The tireless work of the foundations listed in this category play an important role in strengthening and empowering the veteran community. These foundations provide direct support to the community through the development of employment initiatives, by providing funding for research on veteran-specific health issues, and by bringing relevant dialogue and educational opportunities to the general public in order to increase the overall understanding of veterans and the military community. These foundations’ efforts have worked to bring a number of benefits to veterans, and their commitment to these efforts has increased the overall strength of the veteran and supporter community.
Bob and Lee Woodruff, Founders
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Bob and Lee Woodruff continue to impact the veteran community with their great deeds. Emphasizing rehabilitation and recovery, education and employment, and quality of life, the foundation has provided millions of dollars to entities that are fulfilling these outcomes on behalf of veterans.
In 2014 the foundation provided funds to help veterans to transition into farming, to educating nurses that assist veterans, and to provide programs that reintegrate veterans through a number of physical activities. In 2006, Bob Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while reporting for ABC. Since then, he has become a huge advocate on behalf of veterans, service members and those that support them.
Lee Woodruff, as the wife of Bob, has been by his side throughout his recovery. This tragedy that she detailed in her book In an Instant has been the spark that has led to a huge amount of goodwill and assistance to those that serve our Nation.
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Marie Tillman, Co-Founder
The number of Tillman Foundation scholars continues to rise, and their accomplishments do not fail to amaze both the veteran community and its supporters. Founded following the death of Pat Tillman, the foundation has changed over the years into an entity that assists veterans in realizing their dreams through educational scholarships.
Marie Tillman has led the way in turning tragedy into a legacy, one that continues to honor Pat’s life, as well as honoring Marie as a survivor, who has found an impactful purpose in enriching the lives of veterans through education.
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Heather Prill, Senior Manager National Partnerships and Atlanta Hometown Giving
Home Depot Foundation
Heather Prill, Senior Manager, National Partnerships and Atlanta Hometown Giving. Since joining the foundation four years ago, Prill has been a leader in expanding support for veteran-serving organizations, both in monetary terms and capacity building programs.
In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation made a major shift in its giving to focus on creating and renovating safe spaces for veterans and their families. After making an initial commitment of $30 million over three years, to date the foundation has invested more than $100 million in the veteran community through organizations like Team Rubicon, Semper Fi Fund, the Gary Sinise Foundation, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, Operation Homefront, Student Veterans of America, and many more.
The Home Depot Foundation isn’t just about donating dollars, it also provides highly skilled volunteers to projects in the form of its Team Depot, which is made up of The Home Depot associates. Additionally, the foundation often provides supplies for projects and, with organizations like Team Rubicon, the use of its stores’ facilities as base camps. Few other companies have made such a huge impact on the veteran community in such a holistic and targeted manner.
Kenneth Fisher, Vice Chairman
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
Ken Fisher continues his family tradition of providing an amazing “home away from home” when veterans and service members are receiving treatment at facilities across the nation. In 2014, sixty-four Fisher Houses served more than 25,000 families in 2014.
When he is not helping service members and their families, Kenneth Fisher is a senior partner at Fisher Brothers, based in New York City, and is part of the third generation of leadership, overseeing the leasing, management and marketing of more than five million square feet of class-A commercial space in Midtown Manhattan covering the Park, 6th and 3rd Avenue corridors and 1.5 million square feet in Washington DC.
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David Hiller, President and CEO
Robert McCormick Foundation
The McCormick Foundation continues to provide million in grants to benefit veteran initiatives and education through their well-known Veterans Program.
The Veterans Program is “committed to investing in, learning from, and implementing models of support to enable veterans to become assets in their local and national communities.” The impactful model deployed by the foundation encompasses plans and programs that make a difference in the daily lives of veterans by investing programs that benefit veteran employment, health and reintegration into a civilian lifestyle. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation has been integral in ensuring that veterans are provided with the resources that they need and opportunities that recognize the service that they have provided to the United States.
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Howard Schultz, Founder
Schultz Family Foundation
In March 2014, the Schultz Family Foundation announced their commitment to honoring the nation’s veterans through their Onward Veterans program. Onward Veterans is an initiative that empowers post-9/11 veterans and recognizes their skill sets, work ethic and leadership skills by providing opportunities that utilize these abilities to make our nation better and stronger. This program also focuses on providing funding for research of PTSD and TBI.
The foundation recently released a book: For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us about Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice, which allows the civilian population to engage with the military community and veterans. By raising awareness of the sacrifices made by these individuals and increasing an understanding across the broader public, the Shultz Family Foundation works to bring the service member experience closer to home.
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Debra Jacobs, President and CEO
The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor Campaign is a military initiative that aims to highlight the contributions given by military service men and women. The campaign consists of more than 100 community partnerships and organizations and has the purpose of facilitating events that will benefit and honor veterans and their families. Thus far, the Legacy of Valor Campaign has raised more than $270,000 for non-profits and engaged in more than 200 community events and activities that honored veterans. Most notably, they worked with VA to create Patriot Plaza, a 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery that honors veterans, inspires patriotism and embraces freedom. These are only a few of their accomplishments. The campaign hopes that their support of hundreds of grassroots projects will inspire patriotism, and educate communities about the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families.
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Stephanie Powers, Senior Director for Policy & Partnerships
Council on Foundations
Stephanie Powers is the Executive Branch Liaison managing public-philanthropic partnerships in the Council on Foundations’ Department of Public Policy and Government Relations. The public partnership portfolio complements the Council’s long standing work as the policy voice for philanthropy to the Legislative Branch and ensures that philanthropy has a voice within the Executive branch as well. In her work on behalf of the Council’s membership, Ms. Powers identifies opportunities to connect foundations and government leverage opportunities for mutual benefit, as well as leadership collaborations with national organizations that can help to advance philanthropic missions.
Stephanie’s work played a crucial role in the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge. Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, organizers announced more than $300 million total in commitments to strengthen services and support for veterans and military families nationwide. All participating foundations have also committed to remaining engaged with each other in an ongoing information sharing and collaboration effort.
Gary Sinise, Founder
Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation, serves our nation by
honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders,
their families, and those in need.
They do this by creating and supporting unique
programs designed to entertain, educate,
inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
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Donald Rumsfeld, Founder
The Rumsfeld Foundation
The Rumsfeld Foundation was established in 2007, building on the work of the Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation, established in 1985, which continues to support a wide range of charities from national parks and educational programs to cultural and health initiatives. Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld created the Rumsfeld Foundation to focus their philanthropic efforts on encouraging public service in the United States and promoting free political and economic systems abroad.
Over the past eight years, the Foundation has granted over 230 Fellowships for U.S. graduate students and young leaders from Greater Central Asia, provided over $3.7 million in microfinance grants and donated more than $3.9 million to charities for our troops, veterans and military families.
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