Frequently Asked Questions about ACMF

What is the Arizona Coalition for Military Families?
The Arizona Coalition for Military Families is a nationally-recognized public/private partnership focused on building Arizona’s capacity to care for and support all service members, veterans, their families and communities. The Coalition engages and connects military, government and community organizations with a focus on no wrong door and no wrong person and the right resource at the right time for each person and family.

What does the term “Military Families” mean?
The term “military family” is used very broadly in the context of the Coalition. A military family is any service member or veteran, their immediate and extended family, as well as the community around them. This could mean a spouse/significant other and children. It could also mean parents, siblings, extended family and the broader network of support around that service member or veteran (friends, coworkers, etc). Anyone who is impacted by military service.

How do you help military families?
The Coalition is not a direct assistance provider. We have an array of amazing partner organizations that serve, employ and assist our service members, veterans and family members on a daily basis.

If you think of our overall community effort to provide the best care and support possible to our service members, veterans and their families on a day-to-day basis as Arizona’s collective impact initiative (everyone working together toward a common goal), then the Coalition is what’s referred to as a backbone support organization. Our team is here to support all of the organizations working with this population (with training, technical assistance, etc.), to develop and implement strategic initiatives and to build the infrastructure necessary to support our community’s ability to have no wrong door and no wrong person and the right resource at the right time.

Is the Coalition a part of a national organization?

The Coalition is a stand alone organization built just for Arizona and our community’s needs. We are unique in our structure and sustainability over the years. The Coalition has been nationally-recognized as Arizona’s Community Force, Community Blueprint and Arizona’s Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC), which is a state-level military cooperative partnership meant to engage all different branches and components of the armed forces (Arizona has taken a unique approach to the ISFAC model by emphasizing both public and private sector involvement).

Our innovative approach to capacity building in support of all those who serve and their families has led to Arizona being invited to participate in national initiatives and convenings focused on state-level collaboration, including a multi-state Roundtable hosted by the White House National Security Council Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in Washington, D.C. as well as additional events conducted by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, National Guard Bureau, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Military Family Research Institute and the Points of Light Foundation. The focus is on identifying promising and successful approaches for coordinating support for service members, veterans and their families on the state level. Learn more about ACMF’s involvement with national initiatives here.

How does an individual or organization become a member of the Coalition?
Individuals and organizations from all sectors are invited to get involved with Coalition activities and events. We strongly encourage signing up for our e-newsletter and attending events as a way to get plugged in initially. Through participation in ACMF activities, you will have the opportunity to network and connect with other individuals and organizations involved in serving the military and veteran population. In that way, you become a part of the broader effort to provide the best care and support to all those who have served throughout Arizona.

Military, government and community organizations that would like to become partner organizations can apply to join the Military/Veteran Resource Network. Learn more here.

The Coalition offers training and technical assistance to military, government and community organizations. Learn more and make a request here.

Is the Coalition a nonprofit?
The Coalition is a public/private partnership and operates under the umbrella of an Arizona nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status. Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona, an affiliate of Vitalyst Health Foundation, serves as the administrative service organization and fiscal sponsor for the Coalition. Housing the Coalition in the nonprofit sector provides maximum flexibility for creating organizational sustainability through avenues such as grants and sponsorship, while the public/private partnership model allows for entities from all sectors to plug into ACMF collaboration efforts such as special initiatives, events, etc. One of the primary goals with ACMF is developing sustainability as this is an area many other states and communities have struggled with in their community and state level collaborations.

How is the Coalition funded?
The Coalition operates with the support and participation of partners from the public and private sector, including the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services among others. Support ranges from direct funding (grants, sponsorships, etc.), to in-kind support (staff time, technical assistance) to partnership in Coalition initiatives and events (planning committees, meeting space, etc). The Coalition focuses on leveraging the resources available in our community, reducing duplication of effort and ensuring that ACMF has a diverse base of support to assist with sustainability.

What if I have other questions?
Please contact us by email and a member of the Coalition team will follow up with you shortly. Thank you!