Tech for Troops Project
4840 Waller Road
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement

Tech For Troops is dedicated to empowering veterans with computers, skills, and Information Technology (IT) work force training.


 
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 Mr. Patrick Logan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Seltek
Contact Information
Address 4840 Waller Road
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 521-7979
E-mail info@techfortroops.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $505,000.00
Projected Expenses $420,020.00
Additional Documents
About Tech for Troops Project2016View
Statements
Mission

Tech For Troops is dedicated to empowering veterans with computers, skills, and Information Technology (IT) work force training.


 
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 December 2016:

  • 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 replacement parts. 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: $140,000
  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 and her son Chris. 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 as a endeavour to help friends has become 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 across the nation.


 
CEO Statement
Tech For Troops is a much needed non profit enterprise to serve the veteran community that has difficulty or has fallen on hard times.  We are here to serve and create the opportunity and the ability for a veteran to receive training and better themselves.  It's not just the veteran that thrives but their family as well.  
 

If you took the Oath of Enlistment, we’re here for you.

 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Tri-cities Region
National
Tech For Troops has seen the need for computers for veterans grow.  Today we have served a Indian Reservation in Sioux Falls, SD; Non profit in Maine and the USO in Wisconsin.  The need is across our great land.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Patrick Logan
Company Affiliation Seltek
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2019
Email Info@techfortroops.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Viki Armentrout Va Power
Mr. Mark J. Casper Federal Street Consulting
Mr. Chuck Drake VA Star
Mr. Patrick Logan sseltek
Mr. Tony Neinaber Vikoa Networx
Mr. David Sams J David O'Brien CPA
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90
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 in need of a CPA to fill the last seat that is vacant. 
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 certified and a certified Scrum Master. He was 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. Dana Bondy Senior Technician
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 200
Contractors 0
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 corporate partner, Performance Food Group, generously donates all of their computers to our organization. Corporate donors such as AMF and SyCom 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.

 
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
CCTC Cisco Networking Academy MVP AwardCisco Networking Academy2017
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
CEO/ED/Board Comments The physical challenges Tech For Troops faces are lack of usable laptop hard drives and laptop shipping boxes.  Currently we are asking for corporate and individual donations to support our veterans.  We also need volunteers to help us dismantle the growing stack of old computer equipment. 
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