Unified Arizona Veterans, Inc

The Voice of Arizona's Veterans

aka UAV   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.azuav.org

Mission

Unified Arizona Veterans, an all volunteer nonprofit, was established in Dec 1981 by three organizations, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to collectively promote veteran-related programs. Now numbering 50+ Arizona Veteran Service Organizations, UAV continues to actively propose, support, endorse and engage in programs and other actions which further the general welfare and well-being of all Arizona military veterans and their families. Among our many activities, the UAV provides scholarships to veterans & their families, manages & operates the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame which it founded to recognize the significant civic contributions of our Arizona veterans, and engages in fundraising to support veteran-related projects .

Ruling year info

2015

Chair

Anna Lea Seago

Main address

PO Box 34338

Phoenix, AZ 85067 USA

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EIN

90-0914161

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

Professional Societies, Associations (S03)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Unified Arizona Veterans was organized in December 1981 by the Department leaders of Arizona’s three largest Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs); The American Legion (TAL), the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), to cooperatively work together for the benefit of Arizona’s military veterans and their families. Since then, we have grown to over four dozen VSOs located throughout Arizona. Our veteran population has also grown to over a half million plus veterans. Our organization’s greatest need is to provide the increasing funding necessary to accomplish our mission goals of providing to our state’s veterans and their families, 1) educational assistance, 2) timely veteran-related information, 3) advocacy, and 4) organizing and supporting patriotic events which highlight the extraordinary contributions of veterans to the founding, sustainment, safety, health, and improvement of the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America

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?

Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame (AVHOF)

The AVHOF was created in 2001 to recognize military veterans of Arizona who have made significant civic achievements outside of their military service to their local community, state or nation.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The Unified Arizona Veterans provides college scholarships to veterans and to family members of veterans who were killed in the line of duty. The scholarships are normally awarded annually at the Patriot Award Event co-hosted by the AZ Veterans Hall of Fame Society and the UAV. We intend to expand this program next year to include family members of veterans disabled in the line of duty and our budget to $25,000.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Students

The UAV recognizes a single elected Arizona State Legislature member who has made clearly significant efforts to promote veteran, or veteran family, friendly legislation. This award is given at the annual Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society's Patriotic Ball.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The UAV recognizes a non-Arizona State Legislature elected official, political unit, or employee thereof, who has made clearly significant efforts to promote programs which have a positive impact on veterans or their families. This award is given at the annual Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society's Patriotic Ball.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The UAV has an appointed director whose purpose is to coordinate with the Arizona Legislature the legislative efforts approved by the membership of the UAV. The Legislative Director works closely with the Arizona State Legislature Veterans Caucus to achieve UAV's goals and acts as a information conduit to our member organizations.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The UAV sponsors/co-sponsors/supports events which recognizes, supports, or directly affects the lives of our military veterans and their families. Examples of these events include the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at the State Capitol, the Veteran StandDowns throughout the state, Gubernatorial Town Forums on veteran affairs, recognition events of veterans service such as the ROC/UAV WW-II events

Population(s) Served
Veterans

In addition to its monthly meeting, the UAV acts as a two way information conduit on events and programs affecting our state's veteran population. Information is passed either up from our member organizations, or from outside sources, to the UAV, which then emails that information to all it's members or to the appropriate outside agency.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

To recognize and honor the efforts and achievements made by those public employees or individuals who consistently provide exemplary service to the UAV or to the military veterans and/or their families who reside in the State of Arizona.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

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 students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

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

Related Program

Veterans Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

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

Related Program

Veterans Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our goal is to sustain, improve the delivery, and if appropriate, expand our mission’s outreach and impact.

1. EDUCATION: We established this program in 2016, expanding it each year. In 2020, we awarded four scholarships totaling $20,000, including two college age children of a Killed In Action Native American soldier.
a. Increase scholarship monies available for veterans
b. include Native American veterans
c. include the children of veterans who were killed in the line of duty
d. include the children of veterans who were 100% disabled in the line of duty
e. Our budget for this program is $25,000

2. TIMELY VETERAN-RELATED INFORMATION: Continue to hold monthly meetings with the representatives of our member organizations. We currently have 57 Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) members located throughout Arizona. We operate a website and a Facebook page.
a. Our budget for this mission is $3,000 which includes office supplies and other administrative costs.

3. ADVOCACY: Assign and maintain a Legislative Liaison Officer who will coordinate with the Arizona Legislature on veteran-related matters.
a. Our budget for this mission is $1,000.

4. ORGANIZING AND SUPPORTING PATRIOT EVENTS:
a. Each year the UAV showcases and recognizes veterans who have made significant volunteer contributions to their community, state, or nation by inducting them into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame (AVHOF). It also acts as a visible goal for other veterans to aspire. Our budget for this subcategory is $55,000.
b. Each year the UAV partners with the alumni of the AVHOF to recognize companies, corporations, agencies, legislators, and individuals who have performed outstanding support of veterans and their families. Our budget for this subcategory is $6,000.
c. Each year the UAV either conducts or assists other organizations, both veteran and civic, in their efforts to recognize our state’s veterans by donating money and volunteer time. Annually we support the State’s Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony at the State Capitol, the State’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery, and the Military Order of the World Wars Massing of the Colors. Recently we have assisted the effort to place a memorial to the Buffalo Soldiers at the State Capitol, coordinated the effort to raise funds for the refurbishing of the WW-I monument at the State Capitol, and co-hosted with the Republic of China (Taiwan) to recognize our state’s living WW-II veterans. For the past several years we have assisted in raising funds for the Fisher House projects in Tucson and Phoenix. The Fisher House is a National Nonprofit Foundation which builds free temporary living accommodations for veteran’s families in close proximity to Veteran Administration Hospitals. Our budget for this subcategory is $5,000.
e. Total budget for this category is $66,000.
5. Our budget total is $95,000. As the UAV is an all-volunteer organization, the budget has no manpower cost.

We will appoint a grants manager to seek out funding for our programs. Training for this position will be through online attendance at webinars from such professionals as GrantsMagic and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.

We will task our Vice Chair (executive officer) to develop protocols to ensure all donors receive thank you letters that comply with IRS regulations.

We will appoint committees and committee chairs to accomplish each of our programs and to report progress on a monthly basis.

Our organization is comprised of 100+ volunteer representatives from our 50+ member organizations. The vast majority of these individuals are either retired career military possessing excellent leadership capabilities and team building skills or retired or active civilian professional or semiprofessional CEOs, COOs, CFOs, managers or supervisors. All are highly motivated. We will tap these resources to complete our mission tasks.

1. GRANT MANAGER: We have appointed & trained a grants manager to seek out funding for our programs.
2. EDUCATION: In 2016 our base line was $2,000.
a. Increased our 2017 grants to $4,000.
i. Increased our 2018 grants to $10,000.
ii. Increased our 2019 grants to $15,000.
b. In 2020 we expanded to give scholarships at ASU (Tempe), GCU (Phoenix), and NAU (Flagstaff).
c. In 2020 we expanded our scholarship program to include the children of veterans who were killed in the line of duty. Two $7,500 scholarships were awarded.
d. We are in the process of expanding our scholarship program to include children of veterans who were 100% disabled in the line of duty.
3. TIMELY VETERAN-RELATED INFORMATION:
a. We continue to hold 9 to 10 general membership meetings annually, since March 2020, meetings have been conducted on Zoom.
b. We continue to have 6+/- guest speakers each membership meeting who address veteran-related topics.
c. We email timely veteran-related information to member organizations.
d. We have not dropped below 48 member organizations since 2014.
e. We operate an updated website.
f. We operate a Facebook page.
g. We have a Legislative Liaison Officer.
h. We advocate for veteran-related bills at the state legislature.
4. ORGANIZE AND SUPPORT PATRIOTIC EVENTS:
a. We manage and operate the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame (AVHOF).
1). Budget: $55,000
b. The PAE is cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
1). The $6,000 budget will remain until the event is rescheduled.
c. Annual Events:
1). We took over operation of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony in 2011 and will conduct it this year on Dec. 7th.
2). We have advertised for and donated again to the Memorial Day Ceremony.
3). We will advertise and support MOWW’s Massing of the Colors.
d. Other Patriotic Events:
1). In 2019 we assisted the Buffalo Soldiers at the State Legislature to obtain bill sponsors. We continue to assist the effort to erect a Buffalo Soldiers Memorial, have donated $1,000, and have two of our Board members serving on their Board.
2). In 2019, we led the effort to raise funds for the refurbishing of the WW-I monument and acted as its Treasurer.
3). We have co-hosted twice (2015 & 2017) with the Republic of China (Taiwan) to recognize our state’s living WW-II veterans.
4). In 2014 we provided advertising for the building of a Fisher house in Tucson. Our efforts resulted in at least two $1,000 donations plus many other donations. In addition, one of our member organizations, The American Legion, donated $1,000,000 to that effort. The ribbon cutting was held on 18 Feb 2016.
4a). In 2019 we continued to support the Fisher House project for Arizona Veteran Hospitals by donating $1,000 to that fund. We also provide volunteers, advertising, and act as its Treasurer.
5). Increased the 2020 budget for this category to $10,000.
6). In 2020 we increased our budget to $76,000 and to $95,000 in CY-2021.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Unified Arizona Veterans, Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lea Seago

WACVA-Army Women United

Term: 2021 - 2022

Carol Culbertson

Assn of U. S. Navy (AUSN)

Gene Crego

Vietnam Veterans of America

Lea Seago

Army Women United

Terry Araman

MANA House

Johnny Stewart

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Domingo Bonilla

The American Legion (TAL)

A. R. "Reggie" Yates

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Dylan Dalzotto

Joe Foss Institute

Carol McKnight

Military Order of World Wars (MOWW)

Dennis Gardner

Joe Foss Institute

Jerry Bernard

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Rob Welch

Military Officers Assn of America (MOAA)

Jhennica Morrow

Blinded Veteran Assn

Mike Burke

In-Country Vietnam Veterans

Travis Burns

Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/10/2021

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.