Public, Society Benefit

Operation Cigars for Warriors

aka CFW

Ocala, FL

Mission

Collecting premium cigars and accessories to disperse to the American Men and Women service in combat zones - air, land, and sea.

Ruling Year

2013

Chairman/ CEO

Storm Boen

Main Address

5131 SE 186th Ct.

Ocala, FL 32179 USA

Keywords

Military charity deployment troops

EIN

80-0819684

 Number

7789529047

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We have three major problems 1) We are 100% Volunteer organization, which has many benefits, the cons are, there are not people who can commit to a great many hours, and do not always have the skill set, the working force may have, things also tend to take 3-5 times longer to get accomplished 2) Monetary donations. We are not a "Politically Correct" charity in the current socio political environment, so we are not getting the large corporations donations. We currently run on a average shoe string budget of $13k-$18 a month, and 85% of the monetary and product donation comes from the blue collared citizen 3) Product Donations. Recently, the FDA created a deeming which placed premium cigars in the same category as cigarettes, snuff and vaping, which then placed then under the President Obama's Child Protection Act which was an act that targeted big tobacco. Within this Act, it states in common language, that manufacturers could no longer donate product to charities.

Our programs

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

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Premium Cigars Program

CFW Dignitaries Program

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of products distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans

Related program

Premium Cigars Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

this is the number of Premium cigars sent to our Deployed troops, on a yearly basis

Average online donation

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

these are monetary donations we have collected online

Number of media partnerships developed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We define media, as Social Media platforms and communities, magazines, newspapers, blogs, Tv interviews and podcasts.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Op: Cigars for Warriors goals are two fold: 1) To send our deployed men and women their #1 requested item, which is a premium cigar. They go to our website, and submit a request, and we then vet them, to verify that they are U.S. service members, as not all APO, FPO, DPO, AA, AE, AP, are U.S. Service Members, but could be other foreign services and or contractors. 2) To ship consistently more than just cigars. We currently ship other products, such as coffee, magazines, lighters, cutters, video games, etc 3) To remind the normal populace that we still have men and women deployed all over the world, in harm's way, not just stationed. In the minds of people today, people are desensitized to the fact that we still have over 220k troops deployed throughout the world

1) the creation of donation centers through out the world. We currently sit at over 400. 85% are cigar retail shops, yet we have everything from Tap Rooms, to hotels, even radio stations, even a church that does it first tithe of every third Sunday. 2) recruiting and educating our volunteers 3) expanding our work shop for the 2nd year 4) getting the mission to be pushed outside of the normal cigar community, the current rate, is unsustainable 5) working with Congress, on gaining a exemption for the FDA regulation that prevents manufacturer's from donating product 6) expanding our reach with different media outlets 7) recruiting of talent 8) the creation and implementation of the "Patriot Program" that will incorporate every element within the organization

1) We have currently the most "Talented" board of directors. There are 14 different positions that work together through synergy. 2) We have an additional at any given time 300-500 volunteers. 3) Continue to grow the "CFW Work Conference" which is dedicated in building team unity, building and understand better policies, checks and balance, and marketing strategies. 4) Implement a better website, and build a app, that work together, with the strong social media teams we already have in place. We have recently recruited our Director of Strategic Operations who will be able to make this happen. 5) Grow our email audience. We are doing this by capturing additional emails at the some 150 plus events and Multi Vendor Events (MVE). 6) We have a very strong Marketing team, that is growing daily 7) We have a very strong Social Media, and we are currently implementing a new program called "CFW Social Media District Managers" which will grow our social media footprint exponentially on a quarterly basis.

1) New monetary donation sources 2) New volunteers 3) Larger Social Media presence 4) Newer technology 5) Double of product donations 6) Increasing the variety of needed product donations 7) Increasing the amount and variety of donations sent to the deployed troops

We are currently at almost 1 million premium cigars being sent to our deployed men and women. There also has been almost 10klbs of coffee, 1000s of cutters, lighters, humidors, and 10s of thousands of magazines, and assortment of other donated items.

External Reviews

Financials

Operation Cigars for Warriors

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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

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

Race & Ethnicity

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

Sexual Orientation

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

Disability

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

Diversity Strategies

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Op: Cigars for Warriors is a 100% volunteer 501(c)3, we do not have paid employees. We do not recruit volunteers based off sexual orientation, race or handicap. We recruit based on desire and ethics first and foremost, and when given the opportunity, we will recruit talent. We have a highly diverse community of volunteers, and board of directors. It just isn't data we have ever chosen to collect, nor will collect, as that tends to create racism, sexism and ageism. Despite that everyone recruits, the Interviewer, our 2nd Vice Chair of Staff Development does this 100% of the time over the phone, and does not ask the questions, essentially the interview is done blindly, when age, race, sexual orientation are concerned.