Our mission is crucial. Our duty is clear.

ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND (SFF):

The Semper Fi Fund, and its program America’s Fund, provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, we've issued more than 79,500 grants, totaling more than $98 million in assistance to over 12,600 of our heroes and their families.

WHO WE ARE:

The Semper Fi Fund was created by a group of Marine Corps spouses nine years ago, and those same women run the Fund today alongside other spouses from all services branches, retired service members, all of whom intimately know the needs of our military families. We have been by our injured and ill service members' sides from day one, helping them as they navigate lengthy recoveries and rejoin their communities.

HOW WE HELP:

Financial, emotional, and tiered support for our injured/ill service members and their families through the following programs: Family Support, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Specialized Equipment, Education and Career Transitioning, Rehabilitative Sports programs, and more.

WHO WE HELP:

Qualifying post 9/11 Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and reservists with amputations, spinal cord injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), burns, blindness, other physical injuries, or those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. We also help spouses and children of active duty service members who face a life threatening illness or injury.

HOW WE ARE UNIQUE:

The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from watch dog groups: A+ Top Rated Charity from CharityWatch, and we are one of only three veteran nonprofits to receive this rating in recent years; and 4 Stars from Charity Navigator a rating only given to 4% of all charities. We maintain an extremely low overhead - 6% and we provide rapid assistance with no red tape.

HOW WE RAISE FUNDING:

The Semper Fi Fund relies completely on donations from generous individuals, corporations, foundations, and community groups. In an effort to keep our fundraising and administrative costs low, we do not receive government funding or use direct mail campaigns. Our communities across the country host fundraising and awareness events for our mission, both big and small: golf tournaments, motorcycle poker runs, 5/10K races, dinners, and contests - whatever their passion may be! We are members of the Combined Federal Campaign, through which federal, civilian, postal, and military donors can support us. We encourage all citizens across America to join us in our quest to support our military members who have sacrificed so much in the service to our country.

OUR PHILOSOPHY:

The basic ideal that drives our efforts is simple: for as much as our heroes have sacrificed, they deserve the best care and support available in their hour of need. We are committed to being there at the time of injury or illness and for a lifetime if needed.

LOOKING FORWARD:

The Semper Fi Fund has been successful over the years thanks to our loyal supporters, both individuals and corporations. Yet our challenges continue to intensify due to the level of severity of injury, illness, and post-traumatic stress unique to the length of war on terrorism. These critical injuries are brought home and often call for a lifetime of assistance.

Tax-deductible contributions from people like you make up our lifeblood; whether donations are large or small, a one-time gift or ongoing endowment, every individual or corporation has the power to make a real difference, here and now, no matter where they are in the world.

The Semper Fi Fund is forever grateful to each of our supporters who share in our ongoing mission.

Please help us help those who have given so much in the name of freedom.

OUR LEADERSHIP:

   (Click highlighted names to read biographies)
  • HONORARY BOARD

  • James T. Conway
    General, USMC (Retired)
    34th Commandant of the Marine Corps
  • Wallace "Chip" Gregson Jr.
    Lieutenant General, USMC (Retired)
    President, WC Gregson and Associates
  • Richard R. Jeffries
    Rear Admiral, USN (Retired)
    Former Medical Officer of the Marine Corps
  • David J. McIntyre, Jr.
    President & Chief Executive Officer, TriWest
  • Peter M. Murphy, Esq. (d.2013)
    Board Member Emeritus
  • Lynne Pace
    Wife of General Peter Pace, USMC (Retired)
    Advocate for military families
  • Peter Pace
    General, USMC (Retired)
    16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Suzie Schwartz
    VP Military Spouse Programs for Victory Media
  • Barbara Woodbury
    President and Trustee of
    The Navy & Marine Association
  • John M. Dowd, Esq.
    Board Member Emeritus
    • AUDIT COMMITTEE

    • Kim Foley
      Chairman
    • Jack McCoy
    • INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

    • Robert M. Bowlin
    • Guy P. Wyser-Pratte
    • Richard Lottie
    • John French
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Alfred M. Gray
    Chairman of the Board
    General, USMC (Retired)
    29th Commandant of the Marine Corps
  • Annette Conway
    Vice-Chairman of the Board
    Former "1st Lady of the Marine Corps"
  • Robert M. Bowlin
    Treasurer
    Former Chairman of Sony Music International
    CPA (Retired)
  • Wendy Lethin
    Secretary
  • Bonnie Amos
    Director
    "1st Lady of the Marine Corps"
  • Kim Foley
    Director
    CEO of Foley Inc.
    US Marine (1967-1971)
  • Karen Guenther
    Director
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • Carlton W. Kent
    Director
    Sergeant Major, USMC (Retired)
    16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
  • Dr. Robert Koffman
    Director
    Captain, USN (Retired)
  • Peter M. Murphy, Esq.
    Board Member Emeritus (d. 2013)
    Honorary Board Member
  • James M. (Mike) Myatt
    Director
    Major General, USMC (Retired)
  • John F. Sattler
    Director
    Lieutenant General, USMC (Retired)
  • James D. Weiskopf
    Director
    Colonel, USA (Retired)​
  • Dr. James Wright
    Director
    President, Dartmouth College (1998-2009)
    US Marine (1957-1960)
  • ADVISORS

  • Sarah Dalke
  • Jim Dickenson
  • Jim Doyle
  • Sandy Hejlik
  • Tom Jones
    Major General, USMC (Retired)
  • Jack McCoy
  • Anthony J. McIntyre
  • Greg Newbold
    Lieutenant General, USMC (Retired)
  • Gene Overstreet
    Sergeant Major, USMC (Retired)
  • John Roediger
  • Ben Saylor
    Colonel, USMC (Retired)
  • Nancy Walker
  • J.D. Williams
    Sergeant Major, USMC (Retired)
  • EXECUTIVE TEAM

  • Karen Guenther
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • Wendy Lethin
    Senior Director, Outreach
  • Susan Rocco
    Senior Director, Eastern Region Case Management
  • Sondria Saylor
    Senior Director, Western Region Case Management
  • Tom Benoit
    Chief Financial Officer