Challenges

Volatile Environment

Our high-risk public servants (veterans, paramilitary, first responders, etc.) are accepting greater burden and risk in service to their country and communities

The prevalence of behavioural health conditions among first responders is 50% greater than the general population [source: SAMSHA Study, May 2018].

Legacy
Approaches

To date, there has been no holistic approach to the high-risk public service community, and the majority of attention remains focused on the military.

There is no program for PTSD screening or treatment for clandestine service officers retiring from the CIA [source: Third Option reporting].

Crowded Space

This market is fragmented and poorly coordinated with over 38,000 entities. Donors find this landscape chaotic, redundant, and often inefficient. Despite the 15% annual growth of post-9/11 organizations, veteran-based philanthropy remains modest at $3.6B (<1% of total American philanthropic giving).

Only 14% of veteran-service organizations receive more than $250K in annual contributions [source: GuideStar reporting].

Victim Mindset

The dominant approach is to treat this community as victims in need of assistance, rather than national assets with highly valuable experience and knowledge

Only one of the 14-top rated veteran and military charities approaches this community as a resource [source: charitywatch.org].

Solution

New Model

Implement a hybrid approach to venture philanthropy that optimizes flexibility and scale of impact to accelerate solutions and technologies for the community of high-risk public servants

Strong Community

Re-conceive the community as one of high-risk public service, significantly broadening the scope beyond traditional beneficiaries.

Sense of Purpose

Empower the community with a sense of purpose, and the ability to define its requirements — and its own solutions.

Asset Framing

Our narrative is one of performance, not injury. We see this community as a valuable investment in the science of human performance given their experience and knowledge in the art and science of managing risk.