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In Honor of Our Troops IHOOT Foundation, Inc.

Reconnecting Veterans with their Families

aka IHOOT Foundation   |   Pikesville, MD   |  https://www.ihoot.org

Mission

Provide awareness and support programs for wounded warriors, service men, women, veterans and their families. IHOOT Vacations for Vets provides programs that facilitate reconnection of military families and reestablishing healthy relationships especially following war, medical treatment and/or long separations from one another.

Ruling year info

2020

CEO

Mr. Philip W Strambler

Main address

1777 Reisterstown Road W22 PMB 415

Pikesville, MD 21208 USA

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Formerly known as

In Honor of Our Troops IHOOT

EIN

27-0459855

NTEE code info

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

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Programs and results

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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?

Vacations for Vets

Provide free accommodation to facilitate rest, recuperation and healing to help wounded warriors, service men, women, veterans and their families reconnect following war and long separations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Provide free accommodations for Active-Duty Military, Veterans and their Families that can't afford expensive lodging for their families.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children

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 paid participants on field trips

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

Caregivers, Families, Non-adult children, Parents, Widows and widowers

Related Program

IHOOT Vacations for Vets

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Trips are no charge to participants and their families.

Average price of field trip tickets

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

Vacations for Vets

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Accommodations are no cost to participants.

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.

IHOOT seeks to help keep military and veterans stay together as family units.
Quite often, the focus is on the service man, woman, wounded warrior or veteran rather than the family as a whole. Spouses and children serve their country in a unique and very special way, especially when the service member is abroad or in combat. It is our responsibility as Americans to be supportive of military families and not regarded as a separate segment of America.

Our short term strategy is to continue to promote our programs by word of mouth and within the command structure of active duty military, national guard, reserves, service academies and the Veterans Administration. Our long term goal is to establish relationships with the hotel industry, travel agencies, online travel companies, and airlines to increase accommodations, sites available and travel related services worldwide.

IHOOT provides rest, recuperation and therapeutic healing for the entire family as a unit. The Vacations for Vets Program gives families the opportunity to enter a resort environment far away from the military where post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other "invisible injuries" affected the entire family. It gives them time together to reconnect and reestablish healthy family relationships.

IHOOT will continue to pursue alliances with medical centers to become part of treatment before, during or after being diagnosed with disease, disorders or other medical conditions. A primary goal is to raise funds that will be controlled by a special committee to provide travel related expenses for those military and veteran families that can't afford to get to the wonderful resort accommodations that IHOOT programs provide.

IHOOT is proud to have provided rest, recuperation and therapeutic healing for the morale and welfare for over 28,000 families since the inception of the Vacations for Vets Program. However, we feel that we've only touched "the tip of the iceberg" regarding the numbers of families supported.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, Evaluate the performance of our business partners.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • 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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In Honor of Our Troops IHOOT Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Philip Strambler

IHOOT Vacations for Vets

Term: 2011 - 2024

Charles Eggleston

SMGA; Military Order of Purple Heart

Michael Wilkens

Centennial Marketing

Thomas Blaskowski

McCormick and Company

Timothy M Berchtold

Pepsico Foodservice

Charles Groce

PhD, Psychology

Claude Boushey

Military Liaison

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 ? 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 1/26/2022

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/09/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.