Chess Vets NFP

Helping Vets Through Chess

aka Family and Friends Game Club   |   Temple, TX   |  www.ilchessvets.org

Mission

Helping everyone (especially veterans) through games, especially chess. This is done directly with recreational therapist at VA hospitals. During COVID we established a weekly online chess club. We are also an incubator for community chess clubs. We provide free in person chess instruction and YouTube videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXpLrhuimdSewlBqdS3KgsQ.

Ruling year info

2016

Founder/President

Mr Michael Dean Lenox

Main address

6204 Fawn Meadows

Temple, TX 76502 USA

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Formerly known as

Illinois Chess Vets, NFP

EIN

81-4039459

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission of "Helping everyone (especially veterans) through chess. We directly help vets through chess by our VA Medical Center Recreational Therapy Programs. On hold due to COVID. Our programs also interface with the public. We are an incubator for community chess clubs and programs. Operation: Play Chess program goals. 1) Donate deployed troops magnetic travel sets. 2) Teach everyone on how to play chess and win. 3) Organize chess events. 4) Donate Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) magnetic travel sets.

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?

Operation: Play Chess

- ​We donate travel magnetic checkbook chess sets and our VA Chess Recreational Therapy Instruction Sheet to deployed veterans.
- We instruct people on how to play and give them the foundation of chess strategy and tactics.
- We are a chess club and a community chess program incubator.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Families

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of competitions held

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

US Chess Nationally rated chess tournaments held. Non Rated tournaments held were roughly half.

Money Donated to 501(c)(3) veteran and first responder organizations

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation: Play Chess

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Travel Chess Sets Provided to Veterans.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Educate veterans and their families on the health & life benefits of chess.
Help Veterans directly through VA hospitals.

Continue to:
Be an IRS Section 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization to receive donations and reduce our operating costs with tax savings.
Organize community chess clubs and programs to increase visibility.
Organize and conduct non rated chess tournaments and events to increase visibility.
Conduct chess workshops to increase visibility.

We conduct nationally rated US Chess Tournaments weekly.
We conduct 2 VA Hospital Chess Recreational Therapy Programs, one weekly and one bi-weekly. We have done this for over 6 years.
We have US Chess Certified Coaches.
We posses ample equipment to conduct events.

ICV 2016 Highlights
USCF tournaments run – 32
USCF ICV rated games – 815 starting 5/01/2016
VA/ICV joint veteran tournaments – 1
VA Hospital Bi-Weekly Chess Recreational Therapy Programs - 3
Nonrated games at ICV tournaments. Approximately 250
Illinois veteran homes visited – 1
Expos and Conventions booths manned – 2
Veteran organization clubs formed – 2
National PR exposure – 2

ICV 2017 Highlights
USCF Rated Tournaments - 46 with 603 players
Several unrated tournaments (Data unavailable)
Chess workshop with NM Len Weber - 1
Community Chess Workshop - 1
VA programs in progress – 2
Community chess tournaments – 2
Chicago Abilities Expo Chess Challenge Tables
Major Sponsor for A Warrior’s Mind, NFP.
Minor contributor to Chicago Veterans, NFP
Donated Chess supplies to numerous veteran organizations

ICV 2018 Highlights
•USCF Rated Tournaments - 44 with 464 players
•Several unrated tournaments (Data unavailable)
•Chess Workshop. Cancelled due to loss of venue.
•Community Chess Workshop - 1
•Expos and Conventions booths manned – 5
•Donated Chess supplies to numerous veteran organizations
Note- There are several more events and organization promotions that ICV supported this year that did not make this highlight list. These were not tracked with Eventbrite and were subsequently forgotten.

2019
- Continuing above
- Manning booth at 2019 Chicago Abilities Expo
- Holding a Labor Day Regional Veteran Chess Workshop an Tournament. Event will host Veterans, Vet families and Boy Scouts.

Financials

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Chess Vets NFP

Board of directors
as of 05/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Michael Lenox

Chess Vets NFP

Term: 2016 - 2024

Michael Lenox

Chess Vets NFP

Lia Lenox

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Robert Stoltz

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Martha Ortega

Chess Vets NFP

Sam Henderson

Silver Plus Chess Club

Organizational demographics

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