Onepulse Foundation Inc

We will not let hate win.

ORLANDO, FL   |  https://onepulsefoundation.org

Mission

To create and support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes and legacy scholarships that open doors.

Ruling year info

2016

CEO & Executive Director

Mrs. Barbara Poma

Main address

P.O Box 2126

ORLANDO, FL 32802 USA

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EIN

81-3142847

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Tun)

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Our programs

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Town Hall Series

As part of our Amity Programs, onePULSE Foundation hosts a series of town hall forums to inform and engage the community. Each forum features a panel of experts discussing a focus area related to the Foundation’s mission. Past town hall topics include: how and why we create memorials, and a conversation about overcoming hateful belief systems.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The 4.9k CommUNITY Rainbow Run and Festival is a family-friendly annual event produced in partnership with the DeVos Sports Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida. It is the signature fundraising event of the onePULSE Foundation, attracting participants from around the globe.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

The onePULSE Foundation hosts victims' families and survivors twice each year for Family Days. The goal of this ongoing event series is to provide the families and survivors with time to gather in an uplifting atmosphere, spend quality time connecting with one another and, ultimately, create bonds of support that are crucial to their healing process. Family Days activities and the venues vary, but always include a mix of music, entertainment, games, food and festivities for all guests to enjoy in a communal, peaceful environment. The Foundation also offers resources for mental health counseling and other services at these events for those in need.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2018

Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center 2017

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The primary goals of the Foundation mirror our mission...Build the National Pulse Memorial & Museum honoring all affected by the tragedy. We have learned through extensive research how valuable it is to record history, not for those who were alive when Pulse happened, but for generations to come. Memorials are where people go to reflect, remember and grieve. But museums are where they go to learn. The National Pulse Museum will have a long-lasting impact on all who visit from around the world, telling the story of June 12, 2016, and also teaching lessons of how to stop hate from happening again.Create a legacy of awareness, acceptance and love in our community and beyond through a series of educational Amity programs. These include our Town Hall Series - forums with exports to engage and inform the public about societal issues central to the Foundation's mission.Establish 49 scholarships in memory of each Angel taken from us on June 12, 2016. Working with each Angel's family, a scholarship based on the Angel's interests, careers or aspirations will be created. As an extension of their impact on our world  these scholarships will inspire and empower students who share the same dreams. The scholarships will be full, four year scholarships open to anyone at a state school, including vocational training.

At first there was no clear way to begin creating the Pulse Interim Memorial, what it would include or what it should look like. To determine the best path forward, representatives from what is now the onePULSE Foundation sought the insight of several institutions also borne from trauma and tragedy including The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. (Both organizations now have a representative serving on the onePULSE Foundation’s Ambassadors Council to lend support in advisory capacities.)Their overarching advice: actively engage the community. The Pulse Interim Memorial was created by the community for the community. A task-force of stakeholders – victims’ family members, Survivors, local industry professionals, etc… – reviewed community survey data (collected in 2017) and guided the design of the Memorial to commemorate the community response to the tragedy. The survey consensus indicated the Memorial should emphasize six core values: hope, courage, strength, unity, love and acceptance. The Memorial is a pictorial display – illustrations of the values the community identified - with windowpanes intentionally placed in three locations including one in front of the list of victims.Though we hope to never experience a tragedy likePulse again, the onePULSE Foundation is now a member of a special group of organizations that use tragic stories to shed light on the human condition with hopes of unifying society and building bridges of understanding. Support and advice from these institutions as we move forward will continue to be invaluable. Community engagement will also continue to be paramount as the permanent memorial & museum are created. The top six teams participating in the design competition have been identified and will soon reveal their conceptual designs. All six designs will be displayed at the Orange County Regional History Center and public comments will be welcomed. Our organization's leadership is committed to our community and keeping them involved every step of the way.

The Foundation’s capabilities are equally represented in the Board of Trustees, staff, task force, Foundation committees and partnerships. onePULSE Foundation’s Board of Trustees represents a cross section of local and national leaders from tourism, construction, banking, finance, entertainment, and development and technology. One major donor referred to them as a “blue chip board.” Each has a unique skill set and expertise that adds value to attaining our mission. An example of this leadership would be Vicki Berman, Shareholder at Dean Mead law firm. Ms. Berman is a preeminent real estate and land use attorney, known for her proficiency in complex land acquisition transactions. She was selected to join the board for that specific skill set and she has been invaluable in our progress of site selection and assemblage for the permanent memorial and museum site. The staff is small but mighty. Barbara Poma is the CEO & Executive Director. As owner of Pulse Nightclub, she is the property owner and impetus of this Foundation and the development project. She has a strong bond with the affected community who are the most important constituents of all in this project. Leah Shepherd serves as the Chief Operating Officer and has been on opening teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium in 1998 and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in 2014. She has a unique perspective in opening large scale facilities and her experience in developing infrastructure, and streamlining policies and procedures helped launch the Foundation and achieved measurable milestones in a short period of time. The task force was the initial committee formed to start the Foundation and consists of victims' family members, survivors, first responders and community leaders. They are the force behind the community survey that collected feedback from over 2,200 respondents worldwide in 2017, to determine what the permanent memorial and museum will look like. They were also instrumental in the development of the plans for the Pulse Interim Memorial which currently averages 300 visitors per day. The Foundation has multiple committees that include finance & audit, education, fund development, design & construction and governance. With the exception of governance, every committee has members who are not on the board of trustees, ensuring both transparency and the widest range of talent possible to ensure the success of our mission. National partnerships have been formed since the beginning with senior leadership from the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Both are members of the National Park Service and have played a crucial role in the research of best practices and solid business models of these kinds of institutions that lead to long-term financial sustainability. They continue to be an integral part of our strategic planning and day-to-day operations. Both organizations are also represented on the Foundation's Ambassadors Council to serve in advisory capacities.

Accomplishments to date include:Established a national board of trusteesImplemented a three year strategic planCompleted a community-wide survey (2017) and an Ideas Generator (2018) to start a national conversation about and request ideas for the design of the permanent memorial and museum honoring the 49 lives taken in the Pulse nightclub tragedy. Continue to develop relationships with victims' families, survivors and first respondersOpened the Pulse Interim Memorial-100,000+ visitors since opening in May 2018Launched capital campaign - $15M of $50M currently raised Expanded the CommUNITY Rainbow Run from 800 runners the first year to more than 3,300 in 2019. This not only increased our net proceeds/fundraising, but also increased awareness and community engagement.

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Onepulse Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Earl Crittenden

GrayRobinson, P.A.

Term: 2017 - 2023


Board co-chair

George Kalogridis

Walt Disney World Resort

Term: 2017 - 2023

Lance Bass

Entertainer

Aly Benitez

Benitez Law group

Vicki Berman

Dean Mead

Cathy Brown-Butler

Bank of America

Jason Collins

National Basketball Association

Mark Cosgrove

Capital Strategies Group Founder/CEO

Earl Crittenden

GrayRobinson, P.A.

Jason Felts

Virgin Produced Chairman & CEO

Dale Hipsh

Hard Rock International Senior Vice President

George Kalogridis

Walt Disney World Resort President

Sharon Hagle

Real Estate Entrepreneur & Marc and Sharon Hagle Charitable Foundation

Kelly Lafferman

Findsome & Winmore Principal & CMO

Richard Lapchick

DeVos Sport Management Program Chair

Hilary Lewis

The Glass House Chief Curator

Yolanda Londono

Tupperware Brands Corporation Vice President, Retired

Patrick O'Donnell

Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory Principal

Yatin Patel

Reservations.com Co-Founder, CEO

Andrew Snyder

Orlando Health Senior Vice President

Chad Schwarz

Alix Partners

Guy Vickers

PVH Foundation

Merlin Olson

Community Leader

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes