Frequently Asked Questions


What is The Academy for Creating Enterprise?

The Academy is a non-profit organization based in Utah that seeks to alleviate poverty through micro enterprise education. During a 6-week program, students learn how to become self-reliant by starting their own small businesses. Although not funded or sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many students who attend The Academy are LDS returned missionaries.

How successful are graduates?

More than 80 percent of student graduates are now earning a living and on their way to self-reliance. Roughly 60 percent currently operate their own businesses and another 22 percent are now earning a living working for others. Some graduates return to college after the Academy.

How is this non-profit organization funded?

Donations come from 200 families in the United States, Mexico and the Philippines. The majority of monetary donations come from 25 of the 200 families. The Academy is not sponsored nor endorsed by any religious, academic or civic institution.

Why does The Academy focus on training returned missionaries?

Returned missionaries already have a great foundation of success to build upon. Mission service gives young people experience in areas such as time management, goal setting, perseverance and leadership training. After graduating from the Academy, each of the students agree to teach what they have learned in their churches and communities. In fact, several graduates in the Philippines have taught at colleges and universities near their homes.

How much does enrollment cost and what are donations used for?

The six-week course currently costs $600 per student in Mexico and $100 per student in the Philippines. Every student is required to pay at least a portion of this cost. This allows the Academy to provide food, lodging, school supplies and training. A non-profit organization called the Called2Serve Foundation pays the remaining balance. The majority of operating costs are covered by sponsors in the United States and other in-country donors.

How can I help?

The easiest, fastest and most effective way to help is to donate funds. You can donate here or send your donation to The Called2Serve Foundation, 2520 North University Avenue, Suite 100, Provo, Utah 84604. Our foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 as designated by the IRS. All deductions are allowable on your federal taxes.