PR Log - Aug 02, 2012 - The Tampa-based nonprofit organization, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, has received a coveted 4-star rating for the seventh year in a row from the nation’s leading charity watchdog group, Charity Navigator. The top-rating was awarded after an evaluation of the foundation’s fiscal management, commitment to accountability and transparency.
“Only 2% of the charities we rated have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating the Special Operations Warrior Foundation outperforms most other charities in America,” said Ken Berger, Charity Navigator President & CEO. “This ‘exceptional’ designation differentiates the Special Operations Warrior Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation has been supporting the families of fallen and wounded Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel for over 32 years.
The foundation provides two primary programs: College scholarships and educational counseling to the children of fallen special operations personnel. Scholarships include tuition, books, fees, room & board, laptop and printer. The SOWF also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel so their family ones could be bedside during their loved one’s recovery.
Today, the SOWF has 942 children in its program with 140 students currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. The foundation has provided over $10 million in scholarship grants and educational counseling, but the foundation offers more than a financial grant.
"What makes us different from other scholarship organizations is that we proactively reach out to all of our students and work with them to get them into school," said SOWF President, John T. Carney, Jr. “Each of our student’s plans is customized and personalized to meet the student’s needs.”
The foundation has provided over $1.5 million in financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel. The stipends offered help off-set the burden of unexpected expenses.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation relies of financial gifts from the general public or through a variety of fundraising events as it does not receive funding from the federal or state government.
“We are honored to receive this esteemed rating from Charity Navigator,” said Carney. “Whether a donation is $10 or $1 million, we know that those funds are coming from a giving public who agree that we can never do enough to recognize or reward the sacrifices of our fallen Special Operations personnel. Since our inception 32 years ago, our board has always placed the highest value on financial accountability and transparency.”
For more information about Special Operations Warrior Foundation and its programs or to make a donation, visit online at http://www.specialops.org