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Foundation for Women Warriors

 2355 Westwood Blvd. #350
 LOS ANGELES, CA 90064
[P] (310) 733-2450
[F] (866) 425-8096
https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org
[email protected]
Jodie Grenier
FOUNDED: 1921
INCORPORATED: 2006
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Organization DBA --
Former Names Military Women In Need (2016)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 20-5523954 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

At Foundation for Women Warrior's, we believe in honoring the service of our women veterans by empowering their future. Our mission is to serve women veterans and their children so that their next mission is clear and continues to impact the world. Our services are hand ups, not handouts, empowering women warriors to navigate life's obstacles and make successful transitions from service to civilian life.

Mission Statement

At Foundation for Women Warrior's, we believe in honoring the service of our women veterans by empowering their future. Our mission is to serve women veterans and their children so that their next mission is clear and continues to impact the world. Our services are hand ups, not handouts, empowering women warriors to navigate life's obstacles and make successful transitions from service to civilian life.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $479,987.00
Projected Revenue $483,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Foundation For Women Warriors Transition Services Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

At Foundation for Women Warrior's, we believe in honoring the service of our women veterans by empowering their future. Our mission is to serve women veterans and their children so that their next mission is clear and continues to impact the world. Our services are hand ups, not handouts, empowering women warriors to navigate life's obstacles and make successful transitions from service to civilian life.

Background Statement

Foundation for Women Warriors', formerly known as Military Women In Need, roots date back nearly 100 years and we have been responsive to the changing needs of our women veteran community.
• 1921-2004: Military Women In Need's (MWIN) Housing Subsidies Program operated under the umbrella of a private foundation. MWIN originally served women veterans and survivors, 55 years and older, in danger of homelessness. 
• 2005: MWIN became a separate public charity and expanded its core programs. (See programs)
• 2010: In anticipation of women veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, MWIN dropped its age requirement and served women veterans, survivors and their dependent children.
• 2016: We launched our childcare program to support working women veterans and hired our first full-time Executive Director, Marine veteran Jodie Grenier. We changed our name and re-branded to more uplifting language that better encompassed our mission and vision. (From Military Women In Need to Foundation for Women Warriors)
 

Impact Statement

1. Shift from Program Growth to Organizational Sustainability
Our long term goals are to meet our fiscal sustainability goals by December 2019. Our short term goal is to close the gap between our raised revenue and expenses. We have met our short term goal of decreasing our spending while increasing our fundraising by 26% this past fiscal year and project the same trajectory for the next three years.
2. Succession Planning
We are proud to have accomplished the following within the last few months:
a. New Executive Director: Jodie Grenier is a Marine veteran and comes to FFWW with leadership experience in the military, corporate, and philanthropic sectors.
b. Our Board Vice President successfully transitioned to Board President.
c. FFWW is seeking prospective board members with corporate affiliations, in advance of our board terms. Some organizations we have reached out to regarding our board recruitment include SoCal Edison, Pimco and Majestic Realty. To bring depth and breadth to our board, we are looking to secure three members by this fiscal year end. To date, we have secured 3 out of our goal of 3 new board members. (In addition, we have 1 potential board member being evaluated at the next board meeting in June.)
3. Leveraging Resources Through Collaborations
FFWW will continue to collaborate with organizations to leverage resources and services for our women veterans. Our short term goal is to expand our relationship with STAR Education and actively engage with Travis Manion Foundation on transition and community services. We have secured 2 out of our goal of 3 MOUs to date with 1) Bob Hope Easter Seals for employment services, and 2) The Soldier's Project in providing free mental health care for our women veterans.
4. Marketing/Rebranding
In addition, we are re-branding to reflect more uplifting language that better encompasses our mission, vision, and essence. From the beginning of this fiscal year to date, we have completed our name change, revamped our website, and launched our video. Our goal is to complete our marketing materials (brochure, infographics, etc.) by fiscal year end.

Needs Statement

Our women veterans and their children are at-risk. In CA, 60% of women veterans reported experiencing housing instability and almost 1/4 of the homeless women live with their children on the street. They have a higher unemployment rate, lower median income, and are more likely to live below the poverty threshold compared to their male counterparts. Women veterans are the fastest growing population of veterans yet they are less likely to have the same support network and experience additional barriers to receiving/utilizing standard veteran benefits. That's where we step in to level the field.

CEO Statement

For nearly a century, Foundation for Women Warriors (FFWW) has been focused on providing essential programs that empower women veterans in their transition from military to civilian life.
 
What does that mean? It means helping women locate the resources, tap into their personal strength, resilience and achievement in order to get into/stay in housing and jobs. Or providing the emergency
subsidy that covers their rent if they lose their job or basic needs assistance when unexpected emergencies arise. Or access to scholarship, internship, and mentorship opportunities to help a women veteran pursue/advance in a degree/certificate or career. Or, in partnership with STAR Education, having affordable childcare during summer/winter breaks so that she can maintain employment while her child is educationally enriched in a safe environment. Or giving access to free mental healthcare with our service partner, Soldier's Project. It means finding real solutions and creating innovative partnerships to address the top 4 needs of women veterans:
•Housing
•Employment
•Education
•Childcare

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations can be made: Online: https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/donations By Mail: 2355 Westwood Blvd #350, Los Angeles, Ca 90064; Volunteers can fill-out a volunteer form at: https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/join-warrior-society/

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Foundation for Women Warriors serve women veterans and their children. Annually, we serve over 400+ residents in California and most are primarily in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties, in the low-moderate income levels. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Human Services
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  3. -

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Programs


Foundation For Women Warriors Transition Services Program

• Warrior & Housing Assistance: Provides short-term, high-impact financial assistance to women veterans and helps them obtain/retain their homes. Supporting housing is critical to employment or continuing education. Warrior and Housing Assistance serves as a bridge to housing or a safety net when unforeseen events place women veterans and their children at-risk for falling into (or back into) homelessness. Examples: Security deposits to move into an apartment, rental assistance 1-3 months during a job transition or medical crisis, car registration to drive to work, fees to maintain professional certification-all are paid directly to landlord or service provider.
• Childcare Assistance: Provides partial scholarships and stipends for children of qualified women veterans, which enable veteran moms to go to work or progress in a degree/certification. Childcare is crucial to a women veteran's ability to work or go to school. Scholarships are provided for STAR Education Day Camp at participating LAUSD campuses (children entering 1st-6th grade). Childcare subsidies are also paid directly to licensed childcare providers for children of women veterans (children ages 0-5). We have partnered with college campuses across Southern California and are actively present at USC, Cal State campuses, SDSU, and USD. By reducing the cost of childcare, we remove the barrier for women veterans to pursue/progress in a degree or certificate and/or stay employed.
• Warrior Connect: Our Warrior Connect program provides personalized information and warm introductions to program coordinators at our partner agencies. Our program coordinators help women veterans navigate services that meet our women's needs. FFWW partners with over 100+ agencies on the local, state and national level annually and has provided over 360 resources and referrals on average annually.
Budget  $370,400.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Military/Veterans
Program Short-Term Success 
1. Our strategy for growth in our programs is yielding success at 10% increase in numbers served for our FY 17/18 from our prior year and project 519 women and children for FY 17/18.
2. 63 women veterans receive Warrior Assistance during the program year. 
3. Within our Warrior Connect program, our goal is to increase total number of resources/referrals by 10% from prior year, for a total of 373 resources/referrals to partner agencies.
4. Within our Childcare Assistance program, our goal is to serve 40 women and children and provide 720 childcare days.
Program Long-Term Success  What is the ultimate outcome we seek? A women veteran, with safe childcare, stable housing, who is employed and/or progressing towards a degree/certification.
Program Success Monitored By 
FFWW evaluates our programs to provide meaningful impact for our women veterans and their children. In 2014, we implemented a comprehensive database management system "Apricot" allowing our program coordinators and certified evaluator (that holds a master's degree in surveys and evaluations) to view real time data. Reports are made to the board on a quarterly basis to ensure our effectiveness in serving our women veterans and their children.
FFWW surveys current and past clients to capture both quantitative and qualitative data. By collecting both quantitative and qualitative data, FFWW streamlines daily work operations and yields critical information regarding our women veterans that informs program quality and meaningful outcomes.
• Quantitative measures include:
1. Total number of women veterans and children served through all FFWW programs and services.
2. Number and percent of women veterans served through our programs and number of women who remain in their homes through the 3-month, 6-month, 9-month and 1-year mark.
• Qualitative measures include:
1. Feedback from our women veterans on how assistance has helped them and their families.
2. Feedback on how assistance has impacted and improved their quality of life.
Examples of Program Success 
Jasmin's Note
"I am not sure if you remember me, but I reached out to FFWW a couple years ago for assistance with a security deposit. A couple years have gone by, and I just want to touch base with you and share were I'm at this point in my life. As I previously mentioned, FFWW helped me get into housing by assisting me with the security deposit needed to move into the unit in Irvine, CA. As a result, I have been able to maintain stable housing for me and my 10 year old daughter and have successfully lived in the same location for almost 4 years. This positive change has allowed me to transition my focus towards my education
and in January 2015, I finally received my BA in Psychology and minor in Sociology. I have also been able to reach out to other local nonprofits
to further prepare for job search and interview clothing.
These wonderful experiences have helped build my self-confidence
and now I volunteer as a Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor in Orange County, I have interned at the VA Long Beach as an Employment
Specialist, and most recently been hired on full-time as a Veterans Outreach Specialist for a nonprofit in Orange County. I am also currently in the process of gathering all my required documents to
apply for a Masters program for Social Work for Fall 2016.
I am so grateful and thankful for the help I have received from FFWW. Thank you."
Jasmin
 
 
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Through the generous support of our donors, FFWW continues to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of women veterans in Southern California who fearlessly fought for our freedom. Many of these women feel alone as they transition into civilian life from military service and are at risk. At FFWW, we help to tap into the strength, resilience, and past achievements of our woman veterans as they navigate their path to sustainability.
Please review the link to see the direct impact we have on our women veterans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knf1ErdO25I&feature=youtu.be.
 
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Jodie Grenier SSgt, Marine Vet
CEO Term Start Aug 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Jodie Grenier is the Executive Director of Foundation for Women Warriors, an organization that works with women veterans to utilize their strength, resilience and achievements to overcome obstacles as they transition to civilian life. Jodie began her career in the United States Marine Corps serving with 1st Marine Division, G-2 military intelligence. She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II as an Intelligence Collections and Watch Chief and was honored with the Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement, and Global War on Terrorism Service, and Iraq Campaign Medals. In 2005, Jodie was honorably discharged from active service and promoted to Staff Sergeant in 2006 in the Reserves. Jodie held various intelligence and security advisor roles over the past ten years including Force Protection and Security Supervisor in Al Kut, Department of State in Kabul, and Modeling and Simulation Intelligence Analyst for the Marine Corps Battle Simulation Center in Camp Pendleton, CA. In pursuit of her passion for philanthropy and serving veterans, Jodie was a founding member, Director of Events and Fundraising, and former VP of the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation. Jodie has also raised awareness and stewarded significant financial contributions for an organizations that assists homeless women veterans and their children. Jodie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ranlyn Tilley Hill 2002 2016

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mariana Sosa Operations Manager --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Foundation for Women Warriors 'Nonprofit Beneficiary' for Connected Women of Influence Awards (Orange & San Diego Counties) Connected Women of Influence 2018
Foundation for Women Warriors 'Nonprofit Beneficiary' for Connected Women of Influence Awards (Orange & San Diego Counties) Connected Women of Influence 2017
Countywide competitive process, cash grant awarded MWIN to launch Childcare Program UCLA Foundation 2016
Chairman's Challenge Award: LA County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Women Veterans Program, specifically acknowledged MWIN's Director of Programs, developing on the program LA County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Knabe 2015
Chairman's Award to LA County Department of Military and Veteran Affairs with special recognition to MWIN for development of Women's Program at Patriotic Hall Chairman's Award to LA County Department of Military and Veteran Affairs 2014
California Legislate Certificate of Recognition Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell and Congressional Representative Karen Bass 2011
Newman's Own Award: Innovative programs that improve the quality of life for military families Newman's Own Award 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Our program coordinators help women veterans navigate services that meet our women's needs. FFWW partners with over 100+ agencies on the local, state and national level annually and has provided over 360 resources and referrals on average annually.  

In addition, our program partners include Easter Seals Veterans Employment program and STAR Education. We have also partnered with college campuses across Southern California and are actively present at USC, Cal State campuses, SDSU, and USD.

Specifically in Orange County, we have relationships with and/or participate with OC Veteran Business Network, and OC Goodwill Veterans program, OC veterans collaborative, OC Women’s Vet Center Initiative meetings.

 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Caitlin Carroll
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term Dec 2016 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Caitlin Carroll President Voting
Kimberlee Davis Treasurer Voting
Patricia Jackson-Kelley LTC, US Army, Ret Board Member Voting
Theresa Karle ABC News- Corporate Attorney Voting
Pamela Keller LCDR USN (SC) Vet Board Member Voting
Deiya Pernas USAF (Vet.) HighTower, The Bahnsen Group Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Abigail d’Autremont MBA, First LT,US Army Vet Advisory Board Member NonVoting
Al Garcia -- NonVoting
Robert Wrede JD, LLM, CAPT,US Army Vet Advisory Board Member NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Investment
  • Program / Program Planning

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $483,000.00
Projected Expenses $479,987.00
Form 990s

2018 FFWW 990 FY 17/18

2017 FFWW 990 FY 16/17

2016 FFWW 990 FY 15/16

2015 FFWW 990 FY 14/15

2014 FFWW 990 FY 13/14

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $432,601 $219,705 $155,241
Total Expenses $478,911 $472,767 $478,982

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$392,080 $160,005 $177,233
Government Contributions $2,858 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $2,858 -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $3,759 $7,899 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $7,317 $51,801 $25,149
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $2,310 -- $0
Revenue In-Kind $23,514 -- $10,725
Other $763 -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $369,387 $343,312 $348,657
Administration Expense $45,961 $59,114 $60,735
Fundraising Expense $63,563 $70,341 $69,590
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.90 0.46 0.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 73% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 44% 39%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $643,773 $676,328 $924,567
Current Assets $361,895 $152,600 $120,430
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $8,513 -- $0
Total Net Assets $635,260 $676,328 $924,567

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 42.51 inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

Due to program changes made over the past 5 years, FFWW has experienced a significant increase in the number served. FFWW has been in a planning process and our TOP priority is Fiscal Sustainability. Our long term goals are to meet our fiscal sustainability goals by December 2019 and short term is to close the gap between our raised revenue (outside board designed funds) and expenses year over year. We have met our short-term goal of decreasing our spending while increasing our fundraising by 26% this past year and project the same trajectory for the next three years.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


Other Documents

MWIN Impact Report FY 15/16 (2015)

FFWW Brochure (2017)

No Other Documents currently available.