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Causes: Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Patient & Family Support, Philanthropy, Veterans, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Founded in 2005 by 4 USAR veterans, OnBehalf.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to raise funds and professional services for injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for the families of the fallen. Due to our all-volunteer team and low administrative expenses, over 90% of your tax-deductible contribution will reach injured veterans and military families.

Results: It's been a banner year for OnBehalf, with fundraisers involving mud runs, golf tournaments, pub crawls and good old fashioned campaigns. Having worked with such fine organizations as the VFW, Wounded Warrior Project and Walter Reed, we've made this happen.

Target demographics: wounded veterans from Iraq & Afghanistan

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 25

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: financial grants for those injured vets trying to make ends meet, and sponsoring enjoyable activities that add to their quality of life.

Community Stories

110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but amazing things to say about how On Behalf has helped me and my family with their monetary grant. My wife and I are blessed with these gorgeous identical twins, and my wife seeing the fiscal struggle it has been putting me in every month went looking for someone that could help. She quickly found this wonderful and honest organization and began working with the kind their staff. All without my knowledge, until one morning recently I saw an email with a monetary grant. No matter what the amount, every cent counts when I spend $300 on formula alone for two hungry 4 1/2 month old rug rats. This money allievated the stress for 2 months so that I may save in the interim and feel as if I am not drowning again.Thank you for the life preserver!!! God bless and I can not thank you enough for the help you have given my family.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I learned of Mike Gifford and the goals, methods, and work of Onbehalf.org I could not wait to compose this review of this unique and incredibly effective group. As the founder and President of my own veterans service non-profit, I understand acutely how the approach employed by Onbehalf.org - providing direct and immediate financial and material assistance - is precisely what the veterans community needs so badly. Too much of veterans assistance consists of a waiting game that expends time that a veteran simply does not have to spare. They are in immediate need, and immediate help is often the only thing that will save a veteran from a crisis from which he or she may not recover. Because I know both the crisis among veterans and the nature of veterans service structures in our nation, I can eagerly and proudly endorse Mike and the incredible efforts of Onbehlaf.org. Any individual interested in helping a veteran should donate to this organization - your money will go directly to helping a veteran in desperate need. Margaret "Peggy" Matthews President, Veterans Advocacy Services, Inc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a veteran with a service-connected spinal cord injury who was pending to be discharged from the U.S. Army National Guard. Because of my Physical Evaluation Board, whether to be placed on orders, this kept me from seeking permanent employment. Also, it kept me from attending annual training 2013 so I had fallen behind on my monthly obligations. Director Mike Gifford not only has helped a soldier who was running out of options, but a soldier who situation was out of his control. I am very thankful to the Onbehalf organization and will support what they do because every veteran requires assistance in that outgoing process from military to civilian life! Alejandro Granado U.S. Army National Guard San Diego, California

Margaret49

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Mike one beautiful Fall day trapshooting south of Boston. We struck up a conversation and I immediately sensed he was a special guy. He is kind, easy and fun to talk to, interesting and interested. Oh, and let me add....charming. I asked him about the shirt he was wearing and he told me about Onbehalf.org. SOLD!! I'd been looking for a way to get involved in a charity that helps our brave troops. I am so looking forward to organizing a fundraiser in my area. I also hope to find other ways to be involved. All donations I make in the future I will do with much pleasure and gratitude for the guys who make the most they can with every single dollar. The world needs many more people as patriotic, competent and sweet as Mike.

1 ballemj1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiance (now husband), Jessie, was injured in Afghanistan in Oct. 2011. We reached out to Onbehalf.org to see if they could be of assistance in getting his grandmother and 3 siblings to NC from upstate NY so they would be able to attend our wedding that took place in Nov. 2013. They provided a grant for their hotel stay for the weekend of the wedding, which was a huge help. We dealt directly with Mike, who is super nice and a great guy. Looking forward to working with them again. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an O.I.F. Combat Veteran and I reached out to onbehalf to get financial assistance through my rough time. I have nothing but outstanding and excellent things to say about onbehalf. They helped me out in such short notice and I am truly thankful for what they did.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Where to begin? I've known Mike since we were freshmen in college. Even then he always was committed and involved in the community. Even at our apathetic college, he always genuinely cared about the well being of others and the world at large. His service to his country and continued service to his fellow veterans of this country is consistent with the Mike I knew even as a college kid. I was so impressed [but not surprised in the least] when I found out about OnBehalf.

Fast forward to today. I have been a Marine wife for nearly ten years. I have seen a lot of struggling from families in our Marine Corps community with these wars. Some of the families I know have been through eight, nine, or even ten deployments. We've lost friends to combat. We've had friends injured in combat. We have many friends who have not come back emotionally whole.

One of these emotionally ruined friends was the husband of one of the very first Marine wives to welcome me into the community. This woman gave selflessly to hold me up when my husband was attached to another regiment and deployed with two weeks notice. She has done this for countless others.

A few weeks ago, after retiring honorably this spring with 20 years of service and four tours of duty in Iraq, her husband took his own life in their garage. He left her alone with their three children without insurance or spousal benefits. She didn't even have the money to cover his cremation. In a panic, fellow Marine wives and I began contacting organizations and trying to spread the word to raise money. On a whim of desperation, I contacted Michael at OnBehalf.

Within days, they had a check out to my friend and had contacted local civic organizations to help. My heart is so full and I'm choked up just recounting this story. I had donated to this organization in the past, but usually donated to the Semper Fi Fund. Because of the quick and personalized response to a military family in need, I will now be donating to OnBehalf instead.

Thank you so much.

1 Suhaib A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Mike saved my life in Iraq, and when I say saved my life, I mean he literally did! I believe that there is no better person to take action in such a great cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked as an Iraqi Interpreter with the United States Army in Iraq. And I am familiar with OnBehalf.org work. Keep up the good work guys.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Giff has and continues to serve this great nation. His charity OnBehalf supports our fellow troops and their families when they need us most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mike and the team organized a group to run the New Hampshire Tough Mudder in June 2013. Had the best day out and raised a bunch of money. The effort and commitment they put in is second to none. I'll be supporting them again in 2014 with other fundraising efforts!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Mike when he lived in Chicago and was thinking to start this organization - in 2005!
The message of this organization is very powerful only because it comes from people who have lived experiences that many of us may never understand!

Mike was very passionate about creating an organization that can help and support veterans - these veterans are heros who have the courage to fight for their country and also for their families at home!

i can't believe that many of them are forgotten once they return - and moreover, many of them are not shown the love and respect they deserve for the rest of their lives!

These men and women deserve our support and OnBehalf.org is providing the opportunity for us to give them this support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Michael and the folks at onbehalf.org are an amazing organization. They were quick in helping us out and were wonderfully understanding our situation. A truly deserving organiztion.

2 hmanyoma

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a U.S. Army Veteran ( Purple Heart Recipient ) that served in OIF in Iraq in 2004. I was seriously injured in combat on July 2, 2004 and suffered 3rd degree burns and injuries to my head.
I have had my ups and downs financially due to all my VA appointments, having to miss a great deal of work and its caused some financial hardships. Well, I contacted OnBehalf.org and told them that I was in a bind and if there was any information or anything that they could do for me in order to get some assistance. I received an email back from OnBehalf.org a couple of days later telling me that they service Veterans in the East Coast, but that they don't like to turn their backs on any Vet, especially a single father of 2 kids living in Texas and that they would see what they could do for us. I am happy to say that they blessed me with more than what I could have imagined a couple of days later. OnBehalf.org was and is an organization that I can genuinely say that cares for those that have served and continue to serve. They took care of my kids and I when I didn't know where else to turn. Thank God for OnBehalf.org. Thank you guys for what you do for Veterans like myself and our families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

nyarkie........I continue to support this fine organization and truly wish I could do more. They are full of compassion and so sincere with every endeavor. The work they have done and continue to do for our Vets, makes me proud to be an American. My grandson recently enlisted in the military and because of his time, so far, I have come to understand so much more what OnBehalf truly stands for. Keep up the good work and God bless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

nyarkie: I am a contributor to this wonderful organization. They truly go above and beyond service for our country's finest. I personally know the director and he is kind, compassionate , loyal, and I've heard him speak about OnBehalf with pride and dedication! This is definitely one of the best non-profits around and I'm honored to be able to support them and spread the word every chance I get. Thanks to all the folks that support our country in so many ways.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization that helps veterans and their families. Keep up the good work Mike!

1 Robolizard

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The guys who run this are really good guys who are passionate about helping veterans, we were happy to help with the advertising plan for Onbehalf.

Donor

Rating: 5

I choose to donate to OnBehalf because they provide direct financial and emotional support to individual veterans and their families. With family members currently serving in the military, I am aware of the numerous choices of charities helping our troops. provides a level of personal interaction rare amongst most charities. The individualized help OnBehalf provides to our veterans is simply phenomenal.

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Donor

Rating: 5

With family members currently serving in the military, I am aware of the numerous choices of charities helping our troops. I choose to donate to OnBehalf because they provide direct financial and emotional support to individual vets and their families. OnBehalf provides a level of personal interaction rare amongst most charities. The individualized help OnBehalf provides to our veterans is simply phenomenal.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mike and the non-profit was amazing, they really helped out our family! And even when it was hard for him to get ahold of someone at my local VA he kept on trying until he was able to help us. He is a very determined man and is very pleasant.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked closely with Mike on his digital strategy/promotion. He not only is one of the most focused individuals I know, he is one of the most compassionate and driven. He truly believes in making a difference to those who need help. If you're going to donate your time, money or services, rest assured it is going to an individual in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know Mike well and his passion and commitment for giving back is incredible. A very deserving cause and one that is absolutely required in these difficult times!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm in New York and have seen the passion that Mike exhibits every day when he talks about and promotes OnBehalf. This is a fantastic organization where donors can rest assured their contributions are allocated wisely and volunteers see their time richly rewarded. As a vet I may not be the most "objective" on this topic, but please consider volunteering or donating and you will see just what a great cause this is.