COMMIT FOUNDATION

Changing the way veterans and the private sector think about military transition.

Bozeman, MT   |  www.commitfoundation.org

Mission

The COMMIT Foundation's mission is to help exceptional American servicemembers and veterans transition into successful roles and careers post-service. COMMIT is poised to serve veteran participants during this time thanks to two incredible online services. COMMIT's Pursue Your Purpose Online Transition Assistance Program and Digital Library are absolute game-changers. We are able to serve our veterans virtually during this unprecedented time.

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Mr. Alex Krongard

Main address

280 West Kagy Blvd Suite D313 The COMMIT Foundation

Bozeman, MT 59715 USA

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EIN

45-5219311

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

Veterans face a host of challenges when they transition to civilian roles, particularly when they seek to pursue impactful and meaningful careers. Even those who have realized enormous success in uniform are often unsure of how to successfully transition their military training and skills to civilian life and the private sector. According to the September 2019 Pew Research Center Survey: The American Veteran Experience and the Post-9/11 Generation, nearly half (47%) of all post-9/11 veterans reported that they found it “very or somewhat difficult for them to readjust to civilian life after their military service.” Post-9/11 veterans also report higher rates of physical and psychological wounds than previous generations of combat veterans. At COMMIT, we emphasize to our participants that it’s not just about securing a second career, but rather designing the life they want after service, one that will make them happy, and one that will make them feel a greater sense of belonging to their

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?

Veteran Mentoring Workshops

These two-day programs pair 12-15 veterans with public and private sector leaders, some of whom are veterans themselves now serving in impactful civilian leadership roles. At these workshops, veterans develop goals for career transition, learn how to transition their skills to the private sector, and are connected with invaluable networks of highly successful executives. For many transitioning veterans, these workshops are their introduction to The COMMIT Foundation and its network. The majority of workshop participants go on to take advantage of one-on-one transition assistance.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

: Veterans who participate in one-on-one transition assistance work with The COMMIT Foundation for approximately six to twelve months, receiving highly individualized service and attention. Veterans work to identify their strength and skills and focus their career choices. Services include: skills identification, executive career coaching, mentoring sessions, professional development and networking opportunities that often result in employment. COMMIT meets the veterans where they are in their transition, relying on a trusted and reliable network of resources to open up doors and opportunities that otherwise might not be readily available to the veterans.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

It is a disservice to American industry if we do not reinvest the enormous training and skills of American Veterans into leadership roles at American companies.

COMMIT works with companies to help them understand veterans’ skill sets and experience, and create corporate environments and culture which are attractive to high value veterans. Companies gain the knowledge and skill to effectively recruit and retain highly talented veterans.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

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 participants engaged in programs

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

Veterans, Military personnel

Related Program

One-on-One Transition Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, The COMMIT Foundation was given a grant to scale our high touch programs. Two products we built are the Pursuing Your Purpose Online Program and the Digital Library.

Satisfaction with COMMIT program and services.

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

99% of COMMIT veterans surveyed say they would recommend COMMIT to friends and colleagues.

Increase veteran CONFIDENCE about their military to civilian transition.

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

95% indicated they have the information they need to successfully navigate their transition, a 69% increase from their application pre-surveys.

Number of participants who felt that they have been provided with a range of options for future employment

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

97% now understand the host of career options and lifestyles available after leaving the military, a 68% increase from their application pre-surveys.

Increase veteran INFORMATION about how to successfully navigate career transition.

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

95% of COMMIT veterans believe they have the information needed to successfully navigate their transition - a 68% increase from before participation in COMMIT programming.

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.

COMMIT aims to assist America's Post-9/11 Veterans find meaning and success post-service. In addition, we aim to honor the enormous sacrifice of our men and women in uniform by creating outstanding opportunities for them in civilian life.

CORE STRATEGY 1
NAVIGATE LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

CORE STRATEGY 2
ENHANCE DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS

CORE STRATEGY 3
INCREASE DONOR RETENTION FROM 27% - 54% BY JANUARY 2023

CORE STRATEGY 4
ACQUIRE 2,000 NEW DONORS BY DECEMBER 2024

CORE STRATEGY 5
GROW NUMBER OF $10,000+ DONORS (FOUNDATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS) TO 100 BY DECEMBER 2023

The COMMIT Foundation has a unique perspective on Veteran transition. Its founders and staff are Veterans and Veteran spouses, and understand the unique needs of transitioning service members. An important differentiator for COMMIT is the organization's ability to build solutions around individuals, as opposed to offering a “one size fits all" solution.

COMMIT operates under talented and highly competent leadership, and with fiscal responsibility. The organization has an exceptional portfolio of mentors and special Veteran advisors who are committed to assisting our Nation's heroes. COMMIT's focus is, and will continue to be, on quality over quantity and delivering excellence to our Veterans and partners.

COMMIT has assisted hundreds of Veterans since its founding in 2012. We have facilitated invaluable mentoring relationships, offered customized transition tools, connected Veterans with needed resources and enabled job placement. We have improved many existing programs for Veterans and we have helped well-respected organizations build world class Veteran programs to include educational endowments and learning and development programs to ensure increased hiring of Veterans and retention of them.

COMMIT is also proud of the partnerships we have maintained and facilitated within the Veteran Service space, and will continue to serve as a connector for Veterans to corporations and organizations doing excellent work. An important goal as the organization looks to the future, is to ensure this work can scale-up. We have begun to evaluate how COMMIT can bring its services within a geographic area, and positively impact the ecosystem of Veterans and Veteran-service organizations within that geographic area.

Another important goal for the future is to strengthen the capacity of the Veteran Service space as it relates to career transition. COMMIT has a track-record of success in connecting Veterans with leadership positions across several industries. COMMIT would like to share lessons-learned with both private sector and nonprofit partners and believes it can provide thought-leadership in this capacity.

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?

    Since 2012 COMMIT has refined a highly effective and individualized method to transition for post-9/11 veterans. We are dedicated to bucking the one-size-fits-most approach as we address challenges our service members face as they reenter civilian life. We ensure veterans find purpose, both personally and professionally after the military.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), 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?

    COMMIT is aware of the importance of impact and where service members land. With the hiring of Dr. Amy Taft earlier this year, COMMIT is pursuing a 1 year and 18-month follow-up survey system. The thoughtful input from you and our own efforts have pushed COMMIT to improve this tracking, and are currently filling in data from previous years.

  • 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?

    The CEO asked us to look at how we might increase our diversity and inclusion initiatives in 2021. We served 5% more men of color and 7% more women of color in 2020 than in 2019.

  • 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?

    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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COMMIT FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 9/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Guy Filippelli

Squadra

Matt Oberhardt

Andreessen Horowitz

Charles Spearman

Guggenheim Partners

Thomas Peddicord

Boston Consulting Group

Kim Greene

Svalinn

Amir Motamedi

Onex

Mimi Bock

Cetera

Phil Caruso

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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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/10/2021

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/09/2021

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 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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.