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Mission Continues

CharityWatch report issued
April 2019

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Mission Continues
1141 South 7th Street
Saint Louis, MO 63104

Other Names

Center for Citizen Leadership--(formerly known as)
The Mission Continues

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Empowers veterans, facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home, to find new missions; redeploys veterans in their communities so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 85%

The percentage of Mission Continues's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $8

How many dollars Mission Continues spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
The Mission Continues IRS Form 990 20-8742553
The Mission Continues Audited Financial Statements 20-8742553
Entity: The Mission Continues
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 20-8742553
Entity: The Mission Continues
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 20-8742553

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Mission Continues
meets governance benchmarks.
Mission Continues
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Spencer Kympton President $243,270
2 Meredith Knopp Past Senior VP, Programs $229,334
3 Lori Stevens Past Senior VP, Growth Strategy & Development $227,376
Name: Spencer Kympton
Title: President
Compensation: $243,270
Name: Meredith Knopp
Title: Past Senior VP, Programs
Compensation: $229,334
Name: Lori Stevens
Title: Past Senior VP, Growth Strategy & Development
Compensation: $227,376

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to The Mission Continues (TMC) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note I, In-Kind Donations):

"During the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, TMC received donated professional services and supplies valued at $331,529 and $389,483, respectively."

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to The Mission Continues (TMC) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note K, Concentrations of Direct Support):

"For the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, TMC received approximately 22% and 38%, respectively, of its total direct support from one donor."
According to The Mission Continues (TMC) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note M, Legal Investigation):

"During and subsequent to the year ended December 31, 2017, the Organization was requested to provide organizational documents to certain agencies in conjunction with the ongoing investigations of the Organization's former executive director and former governor of the State of Missouri. Although these investigations are ongoing, there are no current requests for TMC to provide any additional information. As of the date of these financial statements, nothing has been brought to the attention of the Organization that would require additional disclosure or contingency reserve."

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According to The Mission Continues (TMC) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note L, Note Receivable):

"On June 23, 2017 the Organization established a MOU [memorandum of understanding] with a partner non-profit organization as part of an agreement that would increase the awareness of the organization and conditionally return a grant of $2.5M over the next 2 years. Additional to the MOU, TMC issued a promissory note for the amount of $400,000 (maturing June 22, 2018). As of December 31, 2017, the promissory note and associated interest remained outstanding..."
According to The Mission Continues (TMC) 2017 tax filing, TMC reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4A):

1) Meredith Knopp - Severance Payment: $51,566
2) Lori Stevens - Severance Payment: $16,308

Meredith Knopp is reported as "Sr. VP Programs (Res. 12/17)," with total compensation of $229,334 in 2017; Lori Stevens is reported as "Sr. VP Growth Strategy and Dev (Res. 12/17)," with total compensation of $227,376 in 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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