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The Quality of Life Plus Program

America's Brightest Serving America's Bravest

aka QL+   |   McLean, VA   |  www.qlplus.org
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The Quality of Life Plus Program

EIN: 27-0172688


Mission

To challenge university STEM students to create innovative technology solutions that improve the quality of life for injured veterans, first responders and others who have served our nation. VISION: A community of universities partnered with QL+ and committed to improving the lives of veterans, first responders and their families. Geographic Scope: QL+ is currently partnered with the engineering departments at 21 universities in 10 States and the District of Columbia.

Notes from the nonprofit

Quality of Life Plus (QL+) is a unique program as it combines college level STEM education with improving the quality of life of injured veterans and first responders. QL+ recruits "Challengers" who describe a condition that would benefit from a unique, innovative solution - one that is not currently on the commercial market. QL+ now works with 21 universities to assign these projects to students as their Senior Design Project that is normally two semesters in duration. Most of the students are in Mechanical, Biomedical, Computer Science or other related STEM degree programs. The students not only produce innovative solutions, they gain an appreciation for veterans and other people with disabilities. Many are inspired by these projects and the courage and persistence of the Challengers they meet. Funding for the QL+ Program comes solely from individual donations, Foundation Grants and corporate sponsorships.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Mark Robbins

Main address

1544 Spring Hill Road #9927

McLean, VA 22102 USA

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EIN

27-0172688

Subject area info

Higher education

Rehabilitation

Technology

Assistive technology

Population served info

People with disabilities

Students

Military personnel

Veterans

NTEE code info

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

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

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are many companies creating innovative solutions for individuals leading adaptive lifestyles but these solutions are often one size fits all. QL+ programs and labs are working to close the gap on these solutions with the end objective to create even more independence that these individuals crave. For example, we created a device so that an individual in a wheel chair can change their own tires without assistance. We are also working on solutions so that adaptive skiers who ski in a sit ski can transport the device off the mountain themselves rather than rely on additional assistance as they do now.

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?

THE QUALITY OF LIFE PLUS PROGRAM

The QL+ Program is currently in 24 universities in 11 States (VT, NJ, PA, MD, VA, FL, OH, IN, CO, TX and CA) and the District of Columbia.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Students
Teachers
Emergency responders
Military personnel

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Newman's Own/Fisher House Award 2019

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 enrolled

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

Students, Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

THE QUALITY OF LIFE PLUS PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

More than 1,500 mechanical, electrical, bio-medical and computer engineering students have participated in QL+ Projects since 2009, developing unique solutions for injured veterans & first responders

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

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

THE QUALITY OF LIFE PLUS PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

QL+ Project Mangers and mentors provide feedback to students as well as their faculty advisors during the course of a 2-semester Capstone Senior Design Project.

Number of reports written/published

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

Students, Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

THE QUALITY OF LIFE PLUS PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 2009, university engineering students involved in QL+ projects have written over 500 reports related to adaptive devices designed and built to serve injured veterans and first responders.

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.

Goal 1. Identify injured or ill veterans, first responders and military personnel who can be helped by QL+ - we call them "Challengers."
Goal 2. Establish and maintain a relationships with colleges and universities to support the QL+ program and STEM education.
Goal 3. Establish and maintain a "Mentor Program" to provide industry professionals an opportunity to mentor the students in the various engineer disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, biomedical, and computer science.
Goal 4. Pursue corporate sponsorships, Foundation grants, and individual donations to support the continuation of the QL+ mission.

Strategies for Goal 1. We partner with other non-profit organizations as well as providing information for these communities on our website and through social media. We have partnership agreements with several regional Innovation Centers of the Veterans Administration. We build a relationship with our Challengers by obtaining feedback while they are in our program and after they leave our program.
Strategies for Goal 2. We identify those engineering programs that will provide QL+ an opportunity to sponsor Senior Capstone Design projects as part of their ABET accredited curriculum. We work with the Dean of Engineering, Department Heads and Faculty Advisors to ensure a successful project for both the students and the Challenger. We send a letter to each faculty advisor and their supervisor at the end of each academic year to recognize their contribution to the success of the project and the QL+ mission.
Strategies for Goal 3. We obtain mentors from our corporate sponsors who benefit by having their employees interact with the engineering students. Most often our mentors say they gain as much from the relationship as they give to the students. We recognize the mentors at the end of each academic year.
Strategies for Goal 4. QL+ would not exist except for the financial support for the mission from corporations, Foundations and individual donors. We continually work to identify corporate sponsors that desire to help injured veterans and first responders, as well as to support STEM education. We apply for Foundation Grants where the QL+ mission aligns with the Foundation's goals and objectives. And we work to maintain a communication link with our individual donors so they see how their dollars are contributing to the goals of the organization.

Quality of Life Plus has a dedicated staff of 6 including a Physical Therapist. QL+ now has a virtual office arrangement with staff in the Washington DC metro area, as well as Ohio, Colorado, Virginia and California. We have several consultants, including a CPA and attorney, to provide technical support. We also have a Mentoring Program of volunteers to mentor the university students assigned to work on QL+ sponsored senior design Capstone projects. Mentors are professionals from the private sector with experience in managing projects and with expertise in various engineering and related disciplines. QL+ also has informal partnerships with over 20 other non-profit organizations which refer injured veterans and first responders (Challengers) to us and have provided projects (Challenges) for QL+ sponsored projects. We also have a partnership with the Veterans Administration's Innovation Ecosystem that allows us to complement the work of the VA.

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

The Quality of Life Plus Program
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2023 2022 QL Plus Program 2021 2020 FY2020 (7-1-19 to 6-30-20) 2019 FY2019 Financial Statement
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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

40.32

Average of 49.68 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.5

Average of 3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

15%

Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The Quality of Life Plus Program

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The Quality of Life Plus Program’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$512,353 -$481,196 -$173,214 -$960,589 -$443,227
As % of expenses -52.8% -48.3% -15.2% -120.1% -52.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$522,205 -$491,071 -$197,880 -$968,215 -$447,786
As % of expenses -53.2% -48.8% -17.0% -119.9% -53.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $681,303 $663,531 $773,064 $347,968 $243,362
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -2.6% 16.5% -55.0% -30.1%
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 17.0% 17.4% 14.5% 22.5% 25.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 20.9% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 44.1% 75.2% 17.3% 69.3% 99.8%
Other revenue 39.0% 7.3% 47.3% 8.2% -25.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $971,058 $996,305 $1,137,671 $799,807 $837,825
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 2.6% 14.2% -29.7% 4.8%
Personnel 57.6% 64.9% 66.2% 62.8% 63.1%
Professional fees 14.8% 16.7% 19.7% 22.4% 20.6%
Occupancy 2.5% 2.4% 0.9% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 25.1% 16.1% 13.2% 14.9% 16.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $980,910 $1,006,180 $1,162,337 $807,433 $842,384
One month of savings $80,922 $83,025 $94,806 $66,651 $69,819
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $132,530 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $10,800 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,061,832 $1,100,005 $1,257,143 $1,006,614 $912,203

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 8.5 9.1 3.2 2.3 2.5
Months of cash and investments 50.9 44.1 36.1 34.9 30.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 53.6 46.3 38.6 40.5 32.3
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $683,861 $759,348 $304,660 $151,917 $173,604
Investments $3,433,352 $2,903,258 $3,118,298 $2,174,886 $1,928,513
Receivables $268,763 $368,405 $417,406 $411,317 $249,857
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $50,447 $61,247 $33,352 $34,200 $23,487
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 31.9% 42.4% 35.8% 57.2% 52.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.2% 1.4% 4.8% 2.4% 2.2%
Unrestricted net assets $4,372,602 $3,881,531 $3,683,651 $2,715,436 $2,267,650
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 $139,936 $0 $0 $58,905
Total net assets $4,372,602 $4,021,467 $3,683,651 $2,715,436 $2,326,555

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mark Robbins

Mark has spent his entire career in the nonprofit sector. He led another veteran-centered organization with outstanding results, taking them from a local group to one with a national footprint. He also spent time working in higher education earlier in his career. With QL+, he is now involved with two of his favorite groups!

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

The Quality of Life Plus Program

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Lt. Col. (Ret) Michael Phelps

COL Joseph Manous, Ph.D., USA (Ret.)

USACE/IWR

LTC Robert Wolff, Ph.D., USAR (Ret.)

Scott Grabill

Sentara Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists

Jonathan Grier

Grier Forensics

Mark Robbins

QL+

Lloyd Caldwell

Engineering Management Consulting and Advising

Julie Chase

ChasePR

Greg Jolissaint

J Jolissaint Consulting

Kevin Wensing

Wensing Enterprises

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? No
  • 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 2/21/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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: 02/09/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
Retained by organization
Paid to fundraiser