Fund For Teachers Announces 2005 Fellows

HOUSTON (April, 2005) — Fund For Teachers (FFT) recently recognized its 2005 fellows at a special award ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel. Ninety-six teachers from charter schools, private schools and ten different school districts from the Houston-area received grants for the opportunity to travel, attend seminars and workshops, and acquire hands-on materials and information to enrich their students in the classroom.

Teachers were honored April 4, 2005 and were awarded grants to pursue their independent projects. The teachers will embark upon a variety of trips this summer, which will include travels to Mexico, Spain, Europe and throughout the United States. Focus of studies for these trips include: Spanish immersion, literature, history, geography, science, photography, cultures and internships.

Teachers from the following school districts were awarded grants: Katy ISD; Houston ISD; Spring Branch ISD; Conroe ISD; Ft. Bend ISD; Katy ISD; Alief ISD; Cy-Fair ISD; Klein ISD; and Aldine ISD.

FFT grants are awarded to teachers who work with students in grades K-12 and have a minimum of three years teaching experience. Participants are selected based on how their summer fellowship will make the applicant a better teacher, how improved skills and capacity will be implemented in the classroom and how the teachers’improved skills or capacity will benefit students, curricula and the school.

FFT is a unique public foundation whose mission is to enrich the lives of schoolteachers and students by providing outstanding teachers with recognition and opportunities for renewal. Making a difference one teacher at a time, FFT provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support learning opportunities of their own design. FFT impacts teachers, classrooms, schools and students. Founded by Apache Corp. Chairman Raymond Plank, the foundation’s enrichment fund is supported by individual and corporate donors.

Fund-Raisers Not On Vacation

Shelby Hodge
Houston Chronicle

WHILE it may seem that everyone who’s anyone is out of town this month, there are actually enough heavy hitters still on board to do some serious scoring in the charitable fund-raising department.

Steve Trauber, energy whiz for UBS Investment Bank, and Steve Farris, Apache Corp. prez and CEO, are heading up a power lunch this month for corporate honchos from the energy fields. Their goal: devising a strategy to raise $3 million to endow Fund for Teachers.

That charitable organization, which sends teachers on summer learning adventures to aid them in their work, was established by Apache founder and chairman Raymond Plank in 2001.

In celebration of Apache’s 50th anniversary as an independent exploration and production company, the local energy community is gearing up to raise big bucks. Trauber and his wife, Leticia, are chairing the endowment campaign.

The steering committee represents a who’s who of the city’s energy ranks. We’re talking CEOs, presidents and chairmen. Among them – Nabors Industries’ Tony Petrello, Anadarko’s Jim Hackett, Cooper Cameron’s Shel Erikson, Halliburton’s John Gibson and Noble Corp.’s Jim Day.

The Houston effort is just part of a nationwide $50 million campaign.

Energy Community to Kick-off Campaign for Houston-area Teachers

HOUSTON (May 19, 2004) – The energy community in Houston is in a great position to give back to the city by helping to raise money for Houston-area teachers. Steve Trauber, Global Head of Energy for UBS Investment Bank and his wife Leticia are proud to announce they are co-chairing the Energy For Teachers endowment campaign, which will raise $3 million dollars for Fund For Teachers (FFT) in the Houston area by December 2004. Funds raised will be used to permanently endow summer sabbaticals for Houston-area teachers. The Energy for Teachers Campaign kicks off May 19, when leaders from throughout Houston’s energy industry will get together to begin their fund raising efforts.

“As a father of three school-age children, I know how much it means to see a child inspired by a teacher and that is why Leticia and I are excited to be able to support Fund For Teachers through the Energy For Teachers campaign. We look forward to helping Houston’s teachers bring the world into their classrooms for many more years,” said Steve Trauber.

Steering committee members for the Energy For Teachers endowment campaign include: President, CEO and COO of Apache Corporation, G. Steven Farris; President and COO of Nabors Industries Ltd., Tony Petrello; President and CEO of ConocoPhillips, J.J. Mulva; President and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Jim Hackett; President and CEO Energy Services Group of Halliburton Company, John Gibson; Chairman and CEO of Noble Corporation, James C. Day; President and CEO of Marathon Oil Corporation, Clarence P. Cazalot; President and CEO of Shell Exploration and Production, Raoul Restucci; Managing Partner with Baker Botts LLP, Walt Smith; President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Cameron, Sheldon Erikson; and President and CEO of GlobalSantaFe Corp., Jon A. Marshall and President.

The Fund For Teachers is a unique public foundation whose mission is to enrich the lives of school teachers and students by providing outstanding teachers with recognition and opportunities for renewal. Making a difference one teacher at a time, FFT provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support learning opportunities of their own design. Specifically, teachers are granted funds to travel and study during the summer, and then bring their discoveries back to the classroom as part of their curriculum in the school year. It is estimated that one grant reaches 3,000 students over the span of a teacher’s career. FFT truly makes a profound impact on the teachers who receive grants, the students they teach and the schools where they work.

“We have a bottom-up approach to systemic reform that is simple and direct. Re-energize teachers. Not a panacea, but when we demand so much of our educators, and their strengths and skills are so vital to the success of our schools, providing these experiences holds great promise for their future and for our children,” said Karen Kovach Webb, executive director of FFT.

Founded by Apache Corporation Chairman Raymond Plank in 2001, the foundation’s enrichment fund is supported by individual and corporate donors. In honor of Apache’s 50th anniversary and Raymond Plank, the energy community in Houston is proud to step up to raise money to endow Fund For Teachers.

“It is a very simple program, a very effective program and it raises the spirits of teachers,” Plank said.

The Houston campaign is part of a larger $50 million nationwide campaign taking place in Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Boston and Tulsa.

Zarrow, Apache Corp. Chairman Offer $1 Million Challenge for Teacher Support

TULSA, Okla., April 29, 2004 – Tulsa philanthropist Henry Zarrow and Apache Corp. Chairman and educational humanitarian Raymond Plank are offering a $1 million challenge grant to inspire local residents,foundations and businesses to endow a fund for Oklahoma public school teacher sabbaticals in the United States and abroad that would ultimately benefit students in the classroom.

Zarrow and Plank are providing $500,000 each to the Fund for Teachers in the Tulsa area, which will be administered through Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF). Their gifts are intended to generate $2 million in additional contributions from around the Tulsa area. Now in its third year locally, the Fund for Teachers provides grants of up to $5,000 to pre-kindergarten though 12th grade teachers for summer sabbaticals. The Tulsa program is affiliated with other Fund for Teachers efforts that Plank founded around the county to provide teachers career development opportunities of the caliber available in the corporate world.

Apache, a Houston-based energy company and historically a leading oil and gas producer in Oklahoma, is celebrating its 50th anniversary by spearheading a national initiative to raise $50 million for Fund for Teachers endowments across the United States. The company is directly providing $15 million over three years. Plank and Zarrow together are asking the Tulsa community to show their support for teacher development and public education by giving to the local program.

“Mr. Zarrow, Apache and Plank are challenging this community to join together in matching on a two-for-one basis, a $1 million challenge grant to permanently endow Fund for Teachers in the Tulsa area,” said Phil Lakin, executive director of Tulsa Community Foundation. “The initial goal is for an endowment of about $3 million, with funds administered by TCF, which would generate enough cash from investments to fund approximately 40 teacher sabbaticals each year for Tulsa area teachers.”

“For years, Tulsa area teachers have foregone many of the employee benefits and incentives offered in the corporate world,” Lakin said. “By meeting the Zarrow-Plank match, we as a community not only demonstrate how much we support these educators, but also provide them with invaluable career development opportunities that many could not pursue on their own.”

In addition to announcing the challenge grant, Tulsa Community Foundation and the Fund for Teachers will present grants totaling almost $250,000 to 100 teachers at an awards ceremony to be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29 at the Doubletree Hotel, Warren Place, in the Warren Ballroom. Plank and Apache President/CEO/COO G. Steven Farris, will join Zarrow and Tulsa Community Foundation President Joe Cappy and Executive Director, Phil Lakin, to present the awards.

About Fund for Teachers and Apache Corporation

Fund for Teachers is the brainchild of Plank, who started the organization in 2001 after years of educational philanthropic endeavors in Minnesota and Colorado. The Fund for Teachers is a unique foundation whose mission is to enrich the lives of schoolteachers and students by providing recognition and opportunities for renewal to outstanding teachers. Making a difference one teacher at a time, Fund for Teachers awards grants directly to teachers to support professional development opportunities of their own design. Since 1998, 567 teachers in seven cities-Denver; Houston; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; and Tulsa-have received funding, including 267 Fellows during the summer of 2003. FFT Fellows have participated in programs and traveled in 45 countries on six continents. In 2004 Fund for Teachers continues to expand, awarding funds to approximately 375 teachers including, for the first time, educators in Boston, rural Colorado and rural Oklahoma, and to the ational network of Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound schools (reaching teachers in 27 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico).

“Oklahoma has been good to Apache and we have been a leading producer in the state for many years,” Plank said. Apache drilled its first well in 1955 in Cushing, Okla., and opened a field office in Tulsa later that same year. Company production at the time averaged 800 barrels of oil per day. Today, with its Central Region headquarters still a fixture in Tulsa, Apache is the third-largest natural gas producer in the state with average volumes of 150 million cubic feet per day. The company employs 94 people in Tulsa and 85 more throughout the state. Regional capital expenditures in 2004 are estimated at $150 million.

About Tulsa Community Foundation

Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) is a public charity organized in 1998 by its chairman, George B. Kaiser, and an esteemed group of business and civic leaders. TCF’s mission is to receive, protect and distribute gifts from individuals and organizations for the improvement of the Tulsa and eastern Oklahoma area. Currently, TCF manages over $700 million invested through: 90 Donor Advised Funds, established by individuals, corporations, and private foundations; 155 Charitable Agency Endowment Funds established by and/or for the benefit of specific charitable organizations; and nine Supporting Organizations. Last year, TCF distributed over $13 million to charitable organizations. Individuals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations use the Foundation for a wide variety of reasons. Although their gifts vary in size, the generosity and foresight of TCF donors reflect a passionate commitment to the community and a desire to improve Tulsa’s quality of life for future generations.

FFT Fund Raising

Fund raising for Tulsa area schools. View video.