The primary focus throughout 2015 was to scale and improve our programs. We worked to continue to do what we do best, at a greater capacity, with greater efficiency and effectiveness. We are incredibly pleased with the results. Our Leadership Development Program and Chapter and Community Program both experienced significant maturation this year, while we welcomed seven new employees to our staff to provide additional resources and support for these programs. We’ve focused our efforts on sustaining our core principles of being local, consistent and inclusive. We are grateful to all of our members for a remarkable year, and are excited to see what 2016 has in store for us!
Team Red, White, and Blue's fifth year of operations was marked by remarkable growth, on both the programmatic and financial fronts. Membership doubled from 30,000 at the beginning of 2014 to 60,000 by the end of the year, supporting the addition of 36 new chapter locations to the map. As our volunteer and membership base grew, our full-time staff grew as well. Four additional full-time employees were hired and two new members were added to the Board of Directors.
2014 was a year of many firsts. The Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay was an important and successful national event that proved to be a wonderful way to raise awareness for Veterans while simultaneously connecting our chapters across the nation as they joined forces to help move the flag. We grew the concept of Regional Athletic Camps, allowing us to not only increase the frequency of one of our most popular programs, but also to make it available to more veterans and civilians across the nation. The Leadership Development Program began to really blossom at the end of the year, and is something that will be further developed during 2015. We also planted our first Firebase in Tampa, FL. This exciting development acts as a fitness center, meeting place, and headquarters for TRWB operations. We have opened our doors to anyone in the community and hope to build more firebases in the coming years. These advances are just the tip of our 2014 successes.
Additionally, 2014 provided the opportunity for us to tangibly measure not only the outputs, but also the outcomes of our programs and assess the impact of our mission on our members' lives. The results of our 2014 survey showed an increase in shared purpose, life satisfaction, connectivity, and overall well-being among our members, including veterans, active duty military, and civilians. The infographic for the results of our survey can be found by clicking here.
Financially, TRWB’s net assets more than quintupled this year. This tremendous growth was due in part to growing partnerships within the communities we serve combined with the continued dedication and support of those who have believed in our mission from day one.
2014 proved to be a whirlwind of a year. We continue daily to work to reach more veterans, professionalize our programs, embrace our volunteer leadership, and live out the mission of enriching the lives of our nation’s veterans. We have high expectations as we move into 2015.
2013 was a hallmark year for Team Red, White, and Blue. We dramatically expanded and professionalized our Veteran’s programs, and expanded our network of chapters to over 75 locations. We increased our staff to 6 employees - significantly expanding our capabilities. Recognizing it’s importance to our organization, we formally made leadership development a formal program, and made some significant infrastructure upgrades to prepare for future growth. We grew the organization three-fold in 2013, setting the stage for a great future!
In Team Red White and Blue's third year of operation, the organization made significant strides in growth and definition. A top-tier consulting firm provided a strategic growth framework pro-bono, which helped the organization to increase the scope and scale of its Veterans' programs. In 2012, TRWB expanded the number of chapters, communities and members significantly. The commitment of the organization to provide America's Veterans with varied and exceptional opportunities to improve their lives through physical and social activity remains intact and in 2012, through sound fiscal planning, 96% of all expenses were allocated to programs in direct support of Veterans.
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