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SOF MISSIONS

Empowering Warriors to Find Purpose and be Resilient

aka Shield of Faith Missions   |   Tampa, FL   |  www.sofmissions.org
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SOF MISSIONS

EIN: 45-3565213


Mission

Empower warriors to find purpose and be resilient.

Ruling year info

2012

President

Dr. F. Damon Friedman

Vice President

Mrs. Dayna Friedman

Main address

11928 Sheldon Rd.

Tampa, FL 33626 USA

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EIN

45-3565213

Subject area info

Mental health care

Public health

Christianity

Human services

Population served info

Adults

Military personnel

Veterans

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe our very freedom exists thanks to the efforts and sacrifice of each man and woman who has served, or are currently serving our country through the military. No matter the branch- each play a significant role in the important task of protecting the United States of America. We have these brave heroes and their families to thank. More than 2.1 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since combat began in October of 2001, and the Department of Defense reports that an average of 22 veterans take their own life each day.
These servicemen often suffer silently; men and women have been trained to withstand the most difficult mental and physical circumstances of war. Yet what happens when they return home and no longer know how to survive as a civilian? How do they manage the terrors of the nightmare of war that they will inevitably face? SOF Missions exists to answer these questions.

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?

Resiliency Program

SOF Missions develops and provides whole health care plans, addressing the areas of psychological, physical, spiritual, and social wellbeing towards resiliency.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Lightning Community Hero Award 2021

Lightning Community Foundation

Excellence in Integrity Award 2023

North Tampa Bay Chamber

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability 2023

Veteran Service Alliance 2023

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 list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of email subscribers that have opted in through our website and live events.

Total revenue earned to support advocacy efforts

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

Veterans

Related Program

Resiliency Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Revenue to support SOF Missions programs. Does not include overhead expenses.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Facebook Reviews of SOF Missions- 4 or 5 star rating.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

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

Veterans

Related Program

Resiliency Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service dogs provided to veterans

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

Veterans

Related Program

Resiliency Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This particular aspect of our program started in 2022.

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.

SOF Missions offers a unique approach to combat veteran suicide and provide care through a whole health interdisciplinary method - the Be Resilient Program is a four-pillar program that addresses the areas of psychological, physical, spiritual, and social wellness. The SOF Missions’ Be Resilient Clinics are 1-week medical intensives that bring together 10 veterans and approx. 20 healthcare providers in an intradisciplinary approach with a focus on psychological, physical, social, and spiritual treatments. Providers assess, treat, and work to overcome challenges of military service such as PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury, chronic/acute pain, sleep issues, isolation, stress, and moral injury. After the clinic, veterans receive follow on care for up to a year, with 30, 60, 90-day and 6-month check-ups with our medical team. This care is provided at no cost to the veteran.

We believe that the Be Resilient Program will continue to serve a population that is in dire need. As a result of our efforts to improve our veterans’ overall quality of life through strategic partnerships, we know there can be an ever-decreasing number of veteran suicides. We will continue to build a stronger and more efficient network of non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies, all with the common goal of ending veteran suicide.

SOF Missions combats the suicide epidemic by providing restorative whole health medical care to veterans and military service members. The SOF Missions’ Be Resilient Clinics are 1-week medical intensives that bring together 10 veterans and approx. 20 healthcare providers in an intradisciplinary approach with a focus on psychological, physical, social, and spiritual treatments. Providers assess, treat, and work to overcome challenges of military service such as PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury, chronic/acute pain, sleep issues, isolation, stress, and moral injury. After the clinic, veterans receive follow on carefor up to a year, with 30, 60, 90-day and 6-month check-ups with our medical team. This care is provided at no cost to the veteran.

The Selection Committee is a volunteer committee of subject matter experts who assess, select, and approve veterans who apply to the program. The committee is made up of retired military senior leaders and government employees, prominent physicians and therapists, qualified psychologists, and other experienced health care professionals; all experts in their field who can evaluate and provide treatment recommendations. Based on the needs of the veteran, the committee develops whole health care plans and recommends the best delivery method for that plan. Depending on the care plan, SOF Missions partners with other non-profit organizations, health care organizations, and companies across the country to provide treatments and services.

Resiliency Clinics
A 90-day whole health approach that combines multiple components (above) to assist veterans as they journey toward resiliency. Applicants participate in a 1-week intensive event and move forward with three months of follow-up, goal-setting, and positive progress within their local community. Clinics are cost-effective and efficient ways in which to deliver care and are available for female and male veterans, hosted mainly in Florida.

The 1-week intensive combines physical strength/rehabilitation, psychological health, spiritual renewal, and social re-integration. All services are provided by licensed professionals who are experts in their field. The program does not end with the clinic; it is only the beginning, as Coordinated Care is facilitated through local resources.

Coordinated Care
For Veterans who are not local to Florida or who are unable to attend a clinic, SOF Missions is able to execute whole health care plans through the use of Coordinated Care. The SOF Missions Veteran Services Coordinator manages care plans in the local area of each veteran by accessing our national network of partnering non-profit organizations, health care providers, and companies to provide treatments and services. Coordinated Care is available for 365 days or less, based on individual need.

SOF Missions is a veteran run organization with first hand experience and knowledge of the unique challenges that military families face. Our team members are dedicated individuals who have a vetted interest in our mission and pour their hearts into the work they do each and every day. We know that the best way to accomplish a mission is through teamwork, which is why we partner with various other non-profits in everything we do. SOF Missions also has a group of committed donors who support us with unwavering faithfulness, to which we are truly blessed.

Since its inception, SOF Missions has served 300+ Warriors in The Resiliency Project; 60 groups have used our veteran resources; 2,500 veterans have received care, and 100,000 attendees were present at 80 speaking engagements across the country. In 2024, we aim to increase our impact five-fold, which will provide 100 Warriors with full-spectrum care.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

SOF MISSIONS
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2023 2023 Audited Financials 2021 2021 Audited Financial Statements
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

143.27

Average of 32.54 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.2

Average of 2.1 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11%

Average of 8% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of SOF MISSIONS’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $202,754 $266,493 -$113,729 $253,119 -$126,996
As % of expenses 39.6% 54.3% -18.2% 30.4% -9.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $202,754 $266,493 -$113,729 $253,119 -$126,996
As % of expenses 39.6% 54.3% -18.2% 30.4% -9.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $772,425 $673,454 $464,070 $1,011,822 $1,301,328
Total revenue, % change over prior year 72.8% -12.8% -31.1% 118.0% 28.6%
Program services revenue 10.6% 25.3% 22.6% 28.0% 41.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.5% 2.1% 0.3% 0.6% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 86.8% 72.6% 77.1% 71.5% 54.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $512,132 $490,710 $624,330 $831,922 $1,282,436
Total expenses, % change over prior year 114.4% -4.2% 27.2% 33.3% 54.2%
Personnel 28.8% 46.8% 43.9% 38.8% 34.1%
Professional fees 11.7% 12.7% 1.2% 1.1% 1.2%
Occupancy 1.3% 2.3% 3.8% 4.4% 3.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 58.2% 38.3% 51.2% 55.6% 60.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $512,132 $490,710 $624,330 $831,922 $1,282,436
One month of savings $42,678 $40,893 $52,028 $69,327 $106,870
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $554,810 $531,603 $676,358 $901,249 $1,389,306

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.0 1.4 0.8 3.6 0.2
Months of cash and investments 12.6 19.9 14.3 14.8 7.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 12.3 19.3 13.0 14.0 7.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $44,365 $55,364 $43,049 $249,151 $23,113
Investments $492,099 $759,114 $701,879 $776,644 $824,358
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.5% 3.0% 9.3% 5.7% 0.7%
Unrestricted net assets $523,172 $789,665 $675,936 $968,552 $841,556
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $523,172 $789,665 $675,936 $968,552 $841,556

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Dr. F. Damon Friedman

Dr. Damon Friedman is a decorated combat veteran in the United States Air Force. He originally received his commission in 2000 as a United States Marine Corps Officer and later transferred into the Air Force Special Operations Forces elite as a Special Tactics Officer. Dr. Friedman has served four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His personal decorations include three Bronze Stars (one with Valor), as well as the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He is a sought after speaker with expertise in war and leadership as well as spiritual development and formation. He is an emerging leader spearheading a movement to bring hope and healing to men, women and families dealing with adversity.

Vice President

Dayna Friedman

Dayna Friedman serves as the Vice-President of SOF Missions. She grew up in a military home, stationed in bases across the country. She is the wife of a retired special operations Lieutenant Colonel and has seen first-hand the struggles our veterans coming home from combat are facing. She is dedicated to helping heal warriors and their families who are struggling with the visible and invisible scars of war. Dayna is a native of Alaska and holds a master’s degree in Education from Liberty University. She spent 10 years teaching elementary school before moving into the non-profit sector. She was an All-American NCAA Track and Field Athlete at Virginia Tech during her college years. Dayna, her husband, and two children live in Florida.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 06/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

F. Damon Friedman

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Term: 2011 -


Board co-chair

Dayna Friedman

SOF Missions

Term: 2011 -

Dr. F. Damon Friedman

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Dayna Friedman

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Dr. David LeMay

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Raymond Friedman

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Sherri Hayes

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Annette Beard

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Kashima Garcia

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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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/20/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/20/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.