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Special Operators Foundation

Quick Facts

Fort Bragg, NC

Mission

Special Operators Foundation (SOF) is a prospering 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to Honor Those Who Serve and Sustain Their Families.

Ivan Castro, the Founder and President of Special Operators Foundation, established SOF in 2014 to meet the immediate needs and everyday challenges of our Special Operations Forces and their Families as they arise.

Special Operators Foundation achieves these demands within three fundamental pillars:

Education…While we understand that serving offers experience and life lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom – an education is also earned and treasured. SOF values this fundamental advantage and offers scholarships, personal advice and assistance in furthering educational pursuits.

Scholarships and Grants given on behalf of SOF, assist with tuition and other financial burdens associated with gaining an education. Examples are but not limited to books, meal plans, parking, and tutoring opportunities.

Community Service…Service is a shared characteristic for those who take an oath to protect and defend Americans. SOF welcomes any opportunity to assist in giving back and advocates positive attitudes towards those who volunteer their time in the community.

"It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it." — Albert Einstein

Employment…For some, transitioning to the civilian work force may present challenges. Securing employment in a viable career field of choice is imperative.

In a 2012 survey of new veterans with Prudential, Inc. 60% of veterans reported that translating their military service to the civilian job market was a significant challenge

SOF provides assistance in services that support resume writing, interview skills, and direct job placement to mitigate these significant challenges.

Ruling Year

2015

Executive Director

Angela Abernethy

Main Address

Po Box 70822

Fort Bragg, NC 28307 USA

Keywords

Education, Employment, Community Service, Veterans, Special Operations, Operators, Military Families

EIN

47-1925295

 Number

4076353388

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Special Operators Foundations mission is to honor those who serve and sustain their families. SOF focuses primarily on Special Operations Forces and their Families through three main pillars of education, employment and community service.

Special Operations Foundation offers scholarships and grants to ease the immediate burdens of gaining an education and subsidizes costs for transitioning veterans and their families to support programs such as resume writing, interview skills, and direct job placement.

Special Operators Foundation also collaborates with community organizations to build a stronger network of those who desire to help and give back to the Special Operations Community.

Special Operators Foundations strategies for pursuing its mission is to raise awareness of the foundation by partnering with other organizations who share a desire to honor those who have served and their families.

SOF will also fundraise through various venues and mediums to ensure funds are secured in order to give back and sustain our Special Operations Forces and their Families.

Special Operations Foundation has a innate capability to think unconventionally. Our resources, volunteers and board members are our steady in completing the mission.

Special Operators Foundation will track its progress by the number of individuals that secure degrees and ultimately employment, with the assistance of grants and scholarships offered by SOF. It will also track progress by the number of partnerships it creates by forming alliances with other community foundations and organizations.

Special Operations Foundation was founded in March 2015 and kicked off in October 2015. As of November 2015, SOF has established concrete partnerships with other organizations and has started to build awareness.

In 2016, Special Operators Foundation will continue to build those partnerships and awareness as well as start to fundraise in order to complete the two other pillars - education and employment - and ultimately honor to those who serve and sustain their Families.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & 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

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.

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