Supporting Veterans & Military Families

The Council has consistently heard concerns from federal officials about the service provision capacity needed in communities as young veterans increasingly seek services from community providers and not from the federal government. The need for ongoing specialized services and community reintegration support is now essential for their successful transition to civilian life.

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Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, this day-long convening of the veterans philanthropy community builds on the historic pledges in 2014 of more than $200 million by grantmakers to support programs for service members, veterans and their families. Attendees will include Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge national grantmakers, veterans funders, nonprofit grantees, federal agency officials, veterans and military family members. It marks the first anniversary of the Impact Pledge initiative catalyzed last year by the Council’s members, Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Americans may disagree about various aspects of war, but there is broad support for helping the men and women who are fighting in wars and the families they have left behind. Dedicated assistance groups are working to provide aid to military personnel and their relatives. This article surveys the different purposes for which charitable grants can be made and discusses the role that grantmakers can play in those efforts.