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Mission Continues

CharityWatch report issued
November 2021

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

Connects military veterans with opportunities to continue their service and leadership in under-resourced communities

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2020

Program Percentage: 74%

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: $11

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

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
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 Mary Beth Bruggeman President $230,451
2 Jeremy Albritton Chief Operating & Finance Officer $204,674
3 Laura L'Esperance Senior VP, External Affairs $192,204
Name: Mary Beth Bruggeman
Title: President
Compensation: $230,451
Name: Jeremy Albritton
Title: Chief Operating & Finance Officer
Compensation: $204,674
Name: Laura L'Esperance
Title: Senior VP, External Affairs
Compensation: $192,204

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, 2020 (Note K, In-Kind Donations), TMC received donated professional services and supplies in 2020 on which it placed a value of $365,799. 

[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, 2020 (Note J, Concentrations of Direct Support):

"For the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, TMC received 38% and 24% of its total revenue from two donors, 69% and 58% from its top 10 donors, and 94% and 89% from its top 50 donors, respectively."

According to The Mission Continues (TMC) audit of December 31, 2020 (Note B re: Paycheck Protection Program):

"During 2020, the Organization applied and was awarded a loan in the amount of $1,435,200 under the Paycheck Protection Program ('PPP'). The Organization has elected to account for the loan using the grant-model... The grant-model requires the initial recording of the proceeds received as operating activities and the funds as an advance liability (deferred revenue) until the Organization has overcome the barriers associated with the funds. As of December 31, 2020, the Organization was not released from all requirements to pay back the loan by the Small Business Association ('SBA'), however all barriers associated with the funds have been met and the principal balance of $1,435,200 along with accrued interest of $11,043 was recorded as other income below expenses on the [audited] statement of activities."

According to The Mission Continues (TMC) audit of December 31, 2020 (Note N, Subsequent Events):

"The Organization evaluated all subsequent events through May 3, 2021, the date the [audited] financial statements were available to be issued. 

"In January 2021, the Organization was released of all requirements to repay the full PPP loan that was obtained in April 2020 in the amount of $1,435,200 principal and $11,043 in accrued interest.

"On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Relief Bill was signed into law. The legislation included provisions for the U.S. Small Business Administration's 7(a) Loan Program to support a second round of PPP loans. The Organization received a second PPP loan in March 2021 in the amount of $1,371,297."

According to The Mission Continues (TMC) audit of December 31, 2020 (Note M, Risks and Uncertainties):

"During March 2020, a global pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization related to the rapidly growing outbreak of a novel strain of the coronavirus disease 19. The pandemic has significantly impacted economic conditions in the U.S. and globally, as federal, state, and local governments reacted to the public health crisis, which has created significant uncertainties in the U.S. economy. The Organization cannot predict the ultimate impact the pandemic will have on its results of operations, financial position, liquidity, or capital resources."

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