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Fisher House Foundation, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/02/2014: Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION INC

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AKA  Fisher House
Rockville, MD
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Fisher House Foundation, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/02/2014: Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION INC

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Also Known As: Fisher House
Physical Address: Rockville, MD 20850 5168
EIN: 11-3158401
Web URL: www.fisherhouse.org 
Video URL(s): Fisher House Video 2013
NTEE Category: E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E60 Health Support Services
L Housing, Shelter
L40 Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels)
Ruling Year: 1993 


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Mission Statement

Fisher House Foundation, Inc. is an international not-for-profit organization established to improve quality of life for members of the military, retirees, veterans, and their families. The Foundation builds comfort homes at military and VA medical centers and gifts them to the government. It assists with the coordination of private support and encourages public support for the network of comfort homes known as Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Houses. It works to educate and inform the military and veterans communities and their families, and the general public about Fisher Houses and provides necessary support to individual Fisher Houses as approved, and as permitted by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the respective Armed Services. Other Quality of Life programs include a scholarship program for military children, a grants program for volunteer organizations with innovative plans for quality of life projects, the Hero programs, and individual assistance to members of the military and their families during a crisis.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $52,581,092
Total Expenses $38,154,501

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Leadership

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Mr. Kenneth Fisher

Term:

Since Mar 2003

Profile:

Kenneth Fisher, a grand nephew of Fisher House founder Zachary Fisher had been serving as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fisher House Foundation. At the May 1, 2003 Board of Trustees meeting, he succeeded his father, Arnold Fisher, as Chairman and CEO. He is a senior partner in the prestigious New York City real estate development firm, Fisher Brothers.

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Budget:
$75,000,000
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Military/Veterans
General Public/Unspecified
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Fisher House Foundation raises money to build "comfort homes" on the grounds of military and VA medical centers, enabling families to be together upon the hospitalization of a loved one.  Once built, the houses are given as gifts to the U. S. Government, which then becomes responsible for their operation and maintenance.  In addition, Fisher House Foundation operates a scholarship program (Scholarships for Military Children Program), a grants program (Newman's Own Awards), a frequent flyer mileage program (Hero Miles), and running teams in athletic events (Team Fisher House)

Program Long-Term Success:

Since inception of the Fisher House program in 1990, more than 120,000 families have stayed at one or more Fisher Houses, with estimated savings in excess of $100 million.  The program has made available nearly three million days of lodging.

Program Short-Term Success:

Since the onset of combat operations in Afghanistan, then Iraq, the Foundation has made combat casualties its highest priority.  To date, the families of more than 7,500 combat casualties have stayed at one or more Fisher Houes.

Program Success Monitored by:

Program success is monitored by occupancy reports.

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Please go to the "In the News" section of the Fisher House Foundation web site, www.fisherhouse.org, for links to news stories about individual families that have stayed at a Fisher House.

Program: Hero Miles (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

Fisher House Foundation uses frequent flyer miles that have been donated by passengers of our airline partners to provide airline tickets to support wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center or who are attending authorized events.

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Program: Hotels for Heroes (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

The Hotels for Heroes program provides hotel rooms to the families of wounded, injured, and ill military service members who are undergoing treatment at authorized medical centers when a Fisher House is not available. Rooms are made possible through the donation of rewards points by the hotel's rewards members.

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Program: Newman's Own Awards (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times (Gannett Government Media Corporation) award $100,000 in grants to the most creative military quality of life improvement plans from non-profit or volunteer groups.

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Program: Scholarships for Military Children Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

Awards scholarship grants to sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers who are enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a four-year undergraduate college or university, accredited in the U.S. Scholarships are merit-based.

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Program: Heroes' Legacy Scholarship (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Program Description:

The "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23. A disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensation rating of 100%.

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Program: Military Spouse Scholarships (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
None
Population Served:
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Program Description:

(Grant funding the NMFA's Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships) The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security.

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A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 62 Fisher Houses located in the United States and abroad. The network now serves more than 21,500 families each year, providing the vital opportunity to be at a loved one’s side at the most desperate time in one’s life. Since the program began in 1990, Fisher Houses have saved over 180,000 families more than $200 in lodging and transportation costs.
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