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Navy SEAL Foundation

Virginia Beach, VA   |  www.navySEALfoundation.org

Mission

The Navy SEAL Foundation provides critical support for the warriors, veterans, and families of Naval Special Warfare.

Ruling year info

2000

CEO

Mrs. Robin King

Main address

1619 D Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23459 USA

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Formerly known as

Naval Special Warfare Foundation

Navy SEAL Warrior Fund

EIN

31-1728910

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there has been an unprecedented demand for our Special Operations Forces. Never before has so much been asked of so few, from so many, for so long. Established in 2000 to serve U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare support personnel and their families, the Navy SEAL Foundation's programs are focused on the preservation of the Naval Special Warfare force and their families. We provide a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, loss and transition.

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?

Strength - Building Capabilities and Reducing Stressors

The members of the SEAL community and their families are incredibly strong. But even our most elite team benefits from a support structure that reduces the various stressors in their lives and builds their capabilities. Programs under our Strength Pillar provide assistance to active duty service members in the form of respite care, morale-building events, command all-calls, and much more.

NSF has also partnered with world-class institutes and other non-profits, as well as experts in networking, resume building, and mentorship opportunities to assist NSW members and their families when they transition out of the military. We additionally provide emergency funding for veterans in support of any financial hardship. The Navy SEAL Foundation is committed to keeping our warriors, families, and veterans strong.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Children and youth
Widows and widowers

The members of the SEAL community and their families are incredibly strong. But even our most elite team benefits from a support structure that reduces the various stressors in their lives, and builds their capabilities. Programs under our Strength Pillar provide assistance to active duty service members in the form of respite care, morale-building events, command all-calls, and much more.

NSF has also partnered with world-class institutes and other non-profits, as well as experts in networking, resume building, and mentorship opportunities to assist NSW members and their families when they transition out of the military. We additionally provide emergency funding for veterans in support of any financial hardship. The Navy SEAL Foundation is committed to keeping our warriors, families, and veterans strong.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families
Widows and widowers
Veterans
Children and youth

Life in NSW can take its toll on our warriors and their families, both physically and mentally. When an active-duty SEAL or SWCC is injured or becomes critically ill, programs under our Health Pillar provide financial and logistical support so their focus can be on healing. We also provide assistance when family members become critically ill. In addition, many of our service members and veterans deal with the chronic effects of sustained combat.

NSF provides a specialized program aimed at addressing their unique physical and mental concerns while optimizing their quality of life. We also maintain connections to clinical psychologists skilled in addressing their specific mental health issues and access to cutting-edge treatment modalities. The Navy SEAL Foundation is committed to keeping our warriors, families, and veterans healthy.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families
Veterans
Adults
Children and youth

Inside the Navy SEAL community, school and development opportunities can be a challenge. This is true for both warriors and families. Programs under our Education Pillar empower active-duty NSW personnel, their spouses and children, as well as our SEAL and SWCC veterans and their children, by awarding scholarships for higher education. We also support quality education options for dependent children in geographically separated duty locations where choices matter to the overall success of the student.

Additionally, NSF provides funding for standardized college entrance exams for qualified transitioning NSW service members. All this support augments funding accessible through Navy programs and provides additional financial resources not otherwise available. The Navy SEAL Foundation is committed to the education of our warriors, families, and veterans.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans
Children and youth
Adults
Families

The SEAL community is built on a proud tradition that goes back to the UDTs of WWII. Our history and heritage are defined by extraordinary achievements and exceptional courage. The deeds of NSW warriors deserve to be remembered and recognized. And for the community itself, we must do all we can to keep them connected through our unique support.

Programs under our Community Pillar empower the continuation of this brotherhood and their families through things like summer camps, veteran events, and legacy preservation. We also provide financial support for national memorials and monuments and other tradition-enriching activities. NSF is committed to preserving the rich history and community of these extraordinary warriors, families, and veterans.

The warriors of the NSW community deserve to be remembered and recognized for their contributions in defense of America’s freedom. We are proud to take an active role in preserving the rich history of these extraordinary men.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Adults
Veterans
Widows and widowers
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

4-star rating 2011

Charity Navigator

4-star rating 2012

Charity Navigator

4-star rating 2013

Charity Navigator

4-star rating 2014

Charity Navigator

4-star rating 2015

Charity Navigator

4-star rating 2016

Charity Navigator

Perfect 100 Rating 2016

Charity Naviigator

Perfect 100 Rating 2017

Charity Navigator

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign

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 students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Families, Military personnel, Veterans, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Education - Providing Scholarships and Development Opportunities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

553 individual scholarships were awarded in 20202 (does not include grants for remote duty stations or homeschooling)

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

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

Adults, Caregivers, Families, Widows and widowers, Military personnel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We are committed to being the 'go-to' organization for Naval Special Warfare and most responses occur in less than 24 hours.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Caregivers, Military personnel, Veterans, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Education - Providing Scholarships and Development Opportunities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Navy SEAL Foundation has awarded grants to other certified nonprofit organizations which serve the NSW community with evidence-based non-duplicative programs.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Caregivers, Military personnel, Veterans, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Education - Providing Scholarships and Development Opportunities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

The Navy SEAL Foundation provides a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to reduce the stressors associated with the tremendous amount of uncertainty and pressure that comes with life in NSW. Since the inception of the SEAL Teams in 1962, these warriors have answered this country's call to defeat the enemy wherever they might be. Today the SEALs are deployed in over 30 countries around the globe and can spend up to 270 days away from home each year in the most unforgiving environments. They train at an unrelenting pace to maintain their ability to execute our nation's most demanding military missions. Their commitment to our country and the mission is only possible because of the significant personal sacrifices made by their families. The Navy SEAL Foundation works to honor this commitment by this unique community by supporting them and their families via our five programmatic pillars of support: Strength, Resilience, Health, Education, and Community.

Additionally, NSF supports SEAL and SWCC veterans with programs including crisis support and conditions related to their time in service.

At the Navy SEAL Foundation, we strive to make each year better than the last and meet new challenges head-on. In 2024, we will continue to analyze and refine our existing programs to provide the most efficient and impactful assistance and support for our warriors and their families. In 2023, our direct program expenditures were over $29.1 million, with $8.5 million dedicated to programs focused on health and wellness.

Since its inception, the Navy SEAL Foundation has invested nearly $200 million in program support activities. We are proud to share that we rank among the top 1% of national benevolent organizations due to our sound fiscal management. Since 2009, the Foundation has sustained a four-out-of-four star rating from Charity Navigator, a leading watchdog organization accountable for rating nonprofit organizations. We have also earned a perfect score of 100 from Charity Navigator each year since 2014.

The Foundation's program usage grows yearly, and we expand our programs as needed. In 2016, we began offering services to post-9/11 SEAL and SWCC veterans in tragedy assistance and transition. In 2020, we also opened our scholarships to SEAL and SWCC veterans and their dependents. Currently, NSF supports all SEAL and SWCC veterans and will continue to listen to the community we serve and evaluate and update our programs to best meet the needs of the Naval Special Warfare community. We also engage with key stakeholders to accomplish our goals, as evidenced by our Impact Forum and the community surveys we send out to community members.

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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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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Navy SEAL Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Harward

U.S. Navy

Term: 2022 - 2024

Robert Smith

Henry Cornell

Cornell Capital, LLC

Sean Freitag

The Blackstone Group

Sean Pybus

The Pybus Group

Matt Hickey

William Hodge

Raymond James

Gene Mak

Ravn

Joel S. Marcus

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Michael C. Martin

Walleye Capital, LLC

Dino Mavrookas

8VC

Ted Muhlner

Redpoint Resolutions, LLC

Stephanie Osler

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Tom Prescott

Align Technology, Inc.

William H. Strong

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Timothy B. Phillips

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Jack Daly

TRX

Jelani Hale

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Muneer Satter

Satter Investment Management, LLC

Eric Adamski

Christopher Cassidy

Anton LeRoy

BTIG

Ram Jagannath

Blackstone

Stephen "Mato" Matulewicz

John Micek

IEQ Capital

John Rutherford

Tom Wagner

Knighthead Capital Managment

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 1/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/27/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.