Command and General Staff College Foundation
100 Stimson Ave, Suite 1149
Ft. Leavenworth KS 66027
The first board meeting of 2020 took place February 21, 2020.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 651-0624
Fax 913- 651-4519
Mission Statement
The mission of the CGSC Foundation is to support CGSC in educating
leaders for the 21st century in the following mission areas:
  • Enrich the College’s academic environment
  • Foster a strong relationship between the military and the private sector
  • Enhance the institution’s research activities
  • Promote leader development
  • Encourage excellence in the faculty and student body
  • Support Family Programs that enhance the lives of students, faculty and staff
  • Maintain contact with alumni
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Roderick Cox
Board Chair Mr. Mike Hockley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partner, Spencer Fane
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Ways to Donate – Gifts of cash are fully deductible, up to a maximum of 50% of your adjusted gross income. Any excess can generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as five subsequent years. You can also mail a check, do credit card donations online as well as we accept gifts of stock. We also accept in-kind donations and are always looking for volunteers to support our programs. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on all Foundation activities. We welcome you to join the the CGSCF Alumni Association on the website (both Alumni and Friends are welcome). 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The mission of the CGSC Foundation is to support CGSC in educating
leaders for the 21st century in the following mission areas:
  • Enrich the College’s academic environment
  • Foster a strong relationship between the military and the private sector
  • Enhance the institution’s research activities
  • Promote leader development
  • Encourage excellence in the faculty and student body
  • Support Family Programs that enhance the lives of students, faculty and staff
  • Maintain contact with alumni
Background Statement
Before December 2005, CGSC was the only staff college not supported by a foundation. Today the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc. (CGSCF)—a 501(c)3 non-profit organization—seeks to provide resources not available or allowable through public funds.
While appropriated Federal funding is adequate for the infrastructure and operating costs needed to maintain the educational baseline, funds that support and expand the margin of excellence in CGSC must come from private resources.

Philanthropy, the means of obtaining these private resources, is an essential role for the CGSC Foundation. Through its philanthropic efforts the CGSC Foundation can help CGSC produce exceptional leaders capable of dealing with the new environmental and operational challenges of a post-9/11 world.
The Foundation’s support will ultimately assist the college in achieving its vision of becoming an “Intellectual Center of Change” for our military leaders.
Impact Statement
Over the past year we have provided the Army Command and General Staff College $400,000 in direct support of their mission to educate and develop the future leaders of America. Foundation funding supported programs such as a National Ethics Symposium examining issues involved with weapons of mass destruction; two National Security Roundtables where 32 community leaders from across the country joined faculty and students to share views on the military and national security matters; publication of faculty and student essays, articles, papers, studies and thesis; and offered a holistic resiliency program for officers and scholarships for spouses. Moreover, the Foundation has started a new series of Leadership Programs including a  Leaders of Tomorrow symposium and an Executive Leaders Summit.
Our goals for 2020 include continuing our highly successful National Security Roundtables, Ethics Symposiums, and Leadership Programs.
Needs Statement
We have great programs (below) that the community has supported, but the most pressing need is general funds for operations. 
College and Mission Support for sponsoring academic speakers, symposiums and conferences for faculty and students.($12,000) 
National Security Roundtable for community leaders and students sharing views of the military and national security issues. ($25,000 per year)
Family Programs that include holistic resiliency program, scholarships for spouses, library programs for kids ($50,000)
Distinguished Speaker Series for students and community--includes Colin Powell lecture series,  ($57,000) 
Academic Awards--for students and faculty at graduation ($10,000)
Faculty and Student research grants for improving the opportunitites in military education ( $30,000)
The CGSC Foundation Press which publishes the InterAgency Journal as well as the Foundation News Magazine ($75,000)
Post and College touring walk in talk programs ($6,000) 
CGSC Foundation Scholarship program supporting the education of military family members, ($10,00)
For a full list of Foundation programs, check out the Foundation website.  
Service Categories
Higher Education
International, Foreign Affairs and National Security N.E.C.
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative
The programming that we offer the students and faculty is done at the Command and General Staff College inside Fort Leavenworth.
The programming that we offer the community is usually within the greater Kansas City Community. But because we have had over 8,000 international graduates, we are well known in the military community throughout the world. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Foundation is celebrating 15 years. We are very proud of the excellent programming that we have established over the years. That includes the Ethics Symposium, which is considered the largest and best in the United States Army; the National Security Roundtable where over 200 business and civic leaders have been partnered with students to learn more about the college curriculum as well as a national security issue; and our Speakers Series that introduces students to world class speakers as well as recognized faculty members from the history department that speak on topics as varied as WWI to the Vietnam War.
The challenges we face is the continued funding of these and other programs. The Foundation receives no government funding yet with government funding being cut in all areas of defense, the Command and General Staff college is not exempt from those cuts. Now more than ever the CGSC Foundation needs to develop long lasting relationships with board members, major donors, corporate sponsors, and grantors who understand and financially support our mission.
The CGSC Foundation supports the Command and General Staff College through many programs both educational and family support. All gifts and support to the college must go through our Foundation and be approved by the Secretary of the Army before the funds can be handed over to the college in cash or in-kind. Funds are held by the CGSC Foundation until needed by the college. Restricted gifts can only be used for the purpose that they were given. The following programs and gifts are supported by donor contributions through the CGSC Foundation.


  • Unrestricted Gifts (requests from Faculty and Staff and distributed at the Chief of Staff’s discretion): academic support and outreach, general support to the College, Deans Fund, support for pre-command course, support for SAMS course, student programs.
  • Restricted Gifts (most are annual re-occurring programs): Comprehensive family and soldier fitness, CGSC and Sam’s graduation support,DACOR-CGSC visiting professor of foreign policy,  IHOF program, National Security Roundtable, Colin Powell Lecture Series, General Shelton Ethics Chair, Ethics Symposium.


Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Short-Term Success
One great example of success is demonstrated in the responses that we receive from participants of the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Military Families”  This workshop, developed by Franklin Covey, provides a much-needed framework for applying universal, self-evident principles that enable family members to better communicate about their problems and resolve them successfully. These workshops offered to the CGSC students and their spouses has proven successful in empowering military families to better cope with their unique set of challenges as a military spouse.  Military families are under considerable stress from repeated separations and frequent moves with children. The results have been happier, better informed and better supported families.          
Long-Term Success

The CGSC Foundation’s vision is to become a supporting organization that is widely recognized as a national leader in membership, programs, innovation and support to the US Army Command and General Staff College to advance its core mission of educating leaders for the challenges of the 21stcentury.

Program Success Monitored By Feedback from our participants has been the most successful way that we have been able to measure our success. From the families of the soldiers to the top leadership we receive many letters of appreciation for the services and programs that we provide.
Examples of Program Success
Many great leaders of our nation attended the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth. The CGSC Foundation provides funding that the federal government does not cover that provides the margin of excellence on many different levels for the future leadership of our country. Two such Leaders are quoted below:
Distinguished Leadership Award recipient May 10, 2012.  In his acceptance remarks, Petraeus said, “...I want to make it clear that I accept this award only in as much as I am able to do so on behalf of all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians. I was honored to lead in the tough endeavors that were informed and guided by the ideas and culture developed at [Fort] Leavenworth. The CGSC is, in short, a true national asset, one that has served our nation and our Army exceedingly well.”

--General David H. Petraeus 

“The path to a trained and ready Army runs through the gates of Fort Leavenworth.”

--Gen. Carl E. Vuono, 31st Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

CEO Comments
The CGSC Foundation's challenge has been a small base of support. the opportunities include broadening the base of support by providing systematic fundraising. We are addressing that by utilizing "best practices"  on our annual appeal letter, hosting "friendraising events" across the country, developing  more long lasting relationships with corporations for sponsorships, and creating our case statement to pursue grants.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Roderick Cox
Term Start Dec 2018
Experience Rod assumed duties as the President & CEO of the Foundation on Dec. 14, 2018. He previously served as the program director of the Foundation’s Simons Center since March 2016. Rod served in the Army for more than 32 years as an artilleryman, foreign area officer, professor and historian, retiring in August 2013. After his Army career he served as a district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration and also served on the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board fostering interagency cooperation and focusing on veterans in government service issues
Former CEOs
Doug TystadAug 2013 - Dec 2018
COL (Ret.) Robert UlinAug 2005 - Dec 2012
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations
Title Chief Development Officer
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 5
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The Command and General Staff College partners with the Foundation for the National Security Roundtable. AFI is a sponsor of the Simons Center. First Command sponsors lecture series with the Foundation. University of Kansas, Park University and University of St. Mary all participate in the Foundations DACOR program.
Governor's proclamation of CGSC Foundation DayState of Kansas2011
Best Military Support CharitiesFederal Times2013
Certificate of AppreciationAUSA2019
Art of War Gifts of Peace articleSmithsonian website2017
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mike Hockley
Company Affiliation Partner, Spencer Fane
Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. John Robinson
Company Affiliation CGSC Foundation
Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2020
Board Members
Mr. Douglass J. AdairExchange National Bank & Trust
Mr. Farhad Azimaretired
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Stanley ClarkeAFI
Colonel (Ret.) Sandra Doyle
Col (Ret) Bill EckhardtCGSC Foundation
Mr. Michael HockleySpencer Fane
LTG (Ret) Rich KellerRetired
Mr. Benny LeeDurraCom
Mr. Pat LeisBlue Hat Crane Company
Mr. Terry LillisCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Terry LillisCGSC Foundation
Lt. Col. (USA Ret.) Thomas O. MasonCooley, LLP
Mr. Michael V. MeyerSalute America's Heroes
Col. (Ret.) Robert NaethingRetired
Mr. Christopher Nixon-CoxBrightSphere Investment Group
Mrs. Mary O'ConnorCountry Club Bank
MG Tim OrrCGSC Foundation
Mr. Frank OvjiProducer
LTG (Ret) John M. PicklerRetired
Col (USA Ret.) Jim Potteroff
Col. (Ret.) Pat ProctorBaan Thai Restaurant
Mr. John H. RobinsonHamilton Ventures, LLC
Ms. Leslie SchweitzerFriends of the American University of Afghanistan
Mr. Shane SmeedPark University
Mr. Scott SmithCGSC Foundation
Mr. Gary Volger Sr.Howitzer Consulting
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Bryan WamplerRetired
Mr. Chris WendelboLincoln Financial
Mr. Wesley Westmoreland
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 Azeris, Turkic
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 26
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 10%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Advisory Board Members
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John PicklerRetired
Mr. Gene WilsonRetired
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $450,000
Projected Expenses $760,000
Endowment Value $3,033,740
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 4
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$690,292$688,020$662,196
Administration Expense$241,626$231,245$248,961
Fundraising Expense$85,294$85,183$72,931
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.500.640.40
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%68%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$5,915,418$6,197,241$6,413,135
Current Assets$1,381,650$1,914,686$2,343,743
Long-Term Liabilities$16,910$14,373$15,723
Current Liabilities$26,453$20,596$22,463
Total Net Assets$5,872,055$6,162,272$6,374,949
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities52.2392.96104.34
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $30,000Anonymous $10,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $20,000Anonymous $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $15,000Anonymous $8,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Dates Mar to Mar
Amount Raised to Date as of Sept
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
CGSC Program Guide2019View
CGSC Foundation Brochure2019View
Organization Name Command and General Staff College Foundation
Address 100 Stimson Ave, Suite 1149
Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66027
Primary Phone (913) 651-0624
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Roderick Cox
Board Chair Mr. Mike Hockley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partner, Spencer Fane
Year of Incorporation 2005