Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

aka Fisher House   |   Rockville, MD   |  http://www.fisherhouse.org

Mission

Fisher House Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established to improve quality of life for military, retirees, veterans, and their families. The Foundation builds comfort homes at military and VA medical centers. It assists with the coordination of private support and encourages public support for the network of comfort homes known as Fisher Houses. It works to educate and inform about Fisher Houses and provides necessary support to individual Fisher Houses. Other Quality of Life programs include a scholarship program for military children, a grants program for volunteer organizations with innovative plans for quality of life projects, the Hero programs, and individual assistance to members of the military and their families during a crisis.

Notes from the nonprofit

Dear Friends: I am so proud of what Fisher House has accomplished. Thanks to your support, in the last 30+ years, Fisher House has opened 90+ Fisher Houses and provided more than 10 million nights of lodging for more than 413,000 military and veterans’ families. In fact, on any given night more than 1,200 families could be staying at a Fisher House. Our Hero Miles program has provided more than 77,000 airline tickets since it began in 2004, and we’ve awarded over $27 million in scholarships. Behind these numbers, however, are thousands of individual stories. When a family member tells me that being near her husband saved his life and she could never have done that without a Fisher House, I am touched beyond words. In fact, there are few things in my life that bring me more pride and satisfaction than Fisher House Foundation. I know I speak for everyone at Fisher House when I say we will be here for as long as it takes. Sincerely, Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO

Ruling year info

1993

Chairman & CEO

Mr. Kenneth Fisher

Main address

12300 Twinbrook Pkwy Suite 410

Rockville, MD 20852 USA

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EIN

11-3158401

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our “homes away from home" offer welcoming and free temporary lodging so military and veterans' families can remain together while their loves ones receive specialized medical care at military and VA medical centers around the world. A long-term stay in a military hospital, often thousands of miles from home, can lead to unmanageable burdens and extensive expenses for family members needing to be a part of their loved ones healing process. Since 1990, Fisher House has saved families $525 million.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fisher House Program

Fisher House Foundation raises money to build "comfort homes" on the grounds of military and VA medical centers, enabling families to be together upon the hospitalization of a loved one.  Once built, the houses are given as gifts to the U. S. Government, which then becomes responsible for their operation and maintenance. 

In addition, Fisher House Foundation operates a scholarship program (Scholarships for Military Children Program), a grants program (Newman's Own Awards), a frequent flyer mileage program (Hero Miles), and running teams in athletic events (Team Fisher House)

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Fisher House Foundation uses frequent flyer miles that have been donated by passengers of our airline partners to provide airline tickets to support wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center or who are attending authorized events.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

The Hotels for Heroes program provides hotel rooms to the families of wounded, injured, and ill military service members who are undergoing treatment at authorized medical centers when a Fisher House is not available. Rooms are made possible through the donation of rewards points by the hotel's rewards members.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times award $200,000 in grants to the most creative military quality of life improvement plans from non-profit or volunteer groups.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Awards scholarship grants to sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers who are enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a four-year undergraduate college or university, accredited in the U.S. Scholarships are merit-based.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Military personnel

The "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23. A disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensation rating of 100%.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Military personnel

(Grant funding the NMFA's Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships) The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security.

Population(s) Served
Families
Military personnel

Where we work

Accreditations

CharityWatch A+ Rating for 13 years 2019

Awards

4 Star Rating for 17 yrs 2021

Charity Navigator

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of families who report that service and support staff/providers are available and capable of meeting family needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Fisher House Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Fisher House continues to build homes at VA and DoD hospitals, consequently the number of families served continues to grow. On any given night, up to 1200 families can be staying at a Fisher House.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe it is crucial to show the men and women who have dedicated their lives through service in our Armed Forces that we are grateful for their sacrifices, and care about them, particularly in their time of need. When a service member or veteran is wounded, injured or diagnosed with a serious illness, the emotional, financial, and physical stress can be devastating. The goal of Fisher Houses is to offer "a home away from home" for families while their loved one is receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.

The Foundation's core mission is building Fisher Houses at military and VA medical centers, to be operated by the government. The Foundation also seeks to coordinate private support and encourage public support for the network of comfort homes. The Foundation also seeks to meet humanitarian needs beyond what the government can provide by offering Quality of Life programs, such as scholarship programs for military children and spouses, a grants program for volunteer organizations with innovative plans for quality of life projects, the Hero programs to assist with lodging and transportation during a medical crisis, and individual assistance to members of the military and their families.

Fisher House Foundation is a well established not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, nationally recognized as a premier non-profit with a four star Charity Navigator rating for the 17th consecutive year. It has also received an A+ rating from CharityWatch, being one of only three organizations appearing in the "Veterans and Military" section that has received an A+ rating.

The Foundation's Board and leadership team consists of retired military officers, successful business professionals, and non-profit leaders with a wide array of experience. The Foundation's management team is led by David Coker, President, a retired Army Officer with a military background in medical command and hospital support.

Fisher House Foundation has a solid reputation within not only the military community but also nationwide as a well respected and established non-profit.

Since inception, the Fisher House program has assisted more than 413,000 families by offering over 10 million nights of lodging. The estimated savings to the families, calculated by comparing local lodging and transportation costs, exceeds $525 million. In addition, using frequent flier miles donated by the very generous American public, the Hero Miles program has provided more than 77,000 tickets to the families of wounded, injured, and ill service members and veterans as they recover at treatment centers around the country. With the unwavering support of our airline partners, those tickets reflect a savings of more than $110 million to military families at some of the most difficult emotional and financial times. Fisher House Foundation's Scholarship Programs have awarded over $27 million in grants to thousands of military children and spouses.

There are still many more military and VA hospitals that require the free temporary lodging support only a Fisher House can provide. As the population of recent veterans continues to grow, the need at VA Medical Centers will only increase. So many service men and women have been affected by wounds, injuries, and illnesses due to their service, and they will require medical care for the rest of their lives.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Military and veteran communities, their families, and the diverse communities that support this population.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kenneth Fisher

Senior Partner, Fisher Brothers

Kenneth Fisher

Senior Partner, Fisher Brothers

Nancy Edelman

No Affiliation

Michael Carns

No Affiliation

John Dubia

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

David McIntyre

TriWest Healthcare Alliance

Richard Myers

Academic Chairs, National Defense University and University of Kansas

John Lowe

Henry F. Jackson Foundation for Advancement of Military Medicine

Gerry Byrne

Fidelis Global Enterprises

David Fox

Grenwich Associates

Mary Jo Myers

Hayes and Associates

Winston Fisher

Partner, Fisher Brothers

Mark "Ranger" Jones

Ranger Group

Tammy Fisher

No Affiliation

Martin Edelman

Of Counsel, Paul Hastings

Martin Steele

No Affiliation

Audrey Fisher

No Affiliation

Patricia Courter

No Affiliation

Arnold Fisher

Senior Partner, Fisher Brothers

Cecily Carson

Carson Family Charitable Trust

Montel Williams

Montel Media

Suzie Schwartz

No Affiliation

Lynne Pace

No Affiliation

Barbara Gentry

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2021

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/27/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.