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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INC

  • New London, CT
  • www.cgaalumni.org

Mission Statement

The organization shall raise funds to provide "margin of excellence" support for the Corps of Cadets to preserve traditions and enhance the reputation of the Academy.  The Association shall provide services to and promote fellowship among its members.

Main Programs

  1. CGA Today Unrestricted Fund
  2. All Present Campaign
  3. Bear Club supporting Athletics
Service Areas

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International

The Alumni Association provides services to and promotes fellowship among it members who live throughout the United States and abroad.  The organization also accepts gifts on behalf of the Academy and raises funds to provide "margin of excellence" support for the Corp of Cadets at the Academy in New London, Connecticut - the future leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard.  Additional support is provided to cadets for community service projects that are conducted locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

ruling year

1993

President since 2015

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CAPT Andrea Marcille USCG, Ret.

Vice President of Philanthropy since 2011

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Mr. David J Obedzinski

Keywords

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EIN

06-1354978

 Number

4361350382

Physical Address

47 Mohegan Ave

New London, CT 06320-8111 8111

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alumni Associations (B84)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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For over 170 years, the Coast Guard Academy has been uniquely positioned as America's trusted source of leaders with the character, core values, professionalism, and analytical skills required to support our Coast Guard. Founded in 1887, the USCGA Alumni Association, the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to providing philanthropic support to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, has been backing that mission with steady growth in philanthropic support. We help provide the margin of excellence needed to deliver our cadets the very best academic, professional, athletic, and leader development in an environment of continually shrinking appropriated dollars. We serve the Academy and its Corps of Cadets as well as our alumni located around the globe creating a global community of service and support.

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

CGA Today Unrestricted Fund

Funds contributed to the CGA Today Unrestricted Fund are applied to the current areas of greatest need at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  The Academy provides the Association with a Margin of Excellence Needs List each year with the top priorities of the Academy that require additional funding above and beyond appropriated funding.  The Association uses this list to allocate resources provided by donors.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$450,000

Program 2

All Present Campaign

The Campaign for the Corps, the Academy, and the Coast Guard. The $30,000,000 All Present campaign, an endeavor unprecedented in our history, includes 15 projects that align with the Academy’s strategic goals to develop professional excellence, ensure academic excellence, and promote athletics and physical excellence. This campaign's impacts will be felt in positive ways for years to come - attracting the very best high school students, raising the national prominence of the institution, and strengthening our Service.

Just as the cadets are “strong in their resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard,” we need you - alumni, parents, faculty, friends - to be strong in the resolve to be All Present to help the Academy continue creating the leaders of character our nation deserves.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$30,000,000

Program 3

Bear Club supporting Athletics

The Bear Club is committed to ensuring a quality athletic and educational experience for all of our cadet athletes by providing philanthropic support to CGA varsity sports and chartered club teams. Athletics are a critical part of the overall educational and Academy experience for cadets, as well as, the entire CGA community. When you join the Bear Club you are providing critical resources that directly aid the Academy’s athletics budget and enhance cadet athletes' opportunities for success. The Bear Club provides annual revenue to address the unmet need for two critical areas of CGA Athletics’ operation: cadet-athlete travel and hiring the best, non-billeted coaches.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Total dollars received in contributions

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
All Present Campaign
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
All new gifts and pledges recorded in a calendar year.

2. Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

Target Population
Adults, General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Service Academy Career Conference participants from the Coast Guard attending career conferences around the country throughout the year.

3. Number of organizational partners

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
All Present Campaign
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Partnerships and business arrangements with organizations or businesses that fit well with our mission and provide additional support such as USAA, Jostens. and Navy Federal.

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?
    Based on the identified needs of the Academy, and in partnership with its senior leadership, our organization is dedicated to supporting the vision and mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy;

    USCGA Vision - As a military, maritime, federal service academy, we are a locally relevant, nationally prominent institution serving the American public and producing leaders of character prepared for Coast Guard service in a dynamic and challenging world.

    USCGA Mission - To graduate young men and women with sound bodies, stout hearts, and alert minds, with a liking for the sea and its lore, and with a high sense of honor, loyalty, and obedience which goes with trained initiative and leadership; well-grounded in seamanship, the sciences and the amenities, and strong in the resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard in the service of their country and humanity.

    Our Association provides services to, and promotes fellowship among, the Alumni of the Coast Guard Academy. We raise funds to provide "margins of excellence" support to the Corps of Cadets, the Academy, and the Coast Guard in order to preserve the traditions and enhance the reputation of the Coast Guard Academy. Our members and donors are proud to support the Academy through the Association which in turn helps the Academy teach and train our cadets about their leadership abilities, professional and personal qualities, knowledge acquisition, communication effectiveness and critical thinking abilities. Each of these areas are integral to the Academy's strategic plan to develop leaders of character for our United States Coast Guard.


  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Alumni Association will deliver best-in-class member service in the areas of fellowship facilitation, career assistance and networking. The Association will support alumni-related activities and services in New London and beyond and will actively engage with non-member alumni, cadets, parents, and other friends of the Academy to continually encourage their connection to each other, the Academy, and membership in the Association.

    The Association will directly support programs to increase the Coast Guard Academy's overall cadet experience as well as those that elevate the Academy's national reputation. The primary means of Association support will be to raise and provide funds for programs across all aspects of the Academy including admissions, academics, athletics, and cadet life. The Association will coordinate with and support other organizations or groups that seek to raise the visibility of the Academy and the entire Service.

    The Association will provide the membership with the utmost stewardship of Association assets including accurate, clear, and transparent financial information for every dollar received and expended. Further, the Association leadership and Board of Directors will develop a sustainable business plan to ensure we have a strong infrastructure to maximize mission effectiveness. The Alumni Association will pursue an aggressive brand strategy focused on supporting fundraising and membership initiatives using effective communication tools to reach the multi-faceted demographic of our alumni, parents, and friends.

    More information about our Strategic Plan is available on our web site at www.cgaalumni.org

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Strong and steady growth within the Alumni Association in the areas of membership, participation and charitable contributions has allowed the organization to make a tremendous impact at the Academy. The organization has one of the highest percentages of participation nationally by alumni and parents in a dues based alumni association. In 1995 the Association completed its first capital campaign to build a $4.5 million Alumni Center located on the Academy base. In 2013 the Association, in partnership with the Academy, Parents Association and Coast Guard Foundation, successfully completed a campaign to build and donate eight Leadership forty-four foot sail training vessels to the academy's Coastal Sail Training program replacing boats that were more than 40 years old. This $8 million campaign provided boats when appropriated dollars from the federal government were unavailable. The current All Present Campaign is the first-ever comprehensive campaign for the Association and Academy raising $30,000,000 over a seven-year period for 15 individual projects and is further evidence of the Alumni Association's growing impact and capabilities.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our Strategic Plan highlights three areas: Serve, Support and Strengthen.
    Those areas are broken down further into goals.

    Serve:
    -Connect alumni in meaningful ways
    -Strengthen the alumni connection to the academy

    Support:
    -Function as the fundraising arm of the academy
    -Forge new and strengthen existing partnerships

    Strengthen:
    -Maintain financial stability and stewardship
    -Strengthen the brand value of the association

    For each goal we've developed metrics and a balanced scorecard approach to monitor our progress for our staff, for our board of directors and ultimately for our members and donors. The strategic plan is available on our web site at www.cgaalumni.org.

    We also publish an Annual Report each April which outlines our financial statements, impact at the Academy and ways in which our members and donors have made an impact.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In 1995 the Association completed its first capital campaign to build a $4.5 million Alumni Center located on the Academy base.

    In 2013 the Association, in partnership with the Academy, Parents Association and Coast Guard Foundation, successfully completed a $8 million campaign to build and donate eight Leadership forty-four foot sail training vessels to the academy's Coastal Sail Training program

    The current All Present Campaign is raising $30,000,000 over a seven-year period through 2020 for 15 individual projects including a new Cyber Center, an endowed chair for the Arctic Center for Study and Policy, cadet Strength and Conditioning Center, Women's Leadership Endowment, Cadet Aviation Simulator, Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence, and Admiral Loy Institute for Leadership. As of early 2017 All Present reported reaching 70% of its goal. More information can be found at www.cgaalumni.org/ALLPRESENT.

    Discussions with the senior leadership of the academy are ongoing about future projects the Alumni Association may assist with including a potential new Maritime Center of Excellence as part of the ongoing waterfront renovation project.

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Alumni Association provides services to and promotes fellowship among it members who live throughout the United States and abroad.  The organization also accepts gifts on behalf of the Academy and raises funds to provide "margin of excellence" support for the Corp of Cadets at the Academy in New London, Connecticut - the future leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard.  Additional support is provided to cadets for community service projects that are conducted locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Funding Needs

1. Unrestricted support in the form of gifts to the CGA Today Unrestricted Fund supporting the Academy's greatest needs each year. Current annual goal is $450,000. 2. All Present Campaign for the Corps, for the Academy and for the Coast Guard funding 15 individual projects throughout the Academy that will strengthen Academics, Athletics and Cadet Life as well as the retention of officers throughout the service. Campaign runs through 2020 and has a goal of raising at least $30,000,000.

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Financials

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US COAST GUARD ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INC

Leadership

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President

CAPT Andrea Marcille USCG, Ret.

Vice President of Philanthropy

Mr. David J Obedzinski

BIO

Captain Marcille began her tenure as President of the Alumni Association on January 1, 2015. She comes to us after retiring from the Coast Guard after 25 years of service. Her last assignment was as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Leadership Development Center and she has a passion for leader development and helping others reach their full potential through self-awareness and mentoring. She hopes to bring that passion to better serve the Membership, support the Academy and strengthen the Association.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

RADM Doug Teeson USCG, Ret.

Retired

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?