Who is covered under the Special Operations Warrior Foundation program?
The surviving child or children of a parent who loses his or her life during operations or training while assigned to a U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) unit.
USSOCOM consists of nearly 70,000 Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations Forces - active and reserve - that are organized into a variety of land, sea and aerospace components, including:
U. S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets)
75th Ranger Regiment
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
All support units assigned to U. S. Army Special Operations Command
All active duty and reserve civil affairs and Psychological Operations (PSYOPS)
U. S. Air Force special operations squadrons (fixed and rotary wing)
Special tactics squadrons
Combat Aviation Advisory Squadron
Combat weather squadron
All support units assigned to U. S. Air Force Special Operations Command
What services are offered by the Special Operations Warrior Foundation?
The SOWF program focuses its efforts in three areas: scholarship assistance, wounded warrior assistance and educational counseling.
We provide scholarship grants, not loans, to children of special operations forces who died as a result of an operational mission or training accident. The funds are used by the student for tuition, books, fees, room and board, transportation and personal costs.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides free college scholarship grants for tuition, books, fees, room and board for the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel killed in an operational mission or training accident.
The SOWF is committed to providing scholarships for more than 945 children. In 2011, we provided a total of $3.7 million in scholarship grants, educational programs and financial counseling.
In addition, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation offers immediate financial assistance to special operations personnel severely wounded in the global war on terror. Since 2005, the SOWF has provided $1.8 million in financial assistance to severely wounded personnel to assist with immediate needs such as travel, lodging, transportation, etc.
How many children does the program support?
Today, there are over 960 deserving children who will receive the college education their fallen parent would have wanted for them.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is committed to providing scholarship grants, not loans, to all children who lose a parent in an operational mission or training accident while serving in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations.
What are the Foundation's Goals?
(1) To ensure every surviving child who is eligible for our scholarship grants takes advantage of the counseling and scholarship funds available to them and completes a post secondary education.
(2) To ensure the families of severely wounded special operations service members receive immediate financial assistance while their loved one is recovering in a hospital.
What makes the SOWF different?
The SOWF has made a pledge to every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine who is serving in Special Operations, that if they should lose their life in a training accident or operational mission, the foundation will ensure their children receive a post-secondary education. We take that pledge to heart because we truly believe the best way to honor the sacrifices of our fallen heroes is to make sure their children are not forgotten.
What makes the SOWF different is that we proactively reach out to each of the families who are part of our program. We stay in touch by extending invitations to various events and retreats; sending birthday cards and graduation cards; and letting them know that we are a part of their extended family. Our counselors work with our high school students closely to customize a personal plan for their post-secondary education -- either conventional university or trade school.
How do we measure our goals and progress?
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How do we report our progress?
The SOWF proudly reports the progress of graduates and how we have assisted wounded special operations personnel and their families on our website, via social media, and in our newsletters and annual report. Our Warrior Link newsletter is mailed to all donors, unless they have requested not receive any written literature.
How does the Special Operations Warrior Foundation raise its money?
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation does NOT receive any funding from the federal or state government.
As a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, the Foundation is run on financial gifts from the general public, including private citizens, corporations, and participation in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and State campaigns in Florida, North Carolina, Washington, Texas, California, Maryland, and Virginia.
In 2012, CFC donations totaled just under $1 million. With more than nearly 140 children becoming eligible each year for a SOWF college scholarship, the Foundation's financial need, as determined by a professional actuarial corporation, is 116 million.
What is the award the Foundation received from Charity Navigator?
In 2012, Charity Navigator, the nation's leading charity watchdog group, awarded the Special Operations Warrior Foundation its seventh consecutive 4-star rating, for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Only 2% of the charities reviewed by Charity Navigator have earned this distinction.
This highly coveted award indicates that the Special Operations Warrior Foundation outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate in the most fiscally responsible way possible. What's more, we've been named one of the top 10 charities in the nation by MSN Money.
What is the Warrior Foundation Confidentiality Policy for beneficiaries and donors?
It is the policy of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation to protect the privacy of our beneficiaries, donors and supporters. The Foundation will not release any names, addresses, or phone numbers without permission.
How can someone donate money, sponsor an event, or offer their services?
You have the ability to dramatically change the lives of some very special children, while providing an ensuring reminder of our appreciation for the services of some brave and indeed very special people.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization. The I.R.S. Tax Exempt identification number is 52-1183585.
There are several ways you can contribute to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Our Combined Federal Campaign Number is 11455.
You can send your tax-deductible donation via mail to:
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
P.O. Box 89367
Tampa, FL 33689
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation can be reached by telephone at (813) 805-9400.
Updated January 2013