:
Arts & Learning Conservatory
OC Music & Dance 
Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Arts Teach Program
Junior Achievement
Urban Workshop
Mission Increase Foundation
Fieldstone Foundation 
 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 7
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 2
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Kevin Bixby
Board Chair Company Affiliation OC American Marketing Association
Board Chair Term Jan 2011 - Dec 2015
Board Co-Chair Donna Bixby
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2007 - Dec

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Donna Bixby Community Volunteer Voting
Kevin Bixby Pacific Life Voting
Mary Blouin -- --
Stephanie Bowman Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments

BEE does not have it's own facilities for conducting classes, holding events or workshops, therefore, a great deal of coordination is necessary with all of our partner organizations.
BEE is actively pursuing and submitting grant requests to a number of foundations to help fund its programs. Grants have been received thus far from the following organizations: Roosters Foundation, City of Mission Viejo, and the City of Aliso Viejo.

Foundation Comments

Mina

Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $150,000.00
Form 990s

2017 BEE 990

2016 Tax Documents

2015 BEE 990

2014 BEE 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $133,316 $219,474 $62,862
Total Expenses $128,173 $185,010 $66,962

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,174 $650 $24,766
Government Contributions $0 $1,500 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $1,500 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 --
Earned Revenue $129,347 $200,547 $38,096
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $0 --
Membership Dues -- $0 --
Special Events $1,795 $6,437 --
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 --
Other -- $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $80,504 $162,982 $16,893
Administration Expense $47,669 $21,917 $50,069
Fundraising Expense -- $185 --
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.04 1.19 0.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses 63% 88% 25%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 2% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $41,844 $36,701 $2,237
Current Assets $41,844 $36,701 --
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 --
Current Liabilities -- $0 $2,237
Total Net Assets $41,844 $36,701 $2,237

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf 0.00

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

In our unique program less than 18% of our income goes to administrative overhead and costs. The staffing of B.E.E. for 2017 was all volunteer and in-kind donations. Program costs, such as artists and space for the programs are the bulk of the 82% of administrative costs that B.E.E. carries in bringing the Arts to the community.  Last year over $124,000.00 was provided in services.

Foundation Comments

In 2012 and 2013, due to its size, this organization filed a 990N.  Summary financial data is per the financials provided by the organization and consultation with the organization.  In 2014, summary financial data is per the Form 990EZ and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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