Yellow Ribbon Fund

Bethesda, MD • Yellow Ribbon Fund was established in February 2005 to serve our injured service members as they returned home from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Yellow Ribbon Fund


Yellow Ribbon Fund is a nonprofit focused on fundraising related to philanthropy, voluntarism and grantmaking. With $1.9m in revenue and 18 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 2006, Yellow Ribbon Fund is headquartered in Bethesda, MD. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 87% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $1.7m.

This profile was created with publicly available data obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and the nonprofit organization’s website. ALMA has no affiliation with this organization and has not independently verified this information or otherwise vetted the charity.

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Responsibly provide high-touch support for wounded, ill, and injured American service members and their families and caregivers to fill gaps throughout recovery and reintegration to home communities, through an engaged national network.

Crossroads Program

$294k annual program spend • Provides housing and transportation to families of wounded, ill, and injured post 9/11 service members receiving extended medical care and/or rehabilitation at local military or Veterans Administration hospitals in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. YRF provides free rental cars, hotel stays, and fully-furnished apartments to keep families together during the recovery process. During fiscal year 2019, YRF provided 80 rental cars free of charge and deeply discounted to YRF thanks to the generosity of one of our donors. YRF maintained 8 apartments for families with extended rehabilitation stays in the Washington DC area. YRF also paid for 1,542 hotel stays for families visiting their service member at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Keystone Program

$830k annual program spend • From its beginning, YRF has paid special attention to the needs of military caregivers. Through this program, YRF provides military caregivers sanctuary, skills, and stability through monthly respite and social events, and educational and life skills training. At the end of FY 2019, we had five coordinators serving around 1,000 caregivers in five locations across the country with plans to add more locations as resources allow. The Keystone Program also works with donors to provide retreats to caregivers to provide a break from their caregiving duties, to provide training and life skills, to encourage wellness, and to provide bonding and networking with those in similar circumstances. In FY 2019, the Keystone Program provided retreats to more than 20 caregivers. YRF also has partnered with Military Bowl to provide rehabilitating and caregiver respite activities in a beautiful retreat setting on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay at Patriot Point.

Engagement Program

$333k annual program spend • YRF engages patients recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda MD and helps them escape from the monotony of hospital life by hosting on-base events like holiday parties and barbecues and off-base activities such as trips to local sporting and cultural events in the Washington, DC area.

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Your contribution will help the Yellow Ribbon Fund continue to meet the varied and changing needs of wounded, ill and injured service members while they are recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and as they transition to civilian life.  YRF’s Crossroads Program provides free fully-furnished apartments, hotel stays and rental cars for visiting family members and patients returning for medical treatment; YRF’s Keystone Program offers respite, peer-to-peer support and networking activities as well as life-skills training for caregivers; social gatherings and off-base trips to DC area cultural and sporting events so families can enjoy much-needed breaks from hospital life. 

Free rental cars provide independence during recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, both in the Washington, DC area.

Free hotel stays allow out-of-town relatives and guests to visit service members in the hospital

Free fully-furnished apartment stays keep families together during recovery.

Stress-relieving activities & outings for mutual support help family caregivers stay strong.

Family-oriented activities in the DC area nurture relationships in a stressful time.

More than 80 events, outings, & tours each year...

1000s of free tickets to sporting and cultural events...and the playground & BBQ patio we built on the hospital grounds…all build confidence and offer a break from hospital life.

Education & career guidance, networking & job shadowing help injured veterans build new lives.

Career & education mentoring enable their caregivers to overcome years-long gaps in their resumes that occur while caregiving.

Our partnerships provide free travel, hunting and fishing trips, welcome baskets, and holiday presents for military families.

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