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CATCH A LIFT FUND

Changing Bodies, Healing Minds, Saving Lives

aka Catch A Lift Fund   |   Timonium, MD   |  www.catchaliftfund.org

Mission

Founded in memory of Army Cpl. Chris Coffland following his death in Afghanistan in 2009, Catch A Lift Fund's mission is to provide combat wounded veterans with personalized wellness grants, enabling them to heal through our four core pillars: nutrition, fitness, emotional wellness & community. Providing wellness programs, in home gym equipment, gym memberships and certifications, CAL supplies a holistic way for these veterans to regain their sense of strength and purpose. To date, over 8,600 combat injured veterans and their family in the CAL program have lost weight, dropped medications, increased their overall feelings of wellness, and re-established relationships with friends, family and their community!

Ruling year info

2011

Founder + President

Lynn Coffland

Main address

2066 York Road Suite 201

Timonium, MD 21093 USA

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EIN

27-3901149

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Catch A Lift Fund enables post 9/11 combat wounded veterans all over the U.S. to recover and rehabilitate both physically and mentally through physical fitness, motivation and support. The CAL Grant Program is for Veterans who served in the post 9/11 OEF/OIF wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, were wounded in combat, and are rated by the VA at 50% or above for combat injuries. At least one combat injury has to be rated at 30% or higher with the cumulative rating for combat injuries being 50% or greater. Common trends and major issues affecting our veterans currently within the population that Catch A Lift Fund addresses: mental and physical health, obesity, depression, lack of purpose, camaraderie, and suicide among others. During regular conversations with each veteran, mentors monitor less tangible but no less important improvements in feelings of well being and quality of life, personal relationships along with qualitative and quantitative outcomes.

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?

Wellness & Grant Program

The CAL Wellness Program provides post-9/11 combat injured veterans with wellness programs complete with nutrition aid, coaching, mentorship, gym memberships, home equipment and certifications based on their needs, wants, injuries and goals. Veterans in CAL's program must have served overseas in OEF/OIF wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, injured in combat, and are rated by the VA at 50% or above for combat injuries. At least one combat injury has to be rated at 30% or higher with the cumulative rating for combat injuries being 50% or greater. Veterans nationwide are welcomed in the CAL community where they gain support from fellow brothers & sisters, coaches, and begin their fitness journey in the facility of their choice or within their own home with CAL provided home gym equipment. Their growth and success are tracked by required checkpoint reports and photos throughout their 12 month grant cycles.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Caregivers

Veteran members in the CAL program are routinely called and emailed by CAL staff and volunteers to check in, update contact info and get updates. Motivational text messages are sent on a continual basis with the ability for veterans to reply if desired. Often times milestones are discussed and acknowledged. If a veteran brings an obstacle to the surface, it is discussed, and solutions are found.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Qualified veteran candidates in the program have the opportunity to become certified in a wellness, fitness or nutrition field in which they are interested. Senior CAL veteran coaches who have completed this certification program oversee other potential coaches as well as run a group of veterans within the Wellness Program, using the discipline in which they are certified. CAL veterans who obtain a certification through the program are then tasked with returning 40 volunteer hours to their fellow brothers and sisters using their newly obtained certification.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Veterans in the CAL program receive exclusive access through their personalized Dashboard to the Landing Zone and VetConnect platforms. The LZ is a robust guide to fitness, nutrition, and wellness complete with community highlights and coaching tabs. This allows you to start your fitness journey from day 1 without the need for a fitness membership or equipment as well as enhancing your journey after funding has been awarded. Updated frequently, information in the LZ includes recipes, meal planning tips, wellness-based challenges, body-weight workouts and access to our CAL community and more. VetConnect is a community based social platform where veterans can join groups, post photos, videos, updates and more to connect with their brothers & sisters on an exclusive veteran platform.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The CAL Women’s Fitness Initiative launched in January 2018 and is an opportunity for our female members to be further empowered through physical fitness. The WFI provides our combat-wounded women a safe platform to explore healing and growth through wellness and a healthier lifestyle among their fellow sisters. The WFI’s aim is to support each woman as she finds a passion for fitness and provide them with the tools needed to succeed.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Women and girls

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CrossFit Affliate 2021

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 clients served

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

Veterans

Related Program

Women's Fitness Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metrics are registered in our data base as veteran members are approved through criteria required to be in the CAL program.

Average grant amount

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

Veterans

Related Program

Women's Fitness Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year as we add programs that each member benefits from, the programs become more encompassing with stronger outcomes.

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.

Founded in memory of Army Cpl. Chris Coffland following his death in Afghanistan in 2009, the Catch A Lift Fund's mission is to provide combat wounded veterans with personalized fitness, nutrition, and wellness grants, enabling them to heal through physical fitness and mental wellbeing. Since its inception in 2010, the Catch A Lift Fund (CAL) – a national 501(c)(3) – has provided over 5,000 fitness grants to wounded veterans across the U.S. By focusing on fitness and wellness as a holistic recovery, CAL ensures a healthy future for our veterans. Our programs provide fitness memberships, adaptive home gym equipment, personalized exercise and nutrition plans, peer support networking, and Fitness Career Education. To date, thousands of CAL veterans have lost weight, reduced medications, increased their overall feelings of wellness, re-established relationships with family and friends, and re-integrated into their communities through fitness. A Catch A Lift Fund Grant can be used every day. It’s not a weekend trip or a one time adventure – it’s a lifestyle. Engaging in physical activity is a necessary habit that benefits each veteran’s current state of health and sets the groundwork for a productive and a healthy future. This single form of holistic wellness can be used everyday, which contributes to the veteran’s continued healing and growth.

At intake, veteran baselines for health, mental wellness and goals are collected than recollected several times throughout the funding period. Exercise accountability is tracked through several methods. The MAPS Program (Motivation, Accountability, and Peer Support) is an invaluable tracking program which supports our veterans to ensure success for each CAL member.Veterans mentor other new members. Once a veteran receives his or her grant, they are provided access to our Squad Leader program where they are led by a civilian or military volunteer who helps keep them accountable and motivated throughout the year. For veterans with a high level of motivation, we offer a Self-Assess program in which veterans track their own goals and outcomes through proprietary surveys. CAL veteran coaches, if needed, help members obtain the correct and safe workouts, nutrition and coaching for their specific needs or injuries.

CAL has developed a unique data base and custom application. This collects a large variety of information used throughout each members funding periods. Information can be updated, outcomes collected and data queried. Each members files are unique only to them and reflects all each individuals personal information, service history, injury reports, grants and outcomes. Our team consists of dedicated professionals that maintain data in a concise and confidential manner.
CAL proprietary surveys have been developed with wellness and mental health professionals, are detailed and insightful for collecting a wealth of invaluable knowledge from our members. Weight loss, reduction in pharmaceutical medicines, improved family interaction, new sense of purpose, career opportunities, and most importantly, cited from our members "saving lives" are all outcomes that have been proven through Catch a Lifts' past 6 years.

Catch A Lift has successfully accomplished impacting the lives of thousands of veterans. The impact has changed, if not, saved lives. Are program has brought hope to the future of our young veterans lives. Fighting a constant battle from the invisible scars of war can overcome a veterans life as well as reoccurring injuries. Engaging a veteran both physically and mentally has changed that battle. We look to the future with promise by offering healthy solutions to this strong and fearless generation of veterans.

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?

    Catch A Lift serves OEF/OIF combat injured veterans who have been deployed overseas and have a disability rating over 50% with at least 30% rating in one area.

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

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

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our Wellness Program began as a 12-week program. Veterans entered the program, matched with a coach and had weekly check ins with their coach as well as surveys to complete on time for the duration of the 12 weeks. Upon return of close out surveys, coach to veteran meetings, and raw data of weekly survey completion, we recognized that 12 weeks was proving to be a difficult length of time to keep our veterans engaged and growing. With that new knowledge, we restructured the Wellness Program to 8 weeks instead of 12 based on the drop off percentages we saw in the previous groups. The alteration to the length of the program will incentivize veterans to keep pushing through and complete the 8-week course.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    By mindfully collecting and noting feedback from our veteran members we have been able to strengthen our relationship with our members. The program is for our veterans and all changes, adaptations and additions made within the program are in their best interest. We still hold power in knowing our resources and challenge our thought processes and problem-solving skills to effectively utilize our resources at hand to best tend to the suggestions and feedback from our veterans

  • 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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

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CATCH A LIFT FUND

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lynn Coffland

Catch A Lift Fund

Term: 2010 -


Board co-chair

Willie Franklin

Franklin Investments Group

Term: 2010 -

Adam Vengrow

Stifel Bank

Bob Berlin

Lenape Capital LLC

Pat Collier

Clearbridge Investments

Tony Ferraro

ECBS

Sharon Kroupa

Venable, LLP

Michael Micciche

Wells Fargo Securities

Tom Galloway

Legg Mason

Todd Wickwire

WMS Partners, LLC

Andy Berman

Mental Grit Fitness

Sarah Rudder USMC

CAL Veteran

Melissa Leuck US Army

CAL Veteran

Carnell Martin USMC

CAL Veteran

Brooke Berlin

Apax Partners

Brody Howatt US Army

Bellator Funds

Gen. Charles Whittington

Pactiv Evergreen

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
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/4/2022

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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.