Human Services

Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund Inc

  • Dorchester, MA
  • www.massfallenheroes.org

Mission Statement

Established in 2010 by Boston firefighters, local Veterans, Gold Star Families, and Police Officers. We ourselves are Combat Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are committed to memorializing our fellow service members who did not return home to their families. Our work began with a goal to construct a public memorial to honor all Massachusetts Fallen Heroes since September 11, 2001. The work we do to Honor the Fallen was our beginning and we have since evolved from a charity, strictly geared towards building a tribute honoring Fallen Heroes, into a multifaceted organization. Our outreach efforts, programs and events have united the Massachusetts Gold Star and Veteran communities in a unique bond of shared loss and healing. Massachusetts Fallen Heroes proudly partners with a network of Massachusetts civilian organizations, Veterans organizations, non-profits, and private corporations who kindly donate their professional services to assist in the process of providing local Veterans and their families with specialized assistance. We are honored to be the officially designated nonprofit entity charged with fundraising and constructing the Memorial by the Commonwealth. With the help of many volunteers and supporters from within and outside the Veteran community we are able to accomplish our mission to Honor the Fallen, Assist Families of the Fallen and Empower Returning Veterans. With continued support we look forward to dedicating phase one of the memorial in May 2016, and expanding our Veterans Edge program to proudly serve all of our Commonwealth's Veterans.

Main Programs

  1. Gold Star Family Excursions
  2. Veteran's Edge
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

ruling year

2010

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Daniel Magoon

Keywords

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Memorialize, Advocacy, Support, Assistance

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EIN

27-3495087

 Number

4912779195

Physical Address

100 Hallet Street

Dorchester , MA 02124

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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?

Overview

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By providing the necessary and sought-after support of the community we serve while using our knowledge, drive, passion and extensive network of professionals and like-minded citizens. MFH is also dedicating our Memorial after six years of hard work and dedication; we were told it would take us 10-20 years.

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

Gold Star Family Excursions

To provide an environment conducive to cathartic behavior through entertainment, meetings, and meals. Only open to Gold Star Families; this provides the family members to interact with others who have suffered similar loss. Excursions are often broken down into sub-familial categories in order to reinforce the existing and naturally occurring bond between family members of similar make-up (e.g. siblings, parents, widows, etc.)

Category

Mutual, Membership Benefit

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

60,000

Program 2

Veteran's Edge

A comprehensive service that streamlines existing resources for Veteran's facing an array of issues to include (but not limited to) Civil Service Employment, Discrimination, Legal (non-criminal), Disability Claims, Workforce Development, and any other issues brought to our attention by individual Veterans or established Veteran Organizations (e.g. Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Amercian Legion, etc.) Our organization responds to all requests within a 24 hour period of receiving the online form; in most cases we respond within 12 hours via phone or email in order to set up an initial intake appointment at our office with our Veteran Outreach Coordinator. Veterans request assistance mainly through an online form that is user friendly and quick via our website.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

50,000

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?
    To raise awareness about the sacrifice our fallen heroes made, why they gave their all, the families that are left behind, and the the way in which our organization helps. We will also continue our advocacy and create new, innovate programs that have direct, positive impacts on the lives of Veterans and Gold Star families.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To continue to grow at a healthy pace and hire additional qualified staff members.
    To maintain contact with our base
    To remain a grassroots organization that values face-to-face time with the population that we serve
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our organization has created a long-term and sustainable source of revenue by creating a vanity license plate open for purchase by all residents of Massachusetts. This will not only serve as a rolling tribute to our fallen, but it will continue to serve as an ongoing and effective marketing tool across the state and allow us to keep serving our community. Normal fundraising will also continue.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Increased participation at events and the ability to consistently fund our existing programs, as well as funding new ones.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our organization has accomplished the goal of creating and building the first-of-its kind in the nation Memorial honoring our fallen. With the help of many, Mass Fallen Heroes will be dedicating the memorial in May of 2016, which will provide the families of our fallen a place to honor their loved one forever. It will also allow the public to reflect on the sacrifices made for our country, for them.
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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MASSACHUSETTS IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL FUND INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund Inc

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Executive Director

Mr. Daniel Magoon

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gregory Kelly

City of Boston

Term: Jan 2014 - Jan 2018

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
No
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