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On Behalf of A Grateful Nation Inc

  • NEW YORK, NY
  • http://www.onbehalf.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 2005 by 4 USAR veterans, OnBehalf.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to raise funds and professional services for injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for the families of the fallen.  Due to our all-volunteer team and low administrative expenses, over 90% of tax-deductible contributionS will reach injured veterans and military families.  Or, if you're an independent professional or small business owner, consider contributing your discounted or complimentary item or service to our Thank a Vet Network, where we match your donation with eligible military candidates.

Main Programs

  1. The Thank a Vet Network
Service Areas

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National

Given much of our financial support is derived from donors in New York and New England, nominees from these areas will take precedence when awarding financial grants. However, wounded veterans and military families nationwide are of course considered, in both financial grants and services from the Thank a Vet Network.

ruling year

2006

Director since 2005

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MICHAEL GIFFORD

Keywords

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nonprofit, donation, military, veteran, injured, wounded, combat, iraq, afghanistan, army, navy, air force, marine, donate, contribute, help, war, help wounded vets, support our troops

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EIN

01-0856839

 Number

1450968943

Physical Address

223 E 88TH ST APT 3A

NEW YORK, 10128

Also Known As

ONBEHALF.ORG

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Single Organization Support (E11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Veteran founded in 2005, and recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code on March 7, 2006, OnBehalf.org is an all-volunteer, military nonprofit that looks to raise funds and services for wounded veterans from Iraq & Afghanistan, as well as the families of the fallen.  Thanks to low administrative expenses and a pro bono team of advisors, over 90% of your contribution will reach injured veterans and military families.  We also offer a warm, personal way to give something back: if you're an independent professional or small business owner, consider contributing your discounted or complimentary item or service to our ProfessionalNetwork, in lieu of a cash donation.  With our Network, donated items and services are matched with injured veterans and military families by OnBehalf.org's staff, and are exclusively for their use. We've raised over $50,000 since inception, and matched several of our military veterans with professional services.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Thank a Vet Network

The Thank a Vet Network aims to connect injured veterans and the families of the fallen with services donated by small business and independent professionals nationwide (usually via LinkedIn).  The program is ongoing and primarily occurs online, minimizing costs.  Website maintenance is the sole expenditure for this program.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

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None

Budget

$200.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Among other tangible goals, OnBehalf.org is aiming to bring awareness to the American public of how the Veteran Administration's crippling bureaucracy is causing hardship to our wounded veterans and military families ("backlog"). The statistics are alarming, and only serve to frustrate and complicate the lives of struggling veterans. However, with these problems comes solutions. OnBehalf is dedicated to providing eligible servicemen & women (who have separated from the military with a service-connected disability) with financial grants while they await their benefits. We also realize that cash isn't always the answer, so we're looking to create a nationwide registry of small businesses and independent professionals who may address a veteran's needs through complimentary and discounted items/services. In doing so, burdens on our military families can be addressed, and more awareness can be brought to the systemic procedural delays that hurt our war wounded.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We pride ourselves on being a lean organization. We're vet-founded and -run, and all-volunteer. Always have been, always will be.

    Administrative: Like any other NPO, OnBehalf wants to maximize fundraising, minimize expenditures, and streamline our operations for optimum transparency. Grass-roots to the core, our staff works with provider businesses (website maintenance and support, online fundraising, accounting, marketing, merchandise, etc) that can offer discounts for their services (ie, PayPal and Google for Nonprofits). Most expenditures and services however are covered by the board with personal funds, allowing us to enjoy low administrative costs to the organization and provide more cash to vets in need.

    Fundraising: we rely heavily on sweat equity (literally). Our motto is "we earn your donation the hard way," as proven by our mud runs and other events we promote and solicit donations for. Our national reach with Google Adwords, social media and relationships we've built with other organizations (ie, IAVA) assist us in our ongoing campaigns to raise funds for wounded vets, as has online donations via our website.

    Professional Networking (our Thank a Vet Net): Primarily administered via our website. Independent professionals and small businesses contact us directly with their contribution, and/or join our group on LinkedIn. From there, we can connect our wounded vets with their discounted or complimentary services, thereby giving America's business owners a way to give back, share their generosity with like-minded individuals, and promote their military-friendly businesses to their communities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our organization can be run with a computer and a telephone on a limited budget, by veterans who can connect to military families. Through volunteers, interns and our own staff, we're able to maintain our web presence, organize and promote fundraising events with social media, navigate our own claims process (when an injured vet requests a financial grant), and work with participating organizations to expand our reach, all at minimal costs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We analyze certain key indices that allow us to gauge our progress, most notably website traffic, donations, social media interaction, requests for new partnerships (ie, WWP and IAVA), and fundraising activity by outside individuals. A recent milestone--passing $50,000 in cash donations--assisted us in being recognized as an organization that was having an impact, as is our five-star rating on GreatNonprofits.org. The reviews provided to us by donors, volunteers and veterans themselves are an excellent indicator of how we're doing as an organization, and highlights areas where we could be doing better (ie, contacting VA representatives is a slow and sometimes fruitless process, given most case workers cannot release information regarding their patients. By preparing the necessary HIPAA paperwork first with our injured vet, who's contacted his or her case worker proactively, allows us to bring financial relief to our veterans more quickly and efficiently).
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    What we've accomplished:
    Our recognition by outside agencies like IAVA, WWP, GreatNonprofits.org, Google for NonProfits is extremely gratifying, if not only to demonstrate our dedication to transparency, our legitimacy among veterans and groups that serve them, as well as a well-received ranking among the nonprofit community in general. While necessary for a successful nonprofit, these associations and a well-established online profile will not alone bring contributions. We've learned that fundraising is done the old fashioned way (active, in -person fundraising) along with demonstrating a clear goal with stories of success. To avoid being "lost in the crowd" among other like-minded NPOs, OnBehalf has realigned its mission solely as a resource for military veterans who are struggling with a delayed benefits process with the Veterans Administration, and has steered away from larger societal goals that require extensive manpower (eradicating homelessness among vets, reducing unemployment among the veteran population, etc). However, we do work with such agencies that promote those goals where we are able.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Given much of our financial support is derived from donors in New York and New England, nominees from these areas will take precedence when awarding financial grants. However, wounded veterans and military families nationwide are of course considered, in both financial grants and services from the Thank a Vet Network.

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Funding Needs

Because we're nearly 100% volunteer, our operatinal costs needs are modest.  There are no salararies or no significant ongoing costs.  Our expenses are limited to PayPal transaction fees (when donating via the Internet), neglible bank fees, and occasional website maintenance.  Our low costs ensure more of our contributors donations reach these families.

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ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Director

MICHAEL GIFFORD

BIO

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Mike's military career took him from Florida to Fallujah, to include a deployment to Iraq's Anbar Province in May of 2003. A former investment advisor, Mike separated from military service in 2005 to pursue a civilian career in the security industry. Soon after leaving the military, he and three other veterans organized OnBehalf.org to help a wounded troop from their unit, the 94th MP CO (USARNH). Over $50,000 later, OnBehalf is helping wounded veterans across the country. Mike now lives in NYC, and operates OnBehalf from his tiny, cramped Manhattan apartment.

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"Thank you for supporting OnBehalf.org!  Our mission is two-fold: in addition to providing direct financial assistance to those military families in need, we also look to sponsor tangible, relaxing quality of life activities for injured veterans and those mourning the loss of a loved one. Your contribution will give us the opportunity to do both.   Often, veterans or their families may be financially secure, but may have trouble adjusting to their injuries or the death of a spouse or relative. In those circumstances, a day at a theme park or a family fishing trip—sponsored by generous and thoughtful American businesses—can offer a warm, personal touch that shows America’s military families that you genuinely care for their well being and recovery.  And since our organization is run by volunteers, nearly 100% of your donation reaches these families (save neglible costs involving transactional fees and website maintenance).  Thank you again for thinking of our men and women in uniform who’ve given so much for this country, as well as the trust you’ve placed in our organization. If you’d ever like to discuss our mission or values, please don’t hesitate to email me. 

 

Best, 

Michael Gifford, Director

mike@onbehalf.org(mailto:mike@onbehalf.org)"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

MICHAEL GIFFORD

ONBEHALF.ORG

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