TIMELINE OF THE MISSION

A TIMELINE OF BENCHMARKS TO GROW THE ORGANIZATION AND ACHIEVE THE MISSION

FIRST SIX MONTHS

  • Solicit interest and volunteer help from friends and community members invested in honoring the legacy of our Veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice

  • Recruit and establish Founding Board of Directors; after first year of founding board* begin recruiting  professionals from community for next board with 3 year terms

  • Finalize Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

  • Complete and Submit Form 1023 for 501 (c) (3) status

Begin next phase of plan to recruit second iteration of Board of Directors with unique experience and expertise in carrying out public projects (at least a third of the Board will be Veterans)

CHARTING ORGANIZATIONAL PATH

  • Hold first Board Meeting

  • Establish organizational roles and determine need for funding full or part-time positions within the organization related to outreach, fundraising, accounting, legal compliance, consulting, operations, etc.

  • Determine fundraising components and resource allocation related to costs associated with attorneys fees, drafting, architecture, engineering, project management, and construction (review to be aided by industry consultant)

  • Finalize approval of construction plan

  • Approve “close-out” process of non-profit with conclusion of construction

ENGAGE COMMUNITY AND FUNDRAISE

  • Develop outreach strategies to include community events, engaging with media (TV, Podcasts, Web Advertising, News agencies, Radio, etc.)

  • Launch public outreach campaign

  • Determine initial targeted big donors to establish momentum and project viability

  • Reach out to donors, establish fundraising events (attempts may be iterative if needed with emphasis on growing the size of the donor base and the size of the donation)

Cultivate local government buy-in and solicit commitment to match and exceed over 51 percent of target costs

BEGINNING CONSTRUCTION

  • Construction bid has been selected

  • Artists and architects have been commissioned

  • Site has been selected, approved and prepared for construction

  • Ground Breaking Ceremony

  • Construction begins and is completed

  • Ceremony of dedication, recognition of volunteers, donors, community members/stakeholders, Veterans and Veteran families, Tribute to the Fallen, and Recognition of the Heritage and Mission of the Fighting Forces defending the United States of America

Passing of Heritage Site to the Community