Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

by Steve

How would you rate the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund?


The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund ( was established in May 2004 by a Marine wife whose husband was deployed to Iraq. As a nurse at the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital, Karen Guenther saw first hand the needs of those returning from battle. She brought together a group of Marine Corps spouses with diverse backgrounds to implement a plan to provide financial grants to post-9/11 injured Marines, Sailors, and service members injured while assigned to Marine forces, and their families, during their difficult road to recovery.

Their mission? To serve those who preserve our freedom.

Charity Navigator reports: "The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund provides financial aid and quality of life solutions to: marines and sailors as well as members of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard who have served in support of Marine forces, when they become injured in post 9/11 combat or training, and their families; help defray the expenses incurred during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery; assist with the expenses associated with the purchase of specialized equipment, adaptive vehicles and home modifications; and educate the public about the special needs of our wounded service
members and their families."

Charity Navigator gives Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund a 4-star rating (their highest), which means the charity is "exceptional" and "exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause."

For its fiscal year ended in June 2009, the Semper Fi Fund reported total revenue of $9,555,589. Of total functional expenses, 94.2% went to program expenses ($9.7M), 3.5% to administrative expenses ($369K), and 2.1% to fundraising expenses ($219K).

Charity Navigator also reported that Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund spent only 2 cents to raise each dollar, which is outstanding.

Since its inception in 2004, IMSFF has given out grants to service members and their families totaling $37 million. Notice those are grants which do not have to be repaid.

According to the IMSFF web site, it recently received an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.

We think you can be confident that money donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund will be used for the benefit of America's veterans, with a minimum going to administrative and fundraising expenses.

Just goes to show, Marine wives are as inspiring and efficient as their husbands. They, too, get the job done, and done well.

Semper Fi.

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