Founded in 2012, the ETP Foundation is a public charity trust that helps to raise funds and increase philanthropic support for education technology and performance in schools and advocates the use of effective technology in education. The foundation receives donations from individuals, companies, and other foundations to benefit public and private schools; manages its endowed gift funds and other private assets; and advises community leaders in areas related to public trust and support of education. The endowed funds it manages provide faculty, student and program support in perpetuity.
The foundation plays a vital role in generating much-needed private support for schools. While states provide critical core support to schools, philanthropic support is essential to maintain our margin of excellence in all areas of education and research. The grants that schools receive through the ETP Foundation make a tremendous impact on the students, faculty, and schools. The ETP Foundation gratefully accepts gifts that foster educational excellence and helps to ensure that those gifts present even greater opportunities for the schools.
According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducted by the Office for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the United States ranks 14th in reading, 25th in math, and 17th in science. The data from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that there has been no educational progress in reading in the last 20 and the range for non-proficient readers is 60-80 percent. Math scores are not much better ranging from 40-75 percent non-proficiency. This is a national travesty.
If the United States is to successfully compete in the world economy, it needs an educated workforce proficient in reading, math, science, engineering, and technology.
The ETP Foundation focuses on providing grants for effective education technologies to schools to improve the learning performance of all students. The current technology focus is on reading applications, math applications, one-to-one tablet programs, classroom collaboration applications, student response applications, and wireless communications infrastructure to better equip our schools and produce students who are prepared with skills for the 21st century.
All gifts are processed through the ETP Foundation Trust. Giving opportunities on the www.ETPFoundation.org web site are administered via the ETP Foundation Trust.
To make a donation or request more information, please contact:
Bridget R. Yeakle
Founder & Chairman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420
The ETP Foundation’s leadership is comprised of the Chairman and a Board of Advisors. Our advisors are recognized leaders in their fields who have advised and assisted numerous organizations in the US and abroad. Our directors take a hands-on approach to implementing all of our programs and initiatives.
Bridget Yeakle is the Founder and Chairman of the Education Technology and Performance Foundation (ETP Foundation). Ms. Yeakle has 11 years of international business experience in London, England, Brussels, Belgium, and Mexico City, MX. Prior to founding the ETP Foundation, Ms. Yeakle organized journalists for both Houses of Parliament in London, worked with top executives at the ITT World Headquarters in Brussels, and trained ITT executives in Mexico City. Ms. Yeakle took a hiatus from a promising career to raise a family, organize charity events, and do volunteer work in Palm Beach, FL.
Ms. Yeakle was inspired at an early age by her father who was the Department Chair of Remedial Education at Court Fields School in Somerset, England and her uncle who worked for the British Council and devoted his life to improving education in India. "From an early age, I have been very aware of the importance of education for personal, economic, and societal success. When I became aware of the state of education in the US, I knew I needed to get involved in turning things around. The importance of our efforts to improve education cannot be overstated."
Ms. Yeakle earned a degree in Business Administration from the Taunton Technical College in Somerset, England.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (Retired) Kim Harrell dedicated over 23 years of military service to the United States Army and retired in 2003. Her occupational field was Military Intelligence. Some of her assignments included: Chief Operations Officer, Director Resource Management, Executive Officer, Unit Commanding Officer, Communications Security Officer, Intelligence Officer, Safety Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Human Resource and Equal Opportunity Advisor.
As the Director of JROTC and Military Instruction for Chicago Public Schools, LTC(R) Harrell was responsible for the largest JROTC program in the nation. The mission of Army JROTC is to “Motivate young people to become better citizens.” In this position, she served 6 military academy high schools, 4 military academies within a school, 35 high school JROTC programs, 31 Middle School Cadet Corps programs, and instructional staff of over 140 instructors who taught leadership and citizenship to over 10,000 students.
LTC(R) Harrell was part of the team that opened the first military academy high school in Broward County – Hollywood Hills Military Academy – in August of 2012. She served as the Commandant and later as the Senior Army instructor of Hollywood Hills High School JROTC program. The mission of the academy is to afford all students equal access to a rigorous and innovative college preparatory curriculum that upholds the leadership and character development embedded within the JROTC program.
LTC(R) Harrell's desire is to create life-changing experiences for youth to thrive and succeed through high school and beyond. She envisions communities filled with youth who can achieve personal and academic success; be connected to adults and their community; have a positive vision of their future and grow up to be healthy, productive, and civic-minded adults.
LTC(R) Harrell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Tampa. She earned a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She recently began her journey to pursue her Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Organizational Leadership with Northcentral University.
In addition to her interest in education and empowering our youth, Kim enjoys tennis, chronicling her family’s history, running, and reading. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, Fort Lauderdale, FL.; Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge – Broward County Chapter (Recording Secretary), and the American Legion – Broward Chapter.
LTC(R) Harrell resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has three daughters and six grandchildren.
Dame Beatrice Fairbanks Cayzer is a bestselling and award winning author. She has a life-long passion for writing and literacy. "Without readers, there would be no need for writers."
Ms. Cayzer has indulged her love for horses and travel by visiting many countries including Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Russia and Morocco. Her books are filled with stories of love and mystery from all of these countries.
She is the author of Tales of Palm Beach, The Prince and Princesses of Wales, The Royal World of Animals (a sell out in England), Diane, and 10 Happy Harrow books. Murder by Medicine was awarded Book of the Year by L.H.R.W.S.
Ms. Cayzer is the daughter of a US Ambassador-at-Large. She lived 30 years in England and now resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco and Palm Beach, Florida.
She is currently writing a romantic novel based on the life of John Quincy Adams.
Dr. Mitchell was the 6th man to walk on the moon. He and his colleagues inspired their country and generations of mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and technicians. "We went to the moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians."
Dr. Mitchell was a scientist, test pilot, naval officer, astronaut, entrepreneur, author, and lecturer. His extraordinary life and varied career personifies humankind’s eternal quest to explore both outer and inner space.
After retiring from the US Navy and the Astronaut Program, Dr. Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a foundation devoted to researching the nature of consciousness. He also co-founded the Association of Space Explorers, an international organization for people who have traveled in space. Both are educational organizations.
Dr. Mitchell was the author of Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science, GP Putnam, 1974; and The Way of the Explorer, GP Putnam, 1996. He was the author of dozens of published articles and was interviewed for dozens of others.
Dr. Mitchell was a highly sought after lecturer and delivered up to 50 addresses annually on cosmology, human potential, and our evolving future. He was a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows and was featured in several documentary films related to his interests. He was a consultant to several corporations and foundations.
Dr. Mitchell’s honors and awards included the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the US Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the NASA Group Achievement Award. In 2005, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Mitchell has numerous other awards and honors.
Dr. Mitchell’s academic background included a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University (1952), a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (1961), and a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1964). In addition, he received four honorary doctorates from New Mexico State University, the University of Akron, Carnegie Mellon University, and Embry-Riddle University.
Dr. Donna Rice is the President of DR Consulting, which was founded to leverage her vast experience helping young people find success in school and in life.
Dr. Rice currently teaches in the doctoral program at Northcentral University and in the master’s program for the University of Phoenix. She works with RTG and Associates in affiliation with Adams State University and Fort Hays State University helping instructors and cadets earn college credit.
Dr. Rice serves as the Education Advisor for the National Middle School Cadet Corps (NMSCC), as a Board Member of the Marching Elites and Citizenship Project, and as a Team Member of the Veteran’s National Education Program (VNEP).
Dr. Rice’s last civil service assignment involved the management of the Partnership for All Students’ Success (PASS) Project in coordination with the U.S. Army and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). This pilot, which now continues solely with district support, was designed to help middle school students develop leadership skills and chart a course for success through high school and beyond. In her retirement, she continues to work with the 11 PASS pilot sites and has joined forces with the NMSCC to support all districts with middle school leadership programs.
During her 30-year civil service career, Dr. Rice served as the Chief of Education, Operations, and Training of the U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Program serving over 300,000 cadets worldwide. Her specific duties included curriculum planning and development, technology integration and presentation including distance learning. She was also responsible for working with National and State Departments of Education, school districts, and other organizations to promote the program, quality of curriculum, instructor qualifications, and training excellence. She managed the complete revision of the entire curriculum for grades 9-12. In that effort she prescribed the objectives and the content of the instruction and specifically designed courses for students with varying backgrounds and abilities in a variety of situations across the country and overseas. She ensured that brain-based learning strategies, simulations, technology, multi-media instruction, physical fitness, wellness, core abilities, and life skills were integrated throughout. One of her most cherished accomplishments was establishing the JROTC Leadership Symposium and Academic Bowl (JLAB), which she continues to support in her retirement. Prior to her work in JROTC, Dr. Rice served as Director of an Army Education Center in Europe, as a guidance counselor, and as a middle school teacher.
She continues to support the empowerment of middle and high school students with knowledge of their behavioral preferences through Aeon’s Winning Colors and of their personal skills through Conover Company’s Success Profiler.
Dr. Rice graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Education from the University of Georgia. She earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development from Troy University and her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. The topic of her dissertation was “An Examination of Emotional Intelligence: Its Relationship to Academic Achievement in Army JROTC and the Implications for Education.
Dr. Rice resides with her husband in Williamsburg, Virginia. They have five children and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. William D. Roosevelt
Mrs. Roosevelt is the widow of William Donner Roosevelt, FDR’s grandson. She spent her early years modeling and became Miss Dior of Poland when she was 16. Modeling gave her the opportunity to travel the world, meet a variety of interesting people, and indulge her creativity. Mrs. Roosevelt is fluent in English, French, and Polish.
Mrs. Roosevelt lived many years in New York City where she became a top real estate agent for Sotheby’s International Realty. She was Director of Marketing for Michael J. Hershman at the Fairfax Group in Washington, DC, one of the world’s leading corporate and government risk-management and counter-terrorism firms.
Mrs. Roosevelt is a former columnist and feature writer for the Palm Beach Journal, which specialized in society, charity, and service in Palm Beach, FL, Cavallino Magazine, which specializes in finance and motor racing, and since 2011 a contributing writer for Opulence magazine. She is the author of the romantic thriller, The Racing Heart, and is currently working on its sequel.
In addition to her interest in education, Mrs. Roosevelt enjoys tennis, architecture, investing, and philanthropy. She has long-term relationships with the William H. Donner Foundation and the American Cancer Society and is a Trustee and Board Member of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach.
Mrs. Roosevelt currently divides her time between Palm Beach, Florida and Wilson Point, Connecticut.
Mrs. Roosevelt studied French literature at La Sorbonne, Paris, France and creative writing at Columbia University, New York.
City of Riviera Beach
February 16, 2013 - ETP Foundation is working with the City of Riviera Beach and the United States Chess Federation (USCF) to institute a chess league and chess club in the city through schools, after school programs, civic organizations, libraries, and churches. Councilman Shelby Lowe invited Robert McLellan and Jerry Nash of the USCF to Riviera Beach to help design and organize this important youth program.
In conjunction with the School eBook Library, ETP Foundation is promoting the instructional math content of the Khan Academy in schools across the country.
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
Tablet charging and security carts provided by NASA.
National Chess & Reading Development Organization (NCRDO)
In partnership with the NCRDO, bringing the benefits of chess and reading to communities around the country to foster analytical, interpersonal, and knowledge-acquistion skills. These skills provide many direct benefits to the development of young minds, especially in the Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) disciplines.
National Middle School Cadet Corp (NMSCC)
The ETP Foundation is proud to have been chosen to collect donations and administer funds for the National Middle School Cadet Corp (NMSCC). The NMSCC is designed to introduce middle school students to responsible leadership roles while facilitating a smooth transition into high school. With the focus on leadership and responsibility, the program establishes the expectations and frame work to improve student behavior, instill personal discipline, develop communications skills, promote character development, curb gang activity, reduce drop outs, establish positive peer role-models, and promote teamwork among the cadets and the student body. Cadets in the program represent the school and district at local functions, support the school in service projects, and learn to be a part of something greater than themselves. The program is non-branch specific and is not a recruiting tool. The skills learned during the school year are those skills necessary to be successful in all walks of life.
Support provided by South Florida Opulence Magazine, a periodical devoted to capturing the South Florida luxury lifestyle.
School eBook Library
The School eBook Library is part of the World Public Library Association (WPLA), which is the world’s largest eBook provider with over 3 million titles and 6 million articles. Founded in 1996, the WPLA is a global effort to preserve and disseminate classic works of literature, serials, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works in a number of languages and countries around the world. Its mission is to serve and aid the public, students, and educators by providing the world's most complete collection of electronic texts, books, and documents online, as well as offer a variety of services and resources that support and strengthen the instructional programs of education from elementary to graduate studies.
Simses & Associates
Legal services provided by Simses & Associates, a Palm Beach, Florida law firm specializing in estate planning, probate administration, trusts, wills, tax planning, charitable planning, and real estate.
Support provided by Sungevity.org, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1977 that strives to increase the widespread adoption of solar energy through educational outreach, policy research and market transformation.
United States Chess Federation
The ETP Foundation is working with the United States Chess Federation (USCF) to bring chess and literacy programs to communities across the country. The USCF is the official, not-for-profit US membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to Grandmasters. The USCF represents the United States in the World Chess Federation (FIDE), linking US members to chess players around the world.
Walmart Community Foundation
Support provided by the Walmart Community Foundation (WCF). It is the mission of the WCF) to create opportunities so people can live better. They consider it their responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities they serve. Whether it’s through the grants they provide to the thousands of organizations that share their mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, they are passionate about helping people live better. Once community at a time.
William H. Donner Foundation
Support provided by the William H. Donner Foundation. “When we build, let us… build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for.” The William H. Donner Foundation is a New York based philanthropic organization.
The Wilmington Trust sponsored an event at the Beach Club in Palm Beach featuring Alex W. Dreyfoos, as the keynote speaker. Mr. Dreyfoos is the benefactor of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts & Sciences, one of the nation's premier public schools.
ARC of Palm Beach County, FL
Coral Sunset Elementary School, PBCSD, FL
Hyattsville Elementary School, PGCPS, MD
National Chess & Reading Development Organization (NCRDO)
Palm Beach Daily News
December 31, 2012 - Portrait unveiled – Nearly 100 guests were on hand to observe Brazilian artist Romero Britto unveil his portrait of Ava Roosevelt at a party at her Palm Beach home. The hostess took the opportunity to introduce guests to the Education Technology & Performance Foundation, a charitable trust on which she serves as a member of the advisory board. Among the guests were former astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Swedish interior designer Lars Bolander, Robert and Toni Holt Kramer, Lady Caroline Coates, Cheryl Marshman and Baroness Silvia von Hohenberg.
Palm Beach Society
Palm Beach Post
February 15, 2013 – Cerabino: By pushing chess, Riviera Beach councilman also pushing kids to ‘think’ – By Frank Cerabino http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local-education/cerabino-by-pushing-chess-riviera-beach-councilman/nWPsY/
South Florida Opulence Magazine
Ongoing relationship with Southeast Florida Opulence Magazine. http://www.southfloridaopulence.com/
WPEC-TV CBS 12
Februrary 16, 2013 – United States Chess Federation (USCF) Riviera Beach chess program. http://www.cbs12.com/
The foundation plays a vital role in generating much-needed private support for schools. While states provide critical core support to schools, philanthropic support is essential to maintaining our margin of excellence in all areas of education and research.
The gifts that schools receive through the foundation make a tremendous impact on the schools, faculty, students, and programs. The ETP Foundation gratefully accepts gifts that foster educational excellence and helps to ensure that those gifts present even greater opportunities for the districts and schools.