FUND FOR EDUCATION ABROAD

Making life-changing, international experiences accessible to all.

aka FEA   |   Washington, DC   |  www.fundforeducationabroad.org

Mission

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Jennifer Calvert

Main address

1155 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

26-3041520

NTEE code info

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

FEA is increasing access to education abroad for those least likely to have an international education, and training our scholars to articulate the value of that experience to future employers.

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?

FEA General Scholarships

Fund for Education Abroad general scholarships are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. The awards aim to support students who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Groups typically underrepresented in study abroad include minorities, first-generation college students, and community college students.

Population(s) Served

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms.

This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students. These professionals counsel international and study abroad LGBTQI students and support their LGBTQI colleagues in the field. Many of these educators have come together through groups created with the support of NAFSA and the Forum for Education Abroad.

Population(s) Served

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in the BASAA area (Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Connecticut). Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms.

This scholarship is made possible by the generous support and fundraising efforts of BASAA, the Boston Area Study Abroad Association. BASAA is a network of study abroad professionals based in and around the Boston area that meet regularly to discuss current issues in the study abroad field through meetings, conferences, and other professional development opportunities.

Population(s) Served

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located Minnesota. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support and fundraising efforts of international educators working in Minnesota.

Population(s) Served

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 students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

FEA General Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

FEA General Scholarships

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of dollars per person served

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarship awards range from $1,250-$10,000 depending upon the number of weeks a recipient is abroad, averaging as indicated.

Average number of dollars received per donor

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We envision a future in which any U.S. student who dreams of studying abroad will be able to participate. We believe the value of education abroad is so great that no barrier—financial, curricular, or personal—should be insurmountable. We foresee a future in which our scholars work to increase global understanding, give back to their communities, and mentor future generations of Fund for Education Abroad scholars.

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was established in 2010 to address the need for an independent scholarship provider to enable more American college students to study abroad. FEA is a national nonprofit organization funded exclusively by philanthropic support, and the only organization dedicated to providing scholarships to students largely underrepresented in study abroad. FEA's focus is on increasing access for promising first-generation college students and students of minority background. FEA's awards of up to $10,000 offer one of the largest independent education abroad scholarships available.

The FEA Board and staff are judicious stewards of our resources, both human and financial, and as we continue to grow, we are committed to sustainably and intentionally (i) increasing the number of scholarship awards for underrepresented students with established financial need, (ii) delivering on high-quality programming to support our scholars and alumni, (iii) broadening brand awareness and reach, and (iv) enhancing and maintaining organizational, governance, and financial processes to ensure the fulfillment of the FEA mission.

After seven years of sustained growth, FEA is poised to invest more deeply in the international education of the next generation, sustainably scaling our efforts so that our scholars may work to increase global understanding, give back to their communities, and mentor future generations of FEA Scholars.

The Board of Directors created a strategic plan in 2017, with the following four goals over the next five years.

GOAL 1: Deepen Access
FEA is a mission-driven organization focused on access and equity yet the dilemma remains that only 3% of applicants, or 50 students, received awards during the last cycle. Our top priority is to increase our capacity to fund a greater number of deserving applicants each year, raising the number of scholars funded and the amount of monies disbursed.

GOAL 2: Invest in Scholars Before, During, and After Study Abroad
As our earliest recipients begin to enter the workforce, and our scholar numbers grow each year, it is urgent that FEA create programmatic, long-term relationships with scholars before, during, and after they study abroad. Alumni programming will promote leadership opportunities, professional development opportunities, and a network of self-supporting alumni with the launch of the Alumni Council, co-chaired by two extant Alumni Members of the FEA Board. The Alumni Council will be charged with alumni communication and events, and engagement of alumni in fundraising to support their efforts. In addition, it will convene at an annual reunion and conference that is held in conjunction with the FEA Gala.

GOAL 3: Broaden Brand Awareness
Broadening brand awareness is the next step to creating a recognized national scholarship that conveys an enduring stamp of approval to the recipient, a value potentially greater than the financial award itself. Equally, broadening brand awareness will draw talented applicants to FEA, and encourage students with promise who might not have previously considered study abroad.

GOAL 4: Build a Sustainable Future
FEA is committed to financial sustainability, transparency, and the judicious use of resources to meet or exceed commitments to stakeholders. Over the next five years, FEA will develop operating fund resources sufficient to achieve the goals and objectives of the strategic plan, scaling to provide the resources to support scholarship growth and programming. FEA will intentionally work to minimize the vagaries of changing conditions by identifying multiple stable sources of income, and growing the community of donors who embrace the mission while intentionally minimizing reliance on any one funding source.

FEA has an affiliated Board of Directors which is responsible for much of the scholarship administration, dissemination of information about FEA, and fund raising on behalf of the organization. Reaching the organization's short- and long-term financial goals, including the establishment of an endowment for scholarships, necessitates increasing and diversifying fundraising sources. FEA has developed a five-year fundraising plan, identifying both short term and long term corporate and foundation prospects, and recruited a Campaign Steering Committee to lead a $10 million comprehensive campaign. FEA's Board of Directors and Campaign Steering Committee have members who are well-respected in the fields of international education and business, thus increasing its credibility and prestige with prospective donors.

In order to reach the organizational goals of disseminating information and becoming a leader in promoting diversity in study abroad, FEA is developing strategic partnerships with other organizations who work with our target populations. For example, a partnership with the Howard University has been developed in order to increase the number of HBCU students who consider study abroad an option and apply for FEA scholarships. Similar partnerships have been pursued with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund. Students in these underrepresented groups do not typically consider study abroad to be a part of their academic careers, and thus are not reached by the typical venues for advertising study abroad programs (such as informational fairs and meetings). Through partnerships with these associations, we are able to use their existing vectors for contacting these student populations and promoting the inclusion of study abroad in their academic plans.

FEA is very proud of all that has been accomplished in its first seven years: instituting scholarship parameters, eligibility requirements, and processes; overseeing the review and selection of almost 100 scholarships for a total of almost $400,000; and motivating the private sector to support education abroad. We are excited to have launched a successful alumni program, providing positive engagement for new scholars and their alumni counterparts. Additionally, we have added our first FEA alum to FEA's ever-growing Board of Directors. Finally, our fundraising efforts have increased exponentially; our 2017 Annual Gala brought in $157,000 alone, as compared to $80,000 in 2016.

A paramount challenge the organization faces is the difficulty in identifying and reaching the types of students that FEA aims to engage (i.e. underrepresented students such as minorities, first-generation college students, and community college students). Historically these groups of students do not consider study abroad an option, for both financial and cultural reasons. Developing strategic relationships with universities and other higher education organizations allows FEA to expand our reach and join broader efforts to reach these students. A successful outreach program in the fall of 2014 increased our applicant pool by 85%.

FEA intends to pursue its long-term goals while continuing to serve its past, current, and potential scholars through its daily operations. We continually review the needs of our scholars and, based upon such assessments, seek to provide the services which will most benefit the students. During the current times of economic hardship, we are investigating how students can best showcase their time abroad to employers, to ensure that a study abroad experience can be an asset in the future, as well as an invaluable experience in the present.

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

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FUND FOR EDUCATION ABROAD

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Martha Johnson

University of Minnesota, Learning Abroad Center

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Anne Krieg

David Comp

University of Chicago-Booth

Joël Gallegos

UNC-Charlotte

Errick Greene

Detroit Public Schools

Jan Kieling

Brandon Lee

Terra Dotta

Susan Popko

Santa Clara University

Ted Davis

Davis and Divine

Cynthia Banks

Foundation for Global Scholars

Gail Gugel

Lucas Mackey

Boeing Inc.

Prem Manjooran

Tantallon Capital Asia

Eric Sanner

The Segal Group

Sarahann Yeh

Johns Hopkins SAIS

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