Veteran Overland Foundation Inc

Hunt the Good Stuff

aka Veteran Overland   |   Portland, OR   |  http://www.veteranoverland.org

Mission

Veteran Overland is a 501(c)(3) focused on improving Veteran's lives through the proven healing power of connection, the positive mental impact of the outdoors and the need for post-service skill-building through Overlanding ⁠

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Jeff McPike

Main address

515 NW Saltzman Rd # 851

Portland, OR 97229 USA

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EIN

84-3624684

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have found there is a wide range of Veterans in need. From post-traumatic stress to physical disabilities, to combat Vets who have no physical or mental issues at all. We also recognize there are Veterans who did not serve in combat but who are still feeling the void their service has left. There are also many children of Veterans or family members who are huge supporters of Veterans. All of them need connection. We feel connection is a powerful healer and understand the proven mental benefit of being outdoors. Overlanding provides us a platform where connection and being outdoors intersects.landing.

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?

Vet Connect

A 1-3 day Overlanding one on one experience for a Veteran 4 times a year. This is our efforts to extend our reach outside Oregon by bringing a Vet to us, or us to the Vet.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

4-7 times a year we will bring members together to connect with each other. This will include skill building, Overlanding, Outdoors and Healing efforts.

Population(s) Served

Once a year we take 5-10 Veterans and their families on a 10-15 day Overlanding trip.

Population(s) Served

Once a year we collect toys in support of Toys for Tots

Population(s) Served

A three day event over Memorial Day. Skill building, Overlanding, and healing activities provided.

Population(s) Served

A two day camp over Veterans day

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Veterans
Veterans
Veterans
Veterans

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

CONNECTION:
Veterans need to connect with like minded individuals. Veterans also need the support of civilian supporters. Otherwise we’d be alone.
The power of connection gives a reason to come outside, to send a text, to pick up the phone. To stay alive. Veterans need Veterans.
In most cases the power of connection is more effective than therapy or prescription drugs.

OUTDOORS:
The natural healing power of the outdoors has been proven to be an effective solution to metal health of all levels.
Documented advantages of outdoors and health:
Lowers blood pressure and reduces stress Improves mood
Improves focus
In addition: “H.R.2435 requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish the Task Force on Outdoor Recreation for Veterans to report on and make recommendations regarding the use of public lands or other outdoor spaces for medical treatment and therapy for veterans.”

OVERLANDING:
The experience and platform to bring it all together.
The skills learned and maintained from First Aid, to technical vehicle recovery, to trip preparation are the very things Veterans are missing from military service, and in some cases missing from their life. This combined with an avenue to connect with their families make this a well suited activity for Veterans
Our five parallels of overlanding and military service: COMMUNITY - SKILL BUILDING - GEAR - ADVENTURE - RESILIENCE

RESILIENCE:
RESILIENCE IS THE STEP BEFORE SUICIDE PREVENTION
PSYCHOLOGISTS DEFINE RESILIENCE AS THE PROCESS OF ADAPTING WELL IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY, TRAUMA, TRAGEDY, THREATS OR SIGNIFICANT SOURCES OF STRESS.
PROVEN WAYS IN BUILD YOUR RESILIENCE*:
PRIORITIZE RELATIONSHIPS | JOIN A GROUP | PRACTICE MINDFULNESS | AVOID NEGATIVE OUTLETS | HELP OTHERS MAINTAIN A HOPEFUL OUTLOOK

WELLBEING THROUGH RESILIENCE
CONNECTION + OUTDOORS + OVERLANDING =
RESILIENCE

10 events a year connecting Veterans and practicing Resilience. We have a staff of 5 unpaid volunteers (no salaries within the organization).

Most events that V/O organizes and operates are outdoors. Typical events are camping trips, overland style trips, "snow-wheeling" trips, off-roading day trips, overland rallies, and trail clean-up events. We do periodic indoor-ish events such as toy drives and "cars & coffee" type events.

By far, they biggest wins are the small, often private conversations we have with members, participants, and followers that express the positive impact Veteran Overland has had on their lives. We love hearing about the connections that have been created and seeing those connections formulate and grow at our events. We have been surprised by the reach and impact the organization has had. We never dreamed V/O would become what it is and are very proud of the help it provides.

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 your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We moved from big events to 1 on 1 Veteran experiences

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Veteran Overland Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

MR. William Hardison

Veteran Overland Foundation Inc.

Term: 2019 -

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? Not applicable
  • 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 10/18/2021,

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Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/18/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.