Philanthropies Pledge $102M for Military Families

First Lady Michelle Obama last week announced a $102 million philanthropic initiative to support military families over the next five years.

The Veterans Philanthropy Exchange will allow participants to share best practices, create new resources and recruit even more donors, Obama said from the Washington headquarters of the Red Cross.

The first lady thanked the Council on Foundations and the four main organizers of the effort — the McCormick Foundation, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Blue Shield of California Foundation and the Lincoln Community Foundation, reported American Forces Press Service.

Obama urged additional donors and philanthropic institutions to join the effort so that “we can fully support all those wonderful nonprofits and community groups that do such wonderful work for our military families every day.”

The announcement came as “Joining Forces,” the initiative Obama and Jill Biden launched three years ago to mobilize all sectors of American society to support service members and their families, celebrates its third anniversary.

“It’s going to take all of us as neighbors and as citizens to understand who the military families are in our own communities, because there will never be enough organizations or institutions to reach every single military family,” Obama said.


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