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ACBL Educational Foundation

Leave a Legacy for Bridge; Encourage Others to Follow Suit

Horn Lake, MS   |  http://ACBLEF.org

Mission

The ACBL Educational Foundation's goals are to introduce more people - all ages and walks of life - to the game of bridge, be it social, duplicate or a simplified stepping-stone game, and to encourage engagement with the game. To that end we provide grants to support organizations with programs to match our goal.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

E Kristen Frederick

Main address

6575 Windchase Dr

Horn Lake, MS 38637 USA

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EIN

58-1733600

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ensuring bridge remains a game for the ages. To do that ACBLEF must reaching multiple audiences in multiple ways. ACBLEF introduced a free, digital beginning bridge program named "BridgeWhiz" to kids aged 11-17 in 2021 and graduated 450 kids in 2022. It is currently in the fifth offering of that program to that age group in the US, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain. It also developed a fund entitled "Spark!" in 2022 which is looking for RFP's to address the post college-aged to age 30 age group. We made $24K in grants from this program in 2022. It will be paying an intern for three summer months to investigate Youth programs and recommend good implementation processes to roll out that program It currently has an active Military Fund and teachers from "Learn Bridge In A Day" recently taught this course at 4 military bases in Colorado in February 2023.

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?

ACBL Educational Foundation

The ACBL Educational Foundation's goals are to introduce more people - all ages and walks of life - to the game of bridge, be it social, duplicate or a simplified stepping-stone game, and to encourage engagement with the game.

To that end we provide grants to support organizations with programs to match our goal.

In specific:

* we have created a special hub for social bridge players (socialbridgeonline.org) where non-duplicate players can see each other across the virtual bridge table, set the pace, the time and type of scoring for the game and invite specific friends to play or play with robots,

* we provided a grant to ACBL for the establishment of a digital "best practices" for teachers so that they can most effectively provide live bridge education on line, using movable cards and breakout rooms for people of all ages wanting to learn how to play bridge,

* we support an initiative to teach bridge to the military and began this program at Fort Jackson prior to the hiatus caused by Covid-19,

* and we provided funds for the launch of Tricky Bridge, a terrific app that engages young people to learn bridge on line with all the bells and whistles that are appealing to gamers.

* up until the March 2020, made significant inroads with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dundee Township to teach bridge to younger players with the assistance of senior citizens.

Visit us at www. ACBLEF.org to read about surveys we've undertaken and grants we've made in prior years. Download an application to apply for a grant and enjoy articles about the "First Hands" of truly great bridge players.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

BridgeWhiz is a North American and UK program which teaches free, digital, beginning bridge classes to students ages 11 to 17. It graduated 450 students in 2022 and provided free, one-year ACBL Junior memberships to them. It provided certificates of participation to those who participated in more than 2/3 of the classes. It provides "Improver" classes to graduates of the BridgeWhiz program so that they can improve their abilities. It also hosts the WhizKids Bridge Club, a program of the Youth Bridge Association, where BW kids can play safely for free on Sunday afternoons. Lastly, it provides Fall and Winter sessions, with tournaments at the midway and final sessions, plus a "grand" tournament for the combined sessions following the completion of all classes. BridgeWhiz also hosts a listing of BridgeWhiz teachers who, for a very modest fee, will provide a week of digital bridge summer camp.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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 showing interest in topics related to STEM

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

BridgeWhiz

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

number of children who received a free junior membership to the American Contract Bridge League, paid by our organization

Number of endowments

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

Adults

Related Program

ACBL Educational Foundation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cultivated five new legacy society members.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To introduce more people - of all ages and walks of life - to the game of bridge, regardless of whether it's social, duplicate or a simplified stepping-stone game and to develop a network of casual bridge players and encourage their engagement with the game.

Military initiative - teaching bridge to soldiers, officers and their families on three army bases. Intent is to reach out to all forms of the military with similar efforts. Four army bases covered in February 2023.

Outreach to young people (ages 10+) to learn bridge by supporting the launch of an app entitled Tricky Bridge. Establishment of BridgeWhiz, LLC a sole-ownership organization under ACBLEF that teaches beginning bridge digitally to school aged children 11-17 for free in the North America and Great Britain.

Outreach to college aged people through competitive college games and a final college bowl. It will grant out $74K during 2023 to support college initiatives.

Outreach to social bridge players by creating a social bridge hub that includes a link to Trickster Cards where people can play in a friendly, social environment while seeing each other across the virtual bridge table.

Outreach to middle schoolers through grants that support bridge camps, Saturday academies and programs like that started with the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township, and continue with the Youth Bridge Camp in Carlinville, Il

ACBL Educational Foundation has the capacity to attain all these goals through grantmaking to worthy programs addressing different segments of the population. Additionally it has a Program Manager for the BridgeWhiz program and an assistant program manager to help in curriculum development as the program has grown to include intermediate players who graduated from beginning bridge and also a program whereby parents are able to learn bridge at the same time and through the same program so that young people learning bridge have adults to play with, introduce them to games in clubs where they play and continue their bridge education.

* ACBLEF has grown its public support from $74K to $379K since 2020.

* Tricky Bridge launched to the general public in October 2020. It currently has over 1M visitors to its site and created a young people's team of bridge players who competed in the World Championships in Salsamaggiore Italy in 2022.

We launched BridgeWhiz in 2021 and it became its own LLC in 2022 changing from an online program on the ACBLEF website to a dedicated LMS program with its own website. We are in our fifth "Beginning Bridge" class, are in the process of converting it to a quarterly program with rolling admissions and graduated 450 young people aged 11-17 in 2022. We created and managed "The Whiz Kids Bridge Club" where kids can play free on Sunday afternoons online with other kids. Both sites are child protected.

* Social Bridge Online - Bridge with Friends has had more that 5000 players since its launch during 2022. It's biggest audiences were during Covid, but is still in operation, cosponsoring the program with Trickster Bridge.

* Learn Bridge in a Day? has been taught to soldiers and their families at Fort Jackson, prior to covid 19 removing possibilities to address two additional army bases. It restarted in 2022 at the Alaskan Joint Forces Air Force Base and in February 2023 provided the course to four military installations in Colorado.

* Best Practices for teaching bridge online has had its first test course and had its debut in 2020. It resumed the program in 2022 in Providence, RI. We also funded a digital teacher training course with ACBL which has trained over 200 teachers to teach bridge online.

Financials

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ACBL Educational Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert S. Todd

Ellen Anten

Michael Berkowitz

Jane Champion

Barbara Clark

Secretary

Paul Cuneo

Mitch Dunitz

Bryan Howard, Esq.

Greg Johnson

S. Reese Koppel

Elizabeth Starzec

Robert Todd

President

Allison Freeland

Treasurer

John McAllister

Joel Kramer

Vice President

Patricia Herrera

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