Public, Society Benefit

Gold Coast Veterans Foundation

Leave No Veteran Behind

aka GCVF   |   Camarillo, CA   |  gcvf.org

Mission

There are thousands of veterans who are homeless or at high risk, who cannot or do not use their earned benefits, and who suffer physical and/or mental health setbacks. GCVF developed a comprehensive integrated care model that can prevent and reverse veteran homelessness. We intervene to address the root causes of poor life outcomes for the hardest to serve veterans. Our core programs create a safety net and a pathway to successful outcomes. Veterans Connection is the service gateway providing 1 on 1 assistance with benefits & claims, comprehensive support, equipment, etc. Mobile Veteran Outreach saves lives by engaging homeless or home-bound veterans, followed by direct hands-on intervention to address the root causes of veteran homelessness.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our programs were specifically designed to meet critically important needs that are often not addressed or integrated into existing large government systems. These unmet needs leave gaps in the quality and integrity of care for our veterans, which eventually lead to homelessness, untreated physical and mental illness, PTSD, substance abuse, and recidivism. We intervene at the critical moments in time… to catch the veterans that “fall through the cracks” in the system… before lives are damaged or lost. GCVF’s relentless pursuit of quality services for veterans profoundly improves the lives of those who have protected our country and our way of life. We cannot shy away from this obligation. But these efforts also greatly enrich the health and success of our entire community.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Bob Harris

Main address

4001 Mission Oaks Blvd Suite D

Camarillo, CA 93012 USA

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EIN

27-2105467

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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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?

Veterans Connection

The purpose of the Veterans Connection is to create and nurture a support network that connects veterans to each other and the community. This network consists of volunteers, donors, and other local veteran service providers. Our carefully designed programs target specific areas of concern in order to reduce incidences of substance abuse, homelessness, and incarceration. Transitioning back into society can be difficult. The Veterans Connection provides opportunities for successful reintegration by empowering our veterans and equipping them with the essential knowledge, tools, and skills needed to become valuable, productive members of our society.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families
Budget
$249,000

Where we work

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes, community meetings/town halls, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, many of those we serve have medical condition which are private and confidential..

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    Based on veteran, community and families of those we serve, we have created an entirely new method of caring for veterans and their immediate families. This included the integration of 8 core programs to implement an "Integrated Care Model", the first of its kind and it's at the heart of our efforts to cure veteran suffering and veteran homelessness.

Financials

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Gold Coast Veterans Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dennis Murphy

Amgen

Dennis Murphy

Amgen

Bill Camarillo

Agromin

Bob Lunde

Lunde Lopez Realty

Megan Gylnn

YMCA

Lisa Bollinger

Amgen

Dave Weaver

Covenant House

Joe Black

JSL Technolgies

Robert Lewis

Ablon, Lewis, Bass & Gale

Rudy Reisender

CTS Choice

Brent Reisender

Gold Coast Property Management

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2019

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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 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 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.

Keywords

benefits, employment, homeless outreach, career coaching, housing assistance, jobs, advocacy, wellness