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Move America Forward

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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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152 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was very nice receiving care packages from the move america foward foundation. It meant so much to us while being stationed while out in the middle east. The packages had so much to offer, like sweets, coffee in the bunches that taste so good. Also the literature and other added in items such as toiletries help out alot too. We also love reading the letters and cards that come with each one, lets us know there is many folks out there that truly care about us. I greatly recommend this foundation, and would like to thank those who supported this operation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They offer care packages to deployed military members, free of charge. My husband and shipmates love getting mail, it reminds them of home- and lets them know people (even complete strangers) are thinking about them and acknowledge the sacrifice they are making by serving their country. I could only wish there were more organizations like Move America Forward!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization! As the wife of a veteran, I cannot say enough good things about Move America Forward. They truly are a one of kind organization. The staff and volunteers go above and beyond all expectations to help veterans and their families in any way possible.

1 Teresa70

Donor

Rating: 5

Donate to troop a thon, it sends gifts/necessities to troops abroad. It is listed under Move Forward America.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen this organization endeavor diligently to provide care packages for our men and women who admirably serve our nation. Thier commitment to supporting American soldiers is something I am proud to attest to.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love supporting Move America Forward. Talk about doing a great work. I've witnessed thousands of boxes being shipped off to our men and women serving abroad. The boxes they send are filled to the brim with the best products and I think really bring a taste of home to those who continue to fight for our country. I'm grateful for all they do and encourage anyone to help support this amazing organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lots of people say they "support the troops" but you do it in a very real and tangible way. I'm proud to be able to support that.

2 Mike148

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a veteran I am grateful for how many nonprofit groups are out there. I am specifically thankful for Move America Forward and the selfless work they are committed to. The work that they have done is nothing short of amazing for my fellow vets.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and donated to many nonprofit organizations, but have felt truly connected to the end cause with Move America Forward. They are great to volunteer for and donate to, as I know my time and money is being properly allocated and used effectively. There is no better way to say thank you to the deployed troops than to pack a box of goodies and send a personalized and hand written thank you. A wonderful organization and cause!

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MoveAmericaForward 03/23/2015

Thank you for using Move America Forward to support the troops. We could not do it with out you!!

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Donor

Rating: 1

According to CharityNavigator.org, Move America Forward spends only 53% of donations on delivering services to our servicemen & women. Over 38% is spent on administrative costs. Together, these metrics earn MAF a rating of one star, out of five. I will not make further donations until I see this ratio improve dramatically.

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MoveAmericaForward 03/09/2015

Dear Former Donor 7, thank you for your review. Please know that we are currently working on getting our Charity Navigator rating updated by providing information to them. The current rating was done with out any input on our part. The poor rating is because of this. Please check again in the coming weeks, we have already contacted Charity Navigator and begun the process of getting accurately scored. Thank you for supporting the troops. I can tell you it truly makes a difference. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

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MoveAmericaForward 03/09/2017

Just wanted to update this post for you! MAF spends 86 Percent of all donations directly on supporting the troops! If you like any information please let us know!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher and informed the student council of Move America Forward. The students have many family members that are serving or have served in the Military.. The students became more aware of how important it was to send packages to the troops. Move America Forward is a very great organization to be involved with.
Donna Sider
6th grade Science

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Breast Cancer Survivor the best support groups I have found are the ones like MAF that have us do productive things like packing boxes for our troops. While helping others we are helping ourselves and we have fun doing it!! My Father was a WWII Navy Veteran so the troops are dear to me! I found this wonderful Non-Profit through my friend Debbie Crowe and her Mother Barbara!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a long-ago-military brat, I enjoy putting the packages together for the troops with my Mom. The people at MAF are professional and kind. They accomodate us "little old ladies" of the Elder Craftsman group, we have a lot of fun sweating together, making a contest out of it. The best part of packing boxes is when the school children write personal letters to the troops, tears are normal on those days! I appreciate the volunteering opportunity it gives retired (and active) military families as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Move America Forward is doing a wonderful job for our troops that are stationed overseas. The staff and volunteers at MAF supply more than just snacks, socks, and coffee, but a piece of home. Every care package is hand-packed with love and sends the message to the service member that they are not forgotten. Thanks, MAF, for allowing us to participate in giving back to those who give some much for so many and ask for so little.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Move America Forward is an outstanding organization who follows through on their mission. Their primary focus is to support our men and women in uniform during deployment by coordinating regular shipments of care packages to the combat zone. They are also a large supporter of ensuring America’s Gold Star families and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom are not forgotten. In a day and age when it’s become too easy to forget that we are still a nation at war, the MAF team works tirelessly to ensure America’s truest heroes are being taking care of, and never forgotten!

1 Lila B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit group does wonderful work. Care packages and letters boost morale of those serving overseas, and let them know there is still support and generosity pouring from "back home". Thank you Move America Forward for providing the means to send all these wonderful deserving servicemen and women a little love from home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I love working at Move America Forward assemblying the care packages for soldiers. The staff at MAF is helpful and always kind to the volunteers who show up to work. I am glad they are there for the troops!

1 Polly L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the first time, along with my daughter and my sister. We filled the packages
With coffee, cookies, candy, wash pads, telephone cards, etc. it was such a good feeling knowing you were helping to make someone else's time away from home a little more easy to continue on.
The Move America Forward organization was organized, prepared, pleasant, just a wonderful experience.
It was a long day but it was such a fulfilling experience you didn't feel the tired back, legs, arms.
You were in a good place knowing you Mae a difference in our troops lives. They are
A great organization!!

1 Joan52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They collect and box up items the troops miss from home. Like coffee cookies etc. Along with letters to the troops. I helped packaged boxes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at MAF is a wonderful experience! They are organized and caring. They train their volunteers thoroughly and provide opportunities, for young people and adults alike, to make a difference in this world - it's inspiring!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

30% of the money donated goes to the CEO and his staff. They are getting rich playing on peoples desire to support our troupes.

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MoveAmericaForward 08/11/2014

Dear Ornette, this allegation is completely false. Here is a recent article explaining more in depth. We are very proud to support our troops and thankful to everyone that uses us as a resource. http://www.redstate.com/2014/08/11/moving-america-forward-responds-propublica-allegations/