BOB WOODRUFF FAMILY FOUNDATION INC

Investing in the next chapter for our veterans

aka Bob Woodruff Foundation   |   New York, NY   |  www.bobwoodrufffoundation.org

Mission

Since September 11, 2001, 2.5 million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, they're coming home.

Yet even after they return to the love and support of their families and communities, many will struggle. Physical and hidden injuries are challenging on their own. But sometimes, these injuries can lead to a cascade of other trouble — unemployment, depression, substance abuse, even suicide.

Our mission is to ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. That's why we find and fund innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families and caregivers live and work. That's how we tackle the problems that can prevent our veterans from fulfilling their dreams for the next chapter of their lives.

Ruling year info

2008

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Anne Marie Dougherty

Main address

1350 Broadway, Suite 905

New York, NY 10018 USA

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Formerly known as

Bob Woodruff Family Fund, Inc.

EIN

26-1441650

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sixteen years ago, Bob and Lee Woodruff seemed to have it all. But when Bob’s armored vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq, life changed in an instant. Bob was reporting on the transfer of power between U.S. and Iraqi security forces for ABC’s “World News Tonight,” Jan. 29, 2006, when he sustained his life-threatening traumatic brain injury. Lee was on vacation with their children when she received the call — and was soon thrust into the role of caregiver. Thanks to the quick actions of brave soldiers, medics, and military medical professionals, Bob’s life was saved. Within a few days, he was brought to the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md. The experience inspired their family to do one thing: Ensure that our nation’s impacted veterans, service members, and their families have access to the highest level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. That wish became our mission. Today we complement the work of our government, ensuring

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?

Charitable Investments

The Bob Woodruff Foundation's charitable investments programs finds, funds, and shapes innovative programs that focus on post-9/11 impacted service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers. We identify, invest in, and improve evidence-based programs, both local and national, that address three core issue areas: education and employment, rehabilitation and recovery, and quality of life.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Collaborative Efforts bring together experts and public and private partners at the federal, state, and local levels, to lead and encourage conversations addressing issues related to impacted service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The network of services for veterans, and the families, caregivers, and survivors of military service members is complex, fragmented, and difficult to navigate, often leading to variability in life outcomes and opportunities for those who have served. NVI decreases this variability by facilitating collaboration, shared learning, and cross-sector communication among stakeholders in communities nationwide, so that veterans' needs are identified, and the ecosystem of social service and opportunity is there to serve them effectively.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Public Awareness and Education investments educate and inform the public about 1) the emerging and long-term needs of post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members, their families, and caregivers, and 2) how to ensure our heroes, their families and caregivers thrive long after service.

Population(s) Served
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.

Average grant amount

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

Veterans

Related Program

Charitable Investments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During 2020 we surged our granting to help veterans and their families during COVID-19 and we continue this into 2021.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Veterans

Related Program

Charitable Investments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 we surged our support to meet the needs of COVID-19.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Veterans

Related Program

Charitable Investments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our organization's goal is to provide the highest level of support and resources to post-9/11 injured veterans, service members, their families and caregivers. The issues are constantly changing, especially as the injured transition from their military careers to the civilian world. A key part of what the Bob Woodruff Foundation is trying to accomplish is providing the support and resources that are needed now, while still planning for the future to ensure those resources are available long after these wars are over.

Strategies for making this happen:
• Achieve sustainable revenue through a balanced and integrated approach to accountability, innovation, and mission focus
• Closely manage expenses; analyze, and eliminate unnecessary costs
• Maintain a robust pipeline of organizations, programs and veterans
• Cultivate metrics and data
• Identify and seize opportunities to stand out as an industry leader

With a team of qualified and dedicated individuals, backed by a robust board of directors, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has all the capabilities necessary to accomplish its mission. Our core team and network of experts gives us key information about the issues veterans, service members and their families are facing, and how those issues are changing. Our network of grass roots programs and strategic partnerships allows us to quickly address those needs in the most efficient and effective way. And our board of directors and supporters allows us to generate the necessary funding to support these activities, all while planning for the future.

The needs of the veteran population we serve are constantly changing (especially during COVID-19), and although we have achieved much (granting out over $10M since Jan 2020), there is still a long way to go. Please refer to our annual report or website for more detailed information on current progress and our support to veterans, service-members and their families.

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?

    Veterans , military members and their families

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

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

    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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We developed and publish a paper based on the survey of those we serve.

  • 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • 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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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BOB WOODRUFF FAMILY FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Colin Heffron

GFI Group, Inc.

Term: 2007 -

Colin Heffron

GFI Group, Inc.

Martha Raddatz

ABC News

Edward Toptani

Toptani Law Offices

Lee Woodruff

Author and Freelance Writer

Caroline Hirsch

Caroline's on Broadway

Gerry Byrne

PMC (Penske Media Corporation)

Bob Jeffrey

J. Walter Thompson

Stephen Crawfrod

Capital One

Eileen Lynch

Thomson Reuters

General Martin Dempsey

USA (Ret.), 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

James Hnat

JetSuite, Inc.

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.