Center For Citizen Leadership DBA: The Mission Continues (St. Louis, MO)


  • Name:Mr. Justin Jones
  • Title:Service Projects Director

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  • Organization Name:Center For Citizen Leadership DBA: The Mission Continues
  • Address:1141 S. 7th Street
    St. Louis, MO 63104
    United States

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  • Main phone:3145716213

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  • Mission:
  • The Mission Continues challenges veterans to serve and inspire in communities across America by awarding community service fellowships to post 9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Many veterans struggle to find the same purpose at home as they found in the mission, camaraderie and structure of the military. The Mission Continues does not offer charity; Rather, it challenges returning service members to utilize their tremendous skills and leadership to continue serving our country at home. Through service, veterans find renewed strength and purpose while building stronger communities. Our mission is fueled by a deep belief that our veterans are assets whose leadership is needed now more than ever here at home.

  • Overview:
  • At The Mission Continues, we believe that the five million men and women who have served in uniform since 9/11 are among our country’s greatest assets. Through service, both in the military and at home, they have the power to inspire our nation. By challenging this generation of veterans to focus their leadership skills on their communities, The Mission Continues asks them to pursue a new mission of service, as a civic leader.

    The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a nonprofit organization of their choice addressing key educational, environmental or social issues.

    To date, we have offered more than 609 fellowships to veterans to serve at nonprofit organizations across 43 states. Our Fellows have worked to address issues ranging from mentoring at-risk youth to wildlife conservation and from disaster preparedness to homelessness. These experiences are bridging the military-civilian divide, allowing veterans to feel more connected to their communities and helping civilians gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the men and women who have served.

    Just as communities have flourished as a result our Fellows’ service, so too have the lives of our Fellows as they transitioned into meaningful careers, continued education and ongoing roles of service.

    Our staff consists of both veterans and civilians, whose backgrounds and experiences vary vastly. Our founder is a former US Navy SEAL. Our President, who’s been with the organization for two years, was a valedictorian at West Point and is a former Army Blackhawk pilot. Other team members have served at various nonprofit organizations and have held a variety of leadership positions in both the military and in the civilian world.

    Our current Board of Directors consists of ten members, whose background and experiences vary vastly. Seven of our board members are veterans of the United States military. One board members represent an organizational investor (New Profit, Inc.).

    Without the structure, mission, and camaraderie of a military unit, many veterans struggle to find purpose here at home. They often have a difficult time transitioning to civilian life. The Mission Continues’ Fellowship Program empowers veterans to transition in a healthy, meaningful way.
    The Mission Continues’ approach is different from other veterans’ service organizations because the organization acknowledges how much our veterans are still able to give. Our tagline is, “It’s not a charity; it’s a challenge,” and because we believe this, we challenge veterans to serve and lead in their communities. We are confident that our model is transformative and distinct.
    A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. Fellows are encouraged to choose a nonprofit organization to serve based on their own personal passions. Current and Alumni Fellows have worked at organizations addressing issues ranging from disaster preparedness to education for low-income youth to training service dogs for wounded veterans. These host organizations include Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    Before beginning the fellowship, Fellows attend a three-day Fellowship Orientation, joining other post-9/11 veterans from their Fellowship Class for a weekend of training, service and camaraderie. Upon returning home from orientation, Fellows officially begin their fellowships at their host organizations.

    Throughout the fellowship, each Fellow will have the opportunity to lead a community service project, share their story with others, and inspire their community to take action. Throughout their fellowship, Fellows work with a Fellowship Program Association who work through a curriculum that includes setting SMART goals, establishing a network and determining their exit strategy once their Fellowship has concluded.

    The Mission Continues has Fellows that serve from California to New York. These Fellows have made a lasting impact on their communities in a variety of different ways.

  • History:
  • The Mission Continues was founded in 2007 after CEO Eric Greitens returned home from service in Iraq as a Navy SEAL. Upon his return, Eric visited with wounded Marines at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Without exception, each Marine expressed an unwavering desire to continue serving his country, even if he could no longer do so in the military. One young Marine even said this to co-founder Kenneth Harbaugh: “I lost my legs – that is all. I did not lose my desire to serve, or my pride in being an American.” Inspired, Eric used his own combat pay and two friends pitched in their military disability checks to found The Mission Continues.

    Since 2007, The Mission Continues has sought to challenge returning service members through continued service here at home.

    In recognition of the impact our Fellows have made across the nation, the dedicated support of our volunteer community, and the determination of our staff to ease the transition home of recently returned veterans, the organization has been bestowed a number of honors and awards.

    2011 Innovation Award Winner
    Social Venture Network

    Social Venture Network, a leading network of entrepreneurs and investors announced Founder and CEO Eric Greitens and The Mission Continues as one of its 2011 Innovation Award winners. The award recognizes the most promising social ventures and innovative entrepreneurs working to build a more just and sustainable world.

    2012 TORCH Award
    Better Business Bureau of Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois

    The Mission Continues was presented with a BBB TORCH Award for "exceptional ethical business practices and customer service" from the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois.

    50 Best Nonprofits to Work For
    The Nonprofit Times

    The Mission Continues was named one of the 50 best nonprofits to work for nationwide in 2012 by The NonProfit Times. The Mission Continues was one of two organizations in Missouri to make the list, and one of two veteran service organizations. The nationwide survey was created in 2010 by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group to recognize the best employers in the nonprofit sector.

    Draper Richards Fellowship
    Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

    In 2009, The Mission Continues was awarded the highly selective Draper Richards Fellowship. The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation provides six grantees per year with funding of $100,000 annually for four years. A Draper Richards Fellowship recognizes The Mission Continues' ability to create significant social change in a sustainable and scalable way.

    Best of Bullseye Award for Collaboration

    The Mission Continues received Target’s Best of Bullseye Award for Collaboration in 2011 in reconitions of the organization’s efforts in building a stronger and more meaningful relationship between Target and the military community. Target and The Mission Continues have since collaborated on consecutive Veterans Days for large scale community service projects nationwide.

    Social Entrepreneurship Award
    The Manhattan Institute

    The Mission Continues was recognized by The Manhattan Institute in 2010 as one of the five most socially innovative organizations in the country. The Mission Continues was nominated for the award by Jim McCausland, father of Fellow Alumni Casey McCausland. The organization was recognized "as examples of the strength and honor of our military men and women both on the battlefield and on the home front."

    All-Stars Among Us
    Major League Baseball and PEOPLE Magazine

    The Mission Continues Founder and CEO Eric Greitens was recognized as an “All-Star Among Us” at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game. One American was chosen to represent each MLB team, recognizing his/her contributions to their community. Because of his work and support of The Mission Continues, Eric was chosen to represent his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

    In the past 5 years The Mission Continues has had over 30,000 volunteers serve alongside our Fellows in days of community service.

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:27


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:208742553

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:208742553
  • Organization Name:THE MISSION CONTINUES
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ERIC GREITENS
  • Organization Address:1141 S 7TH ST
  • Organization City:SAINT LOUIS
  • Organization State:MO
  • Organization Zip:63104-3623
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 2007
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:J20
  • Asset Amount:$11,468,509
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$12,354,622
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$12,287,569
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:49:09 am

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