Brian Bill Foundation Inc
1680 Fruitville Road Suite 213
SARASOTA FL 34236
Mission

SAVING  LIVES   AND   CHANGING  LIVES 

The Brian Bill Foundation provides Therapeutic Retreat programs for Navy SEAL Gold Star Families, Active Duty Operators and Veterans. Programs Include: Navy Special Warfare and Special Forces Personnel suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Chronic Pain.
Retreats are focused on Neurofeedback, Equine Assisted Therapy and (ART) Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Edgar Scott Bill
Board Chair Scott Bill
Board Chair Affiliation Founder/CEO Brian Bill Foundation
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $660,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
We have raised $451,000 towards the purchase of "Brian's House" and we expect to purchase the property in 2016. We have initiated our Gold Star Mother and Fathers Weekend Retreat Programs, our Warrior Retreat Program will start up in May 2016. 
Needs Statement
1. Our highest priority is to raise the remaining funds to purchase the property for Brian's House. The Property is located on Manasota Key, Englewood,  Florida. We are asking for a family legacy gift.or a donor to purchase the property and lease back to us while we pay it off. The cost of the house and property is $1,600,000. We have raised $451,000.
We need the remaining $1,149,000. or financing to complete purchase of the property. Our annual budget to operate Brian's House is $660,000 we expect to raise $300,000 from events during 2016. 
 
2. We need another $200,000. for improvements, appliances, dishes, furniture, bedding, linens etc.
 
3. We need $20,000. to fund our Fathers of the Fallen Gold Star Retreat Programs.
 
4. We need $20,000 to fund our Mothers of the Fallen Gold Star Retreat Programs.
 
5. We need $20,000 to fund our Warrior Retreat Program. 
Background Statement

Freedom isn’t free. It is not just the warriors out on the front lines, but their spouses, children and extended families who are all making sacrifices in the name of our freedom. Through our programs and retreats at Brian’s House we can deliver the necessary support so that the Navy Special Warfare community can maintain a resilient Force.

The Naval Special Warfare Community puts their lives on the line every single day. The Operators are out there defending our country and our freedom while their families are back at home experiencing depression, anxiety, and sometimes divorce. These families make significant personal sacrifices that ordinary family members would never have to consider.

There are 30,000 suicides reported every year in the United States. Veterans account for roughly 20% of these victims. 30% of these Veterans are also struggling with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are programs to help but they just don’t reach people quickly enough to make a difference.

Your commitment and financial support will ensure that the Navy Special Warfare Community and the Gold Star Families receive the care they so urgently need.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
National
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I lost my son, Brian Bill a Navy SEAL who was KIA along with 22 other Navy SEAL's on board Extortion 17 on August 6, 2011 in Afghanistan. Their deaths are the greatest single loss of life ever suffered by the U.S. Special Operations community in the 24-year history of the U.S. Special Operations Command My son is buried alongside his SEAL brothers in Arlington National Cemetery.

The loss of my son turned my life upside down and I searched for answers to his death. God finally spoke to me and sent me on a path totally different from where I had been. I was asked to become a Gold Star representative with the Navy SEAL Foundation. I traveled and spoke at events and conferences about our SEAL’s and their families. I offered kindness and support to families that had suffered the same unbelievable loss. I showed people a way to heal and grow through all this pain and suffering. After three years working with the Navy SEAL Foundation I decided to start a Foundation to continue the legacy of my son Brian and all his teammates lost on that mission.
 
I started the Brian Bill Foundation to help heal all those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. My mission is to bring these families together again after so much pain and grief. I have witnessed suffering and the breakup of too many families and it is time to take action.
 
By establishing Brian's House we can bring together five families at a time for a week long retreat. With activities and grief counseling we will be able to save lives and change lives. Through our Gold Star Weekend retreats we can help to forge relationships with Fathers and Mothers that have experienced the ultimate loss of a son. Our Weekend Warrior Retreats for active duty and veteran's focuses on therapeutic treatment for PTSB, TBI. We will not stop after the programs are completed.We promise to continue to offer ongoing support 24/7 to all our family everywhere. There are no other programs like Brian's House or our Gold Star and Warrior Retreats. We have set the bar and we will never look back. But we need your help to sustain these important programs. I invite you to look closer at our programs, Board of Directors and the results so far. You will not be disappointed with our stewardship and success. And I hope then that you will join our crusade to Save Lives and Change Lives 
 
Respectfully,
Scott Bill  CEO/Founder 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


Programs
Description Retreat House
Budget $300,000
Category Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families
Short Term Success
Families will be able to come together with other Navy Special Warfare families. Share their stories and become friends
Through counseling there will be healing for those that have suffered losses.
Long Term Success
Families will be able to come together with other Navy Special Warfare families. Share their stories and become friends
 
Through counseling there will be healing for those that have suffered losses.
Program Success Monitoring Surveys, Reunions, interviews.
Program Success Examples Positive feedback from Families and veterans
Description

Navy SEAL Gold Star Fathers will join us for an incredible weekend of outdoor activities and therapeutic support designed to combine our strengths to overcome our burdens.

The opportunity to forge new relationships, challenge ourselves, relax and de-stress are all critical components to the healing process. Flats fishing, clay shooting, kayaking and hiking are some of the activities that our Gold Star Fathers can enjoy.

Building on our attributes, which have raised our Warrior Sons, we will focus our skills this weekend in the direction of advancing our emotional strength. Teaming our greatest successes and darkest losses to create Leadership stronger and built from two.

Budget $250,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities US
Short Term Success

Our retreat program model was first developed by our Program Director, Denise Grant, LCSW, in 2009 while at USSOCOM Care Coalition working with SOF Wounded Warriors. Since this time, retreats have been offered to Individuals, Couples and Families who were struggling with the injuries of combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain and Military Sexual Trauma.

Long Term Success

METRICS:

Subjective evaluations are obtained daily from each participant. This allows us to make any needed adjustments in support for participants in order to maximize their potential.

These evaluations have provided feedback on the effectiveness of each component during the retreat and at the conclusion.

The subjective evaluations report 95% of participants find the program to be effective.

The validated assessments that we have used are the PTSD Checklist (PCL), Psychiatric Diagnostic Screening Questionaire, (PDSQ) and the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS). These measurements have provided strongly, consistent outcomes.

The average change seen from the PCL assessments has been a 22 pointreduction in symptoms. A change of 10 points is defined as clinically significant.

The average change seen from the PDSQ assessments has been a 33 point reduction in symptoms. A change of 10 points is defined as clinically significant.

The average change seen from the Dept of Defense Veterans Pain Scale has been a 7 point reduction in symptoms. Although the retreat program does not “treat” pain, the modalities used to address psychological stressors have an affect on reducing same stressors that exacerbate the pain issues. Thus, by reducing the psychological issues, we are able to reduce the compounding pain symptoms that result from the added stress.

We will be adding a measurement for grief to be used with our Gold Star Retreats in 2016.

We look forward to answering any questions and are committed to continued research and outcomes in order to improve our programming and provide more effective support.

In two days, this program did for me what 4+ years of conventional therapy …could not accomplish”- Retreat participant

Respectfully,

Denise R. Grant, LCSW

Program Director

Brian Bill Foundation

954-540-1159

denise@brianbillfoundation.org

Outcome Measure Table 1, PDSQ 2014

Program Success Monitoring

METRICS:

Subjective evaluations are obtained daily from each participant. This allows us to make any needed adjustments in support for participants in order to maximize their potential.

These evaluations have provided feedback on the effectiveness of each component during the retreat and at the conclusion.

The subjective evaluations report 95% of participants find the program to be effective.

The validated assessments that we have used are the PTSD Checklist (PCL), Psychiatric Diagnostic Screening Questionaire, (PDSQ) and the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS). These measurements have provided strongly, consistent outcomes.

The average change seen from the PCL assessments has been a 22 pointreduction in symptoms. A change of 10 points is defined as clinically significant.

The average change seen from the PDSQ assessments has been a 33 point reduction in symptoms. A change of 10 points is defined as clinically significant.

The average change seen from the Dept of Defense Veterans Pain Scale has been a 7 point reduction in symptoms. Although the retreat program does not “treat” pain, the modalities used to address psychological stressors have an affect on reducing same stressors that exacerbate the pain issues. Thus, by reducing the psychological issues, we are able to reduce the compounding pain symptoms that result from the added stress.

We will be adding a measurement for grief to be used with our Gold Star Retreats in 2016.

We look forward to answering any questions and are committed to continued research and outcomes in order to improve our programming and provide more effective support.

In two days, this program did for me what 4+ years of conventional therapy …could not accomplish”- Retreat participant

Respectfully,

Denise R. Grant, LCSW

Program Director

Brian Bill Foundation

954-540-1159

denise@brianbillfoundation.org

Program Success Examples

Our model provides for ease of access with scheduling of weekend retreat dates allowing for minimal time away from work or family. Individuals may attend additional retreats as needed, providing an alternative to daily, weekly or month long programs. There are also no retreat costs to the participants, allowing for more comfortable participation.

We do not require a formal diagnosis for the injuries. Many SOF have not received a medical diagnosis, which for many could represent a career threat.

We incorporate cutting edge “best practice techniques” in our support of individuals and families. Psycho-education, Neurofeedback, Equine learning and Accelerated Resolution therapies are some of the techniques we offer to demonstrate. This unique combination, builds upon each component, which allows for more rapid and effective growth.

A main objective of our program is to offer a comfortable process for participants to experience. All too often Veterans describe the support from providers as “re-traumatizing” or emotionally painful to participate in. The techniques that we utilize are designed to minimize strong emotional reactions and to work directly with targeted events. This results in more effective healing and quicker resolution.

“I was able to get perspective on the self destructive behaviors I engage in and what I can do about it” - Retreat participant

Description
Therapeutic Retreats for Navy Special Warfare and Special Operations Forces struggling with Post Traumatic Stress, mTBI and Chronic Pain.Using best practice techniques of support, including psycho-educational segments, active recreational practice of coping strategies, and individual support. These programs will include the opportunity to learn about injuries. Experience successful strategies, learn and try cutting edge therapeutic support such as Accelerated Resolution, Equine Learning, Neurofeedback and other support options for resolving and reducing Traumatic Stress, Grief, mTBI and Pain Issues.
Budget $200,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities Adults US
Short Term Success

Warrior Strengthening RetreatTM

June 28 2016

This past weekend, the BBF held the Warrior Strengthening Retreat TM for nine SOF Warriors. These brave men arrived with a single mission, to gain as much as possible from this brief weekend. Each of them arrived with a slightly different list of goals:

· Just to learn one skill that will help bring my pain level down.

· To find out what’s medically wrong in my head

· To feel hope and happiness again, to have self worth

· Plan to learn how to cope with PTSD and have a better life

Over the course of three days, these 9 Warriors dedicated themselves to learning about themselves and their injuries. Gaining the understanding that they are not weak, but remain the fiercely strong Warriors they have always been. They practiced skills and took on challenges both individually and as a team. Each man explored new techniques to address his injuries and was able find options that worked! Armed with new tools that are helping him become stronger, each Warrior is moving forward with a new mission, and achieving his goals.

All expressed that this program has helped them very much!

· I finally have hope that I can be healed from pain

· (This program) has put a name to my issues and I realize I’m not toxic to be around.

· I have made a real breakthrough this weekend and I feel hopeful for the first time in a long time.

· It was almost unbelievable how effective the individual session was (for PTSD)

Our program was honored to host these 9 Warriors and guide them towards strength and healing. We wish to thank each of them for their incredible bravery and all who support our program to make this possible, as we Change Lives and Save Lives!

Denise Grant

Program Director

Brian Bill Foundation

Long Term Success
Our retreat program model was first developed by our Program Director, Denise Grant, LCSW, in 2009 while at USSOCOM Care Coalition working with SOF Wounded Warriors. Since this time, retreats have been offered to Individuals, Couples and Families who were struggling with the injuries of combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain and Military Sexual Trauma.
The program was developed in part to fill gaps in support for the SOF community who are affected by these invisible injuries. Several keys issues were addressed in developing the program that have traditionally been obstacles to support for active duty SOF. These work around strategies have led in part to a highly effective program.
Our model provides for ease of access with scheduling of weekend retreat dates allowing for minimal time away from work or family. Individuals may attend additional retreats as needed, providing an alternative to daily, weekly or month long programs. There are also no retreat costs to the participants, allowing for more comfortable participation.
We do not require a formal diagnosis for the injuries. Many SOF have not received a medical diagnosis, which for many could represent a career threat.
We incorporate cutting edge “best practice techniques” in our support of individuals and families. Psycho-education, Neurofeedback, Equine learning and Accelerated Resolution therapies are some of the techniques we offer to demonstrate. This unique combination, builds upon each component, which allows for more rapid and effective growth.
Program Success Monitoring
METRICS:
Subjective evaluations are obtained daily from each participant. This allows us to make any needed adjustments in support for participants in order to maximize their potential.
These evaluations have provided feedback on the effectiveness of each component during the retreat and at the conclusion.
The subjective evaluations report 95% of participants find the program to be effective.
The validated assessments that we have used are the PTSD Checklist (PCL), Psychiatric Diagnostic Screening Questionaire, (PDSQ) and the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS). These measurements have provided strongly, consistent outcomes.
The average change seen from the PCL assessments has been a 22 pointreduction in symptoms. A change of 10 points is defined as clinically significant.
The average change seen from the PDSQ assessments has been a 33 point reduction in symptoms. A change of 10 points is defined as clinically significant.
The average change seen from the Dept of Defense Veterans Pain Scale has been a 7 point reduction in symptoms. Although the retreat program does not “treat” pain, the modalities used to address psychological stressors have an affect on reducing same stressors that exacerbate the pain issues. Thus, by reducing the psychological issues, we are able to reduce the compounding pain symptoms that result from the added stress.
Program Success Examples
A main objective of our program is to offer a comfortable process for participants to experience. All too often Veterans describe the support from providers as “re-traumatizing” or emotionally painful to participate in. The techniques that we utilize are designed to minimize strong emotional reactions and to work directly with targeted events. This results in more effective healing and quicker resolution.
“I was able to get perspective on the self destructive behaviors I engage in and what I can do about it” - Retreat participant
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Edgar Scott Bill
CEO Term Start June 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email scott@brianbillfoundation.org
Experience
Owner and President of Custom Home Building Company for 35 years in Sarasota, FL. and Boston, MA.
Executive Vice President Morgan Stanley Inc. Boston, MA office for 6 years. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
The following organizations will contribute annual program support for Brian's House and ongoing support for the families that have participated in the retreat program.
Navy SEAL Foundation
Navy Special Warfare Family Fund
UDT-SEAL Association
Frogman Charities
SEAL Legacy Foundation
T.A.P.S.
31 Heroes Foundation 
 
Weekend Retreat Program Support:
Patterson Foundation
Wounded Warrior Project
Care Coalition at SOCOM 
 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2015
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Scott Bill
Company Affiliation Founder/CEO Brian Bill Foundation
Board Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2016
Board Chair Email scott@Brianbillfoundation.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Scott Bill Founder/CEO Brian Bill Foundation
Gregory Bobonich GCB Group Philanthropy
Joseph Kernan Navy SEAL/Vice Admiral (Ret)
Stacie Krupa Krupa Art Galleries
Glenn Mercer Navy SEAL/MCPO (Ret)
Edward Winters Retired
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 90
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $1,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $660,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Raise funds for Brian's House purchase and reserve fund for house expenses and Foundation operating costs. Fund Warrior Retreat programs.
Campaign Goal $2,000,000.00
Campaign Dates Dec 2015 to Jan 2017
Amount Raised To Date 451000 as of Feb 2016
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$216,593$41,549$4,890
Administration Expense$10,264$6,455$365
Fundraising Expense$6,943$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.971.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%87%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$201$134$365
Current Assets$201$134$365
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,014$1,098$0
Total Net Assets($813)($964)$365
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $222,372Contributions, gifts, grants $40,503Contributions, gifts, grants $5,620
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $11,329Fundraising $6,1720 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $2500 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.200.12--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We continue to prospect for donor participation to purchase Brain's House. We ask for corporate sponsorship of our Warrior Retreat Programs. We continue to raise funds through our events that help pay for our Retreat Programs and equity in Brian's House.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for 2014 taken from unaudited compilations. Contributions may include foundation and corporate support.   Financial information for subsequent years taken from the organization's Federal tax returns.
Nonprofit Brian Bill Foundation Inc
Address 1680 Fruitville Road Suite 213
SARASOTA, FL 34277
Phone 941 840-4204

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