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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Move America Forward (MAF) is the nation's largest grassroots pro-troop organization dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed. Our principal mission today is to provide military troop and K9 care packages with letters from grateful Americans to the troops deployed in combat areas around the world. While there are many admirable groups supporting our veterans, we are one of the few organizations left supporting active duty troops deployed to the front lines of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other areas around the world where are troops are in harm’s way. MAF is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans, and military families all across the nation who share in our unwavering support. We work with other non-profits, military service organizations, corporate sponsors, community networks and private citizens to support our Military and demonstrate affirmatively our appreciation and admiration for their service to America.

Results: MAF has sent over 345 tons of care packages to deployed troops and continues to this day

Target demographics: Combat Deployed U.S. Military Service Members

Direct beneficiaries per year: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force

Geographic areas served: Afghanistan, Iraq and any other place we have combat deployed troops

Programs: Military Troop and K9 Care Packages: We send care packages full of the most requested items our troops want with personal messages of support to remind them they are not forgotten by the American people. This enables us to send care packages filled with Gourmet Coffee, Premium Beef Jerky, Genuine Oreo Cookies, Flavored Gatorade, Mixed Nuts/Trail Mix bags, Baby Wipes and many other items our combat troops cannot get where they are. Enclosed with each care package are messages of support from the sponsor, letting them hear the personal feelings of appreciation from the American people. Each box is hand packed by our volunteers and may contain special seasonal items for the current holiday. K9 Care Packages also include eye-protecting “Doggles” & KONG Classic dog toys.

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128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello : )I just wanted to say thank you very, very much for the care package that I received! It was full of delicious and useful items. I am stationed in Afghanistan and it is very dry here and the water is not being kind to me and many of my fellow deployed Airmen. The inspirational booklet from guideposts and the notes from the wonderful people who helped put my care package together mean so much that I cannot find the words to express my gratitude ! : ) May God bless all of you.Thank you,MSgt D.C

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On behalf of our unit, deployed in harms way at an undisclosed location, where it is a beach with no water, we would like to thank Move America Forward, for their great support to the US military. We truly appreciate the care package. The things we take for granted back in the U.S., we get to enjoy, even if just to remind us of family and home. Whether it's a taste of a familiar candy, the precious letters of gratitude and well wishes, or the very mere joy of receiving a parcel mailed to you. From all the men and women, whose lives you've made better and enjoyable, we truly thank you!!! Long live America!!!

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! It is our honor to support you and if you need anything more please let us know, we woudl be happy to send more care packages! YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!! Be safe and god bless you all! IF you guys have any pictures we love to see them and share with our supporters!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A huge shoutout to Move America Forward! We received over thirty boxes from various donors and it made so many people's day! It's great to know that there are still wonderful and caring people out there supporting the troops! Thank you letters have been sent to the organization and those that put individual letters inside of the boxes so we hope those are received! Pictures to come and again, we can't thank you enough!

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE PICTURES!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO AND PLEASE LET US KNOW IF WE SHOULD SEND MORE!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MAF sent me a care package on deployment from a family member who gave them my name and address. Not only did they send it to me but they asked if they could send more and we have a lot of other Sailors on board that are expecting care packages now. I deeply appreciate the volunteers at MAF and I appreciate their hospitality. Thank you all!

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

It is our honor to send support we are so glad you received your care packages! Please let us know if we can send more or if anyone else can use some support! Thank you for all that you do and please remember you can contact us at anytime! VR/ Scott Raab USN OEF/OIF Outreach Director | Move America Forward W (916) 441-6197 | F (916) 441-6057 | C (916) 583-8321 8795 Folsom Blvd., Suite 103 Sacramento, CA 95826 www.MoveAmericaForward.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped me and my soldiers out tremendously. They have provided us all with the help and support we truly needed. Thanks from the task force paladin

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

It is our honor!! Thank you for everything you do, please let us know if we should send more!! YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm currently deployed in Afghanistan and recieved a care package from you guys. I just want to say thank you so much. All the snacks and goodies definitely gave me a big moral boost. Keep doing what you do because I know that other soldiers would be very grateful for a care package. Thank you again!

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

AWESOME!!! LEt us know if we can ship to anyone else with you and please know it is our honor, be safe and THANK YOU for all that you do!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for the love that went into the care package you sent me. I am currently in Bagram, Afghanistan and we look forward to getting boxes here. I shared what I received with my entire team here. Thank you again-words cannot express how much we appreciate the care package.

Rochelle Johnson

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

Hello Rochelle, NO THANK YOU !! IT IS OUR HONOR!! Let us know if we can send more to you! Love to help!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently deployed to Iraq and received an email that I will soon be receiving a care package. I have not yet received the package but the thought alone that I am getting a package is enough to put a smile on my face ear to ear. I also signed all of my team up to receive a package. I am not going to tell because I want them to be is excited as I am. Thank you for everything you do for us serving.

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

AWESOME! THANK YOU for your service and signing up everyone else. I think we are mailing them this week or maybe already did, in any case please know it is our honor to support your and we are all praying for your safe return home!! If you take any pictures when you receive the packages please send them to us!! VR/ Scott Raab USN OEF/OIF Outreach Director | Move America Forward W (916) 441-6197 | F (916) 441-6057 | C (916) 583-8321 8795 Folsom Blvd., Suite 103 Sacramento, CA 95826 www.MoveAmericaForward.org sraab@moveamericaforward.org

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every year -- especially at Christmas -- I think about how great it would be to participate in getting "care packages" delivered to our troops who are serving on duty away from home. Recently, I heard "Troopathon.org" mentioned by a respected radio host. I wasn't familiar with that organization, but I searched on-line and discovered "Move America Forward." I am so glad I found them! Navigating their website was easy, and though I am not a wealthy person, I found a level of contribution I could afford. It gives me great pleasure to fund a care package that others will assemble and deliver. The website provides much information -- even listing possible items that will be included in the care packages. I am thankful for everyone at Move America Forward, who makes it possible for me to participate in such a worthy cause.

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

Thank you so MUCH Alice, We are honored to welcome you on our team and can't thank you enough for making a sacrifice for those who sacrifice so much for us! If you ever need anything from us please just let us know, As a new supporter, you shoudl know that you will receive a tax receipt at the end of the year and another courtesy during tax season, also if you ever run into anyone that needs support or want to support the program please direct them our way! Thank you again for helping us support our heroes!! VR/ Scott Raab USN OEF/OIF Outreach Director | Move America Forward W (916) 441-6197 | F (916) 441-6057 | C (916) 583-8321 8795 Folsom Blvd., Suite 103 Sacramento, CA 95826 www.MoveAmericaForward.org

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just a military mom...know personally what it takes for our men and women to sacrifice so much for our freedoms! Thank you for your help and support for our gals and guys! Mrs. James Davis

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

Just a military mom is one of the most important things there is. My mother had a very tough time with it but helped me so much while i was deployed. Thank you for everything your family has done and continues to do now to support our country, As a military son thank you Mrs. James Davis, it is our honor to have your support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is so important to our warriors, that they see firsthand how much I appreciate their sacrifice and commitment to We,the American people. It's my part and privilege. I'm praying too,as these warriors are the heart and soul of America. I thank God for this Non Profit and their service. Great vision.MOVE AMERICA FORWARD has really put nice,needed items & goodies too. God continue to bless you all.

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

JGloria, We can not thank you enough for helping us support those who deserve it most!! It is an honor for us to have your on our team and making sure that we reach as many of our nations defenders as possible! God Bless our Troops!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband is a Retired Navy Commander, my daughter is in the USAF...never ever can we thank those who serve and have served and especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice enough!

My business (us) contributes to the best cause...our men and women in the armed forces! If I have an inkling someone is serving or has, I can't move quick enough to say thank you!
Would be a rather superlative gesture if our present government could do the same! In gratitude, Blessings upon all.
Jane Myers, GG, JEMSD'AMOUR

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

Hello Jane!! God bless you for supporting our troops!! I am navy so I am bias, but you guys are awesome. If you woudl like to have your business listed as one of our partners just let us know!! Thank you for everything and please let me know if there is anything you ever need!! VR/ Scott Raab USN OEF/OIF Outreach Director | Move America Forward W (916) 441-6197 | F (916) 441-6057 | C (916) 583-8321 8795 Folsom Blvd., Suite 103 Sacramento, CA 95826 www.MoveAmericaForward.org

1 Jilly M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was watching the news about a local fire near my home in Santa Barbara while in the comfort of my air conditioned home when I received the information about the weather conditions of 117 degrees that our Troops were having to bear and felt motivated to bring some relief to at least one of them.
I know it isn't much but I will encourage everyone I know to do the same. The act of helping one brave man or woman is the very least I can do. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Sincerely, Jill Mosher

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

Hello Jill, Not much means everything, thank you for supporting our troops!! It is our honor to have your support and helping us support our Heroes!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Troop 9 is our family's "Troop". They make sure we are always in touch with them, which is important to us. We received a page with everyone's signature and a short message....we're framing it to help us to remember to pray for them. These attempts on our part to stay in touch also helps them, as evidenced by their many thank you's. This is a priority for our family.
Phyllis and Dick Klein

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

Phyllis and Dick, THANK YOU SO MUCH for always supporting our troops, we are honored to have your help and can not thank you enough for all that you do! God Bless YOU!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I so totally believe in this organization, I give monthly (along with extra donations). They work tirelessly to see our troops get a taste of home. They let the troops know they are not forgotten. They even take care of the K-9 Corp.

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MoveAmericaForward 08/22/2016

THANK YOU for being in our Monthly SMiles program!! It really is so important to our program because the troops are deployed all year not around the holidays!! Thank you for always remembering our heroes!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this organization many times, initially after hearing how they got started and what they were doing. They are very easy to donate to online, and have a lot of information available as to what they are doing.

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MoveAmericaForward 06/06/2016

Thank you so much for your review, we are always trying to get better, please let us know if there is anything you ever need and thank you so much for supporting our Heroes!! SR

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have regularly supported Move America for several years as they take care of our troops while they are away making sacrifices to keep us safe in America. This nonprofit is greatly helped by volunteers and the troops acknowledge all the support and are grateful. Everyone gains.

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MoveAmericaForward 06/06/2016

We could do nothing without army of volunteers, they hand pack each box. Thankyou for being a supporter and helping us support our troops in harms way. It is a "win win", we get to give back and they are reminded that they will never be forgotten!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. This is a problem with Accountability and Transparency.

Audited Financials Made Public:

This charity's website did not published its audited financial statements for the fiscal year represented from a recently filed IRS Form 990. It is important for donors to have easy access to this financial report to help determine if the organization is managing its financial resources well. . charities that do publish their audit online we should also report and rate whether or not the auditor's opinion was qualified or unqualified.

Independent Board:

The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters. The independent Board members are a voting majority and also at least five in number.

The charity has less than 5 independent voting members of the board or if the independent members does not constitute a voting majority.

Contributions
Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,083,508

EXPENSES
Program Expenses $1,054,443
Administrative Expenses $124,038
Fundraising Expenses $18,309
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,196,790

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title

$39,000 3.25% Executive Director

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MoveAmericaForward 06/06/2016

Hello NV555, Thank you for your review. We are very proud to have 88% of all donations go directly to our Troops and that we are very transparent to any interested parties in addition to our supporters. Also please know that we provide all of our 990's and any other relevant information online, on our website, upon request and via mail to our donors and the general public. Feel free to contact us as any time if you have any questions whats so ever, we strive to be not only effective but also transparent. You can reach us at 916 441 6197 or via email at info@moveamericaforward for any questions, requests or even to sign up troops to receive care packs! Thank you again for supporting our troops!

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Donor

Rating: 5

They're the best! I have heard from soldiers in the field how important these care packages are to them.

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MoveAmericaForward 06/06/2016

We are so glad that you received word back. Please take a picture with your letter back and send it to us with the text to share with others! Thank you for supporting our Heroes!

3 Robert187

Donor

Rating: 5

I was in the Air Force for 2 years and I never got a package from the home front. My Mom had just died two months after I went to basic, my dad never wrote and had moved on with his life. My two brothers(one a retire Lieut. Colonel in the army and the other was recycled from the Navy boot) also never wrote.
I felt alone with other people of my dorm who also never got a letter or a parcel even though our first night, we were ordered to write a letter home but mine came back undelivered for my father had moved. We must something for them even a letter, a package, a DVD of family activities; anything so they don't feel alone.

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MoveAmericaForward 06/06/2016

Thank you for your service and sharing your story. That feeling is of alone is something we are fighting against one care pack at a time thanks to your generosity and support. Thank you so much for using us as your resource to support the troops.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a game changer when sending care packages to soldiers. Not only is this a worthy cause it just feels right and God sees everything. Like my wife says, "what we do in our life span matters." So, do it well, with honor and integrity.

A special thanks to all reading this message and we continue to keep you in our prayers at every opportunity.

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MoveAmericaForward 05/05/2016

"So, do it well, with honor and integrity" Please let you wife know we appreciate her very wise words! Thank you for using us as a resource to support the troops. We can not thank you enough for your support! We are only able to support our heroes because of people like you! THANK YOU!