Military Family Relief Fund Mid Atlantic

When you support the family, you support the soldier!

aka Military Family Relief Fund Mid Atlantic   |   ESSEX, MD   |  www.mfrfma.org

Mission

The Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) was organized so that it can support the needs of those military, veterans, their families, communities and associated organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region during both peace and wartime.

Ruling year info

2014

President/CEO

BRUCE DENNIS KAHL

Main address

PO BOX 16600

ESSEX, MD 21221 USA

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EIN

46-3037557

NTEE code info

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. MFRF MA provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

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?

Suicide Prevention Awareness

Mission
Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide

Established in 2014, the Military Family Relief Fund, Mid Atlantic (MFRFMA) is a voluntary organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

In conjunction with AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. MFRFMA and AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:

Providing professional speakers to present facts about suicide prevention
Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

Gilchrist’s Welcome Home celebration honors the veterans in our care as well as all of the veterans in our community, and coincides with Maryland’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015. This celebration is one of the many ways Gilchrist recognizes the unique needs of veterans and thanks them for their sacrifice and service to our country. We are proud to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Veterans

The Maryland National Guard Child and Youth Program serves children and youth ages 6-18 and provides opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, employment and friendship.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Every year, the National Guard Youth Foundation pays tribute to the National Guard and its extraordinary efforts to counter the high school dropout rate through the Youth ChalleNGe Program. The National Guard Youth Foundation hosts the annual ChalleNGe Champions event, to feature the members of the ChalleNGe community who make the program work so well. That includes members of Congress, Governors, senior National Guard and military members, corporate and community leaders, ChalleNGe staff, cadets and graduates. The event is dedicated to raising awareness of the dropout crisis and helping America’s youth get a second chance at a productive and successful life.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

The Maryland National Guard Teen Council's mission is to develop leadership skills and enhance life for military children and youth of Maryland. We provide a forum for military teens, ages 13-18, to discuss ideas and offer suggestions that will positively impact the Maryland National Guard Child & Youth Program. Our role is to develop young leaders who can mentor others experiencing the same life situations and to educate the community about Guard Youth experiences. Applicants must be a Family Member of any actively serving Maryland National Guard Member and be between 13-18 years old.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Military personnel

Since April 2011, the Department of Defense and the Department of Agriculture have had a National Extension-Military Partnership to support Military Service Members and their families. The MD National Guard Child & Youth Program have worked to establish a cooperative partnership with the MD 4-H Extension Program. The Child & Youth Program has active partnerships in Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties, as well as Baltimore City. Through these partnerships, CYP and 4-H Extension have been able to increase program availability in multiple counties. The partnership has generated relationships between the National Guard and 4-H youth in their local communities, and builds stronger state-level programming for both CYP and 4-H Extension.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Working with horses can provide veterans with life-changing insight and help with managing emotions, Horses can teach presence, honesty, and cooperation and help veterans unwind and renew their emotional and mental energy.

The partnership of horse and rider can offer a whole new aspect of life. Riding takes self-control, balance, and motivation. Veterans experience improved self-esteem and self-image–not all people can control such a large animal!

Horseback riding provides veterans the opportunity to escape from the daily concerns, night terrors and PTSD. Horsemanship is used to help vets gain the respect and willingness to collaborate from those with whom they live and work.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Provide support to Military Unit deployment and redeployment events.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

To support the families of military who wish to

Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel

Aid our Veterans, Inc. works to help homeless and out of work veterans of all branches of military service. The organization helps veterans with job placement, shelter, emergency assistance and financial support.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people

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 free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Suicide Prevention Awareness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mid Year Review

Number of students receiving information on suicide

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Suicide Prevention Awareness

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of client suicides

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Suicide Prevention Awareness

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

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.

We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. The MFRF-MA, provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.
Goal One: The MFRF-MA has developed an operational strategy to raise sufficient funds in each of its focus areas.. The Community Outreach grant program is funded primarily from unrestricted contributions. Corporate relationships are cultivated through the MFRF-MA board of directors. Individual donations are cultivated through regular, targeted email campaigns, direct mail campaigns and an integrated social media strategy.
Goal Two: Measured increase of general feelings of well being for Veterans through assessment pre and post visits cumulatively.
Goal Three: Coordination of Veterans and collaborative resources available through governmental and non-governmental organizations for transportation, community meals, events, and social activities and housing.
Goal Four: Promotion of good health and delay of adverse health onset monitored through continual dialogue with the Veteran. Generating awareness for the Veteran of available community resources promoting health such as well checks.
Goal Five: Provide safe outlets for Senior Veterans and vulnerable military families to discuss sensitive issues with licensed professionals such as financial, legal, and medical.

Provide Strategic Positioning for MFRF-MA Communicate its role & impact statewide as advocate for its clients impacted by service to our Nation.
Provide Financial Practices & Resources to enable MFRF-MA to align its “Governance" Structure to meet evolving organizational needs.
-Create a unique support experience for military connected families
-Provide opportunities for military families to feel validated by their peers who understand the unique dynamics of the military lifestyle

We employ a nimble and agile staff who are servant leaders dedicated to the organizations mission. We join forces with top-tier, like-minded organizations to leverage our collective ability to reach veterans and military families. We have an established track record of excellence with a BBB stamp of approval for charitable organizations, a GuideStar Gold rating and are a Top-Rated charity with charity watchdog Great Nonprofits. Our social media reach and following is strong. We have a strong network of veteran ambassadors, board members, advisory board members, cause marketing partners and supporters. Our executive leadership team is experienced in building relationships, communications, strategy and operations.

Accomplished in 2016-17:
Capacity Building:
Election of Board and Advisory Board slate for FY 2019 Active Committee Structure
Strategic Plan Implementation & monthly review
Marketing & Communications strategy for FY 2019
Served more military/veterans in Maryland
Successful Audit
Guidestar Exchange Member
Greatly improved media relations/exposure the Mid Atlantic area

Working on:
Raising more funds from the Baltimore metro area due to almost 50% of MFRF-MD assistance is in the Baltimore metro area
Increasing revenue from our 2 most important fund raisers of the year: 5K & Dinner
Planning for the future with the new Board Members on board as of May 1, 2019

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The funding parameters for one of our programs was adjusted after we determined that the purpose covered a wider demographic.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Military Family Relief Fund Mid Atlantic

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bruce Kahl

Gene Pulket

Larry Betz

Gene Pulket

Daniel Owens

Paul Huettner

Robert Schweitzer

Dennis Pulket

Jackie Kahl

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/21/2021

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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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability