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Warfighter Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: To empower combat veterans and their families through physical, mental, and emotional rehabilitation.

Target demographics: Combat veterans and their familes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 5,000 combat veterans and their families.

Geographic areas served: National outreach

Programs: Small Unit Deployment Program, Combat to Contracts, Warfighter Expeditionary Operations, Paddle Program, Warfighter News, Warfighter Radio, Combat Stress Counseling,

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

10 Chan F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To think of us on a day that changed our lives forever. Thank you for being there. I think if you weren't there and did what you did I wouldn't have felt so good about my day in Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you for thinking of the families of 8-6-11. God Bless all who were involved that day!!

Comments ( 1 )

TFWW Thank you so much for your feedback and support! It was an honor to support you and the other families. We will return every year!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Their Facebook has been a continued source of therapy. Sounds funny, but they have allowed me to speak on a national level about my concerns.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity helped me when i was struggling. Thank you Warfighter!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization is an embarrassment to our country. As a white American who has family full of military veterans, I do not believe this organization represents whites, veterans OR any Americans in a positive way at all. In fact, it is spreading hate and promoting racism nationwide. This organization makes me feel ashamed to be an employed white American in today's society.

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TFWW 02/15/2017

Our organization does not represent "whites". We represent combat veterans and as a charity with a national platform we have an obligation to speak out against violence against the United States and our service members.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THANK YOU FOR DEFENDING VETERANS AGAINST THE STIGMA OF PTSD!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Semper Fidelis! Thank you for inviting me to the screening with the family of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for what you do for our nations warriors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for helping my family. I cannot begin to express our gratitude for your continued support. Just to summarize for anyone reading this, in 2013 I lost my lower leg to an IED in Afghanistan. As soon as I was back in the United States, receiving medical treatment, my family wanted to come to the hospital and be with me. DOD was taking too long to get them a flight and accommodations, so the Warfighter Foundation provided them with a flight and lodging until DOD could provide support. Within 48 hours of my landing in the US, my family was at my bedside. I contribute my quick recover 100% to the Warfighter Foundation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Experience has taught us that when you invest in building great nonprofit leadership you invest in building a stronger community. This is exactly what the Warfighter Foundation has accomplished.

I have over twenty-five years of experience in working with public and private nonprofit organizations in the areas of organizational development, planning, collaboration, and securing and managing grants. The Warfighter Foundation has my full dedication.

Nancy McGee
Chief Executive Officer
Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you have worked in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, you know they are quite different; each having its own culture, vernacular, and business practices. The Warfighter Foundation brings an incredible approach to philanthropy. Although charitable contributions keep the organization alive, they do not focus on fundraising and rather focus completely on their mission. I am proud to work with this organization!

- Planned Giving Design Center, the world's largest community of planned giving professionals

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Warfighter utilizes several incredible methods to allow veterans to express their views. The supposed "NPO Professional" has no idea what he is talking about. This organization has served at the pinnacle of serving combat veterans. God bless the Warfighter Foundation!

I have been an entrepreneur, business owner, investor, speaker, business coach and tax expert for the past 27 years. We have worked with a Nobel Prize winner, a 4-time Olympic champion, a Grammy nominated rap artist, a United Nations Representative, a 17 year old high school student with brain cancer and an 82 year old Ph.D. research scientist.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The stated purpose of the group is apparently: "to empower combat veterans and their families through physical, mental, and emotional rehabilitation."

However, this group doesn't appear to serve any other purpose than as the sounding board of its founder and Executive Director's (ED) personal political and social beliefs. The following is an excerpt from a December 4, 2014 blog post to the organization's wordpress account, which includes a sample of the founder's personal, prejudiced beliefs:

"We allow the minority to dictate what is wrong and right when it comes to the First Amendment. The use of the ā€œNā€ word is fine if you are black, but it is wrong if you are white. Protesting military funerals is fine, blocking highways because of a thug named Trayvon is fine, gay pride parades completely nude are fine; but God forbid those [expletive] veterans go to D.C. and ask to be treated fairly!" (Please note this is a very short excerpt of the bile available on the organization's social media outlets).

Aside from the ED's profound misunderstanding of the Constitution, his personal prejudices, and overall unpleasantness, it is most important to note that such statements and social media activities are wildly unprofessional, as it serves no purpose to further the organization's mission. Whether or not one agrees with the founder's personal views is less of an issue than that he has demonstrated a clear lack of judgment in publicly expressing his own personal beliefs on issues completely unrelated to the mission of the organization, as a representative of the organization.

Update: As is SOP for this organization, after receiving a negative review, they have attempted to counter with contrary ratings in order to keep a high rating on GreatNonProfits. It's important to note that 3 of the most recent positive reviewers were left by organizations and companies that receive fees for service, and most likely have a relationship with the organization in which they receive compensation.

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TFWW 12/17/2014

The "WARFIGHTER" blog has many veterans that contribute and has been featured in national media. Yes, the CEO is a contributor to the blog and in addition he is a US Marine combat veteran. Under the "ABOUT" section on the blog, you can find the purpose of the blog: "Warfighter is part of the Warfighter Foundation. It is a means for people to connect and relate to our nations combat veterans and their families." The blog is a key element that allows combat veterans and their families to tell their stories and share their views. We appreciate your feedback, but we are not going to apologize because our blog hurt your feelings. Our organization attracts two types of people: combat veterans and anti-military. It is very apparent what your views are and what your objective is.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful organization! I will continue to contribute my support as often as possible. One of the most transparent and honest non-profits I have ever worked with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

100 Mile Hike volunteer here, thank you for what you guys do for our veterans! I am SO proud to have participated in the 100 Mile Hike with y'all! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Found out about you guys from The Blaze and noticed you in the Huffington Post as well. Seems like you are really reaching out and doing a lot for veterans! Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I always donate to organizations I can trust and provide 100% transparency. The Warfighter Foundation is a Gold Participant on Guidestar.org and that means they have my trust because they have proven they are accountable and transparent. We have to support small charities like Warfighter Foundation who are making such a huge impact!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You guys always post the best stuff on Facebook and on your Blog!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cranky old Vietnam jarhead, involved in volunteer work with our wounded "kids". Took me a bit to warm up to this bunch of folks... but now consider them to be my main social media family. God bless, Semper Fi

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The 100 Mile Hike that came through Houston was absolutely incredible to witness! It sure did raise awareness of Memorial Day and definitely made me feel a little guilty for BBQ'n, but I believe that was the point. Right after they passed, I put up all the flags I had and we even held a moment of silence for all the fallen troops as well as a toast. If it was not for them, it would've been just another BBQ on Memorial Day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the 2013 private screening the Warfighter Foundation did of the film Lone Survivor. It was amazing to see a charity offer something like that for free for veterans and their families. I took a group of my buddies and some family to the private screening. Also, it was extra special to see the guest speakers like retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman and GSM Debbie Lee, as well as the special messages from the families of Operation Red Wings. What an event! Hope they do something like that again!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is to ricks1 comment/review. The Charity is very professional and it is hardly believable that they would have ever told you anything negative. The Board Chair can serve as the Executive Director, so long as there is no conflict of interest. The Warfighter Foundation has no paid positions, so there is no conflict of interest. This is basic knowledge within the non-profit community and does not violate any IRS Code.

The organization sponsored a Co-Founder as an athlete and at the time of his sponsorship, he was not on the Board or Staff. He was simply a veteran who needed help raising awareness about his endeavors as an athlete, which he was running to raise awareness of veteran suicide. Warfighter does this for many veteran athletes and it requires no funds. That was the extent of the sponsorship.

You can visit www.warfighterfoundation.org to view a list of the current Board and Staff.

Additionally, the Warfighter Foundation is a Guidestar Gold participant. It would've taken you a simple Google search to realize that. Here is the link: http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/46-3074674/warfighter-foundation.aspx

The organization has filed its annual 990 report. You may need to Google that as well.