MOVE AMERICA FORWARD

SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS ON THE FRONT LINES

Sacramento, CA   |  www.moveamericaforward.org

Mission

Move America Forward (MAF) is the nation's largest grassroots pro-troop organization dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed. Our principal mission today is to provide military troop and K9 care packages with letters from grateful Americans to the troops deployed in combat areas around the world. While there are many admirable groups supporting our veterans, we are one of the few organizations left supporting active duty troops deployed to the front lines of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other areas around the world where are troops are in harm's way. MAF is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans, and military families all across the nation who share in our unwavering support.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our care packages are sent to troops in harm's way. Today that is the Middle East. Each box is filled with the most requested items and personally addressed to our nations defenders. It allows us to connect our supporters directly to our servicemen and women and allows them the ability to reach back.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mr. Shawn Callahan

Main address

3105 Fite Circle 108

Sacramento, CA 98527 USA

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EIN

84-1627277

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Domestic National Security (includes Military and Defense Issues) (Q43)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We are currently working to make sure that every one of our brave service members can receive a care package specifically assembled for them!

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Care Packages for the Troops

Military Troop and K9 Care Packages: We send care packages full of the most requested items our troops want with personal messages of support to remind them they are not forgotten by the American people. This enables us to send care packages filled with Gourmet Coffee, Premium Beef Jerky, Genuine Oreo Cookies, Flavored Gatorade, Mixed Nuts/Trail Mix bags, Baby Wipes and many other items our combat troops cannot get where they are. Enclosed with each care package are messages of support from the sponsor, letting them hear the personal feelings of appreciation from the American people. Each box is hand packed by our volunteers and may contain special seasonal items for the current holiday. K9 Care Packages also include eye-protecting “Doggles” & KONG Classic dog toys.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

Direct feedback from Active duty troops serving in harms way

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Care Packages for the Troops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The taste of home while being deployed is our real benchmark. Messages from the troops and the families that sponsor the care packages let us know if we are successful.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Move America Forward (MAF) supporters are a vital part of the largest grassroots pro-troop organization in the United States. We are committed to supporting the brave men and women of our armed forces and their continuing efforts to defeat terrorism worldwide. We work with and serve as a resource to Active Duty military members, veterans, non-profits, military service organizations, community sponsors, community networks and private citizens to provide support for our Military and demonstrate affirmatively our appreciation and admiration for their service to America.

For over 10 years Move America Forward as been working to make sure that our troops serving in harm's way have a constant reminder that they are not forgotten and cared about by so many back home. Move America Forward as been a leader in supporting our military. What started out as just “coffee and cookies" has developed into over 315 tons of the personal care packages sent to our troops serving on the front lines. Each package including some of the most requested items like Premium Coffee, Gourmet Beef Jerky and Oreo Cookies and a personal note from Move America Forward and the person who sponsored the care package. We also have a “soldier signup program" so that troops or supporters can request a package for someone and get them added to our mailing list. We also accept donations, product donations, gifts and letters to the troops year round.

Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans, and military families all across the nation who share in our unwavering support. Thanks to their support we have been able to: Organize three "Gold Star" trips to Iraq for the parents of U.S. soldiers killed in the war for them to see first-hand the country where their sons and daughters made the ultimate sacrifice, Travelled across America on the “Honoring our Heroes at the Holidays" tour which collected over 200,000 Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday cards for our troops, Broadcast seven consecutive Troopathons, an annual live event on the web, TV and radio, to send care packages to our troops deployed in the war zone. Our 8-hour broadcasts have featured many pro-troop celebrities and supporters.

Launched the Candy Diplomacy program in partnership with the Jelly Belly Candy Company, in which we send 2oz bags of jellybeans to U.S. troops stationed overseas. The special bags display the following message in English, Arabic, and Pashto, “A gift from the American people in hope that your country will one day enjoy the freedom and opportunities that we have in the United States."

We currently offer a “K-9 Care Package Program" and have been supporting military working dogs and their handlers with specialized K-9 Care Packages that include protective leg and eye wear for our furry troops plus doggie treats. MAF is honored to be recognized by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) for our efforts to support the military working dog

Move America Forward has a very strong grassroots support network of military members and their families to find out what problems our servicemen and women face and to also hear directly from the front lines on what type of support they need. We also work with our community partners and develop new relationships that can help us in our mission to support our troops. Everything from companywide volunteer packing parties to coordinating a large shipment of specific goods to be received where it is needed most in a combat zone to deployed troops. We partner with the local law enforcement and probation departments to bring in convicts seeking to volunteer as part of their rehabilitation.

We also have developed relationship with military leaders and chaplains throughout each branch of the military to be able to reach troops that might not be receiving support from anywhere else. We work very hard to be responsive to the general public and through use of our social media and community outreach to network and follow-up on any opportunity to help our troops. We are always looking for others to help or other to join in helping service members.

Volunteers dutifully man our packing parties by assembling, packing, taping, and mailing our military care packages throughout the year. In addition to those tasks our volunteers also help breakdown and prepare materials to be used in the care packages, write messages to our troops and also screen products and messages for quality control. Care Packages are usually assembled in our Sacramento Assembly center but sometimes supporters will travel to other locations to help facilitate mailing the packages from another location or help give a helping hand at a pro troops events or helping move items to where they can be best utilized. We also have students and other groups adopt entire units or a number of care packages they commit to assemble.

To date we have shipped over 345 tons of care packages to our troops serving on the front lines. Each Care Package is individually addressed and packed. Making sure every single request we fulfill knows that “someone cares".

Recognized by Great Nonprofits as a top nonprofit in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Recognized by PIJAC for our K-9 Care packages.

Organized three "Gold Star" trips to Iraq for the parents of U.S. soldiers killed in the war for them to see first-hand the country where their sons and daughters made the ultimate sacrifice, Sent a delegation of radio talk show hosts to Iraq for the "Voices of Soldiers" Truth Tour. With Howard Kaloogian and Melanie Morgan leading, this delegation of journalists interviewed soldiers so they could tell, in their own words, the truth of their successes in the fight against terrorism.

Traveled across America on the “Honoring our Heroes at the Holidays" tour which collected over 200,000 Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday cards for our troops, Broadcast seven consecutive annual Troopathon live events on the web, TV and radio, to send care packages to our troops deployed in the war zone. Our 8-hour broadcasts have featured many pro-troop celebrities and supporters. Put boots on the ground and helped organize the Million Vet March at the WWII memorial in Washington DC to keep War Memorials open for those they were built to honor.

Partnered with countless organization, companies and individuals to help support our troops like the Guideposts, San Francisco Bay Coffee Company, Stag Arms, Paradies-Lagardere, Weber, Jelly Belly, Endicia, U-stream, Painted Hills Beef Jerky, Hoo-Ahhs, Radio Stations, Cumulus, Blue and Gold Star Moms, Boy Scouts, plus many more.

Financials

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MOVE AMERICA FORWARD

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Melanie Morgan

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? Yes