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GREEN BERET FOUNDATION

Supporting America's Special Forces Soldiers and their Families

aka Green Beret Foundation   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.greenberetfoundation.org

Mission

The Green Beret Foundation serves the Army's Special Forces, our nation's most elite soldiers, by connecting them with the resources they need to succeed in the mission ahead. We believe Green Berets our are nation's greatest assets. Every day, we honor our commitment to Green Berets past and present, as well as their families, by connecting them with the right resources to prosper and thrive. Because when these soldiers meet powerful opportunities, our nation"s most elite soldiers become our nation's best leaders.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Mr. Brent Cooper

Main address

14402 Blanco Rd Suite 100

San Antonio, TX 78216 USA

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EIN

27-1206961

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Military/Veterans" Organizations (W30)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Green Beret Foundation (GBF) serves the Army’s Special Forces, our nation’s most elite soldiers, by connecting them with the resources they need to succeed in the mission ahead. We support Green Berets throughout their military careers and beyond, through programs and services specifically designed for the Green Beret’s training and mindset. We also offer valuable assistance to Green Beret families including help with transitioning to life after service, in whatever ways are needed.

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?

Casualty Support

When one of our brothers is injured in the line of duty, we send him a $2,500 check and essential gear for a temporary hospital stay that is sent in a Special Forces-grade, durable, and versatile GORUCK GR1 backpack. These packs are generously donated by the GORUCK team.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The long term health of a Green Beret's mind, body, spirit, and family are of the utmost importance to the Foundation. We supplement the care that the Veteran's Administration (VA) provides to ensure total wellness for the individual and his family.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

The Green Beret Foundation serves a Green Beret while he is on active duty, supports his family so he can succeed, and helps him transition to his life after service. We know that a Green Beret’s transition out of the military is one of the most critical time periods in his life, and that’s why we connect Green Berets with the mentors, programs and advocates needed to make his next move a success. As part of the transition support process, we provide the Green Beret guidance on preparing their VA disability claim so that they may leverage benefits, state and federal, that are associated with his rating.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

A Green Beret’s family is his first and most important support, and so it’s critical that the Green Beret Foundation provides advocacy and services to meet the entire family’s needs. With our assistance, a Green Beret and his family are able to get the most from his military benefits and access every proven therapy or opportunity available so that he can live a life of health and wellness.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

The Green Beret Foundation is dedicated to caring for our Gold Star and Surviving Families as they are revered members of our community. The final sacrifice of their Green Berets cause us to pause, reflect and give thanks for the freedoms we hold so dear. Our mission is to help the family navigate their difficult journey, give them the tools they need and empower them to take control of their future. In the immediate wake of the Green Beret’s death we offer financial assistance to help ease the burden of the expenses the family may incur during this time. Long term, we strive to maintain relationships with the family and communicate with the Special Forces Groups to identify any gaps we may be able to fill. We will always honor our fallen and support their families.

Population(s) Served
Migrant workers
Families

Where we work

Awards

BBB Accredited Charity 2016

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Top Rated 2018

Great Nonprofits

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 have received Family Support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Family Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have served 3,589 Special Forces families since inception.

Number of families of who have received Casualty Support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Casualty Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have served 202 Special Forces families since inception.

Number of families of who have received Extended Support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Extended Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have served 986 Special Forces families since inception.

Number of Green Berets of who have received Transition Support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Transition Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have served 7,906 Green Berets since inception.

Number of Green Beret families assisted since inception

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have invested in the health and wellness of 12,742 Special Forces families since inception.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Green Beret Foundation serves the U.S. Army's Special Forces, our nation's most elite soldiers, by connecting them with the resources they need to succeed in the mission ahead. We believe Green Berets are our nation's greatest assets. Every day, we honor our commitment to Green Berets past and present, as well as their families, by connecting them with the right resources to prosper and thrive. When these soldiers—these powerful assets—meet powerful opportunities, our nation"s most elite soldiers become our nation's best leaders. We are trusted advocates who connect Green Berets and their families with the opportunities and resources needed for success in what"s next.

Plan for Success. Just as an operation downrange must be thought through to the smallest detail, so must the work we do to sustain and support Green Berets and their families. From understanding the context and influencers in a Green Beret’s life to building a network of partner organizations to help us execute, we answer every phone call prepared to make a difference. Resource Strategically. Every member of a Green Beret team understands his role, as well as the role for which he has been cross-trained. The result is a team sum stronger than the individual parts. The Green Beret Foundation team must be equally well resourced, disciplined, focused, and adaptable. Find a Solution. Each situation is complex. And every participant is human. From listening to the veteran who is struggling to find his footing off of the battlefield to opening doors to career opportunities for a recent retiree to researching the latest medical techniques to combat injuries that linger or may be unseen, we’re ready to spring into action.

Always Follow Through. We meet each Green Beret family with the same courage and commitment that service members showed the day they graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course. We don’t ever give up. Leave No One Behind. It takes perseverance and courage to start and continue difficult conversations. Not every Green Beret will ask for our support. We leverage our families, networks, partnerships, and the brotherhood of the Green Berets to identify those who may feel isolated or who are simply unable to step forward.

Our supporters can expect the Foundation to expand our base of fundraising support through more robust donor outreach. This will power further enhancements to our existing programs and move us one step closer to our vision: that every Green Beret and his family is able to live a life of honor, dignity, and purpose.

Since the founding of the Green Beret Foundation in 2009, we have invested over $13.1 million dollars and impacted the lives of more than 12,742 Special Forces families. However, our work remains unfinished. We know that in the coming months there will be renewed demand for Green Berets — from the recently announced deployments to Iraq to train native security forces to getting ahead of emerging threats to U.S. security because of ambiguous conflicts in hotspots around the globe.

Financials

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GREEN BERET FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 5/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

LTG(R) Ken Tovo

DOL Enterprises, Inc.

Term: 2019 -

David Walker

Madera Technology Partners, LP

Jason McCarthy

GORUCK

Fran Wesseling

Kevin Flike

Threat Stack

Charles Donabedian

Carlisle LLC

Krista Anderson

Andrew Bray

Vernis & Bowling

Chris Robinette

Arrowhead Venture Partners

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 ? 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 05/31/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Male

Race & ethnicity

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Keywords

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