Health—General & Rehabilitative

Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

  • Rockville, MD
  • http://www.fisherhouse.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Fisher House Program
  2. Hero Miles
  3. Hotels for Heroes
  4. Newman's Own Awards
  5. Scholarships for Military Children Program
  6. Heroes' Legacy Scholarship
  7. Military Spouse Scholarships

service areas

International

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ruling year

1993

chief executive for fy 2003

Mr. Kenneth Fisher

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Keywords

Fisher House, comfort home, military health care, scholarships

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EIN

11-3158401

Also Known As

Fisher House

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Fisher House Program

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)

Category

Human Services

Budget

$75,000,000.00

Population Served

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

Hero Miles

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 3

Hotels for Heroes

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 4

Newman's Own Awards

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 5

Scholarships for Military Children Program

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 6

Heroes' Legacy Scholarship

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 7

Military Spouse Scholarships

(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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Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We believe it is crucial to show the men and women who have dedicated their lives through service in our Armed Forces that we are grateful for their sacrifices, and care about them, particularly in their time of need. When a service member or veteran is wounded, injured or diagnosed with a serious illness, the emotional, financial, and physical stress can be devastating. The goal of Fisher Houses is to offer "a home away from home" for families while their loved one is receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Foundation's core mission is building Fisher Houses at military and VA medical centers, to be operated by the government. The Foundation also seeks to coordinate private support and encourage public support for the network of comfort homes. The Foundation also seeks to meet humanitarian needs beyond what the government can provide by offering Quality of Life programs, such as scholarship programs for military children and spouses, a grants program for volunteer organizations with innovative plans for quality of life projects, the Hero programs to assist with lodging and transportation during a medical crisis, and individual assistance to members of the military and their families.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Fisher House Foundation is a well established not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, nationally recognized as a premier non-profit with a four star Charity Navigator rating and an A+ from the American Institute of Philanthropy; of the 41 military/veterans charities rated in the May 2013 report, only four received an A+.

    The Foundation's Board and leadership team consists of retired military officers, successful business professionals, and non-profit leaders with a wide array of experience. The Fisher House staff is led by David Coker, President, a retired Army Officer with a military background in medical command and hospital support.

    The Fisher House Foundation has a solid reputation within not only the military community but also nationwide as a well respected and established within the non-profit world.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    New Fisher Houses are built to meet a recognized need. The new home must be requested by the Secretary of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Department of Veteran Affairs and, once built, will become a facility operated by the medical center or hospital where it is located.

    Fisher Houses are fully wheel-chair accessible, and are built to meet and exceed the standards of Fisher House Foundation's internal quality values and the criteria necessitated by the building regulations of the medical center, all the while maintaining the intimacy of a home environment that makes the Fisher Houses unlike any other government-operated facility.

    We estimate that each new twenty-suite Fisher House provides the capacity to provide lodging for up to an additional 300 - 500 families each year. This number varies greatly depending on the length of stay and the lodging guidelines established by the medical center where the home is located.

    Each individual Fisher House manager provides Fisher House Foundation with monthly occupancy reports, which are used to generate the statistics by which we measure our success in assisting military and veteran families.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since inception, the Fisher House program has assisted more than 180,000 families by offering over 5 million nights of lodging. The estimated savings to the families, calculated by comparing local lodging and transportation costs, exceeds $200 million. In addition, using frequent flier miles donated by the very generous American public, the Hero Miles program has provided more than 44,000 tickets to the families of wounded, injured, and ill service members and veterans as they recover at treatment centers around the country. With the unwavering support of our airline partners, those tickets reflect a savings of more than $70 million to military families at some of the most difficult emotional and financial times. Fisher House Foundation’s Scholarship Programs have awarded over $11 million in grants to thousands of military children and spouses.
    There are still many more military and VA hospitals that require the free temporary lodging support only a Fisher House can provide. As the population of recent veterans continues to grow, the need at VA Medical Centers will only increase. So many service men and women have been affected by wounds, injuries, and illnesses due to their service, and they will require medical care for the rest of their lives.

service areas

International

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Funding Needs

In each new community where we plan to build a Fisher House, we ask the local community to raise about half of the money needed.

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FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Kenneth Fisher

BIO

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.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Kenneth Fisher

Senior Partner, Fisher Brothers

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