Public, Society Benefit

Veteran Tickets Foundation

Give Something To Those Who Gave

aka Vet Tix

Tempe, AZ

Mission

Veteran Tickets Foundation - ( Vet Tix - 1st Tix ) provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members, veterans and first responders to stay engaged with local communities and American life. ( Vet Tix - 1st Tix ) provides tickets to all branches of currently-serving Military, Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA and first responders. ( Vet Tix - 1st Tix ) secures tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational and family activities across the nation. VetTixers and 1stTixers sign up online. We verify their service. VetTixers and 1stTixers request tickets to events that interest them, then pay a small delivery fee to receive them www.VetTix.org www.1stTix.org

Ruling Year

2010

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Michael Focareto III

Main Address

1255 W RIO SALADO PARKWAY Suite 209

Tempe, AZ 85281 USA

Keywords

Veteran Military Discount Free Tickets, Tickets For Troops, Tickets For Responders, Hero's Wish, VetTix, 1stTix

EIN

26-2291955

 Number

1427956994

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Veteran Tickets Foundation - Vet Tix / 1st Tix provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members, veterans and First Responders to stay engaged with local communities and American life. We support our troops by honoring their service and providing positive family and life experiences, during and after their years of service to our country.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tickets For Troops

Hero's Wish

Tickets For Responders

Where we work

Our Results

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.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of products distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans,

Emergency responders

Related program

Tickets For Troops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of tickets distributed to currently-serving military, veterans, 1st Responders and their families are increasing dramatically each year.

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans,

Emergency responders

Related program

Tickets For Troops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

added new verified active-duty and veteran accounts and 1st Responders. Vet Tix / 1st Tix verifies service in order to create an account.

Number of testimonies offered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans,

Emergency responders

Related program

Tickets For Troops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of testimonials on Vet Tix / 1st Tix from members that have attended events. These testimonials help us monitor our impact on the veteran / responder community.

Number of donors lending

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans,

Emergency responders

Related program

Tickets For Troops

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

number of organizations and individuals have donated tickets to be distributed to the veteran / responded community. Ticket donors are essential to our organizational growth and success.

Overall number of clients enrolled in program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans

Related program

Tickets For Troops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

number of verified veterans and 1st Responders enrolled in our Ticket programs.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We need to honor our military, veterans and first responders, not just on Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and the Fourth of July, but every day. Veteran Ticket Foundation promotes public gratitude to American hero's by providing free and discount tickets to events. The 7% of our population that are veterans and the 1% that are currently serving, and the 2.25 million first responders 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.

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.

Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix/1st Tix) is the only organization serving all branches of the military and first responders with events in every state. The foundation is managed by dedicated veterans intent on the mission to honor military service and first responders sacrifice. We have produced our customized software to precisely handle our mission. With our website we are able to pair veterans/first responders and events all over the country. We have awarded over 5,870,000 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.

Veteran Ticket Foundation (Vet Tix/1st Tix) 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' and first responders' lives.

Veteran Tickets Foundation went over giving away just shy of 3.0 Million in 2019 and ended the year with over 9.2 Million given away. We have 1,550,000 registered users and are growing at about 1200 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 and first responders to still reach and honor.

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

Yes