An important element for success will be careful analysis of the effectiveness of its initiatives, oversight and the metrics to determine the impact on student veteran academic program completion, and effects on quality of campus life. In addition, S.E.E.4Vets is financially supporting structured tutoring-type programs and performance-based scholarships, and supporting the improvement/expansion of veteran services centers. Veteran students must demonstrate strong academic performance to be eligible for the scholarship funds.
S.E.E.4Vets pledged $13,960 to Central Arizona College (CAC),for their proposed project, which is to establish a dedicated Veterans Service Center exclusively for veterans, active military, and their families at CAC. This space would provide them with the opportunity to connect with peers and engage with dedicated Veterans Services staff in a welcoming and collegial environment.
S.E.E.4Vets disbursed funds to veterans enrolled in the Yavapai Community College, Veteran Upward Bound (VUB) program. The mission of the VUB program is to assist eligible student veterans to prepare for entrance into postsecondary education (PSE) at a college, university, or technical school of their choosing and not only entrance into Yavapai Community College . Our organization pledged $9000 of which $3000 was the first installment.To date, ten (10) veterans completed the Veteran Upward Bound eligibility criteria to be awarded scholarships.
S.E.E.4Vets disbursed funds for Coconino Community College, Veteran Services Center improvements. The existing office space would expand and include areas where veterans can work on assignments, gather for meetings and socialize. By creating camaraderie at school, the thinking is that students who receive veteran’s services will be more likely to continue in their studies and complete degrees and certificates at CCC and beyond. Our organization’s portion of the funded project was $10,040.The dedication and grand opening of the Veteran Services Center is planned for September 8, 2017.
S.E.E.4Vets held another remarkable golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale, in part because of our generous sponsors, such as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. The organization achieved a higher level of financial success than the previous year, and players had fun as well. Nearly all the players finished approx. 5pm (4-hour round). Scottsdale Mayor Lane welcomed the players and Eli Crane, Founder, President/CEO, Bottle Breacher was the featured speaker. In addition, photographer Mathew McGraw took terrific photos. Further, having the buffet style setup on the patio made it easier for people to serve themselves. A special thanks to Toro Restaurant & Rum Bar for their high-quality food and outstanding service.
S.E.E.4VETS incorporated in October 2013 and received its 501(c) (3) public charity designation in September 2014. Our organization is the only non-profit veteran organization funding Arizona community colleges to prepare the under-prepared student veteran to improve their academic standing in math, English and writing. We are funding eleven (11) community colleges, and have disbursed more than $135,000 in Grants in less than four years. In addition, our business model provides for leadership beyond a typical 501 (c) (3) organization. The organization is results driven and takes measured steps to contain costs. The organization is essentially a virtual business, including operating without a payroll. To this end, an elite-team of Board members provides thoughtful guidance and governance to the organization’s direction and growth.
Our organization had a banner year in its fourth year of operations. As a percent of total gross income, overhead expense stood 16%, or $16,400 year-end 2017, a slight increase of $2400 from prior year. Gross income on the other hand, increased 31% to $105,000 from $79,900. As for the 2018 forecast, the gross income target is $152,700 with 11% overhead expenses. In short, our strong financial performance enables our organization to optimize the issuing of Grants to Arizona community colleges.
In accordance with IRS guidelines, S.E.E.4VETS filed form 990-EZ in March 2018.