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Special Operations Warrior Foundation

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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

73 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

Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally seen the great work this organization has done for the families of my fellow warriors who were killed in my unit. Several of the men had young children and young wives. SOWF quickly steeped in to provide immediate financial and emotional support but it has been the long term support they have given to the families and children of these buddies that is most impressive. We in SF are a tight community and the guys follow up to make sure the widows and children are doing well. They tell us that the SOWF has remained in contact and provided every educational and vocational need that these children and even the wives needed to have a good quality of life and fulfill the dreams that my buddies had for their kids. I strongly support and endorse SOWF whenever someone asks me who they should donate to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Losing my dad was the most traumatic experience I've ever been through. The SOWF made sure that, both, my brother and I were taken care of. I will forever be indebted to the foundation for their kindness, concern and generosity in ensuring that we achieved our educational goals. Everyone at SOWF is incredibly responsive and goes above and beyond to make sure that the children of our fallen warriors are not forgotten.

Al A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that's helps family members of fallen heroes.

Kevin156

Donor

Rating: 5

Proud to represent the SOWF every year at the Reno Air Races! Race 99! No better organization out there for troops, by troops.

Lani O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I asked a warrior the best place to donate and his recommendation was Special Operations Warrior Foundation. I had never heard of it, but research showed me how well the donations are used. I contribute on a monthly basis.

2 Forrest H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a senior Highschool student from Chicago. I learned of this organization in August from a family friend who served alongside my father and looking into it saw that they had had a workshop in June. Fearing this was like most scholarships, I grudgingly emailed them just to confirm my worst fears, that the deadline had passed and I was eligible. Quite to the contrary, the foundation quickly responded and asked my family many quick follow up questions to determine my eligibility for the organization. After only two weeks my family was told that I met the criteria to be part of Special Operations Warriors Foundation and that they would do anything in their power to help me through the college process. Upon receiving confirmation that I qualified to join SOWF, I cried tears of joy for the first time in years. My mom being a widow and only part time employed had been extremely worried about how we would be able to afford schools and what scholarships I would have to apply to and wether I would have to take out student loans. Thanks to SOWF they have lifted a huge burden from my family and provided us with an incredible blessing. I will soon be applying to colleges worry free thanks to all the help SOWF has provided me in this process and their generosity. Wherever I go I will be forever indebted to the kindness of the foundation and the donors. Without a doubt an incredible organization which I couldn't be more honored to be part of and will definitely try and give back to once I graduate and have a career.

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband was killed in 2002, one of the many things I worried about was how am I going to send my two daughters (2 and 4 years old) to college. SOWF is an organization assisting my now 19 and 17 year olds and given me reassurance that they will be there for my girls during the college process. The staff is so compassionate and respond quickly to the needs of my girls. I am grateful for SOWF knowing my husband's sacrifice is not forgotten.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization for a great cause. Please help spread the word.
Sua Sponte

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the organization we all should be supporting. I can't think of a more worthy cause. I worked around these guys for part of my life and have nothing but good things to say about them. Let's support their families.

2 Sherry76

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that supports the families of our finest people.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization where I know my donation makes a difference.

1 Tina114

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely fabulous organization that helped my daughter every step of the way through her college education.

1 Amy_306

Client Served

Rating: 5

SOWF cares about its families and supporters. The organization and its tremendous staff are always looking for new ways to benefit and serve the families and children of fallen special operators. As a SOWF scholarship recipient there isn't anything I wouldn't do to support SOWF for others.

1 Bucky B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a member of the task force that attempted to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980, it has been a wonderful thing to witness the SOWF provide college educations not only to the children of the eight warriors we lost on that mission, but to witness the superb effort they continue to make to provide counseling and education to the HUNDREDS of children of Special Operators who have been lost since then. Their extremely low overhead, with more than 90% of all money donated going directly to the children, and to the families of severely wounded members of SOF make them, in my opinion, the most worthwhile charity in America.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Many of the children of my fallen comrades, from Desert One through the ongoing Global War on Terror, have been given scholarships through this wonderful, caring foundation. As a former Special Operator with five children, it was always comforting to know that, if something happened to me, my children would be counseled and educated, even in the absence of my spouse. This was a huge load off the shoulders of we who were sent into harm's way, often at great risk. It gave us one less big thing to worry about. One of my close friends was killed in Somalia, leaving three little girls behind. The SOWF has seen to the education of all of them - one of whom, now a school teacher, is married to the son of another fallen teammate who was killed in the Gulf War (the son is now an Army helicopter pilot.) The superb staff and leadership of the SOWF responds immediately to the news of any SOF member who is severely wounded or killed in the line of duty. Hundreds of children have been counseled when needed, and awarded full college scholarships through the SOWF, making them productive citizens. No child of a Special Operations Forces member who has been killed has been allowed to "fall through the cracks."

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family are deeply appreciative to SOWF. 26 July 1990 my family was deeply changed forever. That was the night the haunting knock on the door came to our home to let my mother know that my father, COL Richard J Malvesti died. During our darkest hours a glimmer of hope arrived when SOWF stepped forward and provided my sister and I with the ability to make my parent's dream of both their children to receive a college education. My father bravely and selflessly dedicated his life to our nation and died doing the same. Just as many that sadly lost their lives before my dad and the countless that have made the ultimate sacrifice since. It is through the dedication of SOWF honoring the fallen and continuing the watch for the families of the fallen that our dreams did not die along with our service members. SOWF is a dedicated, strong, honest and truly giving charitable foundation. Through the years, they have added countless services to enhance not only their financial giving, but to advocate, mentor and provide opportunities to ease the hurt and hardships of the families left behind. If you find yourself in the position to give to a charitable organization, it is my hope that you will strongly consider SOWF. They will be steadfast stewards of your donation and you can rest assure that your financial gift will be used to make a college dream come true for a fallen heroes' family. Thank you SOWF for being there for my family during a time we wished we had no need, and for honoring our personal hero and all the fallen.
With deepest gratitude,
Daniele Malvesti

Sharise N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazingly sincere and genuinely good-hearted people that are members of this organization!! Cannot say enough great things about SOWF, but I do know, I do not have one negative thing to say about them! It is truly a unique nonprofit group that lives to help children (and families !) of fallen special operations warriors! Everything they do is above and beyond what you could even imagine a kind person would do.

Crystal38

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have helped me make sure I can get an education with out this foundation I would not be able
To pay for college

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Client Served

Rating: 5

With out this foundation I would not of been able to attend college they have been like a second family to me and my family.

4 sofsupporter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with SOWF for a while and it has been remarkable to watch the organization grow and while keeping true to its mission, finding and adding new ways to support the SOF community. SOWF helps not only fund education for the children of fallen, but to ensure the success of each student by providing personalized support in their academic and personal lives. I am proud to be a supporter of SOWF and to help the children of our fallen heroes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Team SOWF empowers me to leverage my winter fat biking pursuits into beacons for friends and family to donate to this outstanding charity!