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Force Blue Inc

Buoyancy - Belonging - Betterment

Mt Pleasant, SC   |  https://www.forceblueteam.org

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Mission

Established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2016, FORCE BLUE seeks to address two seemingly unrelated problems the rapidly declining health of our planets marine resources and the difficulty returning combat veterans have in adjusting to civilian life through one, mission-focused program. By uniting the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of marine science and conservation, FORCE BLUE has created a transpartisan model of caring, cooperation and positive change with the power to restore lives and restore the planet.

Ruling year info

2022

Executive Director

Jim Ritterhoff

Chief Operations Officer

Keith Sahm

Main address

PO Box 1254

Mt Pleasant, SC 29465 USA

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EIN

35-2736193

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

FORCE BLUE seeks to address two seemingly unrelated problems the rapidly declining health of our planets marine resources and the difficulty returning combat veterans have in adjusting to civilian life through one, mission-focused program. By uniting the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of marine science and conservation, FORCE BLUE has created a transpartisan model of caring, cooperation and positive change with the power to restore lives and restore the planet.

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?

NOAA NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES TOUR OF DUTY

In an effort to bring FORCE BLUEs message of continued service and the importance of preserving and restoring Americas precious marine resources to communities across the country, the Special Operations veterans of FORCE BLUE, working with our nations top scientists and environmentalists, have launched a 5-year campaign to conduct marine conservation missions in and around each of the countrys fifteen (15) National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS).
These missions, which kicked off with a seagrass planting and monitoring operation in the Mallows Bay-Potomac River NMS in September 2022, will include local volunteers, civic leaders and corporate partners in projects ranging from marine debris and invasive species removal ops to coral outplanting, kelp reforestation, wreck mapping and more.

Every mission will also include a public engagement component, designed to instill ownership and inspire action in those communities that are nearest to and benefit the most from our marine sanctuaries.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

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 groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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

Military personnel, Veterans, Researchers, Emergency responders

Related Program

NOAA NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES TOUR OF DUTY

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Through this strategy development process, Force Blues board and staff members identified competitors and market trends, surfaced the challenges that informed a number of Big Questions, and agreed on the organizations current business model. Together, these elements constitute an identity statement to serve as a foundation for Force Blues ongoing strategic thinking. Force Blue then drafted, a strategy screen that can be used as a tool for assessing strategic options and making informed decisions about the organizations future.Force Blue began its strategy development process by identifying the most important Big Questions which focused this process and served to align strategy, decision-making, and implementation priorities.

Through this strategy development process, Force Blues board and staff members identified competitors and market trends, surfaced the challenges that informed a number of Big Questions, and agreed on the organizations current business model. Together, these elements constitute an identity statement to serve as a foundation for Force Blues ongoing strategic thinking. Force Blue then drafted, a strategy screen that can be used as a tool for assessing strategic options and making informed decisions about the organizations future.Force Blue began its strategy development process by identifying the most important Big Questions which focused this process and served to align strategy, decision-making, and implementation priorities.

Force Blue has already demonstrated it can have significant impact on improving marine environments, healing veterans, and building awareness of environmental stewardship. To have even greater impact, and to ensure the organizations long-term viability, the following implementation plan will help Force Blue reach its potential over the next three years.Strategic Priority 1. - Grow the number of missions completed to be more consistent and sustainableOver the next three years, Force Blue will engage in annual mission planning to lay out the list of potential missions and the capacities needed for each. This will enable Force Blue to provide staff, volunteers, and funders with a clearer understanding of the types of work it may undertake, while remaining flexible to shift as opportunities, conditions, and budget limitations arise.

Force Blue has already demonstrated it can have significant impact on improving marine environments, healing veterans, and building awareness of environmental stewardship. To have even greater impact, and to ensure the organizations long-term viability, the following implementation plan will help Force Blue reach its potential over the next three years.Strategic Priority 1. - Grow the number of missions completed to be more consistent and sustainableOver the next three years, Force Blue will engage in annual mission planning to lay out the list of potential missions and the capacities needed for each. This will enable Force Blue to provide staff, volunteers, and funders with a clearer understanding of the types of work it may undertake, while remaining flexible to shift as opportunities, conditions, and budget limitations arise.Force Blue has refined its approach to its missions and going forward it will categorize them into light missions and extended missions to standardize expectations around staffing levels, scope of work, and budget.

Through the work of FORCE BLUE, we envision a world:- Where our oceans are healthy and sustainable.- Where the general public is more aware of the threats facing our oceans and marine environments and more engaged in the fight to preserve them.- Where scientists and veterans become teammates with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication to service and veterans no longer feel lost in their transition to civilian life or defined solely by who they were in the military.

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 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

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

    We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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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Force Blue Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dan Orr

Dan Orr Consulting

Term: 2025 - 2022


Board co-chair

Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet

Ocean STL Consulting

Term: 2022 - 2025

Tom Mullikin

Global Eco Adventures

Jay Haigler

Diving with a Purpose

David Moson

Fortress Investment Group

Ryan McCombie

United States Navy Captain (retired)

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 1/25/2024

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2024

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 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.