V.A.A., Inc. exists to increase the public awareness of the problems of
victims. (especially of electronic stalking - whether it be in cases such as
identity theft or more extreme cases known as malicious identity theft).
IDENTITY THEFT: The stealing of ones identity through use of social security
numbers, birthdates and any other identifying information found out about a
victim. The thief will normally use this identity to run up credit and buy himself
cars, tools, etc. for ones own use or to resell for quick cash. Very common
practice at Christmas season.
MALICIOUS IDENTITY THEFT: The same techniques and info about a victim are
used in malicious identity theft as are also used in identity theft itself.
Malicious Identity cases however, tend to be much more complicated. The intent
of the perpetrator here is not to raise his own self monetary worth - but, however
to destruct that of the victims. It usually is also intended to maliciously ruin
a victims good name at the same time.
There are very few laws across the country at this time addressing identity
theft. There are none at all to help a victim of a much more complicated
malicious identity theft - leaving a victim to fend for himself. The burden
of proof in both types is (at this time) solely on the shoulders of the victim.
Aggressively addressing identity theft, malicious identity theft and also
terroristic identity assumption. A National 501(C)(3) Non-Profit dedicated to the
advancement of national technological knowledge through the establishment
of regional non-profit help agencies specifically for the victims of
individual or corporate technological abuse.
VISION (STATEMENT OF PURPOSE)
In carrying out its mission, V.A.A., Inc. plans to play a leadership role
in providing victims assistance in the immediate area through individuals,
corporations, foundations, and associations while also working closely with
police departments and other help agencies. V.A.A., Inc. also envisions
helping to educate and develop similar start-up agencies across the country.
V.A.A., Inc. is a National non-profit headquartered in Washington DC. This
start-up is the Kentucky Division, with the intent of other states following
In the immediate area is the Spouse Abuse Center 226 W. Breckinridge St.
Louisville, KY. (Center for Women and Families). They will give you temporary
housing (which is good in quick-solution victim cases). They also have
counseling services available. There is also a Family and Childrens Agency,
1115 Garvin Place, Louisville, KY. who also offer counseling services. The
other main service available for victims is The Victims Advocacy Program,
available through the Commonwealth Attorneys Office, 514 W. Liberty St.
Louisville, KY. This agency offers to supply an advocate to be with you
when you go to court. (When you are victimized, you usually know your
assailant and don't want to be alone at court).
Through a grueling 10 year problem, I found no agencies in the area that
could help. I was told by police that unless I was physically hurt, they could
not help. (Which I realize now is wrong - and that is why I would like
to lobby for updated laws and see that they are carried out for other
victims). Temporary housing could not help for a daily 10 year problem.
After 10 years, I still have no "proof" so cannot use the advocacy program.
Any victim will tell you, they feel isolated and learn to trust no one. You
therefore try to avoid counseling until it is all over - so that you will
not get hurt by your assailant (for telling). I feel this victim
assistance program will fill a great need in the Louisville area. There is
nothing like it that I have found (in my 16 year search). Once started I feel
other victims (or even concerned citizens) in other areas may come forward
and want training in their area. (See Ladies Home Journal, April 1994 Article).
Other agencies in the area that I am aware of are: The Crisis and Information
Center (through Victim Compensation Program, Kentuckian's Voice for Crime
Victims, Surviving a Murder Effectively, Women in Crisis Center, YMCA of
Greater Louisville, and the YWCA Relief Center.
In the attached article you will see stalking described as willful and
malicious harassment. If you have someone smart enough to harass you on
a daily basis but never touch you personally - mostly with use of extreme
mental harassment (and more in recent years through use of technology such
as computers and communications equipment - to the point of identity theft
and also malicious identity theft) the problem then falls between the cracks.
Police are stumped, agencies are not set up for it - Victims need to know
how to deal with it to get it to come to an expedient end.
DESCRIPTION OF MANAGEMENT
See attached Resume. Martha
Steimel was a new-property coordinator for a hotel chain. She started
businesses of her own including a design firm (that was mutilated in the last
three years of business due to her computer stalking problem). She grew up in
the collection/financial business (working with her Dad for over 12 years).
She worked with Humana after losing her business to malicious id theft,as she
tried to get her id problems to end.
She has over 16 years of professional management experience. She's been very
active in the community and was a member of
Home Builders of Louisville, Better Business Bureau, National
Association of Female Executives, Window Coverings Association of America,
National Association of Professional Saleswomen, National Decorating Products
Association, the Louisville Convention Bureau, the Prospect/Goshen Rotary
Club and more.
She's done volunteer work over the years associated with
The Kentucky School for the Blind, Birthright of Louisville, the Catholic School
System and also the Jefferson County Schools.
For over the past 6 years she
has professionally worked as a stockbroker/financial consultant in Louisville;
is licensed in Series 7 and also Series 63 in CA, IL, NY, FL, IN, OH, GA, KY,
VA, and NC.
While with Humana she held health licenses with KY, IL, FL, MD,
AL, MO, IN, AZ, KS, and Washington DC. She now is Life and Health licensed
along with her Series 7 and 63 and is a member of the NASD (National
Association of Securities Dealers) and also the New York Stock Exchange.
She taught classes at the International Show for the Drapery Trade in Design
and also in "How to Organize Your Sales Approach". She has given training
seminars and spoken to groups as large as 2500. In all positions held (until
Humana) she was responsible for employee hiring and training.
With over 16 years experience in management and over 10 years of electronic
stalking/identity theft/malicious id theft, she feels she is the perfect
person to help others in similar situations by heading up a national
non-profit at this time. Her specialty (after the management) is her
people-orientation along with her sales, marketing, and communication skills.
Other officers are being lined up at this time.
Select this link to see our current
VAA Board Members. We are continually searching for strong
participating members of the board.
The main thrust of the organization (As I see it) will be that of victims
assistance and getting the needed proof to pass on to the available agencies
who will then help them with the court process. This will make the next
program necessary: working with other areas of the country to be sure that a
consistent program is available for all (there was nothing available for me)
and helping lobbyists know what changes are necessary in current law to make
it easier to prosecute in this type case. Right now there is no law that
protects from malicious identity theft.
Working hand in hand with other available agencies is of the utmost importance
to give counseling, needed shelter, police intervention and support, or assistance
in the court process (which V.A.A., Inc. will not attempt to do). It is not the
intent of V.A.A., Inc. to compete against any existing agency. It is the
intent of V.A.A., Inc. to fill a very necessary need in the area where there is
a painful gap in services for the victim. Once established, I foresee helping
other areas spearhead similar programs across the country. V.A.A., Inc. is
a National 501-c-3 non-profit headquartered in DC and starting the Kentucky
division at this time.
See Organizational Structure (Page 3). Also note Goals, (Objectives) 5 Year
Plan. (Next Heading).
The Organizational Structure Chart indicates what the organization at
full maturity should look like. Phase 2 of the Goals indicates that the
organization is starting out as straight volunteer support services until
financing can be secured.
GOALS (OBJECTIVES) 5 YEAR PLAN
- Anticipated Programs to offer and support services will be added as
- Sources of Funding will be expanded as they are secured.
- Ongoing volunteer services will be continually developed.
START-UP/STAGE ONE: FIRST YEAR - 18 MONTHS
As a fledgling organization we will work for stability. I see using a small
group of volunteers initially while working to selectively recruit a
volunteer board of directors. Working to attain funding above the million
dollar mark in stage one will be a continual process while the main
focus at all times will be on the victim assistance mission. We will
develop and adhere to a plan for reaching the above goals, set by-laws,
file for incorporation and establish tax-exempt status.
At this time we now have our 501(c)(3) designation as a non-profit, are
incorporated through Delaware, have a Registered Agent (listed on letterhead),
and have our by-laws on file with the IRS. We are up to a count of 12 on
our volunteer board. At this time we have been concentrating our efforts on
attaining the necessary substantial funding needed by sending letters out
to national technology company’s, foundations, and government agencies
requesting start-up funding. (The President’s story is also for sell through
book and/or movie rights.)
GROWTH/STAGE TWO: SECOND - THIRD YEAR
- Achieve enough stability in funding to employ an executive director
and core staff employees.
- Get volunteer board up to level of ten to twelve.
- Look for further expansion in funding additional programs.
Adhere to sound management practices as obstacles are overcome. Executive
Director needs to realize changing organization; while building staff and
and working effectively with the board of directors.
The principal challenge is keeping alive the original spirit and momentum
and achieving expansion without distorting the original mission.
Other challenges include:
- Developing a plan for maintaining the funding base after start-up grants
and initial gifts run out.
- Fine-tuning the telemarketing division - possibly adding products from
other companies for additional revenues.
- Continue building core of volunteers and financial supporters.
- Develop formal annual plans with measurable goals and objectives;
supplemented by a long range plan extending three to five years into
MATURITY/STAGE THREE: FOURTH - FIFTH YEAR
Still growing, the organization should have reached a level of stability
and self-sufficiency. More time can now be devoted to evaluating and improving
the organization. It is likely to have become more institutionalized and
bureaucratic as it grows in size and complexity. The Board of Directors should
be up to the anticipated level of fifteen. Main funding sources should be
identified by now and success derived from them.
A well developed planning and control system is now in place. Very important:
a credible track record is now established and organization is in a better
position than ever to attract givers and volunteers. Organization must stay
abreast of changes in program and victims needs and not get illusionary sense
of security because of established stability. It must always focus on
adaptability to necessary change as organization processes and fund-raising
momentum is maintained. Staggered fifteen member Board of Directors should be in
place now. Annual re-elections have five members terms come up each year for
re-elections; (Now always with three year terms).
Concentration now should be to keep a large, prestigious board
fully involved and committed. Attention needs to be given to a larger staff:
including their desire to have a part in the decision making process. Always
bring in new persons and new ideas while keeping main focus on mission. Help
is now being given for other start-up agencies.
START-UP FUNDING (NEED FOR:) (SEED MONEY GRANTS)
-Set up of telemarketing department (National long-distance)
-Start-up advertising and printing costs (National)
-Organizational Costs (Office Set-up and Equipment)
KY and DC with other states to follow
-Legal Services (Employee Contracts, Victims Contracts, Charitable Remainder
-Insurance (Liability- for working with victims of ID theft)
-Fund Raising (Salaries, Expenses, Set-up of Department)
-Training workshops for Director and Key Employees
-Training of Advocates in identity theft issues
-Finance and Maintain National “800” hotline for Victims
-Security of Phone and Computer Lines against malicious id theft
-Security of Personnel
- See Sources of Funding (Page 5) and Organizational Structure (Page 3)
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE FOR V.A.A., INC.
(Chart conversion for website currently under development)
RESOURCES/SOURCES OF FUNDING
Beneficiary of Corporate Spending
Community Foundation Grants
Court System Donations
Donated Employee Services
Donated Office Space
Family Foundation Grants
Fees For Services
Games of Chance
General Support Grants
List Development Maintenance
Local Government Agencies
Mail-out Letters for Donations (To Businesses & Known Donors)
Major Individual Donors
Non-Profit Mailing Permit (Saves Money)
Police Dept. Donations
Private Foundation Grants
Public Assn. with Corporation
Religious Group Funding
Seminars (For Corp. & Organizations)
Services (Contracted by Another Agency)
Service Club Donations
Sliding Scale Service Fees
Suborganizations and Support Groups that use Charitable Causes for Social Gatherings
Talks (To Corp. and Org.)
Telemarketing for Other Companies
United Way Professional Development Classes through its National Training for Volunteerism
Volunteer Bd. Of Directors
Volunteers to Solicit Funds (Face to Face)
Volunteer Telemarketing Department
White Elephant Sale
"Stalking Days" at the Zoo
Real Estate Investment and Sales
START UP FUNDING
SEED MONEY GRANTS
MARKET PLAN (HOW TO ADVERTISE)
- Legal Services
- Program Development
- Fund Raising
- Training Workshops
- Talk Shows/Call-In Shows
- Corporate Affiliation
- PSA/Radio & TV
- Community Calendar
- Through Volunteer Board
- Through Volunteer Telemarketers
- Press Release/Conference
- Print Media
- Direct Mail
- Cross Country
- Bicycle Rides
- Roller Blading
- Special Events (See Resources)
- Mailing Fees
Home is zoned for offices. Need contractor to separate half for offices, then
can rent until enough financing comes in to move corporation to own location.
AVAILABLE GROUPS TO JOIN
PERIODICALS TO SUBSCRIBE TO
- AAFRC American Assn. of Fundraising Council
- AMA American Management Assn.
- ASAE American Society of Assn. Executives
- ASDVS American Society of Directors of Vol SV
- CASE Council for Advancement and Support of Education
- NSFRE National Assn. of Fundraising Executives
- UW/NCRD United Way National Council for Resource Development
- Association Trends
- Foundation News
- Fund Raising Management
- Non Profit Executives
- Non Profit Times
- Non Profit World
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Printed Matter
- Office Supplies
- Security System