Human Services

Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation

  • San Ramon, CA
  • www.sentinelsoffreedom.org

Mission Statement

The Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation was formed to assist disabled veterans in their efforts to become productive, self-sufficient, integrated members of their community, and to raise awareness of the sacrifice these veterans have made in order to motivate the local community to rally behind these men and women and ensure their success.

Main Programs

  1. Four Year Scholarship
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Since it's inception (Jan. 2007), Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation has placed 68 Sentinels across the US.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Mike Conklin

Keywords

Self-reported

Veterans, Wounded

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EIN

20-8139201

Physical Address

2678 Bishop Drive Suite 105

San Ramon, 94583

Also Known As

Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation is based in Northern California, and has a nationwide network in place.  The Sentinels model identifies one severely wounded injured veteran at a time, makes a comprehensive assessment of his/her needs that also notes and strongly considers his/her dreams and aspirations, and finds a geographical community to "adopt" that veteran for a period of up to four years.  Within that time frame, the veteran (and his/her family if appropriate) is assisted with housing (furnished and rent free for 4 years), a career based job, and a vehicle (if needed/handicapped equipped if needed), as well as connections to all of the medical, recreational, educational, social, and if requested, faith-based resources he or she will need, to establish and settle into a successful civilian lifestyle.  We also expect the veteran to continue their education, believing that it's essential to their long-term success. 

 

Importantly, each adoptive community also assembles a team of "mentors" - a committed support group of professionals, new friends, piers -- whose collective logistical, emotional and social support provides the critical foundation upon which the veteran's needs are addressed efficiently and comprehensively, right in their own community or host community.

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

Four Year Scholarship

4 Year Life Scholarship:

 

1. Surrounding the veteran with a community team of six to ten people to provide advice, assistance, counsel  (legal, financial), mentoring, friendship and follow-uspecially equipped vehicle where needed and other incidental needs.. or money can go directly to the Sentinel in some cases or payments are made directly to the provider.

4. Continuing education, in a classroom or on-line, is required of all Sentinels, based on our belief that education is essential to their long-term success

 

The cost to support one Sentinel is $50,000 (for four years)

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

$1,200,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Since it's inception (Jan. 2007), Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation has placed 68 Sentinels across the US.

Funding Needs

Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation 2010 Goals   Place 25 New Sentinels Raise $2,500,000

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Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mike Conklin

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"In times of war and conflict, sacrifice goes beyond those who give their lives on the battlefield.  Many others suffer severe wounds, and they're set on new paths to face uncertain futures. 

 

Will American be there for them when they come home?  Of course we will. 
 
You and your community can serve our nation by making sure that many of these fine service members have the opportunity to lead successful and productive lives.

 By setting up a Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship program in your area, lending your company's resources or making valuable donations, you can make a significant difference in the life of a severely injured soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman who has earned a place at our community table.

 They grew up in neighborhoods, went to our schools and churches, played on our ball fields.  They are the sons and daughters of our towns and cities, and they all have dreams of reaching their goals in spite of physical limitations. 

 During a visit to Walter Reed Army Hospital, I asked one young Marine about his future plans.  He answered very simply, "Sir, I just want to go home."  He will face two years of surgeries in his recovery and rehabilitation before he gets there.  Will our communities be ready to welcome him and others like him?

 Many of these wounded men and women have the drive, determination and character to excel in our program.  With our help, we will find them a place at our table and offer them a chance to realize their American Dream."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

CEO Mike Conklin

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