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Portrait of A Warrior Gallery Kern County

Always Remembered Never Forgottenm

aka Portrait of a Warrior Gallery   |   BAKERSFIELD, CA   |  www.kernwarriors.com

Mission

The Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County is established to enhance our community by creating portraits of our Post 9/11 Fallen Service Members; working directly with their Gold Star Families to keep their memories alive and portray these heroes through art, education & services for our local Veterans, their families & our community.

Notes from the nonprofit

NTEE CODES A80 Historical Organization W30 Military and Veteran Organization A84 Commemorative Events P99 Human Services N.E.C.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director / Co-Founder / 501c3 holder

Mr. Jason Matthew Geis

Chairwoman of the Board of Directors / Co-Founder & Executive Dir of Honor Flight Kern County

Mrs. Lili Marsh

Main address

1925 EYE STREET 6077 COFFEE ROAD #4-901 BAKERSFIELD 93308

BAKERSFIELD, CA 93301 USA

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EIN

83-2192550

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Commemorative Events (A84)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We identified that within our county (Kern) within the state of California, we have 27 Service Members who died fighting for our country and freedom. Our Organizations Mission is: The Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County is established to enhance our community by creating portraits of our Post 9/11 Fallen Service Members; working directly with their Gold Star Families to keep their memories alive and portray these heroes through art, education & services for our local Veterans, their families & our community. Ultimately, we want to educate our community on remembering these young men as examples of goodness and values that our community promotes. It isn't good enough to just have an engraved name on a plaque or stone. No, we believe that a portrait or large photograph of these heroes is the very minimum that is acceptable within our community to preserve the memories of these Veterans and honor the Gold Star Families who are living without their loved ones due to service.

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?

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Annual Operating Expenses

Population(s) Served
Veterans
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 stories successfully placed in the media

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Portrait of a Warrior Gallery opened on September 10th, 2018, with major TV, news and radio coverage along with social media supporting this amazing not-for-profit effort to Always Remember.

Number of government officials who publicly support the advocacy effort

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

Adults

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, CA Senator Shannon Grove, State Assemblyman Vince Fong, Mayor Karen Goh, Fmr. State Senator Dr. Jean Fuller, Bakersfield Board of Supervisors & City Council

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The communities making up the county of Kern within the state of California truly stepped up to the plate and donated over $750,000.00 in money, labor, services and material to make this project live.

Number of clients served

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

Veterans

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We consider the Veterans within Kern County and our 27 Gold Star Families our clients along with our community. We have 45,000 Veterans in Kern County and 28 Gold Star Families

Number of families served

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

Families

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The reason for 28 is that there are 28 Gold Star Families within our community. There are many more families that are served as they visit the gallery as fiends, relatives and our citizens.

Number of volunteers

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID 19 and the pandemic really hurt our volunteer #s in 2020.

Hours of volunteer service

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

Adults

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We had 7,200 volunteer hours to get the gallery open and since with our Veterans Administration Work Study's we have cracked the 10000 volunteer service hours for this facility and serving its mission

Number of Facebook followers

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

Adults

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have only been open since September 10th, 2018.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Everything from the very beginning of remodeling to opening to daily docents is volunteer hours for the gallery. We are approaching the 10,000 hours of volunteering with respect to the gallery.

Number of Gold Star families served

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have 41 + 124 + Gold Star Families within Kern County and the gallery is there to memorialize their loved ones who died for our country. There are other families who will be honored without a PH.

Total number of free admissions

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID 19 was a hinderance in 2020

Number of works exhibited permanently

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is Portraits / Paintings / Pictures of Fallen & memorabilia from Kern County Veterans

Total number of works in collection

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

Family relationships, Health, Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The gallery receives pieces from all eras of combat service for display at some point in time as the gallery expands. We are keeping them safely until then.

Total number of works exhibited

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health, Work status and occupations, Social and economic status

Related Program

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have a new 501c 3 titled MIA Remembered which will be the only place in the world which will physically display all 82,332 individually named dog tags of every missing in action Vets since WWII

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.

Not only are we aiming to accomplish the Portrait Memorial to our 27 Fallen Purple Heart Awardees, yet we are also wanting to provide resources to our Veterans within our community. Additionally, we are brining awareness about Veteran Suicide and the impact that this is having all across the country. We work daily to improve our honoring of Gulf War, Vietnam, Korean, & WWII Veterans within our community as well.

Our Vision would be for every county in California to take what we have done and determine a way to honor their Post 9/11 Fallen Heroes in a similar way.

We are putting together a data base for all of the state and will provide all of our detailed research to each county to execute a plan of their choosing.

Always Remembered Never Forgotten

The unique way that we are able to provide this 5,000' gallery for free to our community 5 days a week is through annual recurring sponsorships of our 27 portraits at $1200 per portrait.

Additionally, we have an Education Room, which is sponsored annually at $7500.

There are three additional room sponsored at $5000 each: Resource Room, Vietnam Room and Team Room.

There are further development ideas that the Board of Directors is working on to expand our ability to honor in greater detail our Gulf Way, Korean and WWII Veterans Memorial Wall, and Missing in Action Remembered Memorial within our community.

Fundraising of course through efforts like Give Big Kern and other local opportunities which are small effort and big return.

Grants are another opportunity which we have secured a grant writer looking for state and federal opportunities for the Gallery as well.

We are already implementing the plan above and are reviewing in detail annual expenses and budgets to be able not only to keep the gallery open, but also to expand our ability to honor and educate our community and get more involvement and volunteerism to continue this great organization.

Fortunately, we worked with the Veterans Administration and applied to be a VA Work Study Site where we are approved currently to be a non-VA facility where we have been granted to utilization of 5 Post 9/11 Veterans who are 3/4 or full-time in college at local universities or colleges and are allowed and paid for up to 25 hours per week - funded by the VA - while these Veteran Students are attending school.

Their role is to give tours of the gallery / clean and upkeep / special projects / referrals to the Kern County Vet Center and Kern Veterans Service Office for Veterans in need of benefit information.

Great Project and provides us with free Docents for the Gallery.

2022 UPDATE:
POW completed and unveiled 27 Portraits of Kern County Post 9/11 Heroes.

Secured excellent outdoor lighting, purchased a search light that lights up the Bakersfield sky during special events. Supporting and developing a Korean, a WWII Memorial Wall, and completing a WWII Remembered Wall, unveiling last 10 portraits, and secured a Freedom/Liberty Bell to be rang during Veteran events and Holidays.

POW is the fiscal sponsor for the Missing in Action Remembered organization that will display 82,332 dog tags by name with each MIA Service Member missing since service from WWII to present. This will be the very first place all of these dog tags will be shown in one place at one time.

The gallery was awarded the Downtown Bakersfield Association 2018 Renovation Building of the Year from the city.

Financials

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

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Portrait of A Warrior Gallery Kern County

Board of directors
as of 04/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Lili Marsh

Founder / Ececutive Director/ Honor Flight Kern County

Term: 2018 - 2021


Board co-chair

Zack Reese

PA Student

Term: 2018 - 2022

Judy McCarthy

Terri Bender

Mr. & Mrs. Zanutto

Laurel Shropshire

Zelma Frankhouser

Jeff Salters

Michelle Hardt

William Potter

Dan Betts

Cathy Butler

Zack Reese

Lili Marsh

Jason Geis

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-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