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INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND

Healing Invisible Wounds

aka Armed Forces Family Survivors Fund   |   New York, NY   |  https://www.fallenheroesfund.org

Mission

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel experiencing the invisible wounds of war: traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS). When our servicemen and women return from the battlefield, we help them fight the war within by building world-class, advanced treatment centers providing the best TBI and PTS care, enabling these heroes to continue to serve on active duty and enjoy a full and productive life.

Ruling year info

2004

President

Mr. David A. Winters

Main address

One Intrepid Square W. 46th Street & 12th Avenue

New York, NY 10036 USA

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EIN

20-0366717

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-traumatic Stress (PTS) injuries dramatically increased among our military personnel following deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. With the increased use of hand-held explosive devices, over 80% of all injuries are TBI and PTSD. In response, IFHF built the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, for advanced research, diagnosis and treatment for TBI, PTS and related conditions. This led to a plan to reach more soldiers closer to home. In 2012, IFHF began to build satellites to NICoE on major military bases nationwide. These Centers have become game-changers, raising awareness of the seriousness of invisible wounds and proving that prompt, effective treatment increases the chance for positive outcomes. With the past year, the network has formed the Defense Intrepid Network for Brain Health, expanding the knowledge of brain injury and sharing information with partners worldwide.

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?

Intrepid Spirit Centers

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) builds critically-needed centers for treating United States military personnel suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS). These injuries have severely impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women who have served selflessly in defense of our nation. To help address this urgent need, IFHF is building a series of ten specially-designed treatment facilities, called Intrepid Spirit Centers (ISCs), on military bases across the nation. More than 90% of patients treated in the centers are able to continue on active duty. Nine ISCs are open and serving America’s brave men and women in uniform. We are currently fundraising for the tenth and final center at Fort Bliss, TX.

Since 2000, IFHF has provided over $200 million in support for severely wounded military personnel and families of military personnel lost in service to our nation.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

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 participants reporting no relapse 12 months post-program

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

Military personnel

Related Program

Intrepid Spirit Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has built 9 going on 10 TBI and PST treatment centers. With the opening of each new Center, more soldiers are served, and an average 92% return to Active Duty.

Number of program graduates

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

Military personnel

Related Program

Intrepid Spirit Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most graduate the program. 90 to 92% return to Active Duty, others retire and enjoy a satisfying civilian life.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Military personnel

Related Program

Intrepid Spirit Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

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

Military personnel

Related Program

Intrepid Spirit Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

95% of participants express satisfaction and have provided stellar testimonials, many of which can be seen on the website: https://www.fallenherosfund.org.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

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

Military personnel

Related Program

Intrepid Spirit Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since the Centers opened, satisfaction remains at 95%.

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

Related Program

Intrepid Spirit Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Families across the span of Centers and the variable of each diagnosis, report a positive change in their family member following treatment.

Number of eligible clients who report having access to an adequate array of services and supports

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

Military personnel

Related Program

Intrepid Spirit Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over 97% report complete satisfaction with services and supports.

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.

Miracles happen because the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) has been making world-class treatment available to more soldiers and their families at Intrepid Spirit Centers. To date, seven Intrepid Spirit Centers are open on the following military bases: Fort Belvoir, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Hood, TX; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, WA; Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; and Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The last and tenth Center will be at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Ground was broken in December 2022. In 2021, the Centers saw over 200,000 new patient visits. More than 90% of those treated return to active duty.
The Need: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and related health conditions affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of service members. More are injured but do not come forward due to shame or fear of losing respect or their position in the military. The stigma is being reduced, but some soldiers remain in the shadows, risking their lives by their shame and reluctance to admit the need for help. Concurrent with massive deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of soldiers have been diagnosed with TBI and PTS. Far more are affected but do not come forward due to shame or fear of losing respect or their position in the military. These battle scars, invisible to the naked eye, include the concussion, resulting in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or shock from witnessing tragedy on the battlefield, resulting in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms do not always appear immediately and months or years later too often the soldier is transformed in ways that may lead to grave consequences.
In 2021, researchers found that 30,177 active-duty personnel and veterans who served in the military after 9/11 have died by suicide - compared to the 7,057 service members killed in combat in those same 20 years. Military suicide rates are four times higher than deaths that occurred during military operations. Our goal is to make treatment available to every soldier who needs treatment for injuries acquired in service to our nation.
This year, The Defense Intrepid Network for TBI and Brain Health was established to prevent, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other mental health conditions. Visitors from around the world tour the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) each year to see the Defense Intrepid Network’s cutting-edge technology and treatment practices firsthand, and to learn about opportunities to work jointly on research. Assisting partner nations in establishing and strengthening their capacity and capability to successfully care for their wounded service members and overall population, ultimately supports U.S. national security, building interoperability in times of conflict, disaster, and peace.

Primary to our mission is to raise the funds and complete each Center’s construction on schedule and on budget. Funds come from private donors which goes directly to support the project. Once ground is broken, a Center is completed within 12 months. Upon completion‚ the Center is gifted to the Department of Defense for staffing, operations and ongoing management. The intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) remains engaged in tracking the work of the Centers, makes regular site visits, participates in bi-annual all-Center summits that take place at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, MD, and receives program updates, progress reports, testimonials, research and clinical information to ensure the original intent is maintained. IFHF monitors number of patients treated, recovery rates, and satisfaction surveys, which are consistently at 95%.

Distinguishing factors of this project: To our knowledge, no other nonprofit organizations are raising the funds for and constructing state-of-the-art medical facilities dedicated to the treatment of the various injuries and afflictions incurred during military service. Thus, Intrepid Spirit Centers are filling a role that has been desperately needed and that no other institution before the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Bethesda and the Intrepid Spirit Centers are as capable of delivering, acting in a timely manner and delivering the most advanced treatment available.

As the Centers near completion, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund will support the needs of the Centers by continue to fundraise to maintain the quality of care, including upgrading technology and equipment to ensure the capability of each Center to provide the most advanced treatment that enable service members to recover and return to the life they want and deserve.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has worked closely with Department of Defense leadership on the development of the Intrepid Spirit Center plan. Locations of the proposed Centers and their construction priority are agreed upon based on actual and projected patient need at each site. The following shows our progress and ability to continue to successfully meet our goals:

Brief History:
• 2000: Provided $20 million in grants to families of U.S. military heroes killed in action.
• 2007: Built the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, a state-of-the-art, 65,000 square foot, $55 million rehabilitation facility to treat our Armed Forces suffering amputations and severe burns acquired in combat or in performing their regular duties.
• 2010: Built the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda, MD, at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, a 72,000 square foot $60 million facility to provide research, diagnosis and treatment for TBI, PTS and related psychological health conditions. Today, NICoE is considered the Armed Forces’ core facility for the treatment of TBI.
• 2012: Launched the Intrepid Spirit Center project to build satellites to NICoE across the country to reach more of our military in need of treatment closer to home. Seven are open, one is under construction and two more are planned.
The buildings, at 25,000 square feet, are designed to work with the treatment. Architects met with actual patients to determine what factors in the environment works best. To reduce anxiety and improve balance and vision distortion caused by TBIs, walls are curved; the soothing quality of natural light improves balance and aids in relaxation. The Central Park feature is a circular glass-walled room that opens to a garden and playground for treatment, family, and relaxation from the rigorous treatment schedule.

Progress:
• 2000: Provided $20 million in grants to families of U.S. military heroes killed in action.
• 2007: Built the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, a state-of-the-art, 65,000 square foot, $55 million rehabilitation facility to treat our Armed Forces suffering amputations and severe burns acquired in combat or in performing their regular duties.
• 2010: Built the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda, MD, at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, a 72,000 square foot $60 million facility to provide research, diagnosis and treatment for TBI, PTS and related psychological health conditions. Today, NICoE is considered the Armed Forces’ core facility for the treatment of TBI.
• 2012: Launched the Intrepid Spirit Center project to build satellites to NICoE across the country to reach more of our military in need of treatment closer to home. Seven are open, one is under construction and two more are planned.

The Board of Directors determined the next steps for the ten planned Intrepid Spirit Centers will be for the IFHF to fundraise in support of advancing the operation and treatment needs of each Center.

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.
  • 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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Richard Santulli

No Affiliation

David A. Winters

President , Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Dan Askey

President, NAPA (Ret.)

James A Carrier

Partner, Edgewood Management LLC

Richard A Cody

General (USA, Ret.)

Martin L Edelman

Senior Counsel, Paul Hastings, LLP

Brian D. Finn

Chair & CEO, Asset Management Finance, LLC

Winston Fisher

Partner, Fisher Brothers

Arnold Fisher

Senior Partner, Fisher Brothers

Joseph Perella

Perella Weinberg Partners

Anthony Sichenzio

Jason Rainey

Vice Presidnet, NAPA AutoCare

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes