Mission: Our vision is to reduce extreme symptoms of trauma, stress and isolation of Active Duty and Retired Veterans. Our mission is to support and connect active duty and r ... (More)

Stack Up is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2016, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.stack-up.org

 14913 W NAVARRE WAY
Sylmar CA 91342-7783



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

Not Currently Scored

Encompass Scores are calculated from one or more Beacon Scores. Currently, we require either a Finance & Accountability Beacon, or an Impact & Results Beacon, to be eligible for an Encompass Score. See below to learn why this organization is not eligible.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Finance & Accountability score. Find out why.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Impact & Results score. Find out why.


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology due to only having one year of electronically-filed IRS Form 990 data.


To ensure year-to-year consistency the Encompass Rating System’s Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS 990.
Charity Navigator currently only has one year of consecutive e-filed Forms 990 from the IRS for Stack Up under the EIN: 47-5424265.
Before Charity Navigator can evaluate this organization, Stack Up will need to e-file for additional fiscal years.


Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated this organization.


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Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



STEPHEN, MACHUGA

$30,000


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2016

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.


Stack Up reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Staffing


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

We applied for a PP loan in order to employ our staff.


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

Due to social distancing, our Air Assault Program has been put on an indefinite hold.


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

We were able to redirect the funds from our Air Assault program into our Supply Crate program. We also increased our capacity for our crisis intervention team (Overwatch Program) and offered more virtual and social distancing options for our community outreach program, The Stacks.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We plan on keeping up the same increased pace on our Supply Crate and Overwatch Programs.


...   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

Stack Up 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.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Stack Up reported its three largest programs on its FY 2016 Form 990 as:


$63,209

Spent in most recent FY

3%

Percent of program expenses


AIR ASSAULTS: FLYING DESERVING AND/OR DISABLED VETERANS TO MAJOR GAMING CULTURE EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO SHOW THEM A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME VIP EXPERIENCE, INTERACTING WITH THEIR FAVORITE GAME DEVELOP ... (More)


$1,562,181

Spent in most recent FY

96%

Percent of program expenses


SUPPLY CRATES: GIANT BOXES OF THE LATEST IN GAMES AND GEAR SENT TO COMBATZONES, HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS OR TO TROOPS RECOVERING IN MILITARY HOSPITALS


$1,791

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


THE STACKS: THE STACKS PROGRAM BRINGS TOGETHER VOLUNTEER TEAMS, , BOTH LOCAL VETERANS AND CIVILIANS, TO SUPPORT VARIOUS MILITARY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN THEIR AREA AND HAVE FUN WHILE DOING IT! OUR ST ... (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 Stack Up 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


Stack Up uses gaming to support U.S. and Allied active duty service members and veterans through our four pillar programs, Supply Crates: boxes of the latest in games and gear delivered to raise morale, build camaraderie, combat PTSD, and fight the rising tide of veteran suicide, Air Assaults: where we fly deserving veterans to gaming and geek culture events, The Stacks: local volunteer teams, coming together to support military personnel on bases and around their community, and finally, the Overwatch Program: trained and certified peer to peer support to assist in crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and issues concerning the mental health of those in current or previous military duty and civilians.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


A world without veteran suicide.


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: We will increase fundraising in order to be able to increase the output of our programs.

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


Goal Two: As our organization's capacity grows, so too does our ability to expand our mission.

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


Goal Three: Connect with other reputable mental health organizations in order to promote positive mental health for all.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

We conducted a Staff retreat in Florida within the past year, during which we allocated time for our staff to sit down between senior staff and management to complete hands-on training, mentorship opportunites, submit feedback, and synergize with team-building exercises.

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

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Stack Up leverages our vast network of video game industry professionals, mental health professionals, and local government officials in order to continuously seek new opportunities to serve veterans.

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.


Due to the pandemic and social distancing safety recommendations, we were forced to reevaluate our priorites with regards to program expenses. We used funds intended for events travel and redirected them in such a way as to double the output of socially distant programs that were less affected by COVID-19. As a result of our adaptability, 2020 was Stack Up's most successful year ever.

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

Stack Up 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.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email


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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

Our staff, Our board


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Our crisis intervention team was recently challenged by recipients to provide resources outside of the VA. Our users were requesting mental health and primary care alternatives, that weren't connected to government organizations, in order to have access to more expedient appointments or more efficient care. Our team created a list of alternative resources, in addition to the VA resources they currently had posted, in order to facilitate the users' needs. Our management team received positive feedback from the community regarding this addition. Users stated they felt much better about their situation post interaction knowing they had alternatives and a path forward.



Methodology


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've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

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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