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Knights of Heroes Foundation

Recognize Value, Actualize Potential

aka Rocky Mountain Ascent   |   Colorado Springs, CO   |  www.rmascent.org

Mission

Rocky Mountain Ascent (RMA) provides outdoor recreation opportunities to at-risk youth in the Colorado community. We encourage youth toward self-actualization through positive adult mentorship, life-skills development, and self-challenge. We are committed to nurturing a sense of value and purpose in each individual.

Notes from the nonprofit

Knights of Heroes has been in operation for more than 17 years, serving the families of our Nation's heroes. Rocky Mountain Ascent has been in official operation for 2 years, serving youth in the foster care system. We have operated within our budget each and every year. We are debt free and provide year-round programs on a very small budget. Donors to not have to worry about their donations being spent on lavish salaries or extravagant leadership retreats.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder/board member

Mr. Steve Harrold

Executive Director

Tanner Harrold

Main address

13395 Voyager Parkway Suite 130, PMB 106

Colorado Springs, CO 80921 USA

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EIN

26-0786719

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Y01)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2007, when KOH was started, the US lost 847 men and women in combat. This was the highest number of combat deaths since the Vietnam War. The vision of KOH was to provide a place where the children of these military heroes could come and do the things they would have done with their dad. At the time of its inception, there was nothing else like it in the United States. Fortunately, the number of combat deaths has dropped, with 17 combat deaths being reported in 2020. A number of amazing programs are now available for Gold Star Families. We believe the greatest challenges for Gold Star kids begin when they turn 18 and leave the home. The Board of Directors believes it is time to shift our focus towards the Gold Star young adult population. The board has developed a plan for a five-year strategic shift. We will continue to provide our programs to the children who have already started the traditional KOH programs, while transitioning to a young adult focus.

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?

Knights of Heroes Summer Camp

Summer camp is the cornerstone of the foundation. Every year we invite children ages 11-17 for a one week outdoor adventure program. For the first three years, campers are paired up with another camper their same age, and these two campers are paired with a mentor. The two campers and their mentor take part in exciting, outdoor adventure activities such as white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, water skiing, ropes course, zip line, shooting, archery, team building and much more. The High Adventure program was developed to challenge campers who are returning for their 4th or more year at the camp. Campers spend 3 to 4 days back-country hiking and camping.

While the kids are at camp, first and second year moms and younger siblings are invited to Colorado to take part in activities in and around Colorado Springs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Base Camp is our set of 3-day summer camps for youth (age 14-17) in the foster care system. We offer an adventure camp, a life skills camp, and a backpacking camp for both boys and girls.

Adventure: Our Adventure Camp encourages our campers to step outside of their comfort zone by zip lining at our ropes course, kayaking on our pond, rock climbing on our boulders, and much more.

Life Skill: Woodworking, welding, cooking, automotive, wellness, and many other workshops are offered during our Life Skills Camp. This camp is intended to teach valuable life skills and inspire our campers to explore purpose.

Backpacking: Connect with yourself, nature, and new friends in an immersive adventure experience in the backcountry. Our backpacking camp is the end-of-summer celebration of our campers.

Population(s) Served
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Waypoints is our mentorship program that includes biweekly day-excursions and monthly retreats on our property! The intention of this program is to provide year-round mentorship for the campers (age 14-17) who participate in our summer Base Camp.

Population(s) Served
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth
Children and youth

This month-long fall retreat for young adults age 18-22 was created to ease the transition out of the foster care system into independent living for our previous campers. Throughout their stay, our participants will receive one-on-one life coaching, life skill training, connections to local resources, and of course lots of outdoor recreation.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Foster and adoptive children
Low-income people

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award 2009

Department of Defense

Newmans Own Award 2012

Fischer House

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 program graduates

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adolescents

Related Program

Knights of Heroes Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percent of graduates’ indicating KOH has had an impact on their success as an adult

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Knights of Heroes Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

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

Young adults

Related Program

Knights of Heroes Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Knights of Heroes empowers children who have lost their parent during military service by providing positive adult mentorship, character development, and lasting friendships, which are forged forged through outdoor adventure programs. KOH hosts families with common losses allowing them to share experiences and build relationships while increasing public awareness and ensuring that families with losses are not forgotten with the passage of time.

To achieve our goals, the Knights of Heroes Foundation hosts a summer camp and three seasonal retreats. During these events, boys and girls are matched with adult mentors who help to instill values such as responsibility, leadership and a sense of accomplishment. We challenge the kids by taking part in activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, shooting, archery, ropes course and much more. The children are pushed beyond what they think they can accomplish. The kids go home feeling like there is nothing they can't do.
Graduates take part in a graduate ski and road trip during the year. Additionally, they are invited to attend the summer camp and retreats as part of the staff. As the organization transitions to a young adult program, the summer camp will shift to provide opportunities for life skills training for the graduates.

The Knights of Heroes Foundation owns a 120-acre camp. The camp is equipped with hiking and biking trails, a ropes course, zip line, rock climbing, shooting and archery range. Additionally, we have cabins and a lodge with a commercial kitchen. Most importantly, the Foundation has an army of incredible volunteers who make themselves available to mentor the children who attend and stay in contact with the children year-round.

We have been able to impact the lives of 100's of children and their moms. We have built a camp home that the kids can return to year after year. The facility is also available year-round if the families are looking for a place to escape.

There are more than 150 graduates who will begin taking part in the graduate programs that are now offered by the organization.

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Knights of Heroes Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steven Harrold

Paul Huffman

US Air Force

Dawn Rowe

San Bernardino County Supervisor (Third District)

Austin Grogan

Student

Kip Sharpe

Surgeon

Steven Harrold

Draken Intl

John Oglesby

Southwest Airlines

Danny Guy

US Air Force

Katie Groves

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/28/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/05/2022

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.