Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation

Honoring Their Sacrifice With Our Service

aka Purple Heart Foundation   |   Annandale, VA   |  purpleheartfoundation.org

Mission

Our mission is to holistically enhance the quality of life of all veterans and their families, providing them with direct service and fostering an environment of comradery and goodwill among combat wounded veterans.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Purple Heart Foundation’s fundraising model is based, primarily, on the acquisition of material goods donations and their conversion to cash. Accordingly, the Foundation has fundraising acquisition and conversion costs that most other charities do not incur. These costs skew our fundraising cost ratio. For comparison, for cash donations received at our headquarters, at least 90 cents of every dollar is available for programs.

Ruling year info

1994

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Ruckman

Main address

7008 Little River Turnpike

Annandale, VA 22003 USA

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EIN

59-3184919

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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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?

National Service Officer Program

When you give to the Purple Heart Foundation, you are directly impacting the life of a veteran in need. A cash donation is the most efficient way to help, because it has the lowest overhead rate. The Purple Heart Foundation provides programs and services to veterans nationwide.

Donations may help provide food and care-packages for homeless veterans. Care packages include essential toiletries, hand warmers, non-perishable foods, and a handwritten letter to the veteran to keep their spirits up, reminding them that we've got their backs.

Your gift may also contribute to Veteran Assistance Grants for veterans in crisis as well. A veteran in crisis refers to a veteran in need of assistance due to economic, financial, or medical hardships in their life. For example, a veteran that's been laid off may be forced to choose between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table. Your gift makes it so they don't have to choose. Qualifying veterans may apply for the grant, and upon approval the Purple Heart Foundation will pay their creditor directly, so more veterans and their families don't end up on the streets.

For those combat-wounded veterans or their family members looking to further their education, to be the first in their family to go to college, or to learn a new skill after military service to help them get their dream-job... your gift will give them that opportunity. Academic Scholarships are funded by your gifts and provide the opportunity for a bright future.

Other programs include a PTSD Resource program (offering books, comradery events, and digital resources - free of charge - to those suffering with post-traumatic stress) and a Service Dog Program (funding the training of a service dog to be paired with a combat-wounded veteran, providing lifesaving services and companionship to Purple Heart recipients).

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial support to Purple Heart recipients and their families for the direct costs of higher education. It covers things like tuition, books, incidental fees, and room and board.

To qualify, you must be one of the following:

- A Purple Heart recipient and member of the MOPH. (Learn more about membership at www.purpleheart.org, or call 703-642-5360);
- The spouse or surviving spouse of a Purple Heart recipient and member of the MOPH;
- The direct lineal descendant (child, step-child, adopted child or grandchild) of a Purple Heart recipient and member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Foundation; or
- The spouse, surviving spouse or direct lineal descendant (child, step-child, adopted child or grandchild) of a service member killed-in-action or who died of wounds.

Applicants apply using the online 2018-2019 MOPH Scholarship form along with instructions, eligibility requirements, required documentation, and answers to frequently asked questions.

In 2017, the MOPH Scholarship Committee awarded a total of 90 scholarship checks to 87 recipients. Eighty (80) awards were funded through the MOPH Scholarship Committee, two (2) were funded by the LT Michael Murphy US Navy Seal Memorial Foundation, six (6) were funded by Wounded Warriors Family Support, and two (2) were funded by the Arthur Peters Memorial Fund.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Academics

We award direct grants (varying in amounts) to MOPH departments, MOPH chapters and the Ladies Auxiliary MOPH departments and units

These grants support non-political programs that enhance the lives of wounded and disabled veterans and their families. Priority is given to grants researching TBI and PTS. Open season for grant requests is January 1st through April 1st each year. We will only consider grant requests with agreement from the Military Order of the Purple Heart national organization.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

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?

    The Purple Heart Foundation serves all honorably discharged United States Veterans and their families.

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

    Testimonials from those we have served.,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our programmatic budgets have been significantly adjusted based on the feedback we’ve received directly from the veteran community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has allowed us to adapt to the changing environment and strengthen our relationship with the veteran community as a whole.

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

    We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Much of the support we provide is disability related.,

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Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Sims

Purple Heart Foundation

James Blaylock

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Bruce McKenty

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Neil Van Ess

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John Agenbroad

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Carl Jones

Purple Heart Foundation

Mary Keener

Purple Heart Foundation

Anthony Kohl

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James Mitchell

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Peter Palandjian

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Kristy Perez

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Delbert Turner

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Brian Wrubel

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