Public, Society Benefit

Veteran Tickets Foundation

  • Tempe, AZ
  • www.vettix.org

Mission Statement

Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) enriches the lives of our Military and Veterans by providing reintegration opportunities and family bonding experiences with tickets to socially interactive events.

Tickets For Troops
Veteran Tickets Foundation gives back to the Military, Veterans and their families by providing free and discount tickets to sporting events, concerts and family activities. These events are a real gift of gratitude to honor veterans' service, while providing essential community re-integration and family bonding opportunities.

Hero's Wish
Recently deployed, severely wounded and KIA families are shouldering the hardest burdens of military service. The Hero's Wish program allows a veteran to request a one time dream event, such as a trip to Disneyland. These events are the most important. They allow families to spend time together in moments of happiness, without the stress that has become a constant in their lives. These veterans have sacrificed to protect our life and liberty, Veteran Tickets Foundation wants to say thank you by assisting in their pursuit of happiness.

Main Programs

  1. Tickets For Troops
  2. Hero's Wish

service areas

National

Self-reported by organization

ruling year

2010

chief executive

Mr. Michael Focareto III

Self-reported by organization

Keywords

Veteran Military Discount Free Tickets, Tickets For Troops, Hero's Wish

Self-reported by organization

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2014, 2014 and 2013.
Register now

EIN

26-2291955

Also Known As

Vet Tix

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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?

Impact statement

Veteran Ticket Foundation has brought happiness instead of stress, family bonding after years apart and recognition of honor for service to veterans and their families across the country. The events to which we provide tickets allow veterans to receive real gratitude for their years of service and sacrifice, while assisting them in reintegrating in their communities and families. We give a gift of happiness to those who gave so much. Our users report increased quality of life, improved family time and even reduction in PTSD symptoms. In the first seven years we gave over 1.3 Million tickets and fulfilled 222 Hero’s Wishes.

Programs

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

Self-reported by organization

Program 1

Tickets For Troops

Collect tickets from organizations and season tickets holders that would otherwise go unused and get them into the hand of our veterans, active duty military and their families

Category

None

Budget

$200,000.00

Population Served

Military/Veterans

None

None

Program 2

Hero's Wish

Are you currently on Active Duty Military (one month prior to combat deployment, one month after a deployment, or while on leave from deployment), a severely wounded warrior or a family member of someone who was killed in action (KIA)?
If you are, then you are eligible for our Hero'sWish Program!  All you need to do is complete a few easy steps and Veteran Tickets Foundation will get started on making your Hero's Wish come true!

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Budget

$100,000.00

Population Served

Military/Veterans

Charting Impact

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

Self-reported by organization

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We need to honor our military and veterans, not just on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and the Fourth of July, but every day.
    Veteran Ticket Foundation promotes public gratitude to American veterans by providing free and discount tickets to active-duty military, veterans and their families. The 7% of our population that are veterans and the 1% that are currently serving shoulder unique burdens of stress, sacrifice and time away from their families. The majority of our veterans have served during wartime. Yet these veterans receive limited access to charitable giving to honor their service. Military discounts are small or infrequent. The majority of veterans do not receive military discounts because they do not have an ID card. More than that, the cost for the average football game or concert is over $500 for a family of four. This makes many events simply un-affordable for average families. These All-American moments are the times we should use to welcome and acknowledge our veterans. They provide essential community re-integration and family bonding experiences and give a gift of gratitude for their time of service. We hope to give every veteran a free event in honor of their service to their country. Our veterans served and fought to protect our life and liberty, Veteran Tickets Foundation wants to say thank you by assisting in their pursuit of happiness.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Rest and leisure are of undeniable importance to a person’s health and welfare. Our Founding Fathers declared the pursuit of happiness to be an unalienable human right. To assist our veterans in this important mission, we provide free and discount tickets to sporting events, concerts, theatre and numerous other community events to promote an afternoon of relaxation with their family. We include family in our mission and allow veterans to claim a group of tickets because we believe that it is shared burden of service and should be a shared experience of fun and recognition.
    Any active duty or honorably discharged veteran from every branch of service is eligible. After verifying a veteran’s service, we have created software to manage ticket donations and allow veterans to claim tickets. Tickets are either directly distributed to military bases or are awarded online through a combination of a weighted algorithm, lottery and first-come first-serve basis.
    We continuously work at securing tickets to new, high-interest events and markets. We fund our Hero’s Wish program, which allows recently deployed, wounded and family of KIA veterans to request a one time dream wish event, such as a trip to Disneyland. We are working on “Heroes of the Game” recognition events to be implemented in our most populous markets. We continuously reach out to veterans through contacts at military bases, veteran's organizations and social media.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Veteran Tickets Foundation is the only organization serving all branches of the military with events in every state. The foundation is managed by dedicated veterans intent on the mission to honor military service. We have produced our customized software to precisely handle our mission. With our website we are able to pair veterans and events all over the country. We have awarded over 960,000 tickets since we were founded in 2008. We continue to grow each year and offer to tickets to new sporting teams and event types. We have developed trusted, working relationships with teams in the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA as well as concert promoters and entertainers, to continuously provide tickets to a wide range of events.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Veteran Ticket Foundation displays awarded tickets statistics on the front page of the website, so that everyone may monitor our progress. Our website is set up for transparency. We list past events and all Hero’s Wishes, so that the public may monitor our progress. We also have an extensive testimonial page filled with photos and stories from veterans and their families. This shows the personal level of our mission and achievements, and shares with the public the positive impact to veterans’ lives.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Veteran Tickets Foundation went over giving away 1 Million in 2014 and ended the year with over 1.2 Million given away. We have 266,000 registered users and are growing at about 250 new accounts each day. We hope to triple our users and tickets awarded in the next two years. We continue to donate tickets to military bases, but we are working to expand the website usage so that veterans can choose their event(s) which most interests them. We have millions of veterans to still reach and honor.

service areas

National

Self-reported by organization

Social Media

@VeteranTicketsFoundation

@VETTIX

@367276

@vettix

@vettix

Funding Needs

Cash donations to fulfill Hero's Wish when we are unable to get tickets donated

photos


External Reviews

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits
Source: greatnonprofits.org

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

VETERAN TICKETS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Veteran Tickets Foundation

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Michael Focareto III

BIO

Michael A Focareto III is a Disabled Veteran (shoulder injury) of the US Navy, serving in the 1st Gulf War. Michael was a Naval Nuclear Engineer aboard the USS Virginia (CGN-38). He was born into a military family. Both of Michael's Grandfathers fought in World War II. Michael received from Arizona State University his Bachelor of Science in Computers and Information Systems and his Master of Science in Information Management. He was inspired to start Veteran Tickets Foundation during the 2007 Super Bowl, when he saw empty seats in the stadium.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

""We have created a organization that benefits ALL Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families and our one and only mission is saying Thank You by providing free/discounted ticket for the rest of their lives.""

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Edward Rausch

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization

Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?