GRATITUDE INITIATIVE

Red Oak, TX   |  www.gratitudeinitiative.org

Mission

Gratitude Initiative (GI) provides essential education programs and college scholarships to the children of our military service members, veterans, disabled veterans, and those killed in defense of our country. GI provides the most comprehensive college and career counseling, test prep, and financial aid counseling program available today, free of charge to the families they serve. GI’s programs are open to children in grades 8th-12th with support through college graduation.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Mr. Lee Sechrist

Main address

101 Vintage Dr Suite 100

Red Oak, TX 75154 USA

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EIN

46-3306022

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is no greater way to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's military and veterans than to help provide for their children’s education. Since 9/11, we’ve been fighting the longest war in our nation’s history with the smallest group of people. Almost half of them are parents, which has created an unprecedented burden on our military and veteran families, particularly the children.​ At Gratitude Initiative, we serve our nation by working side by side with our military and veteran families to help their children successfully prepare for college, pay for college, and graduate with a degree that is right for them.

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?

College Success Academy

The GI College Success Academy is a full-service college and career preparatory program that covers all aspects of the high school-to-college transition process. This service is provided free of charge to support military and veteran children anywhere in the world. Our online program is staffed by a team of degreed, college planning experts that students and parents interact with via phone, email, or chat and is the only program of its type serving military and veteran families. The program is open to qualifying families with a child in 8th grade to the first semester of their senior year, with support for the student and parents through college graduation.

GI's Focus:
• GI College Success Academy – GI’s results-driven career and college prep for military and veteran children in grades 8th-12th.
• Awareness Programs – Programs designed to increase college attainment among military and veteran families, raise awareness about military family challenges, and much more.
• Scholarships – Awarding scholarships to students participating in the GI College Success Academy to attend college or technical school.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

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.

Average financial aid award per FTE student

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

Adults, Adolescents

Related Program

College Success Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percent of participants who would recommend the program to others

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

Adults, Adolescents, Parents

Related Program

College Success Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percent of customers reporting satisfaction with the program

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

Adults, Adolescents, Parents

Related Program

College Success Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

GI wants to honor a parent's service to our great nation by providing our program free of charge to their children. Too many service members return from service with injuries both seen and unseen that need immediate, and sometimes permanent, attention. Our program takes the stress out of planning for college so that they have time to address other pressing concerns.

As for their children, this program was designed to significantly increase college access and degree attainment for a population known to struggle academically in the face of frequent moves and deployment stressors. Our goal for each student in the program is that they are college ready by the time they start applying for college admission, accepted by colleges that fit the student on multiple levels to help ensure degree attainment and do not get burdened by excessive college debt. We also encourage our students to complete our career planning steps so that they can graduate on time and get started on a successful career path.

GI’s full-service​ career and college preparatory program, the GI College Success Academy provides the most comprehensive career and college counseling available today, free of charge the military and veteran families we serve. Children may enroll in the program beginning as early as the 8th grade receiving support through college graduation. The program provides a customized action plan for each student that takes the student and parents through career counseling, college selection counseling, college admissions counseling, and financial aid counseling. The program also includes unlimited test prep for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. The program is delivered online to support a military family anywhere in the world and is backed up by a team of degreed counselors who work with the student and parents one on one via email, phone, and chat.

The program was created by a team of experts with over 190 combined years of experience in college and career counseling, education technology development, distance learning, licensed professional counseling, and curriculum development. The advisors who work with the students and parents are fully trained and degreed experts.

Gratitude Initiative is serving families in over twenty-two states and as far away as Europe, Japan, and Korea. Students successfully completely the GI College Success Academy have achieved incredible results including 100% being accepted into their number one choice college and receiving an average financial aid award from their schools of over $22,000 dollars per year.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 4/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Lee Sechrist

Jason Loveless

JCL Solutions Group

Jill Sharp

Halliburton

Mark Driscoll

John Vitacca

Colonel, USAF (Ret)

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 4/29/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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