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OUR MISSION Fisher House Foundation, Inc. is an international not-for-profit organization established to improve the 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, their families and the general public about Fisher Houses and provides necessary support to individual Fisher Houses as needed. Other quality of life programs include scholarship programs, a grants program for volunteer organizations with innovative plans for quality of life projects, the Hero Miles and Hotels for Heroes programs and individual assistance to members of the military and their families during a crisis.


CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SERVICE Dear Friends: 2015 marked the 25th Anniversary for Fisher House and I’m excited to share this milestone in our Annual Report with so many people who have supported the mission and efforts of this great organization. I am inspired by my great Uncle Zachary’s legacy: selfless giving and stepping up to solve a problem. What he started—and, together, what we’ve built—is a nationally lauded public-private partnership, accomplishing some pretty amazing things. Since the program began, we have achieved these milestones: o Constructed our 67th Fisher House o Saved families more than $320 million in lodging and transportation costs o Provided more than 6 million nights of lodging o Flew more than 60,000 wounded, injured and ill service members and their families o Provided more than $15 million in scholarships In 2015, we re-engaged more than 10,000 lapsed donors and introduced Zach’s Club for monthly recurring donors, along with Elizabeth’s Circle for those who give at least $25,000. I don’t know if Zachary and Elizabeth could have truly foreseen the impact of their vision, but I am certain they would be proud of where we’ve taken it. Our mission is far from over, and I look forward to even greater things in the next 25 years. With heartfelt gratitude,

Kenneth Fisher Chairman & CEO Fisher House Foundation, Inc.


Clockwise from top left: Ken and Tammy Fisher (center) join injured service members, Veterans, and their families to celebrate the Fisher House program’s 25th Anniversary. Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. 25th Anniversary pin and coin. Dave Coker and Fisher House Managers visited Arlington National Cemetery during their 2015 training and presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.


2015 IMPACT CONSTRUCTION The core of Fisher House Foundation’s mission is our homes for military and Veteran families. In 2015, we

27,000+ Families served by Fisher House

added Fisher Houses at the following locations: o Camp Pendleton, CA o Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA (second house) o Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, AZ Construction began for homes at:

643,000+ Nights of lodging offered in Fisher Houses

o Ft. Bragg, NC o VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Las Vegas, NV o Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI o VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Long Beach, CA o VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR

More than 5,500 Tickets booked with Hero Miles

$44 million+ Saved to families in lodging and transportation costs




The Hero Miles program provides round-trip airline

The Hotels for Heroes program uses donated hotel

tickets to wounded, injured and ill service members

points to provide hotel rooms to families of the

and/or their families. Flights are made possible

wounded, injured and ill military service members

through the generosity of the American public who

who are undergoing treatment at authorized medical

donate their airline miles.

centers when a Fisher House room is not available.

2015 IMPACT:

2015 IMPACT:

Tickets: 5,601

Nights of lodging: 2,068

Cost Savings to Families: $9,129,796

Cost savings to families: $326, 962



Numbers of Tickets Booked: 60,714

Nights of lodging: 7,100

more than 220 wounded, injured and ill service

Cost savings to families: $95,525,768

Cost savings to families: $1,065,942

members and Veterans competed in paralympic


WARRIOR GAMES For the 5th year, Fisher House Foundation supported the Warrior Games, a week-long competition where

sports at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, VA. AIRLINE PARTNERS:


Alaska Airlines


American Airlines

Additionally, we provided Hero Miles flights to families of participating athletes to ensure they were able to attend the games and cheer on their loved ones.

Best Western Choice Hotels


Delta Air Lines


In its 15th year, the Scholarships for Military Children

Frontier Airlines

La Quinta Inns and Suites

Program awarded 700 scholarships to sons and


daughters of active, retired or reserve military


members, for a total of $1.4 million. The Heroes’

United Airlines US Airways

Legacy Program provided $5,000 grants to 146 children of service members killed or severely disabled since September 11th, 2001, for a total of $730,000 in scholarship grants. Additionally, Fisher House Foundation contributed $150,000 to the National Military Family Association (NMFA) for scholarships to military spouses.




2015 IMPACT TELLING OUR STORY RADIO Fisher House Foundation maintains powerful part-



Daily lodging capacity

nerships with the nation’s radio stations. Created in-house, Fisher House Foundation’s Memorial Day show for news/talk stations told the story of Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter, along with many others, and aired on 150 stations. Meanwhile, more than 100 leading country stations and iHeartRadio ran holiday programming and storytelling by host Charlie Daniels. The estimated value of the donated airtime


was more than $3.5 million. HISTORY BOOK In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the

Volunteer hours

Fisher House program, the Foundation published a history book to share the rich past of the Fisher family, the Foundation and the many families who have benefitted from Fisher Houses. NEWS STORIES Last year there were more than 12,300 news stories


mentioning Fisher House Foundation, with an estimated ad value of $14 million.

Number of Fisher Houses

$2.3 million In scholarships to military and Veterans families


Purple Heart recipient Dale Beatty and his wife, Belinda, talk about the pivotal role Fisher House played in their lives at the 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Twice a year, the Patriot Magazine is written and sent to people who sign up for it, as well as posted on the Web. Special thanks to Don Schaaf &Friends, Inc. and Linemark Printing, Inc. for your reduced rates and continued support.

FUNDRAISING EFFORTS TEAM FISHER HOUSE 2015 marked Team Fisher House’s 10th year, largest team, most engaged Corporate Champions,



The Fisher House program’s 25th Anniversary com-

At Fisher House, we take pride in being fiscally respon-

menced with the 12th Annual Fisher House Golf Classic

sible with funds entrusted to us by thousands of

in early May and culminated with the 25th Anniversary

donors each year. In 2015, 21% of Fisher House Foun-

Celebration in September. Wounded warriors, Fisher

dation’s total revenue came from individual gifts by the

House families and Medal of Honor recipients joined

America public.

military and corporate VIPs on the golf course and at

and greatest fundraising

the Anniversary Celebration. The Golf Classic program

total at the Marine Corps

included special remarks by Vice Chairman of the

Marathon. More than 500

Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr.

runners raised more than $540,000 for Fisher House

Deputy Secretary of VA Sloan Gibson and Secretary of

Foundation at the People’s Marathon in Arlington, VA.

Defense Ashton B. Carter delivered the special remarks at the Anniversary Celebration event. Both events were emceed by CNN Correspondent Kyra Phillips.

Organizational support made up 36% of total giving, including in-kind donations of $14 million from travel industry partners, free advertising and free radio airtime. Additionally, more than $1.5 million was raised by individuals who hosted proud supporter events.


More than $7 million was raised through the 25th Anniversary efforts.

Foundations: 21%

Organizations: 36%


Individuals: 21%

In-Kind: 22%

Fisher House Foundation’s wonderful radio partners moved thousands of listeners to donate through station-hosted radio-thons. From Washington, DC’s WMAL’s December radio-thon to California’s Armstrong and Getty’s Veterans Day efforts, more than $1.1 million was raised along with increased public awareness.




ELIZABETH’S CIRCLE PRESIDENTIAL ($1,000,000 AND MORE) Enterprise Holdings Foundation Friends of Fisher House CT, Inc. Nevada Military Support Alliance Jack C. Taylor Walmart

PLATINUM ($500,000–$999,999) Anonymous Shipley Foundation The Pantry, Inc. United Health Foundation

Elizabeth and Zachary Fisher are the founders of the Fisher House program. Individuals and organizations who made gifts of $25,000 or more in 2015 are members of Elizabeth’s Circle and recognized on these pages. Because of the generosity of so many who make gifts both large and small, Fisher House continues to serve more families each year. Gifts in all amounts are sincerely appreciated and we would like to extend our gratitude to all our supporters. Photo above was taken when Elizabeth was performing with the USO in Italy during WWII.


GOLD ($100,000–$499,999) 2003 Cubicciotti Revocable Trust 2015 Texas Inaugural Committee Alfred W. Chase Foundation Anonymous (2) John Burkland Chesapeake Support Our Heroes, Inc. Deloitte, LLP Delta Air Lines Barbara June Erickson Estate of Gerald J. Sypneski Fisher Brothers Fisher House of Alaska Fisher House of Boston, Inc. Fisher House Southern California, Inc. Fred R. Fossek Frederick C. Hebert Testamentary Charitable Trust Friends of Arizona Fisher House

Ken James Kahlert Foundation, Inc. LPL Financial James McGinity Eugene H. & Jean Morrison, II Motorola Solutions Foundation Reynolds Consumer Products Samsung SAP Schoen Foundation The James F. Wright 1990 Trust The Safeway Foundation The Wetherbee Trust The Wohlers Family Foundation United Airlines United Technologies Corporation USAA & USAA Foundation Wireless Advocates, LLC Wanda F. Young

SILVER ($50,000–$99,999) 1687 Foundation AirWatch Alice F. & Cortland J. Knipe Charitable Trust Anonymous (3) B.R. Cohn Charity Events Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation CBS Radio CharityWorks Shirley E. Cobb Costco Wholesale EOS Foundation Estate of Major Patrick G. Hayes, Ret. Estate of Renza Moscatelli Baker FedEx Services Finmeccanica Patricia E. Galea

Global, The Source ISEC Foundation La Quinta Inns & Suites Lockheed Martin—MS2—Integrated Defense Technologies MCS Charitable Foundation Metric Corporation Morningside Foundation Fund Newman’s Own Foundation PMMI, Inc. Pilot Flying J Radisphere Radiology Group Randi & Clifford Lane Foundation, Inc. Richard and Karen MacLeod Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Tee It Up For the Troops, Inc. Tennessee Fisher House, Inc. The Grainger Foundation The Wasily Family Foundation The Wildflower Foundation, Inc. Toll Global Forwarding Wakefern Food Corporation—ShopRite LPGA

PATRIOT ($25,000–$49,999) 15/40 Productions, LTD American Valor Foundation Anonymous (4) AUSA Monmouth Chapter Avineon, Inc. Axiom Resource Management, Inc. Barbara M. and James J. Wyza Family Living Trust Bergen Foundation Richard and Kathryn Binford Booz Allen Hamilton Sandy Boyce Joan Briggson Cecily M. Carson Edward Chuey


Cornelia Cogswell Rossi Foundation, Inc. DELTA Resources Donohue Family Foundation Dorothy D. Smith Charitable Foundation Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation Drive for the Troops—North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association ESPN, Inc. Estate of Heinz R. Brueckner Estate of Robert W. Kester FCA Foundation Jeremy Feigelson and Eugenie Allen Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP Firestar Diamond, Inc. Fleet Reserve Association Ladies Aux. Stephanie and Lawrence Flinn Food Depository Fund Gainesville Fisher House, Inc. GEICO William J. Gillespie Leslie H. Goldberg Greater LA Fisher House Foundation Harlan Family Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Inc. Host Hotels & Resorts, LLP Isidore C. & Penny W. Myers Foundation J. M. Smucker Company John F. Dalenberg Trust John G. Martin Foundation Johnson Charitable Gift Fund Joint Base Andrews Fisher House, Inc. Kellogg’s Citizenship Fund LAT Sportswear, LLC L-3 Communications Corporation Linden Root Dickinson Foundation Robert P. Linn Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin, Systems Made Simple


Maryland AGC Keith Marx Michael V. Janes NonGrantor Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Robert & Deborah Mudge Myers-Erickson Properties, Inc. Newman’s Own, Inc. NFC Foundation Optics Planet, Inc. O’Shea Family Foundation Oshkosh Corporation Overseas Service Corporation PGA of America Michael L. Parin Richard E. Capri Foundation Rosenthal Companies Scoob Trust Foundation Scrooby Foundation James Seiberlich Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Christopher Spathelf Superfeet Worldwide, Inc. Sutter Health The Aitken-Cade Family Foundation The David K. Deasy 2014 Revocable Trust The Ladeno Group, LLC The Mark P. Norman Charitable Lead Annuity Trust The Wine Group Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation TNT Foundation TriWest Healthcare Alliance ULSG, LLC United Concordia Dental Veterans United Foundation Victoria Earl-Mion Rev Trust William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation


FINANCIAL STATEMENT EXCERPT REVENUE & EXPENSES JANUARY 1, 2015—DECEMBER 31, 2015 SUPPORT & REVENUE Contributions $49,585,981 Special Events Donated Goods, Services & Media Time Investment Income Total Support & Revenue

2,546,688 13,985,025 (21,832) 66,095,862

EXPENSES Program Expenses Management & General

45,487,097 1,944,013

Fundraising 3,882,000 Total Expenses


Change in Net Assets


NET ASSETS Beginning of 2015 End of 2015

74,381,588 $89,164,340

For the 12th consecutive year, Fisher House Foundation was nationally recognized as a premier non-profit with a

four-star Charity Navigator rating, as well as a continued A+ from CharityWatch.




Zachary Fisher (1910-1999)

Staff Sergeant Dale Beatty, USANG (Ret.)

Elizabeth M. Fisher (1913-2004)

Gerry Byrne Paul W. Bucha


General Michael P.C. Carns, USAF (Ret.)

Kenneth Fisher Chairman and CEO

James W. Carrier

Arnold Fisher Vice Chairman

Patricia L. Courter

Audrey Fisher Vice Chairman

Martin L. Edelman

Winston Fisher Vice Chairman

Barbara Gentry

Nancy Edelman Vice Chairman

Lieutenant General Charles S. Mahan, USA (Ret.)

John W. Lowe Vice President & Secretary David D. Fox CFO and Treasurer

Cecily M. Carson Lieutenant General John A. Dubia, USA (Ret.) Tammy Fisher


“Ranger” Mark Jones David J. McIntyre, Jr. Erin Mosely Bruce Mosler General Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret.) Mary Jo Myers A. Jack Nickert Lynne Pace Kyra Phillips William P. Pope Suzie Schwartz Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele, USMC (Ret.) General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.) Denzel Washington

David A. Coker President Mary B. Considine Chief of Staff Kerri Childress Vice President, Communications Brian Gawne Vice President, Community Relations Tish Stropes Vice President, Strategic Partnerships Denise Dolan Chief Advancement Officer James Weiskopf Vice President, Consultant

Pauletta Washington Gail Berry West Montel Williams




Fisher House Foundation, Inc. 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850 (888) 294-8560 info@fisherhouse.org www.fisherhouse.org

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