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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

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Joey82

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.

2 Gary70

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Mike for many years and consider him to be a man of integrity. I helped raise funds for OnBehalf.Org by running the 2013 Boston Tough Mudder with Team OnBehalf.Org, have donated every year since and will continue to do so in the future.
Gary Bosse

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Donor

Rating: 5

Vets need all the support they can get, but more often than not, they don't get it! OnBehalf fills in the gaps whenever called on to do what they can to help their fellow brothers and sisters. I continue to support and donate to this tremendous organization...please consider doing the same.

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Donor

Rating: 5

So many vets in need, not enough financial or physical support to go around!! It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference in their lives and OnBehalf realizes that. But, they need your help to accommodate the hundreds of requests they receive! Please consider a contribution of time, services or cash in order to allow this wonderful organization to support the many military men, women and families looking for assistance. OnBehalf is smaller than other charitable organizations for veterans but they're still making a huge difference.....you can too!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's nice to know that over 90% of any donations are actually used to meet the needs of Iraq War veterans. Mike donates his own time to make that happen. Larger charities usually have huge expenses so supporting smaller non-profits can make donations go further. Thanks, Mike Gifford.

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Donor

Rating: 5

These folks do amazing work on a shoestring, so I know my donations are going where they should!

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Donor

Rating: 5

OnBehalf.org is a highly rated organization that is dedicated to helping veterans in whatever way they need assistance. From a donor perspective, they are personable and immediately responsive to questions, with personal emails directly from Mike. Our veterans deserve so much more than they are getting, and OnBehalf.org is making a huge difference in veterans' lives. I'm thrilled to be a monthly donor!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Strong leadership matched by the wonderful services they provided veterans & their families. I will continue to support OnBehalf.org because I believe in the work that they do. They are all heroes in my book.

4 Tina90

Donor

Rating: 5

I have to admit to a bit of bias since I've known Mike all his life and I know the integrity and the sincerity behind this mission. But it also takes personal time and lots of energy with frustrations to ultimately cause that support, assist, or even just a recognition to the person who offered themselves to the possibility of so many terrible scenarios. Their family also may have paid a dear price. Now that they are civilians, do we owe them nothing?

You can trust that anything you offer will be treated with the same focus that was needed during his service. Accident and injury can befall anyone but these were not accidents, these were choices thoughtfully made by ordinary people who suddenly became extraordinary.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Unfortunately Veterans sometimes do not get the care that they are entitled to and deserve. OnBehalf.org was created to fill those gaps, and to assist those in need when other programs fall short. It is an excellent resource for Veterans to obtain assistance, a place where volunteers can liaison and come together to fulfill a common goal, and where financial donors can be confident that their contributions are actually reaching the Veteran.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mike is a veteran that continues to serve his country by helping wounded vets! His passion and dedication is what makes OnBehalf possible, and successful. A very worthy cause!

Donor

Rating: 5

OnBehalf is truly a model charitable organization that supports veterans and their families. This past December, while conducting a search of New York's best charities, I came upon OnBehalf. I read about all the support the organization has provided to veterans. I regret taking so long to help.

Donor

Rating: 5

Mike and his team have given so much for this country and they are continuing down that path by ensuring our veterans are taken care of. Their professionalism and the direct impact to these veterans is what has driven us to support this charity. We will continue to do so in our best capacity.

Eric

Donor

Rating: 5

The pride Mike and his team take in supporting our veterans is amazing. I'm proud to be a supporter of such an outstanding organization. Keep up the great work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a long time supporter of OnBehalf, I am thorougly impressed with the organizations commitment to supporting our veterans. I wish Mike and his team every success.

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

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.

1

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My friend and work colleague is one of the founding members, Mike Gifford. His commitment and work for OnBehalf is admirable and inspirational. I am proud to have been part of some activities like Run-A-Muck in 2011 and 2012, in Harriman, NY, plus being a donor. OnBehalf's work is a great service to those who've server the US. Thank you and God Bless.

1 Greg20

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic, dedicated and focused on the troops, this is an outfit that always has the their back, and agressively seeks out ways to help. As a vet I really appriciate the work ethic and hard charging positive attitude. Best way I know to help out those who served.