Active Heroes has programs that help veterans and military families in an effort to eliminate veteran suicide. We record data when we assist to show a direct result from donations. Over the last 5 years, Active Heroes has directly saved over 800 veterans lives while also creating preventative measures through suicide prevention training. We accomplish many activities that support the healing of our Nation’s heroes at our Community Center and Retreat while having an impact in every state with our event activities, trainings and our peer mentor program.
Active Heroes in an Approved 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.
Financials and Reports on how Active Heroes helps Veterans and Military Families
2018 Active Heroes Financial Information
In 2018, Active Heroes continued our programs for military families with many great volunteer groups at the retreat center, community center, national activities (Active Challenges) and our peer mentor training. Active Heroes targets triggering points that lead to veteran suicide while combating stress and depression that many of our veterans and their families experience. Our focus in 2018 was to improve how we help by rounding out our programs.
At the Active Heroes Retreat Center in Shepherdsville, KY, we finished much anticipated welcome center and amphitheater.
At the community center we partnered with Louisville Athletic Club to expand ur reach to military families with free workouts, lounge room, social events and child care. A first for Active Heroes.
In all states across America, we expanded Active Challenge events. With the addition of Peer Mentor training, we have filled in the gap to assist struggling veterans. This continues to be our greatest program reaching thousands of military family members.
Active Heroes has an important mission and we won’t stop to keep reducing veteran suicide.
- Retreat Expenses 18.65% 18.65%
- Community Center 10.78% 10.78%
- Other Program Expense 24.18% 24.18%
- Active Challenges Program Expenses 26.48% 26.48%
- Community Outreach 7.9% 7.9%
- Administration 9% 9%
- Fundraising 3.01% 3.01%
2017 Active Heroes Financial Information
In 2017, Active Heroes vastly developed our programs for military families including the retreat center, community center, national activities (Active Challenges) and our peer mentor training. We continued to combat the stress, depression and trigger points that many of our veterans and their families experience. Our focus in 2017 was to grow our outreach while building the retreat center location. We accomplished this with the help from many volunteers and donors.
At the Active Heroes Retreat Center in Shepherdsville, KY, we finished the second cabin, built roads with assistance from the US Army and Marines and made vast improvements at the retreat with the help of volunteers from UAW-Ford, UPS, The Home Depot and many more.
It’s been more than 2 years since the passing of Active Heroes Board Member Justin Fitch. Justin was a key supporter of Active Heroes, and our mission was his passion. Our supporters embraced his dream of helping us to build the Retreat Center. His vision for building the Retreat Center will continue to be a driving force as we move forward. We will continue the fight to reduce veteran suicide as Justin envisioned.
In all states across America, we expanded Active Challenge events. With the addition of Peer Mentor training, we have filled in the gap to assist struggling veterans.
Active Heroes has an important mission that will continue in 2018. We look forward to completing major construction at the Retreat Center that will further support veterans.
- Retreat Expenses 22.69% 22.69%
- Community Center 17.85% 17.85%
- Peer Mentors 1% 1%
- Active Challenges Program Expenses 19% 19%
- Community Outreach 25% 25%
- Administration 10.8% 10.8%
- Fundraising 3.87% 3.87%
2016 Active Heroes Financial Information
2016 was a pivotal year for Active Heroes in the development of the retreat center, improvement of the community center, expansion of national activities and the addition of peer mentor training. We continued to create unique programs to combat the stress, depression and trigger points that many of our veterans and their families experience. Our focus in 2016 was to serve more veterans than any year before. We accomplished that by SERVING MORE THAN 13,180 VETERANS ANd THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS combined through our programs spanning across the United States.
In our second year of the Active Heroes Community Center in Louisville, we helped thousands. We doubled the amount of acupuncture and massage treatments while also increasing family events. We introduced music lessons and events for children. Many of our military families expressed how much they loved the Community Center. Because of the desire for more community centers, we began fundraising for a future location in a new state.
At the Active Heroes Retreat Center in Shepherdsville, KY, we finished the first cabin and made vast improvements at the retreat with the help of volunteers from UAW-Ford, UPS, The Home Depot, General Electric and many more. Improvements were made on the land including pergolas, fire pits, a new horse eld, new roads, a new parking lot and repaired barns. By the end of the year, we finished 90% of a second cabin that is accessible to wounded veterans. We also raised enough funds to begin building the welcome center and main event pavilion. Construction projects continue through 2017 with the goal of opening in the summer of 2018.
It’s been more than a year since the passing of Active Heroes Board Member Justin Fitch. Justin was a key supporter of Active Heroes, and our mission was his passion. Our supporters embraced his dream of helping us to build the Retreat Center. His vision for building the Retreat Center will continue to be a driving force as we move forward. We will continue the ght to reduce veteran suicide as Justin envisioned.
In all states across America, we expanded Active Challenge events. We added Peer Mentor training for certi ed suicide prevention volunteers to assist struggling veterans. Combined with trained Team Leaders who coordinated our events, we were able to SAVE THE LIVES Of 215 VETERANS who reached out for support. We improved to 134 incredible volunteer Team Leaders for the Carry The Fallen Ruck Marches. One hundred twenty ve gym partners hosted the WOD To End Veteran Suicide and Pound Challenge weightlifting competition. Additionally, we added the Aiming For Zero competitions, motorcycle runs and grew the list of Ambassador Athletes to round out the ways veterans and their families can get involved with Active Heroes.
Active Heroes has an important mission that will continue in 2017. We look forward to completing major construction at the Retreat Center that will further support veterans.We are excited to expand our peer mentors with a goal of training volunteers in every state.
- Community Center 14% 14%
- Retreat Expenses 19% 19%
- Active Challenges Program Expenses 25% 25%
- Community Outreach 21% 21%
- Financial Assistance 5% 5%
- Administration 11% 11%
- Fundraising 5% 5%
2015 Active Heroes Financial Information
2015 was a year we can always remember for Active Heroes. We once again continued our support of veterans and their families in unique ways to combat the stress, depression and triggering points that many face. The focus throughout 2015 was to develop the first cabin at the Military Family Retreat Center, open our Military Family Community Center, and grow our national events into life saving networks.
While development of the first cabin has taken place, the retreat continued to stay open for veterans and military families to visit. Astonishingly, 868 veterans visited the retreat with 1,512 military family members in this second year of being open. Many of the veterans utilized the archery range, hiking trails, ATV’s or sought out peaceful time in the “Healing Areas.”
The Military Family Community Center program officially opened on March 1st, 2015. With the opening of the community center, Active Heroes rolled out a long list of free activities for military families. Instantly, we began filling up openings and appointments for acupuncture, massage therapy, reiki therapy and family nights. Free music lessons through the SOAR program were offered towards the end of 2015. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Humane Society we began hosting one of a kind veteran dog fostering programs and dog training. Our dedication to the veteran community continued with partnerships including the DAV and Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association to host their monthly meetings at our facility. Altogether, the Active Heroes Community Center was a low cost solution to serving more veterans and their families. The results within the first nine months are outstanding and we hope to develop the program more in 2016 in preparation to expand to other cities within the next 5 years.
Thirdly we accomplished a major change in the ways we hosted Active Challenge events across America in 2015. On top of always having a free option, we added the ambassador packages to help individuals learn and spread awareness about veteran suicides. Next, we added additional suicide prevention training for team leaders and gym owners so these volunteers could support individuals in need. These new changes created more camaraderie and larger support networks within our events.
- Community Center 25% 25%
- Retreat Expenses 25% 25%
- Active Challenges Program Expenses 23% 23%
- Community Outreach/Home Repair Program Expenses 10% 10%
- Financial Assistance Program Expenses 4% 4%
- Administration Expenses 10% 10%
- Fundraising Expenses 3% 3%
2014 Active Heroes Financial Information
Active Heroes continued our support of veterans and their families in tremendous ways during 2014. We put a huge focus on providing free events, seminars, volunteer projects, and team leader training for our veterans and families. No other charity in America puts this much emphasis on providing FREE events for military families, and we are proud that more than 12,000 veterans have joined us in participating.
Our Carry The Fallen team leader trainings have helped to make an impact in communities across America to promote teamwork among our volunteers. This training has proven to directly save veterans lives by building camaraderie and friendships with team members. Our team leaders and volunteers tracked 155 cases of veterans claiming to be suicidal and were instrumental in reaching out to our struggling comrades and families, connecting them with Active Heroes events, other social functions or direct assistance in their regions. 2014 was also the year that we saw big changes at the Active Heroes Retreat Center.
More than 2,000 volunteers worked on the 144 acres and helped to clean up 30 percent of the land. We also completed work on several projects, including the construction of the first pergola, more than 40 benches, 16 picnic tables, 10 grills, trails, and the side entrance parking lot. Your donations helped to get the equipment needed to clean up the rest of the land and develop the entire retreat.
More than 650 veterans visited the retreat in its first year, and the results were amazing. The veterans enjoyed the retreat’s “Healing Areas” designed for relaxation and reflection, as well as the archery area, trails and the new statues honoring heroes. The retreat will continue to be the place where Active Heroes can do the most to help heal the invisible wounds of war.
- Retreat Expenses 45% 45%
- Active Challenges Program Expenses 22% 22%
- Community Outreach/Home Repair Program Expenses 10% 10%
- Financial Assistance Program Expenses 6% 6%
- Fundraising Expenses 9% 9%
- Administration Expenses 8% 8%
2013 Active Heroes Financial Information
Active Heroes’ 2nd full year was even better than our first! We focused on how we can impact the lives of veterans and their families with 4 programs. Each program expense is listed on our 2013 IRS Form 990. One of largest program expenses was the purchase of the military family retreat location that is marked as an asset or under other expenses. We set our goals for fundraising and administration expenses to be as low as we could and still function efficiently to support hundreds of veteran families. Funds saved are earmarked for building phases during 2014 – 2016.
- Financial Assistance – Direct Bill payments for Wounded Veterans from Lifetime Endowment Funds
- Active Challenges – Physical and Mental fitness teams combined with seminars that build camaraderie for hundreds of veterans across America
- Community Outreach – Home Repairs and construction projects that helps veterans and their families. Over 25 veteran’s homes have been repaired by Active Heroes.
- Retreat – A Military Family Retreat Center where veterans and families can grow with outdoor activities, educational programs and partnerships and job opportunities from partnered companies.
- Retreat Expenses 23% 23%
- Active Challenges Program Expenses 25% 25%
- Community Outreach/Home Repair Program Expenses 26% 26%
- Financial Assistance Program Expenses 14% 14%
- Fundraising Expenses 5% 5%
- Administration Expenses 7% 7%
2012 Active Heroes Financial Information
Active Heroes was incorporated on December 28th, 2011 and approved as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization by the IRS on March 27th, 2012.
Our 2012 IRS Form 990 is for the entire first year of our existence after receiving our nonprofit status. As is typical with other not-for-profits in their first year of operations, our start-up costs are the reason the ratio of money spent on military families was not higher for this initial tax period. Since its inception, Active Heroes has had only 2 paid staff members who facilitate the distribution of grants to military families. Volunteers, ambassadors or advocates are not compensated for their services, work, or time. Team Active Heroes or online fundraisers are not compensated in any way. They donate their time to train and participate in physical challenges, and they cover all of their own expenses to do so. Our organization is driven by volunteers whose only compensation is the satisfaction of knowing they are impacting the lives of military families, veterans and wounded heroes.
- Program Expenses to Help Military Families 81% 81%
- Management & General Expenses 12% 12%
- Fundraising Expenses 7% 7%