Bernie Marcus is a co-founder of The Home Depot. Since his retirement from the company in 2001, he has been a philanthropist and CEO of The Marcus Foundation. Bernie is a patriot and staunch supporter of American military and veterans. The Marcus Foundation focuses on five areas: children, Jewish causes, medical research, free enterprise and community.
Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $85 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 17,000 homes for veterans.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. The Knights also set a new record for charitable giving in 2014 with donations of more than $173.5 million and 71.5 million hours of service to charitable causes, much of it raised and donated by its more than 15,000 councils. For more information follow the Knights of Columbus on Facebook and Twitter at @kofc.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. Established more than 50 years ago, the Scholarship Foundation awards college, vocational training, and technical school scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, giving particular attention to those with a parent who has been killed or wounded in action, or who have demonstrated financial need. The Scholarship Foundation's Heroes Tribute Programs for Children of the Fallen and Children of the Wounded pledge special scholarship assistance to all eligible children of wounded and fallen Marines and Navy Corpsmen.
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured service members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
The Semper Fi Fund has assisted with $143 million in support to more than 18,000 of our heroes and their families.
Organized in 1986, the DAV Charitable Service Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to one, single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.
Veterans United Foundation is the philanthropic division of Veterans United Home Loans. Incepted in November 2011, the Foundation is funded from employee contributions that are matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. More than 90 percent of Veterans United employees contribute a percentage of their paychecks to the Foundation. Employees also take an active role in referring possible needs to the foundation and showing the community support through volunteer work.
The mission of the Airpower Foundation has grown since the first Gulf War and is now a nationwide program dedicated to supporting active duty, reserve and National Guard families. Airpower also supports projects to assist wounded warriors, veterans of previous wars and education projects like WWII Freedom Flights to make sure the next generation understands the honor and sacrifice of wearing the cloth of this country.
The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
Our mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.
Wounded Warriors Family Support mitigates their trauma by allowing them to find peace and solace as a family once more in family-friendly retreats that we provide free of charge. Providing a low stress environment where they can be free from the cares and worries that often tear a family apart. Many of our young military families are not financially secure and would not be able to afford what we offer to them: a chance to bond with their children, especially after their children were traumatized and adversely affected by a parent’s wounds and injuries.
We financially support marriage counseling programs, sponsored and led by military chaplains, and partner with the non-profit Take Flight Farms, which operates equine therapy programs for veterans and their families.
With over twenty-five years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. Now, Irvine brings his experience to The Food Network as host ofRestaurant: Impossible and has been previously seen on Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, and The Next Iron Chef.
However, Chef Robert’s proudest accomplishments come from his support/charity work with all of the branches of the United States Armed Forces.
The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing all segments of the hardwood flooring industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, installers, inspectors, and consultants. The NWFA’s mission is to promote the usage of wood flooring in residential, educational, and commercial environments and provide members with the education and training necessary for success.
Established in 1947, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the professional installation of ceramic tile and natural stone. It is widely recognized as the largest and most respected tile contractors association in the world.
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, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families, and the families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency.
The Rumsfeld Foundation supports military charities, rewards leadership and public service at home, and encourages the growth of free political and free economic systems abroad. Through our work in four focus areas, we are committed to promoting self-sufficiency and dignity, liberty and leadership.
The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 countries. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone.