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Causes: Philanthropy

Mission: The mission of Hope For The Warriors® (www.hopeforthewarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Results: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors® is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 13,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 165 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 participants since 2010. For more information, visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org.

Target demographics: Combat wounded service members and veterans, their families and families of the fallen.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The number of families has grown each year. In 2012, we will assist more than 4,500 military families through meaningful and significant programs.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Employment & Education, Clinical Support Services, Sports & Recreation, and Community & Military Relations.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband, Paul, and I have volunteered with Hope For The Warriors for years due to their commitment to wounded service members of all branches and their families. Charity Navigator has rated them with their highest score, Four Stars, and they are listed on Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #27800. Beta Sigma Phi, an international sorority dedicated to service, has granted a $5,000 annual endowment to Hope For The Warriors for the past three years. A local community, Pine Knoll Shores, has sponsored Kayak for the Warriors for eight years and raised $75,000 in 2015 for Hope For The Warriors. This shows that individuals believe in what this non-profit provides for our wounded, their families, and the families of the fallen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband, Paul, and I have volunteered with Hope For The Warriors since 2008 and race with Team Hope For The Warriors. The organization has grown into a highly acclaimed national organization serving our wounded and their families and families of the fallen from all of the services. One of the main reasons we started raising money for Hope For The Warriors was the fact that their overhead is very low and they have received a four start rating by Charity Navigator which allows more of the contributions to go to the warriors. The staff is young and they really care about what they are doing. It is an honor to work with this dedicated group of men and women who make up
Hope For The Warriors.

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Sara68

Donor

Rating: 4

Everyone I spoke to within this organization was extremely helpful and supportive throughout my training and raising money for this fantastic charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Back in 2011 our company used Charity Navigator to search out an organization for a Veterans Day sales promotion, which would follow with a corporate donation. We found Hope For The Warriors and couldn’t be more pleased! They do amazing work for our Veterans and their families and offer many ways for citizens to get involved. We also like the fact that a very high percentage of the contributions they receive apply to the cause, and not to overhead. Our relationship has continued since our initial donation, and friendships have been built along the way. As a company, and individuals we are proud to offer continued support to H4W!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I served in Vietnam. When I came home wearing my uniform I was scorned. It really hurt. America is my country and I voluntarily answered the call. I am a disabled vet and I pledge to help my brothers with part of my income. The people of the United States now seem to recognize the warrior. Please also give a little to those that gave so much.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first met Robin Kelleher at a charity ride meeting, and I was impressed that not only the President/CEO of Hope For The Warriors had shown up, but she took time to answer every question, gave great examples of what this charity does. I'm a Vietnam Veteran and a member of a motorcycle club, and we made the decision to continuously fundraise for Hope For The Warriors. It's important to know that all the work, time and money that goes into fundraising results in actual help for those who need it- and doesn't get wasted..this is a great charity with a really great group of commited volunteers- you'll never worry that your time or money is going to waste with Hope For The Warriors

Donor

Rating: 5

I belong to Combat Veterans of America Motorcycle Club, and 3 years ago, Robin Kelleher came to one of our monthly meetings, and told some stories about the people they have helped and wanted to involve our club. We were to think about this proposition and vote at our next meeting. I came home, got on the computer and navigated the Hope for the Warriors website. What I found was awe inspiring, touching, and just genuine concern for the military and their families. Too many times, and too many wars, the military is forgotten when they come home, and the families are left to deal with death, dismemberment, PTSD on their own. Robin never once told her own story...she just related a few instances that happened in the DC area,. I was amazed to find out that her husband was just the first person she dealt with, and I was blown away by how she was treated. When our club met the next month, I and many others had beenon their website and were totally convinced this was something we definitely wanted tho be a part.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a retired Army officer and Viet Nam vet and am presently the CEO of a Fortune 500 company which has recently aligned with Hope For The Warriors after much research and sole searching. Of all of the organizations purporting to support our newest generation of veterans Hope For The Warriors stands out amongst all of them. The breadth and depth of their support is unmatched by any other organization. The fact that this organization was founded by military wifes speaks to their passion and determination and willingness to go above and beyond what others are doing. We look forward to the coming years of our association with Hope For The Warriors, our veterans deserve the best.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I witnessed first hand how this organization salutes our Wounded Warriors here in SE NC. Great events over a several day period with excellent participation from the Warriors, their families and members of the community. My golf round with one Warrior was mind boggling..a tough day on the course but listening to his story made everyone speechless and in awe of his actions.

Although invited to this outing by a friend I have now become a donor and also have ensured that this organization obtains financial help from my company!

Superb staff and volunteers!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love donating to this organization because I have seen first-hand so many of the incredible ways they have helped our wounded soldiers as well as their families. They give not just with money but give generously with their time, personal care and attention when those they help are in desparate need and often have no one else to depend on. I have witnessed them tackle enormous hurdles to assist in the healing of the traumatically injured, to provide opportunities for those wounded and disabled who fight to go forward with their lives and to be present for the small things that give comfort to the spouses and parents of our wounded. These are truly dedicated and passionate individuals who work tirelessly and unselfishly to do special work for our military.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity does the most amazing work for wounded warriors and their families, and they do it on a shoestring budget, with exceedingly low administrative expenses. The people involved are devoted to their cause and work tirelessly to ensure that help is given to deserving soldiers. They recognize on a highly personal level the needs of the military members they serve, as the founders of this charity are wives of marines, some of whom have been critically injured on the battlefield. I have personally witnessed the dedication and commitment of the individuals in charge in their fulfillment of the goals of this organization and feel secure that my donations are in good hands.

Kristyn P.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a military spouse I see many organizations that claim to help our service members, but drop the ball often. Hope for the Warriors is a real charity that truly helps those who deserve our help after putting their lives on the line for our country.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are many organizations who support the Military. Hope for Warriors supports the wounded military after they come home! This is when the need is the greatest. Veterans' unemployment in the USA is significantly higher than that of civilians. So, such an organzation who caters to getting wounded veterans back on their feet is essential for both the individual as well as our society's needs. Additionally, soldiers knowing that there is a resource to them should anything happen in the line of duty, can take pride in continuing to serve our Country and keep us safe!
An example of this organization's efforts - a marine from N. NJ was planning on making a career out of the USMC. He was injured in IRAQ. He could no longer use his legs/ankles.
Hope for Warriors donated a hand cycle to him, enabling him to successfully compete in a half-marathon. Not only did this address his physical needs, but also his emotional needs by giving him confidence that he could be a useful member of society again.
He has since joined Hope for Warriors' "Above & Beyond Professional Development Program" to help transition him into the civilian workforce.
This is one of many successes that this Charity has accomplished. I am proud to be a donor to keep them going!

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Christian Haerter

Donor

Rating: 5

In the competitive world of non-profits, Hope for the Warriors stands shoulders above all the rest. By providing care and support to not only our military wounded and their families but also to the families of the fallen, H4TW have proven themselves time and time again with their compassion and heartfelt caring. Their staff, from the top down, are a high energy group of individuals who do not know the meaning of the words "we can't". I have seen the remarkable results of their programs on the families they have chosen to help and they are priceless. Being an administrator of a small non-profit, I can appreciate the time and personal effort spent by H4TW staff and volunteers in seeing their missions to completion.

Hope for The Warriors deserves not only our utmost respect and consideration for the job they do for our military personnel every day but they deserve to be supported generously with goods, services, and money so they can continue their valuable work across the country.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hope For The Warriors
I believe that there are two critical elements in ascertaining the worth of a charitable organization, especially one who's stated mission is to lend a much needed hand to our veterans and active military personnel in need.
First: Is it a highly rated charity by a well established and respected independent charity ratings entity.
Second: Does the charity execute squarely within its stated Mission with tangible results

Hope For warriors clearly excells on both counts: 4 Star ratings, the top rating, from Charity Navigation , the leading not-for-profit charity rating entity.
And , Hope For The Warriors,with a proven track record of completely adhearing to its Mission satement :"The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance quality of life for U.S. service members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet "and executing in a very ethical manner on every count ( visit their web site for details) fully meets the second critical criteria.
So if you are interesteded in helping those in need who freely volunteered to go into harm's way on behalf of every American, then I encourage you to contribute to Hope For The Warriors. In doing so you can have the utmost confidence that your funds will do just that.
HBO is a proud sponsor of Hope For The warriors
Bill Nelson
Chairman and CEO Home Box Office ,Inc
Vietnam Veteran
2/502nd Infantry , 101st Airborne Division

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