Public, Society Benefit

Soldiers' Angels

  • San Antonio, TX
  • www.soldiersangels.org

Mission Statement

Soldiers' Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and the growing veteran population. "May No Soldier Go Unloved" encapsulates the motivation behind Soldiers' Angels. The volunteers of Soldiers' Angels work tirelessly supporting our nation's veterans, wounded warriors, deployed service members and their families.

Main Programs

  1. Veteran Support
  2. Deployed Adoptions
  3. Valor IT
  4. Women of Valor
  5. Operation Top Knot
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Soldiers' Angels serves US military personnel, veterans and their families throughout the world.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mrs. Amy Palmer

Keywords

Self-reported

veteran suppport military and deployed support hospital support homeless support hunger relief

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EIN

20-0583415

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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

Self-reported by organization

To date, our volunteers have sent hundreds of thousands of care packages and letters to deployed service members; we have supplied the wounded with our thousands of First Response Packs directly at the Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan and the major military hospital in Germany, as well as provided care and comfort to those in stateside military and VA facilities; we have provided emergency aid to military families in need; we have partnered with the Department of Defense to provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptops to over 6,000 severely-wounded servicemembers, as well as other technology that supports rehabilitation; we have provided flights to soldiers on leave or in emergency situations, and to their families wanting to be with them upon return from overseas; we have provided Level III KEVLAR armored blankets to give personnel extra protection in their vehicles when it was needed; we help to honor and uphold the families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and safety. With the assistance of our generous supporters , the many volunteers of Soldiers' Angels have accomplished this and much, much more on behalf of the grateful citizens of the United States of America.

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

Veteran Support

As deployments continue to draw down and the wounded warriors return home, Soldiers' Angels is focusing many of the organization's resources on supporting the veterans through the VA Medical Centers. Our Veteran Affairs (VA) Support Program assists veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and is quickly becoming one of the organization's largest programs. Soldiers' Angels is one of the few nonprofit agencies approved to work within the VA Medical Centers. Soldiers’ Angels staff and volunteers are able to coordinate events and activities, organize corporate partner participation, visit patients and approve volunteers to join the VA support program.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Homeless

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$9,545,250.00

Program 2

Deployed Adoptions

Soldiers' Angels has six teams of Angels who provide support to deployed service members. Every year these six teams send thousands of cards, letters, care packages and other requested items to service members deployed all over the world. Service members complete one registration for deployed support. The application is filtered out to the appropriate teams based on the information provided by the service member. Soldiers' Angels teams include Deployed Adoptions Team, Ladies of Liberty Team, Angel Bakers, Letter Writing Team, Chaplain Support Team, Special Operations Forces Team.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

$20,700.00

Program 3

Valor IT

Valor-IT helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other necessary technology to support veterans recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. The Valor-IT program runs through our VA Medical Center support programs. Approved devices will be sent to the appropriate VA Medical Center and distributed to the veterans by the VA staff. Items supplied include: Voice-controlled laptops, which are operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies. They allow wounded veterans to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery. iPads & Personal GPS - Portable computers like iPads and handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Blind & Vision Impaired

Deaf & Hearing Impaired

Budget

$9,500.00

Program 4

Women of Valor

Women of Valor provides support to female caregivers of Post 9-11 wounded, ill and injured service members. Our team of participating Angels, focus on providing self-care and educational support to our female. While the focus is often times on the wounded, ill and injured member, this team focuses solely on the female caregiver to ensure they are pampered, loved, and receive the necessary supportive materials to help them along this journey. As our female caregivers register for the program, they are vetted to ensure eligibility and then approved for adoption. Each female caregiver will be matched with a Verified Angel on this team. The matched Angel will provide year round support to their assigned caregiver, with an emphasis on major holidays that might be major stressors for caregivers – Mother’s Day, Valentine's Day, Christmas, their anniversary and birthday. Our caregivers are often so busy caring for their wounded loved one that they often don't take care of themselves.

Category

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$17,000.00

Program 5

Operation Top Knot

Operation Top Knot is a program of Soldiers' Angels created to provide baby showers for military families to help ease the emotional and financial stresses of military life. Due to the difficulty of deployments on military families, Operation Top Knot is primarily focused on serving expectant spouses of deployed service members. Operation Top Knot also serves active duty female service members. Our dedicated volunteers knit, crochet, sew, quilt, and design blankets, booties, hats, onesies, bibs, and many more homemade gifts. We also assemble and deliver gift baskets full of goodies such as bottles, diapers, onesies, pacifiers, washcloths, grooming kits, and more. Each new/expectant mother will receive a virtual baby shower from Angels across the country.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$3,000.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

Target Population
Veterans

Connected to a Program?
Veteran Support
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Soldiers' Angels hosts mobile food distributions in Denver, Detroit, Charleston and San Antonio to provide food to low income veterans and their families through our hunger relief program.

2. Number of new programs/program sites

Target Population
Veterans

Connected to a Program?
Veteran Support
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Soldiers' Angels began concentrating efforts for "boots on the ground" work in and around the VA Medical Centers. Soldiers' Angels now has offices or teams formed in cities around the country.

3. Number of clients served

Target Population
Military personnel, Veterans

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This metric includes the number of deployed service members, wounded warriors and veterans supporting during the reporting period.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Soldiers' Angels has set a new baseline for the organizational goals in 2014 as a result of the financial decline the organization experienced in 2012 and 2013. Our goals for 2014 are to continue to provide support to our deployed service members, families of fallen and female caregivers through our 12 teams. Our goal is to continue to grow these teams to provide the best quality support possible to these families. We plan to grow our support through the VA Medical Centers by supporting 10 new centers in 2014. Soldiers' Angels also has a goal of staying on track with the 2014 budget and using that to develop a new baseline for future budgets and for future revenue goals and monitoring funding increases.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Soldiers' Angels must communicate better with the donors so the donors can see the great work the organization is doing with their donor dollars. Soldiers' Angels needs to follow the fundraising plan put in place to ensure donor development is a top priority and the funding streams become more diversified. Soldiers' Angels has created marketing materials and is actively recruiting volunteers to help provide support to the VA Medical Centers. They are all receiving more extensive training and guidance to ensure they are fully trained and able to perform the duties of the organization efficiently and effectively. Soldiers' Angels has also created position descriptions for volunteers and written operating procedures for each team so each team knows what to expect, what to report and knows how to do the tasks they are asked to complete. Soldiers' Angels is actively recruiting new board members and is in the process of seeing new life added to the board to ensure it's diversified and meeting the governance needs of the organization.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Soldiers' Angels has an amazing team of volunteers all over the country doing the work of the organization. SA has an amazing database that allows volunteers to access their assigned duties via the system and ensure they are working with minimal administrative oversight. They also log their volunteer hours and report on the work they have done for organizational reporting needs. The organization now has a strong staff and is working quickly to put the necessary structure in place for the organization to grow. The board is growing and functioning better and has the proper structure in place to provide the organization the support it needs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Key indicators include an increase in revenue, increase in donor responsiveness, retention rates of volunteers, volunteer satisfaction and the number of veterans and military families served. indicators also include the overhead ratio.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Soldiers' Angels is on track to achieve the goals. Just finishing first quarter, which is always hard on nonprofit organizations, but on track based on expectations. We are already growing our volunteer base and expanding our VA support.
Service Areas

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International

Soldiers' Angels serves US military personnel, veterans and their families throughout the world.

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Financials

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SOLDIERS' ANGELS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

Soldiers' Angels

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Amy Palmer

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" Soldiers' Angels is honored to serve our brave men and women in uniform and veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Soldiers' Angels is honored to be the largest volunteer network of any similar charity in the country. The organization is fully accredited with the Better Business Bureau and was named as one of the top rated charities in America for 2014 and 2015 by Great Nonprofits. Since inception in 2013, Soldiers' Angels has provided over $100M in aid to military and veteran families which includes over 800,000 care packages sent to deployed service members. The organization maintains an efficiency rating of 92%, which is above that of the average nonprofit organization. As deployments have drawn down over the last few years, Soldiers' Angels has begun shifting our excess resources to support the veteran population. As one of the few organizations approved to work in the VA Medical Centers and the only Post 9-11 charity with a voting seat on the VA Council, we are uniquely positioned to serve veterans. Our greatest challenge is raising funds to meet the needs of this rapidly growing population. In our second year of VA support, our volunteers logged over 17,000 volunteer hours and the organization contributed over $2.5M to veteran support through the VA's. While the need grows in leaps and bounds every year, our funding does not. This is an ongoing challenge for our organization, but proof of the real need for our support. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Curtis Beauchamp

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?