Updated last: December 31, 2016
Updated last: December 31st, 2016
- National Peer Mentors
- 81 peer mentors trained in 23 states. Certified through Active Heroes partnership with QPR Institute.
- 4 veterans confirmed saved through peer mentors.
- Active Heroes Community Center
- 474 veterans and civilians volunteered for community center projects.
- 1896 total volunteer hours completed at community center.
- 124 military family members received acupuncture treatments.
- 56 military family members received free massage / reiki treatments.
- 21 military family members received jin shin jyutsu treatments.
- 3 participants in the Self Help Jin Shin Jyutsu Class.
- 34 military family members attended free storybook nights.
- 60 veterans received music lessons.
- 25 veterans received a free guitar.
- 14 yoga sessions, 48 participants.
- 12 military couples served Valentine’s dinner.
- 20 military family members got free tickets to a Colts game in Indianapolis.
- 20 Colts gift bags giveaway to military couples.
- $200 Visa gift card giveaway to military couples.
- $25 Outback Steakhouse gift card giveaway to military couples.
- $25 gift card to Main Event giveaway to military couples.
- $25 gift card to Jet’s Pizza giveaway to military couples.
- 11 date night packages given to 11 military couples (valued at $50 each).
- 31 veterans received free legal advice/assistance through Legal Aid Society.
- 6 military family members each received 12 free CrossFit workouts.
- 1 self defense class with 4 participants.
- 8 military family members got free dog training in partnership with Kentucky Humane Society.
- 4 Proud – “Patriotic Rehabilitation of Untrained Dogs” participants and 4 dogs trained.
- Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association met 3 times at the community center (33 members).
- 2 veterans received box tickets to the Kentucky Derby Races.
- 9 veterans and military family members received box tickets to the Kentucky Oaks Races.
- 40 participants for pancake breakfasts.
- 62 participants for BBQ dinners.
- 2 Participant in parent’s talk group.
- 17 participants in Gaming for Heroes Event – video game tournament.
- 1 veteran received help with acquiring his military records.
- Halloween family night – 25 military family members.
- 15 military family members got tickets to the Louisville Ballet Nutcracker.
- 55 participants for the Polar Express family night (Christmas Events).
- 8 Churchill Downs tickets for veterans/families for fun night.
- 20 tickets to UofL basketball game.
- 5 tickets to UofL basketball on-court recognition night.
- 20 tickets to Louisville Soccer game.
- 215 lives saved from all Active Challenge Programs recorded by Team Leaders and Gym Owners.
- Carry The Fallen
- 45 Carry The Fallen Ruck March events (4207 participants).
- Miles hiked by participants: 1,703,835.
- Average weight carried during ruck marches: 25 lbs.
- Total calories burned: 165,271,995.
- 40 Team Leaders trained in suicide prevention certification.
- Annual Carry The Fallen convention held for Team Leaders with suicide prevention training, event training and visitation of centers.
- Social Events held by Teams: 225.
- WOD To End Veteran Suicide
- 125 gyms participating in the WOD To End Veteran Suicide.
- 2357 WOD To End Veteran Suicide individual participants.
- Average 22 Minutes per 20 Repetition workout per participant.
- Total Calories burned: 615,177.
- 5 Gym Owners trained in Suicide Prevention.
- Annual WOD To End Veteran Suicide convention held for Team Leaders with suicide prevention training, event training and visitation of centers.
- Social Events held by Gyms Throughout the year: 502.
- Pound Challenge – Weight Lifting Competition
- 35 gyms participated in the Pound Challenge.
- 870 participants in the Pound Challenge.
- 22,782,566 lbs lifted in Pound Challenge.
- 20 Hours of weightlifting.
- Total Calories burned: 398,694,905.
- Aiming For Zero
- 17 Aiming For Zero competitive shooting events.
- Over 1000 participants.
- Active Heroes attended IDPA National Championship.
- Stand At Attention Competition
- 4 Stand at Attention Competitions (Audience of 15,000 reached).
- 20 veteran standers.
- Zumba for Active Heroes
- 3 Zumba Master Classes.
- 1 Zumba Strong event.
- 245 participants (military spouses and veterans).
- Total calories burned: 245,898.
- Active Heroes 5k Events
- Hosted 3 separate 5k events including w/Hillview Police Department.
- 542 participants.
- 1684 miles completed.
- Total Calories burned: 149,050.
- Ambassador Athletes
- 118 Athletes participated in 350 Races in 2016 (5ks, Mini marathons, marathons, Obstacle Course Races and Ironman events).
- Total miles ran: 6801.
- Total Calories burned: 525,754.
- Viral Awareness Campaign – 22 Pushups using #ActiveHeroes.
- Over 100 Million push ups completed in 2016.
- Total Calories burned: 3,400,000.
- Golf Events:
- Enduring Mission – Naples Florida Golf Tournament hosted for 72 Participants (veterans, military families and supporters).
- Summit Media Golf Tournament.
- Additional Active Heroes Events:
- United States Marine veteran, Steve Lesage finished over 2200 miles on Appalachian Trail for Active Heroes.
- Hike For Heroes:
- Fishing Tournament
- 50 participants.
- Riders For Heroes
- 2 day motorcycle run with 90 participants and music show with 500 tickets sold.
- Rallypoint Kentuckiana
- 2 day event including job and resource fair and speaking conference.
- Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel Woody Williams as featured speaker.
- Race To Recovery – Drag Race
- 18 veterans drag raced at event.
- Whisker Mania (Beard Competition)
- 90 participants. 400 in attendance.
- Active Heroes Retreat Center
- 20 volunteer projects, over 600 volunteers.
- Over 48000 volunteer hours accomplished.
- 317 veterans and and 255 military family members visited the retreat center.
- 2 Homeless veterans were given sanctuary at the retreat.
- 75 military families camped at retreat.
- First Navy family stayed at Justin Fitch Cabin.
- 2 cabins built by UAW – Ford.
- Horse field fencing built.
- Accepted 2 alpacas and 2 donkeys into animal enclosure.
- Canoeing day on Kentucky River with Canoe Kentucky – 20 participants.
- 8 horses rescued in partnership with Kentucky Humane Society for “Healing Horses, Horses Healing Vets Program”.
- Cleaned out 30 acres of land for future projects.
- Began repairing and building new animal enclosure and petting zoo area.
- Began development sites for welcome center and main event pavilion.
- Prepping roads for major construction in 2017.
- Built 60% of hiking trail.
- Built new 14 foot walking bridge.
- Community Outreach
- 2 scholarships to Sullivan University donated. 1 Full ride associate degree and 50% bachelors degree worth over $70,000.
- 2 military family weddings given away (worth $7500 each).
- 2 military families got a VIP tickets for Bruce Springsteen concert including meeting Bruce Springsteen and his 2 sons.
- 1 track wheelchair for wounded veteran (Value $20,000).
- 70 families went to Barry Manilow concerts.
- Provided information for legal services for a veteran in Texas.
- Provided information to 51 families about financial assistance – Referrals.
- 10 Businesses recruited for national resources online map system.
- 30 military family – baseball game tickets in North Carolina.
- Trailer donated to veteran of disabled child. Previous trailer was stolen so Active Heroes provide a trailer. (value $2500).
- 1000 military family members including Gold Star Mothers received free tickets to Brad Paisley Concert Series.
- 30 U of L basketball game tickets.
- 200 female veterans, military spouses and supporters received makeovers at Dillard’s in Louisville. KY.
- 20 veterans meet & greet with country music artist, Brantley Gilbert via Summit Media.
- 30 military family members and supporters participate in Louisville, KY veterans day parade.
- 10 military family members participate in Alabama veterans day parade.
- 462 homeless veterans were fed for Thanksgiving (320 PB&J’s were made, 6 large jars of peanut butter, 5 large jars of jelly, 20 loaves of bread, 750 buns, 38 turkeys, 4 large bags of stuffing, 12 boxes of stuffing, 120 lbs of potatoes, 60 cans of veggies just for the dinner).
- 65 homeless military spouses were fed for Thanksgiving in Arizona.
- 287 canned goods, 143 boxed goods, 78 blankets, 16 jackets and 233 pairs of socks were donated to homeless veteran shelter.
- 60 Free Haircuts for Veterans and current active military.
- 4 Christmas Dinners given to military families.
- 29 veterans adopted for Christmas in NJ. Each received a pair of pants, shirts, shoes, socks, toiletries and presents.
- 30 veterans attended a Durham Bulls (Triple A baseball Team in NC) game sitting in a suite and included food and beverage for the game.
- Active Heroes partnered with “Veteran Radio Syndicate” for national communication to thousands of veterans.
- Home Repairs
- WTVM News partnership for 1 “Dream Room Makeover” for Gold Star child.
- 1 new roof for military family in Georgia.
- WBRC News partnership for 1 home remodel for military family.
- Wave 3 News partnership for 1 home remodel for military family in Louisville, KY.
Financials and Reports on how Active Heroes helps Veterans and Military Families
Active Heroes in an Approved 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.
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.
Research on Programs offered at Community Center
- Music Therapy
Active Heroes offers music therapy in the form of Guitar Lessons. This study was originally conducted with Israeli soldiers who suffer from PTSD but has been approved by American Psychological Association.
Active Heroes offers monthly massage to help heal veterans and military families. This study proves information for symptoms reduction with massage treatment.
Active Heroe offers Acupuncture treatments for veterans and military families. This study invest in the healing nature of stress, pain, muscle tension and the ability to sleep.
This simple, non-invasive healing system works with the Higher Self of the Receiver to promote health and well being of the entire physical, emotional and psychic body. Therefore it is truly a system of attaining and promoting wholeness of Mind, Body and Spirit.
- Jin Shin Jyutsu
Jin Shin Jyutsu is an energy healing technique that utilizes the same principles of Eastern medicine as acupressure, except that little or no pressure is applied. It is based on the premise that energy flows through our bodies along certain pathways, and when that energy is blocked, we experience disharmony, including pain.
- Self Defense
Students who have taken self defense classes often report feeling more prepared in case of a violent attack or a sexual assault. They also report feeling more empowered in everyday situations – like when walking at night. Self defense teaches tips to reduce vulnerability to by making participants more aware of their surroundings and teaching them how to react to a variety of situations.
- Family events
Parents and children both benefit from spending quality family time together. Active Heroes offers a monthly family event at the community center that helps bind families.
Active Heroes partners with Crossfit Fixation, 2 doors down from the community center. Tickets are available at the center for military families who are looking to get in shape. Beginner to experienced classes are offered.
Research on Programs offered at Retreat
Coming Soon, we will present research in these categories:
- Horse therapy or just working with horses
- Retreats on general
- Agriculture Training
Research on our National Events
Coming Soon, we will present research in these categories:
- Smoking reduction
- Alcohol reduction
Studies on Peer Mentors
Surveys from Volunteers
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.
2015 - How We Helped Veterans and Military Families
Organization Accomplishments 2015
- Community Center (opened march 2015)
- 2 classes, 36 participants for yoga
- Halloween Military Family Night 35 participants
- Polar Express Military Family Night 55 participants
- 12 veterans received Free legal advice/assistance through Legal Aid Society cookout
- 5 Self Defense Classes with 40 participants
- 96 Military Family members received acupuncture treatments
- 100 free tickets to Wrestling
- 1 Military Wedding given away (worth $7500)
- 2 Scholarships (100% associates and 50% bachelors) given away to one reservist and one veteran
- Lopp – Program: scholarship $39,560
- Morgan – Program: scholarship $29,440
- 10 Tickets for U of L Football Game
- 20 Tickets for the COLTS NFL football game
- 10 Tickets for the KY Oaks given away to Military Family members
- 16 Veterans got a free guitar and music lessons in partnership with SOAR
- 5 military families got free dog training in partnership with Kentucky Humane Society
- DAV met 10 times at the Community Center (40 members)
- CVMA met 9 times at the Community Center ((33 members)
- 1 Dog paired with Military Family for behavior training until the dog was ready for adoption through KHS (to be grown in 2016)
- 6 Military Family Members received free massage / reiki treatments (program didn’t start until November 2015)
- 14 military family members got free tickets for the louisville ballet
- $300 in Gift cards for military family who couldn’t afford christmas
- Active Challenges
- 68 Carry The Fallen Events (2080 participants according to sign-ups) -HW
- 75 Team leaders trained in Suicide Prevention
- 175 Gyms participating in the WOD
- 50 Gym Owners trained in Suicide Prevention
- 1300 WOD individual participants
- 10 Stand at attention competitions (awareness audience of 35,000)
- 3 Zumba Master Classes with a total of 350 participants
- 28 million lbs lifted in Pound Challenge
- 200 in-studio participants in Pound Challenge
- 35 Gyms participated with 703 participants
- 186 Lives saved from this program
- 868 veterans and and 1512 Military Family Members visited the retreat center in 2015. Giving a total over 1500 veterans utilizing the retreat center in the first two years.
- Over 100 military families camped
- 1 cabins built
- 25 Volunteer projects
- We completed over 12,000 volunteer hours in 2015, made up of 450 civilians, several business employee resource groups, Jrotc, Built East, Bullitt Central baseball and many countless others who show up all the time
- 1 pavilion and 2 pergolas built
- 2 additional carved statues to honor the fallen
- build of Horse Fence and Horse run in shed for 2016 programs
- Community Outreach
- 3 Home Repairs in Louisville, KY area
- 1 Home Repair in Indiana
- 1 Backyard fence install in Florida
- 1 roof install in Massachusetts
- 1 wheelchair ramp in Leitchfield, KY
- 1 Children’s Room in Georgia
- 1 Home Repair in Alabama
- Community Center 25%
- Retreat Expenses 25%
- Active Challenges Program Expenses 23%
- Community Outreach/Home Repair Program Expenses 10%
- Financial Assistance Program Expenses 4%
- Administration Expenses 10%
- Fundraising Expenses 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%
- Active Challenges Program Expenses 22%
- Community Outreach/Home Repair Program Expenses 10%
- Financial Assistance Program Expenses 6%
- Fundraising Expenses 9%
- Administration Expenses 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%
- Active Challenges Program Expenses 25%
- Community Outreach/Home Repair Program Expenses 26%
- Financial Assistance Program Expenses 14%
- Fundraising Expenses 5%
- Administration Expenses 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%
- Management & General Expenses 12%
- Fundraising Expenses 7%