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Fourblock Foundation Inc

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Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: FourBlock is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is the nation's local professional network for veterans. Each year, hundreds of veterans in every corner of the country join FourBlock communities to engage locally and connect nationally. From leading organizations to launching innovative new ventures, our veterans are tackling mission critical goals at Fortune 500 companies through the power of the FourBlock network. Learn more about joining the community: fourblock.org

Results: Over 1,500 veterans have completed our programs. 94% of our alumni say joining FourBlock improved their transition from military to corporate life, 80% of alumni say FourBlock inspired them to pursue more challenging careers, 78% of working alumni have remained at their first job for 12 months or more, 100% of alumni say that as a result of joining FourBlock, they have built a better network

Target demographics: veterans, wounded service members, and transitioning active duty service members.

Geographic areas served: 20 major cities across the country

Programs: Career Readiness Program, Career Counseling Services, transition services for rehabilitating wounded service members, fundraising for wounded service members

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FourBlock provides critical information and opportunities to veterans during their transition back into the civilian sector. Prioritizing the development of interpersonal skills needed to effectively communicate and translate the unique strengths, capabilities and experiences veterans infuse into companies, FourBlock prepares its students to have productive interviews and discussions with talent acquisition personnel.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FourBlock is the quintessential transition program for our current generation of veterans. The organization’s goal is not to “place” veterans into jobs or internships, but to help them develop the networking and relationship building skills they need to find their own success in the civilian workforce. This effort would not be possible without the generous support of an employer community that understands what these talented men and women bring to the corporate America...each and every day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've partnered with FourBlock for a couple years now. It has been such a rewarding experience. They are a top-notch team providing incredible services and value to our nation's veterans. It's been an honor to serve those who have given everything to serve our country.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Booz Allen Hamilton had the honor to host a FourBlock class in Atlanta recently; it was a great experience. The training provided by FourBlock instructors and how they engaged students was outstanding. The participation of the students was great—very engaged from the networking process through the class of instruction. The make up of the Fourblock students was very impressive as well and was commented on by many of the Booz Allen Hamilton that help support the class and networking. As a leader of Booz Allen Hamilton’s military hiring initiative, I am exposed to multiple resources around veteran hiring, training and transition. Fourblock is one of the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Fourblock in Atlanta for several years. They provide a great service to veterans through both the organized course materials and the networking opportunities. The course content is excellent and helps the veterans develop the skills necessary to succeed in their job search.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization, which helps give Military Veterans additional tools to assist them in their transition into Corp America. As an alum it gave me a tremendous advantage and confidence as I moved out of the military culture and into corporate environment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My company, SunTrust Bank, has been a sponsor of Fourblock and their efforts for three years now. Fourblock is an outstanding nonprofit who is executing on the critical mission of helping our deserving Veterans find new careers. As a co-chair for our Veteran's business resource group, I see a lot of Veteran related nonprofits. Fourblock is one of the best in terms of its mission, how it executes on that mission (key performance indicator based) and how it is a good steward of donations. Not only have we supported Fourblock, Fourblock has provided our corporation with key talent who has impacted our company in a positive way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic mission and execution, enabling military veterans to become leaders in industry, government, and whatever environment comes with their next phase. The best comparison I can come up with is a military-centric, executive MBA. It comes with corporate culture experiences, expert instruction, real-world transition stories, networking, and everything in between. I couldn't be prouder to be associated and volunteer with such a high-functioning and high-impact environment!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FourBlock is such a great program available to veterans at no cost. The instructors are there to help and guide you through your transition whether you are separating from the military or switching careers.

They connect you to great people, help you think about what you really want and show you paths and options on how to get there. The power of networking is incredible!

I was a student at the Bremerton, WA cohort, and the first cohort in Austin, TX. Now I am proud to help give back as an associate instructor.

Gary G.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

FourBlock's Career Readiness Program was exactly what I needed in order to prepare for my military transition. I enrolled into the Seattle Fall 2017 Cohort in prep for my pending retirement in April 2018. Not only was I blown away by FourBlock's online didactics via Columbia University, but the hands-on exercises of developing career skills were second to none! Our cohort learned everything from learning the art of networking, designing "elevator pitches," and tailoring resumes to building professional relationships, interviewing, and negotiating salaries. I highly recommend FourBock for all active military and veterans in transition!

Casey S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The job searching methods I learned in Fourblock along with cover letter and networking is what led to me securing my current job I have today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fourblock was exactly what I needed when I transitioned out of the Army earlier this year. Their focus is on helping veterans find the next RIGHT thing. Not just finding a job. Taking Fourblock's 8 week course has helped me get on the right path toward a career I'm passionate about.

Client Served

Rating: 4

FourBlock is a great organization for Veterans that are starting from scratch on their transition. Their differentiation is that they require Veterans to be enrolled in an institution of higher learning, meaning that they have students that are students in more ways than one. Their biggest assets are their corporate partners who provide space and networking to the organization as well as the facilitators that truly care about the FourBlock cohort and its students. I think that FourBlock does a great job of connecting Veterans with companies and gives a great lesson on how to meet Veterans in the area who are interested in improving themselves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went through the program. It is hosted on Columbia University's servers and is a current and in-depth look at where you are now and where you want to be. How to plan and ensure your success. All of the people who make this possible are A+ and will go out of their way to help you connect or better yourself from your paper resume to how to network.

I recommend Fourblock every chance I get!

Lei Chen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best veteran transitional programs out there. They put in a lot of work, not just sitting behind their desk doing lip service.

Stuart H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

FourBlock was instrumental in my transition from student veteran to working professional. I appreciated the instruction, networking opportunities, and mentorship provided. I would and have recommended this nonprofit to others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took the Fourblock Veteran Career Readiness course in Seattle during spring 2017. I found the course extremely useful for my career search. I thought the learning method (homework followed by in-person discussion with potential employers) to be very effective in teaching the subject matter and encouraging learning. The instructors and guest speakers/discussion facilitators comprised all seniority-levels in the company from very senior to entry-level. All were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Most of the guest speakers encouraged us to contact them outside of the course for additional assistance. I recommend this course to any veteran or active duty service member nearing a transition to civilian employment.

larry.delgado

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined FourBlock in Spring of 2017 and walked away with a wealth of knowledge. FourBlock's instructional design helps transitioning service members prepare for a post-military career in the civilian workforce. Their use of relevant subject matter experts, networking events, and curricula provides essential skill sets for service members.
During my tenure in the FourBlock training, I learned how to brand myself to organizations seeking highly qualified and technically competent team members. This is NOT a check the block organization. The ability for FourBlock to connect service members to hiring managers and recruiters is beyond reproach. They assist with in-depth review of resumes, LinkedIn Profiles and provide multiple mock interviews, best practices, and lessons learned. FourBlock reaches out to senior recruiters and hiring managers to provide a keen sense of what agencies are expecting from their candidates. They coordinate networking events with both public and private organizations as well as non-profit organizations for those looking to go into the non-profit route.
With FourBlocks help I was able to find the perfect position as a Learning & Development Administrator with an organization that mirrored my values and work ethic. I was so impressed by FourBlock's design and dedication to helping service members that I currently volunteer my time with FourBlock to assist other transitioning service members attain a second career that reinforces the values of our military.

Client Served

Rating: 5

By far, the best military career transition program and it's free!

FourBlock prepared me for my military career transition into the private sector by creating an opportunity to expand my network within it, understand various corporate cultures, learn how to brand myself, how to translate my military experience onto my resume, and how to manage expectations while searching for a new career.

Being able to visit various Fortune 500 companies and being able to speak to veterans employed there was priceless.

Another benefit of the program is that you have free access to complete modules that assist you in the career transition through Columbia University. The assignments you turn in are products that you can use for your transition such as resume building, network tracker, etc.

If you are in the current 20 listed cities, definitely register, regardless if you are a veteran or plan on getting out within a year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FourBlock is unique among the veteran nonprofits in this country. I've volunteered for several, but the dedication FourBlock in particular has to the veterans they serve and the expertise they bring to the table is leagues beyond any I've experienced. I am fortunate to have the privilege of serving as a mentor in their Walter Reed program and believe FourBlock offers tons of ways for people to get involved. Thanks for serving veterans, FourBlock!