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The Heroes Project

We make what's impossible a reality.

aka Heroes Project   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  theheroesproject.org

Mission

We make the impossible a reality by empowering our injured community through physical and emotional training, allowing them to explore the farthest reaches of themselves and the world they live in. These expeditions challenge the severely wounded to redefine their personal limits post-injury.

Ruling year info

2010

Founder & President

Tim Wayne Medvetz

Main address

7304 Beverly Blvd. #151

Los Angeles, CA 90036 USA

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EIN

27-1288926

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Heroes Project

The Heroes Project makes the impossible a reality by empowering injured war veterans through physical and emotional training, allowing them to explore the farthest reaches of themselves and the world they live in. These expeditions challenge the severely wounded to redefine their personal limits post injury. The Heroes Project inspires our injured military veterans to find purpose, both physically and mentally, and ignites others to do the same.

The Heroes Project creates training and expedition programs for wounded marines, soldiers and veterans. Through these therapeutic, challenging and transformative experiences, THP is able to truly change lives. The physical experience of conquering these challenges is only part of the process. The mental preparation for these treks is equally as valuable. The Heroes Project has put our injured war veterans on some of the highest summits of the world conquering every challenge we set. Our philosophy of devoting our resources to one veteran at time has a proven ripple effect, impacting lives in a greater and more prophetic way.

The Heroes Project aims to encourage and expand the community that supports our nation's heroes. We have developed an extensive network of core support by connecting our donors, supporters and veterans. The Heroes Project also promotes and augments the efforts of other organizations working within this community across the country thereby strengthening impact. Click here to learn more about this task force and our partners in this mission.

On each expedition, The Heroes Project captures footage of our heroes' journeys to recovery. These stories of strength, resilience, and the ability to triumph over the impossible will be used as part of our outreach and empowerment programs to inspire the masses, whether veteran or civilian. The Heroes Project has been highlighted in the media countless times for its success stories and focused education on veteran's rehabilitation, enabling our heroes to speak directly to the community.

Population(s) Served

The Heroes Project's mission has expanded with the construction of the Veteran Retreat Center in the Angeles National Forest in California. The VRC is a unique project that aims to provide a transformative experience for Veterans by promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

The VRC is completely off-grid with no cell phone service or wifi, providing an opportunity for Veterans to connect with nature and themselves, and help Veterans focus on their health and wellness. It will offer programs and activities designed to develop the skills Veterans need to climb mountains, both literally and figuratively.

THP is proud to support injured war Veterans and believes that they deserve the best possible care. The VRC is committed to providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. By pushing them to their limits and helping them conquer challenges, The Heroes Project is helping them see that the impossible is possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of veterans with PTSD served

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Increasing

Number of veterans who report a decrease in depression

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Heroes Project has put our injured war veterans on the highest summits of the world, crushing every challenge we set. With our new veteran retreat center in Mt. Baldy, we will be able to have a place for our veterans to meet and suit up for their hiking experience. Climbing a mountain, both literally and figuratively, takes preparation, determination, and a healthy mindset. Our new veteran center in the mountains is designed to provide support and inspire teamwork while boosting confidence and morale. The Heroes Project takes our military heroes on therapeutic, challenging, and transformative experiences. In partnership with our alumni (team THP), we pair our new participants with a mountain specifically chosen to challenge them physically and mentally. The physical experience of conquering their individual summits is only part of the process. The mental preparation for these treks is equally as valuable. The Heroes Project has put our injured war veterans on the highest summits of the world, crushing every challenge we set. On each expedition, The Heroes Project captures footage of our heroes' journeys to recovery. These stories of strength, resilience and the ability to triumph over the impossible are used as part of our outreach and empowerment programs to inspire the masses. From hospital bed to summit, we support our injured heroes every step of the way. Between our experience in the mountains, Team THP's commitment to their military brothers and sisters, the training programs at Equinox, and our fantastic gear partner Eddie Bauer, we set our injured heroes up for success right from minute one. Daily training, weekend trips at altitude, healthy living, and a really good taste of the great outdoors are all part of the transformative experience we provide. Climbing a mountain (both literally and figuratively) takes preparation, determination, and a healthy mindset. Our program is designed to provide support and inspire teamwork while boosting confidence and morale. In support of our Heroes, we hold an annual event, Climb for Heroes, at our local training ground in Mt. Baldy, California. At this event, we encourage our supporters to shake the hands of our injured veterans, thank them for their service, and soak up a bit of their intense badassery. In order to carry out our important mission, THP relies on generous donations from our supporters, the sale of our awesome THP gear at our swag shop, and participant fundraising for our annual Climb for Heroes event.

The Veteran Retreat Center will be the only veteran retreat in Southern California and will be the avenue we can use to deliver our "Expedition for Heroes" key program to more veterans both in California and nationally.
The Center will allow daily training, weekend trips at altitude, healthy living, and a really good taste of the great outdoors are all part of the transformative experience we provide. The Heroes Project has put our injured war veterans on the highest summits of the world helping them overcome obstacles through physical, mental, and emotional therapeutic training. The Heroes Project makes the impossible a reality by empowering our injured community through physical and emotional training, allowing them to explore the farthest reaches of themselves and the world they live in. These expeditions challenge the severely wounded to redefine their personal limits post-injury. The Heroes Project inspires our injured men and women to find purpose, both physically and mentally and ignites others to do the same.

There are four phases to the project.
Phase 1: Approval from the United States Forest Department. (design structures approved)
Phase 2: Breaking ground, excavating the land, pouring concrete, and confirming water rights.
Phase 3: Building five log cabin structures.
Phase 4: Ribbon-cutting, Summer of 2024

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 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

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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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The Heroes Project

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
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Board chair

Tim Medvetz

Tim Wayne Medvetz

Scott Rosen

Richard Stark

JJ Hendersot

Board leadership practices

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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 1/12/2023

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/12/2023

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 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 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 community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.