INJURED MARINE SEMPER FI FUND

Rating: 4.88 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Health, Veterans

Location: 825 College Blvd Ste 102, PMB 609 Oceanside CA 92057 USA

Mission: Marines and Sailors, along with members of the other service branches, who are attached to Marine units, are deployed all over the world protecting and preserving our freedom. As a result, many are injured in combat operations and in training accidents, or face life threatening illness. Injury to a service member causes an immediate crisis for his or her entire family; not just emotionally, but also financially. Depending on the type of injury, recovery can take many months, and rehabilitative care can take years, often in hospitals far from loved ones. Airplane tickets, food, lodging, car rental, phone bills and lost wages are some of the things that can create an unexpected financial hardship during what is already a very stressful time.
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a donor it gives me great satisfaction to know that so much of my donation (nearly 95 cents on the dollar) actually goes to Wounded Servicemen/women. What other organization can say that? Upon further investigation of IMSFF, it is apparent that they are providing real help to our veterans. IMSFF assists with expenses like housing, and basic needs, as well special events like their Team Semper Fi. This is one organization worth supporting, and my family and I will definitely continue to do so.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Semper Fi Fund is a great charity! I just did a fundraiser for them and had a great response from friends and family. And unlike many military charities they have a very low overhead of 5%. Join me in supporting the Semper Fi Fund! Semper Fi!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Great organization! They give a ton of assistance to service members and their families without much fanfare. Check out their overhead -- it is only 6%!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

donating to cause

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are down to earth - truly helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This program is as bad at Wounded Warrior Project. Check out its financials. If you need help getting sporting equipment or want to go on a fishing trip and play golf where they can get pictures like Wounded Warrior Project they will help. Now days if you need help actually doing something where they cant get photos they give you $10 and tell you to have a nice day. The fact that they have an office in an actual USMC unit is a conflict of interest and illegal i think.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started donating when a fellow Marine of my son was injured. He unfortunately passed away from his injuries but my husband and I felt it was important to continue to support the Semper Fi Fund. Since then we have come to hear great things from another fellow Marine, learning to live his new normal as physically challenged Marine. Thank you Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund for all you do for these outstanding young men and women who serve in our armed forces. Anna Lancaster, OR

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has helped me to reach the elite level in paralympic sports. When I was injured in 2003 it was life changing knowing I would never be able to do many things due to the paralysis. Becoming affiliated with IMSFF and eventually Team Semper Fi got me involved in competitive sports and now my goal is to compete in the 2014 paralympic games in Sochi Russia.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Several ways, first and foremost was experiencing things with my fellow wounded comrades. Secondly being able to go and visit newly injured service members as a peer mentor. Finally the staff is amazing, they go above and beyond to help us get whatever it is we need whenever that may be.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure more people knew bout them.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

They actually found me, I imagine from a list of injured service members.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Recovery through sports!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can say that this is one place where you know your money is being used for the right purpose. They have helped us many times over the last 7 years. I can't tell you how thankful I am to have this organization. My husbands wounds were life changing and they continue to stand by their Marines.
Thank you!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are one of the families this organization has helped out on several occasions. They have always been there when we needed them. If you are worried about where your money goes look no further. It goes to the Marines and their families. The staff are amazing. We love the Semper Fi Fun!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We are a wounded family that was helped by this fund

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None, the application is simple.

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8 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with IMSFF for just short of a year now and I only have wonderful things to say about the organization! Every member of the staff and volunteer is truly dedicated to the well-being of those that they serve. They selflessly give of their time, going above and beyond to meet the needs of their military families. I've been touched by the stories of so many and each family I have heard from has also had nothing to say but wonderful things about their time with IMSFF. This is an exceptional organization that is genuinely dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by combat injury and illness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my interactions with military families who are being served by IMSFF services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping fellow military families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about helping military families.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

effiently spend just about every dime of that money directly meeting the needs of those families it serves.

Ways to make it better...

I had the chance to personally interact with more of the clients. My case work is primarily completed over the phone.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the growing numbers of returning injured service members.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I've been working as a volunteer with the IMSFF here in the Pacific Hawaii, since 2004. It gives me great pleasure assisting the Marines, Sailors and their immediate love ones in crisis and in need of great assistance, this is a great program who has gone the distance above and beyond to assist the Corps, Navy and all those services that is in direct support of the Marine Corps/Navy Team.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Several Cases that i've processed and I've experience the rapid turn around services provided to the applicants

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The appreciation, our applicant demonstrate upon assistance from the program, and the satisfaction,relief and or happiness displayed by the service member and his spouse as the out-come of the request.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very honest, professional and at times were consistent with above and beyond action to assist the applicant.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide further assistance to needed service members dependents and or their spouses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My experience with the IMSFF began in 1955 when I came on board as a case volunteer at the VA Hosptial in Palo Alto California. This Hospital is one of four VA Poly Trauma Centers continuing the rehabilitation of our injured once they are discharged from the military hospitals. It is critically important to have family members at the bedside during this rehabilitation, and this is where the IMSFF plays one of it's most important roles. The Fund provides financial grants to assist with travel,lodging and ongoing expenses at home. Without these grants it would be a major burden,if not impossible for most families to be at the bedside. The Fund has been a blessing and will continue to support our Marines, Corpsmen and their families.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Interacting with our injured and their family members

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The best!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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