FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Rating: 3.22 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: PO Box 9588 Chesapeake VA 23321 USA

Mission: In 1965, historian Verna Marie Hall and educator Rosalie June Slater founded the Foundation for American Christian Education. Its mission is to publish and teach America's Christian History and method of education by Biblical principles to restore Christian self-government and character to the individual, to families, to churches, and to the nation.

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend anyone donating to FACE until the leadership is replaced. I read the previous reviews in support of the organization, but they were from individuals that are not familiar with the inner workings of management or the board. I was the Secretary and Treasurer.

I saw how the Adam's refused to provide financial information to the board, how they would raise their salaries 20% annually without board approval (they would not even tell the board what their salaries are for the current year), even though the performance of the operations were declining substantially, and would not allow the board to audit the financial statements.

I saw how they would take unlimited vacations at the Foundations expense. I saw how they would use Foundation money to improve their own personal property.

I saw how they would invite an outside consultant at $5,000 a day to provide advice, and then would not follow his recommendations. (For example, he said the greatest treat to the life of the organization is that there is no successor. Carol refused to devote any time to cultivating staff to assume the leadership position once she was no longer able or willing to perform her duties.

I saw how the leadership would change the mission of the organization, without board input or approval. The mission changed from desiring to expand the use of the Principle Approach in schools and home schools across the country, to simply being a steward of the library of resources gathered by the founders. They have given up on truly seeking to restore our nation. Instead, they want to live off of the donations that have been received through the efforts of the founders.

I am truly saddened by the current state of FACE and pray continually that the Lord will remove the organization from their hands ahnd place it into the hands of someone that will, not only steward the existing resources, but will fulfill the vision of the founders to use them to restore our nation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Serving on the board and using the Principle Approach in our home school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Replace the current leadership.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Prior to discovering FACE eight years ago and their outstanding teaching materials & methodology, I taught History in a high school in California and later in a small private school in Tennessee. There is absolutely nothing I have found in curricula that comes close to the depth and quality of the Principle Approach in educating children. I have now attended three FACE workshops; last two were lead by Carole Adams. She inspired me to become proficient in teaching the PA which I am going to use with my grandchildren. I love the way strong character, courage and integrity are developed in students and reinforced through the subject matter and methods of application of the material.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing classes, also teaching a homeschooler a unit on the Pilgrim fathers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look for opportunities for Carole to address parents at homeschool conferences all over the country so that more parents learn about the Principle Approach.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The Foundation for American Christian Education has been the main source of inspiration for educating my children in an American Christian philosophy of education and for teaching our family to reason Biblically from principles in all areas of our life. We therefore consider it a life-long blessing to support the Foundation financially with full confidence. It has always amazed us that the leadership did so much with so little and has managed to operate for nearly fifty years in an essential mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

. . . in the fruit its mission has produced in my family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring many others to this source of truth.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have given to this great organization on a regular basis for many years. I have complete confidence in their ability to provide material for teachers and students. They are conservative in their budgets, spending and cost controls. Wonderful staff, great training and leaders with character.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visited schools usisng thier programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

It has been my privilege to support, pray for and contribute to this one-of-a-kind ministry for over fifteen years. My life and the lives of many around me have been abundantly blessed because two women followed their calling and because another laid down her life to perpetuate it. John and Carole Adams carry on the noble vision of restoring Christian self-government in our nation through education, with integrity and diligence. Serving as the CFO, Mr. Adams is meticulous in documenting and reporting the expenses and income of the Foundation. The organization’s transparency with their donor base offers a sound opportunity for anyone who desires to invest in the future of our nation. The mission of FACE coupled with the structure of the organization and the leadership team provides an atmosphere for this fifty plus year ministry to flourish and impact more lives in the next generation. Thank you FACE leaders and staff for your continued vision and perseverance to restore and safeguard liberty in our great nation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own life and witnessed it in the lives of many I know.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more donors

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a major donor for over ten years and believe in and value the mission of this organization. We have seen first hand the careful management of the organization to accomplish its mission. As an old friend of the founder of FACE I value the commitment of the organization to adhere to the original focus and continually integrate that into today's new technology and communication. The present leadership was selected and mentored by the original founders and understands and stewards the mission successfully. I plan to continue my longterm support of this important work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Educating my own children in the Principle Approach and having the joy of seeing their characters formed in Christ.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage making the mission accessible to more people.

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a member of the public and a past Board member, and have also been actively involved as a volunteer to promote and support the mission of the FACE organization. I am a firm believer in the Principle Approach philosophy and method as the only means to teach children to think and reason Biblically. I also became a substantial financial supporter of the organization and its stated mission. I was dissatisfied with the way my funds were administered and made the decision to withdraw them after many failed attempts to receive a concise accounting of them.

As a member of the Board, I repeatedly asked for financial reports that would enable me to exercise proper financial oversight in my role, but this was never provided for me to my satisfaction. I had asked for a copy of the organization's Bylaws to be distributed to all the Board members so we could discuss them, as they were not being followed as written. This discussion was grudgingly begun, but never finished-- John and Carole Adams repeatedly accused me of trying to have the Board micromanage them and the foundation. I also asked repeatedly for an audit of the foundation when I realized the Foundation was operating in the red consistently. This request was dismissed as not being necessary and too expensive to pursue. The final result of all these requests was to inform me that 'some Board members' had requested I be removed from the Board, so I chose to resign rather than be voted off.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all my contacts with them as described in my review.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

restore the original mission and purpose of the organization, which are no longer being pursued. I would change the leadership of the organization and remove John and Carole Adams from their positions. I would attempt to stabilize the organization financially and begin to actively promote its mission and the Principle Approach. I would re-establish the printing of the Journal and holding annual conferences with the participation of other like-minded individuals, organizations and schools.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Serious ethical issues must be addressed about members of the board as well as those responsible for the day-to-day operations and financial decisions of this organization. I feel strongly that the Principle Approach education system is the best educational program that exists, but do not believe those in the organization are abiding by corret morals and principles.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The benefits of the Principle Approach education model.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Remove the members of the board as well as the President and Vice President to give this educational system its proper representatives.

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Rating: 1 stars  

FACE has truly identified the solution to restoring Christian character in America through the Principle Approach method of teaching and learning. However, internally, the organization functions very poorly in terms of accountability, transparency, and stewardship. The operational leadership does not provide the appropriate financial information to the Board of Directors, which really functions more as a source of friendly encouragement rather than fulfilling its role as steward. Efforts by certain board members to establish systems of accountability and transparency are rejected, such as requesting independent audits and salary reviews, approval of fund usage, and adherance to the stated mission.

The organization does not follow the ECFA Standards and Best Practices, although being very familiar with them. It really acts more like a private entity rather than a public charity, with donated funds solely directed by the Pressident and Vice President (Carole and John Adams), including setting their own compensation (which is quite substantial). Until authority over the organization is placed in the hands of a true Board of Directors and the board fulfills its fiduciary duties, I would not recommend donating money.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

using the Principle Approach in our homeschool and serving on the Board of Directors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Immediately remove the authority and power currently enjoyed by the President and Vice President (Carole and John Adams) until appropriate systems of accountability and transparency are instilled by the Board of Directors.

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