Florida is for Veterans Inc

Your Pursuit - Our Power

aka Veterans Florida   |   Tallahassee, FL   |
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Florida is for Veterans Inc

EIN: 47-2327385


Florida is for Veterans, Inc. is a non-profit corporation created by the State of Florida in 2014 to help veterans fully transition to civilian life in the Sunshine State. Our mission is to attract and retain veterans to our great state and to make Florida their permanent residence. House Bill 435 furthered that mission by designating Veterans Florida as the state’s principal Department of Defense SkillBridge assistance organization. Establishing the nation’s first statewide SkillBridge initiative is a major milestone that creates unprecedented opportunities for transitioning servicemembers, builds a talent pipeline for employers, and firmly plants Florida’s flag as the top destination for military families.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr Joe Marino

Main address

930 Thomasville Rd Ste 100

Tallahassee, FL 32303 USA

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Subject area info

Economic development

Special population support

Population served info

Military personnel


NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Economic Development (S30)

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



What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Military veterans being under employed or searching for employment.

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?

Career Services Program

Veterans Florida's Career Services Program educates Florida employers on the value of hiring veterans, assist employers with recruiting qualified veterans, and provides access to grants funds for employers to reimburse for job related training costs for veteran employees. Veterans Florida provides veterans, servicemembers, and family members with employment services such as resume assistance, interview preparation, career matching and additional resources available.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program several opportunities to meet the needs of veteran entrepreneurs at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey.

The program provides three pathways of instruction. The first pathway, consists of topical workshops and networking opportunities designed to introduce veterans to their local veteran entrepreneurial ecosystems and assist with specific training topics to assist them in their business. The next pathway consists of cohorts designed to assist veteran entrepreneurs with starting their business or growing their early stage business after startup. The final pathway offers coworking and incubator space to assist veterans with early stage startup companies in establishing and growing their company.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

The Department of Defense (DOD) SkillBridge program allows transitioning servicemembers, with commander approval and within their last six months of military service, the opportunity to work for a civilian employer. The program affords servicemembers the opportunity to sharpen critical job skills and obtain specialized training, while retaining their full pay and allowances. The goal is to minimize the employment gap between military separation and beginning their civilian career. In 2021, Governor DeSantis signed legislation to create the nation’s first statewide SkillBridge Initiative. Veterans FLorida is the principal organization to execute the initiative. Veterans Florida began assisting transitioning servicemembers with matching Florida opportunities. Veterans Florida works with employers to expand opportunities for training and internships throughout the state.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

For fiscal years 2020-23, Veterans Florida received a $745,245.00 prime award from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture FY20 Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program to expand the Veterans Florida Agriculture Program building on the success of the prior Pilot Program. The Veterans Florida Agriculture Program is a six-month training fellowship that provides veterans and servicemembers a comprehensive, hands-on experience and equips them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be competitive for leading careers in Florida's $149B agriculture industry. Our objective was to put ten veterans through the program with support from the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. All of the veterans who participated in the Program may either be placed into agriculture related employment, start their own farms, or further their education in an agriculture related degree.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

US Department of Labor Hire Vets Gold Award 2019

US Department of Labor Hire Vets Gold Award 2020

US Department of Labor Hire Vets Gold Award 2022

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 participants engaged in programs

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Population(s) Served


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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


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.

Military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state.

Job placement and entrepreneurship training for veterans and spouses. Information on various resources available for veterans.

We partner with various Florida companies to assist in veteran employment placement and training. We offer entrepreneurship education and resources.

Our nationwide, veteran-focused marketing campaign brought more than 93,000 unique and repeat visitors to our website and provided them with information on the benefits and opportunities available to veterans in and interested in Florida. This year's campaign saw continued growth in social media followers and email newsletter subscribers, as well as attracting over 2,600 veterans seeking career assistance and job placement.

The Veterans Florida Workforce Training Grant program has seen steady growth and to date we have contracted with over 90 total businesses that have hired/trained more than 1,300 veterans. These veterans collectively have earned over $55 million in salary that is going directly back into Florida's economy.

Since the inception of the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program in early 2016, it has received 4,827 applications from veterans across the state, served 3,361 veterans and provided assistance to 504 veteran owned businesses.

In 2021, Governor DeSantis signed a new law to create the nation's first statewide SkillBridge initiate and designating Veterans Florida as the principal organization to execute the initiative. In fiscal year 2022, Veterans Florida continued to expand the program working with more than 100 employers. This past year 35 servicemembers completed SkillBridge training and 32 servicemembers are actively participating in a SkillBridge


Florida is for Veterans Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 FY 2021-22 Florida is for Veterans Audit 2021 FY 2020-21 Florida is for Veterans Audit
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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


Average of 1.65 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.6 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Florida is for Veterans Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Florida is for Veterans Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Florida is for Veterans Inc’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 $6,614 $36,013 $20,770 $29,219 -$4,182
As % of expenses 0.3% 1.5% 0.7% 1.2% -0.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $5,795 $34,303 $18,472 $26,474 -$6,787
As % of expenses 0.3% 1.4% 0.7% 1.1% -0.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,974,061 $2,436,586 $3,471,334 $2,405,023 $2,131,929
Total revenue, % change over prior year 17.3% 23.4% 42.5% -30.7% -11.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 98.5% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
All other grants and contributions 1.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,967,447 $2,400,573 $2,797,659 $2,508,579 $2,128,809
Total expenses, % change over prior year 17.0% 22.0% 16.5% -10.3% -15.1%
Personnel 24.3% 33.0% 34.2% 34.5% 40.1%
Professional fees 33.4% 25.8% 1.8% 1.4% 1.6%
Occupancy 1.7% 2.4% 2.1% 2.4% 2.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 31.0% 30.7% 52.8% 51.8% 34.5%
All other expenses 9.5% 8.1% 9.0% 9.9% 21.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,968,266 $2,402,283 $2,799,957 $2,511,324 $2,131,414
One month of savings $163,954 $200,048 $233,138 $209,048 $177,401
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $3,907 $7,171 $2,300 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,136,127 $2,609,502 $3,035,395 $2,720,372 $2,308,815

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.7 2.5 1.9 3.2 2.7
Months of cash and investments 3.7 2.5 1.9 3.2 2.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $609,267 $509,518 $442,440 $663,929 $483,936
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $3,410 $218,735 $389,679 $130,408 $245,810
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,457 $14,628 $16,928 $16,928 $16,928
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 20.1% 22.0% 32.5% 48.8% 64.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 100.6% 96.0% 18.8% 27.9% 20.7%
Unrestricted net assets -$3,928 $30,375 $48,847 $75,321 $68,534
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $652,905 $520,130 $527,432
Total net assets -$3,928 $30,375 $701,752 $595,451 $595,966

Key data checks

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


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr Joe Marino

Joe has been active in Florida Legislative policy regarding military, Veteran and defense economic development issues since 2002. He founded a trade association in 2010 for Florida defense businesses working to improve their business climate in Florida and to connect defense businesses for opportunities all across the state. Joe is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. During his time in the Army, he was a commissioned Air Defense Artillery Officer. Following his military service, Joe spent eight years working for the State of Florida in various capacities. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Governor’s Office liaison to the state’s military installations and communities. From 2006 to 2008, he was Deputy Legislative Affairs Director for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, advocating for Veterans issues and the departmental budget. From 2002 to 2006, he also worked as legislative analyst on the Florida House of Representative’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Florida is for Veterans Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Florida is for Veterans Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Mr Warren "Rocky" McPherson

Board co-chair

Mr. Robert Kirila

Thomas Rice

Magnolia Grill

Mark Harden

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society

Jerry Neff

Jeff Cathey

Angela Drzewiecki


Lynda Weatherman

Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast

Alan Suskey

Shumaker Advisors

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? No
  • 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 4/25/2023

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