COAST GUARD FOUNDATION INC

aka Coast Guard Foundation   |   Stonington, CT   |  coastguardfoundation.org

Mission

The Coast Guard Foundation partners with the Coast Guard to provide resources to members and families that build resilience and strengthen the entire community.

Ruling year info

1986

President

Ms. Susan Ludwig

Main address

394 Taugwonk Rd

Stonington, CT 06378 USA

Show more contact info

Formerly known as

Coast Guard Academy Foundation

EIN

04-2899862

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2018 and 2017.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The brave men and women of the Coast Guard sacrifice so much to serve our nation. We envision a future where all members and their families have the support they need to be prepared for service, build resilience, and excel throughout their lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Education Support for Coast Guard Spouses and Children

Education is essential to a strong future for the Coast Guard community, but the rising costs of school and other barriers make it inaccessible to many. The Coast Guard Foundation steps in to make higher education possible.


○ For children of active duty, retired, or active reserve members, we offer scholarships that reduce student loan debt, allowing them to focus on their studies and setting them and their families up for stronger futures. For children of fallen Coast Guard members, we offer scholarships that cover all the expenses of higher education. This investment gives families relief and honors their heroism.

○ For spouses of Coast Guard members, achieving higher education or professional licensing and certification boosts the family’s financial stability and gives them personal fulfillment. The Coast Guard Foundation offers grants and scholarships to spouses so that they have everything they need to provide for their family and strengthen their well-being.

○ For enlisted Coast Guard members, the costs of higher education add up, especially factoring in books, equipment, and costs beyond tuition. The G.I. Bill does not cover all higher education costs. We offer grants and scholarships so that members can earn their degrees.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Military personnel

Prioritizing the health and wellness of the Coast Guard is crucial—not only so they remain always ready for their assignments, but so they can maintain their own physical and mental well-being while at sea or stationed in remote areas.

○ We provide exercise, sports, and outdoor recreation equipment at Coast Guard stations and onboard cutters so Coast Guard members have the resources they need to remain physically ready for duty.

○ We fund recreation spaces in Coast Guard communities around the country so members and families have a place to be together, form strong support systems, and improve morale.

○ The mental health of Coast Guard members is as important as their physical health—for their own well-being, the stability of their families, and their future beyond the Coast Guard. We help members maintain strong mental health by partnering with them and offering morale support where needed.

○ We support healthy marriages through training programs that equip Coast Guard chaplains to counsel and guide members and their spouses toward strong family relationships.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

When a Coast Guard family faces difficult times, the Coast Guard Foundation is there. We prioritize family resilience, so that members, spouses, and children have the support they need to recover.

○ When natural disasters strike, Coast Guard members are often first responders—leaving their own impacted homes and property to aid others. The Foundation offers them immediate relief. We assess member and family needs through our disaster relief and response program and make sure they get the resources to bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and more.

○ When Coast Guard families or units face the unthinkable loss of an active duty member, we are there with immediate financial and morale support. We listen closely to individuals and families—and anticipate their needs—to ensure we provide relevant care in the wake of tragedy.

○ An injured or critically ill Coast Guard member deeply affects family and loved ones. Our tragedy assistance support program ensures that families can focus exclusively on recovery. This dedicated and robust financial support system allows families and fellow service members to be nearby during these difficult times.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

A sense of community is powerful for members and families, as Coast Guard deployments can be remote and isolating. The Coast Guard Foundation creates and celebrates communal bonds so that our heroes always feel supported.

○ We fund the building of community spaces that serve as gathering places for Coast Guard families to meet and connect with each other while stationed far away from loved ones. Members and families can also spend time together at these spaces when members are off duty.

○ We celebrate Coast Guard members through our tribute events and the Run to Remember. These events take place across the country, honoring individual acts of heroism and the Coast Guard’s importance as a whole.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Non-adult children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our dependent scholarship program supports Coast Guard children enrolled in college + technical-trade school.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Non-adult children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our partnership with generous supporters from all across the country makes our work possible. Our annual totals include all donors: individual, corporate, and foundation.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our 2020 contribution number is unaudited. As an organization, we realized some fundraising decline because of COVID-19, as we were unable to hold eight of our in-person fundraising events.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Coast Guard Foundation tackles the toughest challenges confronting our heroes. We strengthen the Coast Guard community and service by being there for members and their families, where and when they need it the most.

We understand the realities facing Coast Guard service members, as well as the unique challenges that come with their decision to serve our country. This positions us to provide comprehensive support for members, veterans, and their families.

● Education is essential to a strong future for the Coast Guard community. The Coast Guard Foundation steps in to make higher education possible for Coast Guard members, spouses and children.
● Employment opportunities for Coast Guard veterans and spouses ensure that families have a strong, diversified income throughout their service and beyond. The Coast Guard Foundation is stepping in to change that with support with workforce development programs for Coast Guard members and professional licensing and certification for spouses.
● We prioritize family resilience, so that members, spouses, and children have the support they need to recover with comprehensive support when natural disaster strikes, and tragedy assistance when a Coast Guard member is critically injured or dies.
● Prioritizing the health and wellness of the Coast Guard is crucial—not only so they remain always ready for their assignments, but so they can maintain their own physical and mental well-being while at sea or stationed in remote areas.
● A sense of community is powerful for members and families, as Coast Guard deployments can be remote and isolating. The Coast Guard Foundation creates and celebrates communal bonds so that our heroes always feel supported.

We’re a vital partner to the Coast Guard. We collaborate with Coast Guard leadership to identify the best ways to support members and families and effectively address new and emerging needs. Our partnership spans the entire community—whether supporting individuals, bolstering entire units, or honoring the Coast Guard’s mission at a national level.

The Foundation has over 50 years of experience investing in the resilience of the Coast Guard. Our respect for the community in addition to our smart use of funds equip us to make strong investments consistently.

● We have a close rapport with Coast Guard leadership. We’re the first organization they call to collaborate with on a wide range of issues and opportunities, and we do the same.

● We’re deeply connected to the Coast Guard community. Our staff are stationed across the country to work with leadership and members, and because we’re on the ground, we’re able to respond to needs as soon as they arise.

We’ve created a better future for the entire Coast Guard community. The resolve and resilience of members is stronger. Families have complete support. From enlistment to long after retirement, with us, the Coast Guard remains always ready.
● Since our founding in 1969, we’ve distributed over $80 million to Coast Guard members and their families. Each dollar has strengthened service and improved lives.

● We’ve provided $45 million in education initiatives, helping thousands within the community—members, spouses, and children—achieve their dreams of higher education.

○ More than 1,500 students have benefited from the Foundation’s scholarships, which help them finish college and enter the workforce with little or no student loan debt.

○ We’ve helped Coast Guard spouses access higher education and secure long-term employment through scholarships, grants, and pilot programs like the Family Child Care business grants.

○ We’ve provided more than 17,500 grants for Coast Guard members to support college tuition or professional training, so they are set up for success after their service ends.

● We’ve made career transitions easier through workforce development programs. Hundreds of talented members get the civilian credentials they need to compete for jobs in technical trades and industries once their service has ended.

● We’ve helped members prioritize their physical and mental health by investing $25 million in health and morale services.

● We’ve invested $3.25 million in direct support for families who have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one or needed critical support during natural disasters and emergencies.

● The sense of community and support we offer is a benefit to Coast Guard members and their families.

● Working closely with Coast Guard leadership, we are piloting programs to boost the retention rates of female members, improving the diversity of the entire force.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Coast Guard Foundation serves Coast Guard members and their families.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In the summer of 2020 we needed to pivot our Youth Enrichment Program because in-person summer camps and enrichment programs were canceled because of COVID-19 concerns. In consultation with senior enlisted Coast Guard members, we assessed there were additional needs to meet, specifically technology- like Chromebooks and tablets - so kids could enhance their school-year learning over summer break, on their own devices and participate in online enrichment activities (like zoom book clubs We were able to meet our program participants where they were and about 1/2 of the grant recipients participated in non-camp activities. This year, we offered the expanded view of youth enrichment, and 20% accessed grants for technology, while 80% returned to in-person camp and extra-curricular programming.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Participant feedback is an essential element of our program design and implementation. Assessing impact, and engaging deeper with those we serve helps us refine program delivery and improve practices. In many ways, the Coast Guard community is our best source of information on our programs. We invite and welcome their feedback on how we can improve our program offerings. To our donors and community partners, we are able to share the impact so they know resources are applied responsibly and efficiently, for the benefit of those we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

COAST GUARD FOUNDATION INC
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

COAST GUARD FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 10/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tom Allegretii

Thomas Allegretti

Walter Blessey

VADM Sally Brice-O'Hara

USCG, Ret.

Fred Brodsky

Nicki Candies

Ruth Coggeshall

Robert Conrad

USN, Ret.

Charley Diaz

USCG, Ret.

Peggy Duxbury

Cheryl Felder

David Grzebinski

William Jenkins

R. Christian Johnsen

Corrine Kosar

Leo Paul Koulos

Stein Kruse

Susan Ludwig

Kevin McSweeney

James Muldoon

Thomas Niles

James O'Hare

Loretta Rietsema

Ross Roeder

Judith Roos

Steve Scalzo

RADM Duncan Smith III

USCGR, Ret.

Margaret Winters

David Grzebinski

Thomas Niles

Margaret Winters

Jr.

Margaret Winters

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/2/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data