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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, National Security

Mission: Provides the opportunity for children of Special Operations forces who die in combat or training to obtain a full four year colleg degree. Also provides immediate financial assistance for families of special operations people wounded in combat.

Target demographics: the families of fallen and wounded special operations warriors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 145 students with $4 million in tuition, books, fees, room and board and counseling services.

Geographic areas served: nationwide

Programs: 1. Ensuring college educations for the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces; 2. Providing immediate financial stipends to the families of severely wounded special operators to help with the financial burden of having a loved one hospitalized; and 3. Providing counseling and advocacy to the families of special operations personnel.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 Cleyton M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am the CEO for a charitable company who has worked with Special Operations Warrior Foundation for the last two years and look forward to many more. They are leaders in non-profit giving and give to a cause close to our hearts. Their transparency, clarity of mission, and amazing performance have established an incredible reputation. These are the reasons we work solely with Special Operations Warrior Foundation for our Military giving and charitable efforts. They are great people working for an outstanding non-profit. It is both an honor and privilege to work with SOWF and assist the families of Special Operations. We support SOWF for those that do the deed and live a life of example in service and sacrifice! Cleyton Bray ceo/SWAT Life: Brothers for Adversity, LLC

Tyler21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Founded by Col. John Carry(retired); this organization is awesome in every way. It provides college educations and immediate assistance to the children of fallen special operations soldiers. When our best need help, let's be there for them. God Bless everyone involved.

2 Sherry76

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that supports the families of our finest people.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I personally was injured in combat in Oct of 2009, the SOWF was the first entities to come to my families side and help in numerous ways that we can honestly never repay. It is truly an honor to be helped and to help write this review for the SOWF. My wife and I in our time of need, especially when I was not supposed to make it through, can't thank them enough. They were able to make things happen that only a truly capable non-profit can only do and that others could not. They come to the aid of so many of my brothers and sisters in arms, and continue to do so every minute! Again, it's thanks to an organization like the SOWF that I can be happy and here today with my family. I truly believe that the SOWF is so strong and capable, because it was founded and run by people who know the standard in special operations, which is "Always exceed the standard, meeting the standard is not good enough, lives depend on it." Thank you again SOWF, my family and I are eternally thankful!

Respectfully,

TSgt Robert Gutierrez Jr
Combat Controller

Debbie-Michigan

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about this organization after learning about and meeting Keni Thomas who served as a Task Force Ranger in the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. This is a wonderful organization that cares for the families of our fallen soldiers. Many of the children would never have the chance to go to college without the hard work and dedication of these outstanding people. There are many things this organization does and I know God blesses them all each and every day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just found out about this organization through my nephew who is an Army Ranger. It is incredible that there are organizations like this that take care of the families of the men and women killed in service to our country. Then I saw the movie, Captain Philipps" and was stunned by what those Navy SEALs can do. Thank God for foundations like SOWF.

Janet84

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helps the children of fallen Special Operations Military by sending them to college. They depend on volunteerism. I understand 100% of donations go to this cause.

James101

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity provides substantial scholarships to the children of the fallen special operations community. They also stepped up during the recent Government shut down to provide funeral expenses for fallen soldiers since the Death Benefits were not being paid out to families. A Charity where you see the money goes to those in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have been researching which "Warrior" charity to contribute to.

I also am appalled at the CEO and Director salaries in six figures for the CEO and Director of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. I am surprised at your high rating given to this charity and they feature an
administrative overhead of 5 per cent on their front page.

An Admiral on the board of directors has hired his daughter to work there as a Business Relations Manager and this is not nepotism and therefore not also misuse of funds?

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I cannot support charities whose CEO or Executive Director is making a 6 figure salary. I am appalled with the fact that the CEO of this charity is being paid over $200,000.00 a year and they have another director at over $100,000.00. I would far rather that my hard earned money to towards benefiting a service person, not lining the pockets of some executive. Shame on you.

Comments ( 1 )

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edie 10/31/2012

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation has a small staff who strive to be good stewards and as efficient as possible with donations. Last year, the administrative overhead was 5 percent-- so for every dollar donated, 95 cents goes directly to programs supporting families of fallen and wounded special operations personnel. The foundation is the recipient of 7 consecutive 4-star ratings (out of 4 stars) for its financial efficiency.