Next 18 Inc

The next hurdle, the next challenge, the next mission, the next 18 holes!

aka Next 18   |   Milwaukee, WI   |
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Next 18 Inc

EIN: 88-0823848


Our mission is to use the sport of golf as a conduit to provide transformational mental health and holistic life resource training to veterans with disabilities and first responders. First and foremost, we are tackling the stigma of these two communities not asking for help, or discussing their personal issues, which inevitably will destroy their lives and the lives of those around them. These communities suffer from moral injury, PTSD, depression, suicidal ideations, substance abuse, isolation, and other mental health issues related to their jobs and combat. By getting our participants in a small, safe environment we are able to let them become stable for a few days away from their triggers and open up, address their challenges, and start to heal.

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Executive Director

Matthew McDonell

Main address

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Suite 315

Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA

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Subject area info


Holistic medicine

Mental health care

Physical fitness


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Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

At-risk youth

People with disabilities

Military personnel


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NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While it's estimated that 11 million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or trauma, a staggering 17 military veterans die by suicide every day. Both firefighters and police officers are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. Service members and first responders may be exposed to life-changing events such as combat or other distressing situations, which can lead to PTSD. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11-20% of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year. In addition, about 12% of Gulf War veterans have PTSD in a given year, while 30% of Vietnam War veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime. It is also estimated that 18-24% of dispatchers and 35% of police officers suffer from PTSD, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health.

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?

Golf Camps

Week-long golf camps are offered free of charge to veterans with disabilities and first responders. Mental health and holistic training modules each evening with a focus on living a healthier, better life.

0800 – Arrival at course/breakfast
0830 – Stretching exercises led by PT or instructors
0900 – Group lessons at various instruction stations
1100 – Mental health and holistic lifestyle resource training
1300 – Boxed lunch and golfing

0800 – Arrival at course/ breakfast
0830 – Stretching exercises led by PT or instructors
0900 – 18 hole scramble format
1330 – Lunch banquet and closeout ceremony

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Military personnel
People with disabilities

Where we work


That Deserves a Crown 2022

Green Bay Packers and Crown Royal

Health Hero Recipient 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 clients who report general satisfaction with their services

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

Military personnel, Veterans, Emergency responders

Related Program

Golf Camps

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100 percent of 2021 and 2022 participants would recommend Next 18's program to fellow veterans or first responders. In 2021 we held our first camp In 2022 we held 5 camps.

Percentage of clients experiencing improved relationships

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

Military personnel, Veterans, Emergency responders, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Golf Camps

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Percentage of respondents that continue to utilize at least one resource learned during a Next 18 camp that helps lower PTSD or Moral Injury symptoms.

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Military personnel, Veterans, Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Next 18 Inc's goal is to reduce the number of veteran and first responder suicide.

Our proactive approach is to use the sport of golf as a conduit to provide the tools and teach the techniques necessary for participants to improve their mental and physical health. Doing so will reduce isolation, depression, anxiety, and disconnectedness from friends, family, and coworkers. These are the bulk of the symptoms and triggers that lead to the alarming rate of suicide among our veterans and first responders.

Next 18 provides a safe, secure, clinically facilitated environment that introduces veterans and first responders to resources that can save their lives. We offer them the space and assistance to open up about their darkest troubles safely, understand that they are normal and that moments in life do not define who they are. All this is done while connecting them with a game they can play into their 90s, giving them a lifelong outlet.

Another critical objective of Next 18's programming is personalizing mental health transformation for veterans and first responders by honoring unique challenges and trauma related to an individual's socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, age, and gender. In addition, Next 18 further prioritizes establishing an environment where participants can connect to others over a shared service experience, despite each individual's varied experiences.

Continue to build partnerships throughout the nonprofit, healthcare, and governmental sectors to ensure accessibility to health and wellness programs for all of our veterans and first responders regardless of socio-economic status, race, or gender.

Continue to build our program to scale on a national level by working with organizations such as the PGA.

We have a very diverse board and alumni that are committed to our mission. We have the baseline to expand our programs to communities across the United States and are expanding our staff to accomplish this.

In three short years, we have expanded from one camp in year one, five camps in year two, and seven camps in year three. We now have camps in WI, AZ, and FL. We have added Cohen Veterans Network as a partner to offer free one-on-one counseling to our participants post-camp.
We partner with Warrior Strong Inc to provide participants access to live Zoom Yoga and Mindfulness post-camp.
We also collaborate with We Black We Golf to encourage using the sport of golf for wellness.
We are working with the WDVA to provide camps for our underserved population and geographic regions in WI,

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 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?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


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Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Matthew McDonell

Matt McDonell is from Detroit, Michigan and now lives in Fox Point, WI. Matt served in the US Army from Mar 2011 – December 2015 as an Airborne Infantryman with the 173rd IBCT and was stationed mainly in Germany. Matt deployed to Afghanistan in a combat role in 2012/13. He was medically retired in late 2015. Since exiting service Matt has owned a successful lawn and snow company, received his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is currently receiving his LCSW from Concordia University. While not running camps which will ultimately be across the country, Matt plans to use his LCSW when received, to take local veterans in Milwaukee out one-on-one to golf and facilitate their needs to tackle hurdles they are facing in a counseling environment. He plans to use the program as a pilot program for those who would like to do similar, unconventional social work and counseling.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 09/25/2023
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Board chair




88Nine Radio Milwaukee




University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Lt. Milwaukee Fire Dept


Professor William & Mary Law School


Harley Davidson


Founder Ball Guy at Two Guys


Certified Yoga Instructor


Two Sigma Securities

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/25/2023

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

  • 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 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.