Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida Inc.

Giving that has impact. Opportunities that change lives.

Mission

The Foundation for Seminole State College's mission is to enhance the College's programs and services through the development and management of public and private contributions and community partnerships. The Foundation provides resources that support academic excellence, increased access and vital community outreach, which assists in the advancement of the institution, students, faculty, and staff.

Ruling year info

1969

Executive Director, Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida, Inc.

Dr. John Gyllin

Main address

1055 AAA DRIVE

Heathrow, FL 32746 USA

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EIN

23-7033822

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Community Foundations (T31)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Founded in July 1965, Seminole State College, originally known as Seminole Junior College, continues its mission to enhance the educational, economic, and cultural vitality of our region by providing exemplary learning opportunities to our diverse community. Our students come from every demographic. From the first generation college student, the single parent, the displaced worker, or "the ready to grow" returning student, we are able to provide the academic resources to help them reach their goals. Seminole State is proud to be "open access," accepting any student who seeking education. Over 75% of our students are between 18 and 34 years of age. Two-thirds of our students are returning to college to complete the college degree they may have placed on "pause" due to financial constraints. For these students, the ability to afford the next class is always in question and many times interferes with a student's ability to achieve their educational goal.

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?

Scholarships

The Foundation oversees 369 scholarship accounts which enable us to help students in need. Types of scholarships: General, Endowed, Non-Endowed, Quasi-Endowed, Alumni Legacy Quasi-Endowed, and First Generation in College. These include both merit and need-based funds that may or may not target specific at-risk student populations.

Population(s) Served

The Foundation helps support academic programs and student/faculty organizations through various giving campaigns, including:Fine Arts:  Support an Actor, Best in Show Art ShowRaiders Athletics:  Support athletic efforts of our teams Feed the Need Food Pantry: Provides studentsMini-Grants for program enhancements

Population(s) Served

- Including Fine Arts/ Support an Actor - Raider’s Athletics - Feed the Need/ Food Pantry - Mini-Grants

Population(s) Served

An Endowed Teaching Chair (ETC)  is an award granted to Seminole State College full-time faculty to acknowledge the invaluable contributions they make to Seminole State as outstanding educators. Applicants are nominated by their fellow faculty and staff members.  As of 2017, there are 17 accounts with total principal of over $1.7 million

Population(s) Served

Exclusive club limited to 65 members in recognition of the 1965 opening of the school. An annual membership fee is required.   Members participate in quarterly club conference calls with the College president, access to special events, and tickets to student events and performances.  Funds raised are primarily used for faculty/ staff mini-grants that provide funding for programs and equipment that enhance the educational experience, but not eligible for program funding. Remaining funds are used for other areas of scholarship and program support.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2017

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2017

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 Facebook followers

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Recorded History of Number of FaceBook Likes received each year on news, events, and solicitations posted on the Foundation Facebook Page

Number of clients served

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Academic Programs and Student/Faculty Organization Enhancement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric provides the total dollar amount of scholarship provided each year to students by the Foundation.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of scholarships awarded to students in a given fiscal year.

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 everyday challenges facing a typical Seminole State College student are not the same as generations past. Most of us did not have to decide if the better investment was feeding a child or buying the textbook to succeed in class. Displaced students who find themselves unemployed or underemployed and asking themselves – how can I make my life and the life of my family better? The Foundation works every day to help students in need overcome these obstacles so they can reach their personal and educational dreams. Our goal is to raise enough funds so decisions like these are no longer needed to be made.

1. Expand the Donor Base The Foundation recognizes the need to expand the number, type, and diversity of donors. Our goals include increasing donors by 5% annually; involving increasing numbers of area businesses in giving at some level; reaching out to alumni, retirees, current faculty and staff, advisory and program areas, philanthropic foundations, and Weldon Society prospects. 2. Cultivate Alumni Support As a primarily two-year institution, one of our greatest alumni challenges is how to maintain the alumni relationship with students who continue on to higher institutions of learning. With the creation of an official Alumni Association, the implementation of new donor tracking software and additional event engaging opportunities, we look forward to bringing together over 50 years of alumni experiences and create a next level alumni outreach program. 3. Fully employing the full complement of giving opportunities Great utilization of our Foundation Board members, community organization and social media to provide greater awareness of the impact of giving and the benefits to our students and community.

The Foundation has experienced tremendous support from our donors and community throughout the school’s history. In 2012, the Foundation for Seminole State began its first-ever comprehensive campaign – “Changing Lives: The Campaign for Student Success” with an ambitious goal of $12 million. With a tremendous outpouring of community support, we successfully raised $13.553 million for scholarships, faculty support, instructional programs, and campus improvements. The Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our role as a Direct Support Organization (DSO), however, makes this ratio analysis a poor indicator of our organizational efficiency. As a DSO, the Foundation receives salary assistance from the College, which is included in our annual expenses. While these dollars give a clear picture of the true costs of operating the Foundation, they may be misleading to a donor, since private contributions are not used to underwrite salaries. A large portion of the Foundation's fundraising activity is focused on growing and maintaining our permanent endowment. Therefore, private dollars raised in a given year are not expressed as an output of our total expenses. Cost Per Dollar Raised (CPD), calculated by dividing the sum of administrative expenses and fundraising expenses by total revenue ((AE+FE) / TR), provides a more accurate measure of our organizational efficiency. This analysis tool allows our donors to more fully understand how much support is being directed to Seminole State College in proportion to our annual expenses.

The Foundation for Seminole State continues to meet or exceed its yearly growth targets.  Our team remains strongly committed to support Seminole State’s key performance indicators as well as college leadership’s strategic initiatives.  As has been the experience to date, the Foundation affirms its role and responsibility to provide the margin of excellence necessary for Seminole State College to remain one of the premier state colleges in the Florida College System, as well as a recognized leader in education throughout the United States.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have an employee giving program and participation had been static for a few years. An in-depth survey yielded valuable information on misperceptions about the services we perform. It also provided an opportunity to hear from our audience as to why they give or do not give; how they like to be contacted; the frequency of contact, and other areas important to them.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Sheerin

TLC Engineering Solutions

Term: 2019 - 2020

Kurt Alter

MSL CPA Advisors

Dennis Bowman

BOS Technology

Larry Campbell

Seaside National Bank & Trust

Lisa Cotter

Orlando Magic

K. Delk

NBC Securities

Susie Dolan

Waste Pro

Harry Ellis

Next Horizon

John Gyllin

Foundation for Seminole State College

Sterling Harrell

TD Bank

Andria Herr

Hylant

Amy Lockhart

Seminole County School Board

Maurizio Maso

HuntonBrady Architects

Larry Meador

Evok Advertising

Samuel Nelson

CFE Federal Credit Union

Ben Newman

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker

Rebecca Rhoden

Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor and Reed

Robert Rosen

Burr & Foreman LLP

Michael Sheerin

TLC Engineering for Architecture, Inc.

Tim Smith

Wharton-Smith, Inc.

Gerry Weldon

First Lady of the College

Katie Bowman

Tina Calderone

Board of Trustees Representative

Evelyn Cardenas

Tim Cook

AdventHealth Altamonte

Patty D'Alessandro

Duke Energy

Catalina Hoyos-Nipe

Globiser, Inc.

Jennifer James

Florida Blue Cross & Blue Shield

C. Mike Lloyd

Wells Fargo Advisors

Georgia Lorenz

Seminole State College of Florida

Shawn Molsberger

Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital

Lee Moore

Sunniland Corporation

James Smisek

Faculty Representative - Seminole State College of Florida

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes