The MOAA Foundation
ABOUT THE MOAA FOUNDATION
The MOAA Foundation (TMF), a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), offers grants to MOAA, its councils and its chapters in support of career development and community outreach programs and services. These programs and services benefit more than 50,000 currently serving uniformed service members and veterans of all ranks, their families and their survivors each year.
By TMF Board direction, TMF grants support to programs and services focusing on four categories of critical military and veteran family need aligning with particular MOAA expertise:
- Career Transition
- Professional Education Outreach
- Military Spouse Professional Development
- Community Outreach
MOAA's career development and community outreach programs are very highly regarded. In 2012 and again in 2015, MOAA received two, highly prestigious “Summit Awards” from the American Society of Association Executives, the nation's premier professional body for associations. Only two members of the 9,200-member organization have ever received two Summit Awards. MOAA received a Summit Award in 2012 for its Career Transition program and a second award in 2015 for its Military Caregiver Program. Both programs are part of the portfolio of programs supported by funding from the MOAA Foundation.
The MOAA Foundation Mission
The MOAA Foundation creates, enhances, expands, or supports high-impact, proven-successful programs and services that enable the nation's uniformed servicemembers and veterans of all ranks and their families to maintain a quality of life reflective of their selfless service to America. The foundation funds these programs and services through philanthropic contributions from the American people and organizations that support our mission.
Addressing the Need
Since the all-volunteer force was created in 1973, the nation has endured approximately 150 military deployments. Prior to that, between 1946 and 1973 during the draft years, there were just 19. That's a seven-fold increase in operations tempo. Of the 2.5 million service members who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, over 400,000 have had at least three combat tours.
Sequestration, continuation of the two longest wars in American history and protracted systemic change continue to place enormous pressures on military families.
Through the MOAA Foundation Career Transition and Professional Education Outreach tracks, MOAA delivers “best-in-class” career development programs, including the unique MOAA Military and Veteran Networking Forum held each year at the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum, a virtual career fair series and subject-specific, “deep-dive” webinars. Many of these are held on military installations across the nation. Our Military Spouse Professional Development track addresses a largely unmet military family need. In many ways, the military spouse is the glue that binds the modern military family together through repeated deployments and constant upheaval. Yet military spouses face significant career development challenges. Military spouses have a 20 percent unemployment rate (among those seeking jobs), and more than 90 percent of military spouses are underemployed. TMF has developed a range of programs specifically designed to help. Through a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's “Hiring Our Heroes” program, MOAA conducts a series of training seminars at not less than ten military installations each year specifically designed to provide military spouses with the professional development skills they need to succeed.
Finally, the MOAA Foundation Community Outreach program supports MOAA councils and chapters delivering to their local communities vital programs and support services in eight areas of critical military and veteran family need. A number of MOAA councils and chapters nationwide are engaged in this type of very real, high-impact, community work. Through this work, MOAA council and chapters are reaching out to currently serving military families and veterans of all ranks and providing assistance in critical areas like housing, employment, financial assistance, behavioral health and more.
The MOAA Corporate Council provides year-round brand recognition to corporations and organizations making significant annual contributions in support of The MOAA Foundation programs.
The MOAA Heritage Society represents our highest contributor giving level and offers year-round recognition to a special group of individuals.
MOAA Distinguished Contributors are individuals, MOAA councils and chapters, and organizations that make one-time contributions of at least $250 in support of The MOAA Foundation programs.
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The MOAA Foundation (TMF) is a 501(c)(3) subsidiary foundation of MOAA, one of the largest and most influential military service organizations in the nation. The MOAA Foundation mission is to fund MOAA career development programs and MOAA council/chapter community outreach programs to enable currently serving uniformed service members and veterans of all ranks, their families and their survivors to sustain the quality of life they so richly deserve. We fund programs in four areas of critical military and veteran family need: Career Transition, Professional Education Outreach, Military Spouse Professional Development and Community Outreach.
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The MOAA Foundation (TMF) Career Transition program offers uniformed service members and veterans of all ranks and their families high-quality, career-development events and activities designed to introduce them to a range of civilian career possibilities, including professional certifications, advanced education and training, franchise ownership and entrepreneurship.
The high operations tempo resulting from almost two decades of combat operation in the two longest wars in American history have resulted in approximately 200,000 uniformed service members transitioning out of the military each year-1,300 each day. Transitioning veterans immediately need:
- Training and Certification Programs
For many junior enlisted people, the U.S. military was their first employer after high school. Many have never had a traditional job interview. The only culture they know is military life. And while the federal government has strengthened military career transition and financial literacy programs, many gaps remain.
To fill these gaps, MOAA annually connects with over 17,000 currently serving service members, veterans and their families to offer award-winning Career Transition training and assistance programs and services.
These include a signature Washington, DC networking and hiring event, the MOAA Military and Veteran Networking Forum held each year at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, a series of “virtual” career fairs through which about 15 percent of attendees are advanced through the hiring process and numerous career transition instructional webinars. Each year in conjunction with these events, MOAA completes more than 750 complimentary career counseling sessions, to include resume and LinkedInTM profile reviews and delivers dozens of professional development workshops designed to prepare service members, veterans and military spouses for a more favorable interaction with company recruiters. MOAA's nationwide veteran jobs initiative is complemented with a LinkedInTM career networking group with more than 29,000 members who receive weekly updates on career transition best practices, financial literacy and healthcare planning from MOAA's team of transition experts.
How Does Your Support Help?
With almost one million men and women in uniform leaving the uniformed services over the next five years, the MOAA Foundation Career Transition program will continue to be a program in high-demand. Funding enables MOAA to offer its highly-rated career-transition syllabus throughout the year and provide all military families with vital career transition training, education and preparation for a seamless transition to civilian career success.
Attendees at the MOAA Military and Veteran Networking Forum.
Mil Spouse Development
The MOAA Foundation Military Spouse Professional Development program comprises several components designed to educate, train and empower military spouses to establish and sustain a successful career while meeting the challenges of a modern military family lifestyle. The program content is guided by the MOAA Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Council through continuous feedback regarding the types of syllabi, educational and training tools needed to best serve the professional development of military spouses.
In 2014, MOAA and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families published a research study examining the state of military spouse professional development and particularly military spouse employment. Its key findings were striking:
- Approximately 95 percent of military spouses are women, and the group has an average unemployment rate of 20 percent among those seeking work, about four times higher than their civilian counterparts today.
- Military spouses, age 18-24 have an unemployment rate of 30 percent compared to their civilian counterparts at 11 percent. From 25-44, military spouses have an unemployment rate of 15 percent compared to their civilian counterpart rate of 6 percent.
- Remarkably, 90 percent of military spouses are underemployed based on their experience and education level, and military spouse average salaries are 38 percent lower than their civilian counterparts.
The MOAA Military Spouse Professional Development program comprises the following elements:
- MOAA Military Spouse Professional Development Symposia Series
One-day seminars presented at military installations around the nation providing training to military spouses who are planning to enter or re-enter the workforce or who are taking the next step in their professional careers. MOAA offers these events through its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's “Hiring our Heroes” Transition Summit program. Each event
- Includes a “Real Spouses, Real Stories” panel discussion featuring military spouse mentors,
- helps spouses identify and articulate personal goals,
- helps them build a bridge to local and federal resources,
- connects spouses directly with the local workforce by providing opportunities to engage with installation, community, state and federal representatives, and local and national employers and offers MOAA subject-matter expert advice, assistance, and expertise on leveraging personal experiences to obtain employment.
- MOAA Spouse and Family Website
A comprehensive “one-stop-shop” for the informational needs of military spouses of all ranks and components throughout the military lifecycle.
- MOAA LinkedIn Career Networking Group
Shares self-marketing and career development best practices every week with a national audience.
- MOAA Family Affairs Blog
Provides a forum for timely articles offering deeper insight into current issues affecting military spouses and families.
- MOAA Spouse E-Newsletter
The MOAA spouse newsletter, with nationwide circulation, offers information from MOAA military spouse experts on programs and policies affecting life on the home front. Subscriptions are free and open to the public.
- MOAA Military Spouse Facebook
Hosted by MOAA and open to all services and all ranks.
- MOAA Twitter (@MOAA_MilLife)
Hosted by MOAA and open to all services and all ranks.
Military spouses attend a Keeping a Career on the Move® Symposium.
The MOAA Foundation provides funding that enables MOAA subject-matter experts to travel to over 50 U.S. military installations each year to present seminars offering critical information affecting the quality of life of thousands of currently serving military members, veterans and their families. Because MOAA is a highly trusted and well-respected national voice for military families of all ranks and all services, MOAA is one of the very few organizations whose subject-matter experts are invited on base/installation to conduct these seminars.
MOAA currently-serving Professional Education Outreach seminars provide critical, personal financial management and lifelong professional development information to active-duty military members of all ranks and their families where they work. Each presentation helps family members plan their future with proven strategies relying on best practices in areas of career development, financial and transition planning. Additionally, this program provides periodic live and virtual professional education opportunities on issues unique to the military lifestyle such as absentee voting, VA disability and healthcare claims and changing military benefits.
Outreach Seminar Topics Include:
- Creating Effective Resumes
- Leveraging Social Media
- Career and Employment Options
- Understanding Military/Veteran Benefits
- Understanding Corporate Benefit Programs
- Transition and Long-Term Retirement Planning
- Sound Investment Strategies
- Understanding Health and Life Insurance
- Understanding the new, Blended Military Retirement System
How Does Your Support Help?
The average cost of each seminar is approximately $3,000. Your support will enable us to sustain and expand our efforts.
Capt. Jim Carman, USN (Ret), MOAA vice president of Council/Chapter and Member Support, addresses a class of transitioning servicemembers.
The MOAA Foundation Community Outreach program provides grants to MOAA councils and chapters delivering direct assistance to military families in their local communities in nine areas of critical military and veteran family need. A number of MOAA councils and chapters nationwide are engaged in this type of very real, high-impact, community work. Financial assistance is provided to military families and veterans of all ranks. MOAA has 400+ councils and chapters in 50 states. This program is supported by corporate, foundation and public donations.
The two longest wars in the nation's history have directly affected the lives of almost 3 million service men and women who have deployed to combat zones and their families since 2002. Over 400,000 of these service members and veterans have had at least three combat tours of duty. According to the 2011 Rand study, “The Invisible Wounds of War,” approximately 20 percent of those deployed are living with one or more serious mental health issues. The pressure on these families-on those still serving and on those who have returned to the civilian community-is immeasurable and often debilitating.
To address this urgent need in local communities, the MOAA Foundation Community Outreach program leverages the power of the nationwide MOAA Council/Chapter network. It offers grants to MOAA Councils and Chapters directly involved in providing assistance to local uniformed service members and veterans, and their families, to improve their quality of life. Grants are awarded to MOAA Councils and Chapters delivering services-either directly or through partnerships with other community organizations- in one of nine areas of critical military and veteran family need:
- Food Assistance
- Health (including Behavioral Health)
- Family Support
- Community Reintegration
- Financial Assistance
- Legal Assistance
To qualify for a grant, the MOAA Council/Chapter must either deliver the services directly or must occupy a leadership position (council, board, committee member, etc.) of a local community collaboration delivering these types of services. MOAA Councils/Chapters are solely responsible for ensuring all MOAA Foundation grant funds are disbursed only in support of programs and services approved by the grant criteria and falling within one or more of the eight critical areas of need listed above.
Are you a MOAA council or chapter looking for a grant? Find everything you need to submit your grant application today.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH GRANT CRITERIA
The MOAA Foundation Community Outreach Grant Program will offer grants to MOAA councils or chapters providing services to local military and veteran families.
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