Tech for Troops Project
4840 Waller Road
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement The mission of Tech For Troops Project (T4TP) is to provide veterans in need with technology and job skills to rejoin the workforce and boost the economy. 
 
T4TP provides refurbished computers to veterans, enabling them to connect with employers and develop essential computer skills.  We hire veterans and provide technical training, keep usable computers out of the landfill, and recycle electronics in an environmentally sustainable way.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Casper
Board Chair Mrs. Laurie J. Phillips
Board Chair Company Affiliation Co-Founder
Contact Information
Address 4840 Waller Road
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 521-7979
E-mail info@techfortroopsproject.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $505,000.00
Projected Expenses $420,020.00
Additional Documents
About Tech for Troops Project2016View
Statements
Mission The mission of Tech For Troops Project (T4TP) is to provide veterans in need with technology and job skills to rejoin the workforce and boost the economy. 
 
T4TP provides refurbished computers to veterans, enabling them to connect with employers and develop essential computer skills.  We hire veterans and provide technical training, keep usable computers out of the landfill, and recycle electronics in an environmentally sustainable way.
Impact

As of January 2016, T4TP:

  • Helped more than 3,000 veterans obtain access to computers
  • Received more than 5,200 computers as donations
  • Saved 84,000 pounds of computers from landfills
  • Engaged more than 120 volunteers

 

T4TP's top three goals for 2016-17 are:
  • Open in two new cities to meet the demand from veterans in need
  • Provide computer technology training to 40 veterans in need
  • Team with five new employers to hire the veterans we train

 

Needs
  1. Financial Donations. Computers are often missing parts and we have to buy replacements. We also need to pay for professional management, veteran employee salaries and physical improvements to our work and training space. Related costs are estimated at: $130,000
  2. Additional Locations. We need financial and logistical support to allow us to provide services in cities where there are high numbers of veterans in need. Our model calls for local donors and volunteers to serve local veterans. With the appropriate support, we will be able to expand to at least six major cities that are hotspots for veteran poverty.
  3. Community Engagement. We need community involvement to thrive and grow. Community service volunteers enable us to do more with less and create a fun atmosphere that engages our veterans and volunteers with corporate employees. We are looking for key volunteers and funding to support large community service events. The more funding we can obtain to cover our costs associated with hosting service events, the more we can engage the community.
  4. Program Enhancement. We want to expand our classroom training program that will give veterans both a computer and information technology skills that are in demand by employers. Related costs are estimated at $101,000.

 

Background

Tech For Troops Project was founded in 2013 by Laurie Phillips, a successful technology entrepreneur in Richmond, VA, and her son Chris, a junior in business school at VCU. Chris had high school friends who had enlisted in the military after high school, and they couldn’t find jobs after returning from Afghanistan. They had no way to afford a computer necessary to apply for their military benefits, write a resume and apply for jobs.

Chris wanted to help his friends, and he and Laurie began collecting used computers from friends and business contacts, refurbishing the computers in their garage, and donating them to veterans. Any unusable donation was recycled. In the first six months they gave computers to veterans training centers, outfitted a PTSD counseling center with laptops to let their veterans find quiet spots to work, put computers in every bedroom of a house for homeless female veterans who have children, and equipped the Freedom Support Center in Petersburg, VA, where veterans can get all services under one roof. Later they set up partnerships with Team Red White & Blue and the American Legion Ransom Post to distribute PCs to individual veterans. They funded the business through revenue from their programs: recycling scrap and selling unusable computers and parts.

What began in the Phillips’ garage has grown exponentially, becoming a source of technology, computer training and jobs for veterans, fueled by donations of high-quality corporate PCs and a growing revenue stream from programs, resulting in recognition from the country’s highest-ranking military officer.

Since 2013, T4TP has provided computers for use by more than 3,000 veterans, has collected over 5,000 computers, and has recycled more than 42 tons of materials. T4TP hires veterans without computer skills and trains them in computer repair, software administration and networking. Four veterans are employed by T4TP, and many more have gotten jobs using the computers they received. In September 2015, T4TP received an award at the Pentagon from Newman’s Own and Fisher House for their work. Although the service area has been limited to Central Virginia to date, there is demand across the country and T4TP is working on meeting those needs.

 
Board Chair Statement Tech For Troops Project was born, in part, out of my own need to ‘give back’ to veterans. I wanted to create jobs for those brave enough to defend me and everyone here - despite the personal risk they accepted to do so. When I saw people throwing away used, but perfectly good computers in favor of the latest/greatest version to hit the market, I also saw the means to help our veterans and limit such wastefulness.

The feedback and success stories our veterans have shared with us has been both heartwarming and surprising. To be frank, we never anticipated having such an incredibly positive impact on those we serve in such a short time.

My background makes me run T4TP like a for-profit business. And while this certainly helps to sustain our organization, I have come to the realization that we cannot achieve all of our goals with only this mindset. We simply do not have a way to earn enough money to support our veterans’ need for the training, computers, jobs, and employment pathways we provide. That said, the community has truly encouraged our efforts – and we will do what needs be done in support of our mission.
 
 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Tri-cities Region
Tech For Troops Project serves veterans in need throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Laurie J. Phillips
Company Affiliation Co-Founder
Term Aug 2015 to Oct 2017
Email laurie@techfortroopsproject.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Mark J. Casper Federal Street Consulting
Mr. Shawn M. Harrigan Community Volunteer
Mrs. Laurie J. Phillips Founder
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
Tech For Troops Project is currently working to grow the size and strength of our Board of Directors. In the near future, we plan to add at least four additional Board members who will actively support and guide our organization moving forward. 
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Mark Casper
Experience

Mark Casper is Tech For Troops Project's Executive Director and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. With more than 17 years of experience spearheading multi-million dollar initiatives, managing technical teams, and building strong relationships, Mark's career has included management positions at Capital One and Northrop Grumman. In addition to holding a B.S. in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, Mark is ITIL V3 certified and a certified Scrum Master. He is a Board member of Liberation Family Services and a volunteer at Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center, an organization that provides year-round therapeutic horseback riding exclusively for veterans with special needs and disabilities.

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mr. Paul Rose Team Supervisor
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 120
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations

T4TP's top corporate partner, Performance Food Group, generously donates all of their computers to our organization. Corporate donors such as Bon Secours Health System and CapitalOne not only donate computers, but are also enthusiastic about hiring veterans and are organized to recruit them.

The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Transition, Employment, and Economic Impact exists to help veterans achieve long-term economic success, and lists T4TP among employers who train and hire veterans. We propose trained veterans to MaxxPotential, a B Corporation and IT contracting firm who has had great success placing large numbers of newly trained, inexperienced IT professionals in high-tech jobs, exactly like the veterans we serve.

And finally, T4TP collaborates with various organizations who aid in the distribution of computers to qualified veterans, including River City Comprehensive Counseling Services, Veterans’ Employment Program, DLW Veterans Outreach and Training Center, Freedom Support Center, Veterans Strong Outreach, Marines Helping Marines, Association for Wounded Veterans, Pathways to Success, Home Again, Liberation Family Services, McGuire VA Medical Center, American Legion Ransome Post 186, Team Red White & Blue, and REACHcycles.

 
Programs
Description T4TP collects used computers and related equipment, refurbishes them and donates them to veterans in need.  Usable equipment that doesn't meet our standards for donation is sold for reuse.
Budget $1,000,000.00
Description T4TP provides on-the-job and classroom training for veterans, giving them the job skills and connections they'll need to secure high-tech jobs. There is no charge to veterans for training.  In fact, T4TP pays vets while they are learning.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $1,000,000.00
Description T4TP responsibly recycles or upcycles computer scrap, keeping potential pollutants out of landfills. We work with R2 and e-Steward certified recyclers.
Population Served Veterans
Budget $1,000,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $505,000.00
Projected Expenses $420,020.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$112,309$18,966--
Administration Expense$3,150$3,999--
Fundraising Expense$1,012$2,123--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.621.36--
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%76%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%34%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$83,040$23,543--
Current Assets$72,490$53,541--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$1,254$2,240--
Total Net Assets$81,786$21,304--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities57.8123.90--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View