Educational Institutions

First Command Educational Foundation

  • Fort Worth, TX
  • www.fcef.com

Mission Statement

FCEF's mission is to educate those who serve. FCEF was originally established in 1983 and was granted public charity status in January of 2006 by the IRS.

Main Programs

  1. Financial Literacy Education
  2. Scholarships
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

FCEF provides program services to military servicemembers and community organization in all 50 states as well as select overseas countries.

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Ms. Vickie Coleman

Keywords

Self-reported

Financial education, financial literacy, scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, professional development for educators and financial counselors

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Also Known As

FCEF

EIN

75-1973894

Physical Address

4100 S. Hulen

Fort Worth, 76109

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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

Self-reported by organization

- Awarded over $4.2 million in scholarships to 3,100 individuals
- Educated over 60,000 people in wide variety of financial literacy topics
- Developed two multi-module online financial curricula

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

Financial Literacy Education

First Command Educational Foundation's programs include both basic financial literacy presentations by certified speakers world-wide as well as professional development workshops for educators and financial counselors. Presentations and courses are provided at no charge to the public, and are made possible through both private and corporate donations. The Foundation has more than 30 financial presentations, which are usually about one hour, but can be customized for the audience. Curricula include such topics as banking, debt management, investments, insurance, retirement options, and identity theft.

Category

Financial Counseling

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$454,000.00

Program 2

Scholarships

First Command Educational Foundation awards scholarships each year to persons seeking associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees, attending a trade school, or seeking professional certifications.


Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$363,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. Increase the number and knowledge of DoD clients served
    2. Increase operating revenue
    3. Increase organizational capacity and capability
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    - Improve social media outreach
    - Build strong partnerships with military units, service members, and their families
    - Improve awareness of program services
    - Expand online and educational programs
    - Expand capabilities of educational program
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    - Provide free, unlimited access to Money Matters Online for public and charter schools
    - Provide free, unlimited access to Military Money Matters Online for military organizations
    - Provide free, unlimited access to SavvySaver app
    - Award at least 100 scholarships per year
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    - Number of personnel enrolled in Money Matters Online and Military Money Matters
    - Number of presentations given to military units
    - Number of requests for training
    - Feedback from commanders and community partners
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    - Percentages of number of presentations and individuals continue to increase every year
    - Number of states and countries using online resources continues to expand
    - Launched first-ever app to teach basic financial awareness to teens and young adults
    - Requests for scholarships continue to increase
    - New partnerships with community organizations continues to increase every year
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

FCEF provides program services to military servicemembers and community organization in all 50 states as well as select overseas countries.

Funding Needs

- Matching scholarship dollars - Support for Money Matters - Develop spanish versions of curriculum and website

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Financials

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FIRST COMMAND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

First Command Educational Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Vickie Coleman

BIO

Vickie Coleman joined First Command Educational Foundation in March 2005 as Deputy Director and moved to her current position on January 1, 2006. Vickie retired from the U.S. Air Force in October 2004 as Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Force Materiel Command, with headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where she advised the AFMC Commander on the welfare, effective utilization, education, and progress of the command's nearly 20,000 enlisted airmen. Mrs. Coleman entered the Air Force in August 1974 and served in numerous commands as an avionics technician, instructor, and manager at squadron and group levels. Her career highlights include instructor award and honor graduate from the 27th Fighter Wing Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Course and distinguished graduate from both the Air Training Command NCO Academy and the Senior NCO Academy. In her two previous assignments, Vickie was the command chief master sergeant for Headquarters Third Air Force and U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Vickie graduated from Montgomery High School, Montgomery, WV, as class valedictorian. In 1985, she earned an Associate in Applied Science, Avionics Systems Technology with the Community College of the Air Force. She also completed an Associate in Applied Science, Instructional Technology with them in 1989. In 1991, she completed her Bachelor of Science Degree, Management/Human Resources, Park University, Missouri, with Summa Cum Laude honors.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Robert Slaughter

USAF, Retired

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

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?

No

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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