EIN 82-1838644

Zest Education

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The Opportunity Trust is a nonprofit organization that engages parents and teachers, as well as leaders in schools to help enhance public Education in st. louis. Our goal is to build one of The most innovative public Education sustems in America in st. louis. The Opportunity Trust invests in educators and school systems eager to build The capacity required to make significant and measurable change. Build a network of parents, educational entrepeneurs, and advocates committed to reimagining.
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Program areas at Zest Education

Our first strategic priority is to elevate The voices of those most underserved by our school systems and empower families and students to design and drive change as part of a broad and diverse coalition. This program aims to 1) strengthen parent leadership and advocacy infrastructure by organizing and growing new neighborhood groups focused on lowest 5% performing schools in st. louis city, seeding efforts to create demand in st. louis county, and improving charter perceptions by organizing 10k charter parent voices via state charter association, 2) increasing Trust through development of community coalitions, and 3) continue investing in early stage growth of key partners.
Our third strategic priority is to build an Education ecosystem that supports improvement, innovation, and equity. This program's objectives are to 1) mitigate high attrition rates and declining supply of teachers from regional teacher preparation programs, 2) develop more robust school and board leadership succession planning and pipelines, 3) launch new education-focused communications platform, 4) become destination for high quality Education data through internal research and through partnerships, and 5) shift state policy advocacy to strategic partners.
Our second strategic priority is focused on increasing access to world-class schools by growing The capacity of our most successful schools, launching new and innovative schools, strengthening existing schools with conditions for sustained success, and helping districts to methodically transform their lowest performing schools. This prograim aims to 1) drive toward goal of 25% students in quality seats by expanding investments in new schools, expanding investments from three schools in fy21 to thirteen schools in fy24 and maintaining investments in high performing charters, 2) catalyze support for district autonomous models through community design and post-secondary intermediary initiative, and 3) explore partnerships with seven county districts representing 27k students enrolled in low-quality schools.

Grants made by Zest Education

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Navigate STL SchoolsNavigate STL Schools$690,490
Atlas Public SchoolsReinvention By Community$550,586
City Garden Montessori SchoolHigh Performing Expansion$410,000
...and 16 more grants made

Who funds Zest Education

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
City FundOperating Support$9,852,500
William T Kemper Foundation Commerce Bank TrusteeBlueprint for Building A 21st Century Public School System in ST. Louis$1,000,000
American Endowment FoundationEducational$883,334
...and 9 more grants received

Personnel at Zest Education

Eric ScrogginsFounder and Chief Executive Officer$359,110
John KemperDirector / President and Chief Executive Officer$0
Todd SchnuckDirector / Chairman and Chief Executive Officer$0
Linkedin Lily VoellingerChief Operating Officer Follow
Eric BeganChief of Strategy and External Affairs
...and 5 more key personnel

Financials for Zest Education

RevenuesFYE 06/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$10,923,312
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$1,122
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$10,924,434

Form 990s for Zest Education

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-062021-11-30990View PDF
2020-062021-04-06990View PDF
2019-062020-08-28990View PDF
2018-062019-03-12990View PDF
2017-122019-03-11990View PDF

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Data update history
May 8, 2023
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $1,000,000 from William T Kemper Foundation Commerce Bank Trustee
August 10, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $1,000,000 from William T Kemper Foundation Commerce Bank Trustee
July 29, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
July 28, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
SchoolsEducational service providersCharities
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General information
5501 Delmar Blvd Suite A300
St Louis, MO 63112
Metro area
St. Louis, MO-IL
Website URL
(314) 328-5688
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
B90: Educational Services
NAICS code, primary
611710: Educational Support Services
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