Task Force: ISO

Refocusing Veteran Lives

Westminster, CO   |  www.taskforceiso.org

Mission

To empower Veterans to see the world through a different lens using positive imagery and the art of photography.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

CPT Joshua Kuehl (SEP)

Board Chair

Ms Marian Robinson

Main address

8198 Irving St

Westminster, CO 80031 USA

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EIN

81-3101536

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Task Force: ISO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that engages and inspires veterans through photography. Veterans gain purpose through activity and self-discovery and build community through continued mentorship and support. More than 500,000 Veterans and armed services members live with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 25% of active-duty service members show signs of a mental health condition. The US Department of Veterans Affairs is advancing the concept of community integration through creativity to improve medical outcomes for veterans as part of their patient-centered care model. Task Force: ISO was founded in 2016 on the research that education and mentorship, enterprise in the arts, and engagement in the community provide significant benefits to veterans suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury and those who need support in returning to an active and healthy civilian life.

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?

SUPPORT: Photography Training

Task Force: ISO’s primary therapeutic tool is SUPPORT: Photography Training. This eight-course training program teaches Veterans the creative and technical aspects of photography and how to use their camera as a tool for self-discovery. These classes are conducted at zero cost to the Veteran. SUPPORT is open to veterans of all eras, regardless of discharge status. Spouses and/or caregivers are encouraged to take the course with the veteran.
Our goal is to conduct a minimum of four SUPPORT programs each year. Continued Veteran engagement after program completion is an important measure of impact. Building and maintaining community connections is critical to successful transitions to civilian life. Through our SUPPORT: Photography Training program, we provide students with a purpose for their new skills and ongoing social engagement.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

IMAGING is dedicated to supporting other veteran non‐profits by creating and sharing positive imagery of Veterans. SUPPORT program graduates also are invited to accompany our professionals to photograph these events. This provides graduates an additional learning opportunity and a purpose for their photographic art. Task Force: ISO provides imagery for 501(c)(3) or (c)(19) organizations that primarily focus on helping Veterans.
In 2017 and 2018, IMAGING: Event Photography resulted in positive images of over 4,000 Veterans and their family members at approximately 80 events. Currently, Task Force: ISO has professional photographer volunteers in seven states (CO, WY, TX, NC, CA, MA, and VA).

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Through OUTREACH: Community Networking, Task Force: ISO engages with other nonprofits to foster connection and collaboration and ensure Veterans a pathway to success.

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 attending course/session/workshop

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

SUPPORT: Photography Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Veteran Photography Training enables self-discovery and fosters resilience. Redesigned program in 2020 to better serve our clients. COVID restrictions required pivot to online training as of March.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

IMAGING: Event Photography

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our IMAGING: Event Photography programs capture positive images of Veterans engaged in life-affirming activities. Veteran photographers capture and share images at Veterans events throughout the year.

Number of training programs created

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

SUPPORT: Photography Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

SUPPORT: Photography Training programs include basic, technical and hands-on learning in the art of photography. Veterans graduate to photographing events featuring Veteran participants.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

SUPPORT: Photography Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All SUPPORT: Photography Training program participants are asked to complete a survey. Results survey inform future program design. Our goal is for 100% of attendees to recommend the program.

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.

Today, while there are many veterans’ organizations working in the creative arts, Task Force: ISO is the only organization in the US that uses education and photography to foster veteran engagement and community. Our primary operational goals include:
a. Increasing awareness of the organization and its programming through community outreach with veteran’s organizations, participation in partner programs and events (veteran’s organizations with similar missions), direct marketing and public relations (website posts, blogs, and social media content).
b. Conducting three-to-four SUPPORT: Photography Training eight-class training courses with veterans on the Colorado Front Range (annually).
c. Improving our contacts database through targeted acquisition events to support our other program goals.
d. Engaging in fundraising efforts that enable us to achieve our annual operating and programming budgets.

a. Communication. Active outreach and follow-up at all IMAGING: Event Photography events to inform participants and clients of our capabilities and programming; 2-4 social media posts weekly; bi-monthly website updates. Currently, Task Force: ISO has professional photographer volunteers in seven states (CO, WY, TX, NC, CA, MA, and VA) and serves at events across the country. Each year our network grows, as does our outreach and impact.
b. Education. Ongoing photography training programming with target veterans and their families and/or caregivers. Online classes serve our constituents in all 50 states.
c. Operations. Database management and organizational procedures to ensure that we know who is interested in Task Force: ISO and our programs and that we develop and maintain relationships with them.
d. Collaboration. Through our IMAGING program, we support more than 20 non‐profit organizations across the United States with professional imagery. In 2017, this resulted in positive images of over 5,600 individual veterans at more than 100 events.

Task Force: ISO has recruited a strong Board of Directors and a wide volunteer network, which provide the engine for our growth. In addition to our eight to ten volunteer Board members, we use five volunteer assistant instructors and 16 volunteer photographers and mentors, who provide time and resources to support programming. Eight SUPPORT: Photography Training program graduates volunteer photographic support at partner and veteran events and remain engaged with Task Force: ISO. In addition, volunteers provide graphic design and web support, database administration and social media support. To enable success in our SUPPORT program, Task Force: ISO collaborates with many organizations for recruiting veteran participants. Our IMAGING: Event Photography program enables us to collaborate with any veteran organization, thus exposing our imagery work and programming to the veterans they support and expanding awareness of Task Force: ISO.

Task Force: ISO will complete five years of operation in June 2021. Our key accomplishments to date have been operationally focused – ensuring that policies and programming are in place that will allow us to achieve our goals and create a sustainable organization. To date, we have developed Board governance documentation, recruited a strong, committed and professional Board of Directors and developed a network of Veterans organizations that share a vision for serving this population in Colorado and across the continental United States. In addition, we partnered with the University of Denver's Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology to support our SUPPORT: Photography Training Program by developing the therapeutic metaphors that coincide with the technical training. Our vision is to inspire a global community of veterans to share how they see themselves, the world and one another. We are making progress towards that vision one step at a time.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Post-Event Surveys,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are shifting our SUPPORT: Photography Training program curricula from an 8-week course to a 4-week course following feedback that Veterans find it too difficult to commit. This requires us to breakdown the current course work into two four-week modules and make other adjustments to improve the value of the classes for our participants.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Task Force: ISO

Board of directors
as of 2/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms Marian Robinson

Task Force: ISO

Term: 2019 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mr Mark Shaiken

Retired

Term: 2021 - 2023

Marian Robinson

Retired Strategist and Marketing Executive

Ashley Alexander

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Curtis Kershner

HCL Technologies

Joe Partsch

Swisslog Healthcare

Mark Shaiken

Retired Lawyer and Sports Photographer

Mike Clayton

National Coaches Education Program

Jake Severn

TIAA

Marla Keown

Owner, Marla Keown Photography

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/17/2021,

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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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/17/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.