The Patriots Initiative in Rancho Santa Fe announces release of ‘The Directory’


The Patriots Initiative has released The Directory, a milestone event for philanthropic donors that changes the way charitable support will be directed to assist America’s armed forces members.

image006Today, The Directory reflects a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of nonprofits serving the needs of armed forces members, wounded and fallen, veterans and their families by carefully evaluating and identifying the finest agencies performing at the most efficient, effective and transparent levels. Donors can now be confident their gifts will be impactful, as The Directory’s recognized nonprofits include only those organizations that have engaged in “best practices” and have proven themselves to be the preeminent, most reliable service providers.

“This is a true game-changer. Donors have long struggled to sort through the maze of well-intentioned nonprofits to find the most effective, worthwhile ones that exist to help our nation’s armed forces families. The Patriots Initiative saw the critical need to simplify this process for donors,” said Chuck Yash, past chair of The RSF Foundation and current TPI advisory board member.

To qualify for The Directory, each nonprofit has undergone a thorough, multi-level evaluation during the past 12 months by TPI to confirm their capabilities, expertise and effectiveness by focusing on eight criteria, including:

• Financial Condition

• Efficiency (percentage of costs directed to programs, not overhead/marketing)

• Transparency, Accountability, Governance

• Legal and Organizational Status

• Measuring Effectiveness

Hundreds of local, regional and national nonprofits known to TPI were considered, yet only 95 of them scored well enough to qualify for recognition in The Directory.

“It’s an exhaustive, thorough examination. We’ve worked with many of these organizations over the years, and have developed unique insights into their capabilities, performances and future potentials, ” said Debbie Anderson, programs manager, The Patriots Initiative.

The Directory can be viewed on TPI’s website at

The Patriots Initiative is The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation’s focused outreach program for inspired giving by its donors supporting American armed forces’ needs. It has established itself since 2008 as a recognized clearinghouse for knowledge, facts and philanthropic resources supporting the nation’s military families and veterans, alike. Reflecting the dynamic nature of this field of interest, TPI will routinely update The Directory as new programs and unique causes arise locally, regionally and nationally, or as agency reevaluations need to occur.

“So many military- focused nonprofits exist today that learning about the effectiveness of each and every one could take months of research. That kind of highly fragmented marketplace dampens donor confidence and causes paralysis for philanthropy. Finally, The Patriots Initiative has presented the solution and The Directory will be the most reliable, complete and authoritative listing of the very best nonprofits – regardless of their size or location – performing services to assist the military community,” said Greg Hillgren, TPI’s chairman and past-chair of the RSF Foundation.

Beginning today, donors who want to support America’s military service members, wounded and fallen, veterans and their families can now confidently do so simply by making their fully tax-deductible gifts directly to The Patriots Initiative at the RSF Foundation.

When philanthropists join or donate through TPI …

• 100 percent of their gift will directly support only those programs qualifying for The Directory. Donors may designate their gifts to specific nonprofits or to any of three TPI Funds…

• TPI Discretionary Fund

• TPI Armed Services Family Support Fund

• TPI Wounded and Fallen Warriors Fund

• All contributions to The Patriots Initiative are tax deductible.

• TPI recognizes every donor by name, or respects anonymity, as preferred. Every TPI donor is always personally thanked for their thoughtful support.

• TPI follows up to insure donations are invested as intended and keeps its donors informed.

The Patriots Initiative also serves as a clearinghouse of information and assistance for ‘Warriors in Transition’… those armed forces members who are seeking to move into the private sector for jobs or education and training at the completion of their service to the nation.

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