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Veterans Education Success Inc

aka Veterans Education Success   |   Washington, DC   |  www.VetsEdSuccess.Org
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Veterans Education Success Inc

EIN: 46-2070196


Mission

To advance higher education success for veterans, service members, and military families, and to protect the integrity and promise of the GI Bill and other federal education programs.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Ms. Carrie Wofford

Main address

1501 K Street NW Suite 200

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

46-2070196

Subject area info

Consumer protection

Public affairs

Special population support

Population served info

Students

Military personnel

Veterans

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Veterans and servicemembers need higher education success in order to succeed in the civilian workforce. Veterans, servicemembers, and their families and survivors are also often targets of consumer fraud by predatory education companies that are after their hard-earned GI Bill. These programs are characterized by deceptive and aggressive recruiting and enrollment and low-quality education.

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?

Policy Advocacy

Provide bipartisan policy analysis, expertise, and information to assist federal and state policymakers in improving quality and accountability in higher education and ensuring post-secondary success for veterans and servicemembers.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Provide free legal assistance and counseling, including college choice counseling and GI Bill questions, to veterans and servicemembers and their families and survivors. We also provide free legal advice and assistance to veterans and servicemembers who were victims of consumer fraud by predatory colleges.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Conduct non-partisan, academic research into issues of prime importance to veteran and military students in higher education, including student outcomes under the GI Bill and veteran student debt.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Students

We help veterans participate in our US democracy by bringing them to meet their elected representatives and policymakers, including speaking out at public hearings, and providing them opportunities to shape public policy by sharing their experience in higher ed- What Works and What's Not Working for student veterans.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Students

We support federal and state law enforcement with evidence regarding consumer fraud by predatory colleges. We also provide free legal assistance to college whistleblowers.

Population(s) Served
Students
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.

Number of media articles reflecting preferred issue framing

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

Academics, Veterans

Related Program

Combatting Consumer Fraud by Predatory Colleges

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For example, look at this New York Times news story about our work: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/11/business/veterans-for-profit-schools-gi-bill.html

Number of organizations signing onto policy guidelines or proposals

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

Students, Veterans

Related Program

Policy Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For example, 38 national veterans & military organizations signed on to our letters to Congress and Exec Branch: https://vetsedsuccess.org/what-we-do/policy-advocacy/our-advocacy-letters/

Number of policies formally blocked

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

Students, Veterans

Related Program

Policy Advocacy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Ex: Trump proposed to waive federal ethics laws to allow gifts by for-profit colleges to VA employees. We mobilized ethics experts, consumer & veterans & VA employees' union. Trump & VA backed down!

Number of policies formally established

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

Students, Veterans

Related Program

Policy Advocacy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In a time when Congress agrees on very little, we have been able to see the enactment into federal statute of a number of our proposals. We also have successfully advocated for policies at VA & DOD.

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

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

Academics

Related Program

Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For example, an Issue Brief is here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/556718b2e4b02e470eb1b186/t/5ab2a76b6d2a73a4746063ef/1521657708194/GI+Bill+Cumulative+Revenue+Brief+%232+March2018.FINAL.pdf

Number of clients served

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

Veterans

Related Program

Legal Services & Direct Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide free direct services to veterans and servicemembers who were defrauded by a predatory college.

Number of individuals attending briefings and presentations

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

Veterans

Related Program

Civic Engagement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through civic engagement, we organize opportunities for veterans to meet with federal policymakers. We also host webinars for GI Bill experts and college officers on key research findings

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.

Our goals are to advance higher education success for veterans and servicemembers, by advocating for student veterans' needs in higher education. We also work to protect the integrity of the GI Bill and other federal education programs from fraud by bad actor colleges, and we seek to improve the minimum quality and accountability standards in higher education. Finally, we work towards informed college choice for military-connected students, by improving public access to student outcome data.

Veterans Education Success provides:

Free Help for Veterans: Free legal services, advice, and college and career counseling to veterans, servicemembers, and their survivors and families who faced college fraud or abuse in using their GI Bill.

Civic Engagement: We help veterans participate in their democracy by engaging their Congressional representatives, federal agencies, and local media, including speaking out at public hearings.

Policy and Advocacy: Assistance to federal and state policymakers to improve quality in higher education and protect the integrity of the GI Bill and other student aid.

Research: Non-partisan research on issues of concern to student veterans, including veteran student outcomes and student debt levels.

Support for Whistleblowers & Law Enforcement: Free assistance to college whistleblowers exposing fraud, and free assistance to federal and state law enforcement to stop college consumer fraud.

We bring top-level staff including:

- a Research Director who brings 40 years as a senior researcher for US Government Accountability Office and a Senior Research Fellow who brings 20 years of research from the College Board;

- a policy team who bring decades of experience at the senior level of federal government policymaking, including the US Congress, and of non-profit veterans advocacy;

- a state policy manager who has organized veterans for multiple national efforts;

- a legal team that is trusted by and works closely with key federal and state law enforcement offices dedicated to consumer protection;

We also bring a strong coalition of more than 3 dozen national veterans & military organizations who rely on our higher education expertise and a coalition of consumer, civil rights, and student groups who engage in policy analysis and advocacy with us.

In research, we have published a number of news-making reports, including one report praised in a New York Times editorial by the Editorial Board. Our reports are available on our website. In 2024, we helped broker interagency cooperation that led to the publication of a report from the Census Bureau and Dept. of Veterans Affairs documenting the postsecondary outcomes of every veteran in federal databases over the past 20 years and the outcomes of the GI Bill. This is a major series of reports.

In legal services and direct assistance, we organized 225 volunteer lawyers to provide free legal assistance to nearly 4,000 veterans and servicemembers who had been defrauded by a predatory college. We also helped approximately 400 veterans and servicemembers who had been defrauded by ITT Tech college gain class recognition in the federal bankruptcy case and be awarded financial recompense.

In policy, we have seen a number of our suggestions become federal policy. We worked closely on many of the rules for colleges adopted by VA and DOD, and continue to work on improving them and increasing agency adherence. We also work to change federal law. For example, at a time of Congressional paralysis, 4 of our proposals have been adopted by Congress and enacted into federal statute in just a few short years, and we proposed and succeeded in obtaining a federal executive order. We also have successfully stopped a number of bad policy ideas.

In the first year of our civic engagement program, we organized dozens of veterans to speak to Congressional representatives and federal policymakers.

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    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 act on the feedback we receive

  • 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

Veterans Education Success 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

303.89

Average of 266.55 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

21.9

Average of 20.3 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

15%

Average of 12% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Veterans Education Success 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

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Veterans Education Success 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $680,460 $524,839 $189,138 $326,867 -$126,045
As % of expenses 59.9% 48.0% 10.1% 21.3% -7.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $680,460 $524,839 $189,138 $326,867 -$126,045
As % of expenses 59.9% 48.0% 10.1% 21.3% -7.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,796,712 $2,104,273 $1,891,403 $3,336,791 $495,150
Total revenue, % change over prior year 72.9% 17.1% -10.1% 76.4% -85.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 1.5% 1.6% 0.2% 3.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 6.9% 4.8% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.6% 98.4% 90.3% 95.1% 96.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 1.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,136,525 $1,092,300 $1,870,251 $1,537,659 $1,645,782
Total expenses, % change over prior year 170.8% -3.9% 71.2% -17.8% 7.0%
Personnel 54.5% 69.7% 51.1% 70.0% 67.7%
Professional fees 15.4% 15.0% 37.5% 23.4% 29.0%
Occupancy 1.0% 1.7% 0.7% 0.0% 0.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 29.1% 13.7% 10.7% 6.6% 3.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,136,525 $1,092,300 $1,870,251 $1,537,659 $1,645,782
One month of savings $94,710 $91,025 $155,854 $128,138 $137,149
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,231,235 $1,183,325 $2,026,105 $1,665,797 $1,782,931

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 16.7 28.9 15.6 23.8 21.9
Months of cash and investments 16.7 28.9 15.6 23.8 21.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.1 21.4 13.7 19.3 17.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,577,545 $2,628,695 $2,433,064 $3,046,675 $2,998,808
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $18,000 $3,000 $267,193 $1,491,568 $336,978
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.2% 1.2% 1.3% 0.3%
Unrestricted net assets $1,426,241 $1,951,080 $2,140,218 $2,467,085 $2,341,040
Temporarily restricted net assets $222,727 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $222,727 $709,861 $541,875 $2,014,140 $989,553
Total net assets $1,648,968 $2,660,941 $2,682,093 $4,481,225 $3,330,593

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Ms. Carrie Wofford

Carrie Wofford brings nearly 3 decades of policy experience from the White House, executive branch agencies, and senior Capitol Hill posts. Prior to founding Veterans Education Success in January, 2013, Wofford served the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) as the Senior Counsel across the Committee’s issues, where she was described by The National Journal as someone who “wins high marks.” Wofford was awarded the 2012 Freedom Award, the 2012 Congressional Staffer of the Year Award, and the 2012 Legislative Proponent Award. Earlier, Wofford served as Director of New Policy for the US Senate Democratic Policy Committee, as Policy & Outreach Director for the White House Women's Office, as Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore, and as Special Assistant to Labor Secretary Robert Reich. A graduate of Yale Law School and Bryn Mawr College, Wofford clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and worked as a Senior Associate at WilmerHale.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Veterans Education Success Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Veterans Education Success Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms Carrie Wofford

Veterans Education Success

Term: 2013 - 2033

Thomas Tarantino

Logitech

Bethany Little

Education Counsel LLC

Daniel Carey

former college president

Daniel Smith

former Senate Committee Staff Director

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 3/11/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/03/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.

Contractors

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