Academy of United States Veterans Foundation

aka AUSV   |   ARLINGTON, VA   |  https://www.ausvfoundation.org

Mission

With a relentless focus on the future, we strive to have our veterans and other powerful communities work together to promote both moral righteousness and social impact. We build sustainable bridges of trust, unity, and respect between our service members and other influential communities through advocacy, community relations and media outreach. Our newsworthy events and projects open the doors for shared opportunities and a shared sense of community.

Ruling year info

2017

CEO

Assal Ravandi

Main address

1100 N GLEBE RD STE 1010

ARLINGTON, VA 22201 USA

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EIN

82-1095501

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AUSV has a unique vision that is unconventional within the veterans space. Our community empowerment programs, while necessary still requires a great deal of introduction. AUSV continues to work on its outreach to help the American public understand its mission the vital need for its objectives. We at AUSV believe that collaborative communities can be a vehicle to bring real opportunities for society. By encouraging creativity in this cooperative environment, we hope to create a new narrative for our veterans and for all Americans. We believe that community unity is a tribute to the strength and preference of people for inclusion and partnership over division and alienation.

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?

Community Empowerment

AUSV creates partnership and collaborative projects with the entertainment industry for increase in morale and community unity.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

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 new champions or stakeholders recruited

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

Veterans, Family relationships

Related Program

Community Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of outreach attempts to reporters

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

Veterans

Related Program

Community Empowerment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Empowerment

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The organization's main objective is to create a better understanding of the military community within the American public. After almost two decades of war the veterans community must be reintroduced to our society across the board. Therefore, AUSV aims to create events, programs and projects that bring a sense of unity and brotherhood.

The Veterans Awards is designed to shine a light on the importance of public service and provides an accountability platform through recognition for organizations, programs and projects that serve the military community.

With a relentless focus on the future, we strive to have our veterans and other powerful communities work together to promote both moral righteousness and social impact. We build sustainable bridges of trust, unity, and respect between our service members and other influential communities through advocacy, community relations and media outreach. Our newsworthy events and projects open the doors for shared opportunities and a shared sense of community.

While massive numbers of service members return home with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injuries, only a small number of them are seeking mental health care due to the stigma surrounding such care. Separation from service and the need to adapt to new societal norms has lead returning service members to experience great difficulties in their newly founded lives. Veterans find meaning in community, and their sense of identity is often rediscovered in their sharing of memories and stories with their fellow service members. They find comfort in their sense of "self" and in knowing that they too have a place in their new society.

Grass-root community outreach
Strategic partnerships with external organizations
Advocacy events
Collaborative partnership with the entertainment and arts community
Providing public relations and communications expertise to other veteran service organizations.

Our staff consist of communications and public relations experts who emphasis on social terrain and community climate. AUSV continues to educate its staff members on issues that matter the most to the veterans and their families.

Annual Veterans Awards and partnership with major motion pictures have been the cornerstone of our success. We would like to involved a large number of influential individuals to share their spotlights with our community in the interest of advocacy.
AUSV is also working toward global awareness of the most important issues with respect to allied armed forces in addition to the U.S. military.

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?

    Academy of United States Veterans involves the veterans community through multiple surveys throughout the year asking for their feedback, suggestions and criticism. Surveys are completed electronically and read by all staff members in the interest of transparency. We often ensure that action is either taken immediately, or when it is applicable through future similar projects.

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

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

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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?

    At the 5th Annual Veterans, there was a major concern about the way dinner was served and access to those with dinner tickets and non-dinner ticket holders. We immediately made plans to ensure that only nominees, sponsors and members have access to certain areas of the the awards ceremony. Smaller numbers for VIP tickets allow for a more positive experience. It also allows for more cost effective tickets to become available for those who simply are interested one enjoying the show without the cost of additional incentives. Such changes have been made and will be applied to the 6th Annual Veterans Awards.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Academy of United States Veterans Foundation

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

Assal Ravandi

Academy of United States Veterans Foundation

Katie Katz

Minaz Shariati

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? 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/8/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Iranian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/19/2021

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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.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.