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Aerial Recovery

Our Mission is to Save Lives & Stop Evil.

Nashville, TN   |  http://AerialRecovery.org
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Aerial Recovery

EIN: 82-4664854


Mission

Aerial Recovery’s mission is to Save Lives and Stop Evil. We do this through a variety of initiatives and programs that support both human and animal healing and rescue operations worldwide. Our comprehensive approach ensures that we provide effective relief and recovery efforts across the globe. Additionally we collaborate with and support other organizations that share our mission.

Notes from the nonprofit

At Aerial Recovery, every aspect of our work—from aiding veterans and first responders to caring for animals and helping survivors of trafficking—aims to embody our core principles: Rescue, Healing, and Restoration. We believe that our ‘Heroes’, empowered and restored, are vital to solving some of the most pressing global crises. Our vision is to transform suffering into hope and create a safer, more compassionate world.

Ruling year info

2018

Principal Officer

Britnie Faith Turner

Co Principal Officer

Jeremy Locke

Main address

4235 Hillsboro Pike Ste 300

Nashville, TN 37215 USA

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EIN

82-4664854

Subject area info

Public safety

Community and economic development

Human rights

Human services

Unknown or not classified

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Caregivers

Refugees and displaced people

Internally displaced people

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NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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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Communication

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

HUMAN TRAFFICKING Human Trafficking is a $150 billion industry annually involving 40.3 million trafficked people globally, 1 in 4 victims are children. Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Nearly 2 MILLION children are being sexually exploited each year.An enslaved child is often raped 5-30 times per day. DISASTER RESPONSE In 2022 a total of 421 catastrophic natural disasters were recorded resulting in an estimated: 68,000 deaths, 218 million people affected, $313 billion USD global economic losses In 2022 a total of 208,000 people have been killed in the war on Ukraine alone VETERAN & FIRST RESPONDER SERVICES -Over 6,000 US Veterans commit suicide every year. That is roughly 1 veteran suicide every 84 minutes -Suicide rate is highest among special operators. ANIMAL RESCUE & REHABILITATION Approximately 19,600 American horses are trucked over US borders to be slaughtered for human consumption each year.

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?

Heal the Heroes Initiative

Aerial Recovery is dedicated to saving lives and stopping evil. Through the innovative creation and deployment of Humanitarian Special Operators, we bring together selected veterans and first responders who, after overcoming their own challenges, are ready to serve.

Our foundational initiative, Heal the Heroes, involves a year-long transformative program. Participants, nominated for their resilience and potential, embark on an immersive retreat to start their healing journey, bond with their platoon, and discover a renewed mission and purpose. This program cultivates them into Humanitarian Special Operators. Post-retreat, these 'Heroes' undergo specialized training to effectively operate in austere environments. This equips them for vital roles in combating human trafficking, conducting disaster response, and leading humanitarian missions alongside our NGO partners. Upon program completion, they are prepared to lead and serve in areas experiencing the greatest adversities.




Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

Aerial Recovery’s Anti-Human Trafficking initiative is a critical component of its mission to stop evil. By deploying specially trained ‘Humanitarian Special Operators’, the organization combats human trafficking on a global scale. These operators, comprising selected veterans and first responders, leverage their unique skills and experiences to rescue victims, dismantle trafficking networks, and bring perpetrators to justice. This initiative reflects Aerial Recovery’s commitment to protecting vulnerable populations and eradicating one of the world's most heinous crimes.

Population(s) Served

Aerial Recovery’s Disaster Relief initiative focuses on providing rapid and effective response to global crises. ‘Humanitarian Special Operators’ are deployed to disaster-stricken areas, offering immediate aid and support to affected communities. These operators, trained to handle high-stress and challenging environments, bring critical resources, medical assistance, search & rescue services, and logistical support to those in need. The initiative underscores Aerial Recovery’s dedication to saving lives and mitigating the impacts of natural and man-made disasters.

To date, Aerial Recovery has rescued over 8,000 people conducting missions in response to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes as well as man-caused disasters in countries such as Haiti, Honduras, Afghanistan, The Bahamas, The United States, Tajikistan, St. Vincent, The British Virgin Islands, Ukraine, Pakistan, Cuba, Turkey and Morocco.

Population(s) Served

Aerial Recovery’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts extend to animals. Redemption Ranch rescues and rehabilitates animals in desperate need. Once the animals are rehabilitated they are used for specialized therapeutic programs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, children with special needs, and individuals suffering from abuse through programs and initiatives offered through ‘The Redemption Ranch’.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people
Emergency responders
Veterans
Adults
Victims and oppressed people
Emergency responders
Veterans
Adults
Victims and oppressed people
Emergency responders
Veterans
Children and youth

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 individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Heal the Heroes Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

Aerial Recovery is dedicated to saving lives & stopping evil through a variety of initiatives and programs that support both human and animal healing and rescue operations worldwide. To date we have helped rescue over 8,000 people & animals across 26 different countries.

Every aspect of our work—from aiding veterans and first responders to caring for animals and helping survivors of trafficking—aims to embody our core principles: RESCUE, HEALING, AND RESTORATION.

Our vision is to transform suffering into hope and create a safer, more compassionate world.

Aerial Recovery is dedicated to saving lives & stopping evil through a variety of initiatives and programs that support both human and animal healing and rescue operations worldwide. Our comprehensive approach ensures that we provide effective relief and recovery efforts across the globe. Additionally we collaborate with and support other organizations that share our mission.

Aerial Recovery has combined the love and servitude of the authentic HUMANITARIAN, with the skill sets and training of our best MILITARY, with the problem-solving nature and creativity of the ENTREPRENEUR to create real, lasting, positive change in the most desperate and austere environments in the world.

Our foundational initiative, Heal the Heroes, involves a year-long transformative program. Participants, nominated for their resilience and potential, embark on an immersive retreat to start their healing journey, bond with their platoon, and discover a renewed mission and purpose. This program cultivates them into Humanitarian Special Operators.

Aerial Recovery’s Anti-Human Trafficking initiative is a critical component of its mission to stop evil. By deploying specially trained Humanitarian Special Operators, the organization combats human trafficking on a global scale. These operators, comprising selected veterans and first responders, leverage their unique skills and experiences to rescue victims, dismantle trafficking networks, and bring perpetrators to justice. This initiative reflects Aerial Recovery’s commitment to protecting vulnerable populations and eradicating one of the world's most heinous crimes.

Aerial Recovery’s Disaster Relief initiative focuses on providing rapid and effective response to global crises. Humanitarian Special Operators are deployed to disaster-stricken areas, offering immediate aid and support to affected communities. These operators, trained to handle high-stress and challenging environments, bring critical resources, medical assistance, and logistical support to those in need. The initiative underscores Aerial Recovery’s dedication to saving lives and mitigating the impacts of natural and man-made disasters.

Aerial Recovery also is proud to support 'The Redemption Ranch' which rescues and rehabilitates animals in desperate need. The mission of Redemption Ranch is to provide a sanctuary for neglected, abused, or endangered horses, ponies, zebras, and tortoises, offering them a chance for rehabilitation and a safe haven, while utilizing their transformative presence for the emotional and psychological healing of individuals and communities.

Aerial Recovery is capable of meeting its goals through its:

-Heal the Heroes Initiative & Humanitarian Special Operator Training Programs where veterans, first responders and anti-human trafficking operators are provided the healing, purpose and opportunities needed to continue to be highly effective forces for good around the world.

Post healing retreat, these heroes undergo specialized training to effectively operate in austere environments. This equips them for vital roles in combating human trafficking, conducting disaster response, and leading humanitarian missions alongside our NGO partners. Upon program completion, they are prepared to lead and serve in areas experiencing the greatest adversities.

Aerial Recovery’s Disaster Relief initiative focuses on providing rapid and effective response to global crises. Humanitarian Special Operators are deployed to disaster-stricken areas, offering immediate aid and support to affected communities. These operators, trained to handle high-stress and challenging environments, bring critical resources, medical assistance, and logistical support to those in need. The initiative underscores Aerial Recovery’s dedication to saving lives and mitigating the impacts of natural and man-made disasters.

AERIAL RECOVERY’S IMPACT ACTIVITIES:
Awareness and Prevention: We address the root causes of societal challenges through awareness and prevention programs targeting trafficking and suicide, supported by our powerful media campaigns.
Aftercare and Rehabilitation: We fund or provide comprehensive services for trafficking survivors emphasizing healing and rehabilitation, providing the necessary mental, spiritual, and medical support.
Holistic Treatments for Heroes: Through strategic partnerships, we offer a variety of treatments to support the overall well-being of our heroes, catering to their physical, mental, spiritual, and medical needs.
Continued Education: We enhance our impact through ongoing training for heroes, staff, and volunteers.
Animal and Equine Therapy: Our rescue and rehabilitation efforts extend to animals. Once the animals are rehabilitated they are used for specialized therapeutic programs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, children with special needs, and individuals suffering from abuse.

To date we have helped rescue over 8,000 people & animals across 26 different countries.

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 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, 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?

    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

Aerial Recovery
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

0.77

Average of 0.53 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.7

Average of 1.1 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 2% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Aerial Recovery

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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Aerial Recovery

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Aerial Recovery’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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $106,728 $484,803
As % of expenses 29.8% 16.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $106,728 $434,061
As % of expenses 29.8% 14.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $464,315 $3,498,805
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 653.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 102.7%
Other revenue 0.0% -2.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $357,587 $3,014,002
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 742.9%
Personnel 0.0% 14.3%
Professional fees 1.4% 4.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 5.9%
Interest 0.1% 0.0%
Pass-through 40.4% 2.6%
All other expenses 58.1% 73.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $357,587 $3,064,744
One month of savings $29,799 $251,167
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $412,697
Total full costs (estimated) $387,386 $3,728,608

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.9 1.7
Months of cash and investments 3.9 1.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.8 0.7
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $114,753 $435,377
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $583 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $388,347
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 6.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 52.7% 53.8%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $54,498 $488,559

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Britnie Faith Turner

Co Principal Officer

Jeremy Locke

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Aerial Recovery

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Aerial Recovery

Board of directors
as of 07/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Britnie Turner

Aerial Recovery

Term: 2019 -


Board co-chair

Jeremy Locke

Aerial Recovery

Term: 2022 -

Rosemary Calcese

Brett Harmeling

Brett James

Robert Eddy

Jeremy Locke

Britnie Turner

Jerremy Newsome

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 ? No
  • 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 6/11/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/05/2024

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.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.