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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, veterans and their families. The Foundation builds comfort homes at military and VA medical centers and gifts them to the government. Other Quality of Life programs include the Hero Miles and Hotels for Heroes programs, ongoing assistance to Fisher Houses, scholarships, support for continuing rehabilitation initiatives, and individual assistance to members of the military and their families during a crisis.


LETTER FROM KEN FISHER Dear Friends: I’d like to thank you for your support and generosity in 2016. Thanks to you, we were able to not only continue our mission, but expand our blessings to other quality of life programs for our service members, veterans and their families. In 2016, together we achieved the following: o Constructed our 71st Fisher House. o Provided our 7 millionth night of lodging. o Increased our daily Fisher House capacity to serve up to 950 families each night. o Provided over 5,000 flights to loved ones via our Hero Miles program. o Brought the Invictus Games to the United States, where the Foundation was a proud sponsor of the adaptive sporting event. I was also honored to serve as Chairman and CEO of Invictus Games Orlando. I am proud of the milestones we have achieved, and the progress we continue to make thanks to your support. My Uncle Zachary’s legacy of selfless giving will remain steadfast as we continue to support our greatest national treasure…our military service men and women and their loved ones. With heartfelt gratitude,

Ken Fisher poses with members of the USA wheelchair basketball team after they won the gold medal game during the Invictus Games in Orlando.

Kenneth Fisher Chairman & CEO Fisher House Foundation, Inc.



2016 IMPACT CONSTRUCTION The core of Fisher House Foundation’s mission is our network of homes for military and veterans’ families. In 2016

28,000+ Families served by Fisher House

we added Fisher Houses at the following locations: o VA Long Beach Healthcare System—CA o VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System— Las Vegas, NV o VA Portland Health Care System—OR o Zablocki VA Medical Center—Milwaukee, WI o Southern Arizona VA Health Care System— Tucson, AZ

950 families Daily lodging capacity

o Womack Army Medical Center—Fort Bragg, NC Construction began for homes at the following locations: o Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center—Houston, TX (third house) o Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center—Charleston, SC o Orlando VA Medical Center—FL

More than 5,000 Tickets booked with Hero Miles

104,473 Volunteer hours


o Keesler AFB Medical Center—Gulfport, MS (second house)




The Hero Miles program uses donated airline

The Hotels for Heroes program uses donated hotel


miles to bring loved ones to the bedside of

points to provide hotel rooms to families of the

Fisher House Foundation maintains powerful partnerships

wounded, injured and ill service members.

wounded, injured and ill service members who are

with the nation’s radio stations. One of our four programs

undergoing treatment at authorized medical centers

created in-house, Fisher House Foundation’s Memorial

when a Fisher House room is not available.

Day show for news/talk stations told the story of Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg, along with many other

2016 IMPACT: Tickets: 5,294 Cost savings to families: $6,084,929

heroes. It aired on 150 stations. Later in the year, more than 2016 IMPACT: Nights of lodging: 3,793


Cost savings to families: $667,650

Numbers of tickets booked: 66,008

Families served: 1373

Cost savings to families: $101,610,697 SINCE PROGRAM INCEPTION: AIRLINE PARTNERS: Alaska Airlines

Nights of lodging: 10,893 Cost savings to families: $1,733,592

Frontier Airlines United Airlines

mas programming with holiday songs and storytelling by host Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. The estimated value of the donated airtime for all four shows was more than $4.7 million. NEWS STORIES More than 15,500 news stories mentioned Fisher House Foundation in 2016. There were more than 30.9 billion views by individuals. All coverage was positive.

Families served: 3,576 Fisher House was fortunate this year to partner with AARP

American Airlines Delta Air Lines

100 leading country stations and iHeartRadio ran Christ-

to share stories, both online and in the newsletter. AddiHOTEL PARTNERS:

tionally, Bill O’Reilly held an online auction for hats that


then President Elect Donald Trump had signed, resulting in

Best Western Choice Hotels Hilton La Quinta Inns and Suites

$600,000 donated and untold visibility. Another big story in 2016 included President Barack Obama’s continued support to Fisher House Foundation. Foundation Chairman and CEO Ken Fisher was featured in Philanthropy News Digest, Military Times, The Real Deal Magazine.

Marriott Wyndham



SINCE 1990

305,000+ Families served in Fisher Houses


Disney World Resort. Ken Fisher was the Chairman and


CEO of Invictus Games Orlando—the only international

For the 6th year, Fisher House Foundation supported

adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill and injured

the Warrior Games, a weeklong competition in which

military personnel and veterans. The Games featured

more than 200 wounded, injured and ill service

500 athletes from 14 nations, and family and friends

members and veterans competed in Paralympic

who joined them to share in their recovery and

sports at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


Additionally, the Foundation provided Hero Miles flights to families of participating athletes, to ensure that they were able to attend the games. Fisher House is often present during a medical crisis, and we are

7 million+ Number of lodging days offered

honored to help bring families together during their triumphs as well.

SCHOLARSHIPS In its 16th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program awarded $1.4 million through 700 scholarships to sons and daughters of active, retired or reserve military members. The Heroes’ Legacy Program provided $1 million in grants to 200 children


of service members killed or severely disabled

Fisher House Foundation was a proud sponsor of the

since September 11, 2001. Fisher House Foundation

Invictus Games Orlando 2016, which took place at

contributed $200,000 to the National Military Family

ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt

Association (NMFA) for scholarships to military spouses. In addition to our own scholarship programs, Fisher

71 Number of Fisher Houses

House Foundation developed a new free online scholarship search engine that is now available on the Foundation’s website to help military families identify other scholarships, grants and resources to help fund their higher education.

$360 million+ Saved costs to families in lodging and transportation


Team USA athlete Ryan Pinney is surrounded by his family after track and field events during Invictus Games.




The 13th annual Fisher House Golf Classic was held

At Fisher House, we take pride in being fiscally

on May 2, 2016 at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA.

responsible with funds entrusted to us by thousands

Wounded warriors, Fisher House families and Medal

of donors each year. In 2016, 40% of Fisher House

of Honor recipients joined corporate VIPs on the golf

Foundation’s total revenue was donated by individuals.

course. The evening program included special remarks

With 7% awarded from the U.S. government, 52% was

by the Honorable Sloan Gibson, Deputy Secretary of

received from organizations and 18% from in-kind

Veterans Affairs and was emceed by Fisher House


Trustees, Dale Beatty and Kyra Phillips, also a CNN correspondent. More than $680,000 was raised


through the Golf Classic efforts. RADIOTHONS

In-Kind: 18%

Individuals: 40%

Fisher House Foundation’s radio partners once again TEAM FISHER HOUSE

moved thousands of listeners to donate by hosting

2016 marked Team Fisher House’s 11th year with 579

station radiothons, raising more than $1.2 million.

dedicated runners who raised funds and awareness

In addition, the radiothons provided Fisher House

for Fisher House Foundation. Marine Corps Marathon

significant public awareness for the program.

Foundation: 11%

runners raised $542,000 of the $700,000 raised by Team Fisher House.

Corporate: 13% Government: 7%

NGOs: 11%


ELIZABETH’S CIRCLE PRESIDENTIAL DONORS ($1,000,000 +) Anonymous Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Estate of Mariann W. Lyon Fisher House Charleston Fisher House Southern California, Inc. Fisher House Wisconsin

PLATINUM DONORS ($500,000 - $999,999) Delta Air Lines Dorothy H. Frisbie Irrevocable Trust Fund II Foundation Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. Nita K. Evans Charitable Trust

Zachary and his wife, Elizabeth, were the founders of the Fisher House program. The Foundation would

Reynolds Consumer Products United Health Foundation

like to recognize the many people and organizations that continue what Zachary and Elizabeth started by supporting our homes and programs during 2016. In addition to those listed, there were many more contributors who asked to remain anonymous—we send our heartfelt thanks to you, too.


GOLD DONORS ($100,000 - $499,999) 3M AT&T Alorica, Inc. Arnold J. & Ingrid Mjatveit Living Trust Thomas J. Axon James W. & Ruth B. Bossie Charitable Remainder Unitrust Capital One Services, LLC Cardinal Health Foundation Shirley E. Cobb Darlene G. Taylor Trust ESPN Corporate Citizenship Estate of Arlene G. Farr Estate of Charlotte Naomi Horblit

Estate of William P. Mihelcic Estate of Edith Jacqueline Norman Estate of Clarence O. Sauer Fred R. Fossek Michelle Fournier Friends of Arizona Fisher House Friends of the VA Puget Sound Fisher House Gavin Family Foundation Charitable Trust Jumping Mouse Foundation Kahlert Foundation, Inc. Kristen M. Lienemann Irrevocable Trust La Quinta Inns & Suites Lockheed Martin Corporation James McGinity Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. Newman’s Own Foundation S & K Sales Co. SAP Santa Barbara Foundation Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP Shell Oil Company William R. Shepard Shipley Foundation Eugene C. Sykes Tennessee Fisher House Foundation, Inc. The Genevieve Kubelius Trust The Roberta M. Ramey Living Trust The Stewart J. Rahr Foundation The Wohlers Family Foundation United Airlines Foundation USAA Foundation, Inc. James Volstad Wakefern Food Corporation—ShopRite LPGA Wargaming America Inc. World’s Largest Golf Outing operated by Billy Casper Golf

SILVER DONORS ($50,000-$99,999) 1687 Foundation Alice F. & Cortland J. Knipe Charitable Trust American Gift Fund Anonymous AUSA Aberdeen Chapter Biella Foundation Sandra Boyce Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation Carolyn Cleveland Elworthy Foundation Barbara Cleland Costco Wholesale DRS Technologies Inc. Trux & Durbin Emerson Estate of Teresa Bellew Fisher Brothers Foundation G&K Services Gilead Sciences Isidore C. & Penny W. Myers Foundation Endowment Fund Zora M. Kohutek Lamb Family Foundation Lockheed Martin—MS2—Integrated Defense Technologies Morningside Foundation Fund Motorola Solutions Foundation Oshkosh Corporation Victor Parachini Procter & Gamble Company Randi & Clifford Lane Foundation, Inc. Richard and Karen MacLeod Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Simcoe Trust Sons of the American Legion—Detachment of Florida Tee It Up for the Troops, Inc. The Kevin & Bean Show—KROQ Radio The North Star Foundation The Pantry, Inc.

The Wasily Family Foundation Trostrud Charitable Fund United Technologies PAC Wayne Duddlesten Foundation Leslie & Rita Wiener Wildflower Foundation, Inc. Winifred & William O’Reilly Foundation Richard Wood

PATRIOT DONORS ($25,000 - $49,999) 2003 Cubicciotti Revocable Trust 522 Foundation, Inc. AUSA Fort Monmouth Chapter Aaron’s and Employees American Legion Riders New Mexico Operation Wounded Warrior Anonymous (2) Avineon, Inc. Axiom Resource Management, Inc. Bennett Family Foundation Bergen Foundation Carol P. Crist Delta Resources, Inc. Dorothy D. Smith Charitable Foundation EcoMedia—A CBS Company Kim Elle Estate of Abie Werth Marie Evans John Faloon Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange Stephanie & Lawrence Flinn Florence Nightingale Charitable Fund Harlan Family Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation Harold Berkman Memorial Fund, Inc. ISEC Foundation John R. Keiper Jr. Living Trust

Legal and General America and employees Linda J. Antonelli Foundation Linden Root Dickinson Foundation Malkin Fund, Inc. Michael V. Janes NonGrantor Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Nersi & Maria Nazari Newman’s Own, Inc. Jack & Joan Nickert Noah Mitchell Trust Northwestern University on behalf of Karl W. Eikenberry James Ogle O’Shea Family Foundation Overseas Service Corporation Patriot Health Alliance, LLC Picrow Streaming, Inc. Premium Lawn & Landscape ReSound North America Scoob Trust Foundation Robert David Segal Shickman Family Foundation William Shufflebotham SpartanNash Foundation Christopher Spathelf Patricia A.S. Stenzel Superfeet Worldwide, Inc. Sutter Health The Glenn and Janice McCoy Family Foundation The Mark P. Norman Charitable Lead Annuity Trust The McCartney Family Charitable Remainder Trust The Safeway Foundation United Health Group—Employee Giving Campaign Veterans United Foundation Warner Bros. Entertainment Ronald T. Williams Yahoo! Employee Foundation




Donated Goods, Services & Media Time


Investment Income Total Support & Revenue

362,017 62,792,377

EXPENSES Program Expenses Management & General

66,001,514 2,683,494

Fundraising 2,881,656 Total Expenses


Change in Net Assets


NET ASSETS Beginning of 2016 End of 2016

89,164,340 $80,390,053

For the 13th 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

Crystal Fisher

Nancy Edelman Vice Chairman

“Ranger” Mark Jones

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

Cecily M. Carson Lieutenant General John A. Dubia, USA (Ret.) Tammy Fisher Barbara Gentry Lieutenant General Charles S. Mahan, USA (Ret.) David J. McIntyre, Jr. Bruce Mosler Erin Moseley General Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret.) Mary Jo Myers A. Jack Nickert Lynne Pace Kyra Phillips Suzie Schwartz Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele, USMC (Ret.) General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.) Denzel Washington Pauletta Washington Gail Berry West Montel Williams

FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP 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 Initiatives Denise Dolan Chief Advancement Officer James Weiskopf Vice President, Consultant


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