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Special Operations Warrior Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, National Security

Mission: Provides the opportunity for children of Special Operations forces who die in combat or training to obtain a full four year colleg degree. Also provides immediate financial assistance for families of special operations people wounded in combat.

Target demographics: the families of fallen and wounded special operations warriors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 145 students with $4 million in tuition, books, fees, room and board and counseling services.

Geographic areas served: nationwide

Programs: 1. Ensuring college educations for the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces; 2. Providing immediate financial stipends to the families of severely wounded special operators to help with the financial burden of having a loved one hospitalized; and 3. Providing counseling and advocacy to the families of special operations personnel.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 Cleyton M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am the CEO for a charitable company who has worked with Special Operations Warrior Foundation for the last two years and look forward to many more. They are leaders in non-profit giving and give to a cause close to our hearts. Their transparency, clarity of mission, and amazing performance have established an incredible reputation. These are the reasons we work solely with Special Operations Warrior Foundation for our Military giving and charitable efforts. They are great people working for an outstanding non-profit. It is both an honor and privilege to work with SOWF and assist the families of Special Operations. We support SOWF for those that do the deed and live a life of example in service and sacrifice! Cleyton Bray ceo/SWAT Life: Brothers for Adversity, LLC

4 sofsupporter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with SOWF for a while and it has been remarkable to watch the organization grow and while keeping true to its mission, finding and adding new ways to support the SOF community. SOWF helps not only fund education for the children of fallen, but to ensure the success of each student by providing personalized support in their academic and personal lives. I am proud to be a supporter of SOWF and to help the children of our fallen heroes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Team SOWF empowers me to leverage my winter fat biking pursuits into beacons for friends and family to donate to this outstanding charity!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have thrown several fundraisers benefitting the SOWF. Their benefit department is helpful in assisting throwing events as well as extremely knowledgeable in what your fundraising efforts help.
The SOWF is an amazing charity that helps the families of wounded and fallen Special Ops servicemen. These men and women give everything for their country and the SOWF does their best to give everything they can back to the soldiers and their families.

1 Gregory9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a very close friend and teammate back in the early part of my military life that was KIA. His family had this organization to lean on with their loss. I know the past leadership was great and look forward to the future teams commitment to the same. I have been in several of SOWF events and hope to do more. I have also meet several of the board members and they have the same blessing to help others. Steve McCleary is as good as they come and hope he will stay as long as he can. All the people involved that I have met are very professional. Greg Hataway

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being involved with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation for the ten years I have has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have known. They are consummate professionals and have graciously supported or efforts through out. You would be hard pressed to find a better run organization and all with extremely low overhead, just as a charity should operate. Their dedication to providing support to the children of Americas fallen Special Operations Personnel is commendable and without compare. Knowing that support is in place for the men and women down range as they put their lives in harms way doing very complicated jobs protecting our Country...well it is difficult to find words for that. I'll start with these, Thank you!
Lance Hollars

Ashley78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this group many times and the leadership is amazing. This group helps out so many people of fallen military members and they don't waste a dime. Special Operations is a family on and off-duty, both in life and in death. They never forget who has sacrificed for the country and do what they can to help those people and families out.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each year I spend hundreds of hours putting on events to raise funds for the SOWF. Over the past three years my events have raised over $100,000 for the SOWF. I would not put in this kind of work or give this kind of money to just any charity. I have seen first hand how overhead expenses are kept to a minimum and that nearly all the money we raise goes to the education of children.

Wendy62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked with this charity for three-plus years now, I can't think of a better cause to support. The fact that the staff is small and the overhead is low makes interacting with the SOWF a very personal experience. You literally get to know them. But first and foremost, the Warrior Foundation does what it says it's going to do, and isn't afraid to make exceptions to its policy when needed, such as in October 2013, when it provided $20,000 grants to the families of the four special ops troops killed in Afghanistan who did not immediately receive the customary $100,000 in death benefits due to them because of the government shutdown. The money provided to the families by the SOWF offset their travel and burial costs. These funds were the first the families received. God bless our special operations forces troops, their families, and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Richard67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great foundation that serves our fallen and injured service men and women

Nicholas6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Organization has a great group of organizers and volunteers who are dedicated to the cause and they have the biggest hearts you could ever imagine. Amazing charity, amazing people, and an even better more amazing results.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the SOWF for a number of years. I have seen the impact being made by this foundation and amazed that it is run by only a handful of hardworking and dedicated individuals. The families of fallen and wounded special operations troops are in good hands with the SOWF, who have been reviewed by watchdog groups and proven to be efficient.

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Deb A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Special Operations Warrior Foundation since shortly after my son was killed in Iraq in 2005. It was my son's charity of choice. Just days after he was killed the SOWF was in contact with us. They told us that my grandson would receive a full college education or trade school of his choice and cover everything. We wanted to do something to help as grandparents. We did a cross country motorcycle event and do many of the events in California so that the staff does not have to travel this far. They have always welcomed our help and made us feel more like family. Our grandson is a name and not a number to the staff. We have come to know everyone that works with the Special Ops Warrior Foundation. I recently wrote a book and all proceeds go to the Spec Ops Warrior Foundation. Our grandson is only eight, but there are so many children that are in need that we want to help as many as we can. This is the only non-profit that we are involved with now. We consider ourselves part of their family!