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Got Your 6 Joins Philanthropic Leaders to Pledge Millions to Support Veterans and Military Families

Philanthropic and Nonprofit Leaders Come Together with the White House's Joining Forces Initiative to launch the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge

Got Your 6 Commits $5 Million to Help Empower Veterans

Washington, DC (April 30, 2014) – Today, Got Your 6 is proud to join over 30 philanthropic organizations and corporations to announce pledges totaling more than $180 million over the next five years to support veterans and military family. Got Your 6, a collective impact campaign working to advance the conversation in America around veterans and military families, will pledge $5 million in grants towards empowering veterans and helping to bridge the civilian-military divide.

The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge was announced today by Joining Forces and a coalition of leading foundations at an event hosted by the American Red Cross, Council on Foundations, and the White Oak Summit Steering Committee. The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge - initiated by Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation, and the McCormick Foundation - creates a community of funders and builds momentum for programs that will support service members, veterans and their families, in local communities as the country draws down from twelve years of war.

The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge commitments come at a vital time as the country adjusts to a post-war period. Our service members, veterans, and their families are true assets to our country, communities, and economy. Our country benefits from their dedication, skills, and experience. The philanthropic and nonprofit communities believe that supporting service members' successful transition back to civilian life sustains their good work and shows our appreciation for their sacrifices. Each organization's commitment will be designated over five years to their selected causes.

Pioneering a new movement of veteran empowerment, the $5 million pledge made by Got Your 6 will aid in funding its over 30 veteran-focused nonprofit partners working in six key areas of reintegration.

"Because the campaign is relatively new to philanthropic grantmaking, the Impact Pledge allows Got Your 6 to demonstrate our commitment to substantive change in the veteran community," said Chris Marvin, managing director of Got Your 6. "We look forward to ... (continued in full PDF release)

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Chris Marvin, managing director of the Got Your 6 campaign, speaking after accepting his award at the Goodwill Heroes Gala in Los Angeles, Saturday, November 16th, 2013

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Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6, with Patrick Murphy, Host of "Taking the Hill" on MSNBC and America's first Iraq War veteran elected to the United States Congress at "Got Your 6 Storytellers" at Google in NYC, November 8th, 2013 (Photo Credit: Alberto Vasari)

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Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6, speaking at the "Got Your 6 Storytellers" conference at Google in NYC, November 8th, 2013 (Photo Credit: Alberto Vasari)

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A panel session during the veteran thought conference "Got Your 6 Storytellers" at Google in NYC, November 8th, 2013 (Photo Credit: Alberto Vasari)

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Taylor Swift filming a special message for Got Your 6 at The CMA Awards rehearsals on November 5th, 2013

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Sheryl Crow performs at Macy's "American Icons" launch event benefitting Got Your 6 at Gotham Hall on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/WireImage)

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Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren (L), Camila Alves and Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6, attend Macy's "American Icons" launch benefiting Got Your 6 at Gotham Hall on May 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/WireImage)

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Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6 (Army); Amy Gravitt, VP of Comedy, HBO (Navy); Tim Norman, Recruiting, Dreamworks Animation (Army); Kyle Hausmann-Stokes, Founder, Veterans in Film and Television, speaking at a panel at the Got Your 6 "Veteran Hiring Week" launch event in Los Angeles on Monday, March 25, 2013.

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Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6 (Army); Amy Gravitt, VP of Comedy, HBO (Navy); Brian McCullough, Military Affairs Program Manager, Wells Fargo ( Air Force) at the Got Your 6 "Veteran Hiring Week" launch event in Los Angeles on Monday, March 25, 2013.

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Spencer Kympton, COO of The Mission Continues, Actress Eva Longoria and Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6 at the Got Your 6 and Lifetime Event in Charlotte, NC during the DNC

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Flo Rida performing at the Got Your 6 and Lifetime TV Event in Charlotte, NC during the DNC.

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Sara Evans Performing at the Got Your 6 and Lifetime Event during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on August 29, 2012.

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Meghan McCain speaking at the Got Your 6 and Lifetime Event during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on August 29, 2012.

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Veterans lined up for the "Tostitos Homecoming Party Bowl" with Got Your 6, where unsuspecting veterans were surprised with an epic football game and tailgate party coached by legends like Bobby Bowden, played alongside football greats and special guests, such as Marcus Allen and Owen and Luke Wilson on Thursday, December 13, 2012 in Norwalk, Calif.

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"Got Your 6" Launch -- Pictured: (l-r) Minka Kelly, Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6 Campaign, U.S. Army Retired

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Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6 and Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman-elect, D-Hawaii and one of Congress’ first female combat veterans, at the Got Your 6 Celebration of Service Event in honor of newly elected military veterans in Congress in Washington D.C. on November 28, 2012.

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Goodwill inspires hope and self-confidence, helping people from all backgrounds and walks of life to feel successful, valuable and dignified by helping them earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities. Through their network of 165 independent, community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada Goodwill offers customized job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. In 2010, Goodwill helped more than 2.4 million people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care, to name a few — and get the supporting services they needed to be successful, such as English language training, additional education, or access to transportation and child care. Goodwill is a long-time advocate for veterans, and in 2010, they provided job training, employment services and other supports to more than 25,766 veterans. Some Goodwills have specific programs to help veterans transition to civilian life; and all Goodwill agencies stand ready to help veterans and their family members access job training and placement support, career services, and support services such as health care, substance abuse counseling, transportation assistance and more.

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The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. This is accomplished with the Tillman Military Scholars program which purpose is to identify high-impact active or veteran servicemembers and their spouses and invest in their higher education, covering the needs left unpaid for by the GI Bill and other government support. The scholarship funds awarded are just a portion of the Tillman Military Scholar experience which also focuses on guiding an engaged community and providing essential resources that empower Scholars to serve and lead in their local communities and ease the transition from military to civilian life. Since its inception, 171 Tillman Military Scholars representing 32 states and attending 59 institutions nationwide have been awarded over $2.2 million.

Student Veterans of America | Download EPS logo
Student Veterans of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of student veteran organizations on more than 550 college campuses globally. Each chapter, run by and for student veterans, provides a critical peer-support network that has been linked to improved academic success. The local chapter is essential to accomplishing SVA's mission, which is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes Program | Download EPS logo
In March of 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with a network of 1600 state and local chambers, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 150 hiring fairs in 48 states and the District of Columbia; more than 9,500 have gotten jobs. The program will significantly expand its efforts in 2012 with hiring fairs in 400 communities, the establishment of a stand-alone program for military spouses, and a sustained campaign to enlist the commitments from the small business community to hire veterans and military spouses over the next three years.

ServiceNation | Download EPS logo
ServiceNation is a campaign to increase national service opportunities and elevate service as a core ideal and problem solving strategy in America. The campaign is focused on two main initiatives: building a permanent grassroots constituency to advance service legislation and challenging the American public to view returning military veterans as civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate our communities. ServiceNation envisions a day when a commonly asked question in this country is 'Where do you serve?' and when all Americans have the opportunity to serve in order to tackle pressing social challenges and strengthen our democracy. For more information visit www.servicenation.org.

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Points of Light is the leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan presidential legacy. Our mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. We connect people to their power to make a meaningful difference by providing access to tools, resources and opportunities to help volunteers use their time, talent, voice and money to meet the critical needs of our communities. We are organized into three divisions: Programs, Civic Incubator and Action Networks, which include HandsOn Network, the largest network of 250 local volunteer centers across the country and around the world; generationOn, the youth service movement that ignites the power of kids to make their mark on the world; AmeriCorps Alums, the national service alumni network that activates the next generation of service leaders; and Points of Light Corporate Institute, our enterprise that enables companies to engage their employees and customers in service. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org

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Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps almost 2.5 million people in more than 400 communities. We offer a variety of services for older Americans, in particular, that allow them to maintain their independence and quality of life – everything from an occasional helping hand to full-time care. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.

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The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.

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The Northern California Institute for Research and Education (NCIRE) is a scientific community of clinicians and researchers bringing the power of modern medicine to the health of our nations Veterans. Over 200 principal investigators – academically affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco and based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center – contribute individual expertise and knowledge to a thriving community of collaborative scientific discovery. As the country's largest nonprofit research enterprise dedicated exclusively to advancing the health of military service members, NCIRE is regarded as The Veterans Health Research Institute.

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Launched in 2011 by founding partners Syracuse University and JPMorgan Chase & Co., the IVMF is the first national center in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through the pillars of educational programming, employment and actionable research, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. "in service to those who have served" vets.syr.edu

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The Code of Support Foundation is dedicated to bridging the gap between civilian and military America. Through its programs and activities, COSF seeks to significantly increase the percentage of Americans who not only care about the troops (including their families and veterans), but understand the depth of their service and sacrifice, are committed to their support, and are actively involved in donating to or volunteering for quality non-governmental organizations that provide critically needed services and support. In addition, the COSF works to build effective communication and cooperation within the non-profit troop support community, as well as serving as an advocate on their behalf and on behalf of the troops, their families and veterans.

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Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in harm's way, to their Children left behind, to Veterans and Military families facing financial hardships, to Wounded Warriors recovering in transition units and to First Responders engaged in disaster relief efforts. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member's face and express to our Military the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 760,000 packages to American Military and their families.

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Got Your 6: http://www.gotyour6.com
Goodwill Industries International: http://www.goodwill.org
100k Homes: http://www.100khomes.org
Blue Star Families: http://www.bluestarfam.org
Give an Hour: http://www.giveanhour.org
Military Child Education Coalition: http://www.militarychild.org
The Mission Continues: http://www.missioncontinues.org
The Pat Tillman Foundation: http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org
Student Veterans of America: http://www.studentveterans.org
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes
ServiceNation: http://www.servicenation.org
CGI America: http://www.cgiamerica.org
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org
Points of Light: http://www.pointsoflight.org
Volunteers of America: http://www.voa.org
USO: http://www.uso.org
NCIRE http://www.ncire.org
IVMF at Syracuse University: http://vets.syr.edu
Code of Support Foundation: http://www.codeofsupport.org
Operation Gratitude: http://www.operationgratitude.com
Sierra Club Mission Outdoors: http://www.sierraclub.org/missionoutdoors
Warrior Getaway: http://www.warriorgateway.org
CNCS: http://www.nationalService.gov
Bob Woodruff Foundation: http://www.ReMIND.org

 

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