Public, Society Benefit

National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc

  • Quantico, VA
  • http://montfordpointmarines.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1965, the goal of the National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. is to foster and preserve the legacy of the original Montofrd Point Marines (circa 1942-1949). The NMPMA, Inc. was established as a Non-Profit Veterans Service Organization, chartered in 1966 to promote the heritage and contributions of the first African Americans to serve in the US Marine Corps. The 40 Chapters across the United States promote the strong bonds of friendship born from the shared adversities, and the furtherance of these accomplishments.To promote the ties of comradeship by honoring their contributions to American and Military history.

Main Programs

  1. Montford Point Marine Memorial
  2. NMPMA National Scholarship

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Service Areas

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National

The National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., proudly boasts forty-two (42) active Chapters in twenty (20) states and a large number of Members-at-Large nationwide. Throughout the year, the Association is busy with activities that create camaraderie, goodwill, and esprit de corps, both locally and nationally. The activities vary from chapter to chapter and include, but are not limited to youth programs, visits to various organizations and veteran support agencies as well as delivering food and much needed items to the sick and shut in during times of distress.

The National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., Ladies Auxiliary consists of nine Auxiliaries to support the mission and goals of the Association.

ruling year

2011

National President since 2015

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Mr. Forest E. Spencer Jr.

National Vice President since 2015

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Mr. Eric W. Nelson

Keywords

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Veterans, Volunteer, Services, Preserve

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EIN

27-4388038

 Number

6281910637

Also Known As

NMPMA, Inc.

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

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Overview

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The National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. preserves the legacy of the first African American Marines through the sustainment and the effectiveness of the organizational goals by planning, cultivating and managing the Montford Point Museum, the building of the Montford Point Memorial, National and local Chapter educational scholarship programs and educational engagement with the local community. The National Executive Committee has implemented institutionalized systems that helps the Association develop long term and day to day operational effectiveness which are both interlinked and symbiotic.

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

Montford Point Marine Memorial

The U.S. Marine Corps was the last branch of the service to admit African-Americans. These Montford Point Marines were the first African- Americans to serve in the Corps. Segregation laws of the 1940s prohibited blacks from training with whites. A separate training facility was created for black recruits at Montford Point Camp near Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. From 1942 to 1949, nearly 20,000 black men trained at Montford Point.

Montford Point Marines participated in the Pacific Theater Campaigns of WWII, including Iwo Jima.

The Montford Point Marines Memorial is dedicated to their legacy. On June 27, 2012, the Montford Point Marines received the Congressional Gold Medal. This is the highest civilian award conferred by Congress.

The memorial will tell a story through architecture, sculpture and words to educate and inspire visitors about the legacy of the Montford Point Marines. The memorial comprises three concentric circle patterns representing the ripples of influence caused by the Montford Point Marines that changed our nation, the U.S. Marine Corps and the American Public.

Unit insignia will showcase the 51st and 52nd Defense Battalions and Fleet Marine Forces Pacific units.

The Wall of 20,000 Stars are symbolic of the approximate 20,000 African-American Marines who trained at Montford Point Camp.

The memorial will be located adjacent to the Beirut, Vietnam Veterans and 9/11 memorials within the Lejeune Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville, NC.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

1,800,000.00

Program 2

NMPMA National Scholarship

The Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. has a National Scholarship Program. The scholarship program awarded the first scholarship in April 2003 in honor of Brooks Gray, one of the original founders of NMPMA.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

4,500

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?
    Our primary priority at this time is the Montford Point Memorial Project. This initiative established to preserve the legacy of our Original Montford Point Marines is the final trilogy in the quest. Having achieved national prominence in the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal 2012, the designation of the 1st of 3 sea-basing U.S. Naval Ships USNS Montford Point ESD-1. This Monument will bring meaning and pleasure to the broadest of audiences, military and civilian. Our aim is to embrace all Americans in educating and conveying the importance of their contributions and the quest for the "Right to Fight" during World War II.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Working with local Onslow County and Jacksonville NC Tourism resources. Coordinating Major gifting outreach initiatives.
    The goal is to obtain the remaining $880K necessary to complete the Memorial in time for the dedication July 2016. We are doing outreach to various galleries and communities regarding our project to expand our relationships beyond the immediate Jacksonville, North Carolina region.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Social Media (Facebook, Twitter); Peer to Peer (GoFundMe and Sphere) E-mail campaigns, as well as mass mailing. We hope to engage the military, veteran, education and arts community throughout the immediate region to cultivate a partnership on our efforts.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Clear indicators will be the increase in on-line donations from our Social Media initiatives. In addition as we are mission driven, we will also be able to see by the expansion of our audience on these sites. In addition we will be presenting exhibitions and programs that contain educational materials that speak to the collection of exhibits that will be displayed.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The National Montford Point Marines Association, Inc. continues to remain relevant as a veteran's advocacy organization by developing a strategic plan that speaks to the mission, vision and niche area of the organization. The Association has not accomplished the ability to acquire the necessary funding to finish the second phase of the Memorial, but a committee has been formed to assess the external and internal environment to analyze the strengths of pass fundraising activities and the weakness to reengage donors to acquire the remaining funds to complete this capital project.
Service Areas

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National

The National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., proudly boasts forty-two (42) active Chapters in twenty (20) states and a large number of Members-at-Large nationwide. Throughout the year, the Association is busy with activities that create camaraderie, goodwill, and esprit de corps, both locally and nationally. The activities vary from chapter to chapter and include, but are not limited to youth programs, visits to various organizations and veteran support agencies as well as delivering food and much needed items to the sick and shut in during times of distress.

The National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., Ladies Auxiliary consists of nine Auxiliaries to support the mission and goals of the Association.

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Funding Needs

Our primary priority at this time is the Montford Point Memorial Project. This initiative established to preserve the legacy of our Original Montford Point Marines is the final trilogy in the quest. Having achieved national prominence in the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal 2012, the designation of the 1st of 3 sea-basing U.S. Naval Ships USNS Montford Point ESD-1. This Monument will bring meaning and pleasure to the broadest of audiences, military and civilian. Our aim is to embrace all Americans in educating and conveying the importance of their contributions and the quest for the "Right to Fight" during World War II.

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Leadership

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National President

Mr. Forest E. Spencer Jr.

National Vice President

Mr. Eric W. Nelson

BIO

Forest E Spencer, Jr was born on May 17, 1968 and is a native of Mobile, Alabama. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on September 17, 1986 and was shipped to Parris Island, SC for basic training. GySgt Spencer has held countless billets throughout his 20 years of active duty service, including Branch Chief for the Joint Intelligence Center - Pacific, Geospatial Intelligence Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency and Deputy Geospatial Division Chief for the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity. GySgt Spencer retired from active duty service September 30, 2006. His personal military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Upon Mr. Spencer's retirement in 2006 from the Marine Corps, he transferred to the civilian defense industry as a program manager with Northrop Grumman. There, Mr. Spencer managed complex system-of-system software development programs which enhanced capabilities for first responders, intelligence gatherers, and military personnel on the front lines of America's most challenging conflicts of the 21st century. Today, as the Director of Programs for United Federal Systems, a small business in Manassas Virginia, his focus is not only business development, but managing diverse, dispersed, and cross-functional teams to achieve enhanced tools to support the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) community.

Mr. Spencer was elected as the National President of the National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc in August 2015. During his tenure as the National President, his priorities include the completion of the Montford Point Marine Memorial, leveraging business practices to transform the Association to be better positioned to execute the mission of diversity leadership within the U.S. Marine Corps and growth of the Association through cooperation.

Mr. Spencer is an active member of the United Faith Christian Ministry, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign War, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Program Management Professionals, and the Geographic Information System Professionals.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Forest E Spencer Jr.

National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc.

Term: Oct 2015 - Oct 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?