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Robert Irvine Foundation Inc

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Mission

The Robert Irvine Foundation supports and strengthens the physical and mental well-being of our service members, veterans, first responders, and their families. We provide these heroes with life-changing opportunities that unlock the potential in their personal and professional lives through food, wellness, community, and financial support.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Judith L Otter

Main address

1227 N Franklin St

Tampa, FL 33602 USA

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EIN

46-5420676

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The most difficult part for a veteran of separating from the military is the loss of the unit. Since 9/11 and the Global War on Terrorism, there has been a renewed focus on the difficulty of the military-to-civilian transition. This includes the complicated task of treating the invisible wounds of service, particularly PTSD. Since 2001, more than 120,000 veterans have died by suicide, at a rate 57% higher than the national average. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for post-9/11 veterans, and over half of the veterans who die by suicide do not have a mental illness. We are also working to solve the issue of food insecurity among our active forces and veteran populations. According Military Family Advisory Network studies 1 in 6 military and veteran families faced food insecurity in 2022.

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?

Food Programs

Our Food Programs are personally curated by our Founder, Chef Robert Irvine based on his career as a veteran, celebrity chef, and long-time supporter of our military and first responder communities.

When Robert started his career as a cook in the Navy, he knew he had found his calling. He witnessed the power of food and its ability to bring people together, nourishing their body, mind, and spirit.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Family relationships
Caregivers
Veterans
Homeless people

Our Wellness Programs supports the mental and physical well-being of America’s injured, wounded, ill, and/or aging heroes and their families. We help heal the visible and invisible wounds they incurred while serving our nation, and empower them to break through boundaries and fulfill their potential.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Family relationships
Emergency responders
Caregivers

Our Community Programs build peer support networks for our heroes and their families to uplift one another. New friendships and lasting memories are made through bonding experiences and resiliency-building events.

Population(s) Served

Military and first responders put their lives on the line every day, which can place strain on their families. When these heroes experience loss, grief, or struggle, we provide scholarships, grants, and support to ease the burdens of financial stress and help them get back on their feet.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Emergency responders
Family relationships
Caregivers
Veterans
Military personnel
Emergency responders
Family relationships
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

2023 Distinguished Citizenship Award. 2023

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

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 Gold Star families served

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

Community Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We bring Gold Star Families together for resiliency-building events that provide an opportunity to share and bond. We provide relief grants & partner with organizations to offer unique experiences.

Number of IBOT, mobility, and adaptive sports devices provided to wounded veterans and first responders.

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

Wellness Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide IBOTs, mobility, and adaptive sports devices to injured veterans & first responders. These devices give them back their independence. .

Number of service dogs provided to veterans and first responders.

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

Wellness Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide trained service dogs to veterans and first responders who are overcoming trauma.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Wellness Program
Improve veteran and first responder physical and mental health.
Our goal is to help heal the visible and invisible wounds of our veterans incurred while serving our nation, and empower them to break through boundaries and fulfill their potential. We also aim to bring an end to the veteran and first responder suicide crisis.

Food Program
End food insecurity for our military and veteran families.
We don't just want our military and veteran families to be fed, we want them to be nourished. RIF aims to provide nutritional education and access to healthy and nourishing foods that support growth and prevent diet-related diseases. By doing so we can help improve military readiness and retention.

Community Program:
Build peer support networks for our heroes and their families to uplift one another. New friendships and lasting memories are made through bonding experiences and resiliency-building events. Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans serve in the military. We’re raising awareness about the ever-changing needs of those who protect our nation and their families by bringing local communities together for special events that inform and inspire.

Financial Support Programs
Military and first responders put their lives on the line every day, which can place strain on their families. When these heroes experience loss, grief, or struggle, we provide scholarships, grants, and support to ease the burdens of financial stress and help them get back on their feet.

Our Wellness Program supports the mental & physical well-being of America’s injured, wounded, ill, aging heroes and their families. The program includes Reuniting the Brave, which reunites combat veterans, their families, and Gold Star Families to help make peace with the past, build support for the present, and gain hope for the future. We also provide IBOTs, mobility devices, and service dogs to empower our veterans and first responders to overcome physical or mental traumas so they can lead more fulfilled lives. In addition, our Medevac Podcast creates a forum for open dialogue of service, injury, recovery, resiliency, failure, and success, which are uniquely experienced by the military and first responders. This is a critical element for the mental health of our heroes.

As part of our Breaking Bread With Heroes and Base Visit Program Robert and our team of chefs provide culinary education and training for military cooks, food managers, and families to improve the health and well-being of our military community. The readiness of our military and the security of our country requires a highly trained, physically and mentally fit force. Nothing impacts that more than the daily nutrition our service members receive. By teaching our food managers how to plan a nutritious menu, order quality fresh food, and create a culture where our military cooks can be innovative, we can impact our military force's overall health and readiness. Our team of experienced chefs helps our military cooks understand that cooking is personal and their fellow service members count on them to provide nourishment and a positive experience. We work alongside our military cooks, using their ingredients and equipment to teach the methods behind creating flavor. We encourage innovation and show them different ways to prepare food nutritious meals.

While on our military bases, we enjoy providing cooking demonstrations for our military families. During these demonstrations, we use simple techniques and equipment to prepare and cook the food utilizing common fresh ingredients. We understand that 22 percent of our military families face food insecurity and are on a limited budget. By showing them how to create easy, fresh meals that look like something you would eat in a high-end restaurant, we can help improve their health and quality of life.

When the Robert Irvine Foundation team breaks bread with our heroes, whether at a veterans homeless shelter, military base, fire department, or police department, we are there to show our genuine appreciation and love for them. We consider it a privilege to prepare and serve a quality meal and spend quality time listening and learning from our heroes.

The RIF has an experienced team leading our organization and programs. They posses the knowledge to ensure we achieve our goals. We have strong corporate and foundation support and have joined the Face the Fight Coalition to raise awareness and support for veteran suicide prevention.

Robert Irvine, Founder RIF
is a world-class chef and entrepreneur, and tireless philanthropic supporter of our nation’s military. He is the distinguished author of four books and the publisher of Robert Irvine Magazine, a free digital publication delivering workouts, recipes, and motivational content. Robert is the recipient of several civilian honors, including Honorary Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy, and the Medal of Honor Society’s Bob Hope Award.

Judith Otter, President RIF
Judith has decades of experience establishing and developing new organizations. After a successful career in finance, Judith worked alongside Gary Sinise to create and scale the Gary Sinise Foundation, a Veteran Service Organization. She Joined RIF in 2020.

Charlie Williams, VP Director of Programs.
Charlie is Marine Corps Combat Veteran and who served in the Battle of Fallujah in 2004 and Ramadi in 2005. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in 2004 and a Bronze Star with Valor Device for action in 2005. After the Marine Corps, Charlie spent over ten years in law enforcement as a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit, Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, Honor Guard, and Crisis Intervention Team. In this role, he was often called to assist veterans experiencing psychological distress. His police department recognized him with their highest award, the Gold Merit Award, and a Lifesaving Medal. Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized him as a “Top Cop” in 2009.

David Reid, VP, Director of Military, Veteran, and First Responder Outreach
David is an Army Combat Veteran who served with the Army’s Special Operations unit, the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Regiment. David deployed three times to combat zones in the Middle East, once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. During his second tour in Afghanistan, David was seriously wounded from an IED explosion causing him to lose his lower left leg. David is the host of the RIF Medevac Podcast.

Shane Cash, Corporate Chef & Vice President of Development – Robert Irvine Foods
Shane is a Marine Corps Veteran with over 20 years of culinary experience. He has received the Forbes Magazine’s “Editors Choice of Excellence” citation and was recognized by The New York Times, New York Post, and Gourmet Magazine. As a veteran, Chef Shane’s greatest joy is the work he is able to do for our veterans, active duty, and first responders through the Robert Irvine Foundation.

Darryl Moiles, Vice President for Culinary Affairs – Robert Irvine
Darryl received his degree at Johnson and Wales and has worked an Executive Chef for more than 20 years. He finds it most rewarding to cook for service member s through the Robert Irvine Foundation.

Inception - May 2023 Impact
Wellness Programs
- 14 IBOTs provided to wounded warriors
- 6 mobility devices provided to an injured veteran
- 6 service dogs provided to heroes & their families
- 3 homes were improved for 3 military families
- 1 veteran home facility renovated
- 82+ heroes stories recorded from the Medevac Podcast
- 750+ combat veterans & families reunited

Food Programs
-18,450+ heroes served meals
- 900 service members & military families supported in the effort to combat food insecurity

2022 Impact
Community Programs
- 14,543 attended resiliency experiences *
- 11 Military Bases visited
- 372,095 attended Community Education events
- 200+ impacted by Robert S. Wilson Community Respite, Partner Program
- 5 members joined Robert's Ambassadors

Financial Support Programs
- 305 Gold Star Family members impacted from holiday grants
- 4 grants provided to veterans, a first responder, and a Gold Star Family
- 5 scholarships provided to children of military families

Financials

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Robert Irvine Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Irvine

Robert Irvine Foundation, Inc.

Pam Swan

Veterans United Home Loans

Scott Sonnemaker

Retired

Justin Leonard

R Mission Inc.

Gail Kim

David Jeffries

Fee & Jeffries, P.A. Attorneys at Law

Ramon Coln-Lopez

Independent Consultant /Air Force Retired

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 1/21/2024

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, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability