| St. Louis, Missouri|
| Eric Greitens, Founder
Spencer Kympton, President|
$6.5 million in 2012 (individual, corporate, and foundation donors)
The Mission Continues empowers veterans to serve their country in new ways
"Reporting for duty in your community."
Team Rubicon, Wounded Warrior Project, New Profit Inc, American Corporate Partners, Social Venture Network
The Mission Continues, formerly Center for Citizen Leadership, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. Founded in 2007, The Mission Continues "redeploys veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of service and success.
The Mission Continues Wikipedia
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. Many Marines expressed a desire to continue serving their country, even if they could no longer do so in the military. Inspired, Greitens founded The Mission Continues. As of May 2014, The Mission Continues had awarded more than 1,000 fellowships since it began operations.
Greitens stepped down as CEO in July 2014; Spencer Kympton is his successor.
The organization's Fellowship Program awards six-month community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans to volunteer at nonprofit or community organizations of their choice. Fellows have volunteered at organizations addressing issues ranging from disaster preparedness to education for low-income youth to training service dogs for wounded veterans.
Fellows attend a three-day orientation at the start of their fellowship. Throughout the fellowship, each Fellow works toward goals of full-time employment, higher education and a permanent role of service.
The organization's Platoon Program mobilizes teams of veterans, active duty service members, guardsmen and reservists to solve a specific challenge in their community. As of March 2015, groups were active in over 30 cities. Service Platoon Leaders also attend a training weekend prior to taking charge of their service platoon; there is also a "Service Summit" each fall.
The organization has been named one of the 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by The NonProfit Times, a "Best Place to Work" from Outside in 2013 and 2014, the 2011 Innovation Award Winner from the Social Venture Network, the 2012 TORCH Award from the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois, a 2009 Draper Richards Fellowship from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and the 2011 Best of Bullseye Award for Collaboration from Target.