Earn to Learn FL Inc.

We Envision A World Without Barriers To Higher Education

Fort Myers, FL   |  www.EarnToLearnFL.org

Mission

Earn to Learn FL (ETLFL), founded in 2011, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to empower income challenged students to successfully complete college. ETLFL has developed based on three core tenets: 1. Matched Savings for Education Scholarships 2. Personal Finance Training 2. Near Peer Coaching for Postsecondary Success

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Brenda Tate

Main address

9160 Forum Corporate Parkway #321

Fort Myers, FL 33905 USA

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EIN

45-2514055

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Economic Development (S30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Overwhelmed high school guidance counselors serve an average of 500 students for about 30 minutes each year, with much of this time spent on discipline and little time on career and college guidance. This may partially explain why currently 47% of working age adults (25-64) in Florida have not earned a degree or technical skills credential to meet the state’s growing workforce demands, leaving them and their families vulnerable to a lifetime of poverty. Approximately 1.4 million of Florida’s working-age adults have earned some college credit but never completed with a credential, often incurred student loan debt, and remained unemployable. Almost 4 million Floridians have only a high school degree or never completed high school. Only 56.3% of Florida’s public high school graduates pursue higher education or technical skills training at a Florida state college, university, or career & technical education center.

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?

Matched Savings for Education

Students and their families who income-qualify, may be eligible to deposit up to $500 into an Earn to Learn FL savings account each year. Their savings are then matched 8:1 by Earn to Learn FL. This brings their total available funds for financial assistance up to $4,500 per academic year. The funds are used for tuition, books, fees and other approved educational related expenses. Earn to Learn FL, in partnership with Florida Prepaid College Foundation, purchases STARS contracts to double the impact of non-government funds available for financial assistance at the 8:1 ratio.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

Beginning August 2020, Earn to Learn FL, in partnership with Volunteer Florida, recruits, trains and deploys AmeriCorps members to provide near peer success coaching to economically disadvantaged students in the areas of postsecondary access, personal finance training, and career planning. Near peer coaching for postsecondary success supports student preparation for postsecondary pursuit of a non-degree award (career & technical education), associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or advanced degree. The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, up to $6,195 per year, is granted to AmeriCorps members who complete their terms of service to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified students loans.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

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.

Personal Finance Training classes completed.

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All ETLFL scholarship recipients and Near Peer Coaches are required to complete 20 online, self-paced modules (classes).

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Earn to Learn FL (ETLFL), founded in 2011, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to empower income challenged students to successfully complete college. ETLFL has developed based on three core tenets:

1. Matched Savings for Education: Students and their families who income-qualify are eligible to save up to $500 into a Florida 529 Savings Plan each year. Their savings are then matched 8:1 by ETLFL. This brings the combined available funds for financial assistance up to $4,500 per academic year. The funds – ETLFL Matched Savings for Education scholarship plus Florida 529 Savings Plan - are used for tuition, books, fees, and other approved educational related expenses.

2. Near Peer Coaching for Postsecondary Success: ETLFL trains and deploys Near Peer Coaches to support income challenged students in the areas of postsecondary access, personal finance training, and career planning. Near Peer Coaches support student preparation and success strategies to successfully pursue their higher education.

3. Personal Finance Training: ETLFL provides a dynamic online Personal Finance Training program designed to produce measurable and meaningful outcomes for students and Near Peer Coaches.

Earn to Learn FL has developed strong collaborations and partnerships over time. This is aligned with one of our six core strategies to participate in community collaborations to maximize our collective impact. It is our firm belief that by coalescing our combined efforts, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.

Strong leadership working to implement a strategic plan.

Academic research on The Status of Women in Southwest Florida published.
Florida first Kiva Loan Trustee.
StopSexTraffickingSWFL public awareness campaign.
Launched Earn to Learn FL.
Launched Business Building Blocks (B3) for Women.
Managed Status of Women in Florida by County research project.

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?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Earn to Learn FL Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lisa Simington

PNC Wealth Management

Term: 2013 - 2023


Board co-chair

John Slavik

Fifth Third Bank

Term: 2016 - 2023

Brenda Tate

Earn to Learn FL

Amanda Cross

Community Volunteer

Nancy Merolla

Synovus Bank

Lisa Simington

PNC Wealth Management

John Slavik

Fifth Third Bank

Lori Monserrat

BKS Partners

Teri Hansen

Priority Marketing

Kimberly Dye

Gulfshore Playhouse

Stacy Lee-Williams

The Founders Fund

James Posey

United Mechanical

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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