Initially focused on direct service, IADIF’s earliest grants invested in national organizations and small grassroots groups alike, funding programs and services in financial aid, counseling, scholarships, health care, employment, housing and more. Recognizing the need for a more systemic impact, IADIF later supported research, public awareness and advocacy campaigns.
In only three years, the fund fundamentally reshaped the entire landscape of services for a new generation of warriors, veterans and their families.
In addition, CCF was able to achieve these results in a cost efficient manner, with costs per year of less than 0.5 percent of the fund since IADIF’s inception. IADIF was invested in CCF’s conservative, short-term pool and the investment gains more than offset the costs. This means that IADIF was able to convert 100 percent of the contributions received to its grantmaking efforts to effect change for the target population.
When IADIF first started making grants, the field for support for servicemembers, veterans and families affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was quite small and not very developed. Now, thanks to the visionary leadership of nonprofits nationwide, many of those affected are getting financial, medical, psychological and social support. The need is still growing, however, and everyone’s support is needed.
In all, IADIF has made grants to 53 organizations across the United States. Download the full list of IADIF grantees.
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Servicemembers, families, veterans and others affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are in every community, and need the support of all of us in one way or another. Here are just a few suggestions for how to get involved:
Learn more about current affairs and the effect of war on servicemembers, veterans and their families through these reports: