Semper Fi Fund and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
Raise More Than $22.7 Million in “Double Down for Veterans” Matching Challenge
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (February 7, 2018) – The Semper Fi Fund recently announced its “Double Down for Veterans” match campaign has exceeded the $20 million goal. With the funds raised and the substantial $10 million matching contribution by The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, the campaign netted a total of $22,794,658 million in funding to support injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
“Like our military service members themselves, Semper Fi Fund never wavers,” said American entrepreneur, philanthropist and U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran Bob Parsons. “Renee and I are encouraged to see the outpouring of support for our Veterans through the success of this campaign.”
The campaign ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, with all donations matched dollar-for-dollar by The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The latest gift has raised The Foundation’s cumulative support of the Fund to more than $40 million since 2012. With backing from The Foundation and donors responding to the matching challenge, Semper Fi Fund has achieved an 80 percent growth in assistance to injured Veterans in the past five years.
“Semper Fi Fund is focused on assisting our service members on their journey to recover, transition and thrive,” said Semper Fi Fund President, Executive Director and Founder, Karen Guenther. “There are many more who need our help, and thanks to the generosity of Bob and Renee, we are able to continue our mission of providing innovative and effective resources to our brave soldiers in their hour of need.”
The funds raised during the “Double Down for Veterans” campaign will help the Fund’s efforts across three major areas.
· Service Member and Family Support Programs help the lives of wounded members and their families with housing and transportation assistance, specialized and adaptive equipment and caregiver support.
· Transition Programs help injured servicemen and women thrive beyond injury to recovery, with education support and career assistance.
· Integrative Wellness Programs offer a holistic approach to improve body, mind and spirit with a focus on the long-term health of the whole person, counseling and additional resources.
“Bob and I would like to thank everyone who joined us in this match to help provide Veterans and their families with vital resources," said businesswoman and philanthropist Renee Parsons. "There is no one more deserving of our support than the men and women who have made incredible sacrifices in service to our country.”
Learn more about those benefitting from the work of the organization on the Fund’s social media channels: Facebook.com/semperfifund and Twitter.com/semperfifund.
About the Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: An A+ from CharityWatch - one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year - and seven consecutive "4-Star" ratings from Charity Navigator, an achievement attained by only 3% of rated charities. Learn more at www.semperfifund.org.
About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers support to nonprofit organizations successfully working to empower, educate, nurture and nourish people during what is often the darkest times of their lives. Founded in 2012 by philanthropists and business leaders Bob and Renee Parsons to provide hope and life-changing assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers critical funding at critical times to those in need. Driven by the core belief that all people – regardless of race, roots or economic status – deserve access to quality healthcare, education and a safe place to call home, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has exceeded $140 million in giving since 2012. Follow @WeDealInHope on social media or visit TBRPF.org, to learn more about partner organizations and the important work being done in the community.
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