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 on the front line all around the world. 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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

Top Non Profit 2021

Great Non Proftis

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Parents, Military personnel, Veterans

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

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.

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 695 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 14 consecutive Troopathon events, an annual live telethon 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."

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 fill 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 695 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, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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.

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?

    We listen directly to donors, volunteers and the military families we support.

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

    Suggestion box/email, We get direct feedback from our supporters and those we support,

  • 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 routinely receiver feedback from our supporters to improve our program operations. We most recently have updated the boxes items with Candy Canes and See's Candy for Christmas!

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    Feedback has allowed us to improve and serve our donors better and more efficiently by being able to do the very best and be worthy of our project!

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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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MOVE AMERICA FORWARD

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Melanie Morgan

Move America Forward

Howard Kaloogian

Move America Forward

Sal Russo

Move America Forward

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 12/15/2021

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/15/2021

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