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Foundation for Community Driven Innovation Inc

The Foundation of Innovation

aka FCDI   |   Odessa, FL   |  www.ffcdi.org
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Foundation for Community Driven Innovation Inc

EIN: 47-3887593


Mission

Our mission is to provide a charitable avenue of support in accordance with the meaning and intent of section 501(c)(3) for programs that inspire innovation, academic excellence in schools, and economic development in our communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

We're excited about helping Make the Future in Uptown Tampa, Hillsborough County and beyond and look forward to continued growth in programming and the community partnerships that make our programming possible. AMRoC Fab Lab provides a unique safe place for people of all ages and backgrounds to exercise curiosity and expand their range of knowledge and skills in a welcoming and supportive community, and we're grateful to everyone who helps build that community.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Theresa Willingham

Main address

5910 Hammock Woods Dr

Odessa, FL 33556 USA

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EIN

47-3887593

Subject area info

Community and economic development

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Unemployed people

Students

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

Communication

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) provides resources and services for addressing shortfalls and gaps in workforce skills development and STEM education through real world project based learning opportunities and apprenticeship training.

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?

ROBOTICON Tampa Bay

ROBOTICON is an annual K-12 Youth STEM showcase providing a high-quality, post-season competitive experience for youth robotics and drone teams, with opportunities for pre-season skill building, networking, and college and career readiness opportunities. Visit ROBOTICON.net to see a full history of the program, photos and video.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents

Our STEAM Education program provides inclusive, accessible, non-discriminatory access to high a quality STEM education experiential learning opportunities for youth. This program serves youth in-house at AMRoC Fab Lab, through six community-based competitive STEM programs prioritizing youth in the University Area, as well as teams throughout Tampa Bay in need of fiscal sponsorship.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents
At-risk youth
Children

The Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab is an 8000 sq. ft. public Fab Lab located in an urban mall and dedicated to building community capacity, empowering individuals through creative self-expression and bridging the manufacturing and industry talent gap through robust project-based engineering education, training, entrepreneurship support and advanced manufacturing skills and certifications. Visit AMROCTampaBay.com for full program information, photos, stories and video.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Children and youth
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Gulf Coast MakerCon is an annual community festival celebrating the DIY (Do It Yourself) Inventive Spirit. This event serves to showcase the creativity, inventiveness, resiliency and self-reliance of people of ages in and around the Tampa Bay and Florida West Coast. Visit GulfCoastMakerCon.com for full program information.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The mission of FCDI'sEquity in Entrepreneurship (Equinent) program is to help bridge the race and gender equity gap in early-stage entrepreneurship to help bridge the race and gender equity gap in early stage entrepreneurship to help create more inclusive pathways to the Tampa Bay startup ecosystem. Hosted at AMRoC Fab Lab at University Mall, Equinent participants have access to a dedicated community of mentors with expertise across a wide range of business fields, as well as rapid prototyping and fabrication resources and tools at AMRoC. Nearly 30 businesses have been launched through the program since 2020, with over 80% of the businesses Black and Brown-owned and over 50% women-owned. Visit Equinent.org to learn more and read about the businesses.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Semi-Finalist 2022

MIT Solve Truist Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

MIT Solve Truist Foundation Semi-Finalist 2022

Uptown Temple Terrace Kiwanis Club Corporate Member 2022

Uptown Chamber of Commerce 2022

Visit Tampa Bay 2022

Best of Florida, Charitable Organizations 2023

Tampa Bay Business Journal, One Tampa Bay Nonprofit Honoree 2023

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 clients placed in internships

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Families, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Self-employed people

Related Program

AMRoC Fab Lab

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

High school & college students with whom we work are connected to career opportunities with our community partners, several of whom offer internship opportunities, as does FCDI in partnership with USF

Number of computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

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

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Self-employed people, Unemployed people

Related Program

AMRoC Fab Lab

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We annually offer at least 10 different programs that encompass literacy, skills & technology learning opportunities, through robotics and drone education programs, entrepreneurship education & more.

Number of financial literacy courses conducted

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Self-employed people, Veterans

Related Program

Equity in Entrepreneurship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Financial literacy is part of our Equity in Entrepreneurship program.

Number of businesses developed

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people, Self-employed people

Related Program

Equity in Entrepreneurship

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our Equity in Entrepreneurship program, we've helped launch over 30 new businesses between 2020 and 2023, over 80% black and brown-owned, and over 60% women-owned.

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

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

Academics

Related Program

STEAM Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Children and youth, Students

Related Program

STEAM Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide several STEM education outreach and training programs both in-house at AMRoC Fab Lab, through our STEAMFest Road Show, ROBOTICON and Gulf Coast MakerCon.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

AMRoC Fab Lab

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

STEAM Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

FCDI enhances academic achievement, boosts economic development and inspires innovation through the development of programs and events that challenge participants and constituents to develop and hone workforce skills in traditional craft, manufacturing, science, engineering, and technology.

FCDI provides a charitable avenue of support in accordance with the meaning and intent of section 501(c)(3) for programs that inspire innovation, academic excellence in schools, and economic development in our communities. Donations and contributions are allocated directly to programs through direct payment of program expenses, or through direct award contributions to student teams associated with our Youth STEAM Team Funding program. The AMRoC Fab Lab and the ROBOTICON programs of FCDI helps educate and empower individuals through meaningful project-based learning, respectful coopertition, and workforce readiness program development.Our Equity in Entrepreneurship program aims to close the race and gender equity gap in early stage entrepreneurship support.

By working collaboratively with local governments, other community agencies and organizations, and community partners, FCDI leverages the expertise, passion and compassion of community leaders and the professional community to mentor and teach others, building community as well as human capital.

FCDI board members bring over 30 years of combined experience in nonprofit management and support to our programs with a well established history of transparency, open and clear communications, effective collaboration and strong community organizing. Board members and advisors have a visible and well documented legacy of achievement in the education, business, scientific and technical communities that inspires support an interest in areas ranging from engineering and workforce readiness to exciting competitive robotics event production.

Thanks to the collaborative support of program partners and donors, FCDI has established the AMRoC Fab Lab at the University Square Mall in Tampa FL, serving youth and adults in the underprivileged community as well as students of the nearby University of South Florida. The AMRoC Fab Lab will provide K-12 STEM education plus pre-apprenticeship certifications, expanding workforce skills development to more people.
ROBOTICON Tampa Bay has demonstrated significant growth over the last three years, with a robust social network and increasing community partner support in both academic and corporate communities.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, for continuous program improvement.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Foundation for Community Driven Innovation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1022.48

Average of 170.41 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11.5

Average of 1.9 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Foundation for Community Driven Innovation Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Foundation for Community Driven Innovation Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $45,711
As % of expenses 24.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $45,711
As % of expenses 24.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $240,893
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 4.3%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 31.7%
All other grants and contributions 64.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $186,682
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 0.0%
Professional fees 60.1%
Occupancy 16.7%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 23.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $186,682
One month of savings $15,557
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $202,239

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 11.5
Months of cash and investments 11.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.9
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $178,768
Investments $0
Receivables $6,300
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $33,359
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1%
Unrestricted net assets $218,938
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $218,938

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No

Operations

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

Executive Director

Theresa Willingham

I'm Executive Director of the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, a Tampa-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting academic achievement, economic development, and the spirit of innovation through inspiring programs and active learning projects, including AMRoC Fab Lab, ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, and Gulf Coast MakerCon. I am a writer by trade, the author of two books on health, co-author of Makerspaces in Libraries (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and Library Makerspaces: The Complete Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), and also work as a creative partner with Eureka Factory, a consulting and educational event production company. I believe strongly in the value of collaboration and the strength of mentor-based learning, through which I work to build capacity in client agencies and constituents.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Foundation for Community Driven Innovation Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Foundation for Community Driven Innovation Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Michele Mendez

Bank of America

Terri Willingham

FCDI/AMRoC Fab Lab

Michael Smith-Mapp

Boeing (Ret)

Michele Mendez

Bank of America

Carol Minor

Hillsborough County

Vanessa Ferguson

Ferguson Legal

Pam Oaks

US Auto Training

Steve Willingham

Willingham Associates LLC

Chimere Sidney

NET SVS

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 ? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/13/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2024

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.