Veteran Tickets Foundation

Give Something To Those Who Gave

aka Vet Tix   |   Tempe, AZ   |  www.vettix.org

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 info

2010

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Michael Focareto III

Main address

1255 W RIO SALADO PARKWAY Suite 209

Tempe, AZ 85281 USA

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EIN

26-2291955

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Veteran Tickets Foundation - Vet Tix / 1st Tix provides tickets to events that 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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Tickets For Troops

Provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans 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.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

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!

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, create positive memories, and encourage first responders to stay engaged with local communities and American life. We support the brave men and women who answer our emergency calls by honoring their service with positive family and life experiences.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of products distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Emergency responders, Military personnel

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Emergency responders, Military personnel

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Emergency responders, Military personnel

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Emergency responders, Military personnel

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel, Emergency responders

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.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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 unaffordable 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 families. We include family in our mission and allow veterans to claim a group of tickets because we believe that it is a 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 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 9,630,000 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 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 1,750,000 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Vet Tix - all branches of currently-serving Military and Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA. 1st Tix - currently serving and retired law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, nurses and 911 Dispatchers

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), over 600K testimonials - https://www.vettix.org/feedback.php,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Provide an easier way for those we serve to add to their profile their ADA requirements as well as communicating to them when we have those types of tickets donated. On that same subject, types of seating are also defined. for example, some folks have issues sitting in "lawn" seats and we make sure if those are the seat types that were donated that its listed in the details

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have over 600,000 testimonials on our site with photos of them thanking our donors. They feel thankful for what they received and they can share that with our donors. we call it the full circle our survey location on our website https://www.vettix.org/impact-survey.php

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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Veteran Tickets Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Edward Rausch

Michael Focareto III

Veteran Tickets Foundation

Edward Rausch

Veteran Tickets Foundation

Dwayne Somers

Veteran Tickets Foundation

Chris Blindheim

Veteran Tickets Foundation

Butch Hogan

Veteran Tickets Foundation

Michael Focareto JR

No Affiliation

Jessica Andrews

No Affiliation

Roger Grad

Snell & Wilmer

Travis Leach

Ballard Spahr LLP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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