Educational Institutions

ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

  • West Point, NY
  • http://www.westpointaog.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the WPAOG is to serve West Point and its graduates.

Main Programs

  1. Fundraising
  2. Alumni Relations
  3. Career Services
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

West Point AOG is based in West Point, NY. West Point AOG supports the United States Military Academy and all of its alumni.

ruling year

1948

President & CEO

Self-reported

COL(R) Todd A. Browne '85

Keywords

Self-reported

West Point, USMA, alumni support, fundraising, service academies

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EIN

14-1260763

 Number

4280297968

Physical Address

698 Mills Rd Herbert Alumni Center

West Point, NY 10996

Also Known As

West Point Association of Graduates

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alumni Associations (B84)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The West Point Association of Graduates functions as the Academy's fundraising arm because military personnel and representatives of the federal government are prohibited by law from soliciting funds, goods, or services. WPAOG seeks private funding for those additional developmental programs that go beyond the core elements to create the Margin of Excellence. These programs: 1) allow the Academy to remain competitive in attracting high-quality cadet candidates, and 2) enable cadets to achieve their highest potential. Such opportunities make a West Point education like no other, and they are made possible through gifts from graduates, parents, corporations, foundations, and other friends of West Point. WPAOG programs supporting alumni are intended to build and maintain a strong affinity for West Point.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Fundraising

By Memorandum of Agreement with the USMA, the WPAOG is the sole private organization, other than the Army Athletic Association, authorized to raise private funds on behalf of the United States Military Academy. As a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, its philanthropic pursuits maintain the “Margin of Excellence” at West Point, providing needed support for over 170 Cadet activities, cultural immersion programs, scholarships and facilities.

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Adults

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Program 2

Alumni Relations

The West Point Association of Graduates strengthens the bonds of the “Long Gray Line” through communications and services to graduates, Classes and Societies; as well as building relationships with current Cadets at West Point… our future graduates.

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Adults

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Program 3

Career Services

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Military/Veterans

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To Serve West Point and the Long Gray Line. The West Point Association of Graduates must seek private funding for additional developmental programs that go beyond the core elements to create the Margin of Excellence. These programs: 1) allow the Academy to remain competitive in attracting high quality cadet candidates, and 2) enable cadets to achieve their highest potential. WPAOG also seeks private support for its own programs which support alumni as individuals and groups (primarily graduated classes and West Point Societies, but also specific affinity groups).
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We reach out to graduates, friends, families, and organizations to support the United States Military Academy. The cadets who are educated here go on to serve as leaders of character for our Army and Nation.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a full staff of front-line fundraisers (annual, class, major, planned, and corporate) as well as a comprehensive strategy in discovering and researching prospects. We use our knowledge of donors' interests to tailor appeals and steward their gifts.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We have a daily status sheet, which Development executives review. It includes status against goals (new pledges, pledge payments, cash receipts). It also tracks number of gifts and number of donors so we can assess if we are growing the fundraising and therefore, the programs and activities for West Point.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are two months away from completing the For Us All Campaign. The goal was to raise $350M for the Academy and the Alumni Association. To date, we are over $400M on that goal. In addition, over the past few years, we have raised the annual graduate participation from 28% to 32%. An area for improvement includes better engagement with and support from parents.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

West Point AOG is based in West Point, NY. West Point AOG supports the United States Military Academy and all of its alumni.

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Financials

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ASSOCIATION OF THE GRADUATES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Leadership

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President & CEO

COL(R) Todd A. Browne '85

BIO

Todd Browne joined the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) in January 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer. He became the Chief Executive Officer in July of 2016.

Prior to WPAOG, Todd served 29 years in the Army before retiring as a Colonel. He was commissioned in the Field Artillery and later became a Comptroller, serving in a number of financial management positions in the United States and Europe. He has extensive experience at West Point having served as the Admissions Executive Officer, an instructor in the Social Sciences Department, and the Director of Academy Advancement, a permanent position on the Superintendent's staff responsible for alumni support, private giving programs, gift fund management, and privately funded construction.

In 1985, he graduated from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and he holds an MBA degree from Cornell University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

LTG(R) Larry R Jordan '68

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?