Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I get involved with Foundation? 

A: We are proud to have a staff that works diligently to ensure that the Foundation is doing the best work possible. While there isn’t a consistent need for volunteers, there are a few times during the year when we could use extra hands. We’re always happy to connect with people who are equally dedicated to and passionate about our mission. Please contact us for more information or visit our Get Involved page.


Q: What is Bob Woodruff’s relationship with the Foundation?

A: Bob Woodruff is the spirit behind the Foundation, and his resilience and perseverance over adversity guides our efforts. However, he is not involved in the Foundation’s day-to-day activities, nor is he a member of the all-volunteer board of directors who oversees governance of the Foundation.  The board is comprised of an impressive team of leaders in business, government, and military. Our executive director, Anne Marie Dougherty, leads the daily activities of the Foundation.


Q: Is the Bob Woodruff Foundation affiliated with ABC News or The Walt Disney Company?

A: No. The Bob Woodruff Foundation is not affiliated in any way with ABC News or Disney. However, the Woodruffs and the Foundation continue to owe them gratitude for the wonderful care and support they provided Bob Woodruff during his recovery, and for their encouragement that he return to his successful journalism career.


Q: How is Bob’s health?

A: Bob has had a long and miraculous recovery from his wounds, thanks to extraordinary treatment through the Department of Defense as well as state-of-the-art civilian medical treatment facilities. He is back to work as a journalist, working for ABC News and reporting on many topics, including the experiences of America’s service members and veterans.


Q: Aren’t you a family foundation?

A: No. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded by award-winning television anchor and reporter Bob Woodruff and his family after his injury in Iraq. Today, we are an independent, 501(c)3 focused on helping our nation’s injured veterans, service members, families, and care givers. An independent board, advisory group and executive director govern the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Bob Woodruff is not involved in the Foundation’s day-to-day activities.


Q: Does the Bob Woodruff Foundation have chapters?

A: No, as we are not a membership organization. But through our investments, we support national and community programs that help veterans, service members and their families, reaching virtually every state in the country. You can see our Fall 2016 grants by clicking here.


Q: Why shouldn’t people just give to these organizations directly?

A: Because of our partnerships in communities across the country, and our place at the center of the national dialogue on the issues, we are able to identify best practice programs that are serving the myriad needs of wounded, ill, and injured post-9/11 service members, veterans, families, and caregivers right in their communities. Our expertise helps us recognize when the need of the population, or the capabilities of the service organizations are shifting, so that we always address the most current needs. And our connection with service providers all over the country helps ensure that they collaborate to reduce redundancy and to learn from one another. Additionally, we are able to continue to monitor and shape the organizations we do fund to ensure quality and transparency.


Q: Are you a lobbying group?

A: The Bob Woodruff Foundation is not a lobbying group. We believe our country should ensure that our heroes receive the necessary support and assistance to reintegrate successfully into society. But we also believe the government and private sector must work together in this effort. We’re collaborating with others to identify challenges, launch new programs that serve unmet needs, and improve existing programs. In this way we help fill gaps and address shortcomings.


Q: Are you affiliated with any political party or point of view?

A: The Bob Woodruff Foundation is nonpartisan and nonpolitical. Our concern is the well being of our injured post-9/11 service members, veterans, and their families.


Q: How many service members have sustained hidden injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan?

A: It is estimated that 10-20% of post-9/11 veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress (PTS), and 340,000 have experienced a probable traumatic brain injury (TBI).


Q: I am a veteran, or know a veteran, who needs immediate help.  Who can I call?

A: We recommend that you utilize the Veterans Crisis Line. According to their website, “The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.” There are also resources available via your local Vet Center, which may be located by clicking here.


Q: Do you provide personal financial assistance to individual service members?

A: As a general rule we do not provide individual assistance grants. We invest in organizations that provide all kinds of support to post-9/11 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. The only personal financial assistance the Bob Woodruff Foundation provides is to help cover unreimbursed costs of fertility treatment for veterans, and defraying the cost for invited veterans, service members, and families to attend our sponsored events.


Q: I know a great local organization. How can I help get them funding?

A: The Bob Woodruff Foundation is always interested in learning about new programs that serve the post-9/11 wounded, ill, or injured population. We invest in groups that demonstrate fiscal responsibility, best practices, measured effectiveness, and a willingness to collaborate. The Foundation determines grants through a bi-annual competitive process. For more information on the application process, please visit our grants page.


Q: How do I know you use donations responsibly?

A: We redeploy about 9 of every 10 dollars we raise to solve urgent local needs and educate the public. We also encourage the most successful programs to collaborate, share resources and replicate success, extending the impact of our investments. We have earned an Accredited Charity Seal with the Better Business Bureau and a Platinum Seal from GuideStar. Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, awarded Bob Woodruff Foundation four out of a possible four stars. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Bob Woodruff Foundation adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. You can learn more by reviewing our four star rating here.


Q: Where should I go to find information about your financials or copies of your annual reports?

A: We’re committed to maintaining the highest standards of accountability and effectiveness. Please visit our financials page to see our most recent financial documents.


Q: How can I get tickets to Stand Up for Heroes? 

A: We announce the tickets on-sale date in late spring. Generally, tickets are available for purchase 6-8 weeks before the event. Please visit our Stand Up for Heroes webpage for more information, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when tickets are released!


Q: How much of my Stand Up for Heroes ticket purchase is tax-deductible?

A: We have estimated the Stand Up for Heroes ticket value to be $100.00, based on an average of the sale of comparable items. Please consult with your tax professional to determine the tax-deductible portion of your contribution.


Q: What is your EIN/Tax Identification Number?

A: 26-1441650


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