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

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 sharing the unique knowledge that we have gained as a collaborative campaign with other funders who join us in supporting the veteran empowerment movement.”

Today’s event featured remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, General George Casey (ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Army, US Teen Poet Laureate and military child Michaela Coplen, and representatives from the American Red Cross, Council on Foundations, Blue Shield of California Foundation, San Diego Grantmakers, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Points of Light, Bank of America, and Blue Star Families.

The pledges are the result of the leadership of the pledge initiators (Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Lincoln Community Foundation, and the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation) the Council on Foundations Veteran’s Advisory Group members, and participants from the annual White Oak Conference hosted by Blue Star Families, which brings together the public and private sector to foster and create partnerships to address the ever-changing challenges of military family life.

Nonprofits participating in today’s event were members of the White Oak Steering Committee, including leaders from American Red Cross, Armed Forces Services Corporation, Blue Star Families, Hiring Our Heroes of the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Military Child Education Coalition, Military Officers Association of America, Points of Light Institute, and the USO.

About the Council on Foundations The Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,500 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council’s mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

About the American Red Cross The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Got Your 6 Got Your 6 is a collective impact campaign designed to help bridge the military-civilian divide. Combining the reach and resources of the entertainment industry with the expertise and commitment of more than 30 non-profit organizations, the campaign works to advance the conversation in America so veterans and military families are seen as leaders and civic assets who will invigorate our communities. In 2013, Got Your 6 distributed grants totaling nearly $3 million to a dozen veteran-focused non-profit partners. For more information, visit www.gotyour6.org. Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for- profit organization, is the organizing body and fiscal sponsor of Got Your 6.