Coral Foundation for

Excellence in Education

Meetings are held at ​​​​Coral Community Charter School, 4401 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 - upcoming meeting date:
August 14th, 2018 at 5:00 PM

The Coral Foundation for Excellence in Education is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is privately operated to assist with the purchase of the building needed by Coral Community Charter School, as well as support programs and activities offered.


SAVE THE DATEfor our 5th Annual Golf Tournament to be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at Arroyo del Oso

CFEE Members:

Executive Director: 
Kellan Mahoney-Chavez

Phil Turner - President

Janine Goff - Vice President

Tamara Rodriguez - Secretary

Mitch Biersner - Treasurer

Board Members:
Van Eldredge
Peg Hurley​
Amber Jaramillo

What makes Coral Community Charter School stand out?

We are New Mexico's first tuition-free, coeducational public charter school offering single gender classes. Research shows elementary school-aged children have different learning styles and for that fact we exist. We are dedicated to providing single-gender classes, quality instruction, individualization, and family with community involvement to ensure our students' proficiency and success.  Chartered by educators and run by outstanding educators that know both boys and girls have individual strengths.

Gender can no longer be ignored in the education setting.  We recognize general differences between boys and girls, such as how they develop physiologically and intellectually, and these differences should be accounted for in the curriculum.  Providing gender-separate classrooms creates an opportunity to make use of these methods and approaches that does not exist in coed classrooms.  With proper execution of the methods and approaches, and a staff trained to maximize them, we believe that Coral Community Charter School will meet the needs of students in an essentially distinctive manner from other schools in the Albuquerque area.

Each child's talents are acknowledged and applauded, and each child is encouraged to stretch and grow and expand.  Coral students are stimulated by a curriculum that is specially designed to challenge them as individuals.  With personalized educational plans, students set their own pace, and move forward towards their own goals.

What is a school foundation?​

​Education foundations are "privately operated, nonprofit organizations established to assist public schools" and "qualify as charitable organizations different from school districts, public institutions or local governments" (Clay, Huges, Seely & Thayer, 1985). A public school foundation "is designed to augment, supplement, or complement programs and activities currently being provided by the district" (McCormich, Bayer & Ferguson, 2001). The foundation has its own board of directors and develops its own statement of purpose and objectives.

What is the role of the board of directors?​

The role of the board of directors is to develop and implement "organizational policies and goals, budgeting, fundraising, and disbursing a group's fund." (Mancuso, p. 2/8). The full board of directors can delegate some of its duties to an executive committee of two or more directors. Foundations can decide whether they will have school board members on their board. The basic format of a board includes a chairman, a president, a vice-president, a treasurer, and a secretary. The board must be able to determine the needs of the school.

What are the legal issue of serving on the

Foundation board of directors?​

Nonprofit corporation general can neither issue shares nor pay dividends under state law. The federal tax code also prohibits 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporations from paying dividends or profits, as such, to members or other individuals" (Mancuso, p. 2/1). Mancuso (2002) identifies several advantages of being a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation:

  1. To make your group eligible to receive both public and private grants.

  2. Nonprofit corporations are eligible for "state and federal exemptions from payment of corporate income taxes, as well as other tax exemptions and benefits.

  3. Incorporation offers nonprofit organizations limited liability. This means "directors or trustees, officers, employees, and members of the nonprofit corporation are not personally liable for corporate debts or liabilities, including unpaid business debts and unsatisfied lawsuit judgements."

What is the time commitment for serving on the

Foundation board of directors?​

There will be at least one board meeting per month for about one (1) hours, and depending on your position (e.g., secretary or other office), additional time will be spent performing the duties of the position. If you decide to participate on a committee or for an event, there will be additional time involved. Overall, plan to spend about five (5) hours per month, including the regular meeting.

Foundation Informational Movie Night Sept. 19th at 3:15 pm


2nd Annual CCCS Foundation Craft Fair November 10th from 10-4

The foundation welcomes your support of our school. Make a gift today to help us grow!

Foundation Board