EVERYONE FOR VETERANS

Connecting individuals and local businesses to honor low-income veterans

aka E4V   |   Issaquah, WA   |  http://www.everyoneforveterans.org

Mission

"Our mission is to improve the quality of life of low-income combat veterans by connecting them to their communities to receive no-cost dental care and other goods and services."

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Ruling year info

2017

President of the Board

Theresa Cheng DDS

Main address

Po Box 1081

Issaquah, WA 98027 USA

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EIN

81-4462476

NTEE code info

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Few realize the VA rarely provides dental services unless there is a 100% disability rating. This leaves millions of veterans without proper care, especially for those who were in combat and are of low income, which is the population we serve. When proper dental care is neglected, your outward appearance changes, your self confidence erodes, and social interactions are avoided...isolation is commonplace. Living without proper dental care invariably means living with pain. Pain is a pre-cursor to many other health related problems and contributes greatly to psychological afflictions. Many veterans suffer with lifelong chronic dental conditions. Our dentists report being shocked to see into the mouths of these veterans who have put off dental care for so long. Our brave veterans deserve better. Being of low income means living without many items we take for granted such as adequate food, clothing, medicine, and other everyday necessities. which our Wingman program addresses.

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?

The Wingman Project

For the last 9 years, we have helped low-income combat veterans and families from across the nation find volunteer dentists in their communities who provide them with free dental care. In 2017, we expanded this model to connecting veterans with individuals and local businesses who volunteer to provide everyday necessities that so many of us take for granted. Being of low income means living without a steady supply of nutritious foods, toiletries, baby supplies, etc. Our brave combat veterans deserve better. We strive to invite everyone to serve those who've served.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

University of Washington's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Public Service 2019

Awards

People Helping People - Employees' Choice Award 2020

BECU

Affiliations & memberships

Outstanding Service to Veterans Superior Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veter 2017

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 dental procedures performed

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

Veterans, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have experienced substantial year over year growth since 2017, until the pandemic hit in 2020. Dental offices were closed and/or limited in their capacity during this time.

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.

Our low income combat veterans will:
1) Experience an improvement in physical appearance, and for some, be able to confidently smile for the first time in many years…for some even decades.
2) Be free of pain and infection, which improves mental and physical health, increases energy, provides better sleep, and produces an increase in desire to eat a healthier diet.
3) Gain a tremendous boost of self-confidence. This will increase productivity in their current jobs, build confidence in finding a new job, and improve personal relationships. They will be better positioned to be valuable contributors to society, which restores their sense of mission and purpose that they once thrived on.
4) Our communities will be directly involved with the true American spirit of caring for those who are underserved.

Through our Free Comprehensive Dental Care program, we recruit dental professionals in the local communities where the veterans live to provide pro-bono dental care. This care is comprehensive, not one time urgent care. As an example, if a problem tooth is identified, rather than extract it we will work to save the tooth through bridges and/or crowns. This may involve dental labs and other specialists who are also recruited to work pro-bono. We are humbled at the response of the dental professionals to our requests for help. To date we have over 500 dental professionals in our database!

During the process of qualifying a veteran for care, it is not uncommon for other essential daily needs to be revealed. Being of low income means living without many items we take for granted such as adequate food, clothing, medicine, and other everyday necessities. Our Wingman program works with local businesses and volunteers to provide these items. Communities working together to take care of our veterans is a direct reflection of the true American spirit. We have provided mattresses for a family to prevent them from sleeping on the floor. Recently, we learned of a veteran whose service dog needed veterinarian care, which he could not afford. One of our Wingman sourced a veterinarian to provide pro-bono care for the veteran's dog.

Everyone For Veterans was founded by Dr. Theresa Cheng, who was a private practice periodontist for over 25 years. She is well known and respected within the dental and veteran communities. E4V has been recognized by, and collaborates with, many reputable and respected organizations including: Washington State Dept of Veterans Affairs, WA Serves, Washington State Dental Association, The International College of Dentists, American Dental Association, Pierre Fauchard Academy, University of Iowa School of Dentistry′ and the University of Washington Dental School.

In 2017 Dr. Cheng was awarded the Outstanding Service to Veterans Superior Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2018 Dr. Cheng was nominated for the University of Washington's Outstanding Public Service Award. In 2020 Dr. Cheng was awarded the 2021 ADA Humanitarian of the Year Award. In 2020 E4V was awarded the Boeing Employees Credit Union Employees Choice Award.

Since our inception we have served hundreds of veterans, who have received dental care and Wingman essentials. This pro-bono dental care is valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some veterans receive care in the tens of thousands.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Low income combat veterans

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • 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 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?

    Feedback indicated the desire for shorter wait times to receive care. In response we increased our outreach to a greater number of dentists to shorten wait times.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Dental providers,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are continually reviewing feedback to ensure program effectiveness and efficiency. With a 94% satisfaction index, our program's success is validated.

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We modify feedback and questions asked annually to maximize return and increase relevancy of data.,

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 4/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Theresa Cheng

Arianna Williams

Associate video producer at CBS Television Interactive

Bill Tuttle

Col USAF, retired

Theresa Cheng

Periodontist, retired

Patrick Gerding

VP of Sales - Health Catalyst

Richard Williamson

Clinical Associate Professor at University of Iowa

Andrea Mayner

Owner, Mayner Business Law

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/28/2021

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
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/27/2021

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 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 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.