Mission: Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing emergency financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social, and emotional support.

EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal, the disarming and disposal of bombs. EOD technicians are highly-trained military members serving in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force who are responsible for disarming, rendering safe and disposing bombs. The EOD profession is one of the most dangerous occupations in the military.

The EOD Warrior Foundation is supported by an indivisible network of EOD family and friends. This support enables wounded EOD warriors and their families, and families of fallen EOD warriors to face the future with hope, knowing they are not alone, as they forge a new life and ensures the EOD heroes who make the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

EOD Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2007, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.eodwarriorfoundation.org/

 716 Crestview Avenue
Niceville FL 32578 

  850-729-2336


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Good

This charity's score is 87.97, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

76.7%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

7.2%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

15.9%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.2%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.23


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

2.98 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

5.38%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Nicole Motsek, Executive Director

$106,000 (7.52% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


EOD Warrior Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Grants Received


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

In 2019 the EOD Warrior Foundation raised over $2M from fundraising events, individual and corporate donors, and other fund development initiatives. In 2020 the EOD Warrior Foundation was down almost $500,000 at year end from the close of 2019. This was due to cancellation of almost all in person fundraising events beginning in March through the end of the year. We did apply and receive the PPP loan, and found creative ways to reduce expenses significantly, so that we were able to continue to employ our full staff.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Due to COVID, social distancing, and the protocols in place in many states we could not execute the majority of our in person retreat programs, family events, and the in person EOD Memorial Weekend.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Our team worked closely through brainstorming sessions and weekly meetings to keep a running list of new and exciting ideas that we could engage the EOD community, and help them keep a connection not only with one another, but keeping the community connected to the EOD Warrior Foundation. We were still able to do a live feed of the EOD Memorial Ceremony so that around the world we could watch together from the safety of our own homes, and remember and honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and have their names enshrined on the EOD Memorial Wall. That weekend we also hosted a 'virtual toast' on social media that engaged thousands across our community. Whenever possible we pivoted to create virtual programs as stand-ins for the in person events we could no longer host.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

1) In 2020 we offered the live feed of the EOD Memorial to watch individually. In 2021 we still weren't able to have the thousands gather that we had in previous years, so this year we hosted small gatherings in outside spaces around the world, to view the Memorial Ceremony, bringing those that lived in close vicinity to one another together. It connected hundreds of new families to the Foundation and introduced many to other EOD families living in their area. We plan to continue the smaller gatherings (in addition to the large ceremony in FL). 2) We were putting in extensive work to plan an EOD spouses event, to share resources and information that many spouses had asked for. When we had to cancel it, we launched a podcast called "Behind The Warrior" to share those resources in another way. 3) We also hosted a meditative practice called "Zentangle" via Zoom, instead of in person. We were able to reach people regardless of distance, and plan to continue these via Zoom.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/23/20202019 87.97
9/3/20192018 90.96
12/1/20182017 92.02
11/1/20182017 90.22

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

12/1/20172016 89.93
12/21/20162015 89.47
12/1/20162015 88.04
6/1/20162014 88.84
Rating Version: 2.0
4/1/20162014 86.89
3/1/20162014 84.38

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

EOD Warrior Foundation cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



EOD Warrior Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$151,641

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


THE EOD WARRIOR FOUNDATION PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO EOD WARRIORS AND FAMILIES TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE FINANCIAL BURDENS AND STRESS DURING THEIR MOST DIFFICULT TIMES. THIS ASSISTANCE SUPPORTS WOU ... (More)


$227,858

Spent in most recent FY

22%

Percent of program expenses


THE EOD WARRIOR FOUNDATION AWARDS EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS TO EOD FAMILY MEMBERS, WITH PRIORITY GIVEN TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF FALLEN AND WOUNDED EOD WARRIORS. THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE INTENDED TO ASSIST WITH T ... (More)


$622,058

Spent in most recent FY

60%

Percent of program expenses


THE FOUNDATION SEEKS TO PROVIDE COMFORT, SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILIES OF WOUNDED AND FALLEN EOD WARRIORS, AND TO CONNECT THEM WITH SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND OTHER FAMILIES TO LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE N ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by EOD Warrior Foundation is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing emergency financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social, and emotional support. EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal, the disarming and disposal of bombs. EOD technicians are highly-trained military members serving in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force who are responsible for disarming, rendering safe and disposing bombs. The EOD profession is one of the most dangerous occupations in the military. The EOD Warrior Foundation is supported by an indivisible network of EOD family and friends. This support enables wounded EOD warriors and their families, and families of fallen EOD warriors to face the future with hope, knowing they are not alone, as they forge a new life and ensures the EOD heroes who make the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


The Foundation's vision is, every challenge disarmed for the EOD Community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: By 12-31-21, we will have delivered, analyzed, and implemented programmatic efforts under our 4 Pillars.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Implement EOD Memorial Site expansion.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: By 12-31-21, we will have made measurable improvement in awareness that helps us achieve our fundraising goals and programmatic efforts.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

The Foundation invests in various training opportunities for individuals within the organization to grow both personally and professionally. In late 2020 we allowed one of our team members to take a week off of work (not charged as time off) to pursue a Project Management (PMP) certification course. Since she was a veteran, she received the course at no cost; however, the Foundation would absolutely consider paying for it otherwise. We spend considerable time every year doing professional team building activities and training, and bring key board members together with the staff team in an annual two day strategic planning meeting, where everyone discusses the direction and vision for the organization in the coming three years, as well as working together to set action item goals. The Foundation will also cover the cost of a professional certificate program for team members, either in their current job area, or in another area, to encourage growth and cross knowledge opportunities.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The EOD Warrior Foundation team keeps an updated dashboard that we review as a team quarterly, that highlights our partnerships with other organizations, noting key contacts and explaining the nature of the relationship and opportunity for partnership to increase our capacity to serve EOD Warriors and their families. Additionally, we have strategically been working to grow our social media following on various platforms. It is tracked on a dashboard and reviewed quarterly. We have grown our Instagram following to over 5,000 and Facebook over 30,000. We also have Ambassadors both on social media and in key locations around the world that host events, and do strategic outreach in their communities to raise awareness of the EOD Warrior Foundation programs and services. We present at the Global EOD Symposium each year which hosts over 400 from the EOD community and the corporate sector that sells product to EOD.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


2020 was a year of great adversity, but one where we learned so much. We quickly realized as COVID and lockdown set in, that we could not control what was going on externally that would impact us, so it was critical to act quickly, think creatively, and adapt internally. This included creative fundraising initiatives, which proved challenging in a world where everyone was shifting to virtual 5Ks and other virtual fundraising ideas. We found ways to be strategic in saving money, like only sending the newsletter out via mail to those that had engaged or responded to our mailed newsletters in the past. We also cut the newsletter down to a smaller version. By printing a smaller version, and thousands less newsletters we were able to save a considerable amount of money several times during the year. We worked with partners to postpone retreat and family events, or downsized the numbers present (toward year-end) and to put COVID protocols in place so that we could still host those programs. Overall we learned a lot and have kept many of the changes that we implemented in place going forward.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

EOD Warrior Foundation is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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