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First Command Educational Foundation (FCEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to improving financial readiness through education and scholarship opportunities. FCEF has been providing its services since 1983.

FCEF’s primary focus is on programs and resources for America’s military servicemembers and civilian federal employees, and their families. Our services also extend to schools and community organizations who share the values and aspirations of our core constituents.

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FCEF CEO Presentation at First Command Financial Services

On July 12, FCEF CEO Vickie Coleman reminded First Command Financial Services’ Advisors at the general session of their annual conference in Seattle, Wash., how FCEF can assist in educating their clients. Click here to view Vickie’s presentation.


Blended Retirement System (BRS) Quick Reference Guide

Confused about the new military Blended Retirement System, effective January 1, 2018?  Click here to view our BRS quick reference guide for some basic information about this new plan.


2016 Donaldson D. Frizzell Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Frizzell scholarship winners.  Please visit our Meet our Recipients page to see their names, hometowns, and categories.


First Command Educational Foundation Builds Financial Readiness for Life

Where would you look for answers to some of life’s financial questions? FCEF has been providing assistance and answers since 1983. Click here to read more about our work and resources in an article we contributed to First Command Financial Services’ online Journey magazine.


Career Military Earning Low Marks in Financial Readiness

First Command Educational Foundation recently partnered with First Command Financial Services, Inc., to conduct the fifth annual survey of military and civilian financial knowledge. The survey found that middle class military families earned an average of 69, a failing score, though civilians performed slightly better. Click here to read First Command Financial Services’ press release with the results.


20 years ago, Lt. Paul “Jay” Smith, USAF, perished in the ValuJet Flight 592 crash in the Florida Everglades. In 2007 Jay’s parents, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Paul and Susan Smith established an endowment to honor Jay’s memory. The Smiths are also members of the Family Assistance Foundation, which works to support and improve business and industry response to emergencies and disasters and helps organizations successfully meet survivors’ needs after an emergency. Click here to view the April 2016 Family Assistance Foundation newsletter that commemorates Jay, and click here to visit FCEF’s Lt. Paul Jay Smith Memorial Endowment/Scholarship page.


Money Matters Online

New and improved!!

We have recently rolled out an improved version of our Money Matters Online curriculum.  Click here to visit the Education Resources page and then scroll down to the bottom of the Money Matters Online section to read more about the new enhancements.


Save the Date!!!

The 9th Annual FCEF “Chip-In” for Education Golf Tournament will be held Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Golf Club at Fossil Creek.. Visit our Special Events page for details and registration, sponsorship, and donation forms. Thanks!

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