Friday, December 18, 2015

Team Hope For The Warriors Newsletter: December

Great news! Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the fifth year in a row, putting us at the top 5% of rated nonprofits! Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.

Hope For The Warriors® would like to thank Team Hope For The Warriors® Members for their support! This rating is a testament to Hope For The Warriors® meticulous fiscal responsibility and accountability, letting our donors know their support is an exceptional investment in the future of our military families.

For more information on the transparency of Hope For The Warriors® financials, visit

Give HOPE for the Holidays

Here at Hope For The Warriors®, we focus on giving the gift of HOPE throughout the year. But this month, we’re offering something special to our supporters.

When you make a donation to Hope For The Warriors® in a friend’s or loved one’s name, they’ll receive a holiday card acknowledging that a gift—one that restores self, family, and hope to military families—was made in their honor.

Current 2016 Team Hope For The Warriors® Schedule: Stay tuned as more races get added to our 2016 calendar

May 1, 2016— Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K
Site coming soon!

July 24, 2016— 2016 Panasonic NYC Tri

Hope For The Warriors® Conquer The Canyon®: May 5-8, 2016

As popular as the Grand Canyon is, hiking it is rare—less than 1% of visitors ever set foot on any trails. Join Hope For The Warriors® on a multi-day guided adventure in Arizona to Conquer The Canyon®! All funds raised will support Hope For The Warriors® programs which assist combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen.

Hope For The Warriors® will sponsor 20 service members, veterans, and caregivers to participate in the hike. Hope For The Warriors® Clinical Health & Wellness and Sports & Recreation staff members will raise their own funds and attend the hike in a supportive role, working with the sponsored veterans, service members, and caregivers. Other participants are required to meet a fundraising goal of $4,500 and provide their own transportation to and from Arizona. Registration is open here:

This trip is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for any adventurer!

Fundraising Tip:
Share with your supporters that Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the fifth year in a row, putting us at the top 5% of rated nonprofits! Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits. This will help reassure your donors that their money is going to an organization that is serious about using donor dollars responsibly.

Training Tip:
This article from Active highlights tips for an effective long run:

Team Member Corner: Lesley Schofield

In 2014, Lesley signed up for the Long Island Run For The Warriors® 10K. She was moved and humbled when she saw all that Hope For The Warriors® does for the community and military families. Lesley also competes in a lot of endurance events, so when she learned more about Team Hope For The Warriors® she immediately signed up to give a purpose and meaning to all of the events she competes in. Lesley has completed the New York City Half Marathon, Marine Corps Half Marathon, and Marine Corps Marathon on the Team. She also has run the West Point Half, New Jersey Half, and Arizona Fiesta Bowl Half all in her Team jersey.  

“When I wear my Hope jersey I feel so inspired. When I am tired, fatigued, or want to give up I just think about our brave soldiers and what they go through and sacrifice—that gives me the push to keep going,” said Lesley. “I love the warm camaraderie with the team and am so honored to be a part of it.”

Hope For The Warriors® would like to thank Lesley for her commitment to the Team and for wearing her jersey with pride!

Program Information:

A Warrior’s Wish®:
This year, Hope For The Warriors® will grant 11 wishes to support service members, veterans, and military families. The nature of these Wishes will vary in scope from business, fitness, financial, and outdoor-related. The enrichment process will continue long after the Wish is granted to promote stability within the lives of these heroes and their families. As the Wishes are granted we will share the stories in the upcoming newsletters. Learn more about A Warriors Wish

For more information please contact Steve Barto at

Rock ‘n’ Roll Series:
The Rock ‘n’ Roll race series has teamed up with everydayhero as their official fundraising platform. You can now run in any Rock ‘n’ Roll event and raise funds for Hope For The Warriors! Beginning March 1st, every race participant will be asked if they want to fundraise on behalf of their favorite cause during the race registration process. When you register and are asked to choose your charity, pick Hope For The Warriors® and you will automatically be given a Rock ‘n’ Roll everydayhero fundraising page!  

Run For The Warriors®:
Stay tuned for the 2016 Run For The Warriors® Race Series schedule,

Representing the Team:
Be sure to shoot us an email with your race schedule and where you will be wearing your Team jersey. Each time you wear your jersey, you help our mission to restore self, family, and hope. Feel free to share photos and special stories too!

Important Links For Social Media:
Twitter When you tweet be sure to use #TeamH4W

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