Sea Service Family - Foundation

Let us be your beacon!

aka Hamilton County Veterans Assocation   |   MCLEANSBORO, IL   |  www.seaservicefamily.org

Mission

By engaging with our local communities, we are able to ensure the memories of those who served are never forgotten. Sea Service Family, Foundation is dedicated to the education of communities on the lasting impact war leaves on all of us.
We are dedicated to helping you raise funds for scholarships, memorials and statues for anyone who served and you want to memorialize.

Notes from the nonprofit

We strive to help educate the public on things that would better support our Veterans.

Ruling year info

2022

Chairman

Mr Michael Joseph Little

Main address

10598 BLAIRSVILLE RD

MCLEANSBORO, IL 62859 USA

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EIN

82-4009123

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Community Foundations (T31)

Single Organization Support (Y11)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

By engaging with our local communities, we are able to ensure the memories of those who served are never forgotten. Sea Service Family, Foundation is dedicated to the education of communities on the lasting impact war leaves on all of us.
We are dedicated to helping you raise funds for scholarships, memorials and statues for anyone who served and you want to memorialize.

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?

Fallen Service Members Scholarship Program

We help establish scholarships for fallen Service Members and Veterans at the High Schools they graduated in order to help preserve their military legacy for families.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

By working with an authorized agent who deals in Authentically Signed Sports Memorabilia, we help other nonprofits set up auctions and raffles to assist them in raising money for their own organizations mission.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Give away an annual scholarship at Hamilton County High School, in the name of all Veterans who served in the Military from Hamilton County to a child or grandchild of a Veteran from Hamilton County.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Students

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Military Veterans Alliance 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

How many family members want to establish a non profit for a fallen Veteran or Service Member.

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

Veterans

Related Program

Fallen Service Members Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As more people are learning of our service the more request we are getting. We are hoping that in 2018 our numbers will be larger.

How many family members want to know more about their Veteran family members who served in war.

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

Veterans

Related Program

Fallen Service Members Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As more people are learning of our service the more request we are getting. We are hoping that in 2018 our numbers will be larger.

How many Veterans want to honor the legacy of thier Shipmates and Battle Buddies.

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

Veterans

Related Program

Fallen Service Members Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As more people are learning of our service the more request we are getting. We are hoping that in 2018 our numbers will be larger.

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.

We will help you from the first steps of starting a non-profit, foundation or establishing a local scholarship or memorial. Remembering a loved one or a group shouldn't have to be a burden, so let us do it for you!

Fundraising doesn't have to be hard, our volunteers of professionals are happy to do it for you. We can teach you everything from how to message your project, to going out and doing the ask. When your invested in a project personally, its often hard to hear the words No. We want to make sure you don't have to ever feel that pain, and always feel successful. ​

Establishing Scholarships
Starting/Advising Non-Profits & Foundations
Military Genealogy
Military Records Research
DD-214 Requests
​Stolen Valor Verification
Establishing Memorials and Statues​

We are just getting started, but we have started our first two scholarships and are working on a city project to memorialize every Veteran who lived in the city who sought our help.

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

    Veterans, Military Personnel, and Military and Veteran Families

  • 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?

    We started a video blog, because our members said it was quicker to watch then to read out newsletters.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    We have seen alot more participation in the groups we work with.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, 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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Sea Service Family - Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Michael Little

Sea Service Family, Consulting

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Mrs Elizabeth Little

United States Coast Guard

Term: 2018 -

Haley Smith

Brett Korade

Paul Kingsbury

Terrance Pinkney

Garry Hall

Samuel Wilson

Kent Leighty

Jeff Smith

Mark Cortor

Aniela Szymanski

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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/6/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/16/2020

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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 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.