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Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: THE MISSION CONTINUES

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AKA  The Mission Continues
St. Louis, MO
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The Mission Continues Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/17/2014: The Mission Continues

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: THE MISSION CONTINUES

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Also Known As: The Mission Continues
Physical Address: St. Louis, MO 63104 
EIN: 20-8742553
Web URL: www.missioncontinues.org 
Blog URL: www.missionconttinuesblog.org 
Ruling Year: 2007 
Top Funders: Contributions - $6,205,012


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Mission Statement

The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. We redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $6,093,177
Total Expenses $5,490,701

Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

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Leadership

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Mr. Spencer Kympton

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Female 21%
Male 79%
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Diversity Policy

Does the organization track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board?  Yes

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Program Description:

A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. Fellows are encouraged to choose a nonprofit organization to serve based on their own personal passions. Current and Alumni Fellows have worked at organizations addressing issues ranging from disaster preparedness to education for low-income youth to training service dogs for wounded veterans. These host organizations include Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and many more. To date, more than 600 unique nonprofit and community organizations have hosted a Mission Continues Fellow. Before beginning the fellowship, Fellows attend a three-day Fellowship Orientation, joining other post-9/11 veterans from their Fellowship Class for a weekend of training, service and camaraderie. Upon returning home from orientation, Fellows officially begin their fellowships at their host organizations.

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Program Description:

In 2013, The Mission Continues introduced a new way for veterans to continue serving at home – the service platoon. A service platoon is a team of veterans, active duty service members, guardsmen and reservists that mobilizes together to solve a specific challenge in their community. In Washington, D.C. a service platoon works to reduce hunger amongst inner-city youth. In Phoenix, another platoon works to eradicate chronic veteran homelessness. And in Orlando, members of the local platoon are mentoring at-risk youth. United by the common bond of military service, platoons offer veterans the opportunity to make an impact in their community, and connect with others through regular social and networking events. It’s an opportunity to serve alongside a motivated team and tackle a tough and meaningful mission. It’s an opportunity to make a difference.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

We are the only national nonprofit challenging post-9/11 veterans to rebuild a sense of purpose through community service. We believe that the leadership skills and life experiences that our veterans possess are valuable and untapped assets.  While it is very important to tell our returning veterans "thank you" for their service, we believe that it is also important to tell them "we still need you". The Mission Continues is built on the principles of strength and challenge: 1.) Strength: Our veterans possess an incredible strength that comes from their military service and from learning to live with and overcome a wound or disability. 2.) Not a Charity - a Challenge: The Mission Continues does not offer charity to our returning service members.  We offer a challenge for them to continue serving our country here at home.  This, in turn, strengthens our veterans and strengthens our communities. By recognizing the strength of our veterans and challenging them to serve again in their communities, we hope to build a new generation of citizen leaders.
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