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Our work at the IECA Foundation is all about helping students, middle and high school age.

The IECA Foundation was founded in 1996 to support the mission and expand the role of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA.)

The mission of the IECA Foundation is to identify and support programs which have significant impact on students and their educational environments. Priority is given to those programs that assist students making educational choices.

We are a non-profit, charitable, 501(c)(3) organization and rely completely on outside contributions. More than ever, we need your support.

The IECA Foundation - Create, Support, Empower

  • Creating new opportunities for students and opening new educational doors
  • Finding programs and people that will help students make good decisions in their lives and prosper educationally
  • Supporting projects that enable positive student development and growth
  • Meeting the needs of students who are struggling to find an enriched educational path
  • Identifying learning opportunities for educators, to meet the needs of a wide range of students
  • Supporting young people in developing the tools necessary to make sound educational decisions
  • Providing funding and assistance to educational programs identified as growth producing and enriching for students
  • Connecting these educational programs to people within and outside the IECA
  • Connecting these educational programs to each other, for maximum synergy and benefit
  • Providing professional development programs to those working with young people
  • Ultimately, giving students the strength, confidence and tools to be successful, make good life choices, recognize their inherent gifts and maximize their educational opportunities

We are excited to share with you our unique mission and ask you to join us as we grow. The IECA Foundation is carving out a charitable position funding small organizations dedicated to providing educational options for underserved populations.  From supporting a program in Texas which helps youth hone their writing skills, to funding a project in Arizona so adopted children and their parents can access critical educational support services, to underwriting a post secondary placement program for low income students in West Virginia, the IECA Foundation is making a difference.

All throughout the country, public schools, parent programs, private programs and grass roots efforts are desperate to provide much needed support and training to further the education of their children and young adults.  The IECA Foundation is well prepared to identify, evaluate and provide funds for such programs.  Started as the philanthropic arm of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, we are building on the professional skills and knowledge base of its members by reaching out and providing assistance to programs like those mentioned above.

We are extremely thankful to our past and present donors who have allowed us to have the impact we have, but as we move forward and identify more and more deserving programs and underserved children, we need to expand our scope and our reach. In order to do that, we need to increase our donor base, increase our sources of revenues and find partners who will assist us in the important business of helping students with choice.  Our infrastructure is in place; our volunteer board is working hard; and we have identified many more programs than we can possibly fund at the present moment. 

Please peruse our website and read our story.  Click on the link above to read more about whom we have funded and about this past year’s activities in our 2012 Annual Report.  But most importantly, after doing that and reading about the small amount of good we have been able to do to date, please seriously think about making a significant contribution so that we can continue to grow and positively influence more deserving students as they continue their educational journeys. 

Thank you for visiting our website and for your past and future support. 



Michael W. Spence


IECA Foundation Income & Expenses

Fiscal Year 2012: January 1 – December 31, 2012

Total Income: $ 130,278
  Donations 106,065
  Sponsorships 15,250
  Other 8,963
Foundation Cash and Reserves: $ 275,644
  Unrestricted Funds 143,789
  Irv Katz Fund 36,635
  Hillside Fund 95,220
Total Expenses: $ 150,095
  Direct Grants 35%  
  General & Administrative 39%  
  Public Outreach & Education 9%  
  Fund Raising 6%  
  Other 11%  


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Board of Trustees

Robin Abedon

Independent Educational Consultant; MAT; MPA; Certified Educational Planner; teacher, college admissions officer, counselor, school trustee and administrator; member of IECA and NACAC; past officer of the IECA Board of Directors; former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the Children’s Home Society of South Florida; member of the Board of Directors of Child & Family Connections, Palm Beach County, Florida; former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Friends Academy, South Dartmouth , MA; past member of the Board of Directors of The Community Preparatory School, Providence, RI.

David Beecher

Headmaster, Hillside School, Marlborough, MA; Former administrator/teacher/coach at Berkshire School, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Fay School, and Yale University; Former President of the Junior Boarding School Association; Former Board of Directors of the Independent School Advocacy Board for the National Association of Independent Schools; President, First United Methodist Church; Vice President Phoenix School (Salem, MA)

Diane Geller

Certified Educational Planner, Los Angeles, CA; Educational Consultant at DeFelice and Geller since 1993; former President, IECA Board of Directors (2008-2010)

Julie Gray

Director of Development, Dana Hall School; former Director of Development, Tenacre Country Day School; and former Annual Fund Director, The Fessenden School; served on the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) development conference planning committee and the CASE District I planning committee; served as the Development Committee Chair of the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE).

Ann Montgomery

M.Ed., CEP, Independent Educational Consultant, Houston, Texas. Professional Member of IECA, NACAC, TACAC. At IECA, formerly VP for Committees, Executive Board member, Board of Directors member, and Chair of College Committee; currently Nominating Committee member. Former member, Credentialing Commission for American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. Board member, Bridgeway Capital Management and Bridgeway Foundation. Advisory Board member, Families Empowered. Former Advisory Board member, YES Prep Public Schools. Former Associate, Gould Farm.

Luisa Rabe

MBA, Educational Consultant - Haverford, PA, Chair IECA's Graduate School Committee, and active community volunteer. Former Secretary/Treasurer and Membership Chair IECA; Executive Director Friends of Independence National Historical Park; Principal, Davidson Miller. Served as Chair/President/Trustee, Inglis Foundation, Diocese of PA, Church of Redeemer, Smith College Class, Williams College Parent Committee, Episcopal Academy, and Gladwyne Montessori. Honored by IECA Foundation (Katz Award) for volunteerism and by Hess Foundation (named Inglis fund) for leadership.

E. Whitney Ransome

Director of The James Center: Programs and Partnerships with a Public Purpose at the Garrison Forest School in Maryland; Trustee of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women; Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools; Executive Director of the Coalition of Girls' Boarding Schools; founding member of the Baltimore Women's Giving Circle; Co-author of Money $ense for Girls: A Resource Guide for Parents and Educators and Money $ense for Girls: A Guide for Girls.

Michael Spence

Chair, Founding partner and senior consultant (ret.) at Howland, Spence & McMillan Boston. Howland, Spence & McMillan is one of the nation's oldest and most respected consulting firms. Past president of IECA Board of Directors; former Commissioner of the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners; former dean, admission officer, and/or teacher at Cranbrook Schools, Northfield Mount Hermon School, and The Gunnery School.

David Tuttle

Director of Admissions & Communications, Stuart Hall School Staunton, VA; served roles in admissions and marketing for several previous schools, spanning a career of 20+ years in private education; 2009 Conference Committee, The Association of Boarding Schools.


Mark Sklarow

Executive Director, Independent Educational Consultants Association
Fairfax, Virginia

Marilyn G. S. Emerson

Certified Educational Planner
President, Independent Educational Consultants Association
New York


Steven Antonoff


Judith Berg

Educational Consultant
New Jersey

Brooke Dudley

Educational Consultant

Paula Feldman

Educational Consultant

Jean Hague

Educational Consultant

Lynn Hamilton

Educational Consultant

Richard Schubart

Distinguished Professor, Phillips Exeter Academy
New Hampshire


Darchelle M. Garner

Executive Director

Symone Reid

Administrative Assistant

Nissa Syverson

Information Technology Support

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Independent Educational Consultants Association Foundation By-Laws
(Revised and Adopted July 2008)

Article I: NAME

The name of this foundation will be The Independent Educational Consultants Association Foundation, Inc.

The IECA Foundation’s mission is to identify and support those programs that have significant impact on students and their educational environments. Priority will be given to those programs that assist students in making educational choices. In addition to its grants, the Foundation serves educational professionals, families, and children through sponsorship of workshops and continuing professional development.

Except as from time to time otherwise determined by the Trustees, the fiscal year of the Foundation shall in each year end on December 31.


Section 1. Powers
The business of the Foundation shall be managed by a Board of Trustees who shall have and may exercise powers of the Foundation. In the event of any vacancy in the Board of Trustees, the remaining Trustees may exercise the powers of the full Board until the vacancy is filled.
Section 2. Enumeration, Election, and Term of Office
[A] The number of Trustees shall be eleven (11) until and unless this number is changed by the Trustees by a vote of the aforesaid.[B] Each Trustee shall hold the office for three years following his/her selection and until his/her successor is elected and qualified; or until his/her earlier death, resignation or removal from office. Trustees shall be elected annually as vacancies occur. No Trustee may serve more than two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms. Terms shall begin on the date coinciding with the beginning of the fiscal year.[C] As guidelines but without restriction, six (6) Trustees will be chosen by the Trustees from among the members in good standing of IECA, and five (5) representatives will be selected by the Trustees from beyond the IECA membership to include representatives from appropriate professions.[D] Whenever any vacancy shall occur among Trustees, the remaining Trustees shall constitute the Trustees of the Foundation until such vacancy is filled, or until the number of Trustees is changed as provided in these by-laws. In the event of any vacancy among the Trustees, however created, the appropriate group (as identified in Section 2[C]) shall nominate a member or members for immediate election to fill the unexpired term.[E] The President (or representative) and the Executive Director of IECA shall serve as non-voting, ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees.
Section 3: Officers of the Board and the Foundation

[A] The officers will be elected from among and by the members of the Board of Trustees by majority vote. The officers are the Chairperson of the Board, Secretary of the Board, and Treasurer of the Board.[B] Each officer of the Board is also an officer of the Foundation and shall hold office until his/her successor is elected and qualified, or until his/her earlier death, resignation, or removal. No officer may hold more than two consecutive terms in the same position. The Trustees may remove any officer or Trustee at any time with or without cause by a majority vote of the Trustees in office at the time. A vacancy, however created, in any office may be filled by the affirmative vote of the Trustees present at any meeting, regular or special.[C] The term of office for all officers shall be two years, commencing on a date which coincides with the fiscal year of the Foundation.
Section 4. Regular Meetings
Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees may be held at such times and places as the Board may fix from time to time and, when so fixed, no notice thereof need be given provided that any Trustee who is absent when such times and places are fixed shall be given notice of the fixing of such times and places. The Board of Trustees must meet at least once annually.
Section 5. Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Trustees may be held at any time and at any place designated in the announcement of the meeting when called by the Chairperson of the Board or by four or more Trustees. Reasonable notice must be given to each Trustee by the Secretary of the Board or by one of the Trustees calling the meeting. No more than one such meeting may be called in any calendar month unless approved in writing in advance by a majority of the Trustees
Section 6. Minutes of Meetings
The Secretary of the Board or other such person designated by the Chair shall keep minutes of every meeting of the Board of Trustees and the minutes of each meeting shall be filed with the permanent records of the Foundation.
Section 7. Quorum

At any meeting of the Trustees, a quorum shall consist of the majority of the Trustees then in office. A Trustee may be present in person, or through electronic means. The vote of a majority of those present shall be requisite and sufficient to decide any matters, other than the granting of funds. A majority of Trustees then in office shall constitute the requisite and sufficient number to authorize the granting of funds.
Section 8. Action by Consent
Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Trustees may be taken without a meeting provided that all Trustees are notified and that a majority of the Trustees then in office consent to the action in writing and the written consents are filed with the records of the Foundation. Such consent shall be treated for all purposes as a vote of the Trustees at a meeting duly called and convened.
Section 9. Committees
The Board of Trustees may establish committees as it deems appropriate from among and beyond the Trustees and may delegate thereto some or all of its power except those prohibited by these By-Laws, Articles of Organization, or by law. Except as the Board of Trustees may otherwise determine, any such committee may make rules for the conduct of its business, but unless otherwise provided by the Board of Trustees or in such rules, its business shall be conducted so far as possible in the same manner as is provided by these By-Laws for the Board of Trustees. All members of such committees shall hold such offices at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees may abolish any such committees at any time. Any committee to which the Board of Trustees delegates any of its powers or duties shall keep the records of its meetings and shall upon request report its action to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall have the power to rescind any action of any committee.


Section 1. Enumeration
The officers of the Foundation shall be Chairperson of the Board, Secretary of the Board and Treasurer of the Board consistent with Article IV, Section 3[A], and such other officers, as the Trustees from time to time, may in their discretion elect.
Section 2. Powers

Subject to the provisions of these By-laws, each officer shall have in addition to the duties and powers herein set forth, such duties and powers as are commonly incident to his/her office and such duties and powers as the Trustees may from time to time designate.
Section 3. Chairperson of the Board

[A] The Chairperson of the Board shall be the chief executive officer of the Foundation and the Chair of the Board of Trustees. The Chairperson of the Board shall, subject to the discretion of the Board of Trustees, have general supervision and control of its business.[B] Unless otherwise provided by the Board of Trustees, the Chairperson shall preside, when present, at all meetings of the Board of Trustees and formally represent the Foundation to any and all outside organizations and individuals.
Section 4. Treasurer of the Board
[A] The Treasurer of the Board shall, subject to the direction of the Board of Trustees, have general charge of the financial affairs of the Foundation and shall cause to have kept accurate books of account. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds and valuable documents of the Association, except as the Board of Trustees may otherwise provide. The Treasurer shall be Chair of the Finance Committee and shall supervise preparation of an annual budget and annual report for submission to the Board of Trustees.[B] The Treasurer of the Board shall establish such bank account or accounts as the Trustees may approve. All checks drawn on such accounts shall require the signatures of an Officer of the Board. The Board Chair may designate and assign an appropriate representative to sign checks within certain limitations and guidelines, to be determined annually and filed in writing.
Section 5. Secretary of the Board

The Secretary of the Board shall keep a record of the meetings of the Board of Trustees and shall be responsible for maintaining notice of meetings and other correspondence among Trustees as may be required as part of service to the Foundation.


Section 1. Resignations of Officers or Trustees
Any Trustee or Officer may resign at any time by delivering his/her resignation in writing to the Chairperson or Secretary of the Board. Such resignation shall take effect at such time as is specified therein, or if no time is so specified, then upon delivery thereof.
Section 2. Vacancies
If any office or Trusteeship becomes vacant the Trustees may fill the office by majority vote.
Section 3. Removal from Office

Any officer or Trustee may be removed from office for any reason by a majority vote of the Trustees. The position will be filled for the balance of the term based on the procedure outlined in Section 2 above.


The Trustees and officers of the Foundation shall not be personally liable for any debt, liability or obligation of the Foundation. All persons, corporations or other entities extending credit to, contracting with, or having any claim against, the Foundation, may look only to the funds and property of the Foundation for payment of any such contract or claim. Likewise, neither shall the Independent Educational Consultants Association, its officers, Directors or members be liable for any debt, liability or obligation of the Foundation.


The Foundation shall, to the extent legally permissible and only to the extent that the status of the Foundation as an organization exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code is not affected thereby, indemnify each of its Trustees, officers, employees and other agents against all liabilities and expenses including amounts paid in satisfaction of judgments, in compromise or as fines or penalties, and counsel fees reasonably incurred in connection with the defense or disposition of any action, suit or other proceeding, whether civil or criminal, in which he/she may be threatened while in office or thereafter by reason of his/her being or having been a Trustee, officer employee or other agent, except with respect to any matter as to which he/she shall have been adjudicated in any proceeding not to have acted in good faith in the reasonable belief that his/her action was in the best interest of the Foundation.


An interim transition plan and organization may be designed and implemented over a period of up to one year, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, to manage a smooth establishment of the Foundation and these By-laws.


The By-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Trustees, provided that written notice of the proposed amendment be mailed to all Trustees at least thirty days prior to any meeting.

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