AMERICAN CORPORATE PARTNERS

Combating Underemployment One Veteran at A Time

aka ACP   |   New York, NY   |  http://acp-usa.org/

Mission

American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a national nonprofit organization focused on helping returning veterans find their next careers through one-on-one mentoring, networking and online career advice. More than 1 million veterans are expected to transition from the armed forces to civilian life over the next five years. ACP engages the American people in a unique volunteer opportunity to provide career guidance to returning military as they transition back into civilian life. We believe that the biggest issue facing our returning service members is not unemployment – it’s underemployment. ACP focuses on helping veterans and the spouses of active duty service members find meaningful employment opportunities and develop long-term careers.

Ruling year info

2008

Chairman of the Board

Sidney E. Goodfriend

Executive Director

Colleen M Deere

Main address

140 E. 45th St. Suite 19A

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

61-1556042

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than one million veterans are expected to transition from the armed forces to civilian life over the next five years. We believe that the biggest issue facing our returning service members is not unemployment – it's underemployment. ACP focuses on helping veterans and the spouses of active duty service members find meaningful careers by engaging them in mentoring and networking with business leaders from America's top companies. Toward that end, ACP partners with 90+ companies who each provide mid and senior-level employees to mentor returning veterans for one year. The organization's newest initiative, the ACP Spouse Mentoring Program supports the spouses of Active Duty service members by offering them a free, customized year-long professional development mentorship. ACP's high-touch mentorship model has a proven track record of success with a 98% satisfaction rate among Mentors and veteran Protégés.

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?

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

ACP pairs post 9/11 veterans and the spouses of Active Duty service members with professionals in specific industries for one-on-one yearlong career mentorships, monitored and supported by ACP staff members.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Women
People with disabilities

ACP AdvisorNet gives veterans the opportunity to find experienced career coaches who are ready to help them develop their next career. Veterans can ask questions related to their professional development through the Q&A feature and receive advice from industry experts across the country. Through ACP AdvisorNet's Community section, Veterans can reach out to Advisors based on location, industry or level of experience to connect for one-on-one career coaching. Veterans can also use the site in their job search, by browsing the Jobs page to find their next career.

Advisors have a unique opportunity to engage directly with the veteran community and volunteer their time and talent in a meaningful way. Advisors can answer career questions and provide advice to veterans around the country in various stages of the transition. Advisors can also write in-depth articles about topics of interest, post jobs for free and form mentoring relationships with multiple transitioning 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 who gain employment

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

Veterans, Military personnel, Women, People with disabilities

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

1967 veteran proteges obtained meaningful employment during the course of their ACP mentorships in 2020.

Number of organizational partners

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

Veterans, Military personnel, Women, People with disabilities

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ACP started in 2008 with 6 original founding corporate partners, and now has 95 corporate partners in addition to our Citizens Program, enabling individuals outside our partners to become mentors.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Veterans, Military personnel, Women, People with disabilities

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Veterans, Military personnel, People with disabilities, Women

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At the end of 2020, approximately 3,674 veterans were paired in a one-on-one mentorship. We have gained 528 new pairs in the first two months of 2021, with several hundred waiting to be paired.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

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

Veterans, Military personnel, Women, People with disabilities

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

98% of ACP's veteran and mentor participants would recommend ACP to others. These numbers reflect veterans who would recommend ACP to a fellow veteran.

Average starting salary for veterans who obtained jobs during their ACP mentorship

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

Veterans, Military personnel, Women, People with disabilities

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

ACP conducted an internal study to determine the average starting salary for veterans who obtained a job during their experience in our program.

Veteran Alumni

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

Veterans, Military personnel, Women, People with disabilities

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ACP began tracking veteran alumni in 2010- veterans who report that ACP has had a meaningful impact upon their transition.

Number of mentors recruited

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

Military personnel, Veterans, Women, People with disabilities

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ACP currently has 4,204 mentors supporting Proteges in one-on-one mentorships.

Number of audience members willing to take action on behalf of a specific issue

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

Veterans, Military personnel, Women, People with disabilities

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Of the 19,269+ Alumni who are part of the greater ACP community, 98% have indicated that they have personally benefitted from the program and would support and recommend the program to others.

Number of Facebook followers

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

Veterans, Military personnel, People with disabilities, Women

Related Program

ACP Veteran Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The metrics include our followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. In total, we run six social media pages.

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.

ACP is continually aiming to engage higher numbers of veterans and active duty military spouses in yearlong, customized mentorships. To the best of ACP's knowledge, there is no other organization which pairs post-9/11 veterans in customized, high-touch mentorships for a yearlong experience. ACP's initial goal was to serve 3,000 transitioning service members . Since 2010, 19,000+ veterans have successfully completed ACP mentorships in addition to the 5,000+ currently being mentored. ACP is also hoping to attract additional advisors and veterans to its online forum, ACP AdvisorNet, which currently has tens of thousands of users.

To increase our number of participating Mentors, ACP engages large Fortune 500 companies as Corporate Partners. Corporate Partners provide an annual financial grant to support the costs of their employees volunteering with ACP. ACP also works to bring smaller companies and individual mentors on board, especially from niche industry areas that are underrepresented in ACP's Program. ACP also seeks to identify organizations, companies, foundations, and individuals who are willing to provide financial support and sponsorship for veterans and military spouses seeking yearlong mentorships. Each mentorship costs ACP $1,000 to facilitate, and donors are asked to consider sponsoring one or more veterans annually to keep these mentorships free for our veteran participants.

ACP's scalable model makes it possible for the organization to address the needs of ancillary populations, such as military spouses and children of fallen service members. ACP is working to identify ways to engage and support those populations more in the future. The organization is also developing internal programs to better assist sub-populations such as female veterans and those dealing with PTS and TBI, for whom seeking meaningful employment can be a challenge. ACP is always looking to approach new strategic initiatives toward this end.

ACP staff facilitates high-touch, yearlong mentorships and has a team of 50+ associates who pair and monitor each one of our 5,000+ mentorships, tracking progress throughout the year and offering support, suggested activities, and resources for mentoring success.

ACP's Corporate Relations and Citizens Program teams are in active dialogue with a roster of current and prospective partners, small associations, trade groups, and individuals who are eager to become mentors or provide funding for our programs. This consistent pipeline of volunteers and financial sponsorship allows ACP to keep its mentorships free for all participants pursuing meaningful, long-term employment through ACP's program.

Simultaneously, our Veteran Outreach Team maintains a steady stream of veteran applicants to the program through dialogues with VSOs, VA networks, schools, and military installations nationwide. These dialogues allow ACP to reach veteran populations across the country prior to their transition from the military, thereby increasing the program's efficacy in helping veterans find meaningful employment and post-military success.

ACP is strengthened by a network of professionals originating from its 90+ Corporate Partners. Throughout the twelve years of the organization's existence, these partnerships have yielded individual relationships between thousands of professionals in the civilian workforce and veterans, all monitored and facilitated by ACP staff members. As such, there exists a rich network of people working to help ACP grow in public awareness and participant numbers, including ACP's diverse Advisory Council and Board of Directors.

ACP has a track record of providing valuable career development mentorships to more than 19,000 post-9/11 veterans. While obtaining a job is not necessarily a focus of the mentorship program, more than 1,967 veterans obtained meaningful employment during the course of their mentorship in 2020. Recently, ACP has begun to track retention, and in our most recent study, we've found that more than 80% of veterans who obtained a job while paired with their mentor are still with that company a year later, a direct result of the mentor assisting the veteran with career exploration, résumé and interview preparation and an understanding of what various roles entail, in order to make an informed decision about a career choice.

ACP has strong financial health, with a stable revenue structure and a high percentage of funding being allocated directly back toward programmatic costs. ACP employs a small but efficiently-utilized team of non-profit professionals who work to ensure satisfaction amongst participants, corporate partners, and donors. ACP has also established a highly scalable structure for growth, which includes malleable internal team structures, and unique technology integration to handle the flow of participant numbers.

When Founder Sid Goodfriend started ACP in 2008, he set a goal of helping 3,000 veterans get the career assistance they needed through mentorship, about the same number whose lives were lost on 9/11. ACP has now assisted 19,000+ veterans who say the program changed their lives.

ACP has also grown from having 6 corporate partners in 2010 to more than 90 corporate partners in 2021, along with a growing Citizens Program that engages individuals in niche career fields as volunteer mentors. The organization has grown from a 3 person staff in 2008 to a 50+ person staff in 2021 and now has a variety of teams working together to influence success in all aspects of the organization's mission and operations.

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?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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?

    ACP’s data shows that over 41% of our veterans and military spouses identify as other than white. Through the data collected and feedback received during our initial onboarding process, some participants requested to work with a mentor of the same ethnic background. As a result, we have recently implemented a pilot program to ensure any veteran or military spouse who would like to work with a mentor of their same ethnicity will have the opportunity. We are monitoring the data from this program to track its success and make any needed changes.

  • 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?

    While collecting data on all ACP’s participants, we have found that women, military spouses, and those with seen and unseen wounds have different challenges with their professional development. In addition, ACP recently launched a pilot program to ensure that if any of our program’s 41% minority participants requests to work with a mentor of the same ethnic background, we can provide them a mentor. ACP's sub-programs were all developed and implemented due to both qualitative and quantitative data and feedback collected by our team. ACP’s team also listens to our participants on their referral sources and additional programs being used. This helps us provide our mentors and team members with the best resources, veteran hiring programs, and partnerships.

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

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AMERICAN CORPORATE PARTNERS

Board of directors
as of 6/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sidney Goodfriend

American Corporate Partners

Term: 2007 -

Alvin Brown

STB/Retired

Daniel Bayly

Merrill Lynch/Retired

Cathy Benko

Deloitte

Thomas Bostick

Intrexon

Amy Goodfriend

Goldman Sachs/Retired

Alain Lebec

Brock Capital Group, LLC

Charlotte Moss

Charlotte Moss

John Pratt

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Terri Tierney Clark

Summit Leadership Advisors

Debra Vizzi

Student Sponsor Partners

James Flaherty

Managing Partner of Corby 2.0

Colleen Deere

Executive Director of ACP

Sidney Goodfriend

Founder and Chairman of American Corporate Partners

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 2/3/2021,

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, 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: 02/03/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.