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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: THE INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND PROVIDES SERVICES IN SUPPORT OF MILITARY PERSONNEL SEVERELY INJURED IN SUPPORT OF OUR NATION. THESE SERVICES ARE DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE MEDICAL CARE PROVIDED TO THEM AND ENHANCE THEIR ABILITY TO RETURN TO MILITARY SERVICES OR A PRODUCTIVE AND INDEPENDENT CIVILIAN LIFE. THESE SERVICES ALSO DEMONSTRATE TO THE ENTIRE MILITARY COMMUNITY THE CONCERN FOR THEM OF THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS.

Programs: Construction of intrepid spirit centers:on june 24, 2010, the intrepid fallen heroes fund completed construction of the national intrepid center of excellence, a 72,000 square foot facility, located at the walter reed national military medical center in bethesda, md. Upon completion of the nicoe, the facility was turned over to the united states department of defense for staffing and operation. The nicoe is today the department of defense's premiere facility dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury. (continued on schedule o). The intrepid fallen heroes fund has expanded the capabilities of nicoe by implementing a plan to construct nine intrepid spirit centers at major military deployment bases around the country. The centers will act as satellites to nicoe extending care closer to home for troops returning from deployment. Each intrepid spirit center is digitally tethered to nicoe to enable sharing of advances in the diagnosis and treatment of military personnel with traumatic brain injury. The fund has launched a $100 million dollar campaign to raise funds for the construction of the intrepid spirit centers. The first two intrepid spirit centers, at fort belvoir, virginia and camp lejeune, north carolina, were completed and operations began in june 2013, and the third intrepid spirit center, at fort campbell, kentucky, was opened for operations in september 2014. Ground was broken for intrepid spirit centers at fort bragg, north carolina and fort hood, texas in 2014. Each intrepid spirit center costs approximately $9 - $11 million to build. In 2015, groundbreaking occurred for joint base lewis mcchord in washington.

other program services:in july 2014, a $10,000 support grant was given to a british non-profit, walking with the wounded, which treats and assists british military personnel who have suffered severe injuries in the wars in iraq and afghanistan. The intrepid fallen heroes fund has a long history of supporting british service members, who were included in the fund's original program of providing grants to families of military personnel who had been killed while serving in uniform. (continued on schedule o). In may 2014, $2,500 in scholarship support grants were given to each of 2 children of a marine who was killed prior to may 2005 during operation iraqi freedom. The total amount of the grants was $2,500. This grant was to a recently-identified family of a marine killed in operation iraqi freedom action prior to may 2005, therefore making the family eligible for the grants provided by the intrepid fallen heroes fund at that time.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thousands of our soldiers have recovered from traumatic brain injury(TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) acquired in service to our nation because of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Intrepid Spirit center project. By building traumatic brain injury centers on military bases nationwide, thousands have been treated since the start of this effort with a 92% average return to duty rate. And 100% of every donation goes toward the project because the trustees cover all operating expenses. It's nice to know that every donation helps our military return to the life they want and deserve.

Jim C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand success stories with the NICoE

Board Member

Rating: 5

From its establishment in 2000, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has provided critically needed services to our nation's military community. IFHF has raised close to $200 million for these services, which have impacted the lives of thousands of military families. IFHF is focused today on traumatic brain injury, and is building a series of diagnosis and treatment centers dedicated to addressing this critical health issue that afflicts hundreds of thousands of military personnel and veterans. Further, because the Fund's board of directors underwrites all administrative costs, 100% of donations from the public go to support this critical mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They assist not only the military members with their mental health, but provide resources for the entire family as well!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This charity has funded the construction of TWO rehabilitation and research centers for wounded veterans, one in San Antonio and one in Bethesda, which are turned over to the US Army on completion. The construction costs do not show up as program expenses and therefore, CN's "robo" rating, based solely on a cursory overview of financial reports, presumes that these costs are administrative overhead. (That would be the case if they had spent these funds on e.g. construction a shiny new HQ building for themselves.) Charity Watch gives this charity its rightful due as a highly ranked, efficient charity.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 5

See Charity Watch/AIP for a fair review, where this fund receives highest ratings. Charity Navigators "unthinking" approach to ratings is unfair to Intrepid Fallen Heores Fund (and others) that do not fit the traditional program services model. I strongly encourage everyone to consider making a donation to support servicemen and women who were injured in Iraq and Afganistan.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Charity Navigator rating mechanism does not take into account any program dollars spent on capital projects until such projects are complete. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund program is directed entirely toward large-scale capital projects that take two to three years to complete. We raise and spend funds on these projects throughout those two to three years, but Charity Navigator’s rating system only recognizes our project spending in the year it is complete. In the intervening years the rating leaves the impression that there is little program spending, therefore we have been penalized with low ratings despite the fact that we spend millions of program dollars on capital costs during those years. If the ratings took this into account, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which maintains very low fundraising and administrative costs relative to our program spending, would consistently receive a Four Star Rating, the highest level achievable. We are a strong charitable institution that spends its donor money efficiently. Our capital projects provide extremely important and valuable services to our nation’s military personnel who have been wounded in combat. The ratings system should not penalize this organization solely because we are involved in long-term projects.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is an amazing organization that has helped my family through the Center for the Intrepid in Texas. We are forever grateful!!