Human Services

Lostnmissing Inc

  • Londonderry, NH
  • http://www.lostnmissing.com

Mission Statement

LostNMissing, Inc. is a state and federally recognized 501c(3) Non-Profit charitable organization to assist law enforcement and the families of missing. We strive to help prevent loved ones from going missing and to bring awareness of those who are, by providing support to families while educating others. We work  with various law enforcement agencies across the country, on behalf of  families of missing, and help to bring awareness via community awareness, media, internet and social network groups of missing loved ones.  We never charge a fee for our services.

Main Programs

  1. Child Safety - Internet / Texting
  2. Missing Awareness Program
  3. Friends Don't Leave Friends Alone
  4. Assisting Families of Missing Loved Ones
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Primary Market:  New England
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
 

Secondary Market: USA

ruling year

2009

President since 2009

Self-reported

Mary Vitt

Keywords

Self-reported

Missing, Lost, Wandering, LostNMissing, Missing Children, Missing Adults, Silver Alerts, Abducted, Kidnapped, Runaway,

Notes from the Nonprofit

Rarely do you find an organization which is so committed to one mission, one purpose–and that is working hard and supporting families while working with law enforcement with helping to find missing loved ones. We work across the United States, 365 days a year. The entire team at LostNMissing are compassionate, devoted and dedicated. All are 100% volunteers including the Founder and Board Members.

We know there are so many nonprofits that many hold close to their hearts as they've experienced the causes they support...but we ask the public to please consider our work, as well. Many are not aware that over 2,000 go missing in the USA each and every day and for many different reasons and most are not due to "wanting to step away" from their present lives.

Finding the missing reaches into many of the same causes that many support. Homelessness is a very real problem and not only do we realize it , but many of our staff donate to numerous causes for the homeless. Did you know that a lot of those who are homeless are also possible missing loved ones? Causes such as mental illness, bipolar and schizophrenia are exhibited in many missing loved ones. Alzheimer's, Autism, cognitive disorders and stroke patients are known to wander and they too have gone missing and we work for their families to locate them as well as a strong educational program on safety. Their families are grieving and not even sure from moment to moment to know what they are grieving for...except that they need to find their missing loved one. Do they grieve for their passing? Do they grieve that they are not well and may need help? It's a difficult path when facing the unknown and those families depend on us for support, guidance and to find their missing. Please take a moment to view their world: http://youtu.be/Ah5u3HT2ndA

We hope those who happen upon our organization realize the work we do for our families of missing and will consider a donation. No amount is too small.

Some examples of where your monetary donations go:

Marketing and services for the families of missing loved ones.

Creating websites for missing loved ones.

Costs towards Fundraisers and Events to help bring awareness of missing loved ones.

Search and Rescue Expenses (we subcontract & pay expenses)

Support for family travel expenses should a loved one be located.

Vinyl Banners, missing posters & mini poster cards for missing loved ones.

Assistance towards investigative services for missing adults.

Educational Workshops

A minimal amount used towards:

Workshop Binders, printing, paper, pens, and handout materials.

As we grow, our goals are to be able to provide:

Provide Billboards for the families we represent should a loved one be missing for six-months, or longer.

Assistance towards Reward ($500) for families we represent should a loved one be missing longer than 3 months.

We thank you for your support. Our families thank you, as well.

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Also Known As

Lostnmissing, Inc.

EIN

27-0642181

 Number

4498266383

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (I01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Providing Assistance to Law Enforcement and Families of Missing Loved One.   In the United States nearly 2,000 go missing every day. LostNMissing (LNM) has successfully located many missing loved ones to bring them home to their families. LNM has proven to be a valuable and supportive tool both emotionally and physically for those beginning the steps of searching for their missing loved one. Our services and support to the families continue to be provided, for those registered with our organization, from the time their loved one goes missing until they are located.

Did you know over 2,000 go missing in the USA every day? Finding the missing reaches into many of the same causes that many of you support. Homelessness is a very real problem and not only do we realize it , but many of our staff donate to numerous causes for the homeless. Did you know that a lot of those who are homeless are also possible missing loved ones? Mental illness, bipolar and schizophrenia are exhibited in many missing loved ones. Alzheimer's, Autism, cognitive disorders and stroke patients are known to wander and they too have gone missing and we work for their families to locate them as well as a strong educational program on safety. Their families are grieving and not even sure from moment to moment to know what they are grieving for...except that they need to find their missing loved one. Please take a moment to view their world: http://youtu.be/Ah5u3HT2ndA Please consider donating to our work.

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

Child Safety - Internet / Texting

Child Safety Program available for families on safe-guarding their children. Child safety on the internet - text messaging - are important as it is noted that many children (especially teens) may become statistics of missing due to people they meet online or through texting-cell technologies.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

1400.00

Program 2

Missing Awareness Program

Educating the community on those missing as well as preventative measures to  provide tools to avoid becoming a missing person. (All ages)

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$1,400.00

Program 3

Friends Don't Leave Friends Alone

2012 Campaign to bring awareness of the general public to stay together and make accommodations if one or the other cannot drive or bring the other home safely after visiting an establishment, party or venue. Primary goal is to have awareness and posters available in every public establishment. Website designed www.dontleavefriends.com Examples of missing loved ones located deceased due to "leaving establishment alone." Many cases of missing located deceased could have been prevented had the missing/deceased person had accommodations and did not leave a public place alone, and most especially if under the influence of alcohol.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

3500.00

Program 4

Assisting Families of Missing Loved Ones

LNM designs unique banners and missing posters of missing loved ones which are posted on literally hundreds of Internet web pages, blogs, forums and numerous social network sites with the hopes that a missing person will be recognized. LNM realizes the importance that posters will always have, however, posters are usually too large to embed in emails and on individual web pages of those wanting to assist in getting the message out to the public. Thus banners are also designed, often colorful and reflective of the person missing and sized to fit most Internet sites and provides enough room to provide details.In the United States nearly 2,000 go missing every day. By having a large presence online, LNM has successfully located many missing loved ones and assisted in bringing them home to their families. Those that are more easily located online are teenagers who tend to run off from home or adults who may be having emotional difficulties. LNM will make individual websites for families of missing as well as Facebook pages in which various photos of the missing is displayed. Videos are also made to help bring awareness online through YouTube and other video websites, as well. The online links, posters, and videos are picked up by other social network users and forwarded to their friends who continue the forwarding process and invariably recognition has been made and a loved one is brought home safely. For the more difficult cases, such as missing due to foul play, self-harm, emotional distress or to accidents (such as lost in the mountains, or woods) LNM utilizes the resources within the community where the missing loved disappeared. This involves working direct with law enforcement, Fish & Game and professional Search and Rescue teams. While LNM does not do physical searches, they do subcontract for those services to be provided when approved by law enforcement.The LNM team work with all media, provide events for families, guide and support them through their terrifying ordeal of having a loved one lost. The services provided enables families of missing to have hope and peace of mind in knowing that all the necessary steps are taking place. The LNM Team interacts on a daily basis with law enforcement and a number of families who are seeking missing loved ones. They also guide and link families together who need the additional support of those who've already experienced and have found their missing loved one. Many of those families are also Support Members at LNM. LNM has proven to be a valuable and supportive tool both emotionally and physically for those beginning the steps of searching for their missing loved one. The entire LNM Team, with their creative and innovative tools and support, are with families every step of the way. LNM has an outstanding 5-star rating through GreatNonprofits (see side button) in which families, and those involved in helping to find a loved one, may leave a recommendation of their services. GreatNonprofits is also a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization itself, which is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Sand Hill Foundation, Morgan Family Foundation, Peery Foundation, and individuals who believe in the importance of providing a vital resource for nonprofits, volunteers and donors.LNM also realizes the importance of community support by educating the public on helping to keep their families safe and attending various "Safety Day" events in which fingerprint kits along with informative brochures on safety are provided free to the public.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

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?
    Implement and track: Goal...Campaign 2012 - 2015
    "Friends Don't Leave Friends Alone"
    Campaign Cause:
    Bringing awareness to brilliant minds of college students on the importance to always have a buddy system in place at group outings. Unfortunately we have an increase of young college students, primarily men, who leave their groups at outings, that invariably almost always involve alcohol, and become a missing person. Most all located deceased. Most all due to death by drowning. Most all deaths could have been avoided had they not ventured away from their group alone.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Provide printed flyers to all LNM State ADM (Volunteers) along with website link for awareness to all 50 State Universities/Colleges on Facebook.
    2. Raise funding for more printed flyers so that all dorms/Colleges/Universities and drinking establishments near colleges can have posters mounted by their exits as reminders.
    3. Track Progress
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have the present capabilities through Social Networking as well as onsite invites at missing person events for various states to talk about our program. We've already captured the attention of the NY State DOJ who requested more information and we mailed posters which will go to a number of colleges and universities.
    We have also presented flyers to various students who attend college at a number of locations in Rhode Island, NY, Boston and PA. Marketing and promoting is the major means to expand to all states and we will spearhead this goal through our State ADMs. (Volunteers)
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our indicators will be a compiled list of Colleges and Universities and the Rep who will have them placed. We do not, unfortunately, have any real data or means available to know just how many lives could be saved? We are compiling data of those we know could have been saved had they had a friend with them, but there is no real way to predict just how many lives this program could save...but one measurable means would be seeing a decrease in students who go missing and found deceased. We will compile as much data as possible over the period of Dec 2012 - Dec 2016. Our campaign was born in 2012 and we've just rolled it out April 2013.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Progress will be measured by how many colleges and universities will adopt our campaign and how many will have visible posters. Our goal will be measured by having all major Universities in all 50 states contacted.
    Presently we are compiling the names of the colleges and universities that flyers will be hung in Boston, PA, RI, and NY. (Names to come.)
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Primary Market:  New England
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
 

Secondary Market: USA

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Missing Billboards for missing loved ones ($10,000) Funds for Missing Posters ($1,500.00) Funds for contracting Search and Rescue ($8,000) Workshop material costs for brochures and handouts. ($800) TRAINING/ SAFETY: Follow up letters mailed for feedback ($75) Follow up letters mailed 6 months after program for feedback ($75) Misc: Postage ($50) Printing of Posted Info (Tradeshow) ($300) Give-aways ($200) logo safety whistles Child and Elderly ID Kits (Summer GiveAway) ($800)

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Lostnmissing Inc

Leadership

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President

Mary Vitt

BIO

Mary Vitt has been with LostNMissing, Inc. since it's inception. Starting as a Support Member she moved through roles to promotion as President in 2015.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"We work with various law enforcement agencies across
the country, on behalf of the families, and help bring awareness via the
community, media, internet and social network groups of a missing loved one. We relieve the frustrations that
families endure when a loved one goes missing and enables families to have
peace of mind in knowing that all the necessary steps are taking place to do all possible to help recover the missing."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Cynthia L Caron

LostNMissing, Inc

Term: Sept 2009 -

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?