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.

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 250 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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George W. Bush Institute

The Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization that develops leaders, advances policy, and takes action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The institute’s work is inspired by the principles that guide President and Mrs. Bush in public life. The Bush Institute improves the quality of life for people here at home and around the world by delivering unique research-based policy solutions.  The Bush Institute’s numerous initiatives are grounded in domestic excellence, global leadership, and continued engagement.   

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McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a Chicago-based grantmaking foundation, with more than $1 billion in assets.

To help Veterans identify their full potential, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation Veterans Program is investing in employment programs creating career pipelines integrated supportive services for Veterans, behavioral health programs addressing gaps in service, and opportunities to facilitate the collaboration of existing Veteran support services and resources.

The Home Depot Foundation

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 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.