FAIRWAYS FOR WARRIORS INC.

Healing Unseen Wounds

Plymouth, FL   |  www.fairwaysforwarriors.org

Mission

Fairways for Warriors mission statement is to support wounded warriors to help with their physical and emotional rehabilitation. We are using golf as one of the ways to accomplish our mission statement.

Notes from the nonprofit

Fairways for Warriors is providing hope, camaraderie and healing for our combat wounded veterans. 22 veteran commit suicide everyday in the US. Fairways for Warriors is a suicide prevention non profit! Here are some testimonies from our veterans. "Fairways found me as I was struggling to find myself. Since I started going regularly to their clinics, I was able to reconnect with fellow veterans and pick up the game of golf. That allowed me to make huge progress in my healing. I credit Fairways For Warriors for giving me hope and saving my life. Thank you, from me and my family!" "Fairways has helped me tremendously, being a wounded veteran suffering from PTSD Fairways has helped me cope with my illness. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Fairways has shown me how to deal with my personal demons through the world of golf." You can read many more of the testimonies from our combat vets at Great Nonprofits: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/fairways-for-warriors-inc

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Tom Underdown

Executive Director

Brian Hicks

Main address

PO Box 342

Plymouth, FL 32768 USA

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EIN

27-3671721

NTEE code info

Golf (Country Clubs, use N50) (N6A)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The sad new is 22 veterans commit suicide everyday! Fairways for Warriors is saving lives of our combat wounded veterans with a holistic approach to their combat post traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD). We provide camaraderie, community, exercise, and professional therapy for PTSD, anger management, marriage counseling, etc. Most importantly we are providing hope and healing. The suicide rate among veterans (22 a day) is not getting any better. We have had many of our combat veterans said that if it was not for Fairways for Warriors they would have committed suicide. We are growing because the need is so great for our combat vets. Quotes from our veterans: “Fairways for Warriors is saving and changing the lives of our combat wounded veterans” “Fairways for Warriors will do whatever they can to improve combat wounded veteran’s lives” "Thanks to Fairways for Warriors I am a human being again”

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?

Combat 22 A Day Veteran Suicides

The suicide rate among veterans is 22 a day, which is 8,000 per year. Fairways for Warriors is saving lives of our combat wounded veterans with a holistic approach to their combat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We provide camaraderie/community, golf sports exercise, and professional therapy for PTSD, anger management, and marriage counseling all at no cost to the veteran. We also help the veteran and their family with financial assistance including helping with food, gas, car repairs, rent, car insurance, car payments, utilities, clothes, back to school items, and Christmas gift donations. Most importantly we are providing hope and healing.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans
People with disabilities
Caregivers
Families

Fairways for Warriors has chapters in FL, TX and NC

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Top Rated Non Profit 2020

Great Non Profit

Affiliations & memberships

Great Non Profits Organization 2015

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 veterans with PTSD served

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of combat vets with PTSD in our golf program

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.

Fairways for Warriors is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2010. Our mission is to help combat wounded warriors with their mental and physical rehabilitation. We define a combat wounded warrior as anyone who has served in a combat theater whether a physical injury was sustained or not. We have found that the invisible wounds are usually more difficult to overcome. We welcome combat veterans from any era and have many Vietnam veterans in our program. We use the game of golf as one of the ways to accomplish our mission.
We create a community where the combat veterans and their families know that help is available for all their life challenges - being available 24/7 to talk, meeting the veterans for lunch or coffee, playing golf when they are having a bad day, helping each other with childcare, yard work, or moving. This reflects the same community veterans had in the military.
• We hold no-cost golf clinics, golf tournaments, offer no-cost opportunities for sporting events and other activities to help with the effects of isolation and depression.
• Fairways for Warriors provides counseling for PTSD and anger management as well as marriage counseling. http://acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com/web/
• Fairways for Warriors offers financial assistance by paying for rent, utilities, car payments & repairs, and other things when our members find themselves in need.
• We provide home buying workshops and have teamed with multiple organizations to provide homes for veterans.
• To help with career counseling and job placement
• To help our combat veterans receive service dogs.
We want to increase all of the about activities and services. To increase the number of chapters that we by 1 or 2 per year. We currently have 7 chapters in 5 states.

We will reduce the number of veteran suicides, save marriages and enhance the quality of life of our members through our programs and services. We will create ongoing events to promote camaraderie, brotherhood and spiritual growth to give hope and healing to our nation’s combat veterans. We will seek opportunities to partner with businesses and other foundations to assist us with the needed, services, products, time and financial resources needed for this operation.

Add additional therapist who are trained in combat PTSD and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). And encourage more of our veterans to try ART.Accelerated Resolution Therapy to help. It has been proven to be very effective in reducing symptoms in as little as 3 to 5 sessions! ART can also help with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, OCD, family issues, etc.
ART is a particularly promising alternative to traditional PTSD treatments, because it uses no drugs, has no serious adverse effects, and can improve symptoms in a few therapy sessions.

Establish Squad Leaders in all of our chapters to check on the well being of our veterans. A Squad is a group of 8 – 12 individuals with a common identity and a sense of solidarity.

Fairways is growing by approximately 4 members per week. In order to ensure that each and every warrior is given the attention and support he/she deserves,
Fairways is forming squads in our membership. These are informal groups but with a dedicated purpose. Each squad will have a leader or point of contact and can be a grouping of whatever works best for each – grouped by home address, gender, friends, whatever, but the size needs to be 8 – 12 members. If a squad gets too large we will break into two squads so that each person feels treated individually.

Squad Leader Responsibilities:
• Check in with each member at least weekly.
• Suggest frequent outings (golf, movie, lunch or dinner) to foster camaraderie.
• Be sure members are aware of events and seminars
• Contact Al for help for any member who is having issues:
PTSD , Physical, Family, Spiritual, Financial, Etc.

1. Added almost 300 members in 2020 and 18 in January 2021.
2. Rolling out squad leaders in the chapters.
3. Encouraging members to get help with PTSD with ART. Using video teleconference to have therapy sessions for veterans who don't feel comfortable going to an office.
4. Working with veterans in Pinehurst, NC to start a chapter. Fort Bragg is near by and there are a lot of active duty and retired combat veterans in the area.
5. Everything revolves around funding so increasing number of fund raising events. And also submitting several grant requests.

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?

    Combat wounded veterans and their families.We define a combat wounded warrior as anyone who has served in a combat theater whether a physical injury was sustained or not. We have found that the invisible wounds are usually more difficult to over come. We welcome combat veterans from any era.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We did a very recent survey on how CBD is helping with PTSD, pain and sleep. And the survey showed that CBD is reducing effects of PTSD, helping veterans to get better sleep and reduce pain. Therefore, we are going to work with CBD companies to get discounts so that the veterans can afford the CBD products. Our members (combat wounded veterans) also asked for virtual therapy sessions to help with PTSD, anxiety, etc during COVID. Fairways for Warriors asked our therapist to provide therapy using video teleconference applications.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our veterans feel much more apart of our organization! They feel that we really care about them (which we do) and better connected.

  • 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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FAIRWAYS FOR WARRIORS INC.

Board of directors
as of 4/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kenny Nairn

No affiliation

Term: 2011 -

Thomas Underdown

President Fairways for Warriors

Kenny Nairn

Managing Partner, Central Florida Golf

Chris Baeten

CEO Knight Federal Solutions

Brian Holmes

Executive Directore ManTech

Christa Santos

CKS Marketing

Don Shaver

Western Botanicals

Clint Butler

Brian Hicks

Executive Director

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 ? No
  • 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 04/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/22/2021

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 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 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 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.