Soldier's Wish

Tulsa, OK   |  http://www.soldierswish.org

Mission

It is the mission of Soldier’s Wish to identify and provide for the needs of veterans, service members, and their families, regardless of branch or rank. We provide direct resources that honor, support, and leave a sustainable impact on their lives. Additionally, Soldier's Wish educates the public about the needs of the military community and strives to close the military-civilian divide.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Allie Jones

Managing Director

Lyndsey Tyler

Main address

PO Box 3231

Tulsa, OK 74101 USA

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EIN

37-1731521

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Purpose: Why are we here? Soldier's Wish is here to show our gratitude by providing direct service and support for veterans, service members and their families that has immediate results and creates a sustainable impact. Vision: What we want to see? Soldier's Wish wants to see veterans, service members and their families feel honored, supported and seen. Mission: What we are doing? It is the mission of Soldier’s Wish to identify and provide for the needs of veterans, service members, and their families, regardless of branch or rank. We provide direct resources that honor, support, and leave a sustainable impact on their lives. Additionally, Soldier's Wish educates the public about the needs of the military community and strives to close the military-civilian divide.

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?

Wish Grants

Granting wishes to help meet unmet needs for our service members, veterans and their families.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
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 funding dollars secured for demonstration projects or pilots

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Wish Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We granted more than $150,000 in wishes directly to veterans, service members or their families in 2021.

Number of clients served

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Wish Grants

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our wish granting we were able to impact more than 5,000 lives.

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.


1. Be recognized as a leading and reputable nonprofit
a. Be sought out by corporations and organizations for collaborations and partnerships
b. Be a trusted organization for donor impact
2. Be the leader in supporting veterans, service members and their families
a. Be the go-to organization for military family needs and wishes (representative of full range of military families)
b. Expand the reach of our wish program
c. Increase impact of our wish program
3. Increase public awareness of the needs within the military community
a. Educate civilians on military and veteran lifestyles

• Define giving or sponsorship levels
• Set branding and marketing standards
• Focus on increasing share of voice and increasing market share/digital footprint
• Develop long term relationships with donors by demonstrating our impact and stability
• Generate measurable outcomes and metrics
• Craft an organization structure and roadmap for future growth
• Improve program services vs overhead ratio
• Secure and cultivate relationships with donors to successfully execute our programs and initiatives
• Formalize an ambassador corps
• Host events; in person or virtually to include communities outside of Tulsa
• Engage strategic partnerships
• Participate in community events

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Veterans, service members, and their familes

  • 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), Case management notes,

  • 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?

    Through case management notes and informal interviews, we've learned better forms of communication and how partnering with small businesses can ease delivery of our programs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Asking for candid feedback from our stakeholders has opened a dialog loop that will help us better serve veterans, service members and military families. It has helped us shift the power of decision making to our constituents.

  • 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 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Soldier's Wish

Board of directors
as of 03/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Josh McFarland

Mark Tedford

Adam Baker

Kevin Burr

James Shepard

Joe Watt

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2022

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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 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.