THE 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 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 careers.

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 (THF) addresses the inadequacies of the current transition program (TAP) offered by the Department of Defense. TAP offers no guidance on how to find one's identity outside of the military, one's purpose, or how to translate military experience for the private sector. THF comprehensively addresses these challenges and offers a clear path to prepare for private sector employment. Transitioning from the military is one of the most difficult times in a service member's career. Veterans are often 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. A 2013 Survey of Special Operators found: --97% 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

The Honor Foundation program at Ft. Bragg supports the active-duty special operations community preparing to transition out of the military. We help the outstanding men and women of the Army, Airforce and Joint Special Operations who have selflessly served our country, as they seek their next purpose in the civilian sector.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

The Honor Foundation's Professional Development Series serves THF Alumni and Fellows as they explore their next mission in life and determine how their purpose can be utilized in a civilian career. THF's Professional Development series explores a variety of topics pertinent to transitioning military personnel, including diversity, equity, inclusion, exploration of specific industries, and health and wellness topics.

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) prepares 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 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.

Every aspect of The Honor Foundation executive education program is been inspired by the way Special Operators work in the field. We seek out experts in personal and professional development fields to teach aspects of the transition program, similarly as SOF trains with the best experts while serving on active duty. 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 prepare for military transition 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 an effective plan, market themselves and conduct a successful and thorough job search. Lastly, and arguably most importantly we guide them on how to tell their personal story, 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 the phases of our executive education program. This includes 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 7.5 years, we have four three physical campuses in San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; Wilmington, NC; and Ft. Bragg, NC. THF also established a virtual campus in 2019 to service the U.S. Special Operations Forces community stationed anywhere around the globe. As demand for the program grows at an exponential rate, THF plans to double the size of our virtual offering and looks to bring the program to other Special Operations headquarters in the United States.

THF has built a world-class transition program with 1:1 professional coaching for each Fellow and access to a network of 400+ executives who serve as mentors and advisors for our transitioning population.

We are proud to have served 1300 Special Operations families through our full 3-month transition program, and we have served over 700 hundred more service members through content-rich seminars. After graduating from our program, 96% of THF Alumni report they are "fulfilled" 90 days after leaving service. We define fulfillment as the participant achieving their personal objective in one of the following categories: employment, continuing education, or sabbatical.

We serve The Honor Foundation Alumni with honor, for life. This includes the development of a new program for continued professional development.

The Honor Foundation is changing lives by offering clear guidance for service members to find their purpose outside of the military, reversing the narrative of negative outcomes for transitioning veterans and elevating our elite military to be prepared to serve at their full capacity in the private sector, for the mutual benefit of all.

Financials

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THE HONOR FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 03/05/2022
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 Bigge

Crosslink Capital

Brian Ferguson

Arena Labs

Jon Skinner

William Blair

John Burnham

Accenture

Joe Musselman

Heidi Fearon-Barker

Justin Nahama

Fisher Broyles

Frank Muller

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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2022

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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 with 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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