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Gary Sinise Foundation

Serving Honor and Need

Woodland Hills, CA


At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.  We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

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Principal Officer

Judith L. Otter

Main Address

P.O. Box 368

Woodland Hills, CA 91365 USA


Veterans, Military, Wounded Warriors, First Responders, Service Members, Gold Star Families, Blue Star Families





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Programs + Results

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The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our servicemen and women. As they return to civilian life, the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges they face are often difficult. As citizens, supporting the heroes who defend our nation is a responsibility we can all share. We are all beneficiaries of the freedom and security they fight to protect.

Our programs

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R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment)

Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band

Relief & Resiliency Outreach

Invincible Spirit Festivals

Serving Heroes

Arts & Entertainment Outreach

Gary Sinise Foundation Ambassadors Council

Soaring Valor

Snowball Express

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The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of a forty-year advocate for our nation's defenders, actor Gary Sinise. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, Gary’s mission to honor America’s heroes became a tireless crusade of service and gratitude. He created the Foundation with the underlying cornerstone inspired by President Calvin Coolidge’s famous quote, “A nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.” Today, it has never been clearer that we must address the ever-changing needs of our heroes. The Foundation’s long-term goals are to expand its programs and serve more heroes each year as well as grow its outreach. In December 2017, the Foundation introduced its newest program, Snowball Express, which honors the children and Gold Star families of our fallen military heroes.

The Gary Sinise Foundation serves as a conduit between those who serve and those who benefit from their sacrifices. It stands as a trusted resource for the American people to honor our active duty military, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones. Its various programs are designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. In order to expand its programs and outreach, the Gary Sinise Foundation is committed to fiscal responsibility, efficiency, and low overhead in all it does. This allows more of each donation to directly support our nation’s heroes.

Since 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation has built a wide array of mission driven programs across the nation to meet the needs of our defenders and their families. It is supported by more than 50,000 donors, including individuals, foundations, and corporations. Its corporate supporters include American Airlines, Sunbelt Rentals, Regal Entertainment Group, and many more. Its non-profit sponsors include The Marcus Foundation, Inc., The Home Depot Foundation, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation & Dr. Hans-Peter Wild, The Semper Fi Fund, and others. In 2017, 91.12% of funds raised by the Gary Sinise Foundation directly supported its programs and the active duty, first responders, and veterans that it serves. The Gary Sinise Foundation’s capabilities are shown through its four key initiatives: R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Community Outreach & Education, First Responders Outreach, and the programs that follow under each focus.

The Gary Sinise Foundation monitors program progress by regularly tracking progress toward goals, maintaining extremely high standards, and listening to those it serves for feedback and guidance. The Foundation maintains long-term contact with severely wounded veterans who receive specially adapted smart homes. They are encouraged to reach out for help whenever they experience home or life struggles. As part of its commitment to transparency, the Foundation creates annual reports, a Guidebook, and other materials. The Foundation provides program numbers, financial information, and photos of the Foundation’s impact on its website. Local community members are regularly invited to public events hosted by the Foundation in the areas where they live. This way, donors can see the impact there are making.

Since 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation’s programs have grown vastly with no signs of slowing down. The programs fall under four main initiatives: R.I.S.E., Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Community Outreach & Education, and First Responders Outreach. All initiatives address our defenders’ complex and ever-changing needs before, during, and after battle. Whether building specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded heroes through R.I.S.E., providing funds for essential equipment for first responders, bringing WWII veterans to the museum built in their honor through Soaring Valor, or supporting Gold Star families in times of need through Relief & Resiliency, the Foundation serves America’s heroes and their loved ones every day. The Gary Sinise Foundation knows there is always more to be done. As Gary Sinise remind us “While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.”

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Gary Sinise Foundation

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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