HONOR FOUNDATION

aka THF   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.honor.org

Mission

OUR MISSION --We exist to serve others with Honor, for life. So that their next mission is always clear and continues to impact the world. The Honor Foundation (THF) is a career transition program for U.S. Special Operations Forces that effectively translates their elite military service to the private sector and helps create the next generation of corporate and community leaders. We provide a clear process for professional development and a diverse ecosystem of world class support and technology. Every step is dedicated to preparing these outstanding men and women to continue to realize their maximum potential during and after their service career.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO

Matt Stevens

Main address

11055 Roselle St Suite 120

San Diego, CA 92121 USA

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EIN

46-2952873

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Honor Foundation is improving the experience of transition out of the military. The current transition program offered by the Department of Defense is an inadequate 5-day seminar, undifferentiated for a widely diverse group of service members. It offers no tangible guide to find one's next career, translate military experience nor how to apply to a civilian position. A well-documented problem for transitioning military service members is that they are underemployed and underutilized in the civilian workforce. This is exacerbated for the high-performing men and women of SOF who have trained and served with highly driven elite teams of men and women. 2013 survey of Special Operators across seven states. (Separated from active duty within 3-5 years) --99% felt they were unable to translate their skills effectively. --91% felt that transition was more difficult than a deployment. --99% felt that there was no tailored transition program meeting their experience levels.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Honor Foundation Program - San Diego, CA

The Honor Foundation (THF) is a unique transition institute created exclusively for members of the U.S. Special Operations community.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

The Honor Foundation (THF) is a unique transition institute created exclusively for members of the U.S. Special Operations community.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

The Honor Foundation (THF) is a unique transition institute created exclusively for members of the U.S. Special Operations community. This program serves MARSOC Marine Raiders.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

The Honor Foundation (THF) is a unique transition institute created exclusively for members of the U.S. Special Operations community.

Population(s) Served
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 students enrolled

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

Military personnel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total Alumni

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Honor Foundation (THF) is a nonprofit that helps prepare the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) community to successfully transition to the civilian workplace, leveraging their leadership abilities and other learned skills from their SOF experiences.

THF’s mission is to take on the responsibility of filling the gap in military transition services and provide a best-in-class, high-value comprehensive transition program for members of the U.S. Special Operations Forces who have honorably served their country.

THF’s vision is to impact every transitioning service member from the U.S. Special Operations enterprise and be a catalyst for overhauling and innovating the entire Department of Defense (DOD) transition program. Just as SOF is the vanguard for testing and development for the conventional force, our goal is to provide the SOF population with a successful comprehensive training program.

Program Services Description:

The Honor Foundation program fills a critical gap in transition services for the most elite warriors in the U.S., those who have served honorably as the vanguard for our nation’s military. Despite being the absolute highest performing veterans transitioning out of military service, many have struggled through underemployment, unemployment, and unhappiness.

Over the length of the program, Fellows consider their strengths, priorities, and "why," they benefit from tailored and comprehensive executive education, 1:1 coaching, mentoring, and access to an exclusive professional network of nearly 5,000 executives across seven major industries of business.

Our sessions operate in 4 phases:
Phase 1: Fellows take an introspective look, working with professional coaches and mentors.
Phase 2: Fellows are taught to translate their professional work history for impact in the civilian sector.
Phase 3: Fellows target specific career interests, and experience different organizations and cultures first-hand.
Phase 4: Fellows become Alumni and our team continues to serve them as they may still be Active Duty post-graduation, transitioning from another job, or wanting to engage with other Fellows going through the program to create a community.

To make our goals happen THF has created an institution specifically designed to serve the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF). THF has been well-defined from the beginning. Every aspect of our program has been inspired by the way Special Operators work in the field. Our curriculum focuses on 28 key transitional readiness themes isolated through extensive research and feedback. It reflects the precise knowledge and experience a Special Operator needs to navigate any transition throughout his or her career.

Fellows are challenged to do the work of preparing for transition, putting in the hours, just as they would prepare for their next mission. THF explains that transition is a "team sport" and we guide them on how to build their transition team, and introduce them to potential members of the team who can support them beyond the 3-month program. We also give them tools and the training to deploy those tools to effectively marketing themselves and conduct a job search. Lastly, and arguably most importantly we guide them on how to build a network and offer access to individuals who have agreed to have meetings with fellows as they explore potential careers post-military service.

At THF, we focus on increasing Transition Readiness. We effectively accomplish this through three phases of education. Our three phases of education include a structured mix of additive and experiential learning, business simulations, and other professional enrichment methodologies.

The Honor Foundation is a designated 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In our short seven years, we have established three physical campuses in San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; & Wilmington, NC; with a fourth campus planned for Ft. Bragg, NC in 2021. THF also established a virtual campus in 2019 to service the U.S. Special Operations Forces community stationed anywhere around the globe.

THF has built a world-class transition program with 1:1 professional coaching for each Fellow and access to hundreds of c-suite executives who serve as mentors and advisors for our transitioning population.

We are proud to have graduated 1050 fellows from our full 3-month transition program, and we have served hundreds more through 1-day or 2-day seminars. After graduating, 95% of THF Fellows report they are "fulfilled" 90 days after leaving service.

We serve our Alumni with honor, for life.

Financials

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HONOR FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 4/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Harry Leonhardt

Scott Adams

Colliers

Larry Solomon

The Capital Group

Michael Nagata

CACI

David Janke

Blackswan Partners

Samantha Rist

Dave Alberga

Justin Connolly

Disney/ESPN

Marc Brown

Bridgepoint Education

Matt Stevens

The Honor Foundation

Matt Bigge

Crosslink Capital

Brian Ferguson

Arena Labs

Jon Skinner

William Blair

John Burnham

Accenture

Joe Musselman

Jeff Pottinger

Heidi Fearon-Barker

Justin Nahama

Fisher Broyles

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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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

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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