Chase Educational Consulting NFP
Apt. 925
SARASOTA FL 34238-5685
Chase Educational Consulting creates large scale STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) projects for 5th through 12th grade students.  Our projects require students to work cooperatively in a team environment,  apply their classroom knowledge to a project they know little about, and solve a variety of problems with multiple jobs they must each complete.  Our projects are designed to change education by demonstrating a framework of integrated learning projects that teachers can observe and emulate.  "Learn to Love to Learn"
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Matthew Chase
Board Chair Affiliation Executive Director
General Info
Organization DBA
The Hovercraft Project
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2017
State Registration Yes Oct 2017
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
This past year we have successfully moved beyond the borders of Illinois to service new educational institutions in Iowa, North Carolina and Florida.  We have also relocated our main service area to Sarasota, Florida.  Lastly, we have added key officers to our board who will help to guide new project development and who have an immediate understanding of the Florida educational culture.
This current year we aim to get exposure in every elementary and middle school in Sarasota and surrounding counties.  Of those schools, we aim to gain ongoing contracts in 20% of those facilities.  An additional goal this year is to begin development of our next large scale project, The Solar Car Project.  Lastly, we have recently begun working with an engineering firm to optimize the current design of The Hovercraft Project and aim to have that optimization completed by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Needs Statement
1.  The Hovercraft Project - donations.  $25 per student is the project fee.  Donors can contribute by the student, classroom, or school.  
2.  The Hovercraft Project - donations.  $500 for wear and tear upkeep on abused equipment. 
3.  The Solar Car - Electrical engineering expertise - Need an electrical engineer to help optimize aspects of this new project.
4.  The Solar Car Project - Donations - $10,000 needed to assemble a working prototype and begin testing curriculum.  
Right now, these projects are funded by parents, PTO's, or some grants for which teachers must apply.  We are looking for a donor partner that would be willing to fund this project for a specified school year after year.  In this way, parents, teachers, and PTO's can be relieved of the monetary burden.  This project is costly because the development and equipment costs are high, however, the impact is beyond measurable. 
Background Statement
I was a 5th grade teacher and was tired of pushing paper to my students.  One day, I decided to take on a student centered, inquiry based approach to education.  Part of that approach was identifying projects that they would be motivated in exploring and that paralleled the standards we were instructed to teach.  I assigned this homework to my 5th grade classes and received 50 submissions of projects that interested students.  We whittled down the prospects and arrived at the beginnings of The Hovercraft Project.  This project has developed over the last 14 years to become what it has today, but it is important to note that it all began with student interest.  My philosophy of education centers around a constructivist approach to learning (hands on) fueled by the socratic method of education (using questions to teach instead of providing content or answers).  These two philosophies engage students in ways that they didn't even know were possible and have molded The Hovercraft Curriculum from the beginning.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments We travel throughout the United States with The Hovercraft Project.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Science & Technology
Tertiary Org Type Science & Technology
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
There is no STEAM project that has an impact like this in the United States.  We have successfully created a top notch project that demonstrates a new model for learning that can be applied in classrooms.  This project also helps students to realize the effect of teamwork and implementation of classroom education on real world problems.   
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
We all know education needs an overhaul.  I've talked with parents, administrators, teachers and students all over the country who all know a change needs to be made.  My TEDx talk describes a changing educational system moving toward a student centered, inquiry based, integrated learning model.  Students should never be ushered to math and then science and then language arts.  Rather, a project should be devised and all subjects related to the projects at the same time.  Students don't learn one subject at a time and there's no reason we should be teaching this way.  The Hovercraft Project is a template for this new style of educating that we hope teachers will begin to emulate.
Description The Hovercraft Project is a large scale, STEAM based project that uses a team approach to building a working, rideable, low-friction vehicle called a hovercraft.  Students are assigned multiple roles to help complete various aspects of the hovercrafts.  After assembly, the hovercrafts are tested, analyzed, and optimized for a distance competition.  Whichever team does the best job accurately collecting and analyzing their data as well as working as a team, will win the distance competition.
Budget $56,400
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success The Hovercraft Project gives students opportunities to work as a team, which is the number one need of employers today.  Students must communicate, evaluate, and draw on past knowledge and experiences to solve current problems.  Students cannot contain their excitement during and after this project because it teaches exactly how they learn.  When a context for learning is accurately communicated to students, their minds explode with activity, interest and motivation for more.  A by product of this project is that it gives teachers a framework for Project Based Learning that they can observe during the day.  Teachers then have the ability to utilize the same structure in their own classrooms for the rest of the year.  Many teachers change to a team approach in their classrooms after observing The Hovercraft Project.  
Long Term Success Students will gain a valuable starting point in how to communicate, how to problem solve, and how to lead or follow a team.  The Hovercraft Project provides a context for learning on which students can continuously build their knowledge and learning strategies to make sense of the world around them.  I still have students from 10 years ago contact me to say how this was their favorite project in school and how they wish they could have done more of them in their grade school years.  This brings me to the last long term success.  The Hovercraft Project seeks to take the highest technology  and apply it to the lowest grade levels.  The result of this action is to drive even higher project technology and integration at higher grade levels.  
Program Success Monitoring Teacher feedback is a primary metric for performance evaluation.  First time teachers of this project get visibly excited when they see the project executed.  They have commented that this is how education is supposed to be done.  They see the integration of project based instruction and reference this project throughout the remainder of their school years.  In terms of a finite test or mathematical measure of success, there is none.  True learning cannot be quantified.  The best way for a potential donor to determine if this program is a success is by volunteering one day and see it firsthand.  I guarantee that you will see success in a way you never deemed possible. 
Program Success Examples We are working with the last two teachers of the year in sarasota county.  Both of the teachers approached me for a demonstration because they can see where education needs to be headed and that direction is exactly where The Hovercraft Project is right now.  We get asked back to the same schools year after year in Illinois, North Carolina and Florida.  School systems all over the country know this method of teaching is the future and they want this project in their schools year after year as a demonstration to their teachers and students.  The best metric of success?  Schools asking for this project year after year across the country. 
Description This project will be modeled on The Hovercraft Project framework and curriculum but use solar powered go carts as the vehicles.  These go carts will be built in one day by a team of students and operated by a team of 4.  One student will drive the cart and the other will angle the solar panels perpendicular to the sun in order to obtain the most power converting to speed.  The third person will be a navigator operating around a digital course and the fourth person will continuously observe voltage and amperage outputs and relay that information to the other team members.  Students will have the option of including or excluding a battery storage element based on weight, range, and weather conditions.
Budget $500,000
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success This program is not fully operational and is seeking funding to build a prototype.  The short term successes will be identical to The Hovercraft Project.  However, The Solar Car Project will aimed at middle school and high school students as a successor to The Hovercraft Project.  
Long Term Success The Solar Car Project will have identical long term successes as The Hovercraft Project, but add a higher degree of technical analysis to upper grade levels.
Program Success Monitoring If schools ask The Solar Car Project back year after year, it is a success.
Program Success Examples Zero examples of success.  We are seeking funding to build a prototype and create curriculum.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start Oct 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email
Matthew Chase 
Chase Business Services, Inc 2001-2015  CEO
Oak Avenue Investments 2009-2015  CEO
Chase Educational Consulting, NFP 2012-present Executive Director
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
We collaborate with Lighthouse Education  and multiple people in the education field throughout the United States. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Matthew Chase
Company Affiliation Executive Director
Board Term Oct 2012 to Dec 2099
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Matthew Chase Corporate Officer, Executive Director, Board Chair
Jenni Chase Corporate Officer, Secretary
Kathy Chase Director Board Member
Jeffrey Light Director Board Member
Nicole Light Director Board Member
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 99
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 60
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 60
Governance Comments by Foundation Organization held only one board meeting in 2015.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $11,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Raise funds for equipment maintenance, funds for supplementing project cost for students, and funds to develop The Solar Car Project.
Campaign Goal $20,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2018 to June 2018
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of Oct 2016
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$44,446$26,712$0
Administration Expense$4,642$114$1,513
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.700.775.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%100%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$592$6,667
Current Assets$0$592$6,667
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities($14,116)$0$0
Total Net Assets($14,116)$592$6,667
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $20,720Contributions, gifts, grants $16,571Other $8,180
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHovercraft Income $13,660Registration Fees $4,1800 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated on the tax return.
Nonprofit Chase Educational Consulting NFP
Apt. 925
SARASOTA, FL 60046 5685
Phone 847 287-9242