Established in 1996, Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. serves several important functions:
- To replicate Academy Prep Centers
- To share best practices among Academy Prep Centers
- To serve as the funding source for Academy Prep Centers
- To ensure the efficient operation of Academy Prep Centers
The Academy Foundation, Inc. (now known as Academy Prep Foundation, Inc.), was established in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, doing business as Academy Prep Center for Education.
In May 2000, four additional 501(c)(3) organizations were established to operate as affiliated entities of Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. These organizations are Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, Inc.; Academy Prep Center of Tampa, Inc.; Academy Prep Center of Lakeland, Inc.; and one other future center. Additional centers may also be established.
The Role of Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. (APF)
The Foundation is responsible for replicating Academy Prep Centers, overseeing Center operations and serving as a funding vehicle for the Centers. The Foundation is the custodian of all unrestricted and restricted funds for the benefit of the Centers and the Foundation. The Centers operate on an annual budget, and distributions are made from the Foundation to the Centers on an annual basis. Unrestricted contributions may be used to fund the operations of the Centers and the Foundation, and to replicate additional Centers.
The Role of the Centers
The Academy Prep Centers educate middle school students who qualify for needs-based scholarships fully covering tuition. The model is based upon the success of the Nativity Mission Center, founded in 1970 in New York City. Academy Prep Centers are responsible for carrying out the Academy Prep model in accordance with the mission and vision established by Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. Individual Centers are responsible for raising funds within their communities.
Academy Prep Foundation Board of Trustees
Tom Sansone (Chair) – Former President, Jabil Circuit
Chris Barrott- Retired Executive Vice President, Aurora Casket Company
Patricia Douglas- Past Chair of The Community Foundation
Oscar Horton- Owner and President, Sun State International Trucks, LLC
Liz Sembler- Educator/Consultant
Jeff Fortune – Retired CEO, Tradewinds Resort
John Erik Savitsky – CEO, ClickAndBind
Paul L. Whiting, Sr (Vice Chair). – President, Seabreeze Holdings
Ensuring the Future
Each Academy Prep center raises funds to ensure its long-term viability. The “Board Designated Endowment” grown by these funds allows each center to focus more on the business of educating and supporting students in need and less on annual fundraising to pay for student scholarships.
To learn how you can help solidify the foundation of each Academy Prep through the board designated endowment, contact:
Director of Development, Academy Prep Center of Tampa
Director of Development, Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg
Development Manager, Academy Prep Center of Lakeland