About Giving Back
Giving Back (registered entity name/tax ID name), also known as “Giving Back USA” on social media and our website, is a veteran/first responder-founded 501(c)(3) Nonprofit started in 2018 as a Limited Liability Corporation/ “not for profit” entity, and converted to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2020 in order to more effectively focus on the vast and unique mental health challenges faced by our heroes in uniform, both those actively serving, and veterans, along with their immediate families.
We provide crisis intervention/suicide prevention, peer support, logistical, liaison, and Veteran/First Responder advocacy services linking Veterans and First Responders with mental health resources and professional providers, as well as family oriented outdoor activities and events geared towards healing the invisible wounds of war and trauma on our 850+ acre private property near Martinsville, VA. We are also able to assist with out- of-pocket costs for professional mental health services, co-pays, travel costs, and other expenses as may be necessary, as many of our local first responders are volunteers, or part-time employees, and lack comprehensive health insurance coverage. We are a 100% volunteer organization, and no one on the Giving Back staff or Board of Directors receives financial compensation for their participation, work, or services provided. Our staff consists of seasoned first responders, combat veterans, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Our Board of Directors is also 100%, all volunteer, and comprised of combat veterans, first responders, and a practicing psychiatrist who advises us on how to effectively implement current best practices to aid our heroes in uniform and their families. Every penny we raise through donations and fundraisers goes directly to supporting our programs. Every “big ticket” item (any item with a cost exceeding $1,000, such as tractor equipment, our pavilion, storage container, etc.) in use by Giving Back, has been purchased personally by Board and/or Staff members, and their use donated to our organization, allowing us to use all financial donations and funds raised to go solely to supporting our programs and services for our men and women in uniform.
Our operating costs are modest, at approximately $15-18,000 USD per year, and we are very adept at finding $20 Dollar solutions to Million Dollar problems. Fund-raising has typically been very challenging in our area, and during the COVID crisis, we refused to solicit donations from people who were unsure if they would even have a job or business to return to. This led to a degree of financial strain on the organization, however, the Giving Back Corporate Officers used their own funds to keep Giving Back able to provide the services and activities we provide, as well as support a handful of First Responders in need of financial assistance due to employment issues due to COVID. Every Officer, Board Member, and Staff Member in Giving Back believes that strongly in our mission, and the difference we are able to make in people’s lives. In addition to our primary objective of making sure none of our heroes has to battle their mental health demons alone, we pride ourselves in our ability to find unique solutions that cater to our disabled veterans and first responders by providing them with the opportunities to regain a sense of normalcy, engage in outdoor activities they may have given up due to their disabilities, and reconnect with the world around them.
We are currently in the beginning stages of a fund-raising initiative to build a Giving Back USA Endowment Fund, with our financial goal of raising $250,000 in the next 12-18 months, which will allow us to cover a significant percentage of our operating expenses year to year from the interest earned by the endowment fund alone, and eliminate the need for constant low dollar fund raising initiatives just to keep the lights on, and the rent paid. This will greatly expand and enhance our ability to provide more services, activities, events, and resources for more Veterans and First Responders and their families, as we will not get distracted by being in a constant state of fund-raising in order to keep our programs alive and functioning.
We partner with local businesses, companies from the hunting, shooting, fishing, & outdoor recreation communities, as well as other nonprofit organizations focused on veteran and first responder issues; such as those organizations who are able to provide access to non-traditional or experimental treatments and therapies, and organizations who are able to provide transportation to specialty treatments/providers who may be several states away. We also maintain relationships with local and TeleHealth mental health providers who are able to provide specialty care for specific cases where the available local resources or mechanisms are unable to provide what our heroes may need, provide care pro bono, or at a reduced fee.
All of our programs and services are provided to our heroes absolutely free of charge, and we never let money be the reason our veterans and first responders are unable to participate in our activities, events, or services.