Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Foundation: garysinisefoundation.org 

 “Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted. We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation's defenders, we can always do a little more.” - Gary Sinise

 At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.  We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

 The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our servicemen and women. As they return to civilian life, the physical, emotional and psychological challenges they face are often difficult. As citizens, supporting the heroes who defend our nation is a responsibility we can share. We are all beneficiaries of the freedom and security they fight to protect.

 The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of a forty-year advocate for our nation's defenders, actor Gary Sinise. Its outreach supports those who sacrifice to defend our country: active duty, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones. While our mission is broad, we've created nine key programs to show gratitude for our American heroes through entertainment, family support, and acts of appreciation.

 The Gary Sinise Foundation builds specially adapted smart homes for America’s severely wounded veterans through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). Each home features automated amenities to ease the daily challenges these heroes face. In addition, R.I.S.E provides adapted vehicles, mobility devices, and home modifications to injured, wounded, ill and/or aging heroes from all conflicts.

 For more than a decade, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have toured the globe in support of our troops. As a program of the Foundation, the band is raising spirits and awareness for military and first responder causes worldwide.

 Through its Invincible Spirit Festivals, the Gary Sinise Foundation is boosting the morale at military medical centers across the country. These daylong celebrations provide a respite from the rigors of rehabilitation for the hospital’s patients, staff, and families. The Relief & Resiliency Outreach program is providing complete support to those recovering from trauma, injury and loss during times of urgent need. The Foundation is also providing financial support and training to America’s firefighters, police departments and EMTs through its First Responders Outreach program.

 Additionally, the Gary Sinise Foundation is showing appreciation through Serving Heroes, a program providing hearty, classic American meals to our defenders across the country. It's a special way to remind them that they are on our minds and that we appreciate their service. The Arts & Entertainment Outreach program now includes the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Each theatre provides dinner and a performance to local veterans free of charge.

 Through our Ambassador Council we're sending representatives to inspire, educate, and remind communities to recognize their local veterans and to remember the sacrifices made by all of American defenders.

 In 2015, the Gary Sinise Foundation launched Soaring Valor with The National WWII Museum and American Airlines. The program provides WWII veterans a chance to visit the museum and supports documenting their first-hand accounts of the war on video for future generations.

 The Gary Sinise Foundation works to ensure the sacrifices of America’s defenders and their families are never forgotten.

Fisher House

Fisher House: fisherhouse.org

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $360 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.

By the Numbers

  • Families served: More than 28,000 in 2016
  • Daily capacity: 970 families
  • Families served: More than 305,000 since inception
  • Number of lodging days offered: Over 7 million
  • 11,000 students have received $18,000,000 in scholarship awards
  • Over 65,000  airline tickets provided by Hero Miles to service members and their families, worth nearly $100 million

Fisher House Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation: chriskylefrogfoundation.org

 The mission of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) is to Honor God, Country, and Families Who Serve by providing experiences that strengthen military and first responder marriages and families.

 The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation will achieve this through experiences that:

  • Provide time and space to reconnect after deployment without the distractions of everyday life
  • Provide power to return to the ‘family unit’
  • Provide new common ground after military involvement

 The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) was founded by Taya Kyle to honor the life and legacy of service of her husband, “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. All too often, the family support network of those serving our country – either on the military frontline or as first responders – can be overlooked or forgotten.  The pressures that are a natural outcome of this dangerous and stressful work can often result in damaged relationships that fracture the family unit creating additional stressors on those who serve as well as the family members that support that service.

 CKFF’s signature program started with the launch of CKFF Revitalization Retreats, which are focused directly on supporting military and first responder marriages. CKFF Revitalization Retreats provide service couples with experiences that provide new common ground, and then additional support resources designed to empower married couples with practical tools that improve communication and reduce conflict.

 Chris Kyle – the author of New York Times Best Selling book – American Sniper – and his wife, Taya, knew all too well the issues encountered by military personnel and first responder families. Prior to his untimely passing in February 2013, Chris was working on his vision for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to provide experiences for service and first responder families to work through many of the difficulties he and Taya had experienced post-deployment.

 Today, Taya and the CKFF Team are dedicated to fulfilling Chris’ vision of stronger, more empowered marriages and families. Creating this legacy serves as the continued inspiration to the CKFF Team, Supporters, and Volunteers.

 The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation has been built on four solid pillars:

  • Loyalty: Committed to God, Country, and Family
  • Empowerment: Empowering Families to Thrive
  • Integrity: Honesty and Transparency in our Programs, Funding and Communications
  • Excellence: Reflecting the service excellence that our constituents provide in service to their communities and country

Dedicated to achieving CKFF’s mission with a lean team and working with a streamlined budget focused on outcomes, CKFF has not invested in “brick and mortar” buildings to house a large staff.   Instead, CKFF’s focus is on building programs that have deep impact and a foundation that lasts well into the future.  So while you won’t see the most advanced gadgets, tools, or interactive web site design, you will see that as CKFF grows and matures we will continue to update our programming and communications to you, always with a strong focus on transparency and a commitment to our values.