Friends In Service of Heroes
11472 S Wilder St.
Olathe KS 66061
Mission Statement
The mission of FISH is to engage individuals and industries in serving the heroes who have sacrificed to guarantee our freedoms. Our programs will improve the quality of life of our troops, our veterans and their families. Nothing is more fundamental to our country than the freedom these soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and coast guardsmen provide. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Frederick Paul Chapa
Board Chair Mr. Frederick Paul Chapa
Board Chair Company Affiliation CT Media Partners
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Former Names
Food Industry Serving Heroes (FISH)
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of FISH is to engage individuals and industries in serving the heroes who have sacrificed to guarantee our freedoms. Our programs will improve the quality of life of our troops, our veterans and their families. Nothing is more fundamental to our country than the freedom these soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and coast guardsmen provide. 
Background Statement Established in 2013, FISH grew from an initiative to recognize food retailers who provide outstanding support to our military. Such inspired conduct of Heroes Dinners to honor Service Members who displayed exceptional courage and commitment. FISH was born on January 31, 2013, after a group of food industry executives held a Heroes Dinner at Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C. Founder Paul Chapa and five other members of our current Board of Directors and Advisors had been meeting regularly to serve gourmet meals to Marines who had been commended for heroism or community service. The experience moved the Marines and the group to commit to ways the group could grow and do more to provide meaningful support. These individuals, along with two spouses of military officers, became the initial board of directors of the foundation, nicknamed FISH. They executed their plans quickly, received their EIN, submitted their application for Tax Exempt Status and received notice of certification in November 2013, effective March 2013.
Impact Statement
FY 2015 Accomplishments: 
  • March 3 - Augusta, KS: In 2010 Jonathan Blank's life changed forever when a bomb exploded under him in Afghanistan. The recon-marine lost both legs, a hip & had other severe injuries from the blast. On March 3rd, he received a brand new TrackChair. 
  • May 26 - Topeka, KS: A recently medically discharged Marine's house had just gone into foreclosure. She had to make a choice of using her savings to pay her mortgage or car payments until her payments & back pay resumed. FISH answered the call of a Hero & on June 1 brought her mortgage current and out of foreclosure!
  • May 28 - Camp Lejuene, NC: Honored to feed 60 Marine Wounded Heroes at the Wounded Warrior Battalion East ALIVE DAY at Camp Lejeune. Also attending were NC Senator Thom Tillis, Major Generals Whitman and Beaudreau. This was our 14th Heroes Dinner.
  • June 10 - Camp Lejuene, NC: This Heroes Dinner was hosted by Commanding General, Major General Dave Beydler and his staff. Our 15th Heroes Dinner.
  • June 18: F.I.S.H. presented Sgt. Michael Snipes, US Army (ret.), with a Service Dog, which will assist in day-to-day activities.  
  • June 20 - Kansas City, KS: F.I.S.H. had the great privilege of taking two Heroes to see the Kansas City T-Bones play baseball. Both had not seen a game in over 60 years.  
  • Sept. 12 - Leavenworth, KS: F.I.S.H. & our friends at S.A. Piazza Pizza Company had the honor of feeding & entertaining veterans at the Leavenworth, KS VA. 
  • Sept 14 - Basehor, KS: F.I.S.H.’s 2nd Annual Golf Tourney included 122 golfers & honored 2 Gold Star Mothers, 2 WWII veterans, presented a Power Chair to a Vietnam veteran Marine & a Service Dog to Corporal Marshall Duncan. 
  • Veterans Day - Olathe, KS: F.I.S.H. presented Hy-Vee with the 1st F.I.S.H. Parking Sign. Hy-Vee has provided food & beverages for the F.I.S.H. Golf tourney the past few years. 
  • November 17: F.I.S.H. presented Sgt. Darrin Jenkins with Tiger the Service Dog!! Darrin is a retired soldier with over 20 years of service.
  • Dec 20: F.I.S.H. distributed 15 - $100 gift cards & food to veterans /military families in time for the holidays.
  • Dec 23: Air Force Major, Mary O'Connor received the third Service Dog of the year.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Needs Statement FISH looks to 2016 to continue building the Foundation’s programs, to gain community, institutional, governmental and media attention and support, to raise grant and donor funding, and to improve outreach and market penetration from the sale of memorabilia and other promotional items. In specific:
  • Track Chair, $17Kx2=$24,000.00
  • Service Canines, $7Kx4=$28,000.00
  • Heroes Dinners, $2.5Kx4=$10,000.00
  • In-Kind Services: Web Hosting/Website and Social Media Development and Monitoring; Transportation Costs; Event Equipment Rental
Service Categories
Military/Veterans' Organizations
Personal Social Services
Areas of Service
National
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Food Industry Serving Heroes (FISH) is based on the firm belief that the food industry is a natural provider and can provide a firm basis for growth into other industries to create a network of support for our heroes. 


As with all foundations of this nature, the issues fall into two baskets:

  • Recognition, identification, adjudication, selection and vetting of incoming requirements and potential recipients.
  • Identification, development, nurturing and maturing of the donor and granting stream, recognition of donors, complete with appropriate accounting, recognition, and sustainment of the foundation.


Currently, our all-volunteer staff is overtaxed with maintaining diligence and establishing infrastructure, relegating some of the needs identification and funding stream work to a lower than ideal priority. I am proud that our governance is strong and pleased that we have already brought programs to our troops.


Against that backdrop, other Foundations and NGO 501C3 Organizations have contacted us for partnership as well as support. Among these are the Gary Sinise/LT Dan Band Foundation; the Kansas City Post of the American Veterans Association (AMVETS); and other, smaller foundations with whom we will partner to provide direct support to clients. These contacts provide opportunities for FISH to support our Heroes, and to increase FISHs presence as a power player in the troop support philanthropic community – addressing needs by getting the support down on the ground where needed most.
 
In the most direct terms, our overall goal for the next twelve months is to emplace FISH into the thought processes of the total community that addresses the needs of our Heroes, active, reserve, National Guard, Retired Military, and non-retired Veterans, and their families, and to gain recognition as the Foundation to whom to turn when support from the Food Industry and its related industries (e.g., trucking, warehousing, packaging) is required or desired. The solution to our challenges rests in the expertise and commitment of our Board members and in the recognition and respect they have in their respective professional communities.
Programs
Description

This pillar provides wheel and track chairs, service canines, and other similar mobility, adaptability, and resilience aids to Service Members and Veterans in need. The modern battlefield is more lethal than previously yet military medicine has increased its capability to save the lives of those wounded in combat. Bringing our fighting forces home places great responsibility on us to ensure they attain and maintain their quality of life. FISH aims to provide Two (2) Track Chairs to selected veterans disabled due to permanent injury to or loss of one or more limbs, or multiple paralyses per year. Selected Veterans are presently being vetted. 

We plan to present 5 service dogs a year to veterans of all eras. The benefit to the veteran is proven every day.

Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success In August 2013, Corporal Mark Litynski, USMC, along with his wife, Heather, was honored at a Hometown Heroes Concert by the Gary Sinise Foundation and the LT Dan Band. FISH was there with three of its officers, leadership from one of our Food Industry Partners, and contributed funds to the building of a Smart Home for Mark and Heather. FISH revealed that it would provide Mark the chair, so he could meet his professional goal of becoming a Minnesota State Conservation Agent. Please see photographs, at this link and here.
Long-Term Success

The goal is to improve the quality of life and, to the extent possible, restore clients’ mobility and interactivity.

In most cases, there is a direct connection between use of a track chair and vocational rehabilitation, therefore affecting morale, spirit, resilience and clients’ ability to contribute to society in a positive manner. 
Program Success Monitored By
The Food Industry Serving Heroes Foundation deploys in an installation-centric manner. FISH, in cooperation with community and installation officials, works together with the existing formal and informal structure to support the assigned Service Members and Families.
Such encourages local industry partners – retailers, distributors, and manufacturers – to join in our efforts with product, financial, and manpower support. Our local partners benefit and have the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with a significant customer segment. The level of support is a measure of success.
The BOD will evaluate the work FISH does. Further, the partners we describe above will be solicited to provide their comments and to assist in the longer term assessment of the effect on the Heroes involved.
Examples of Program Success In 2014 we provided an all-terrain Track Chair to a triple amputee disabled US Marine Veteran and established a source breeder for provision of Service Canines.
Description
Heroes Dinners honor active duty service members selected by their commanding officers for their community involvement, courage, and action on and off the battlefield. FISH provides the food and a celebrity chef to prepare the dinner, with the installation providing the location -- often the home of the commanding officer.
 
We encourage local industry partners to join in our efforts with product, financial, and manpower support. The Heroes Dinner is for the troops. The word-of-mouth is a powerful medium that communicates our value to the command.
 
The dinner launches relationships that maintain and sustain the operations that comprise the Four Pillars of Support. FISH collaborates with the command to develop specific opportunities to serve. 
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Military & Veteran Affairs
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success
We have already seen the number of requests for Heroes Dinners increase in the US Marine Corps, to the level of the Commandant of the Corps himself; as well as in the US Army, where the Commanding General of the institution at the intellectual and training heart of the US Army reached out to one of our Board Members and asked if a Heroes Dinner were possible at his installation.
 
 
We are planning Heroes Dinners at Andrews AFB, MD; Fort Meade, MD; Fort Leavenworth, KS, Wounded Warrior Battalion East Camp Lejeune.
Long-Term Success
The Board of Directors considers and reviews each request, calls on the experience of the Board of Advisors and other cooperating experts, and determines the appropriateness and the amount of funds, or services-in-kind, that FISH may provide.  Therefore, the Foundation becomes self-sustaining, carried forward by its success and through referrals and requests for support and additional partnerships.
 
 
The Heroes Dinner Recognition Pillar provides insight into FISH capabilities, goals and objectives and connects the military communities to the Foundation in a direct and personal way. Individually and collectively, the Heroes Dinners clients become ambassadors for the Foundation.
Program Success Monitored By
The Food Industry Serving Heroes Foundation deploys in an installation-centric manner. FISH, in cooperation with community and installation officials, works together with the existing formal and informal structure to support the assigned Service Members and Families.  Such encourages local industry partners – retailers, distributors, and manufacturers – to join in our efforts with product, financial, and manpower support. Our local partners benefit and have the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with a significant customer segment. The level of support is a measure of success.
 
 
The BOD will evaluate the work FISH does. Further, the partners we describe above will be solicited to provide their comments and to assist in the longer term assessment of the effect on the Heroes involved.
Examples of Program Success
FISH has held 15 Heroes Dinners at various US locations since 2015.

 

CEO Comments WHAT WE DO – THE FOUR PILLARS OF SUPPORT 

Our Service Members serve with devotion and dedication and uncommon courage. However, they experience the same day-to-day challenges and concerns as do all good citizens. We have found that many are reluctant to ask for help – even for the benefits they have earned. It is part of their ethos and training that drives them to focus on others first, not themselves. Our goals are based on our Four Pillars of Support:


Health
Provide wheelchairs, service dogs, and other ancillary services to those in need.



Guidance 
Provide financial courses and resources to meet specific life needsProvide workshops on couponing, discount eligibility, smart shopping and other tools to minimize living expenses.



Recognition
Hold Heroes Dinners to recognize Service Members who have demonstrated heroism, valor, and honor in their respective communities, on their respective military installations or while on deployment.Hold the Retail Patriots Event to recognize those in the industry who provide exceptional support.



Support 
Provide employment opportunities within the food industry, as well as in other, related industries.Provide or coordinate access to shelter:Food and overnight lodging, transient or temporary housing, utility assistance, and other real-time needs.Relocation assistance, helping reestablish individuals and families in a community.Assisting in addressing the longer term and specific issues of family members with special needs.Establish and sustain The Corporal Marshall Denney IV Scholarship Fund.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Frederick Paul Chapa
Term Start Jan 2013
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 30
Paid Contractors 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
  • Sheperds MC Bike Ride & Concert
  • War Horses For Veterans 5K
  • VA Pizza & Karoke Party (Geriatric Veterans)
  • Marine Corps Birthday Gala
  • South East Frozen Food Association 
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Frederick Paul Chapa
Company Affiliation CT Media Partners
Term Mar 2013 to Aug 2050
Email paul.chapa@foodindustryservingheroes.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Joe Cervantes Community Volunteer
Mr. Paul Chapa CT Media Partners
Mr. Joe D'Alberto Acosta Sales and Marketing
Ms. Renessa Denney Community Volunteer
Mr. Johnny Harris Harris-Teeter Corporation
Mr. Travis Hubbard AHOLD, USA
Mr. Michael Sigurdson
Mr. Gary Spinazze Nash-Finch Corporation
Mr. Rick Tarantino Tarantino Foods
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 66%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $100,000
Projected Expenses $24,000
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data entered using IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$56,170$47,224$11,750
Administration Expense$59,120$0$14,200
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.271.172.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses49%100%45%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$74,166$43,573$36,513
Current Assets$74,166$43,573$36,513
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$74,166$43,573$36,513
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountN & B $20,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $17,639 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountChobani $10,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments

2015 Expenses breakdown:  87% Programs, 6% Fundraising, 5% Marketing and 2% Administration.
 

Organization Name Friends In Service of Heroes
Address 11472 S Wilder St.
Olathe, KS 66061
Primary Phone (913) 481-5060
CEO/Executive Director Frederick Paul Chapa
Board Chair Mr. Frederick Paul Chapa
Board Chair Company Affiliation CT Media Partners
Year of Incorporation 2013
Former Names
Food Industry Serving Heroes (FISH)