FORCE BLUE Recognized as Non-profit Leader

JULY 5 –Force Blue, Inc. was recently named a 2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection in the Non-Profit Leadership category.

This year’s SHIFT (Shaping How We Invest For Tomorrow) Festival will take place Oct. 16-18 in Jackson, WY. Entitled “Public Lands, Public Health,” the program will highlight the ways pioneers, early adopters and thought leaders from around the country are integrating time outdoors in nature into our health care system and our daily lives. 

The program’s goal is to showcase the work of organizations like FORCE BLUE who are meeting the challenges at the nexus of outdoor recreation and conservation in communities around the country

For this year’s Awards, SHIFT researchers began by looking at more than 400 initiatives that are leveraging outdoor rec for conservation gains.  They then evaluated 160 nominations on the basis of impact, innovation and replicability.

As one of the final 40 Official Selections, FORCE BLUE will have the opportunity to present its work at this year’s festival and will be in contention for a coveted 2018 SHIFT AWARD.

View all of this year’s Official Selections.

Established in 2016, FORCE BLUE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that addresses two seemingly unrelated problems — the rapidly declining health of our planet’s marine resources and the difficulty returning combat veterans have in adjusting to civilian life. By uniting the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of marine science and conservation in one, mission-focused program, FORCE BLUE has created a model of caring, cooperation and positive change with the power to restore lives and restore the planet.

Jim Ritterhoff, Executive Director/Co-founder