FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION, INC. 2016 ANNUAL REPORT
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)
HOTELS FOR HEROES
TELLING OUR STORY
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
SINCE PROGRAM INCEPTION:
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.
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.
FISHER HOUSE GOLF CLASSIC
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
2016 CONSTITUENT SUPPORT
through the Golf Classic efforts. RADIOTHONS
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.
runners raised $542,000 of the $700,000 raised by Team Fisher House.
Corporate: 13% Government: 7%
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 Amazon.com 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
FINANCIAL STATEMENT EXCERPT REVENUE & EXPENSES JANUARY, 1, 2016â€”DECEMBER 31, 2016 SUPPORT & REVENUE Contributions $47,931,043 Special Events
Donated Goods, Services & Media Time
Investment Income Total Support & Revenue
EXPENSES Program Expenses Management & General
Fundraising 2,881,656 Total Expenses
Change in Net Assets
NET ASSETS Beginning of 2016 End of 2016
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.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOUNDERS
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
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
Fisher House Foundation, Inc. 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850 (888) 294-8560 firstname.lastname@example.org