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The Schultz Family Foundation awards $143,000 grant to NAVSO

Grant leverages NAVSO’s human-centered design capabilities to drive improvements in veteran experiences.
Arlington, VA – September 7, 2017 – The National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) has been awarded a $143,000 grant by the Schultz Family Foundation to serve as its lead facilitator for upcoming veteran and military family action summits. These convenings will bring together veteran serving organizations, businesses, government leaders, academia and funders to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the veteran and military family communities.
NAVSO strives to transform veteran services to improve the lives of veterans and military families. To achieve those goals, NAVSO uses a human-centered design summit methodology to uncover meaningful insights concerning barriers and opportunities affecting veteran transitions.
“Our summit methodologies help our partners drive actionable changes to achieve the results they so desperately seek,” said Chris Ford, NAVSO’s Founder and CEO. “We’re excited to be partnering with the Schultz Family Foundation to improve outcomes for our nation’s veterans.”
"NAVSO has been an important partner in our work to convene cross-sector leaders and get them working together to improve services for veterans and their families,” said Daniel Pitasky, Executive Director of the Schultz Family Foundation. “We look forward to working with Chris and his team to host future conversations that lead to real impact regarding the success of our transitioning military community. They deserve more than a soft landing.”   
The Schultz Family Foundation announced “Onward Veterans” in 2014 as a national initiative that empowers post-9/11 veterans and their families in their transition to civilian life. Previous Musters were held in 2015 and 2016 and the Foundation partnered with NAVSO, Starbucks Coffee Company, JP Morgan Chase to not only lead the 2018 Muster but also create a road map so the Schultz Family Foundation could seize opportunities to accelerate work for veterans and their families in the months and years following the summit.
About NAVSO: NAVSO is exclusively focused on transforming the veteran services marketplace to improve the lives of veterans and military families. Since 2015, NAVSO has accomplished this mission by providing essential resources to those who serve this remarkable community, fund their support, study their needs or employ them. NAVSO offers educational programing, provides direct consultation, hosts summits, commissions research, shares democratized data resources, and facilitates the evaluation of meaningful services. Learn more at
About Schultz Family Foundation:
The Schultz Family Foundation was co-founded in 1996 by Sheri Kersch Schultz and her husband Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks Coffee Company. Guided by a belief that an “inequality of opportunity” is stifling America’s potential, the Foundation invests in innovative programs and partnerships that remove barriers to success and create new pathways to opportunity. The Schultz Family Foundation currently supports two national signature initiatives: Onward Youth and Onward Veterans. For more information, visit or follow them on Twitter @SchultzFamilyFd.