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BUNKERS IN BAGHDAD

aka Bunkers in Baghdad, Inc.   |   Buffalo, NY   |  www.bunkersinbaghdad.com

Mission

The purpose of Bunkers in Baghdad (“Bunkers") is simple.  We collect new and used golf equipment (golf balls and golf clubs) and supply them, free of charge, to soldiers currently deployed around the world (with a special focus on those deployed in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan) for recreational use and stress relief.  Bunkers also distributes golf equipment to warriors and VA programs across the United States for use in recreational and rehabilitative therapy.  Equipment is provided free to charge to all service members who request a shipment as well as to any warriors and veterans' programs that make a request.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Mr. Joseph Hanna

Main address

665 Main Street Attn: Joseph Hanna

Buffalo, NY 14203 USA

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EIN

26-2583317

NTEE code info

Domestic National Security (includes Military and Defense Issues) (Q43)

Golf (Country Clubs, use N50) (N6A)

Domestic National Security (includes Military and Defense Issues) (Q43)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One of the problems that our troops face is that when they finally get some down time, they don’t have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to having some fun, finding a way to relieve stress, and boosting the morale of their unit. We also find that our veterans and warriors here at home don’t have a lot of outlets in terms of their rehabilitation.

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?

Bunkers Buddies Program

Bunkers in Baghdad works hand in hand with schools all throughout the United States in collecting and packaging golf equipment for our soldiers.  We have worked with over 1,462 schools in all 50 states.  The students also draw pictures and write letters for our soldiers too.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Bunkers in Baghdad has partnered with VA Hospitals around the country to provide equipment to therapists who provide physical therapy and recovery to our injured vets. With the donation of golf equipment to the hospitals, therapists are able to teach rehabilitative mental techniques such as stress management as well as physical rehabilitation.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Bunkers continues to ship golf equipment to U.S. Soldiers that are stationed around the world. We ship golf nets, golf turf, golf clubs and golf balls to those serving overseas. We have currently shipped 12,500,000 golf balls and 1,000,000 clubs to 74 countries around the world.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

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 press articles published

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number includes attendees from ALL events that are held during the year

Number of website pageviews

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

How many webpage views we get in a year

Number of Facebook followers

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We are specifically tracking the followers and not the number of page likes.

Number of Instagram followers

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Bunkers in Baghdad strives to provide stress relief and build camaraderie among our troops stationed overseas by sending them golf equipment. We also provide golf equipment to our veterans and warriors here at home which help aid in their rehabilitation. We hope that by providing golf equipment to our troops and veterans that it would allow them to take their mind off of the harsh realities that they face daily and to help with their recovery process.

We will continue our efforts of collecting golf equipment from various locations around the country. We will also continue to work with our national partners like Callaway, Topgolf and Dick's Sporting Goods to supply our brave men and women with golf equipment.

Through our national partnerships we are provided golf equipment on a regular basis. We also receive donations from various donors and golf courses who supply us equipment to send to VA Hospitals and to our troops. Through our Bunkers Buddies program we have worked with over 1,618 schools across the country where students help us collect and ship golf equipment to our troops and veterans. Lastly, through our social media platforms we are also able to reach out to our potential donors to assist us as well.

So far, we have been able to ship over 13,000,000 golf balls, 1,000,000 golf clubs, and have reached troops in 74 different countries around the world. We have also been able to work with over 1,618 schools around the country in our Bunkers Buddies Program. We have also extended our role with warriors around the country, in our VA hospitals, VA clinics, and the Fisher House. Through these efforts we have been able to assist thousands of vets and warriors across the country and we will continue to do so as long as we receive equipment support from our donors and volunteers to assist us with these efforts.

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?

    Active duty and reserve members of the United States military, veterans of the United States military, Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, and schools that pair with us to donate to military members.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

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

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BUNKERS IN BAGHDAD

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Hanna

President

Joseph Hanna

Jon Beck

James Macri

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data