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Beneath the Surface Foundation

BE THE SURF

aka BTSF   |   Washougal, WA   |  http://www.beneaththesurfacefoundation.org

Mission

PROVIDING WHOLE-PERSON, ALTERNATIVE HEALING FOR COMBAT VETERANS THROUGH FLOW STATE IMMERSIONS, INCLUDING BODYMIND ACTIVATION AND OCEAN THERAPY, STRENGTHENED BY AN ELEMENTAL AFTER-CARE PROGRAM. - Restoring dimensional wellness and vitality - Facilitating growth beyond PTSD - Fostering a sense of belonging in a communal environment - Redefining service and prioritization of self-care

Ruling year info

2019

CEO/Cofounder

Amanda Tomac

President/Cofounder

Matthew Schollard

Main address

129 Pendelton Way PO Box 822

Washougal, WA 98671 USA

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EIN

83-2880526

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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

At present, there are more than 20 million veterans in the United States. Of those, 15% suffer significant psychological trauma, with 10% more living as victims of physical injury. A growing suicide epidemic plagues combat veterans, while drugs, alcohol, and destructive behaviors are an increasing commonality amongst the surviving. War changes everyone. There is no way to escape the horrors of combat and return unscathed.

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?

10-day Veteran Immersion

For combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress. THIS is why Beneath the Surface Foundation was created; to gift an opportunity to restore a sense of self through whole-person, alternative healing modalities and a community of brothers and sisters. These immersions are designed to match and balance the hormonal and adrenaline levels in order to parallel the internal magnitude that was present during combat. We will be exposing the ‘extreme’ versions of these skills/sports as a healthy outlet. By surrendering, and opening to the ocean’s maternal energy, burdens and traumas become completely weightless. The interweaving of bodymind activation yogic philosophy provides a newfound trust of the self and others. The location and security of the immersion is a safe space to be open to heal, shed traumas, tune inward, and harmoniously engage with nature and one another. Combat veterans spend 10 days with brothers and sisters who will quickly become the greatest support team, while immersing in the BtSF curriculum and a lifestyle that can be recreated every day. Combat Veterans will learn new skills, heal trauma and pain experienced from combat, explore new modalities that assist in healing, spend time developing self awareness, and reignite a love for life through mindfulness activities and adult learning. Below is a list of requirements necessary to apply for an immersion: - Combat Veteran with PTS - Willingness to work - Desire to create change within self - Open minded - Committed to healing - Interest in bodymind activation, meditation, and breath work - Interest in using the ocean’s energy to heal

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$25,000

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 clients who show a measurable decrease in PTSD symptoms

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

Veterans

Related Program

10-day Veteran Immersion

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We collect data from the Veteran pre, mid, post-immersion. The veteran acts as his/her own control and we track PTS symptoms via PCL Checklists throughout our 3-phase program.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our organization is committed to combating this current state of statistics, to fortify wellbeing and encourage a lifetime assimilation of healing modalities available to Veterans on a level that resonates within that community. Our four main objectives are to: - Restore dimensional wellness and vitality - Facilitate growth beyond Post Traumatic Stress - Foster a sense of belonging in a communal environment - Redefine service and prioritization of self-care

We have developed a 3-phase curricula: preparation, immersion, continuation. Veteran participants will take part in our 6-week mind, body, spirit focused syllabus, preparing for a 10-day immersive experience. Attendees will then spend 10 days immersing themselves in our progressive curriculum that blends the intentions of bodymind activation and Ocean Therapy (an integrative practice of surfing, kiteboarding, freediving, and hydrofoiling, as a form of nature-based therapy). Community involvement is present throughout the immersion, partnering with local schools and other public service organizations. Following the immersion, an extensive 6-week program with available professional resources is implemented for all alumni following the immersion. We work with the Veterans to create a long-term plan that is sustainable for their lifestyle, to continue these practices for the rest of their lives.

Our team is comprised of high-level, experienced professionals within their field. We have spent more than 15 years learning, developing, and refining the finalized curriculum we teach our Veteran attendees. We are humbled to have the support of many private donors who are excited to watch our organization grow and help so many individuals heal. We have the passion, drive, focus, and biggest hearts filled with motivation to give all that we can back to the military community, and we will not stop developing and providing this work.

We have developed a clinical study under the Primary Investigator, Dr. Matthew Boden, that is designed to collect benchmark data over the course of our program. Not only will we be able to capture the changes in the Veterans pre, mid, and post immersion through scientific data, we will also perform interviews of the Veterans who will be able to share their experiences of change. Both will continue to help us prove the efficacy of our program and share the changes with everyone around.

Within our first year of being incorporated, we have served over 400 service-members and families via social media with online and in-person yoga classes, therapeutic massages, and cold immersion therapy. We have run 3 successful Proofs of Concept missions. These PoC's were 3-day immersion programs at our base of operations in Washougal, WA, with two veteran attendees at each. During the immersions, veterans took part in two yoga classes, one meditation, and one breathwork class each day. Over the three days, each participant learned to kiteboard and received a 60-minute bodywork session. Throughout the immersion testing, we added discussions on nutrition, served healthy food, and had a zero-tolerance rule on the use of alcohol and tobacco. We took pre and post immersion surveys. With participant feedback, along with testing different strategies, we were able to take away lessons, successes, and understandings to better develop our program. By completing this proof of concept process, we were able to finalize developments and test our BtSF curriculum to provide the most effective programming for combat veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress. Moving into our second year, we we able to secure enough funding to develop our scientific study and contract with a psychologist who will be a part of our team and available to the Veteran attendees. We will run our first 10-day immersion and annual event.

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.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our board.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    Our organization has opened the application field to a broader spectrum of Veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress. Veterans no longer need to be "diagnosed" with PTS.

Financials

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Beneath the Surface Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matthew Schollard

Beneath the Surface Foundation

Term: 2018 -

Taylor Aldridge

Stanford PA

Lejon Boudreaux

Ellis, Li, &McKinstry Law

Christy Soukhamneut

Flagstar Bank

Board leadership practices

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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 02/05/2020

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Keywords

Human services, military, veterans