Kathy Johnson via Crowdrise
March 21, 2011
BENEFITING: FREEDOM IS NOT FREE INC
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2011
We're running the LA Marathon on March 20th, and LA 5K on March 19 to raise funds and awareness for FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE is a 401(c)(3) non-profit that helps Purple Heart recipients and their families.
A Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the armed forces (including the Coast Guard) who is killed or wounded in action.
The logo is the silhouette of what is generally called a 'battlefield cross' — and, more recently, a 'fallen soldier’s cross' — which includes the fallen soldier's boots, gun, helmet and dog tag.
Why FREEDOM IS NOT FREE was established
The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the military efforts in Afghanistan made headlines from the start in 2001. However, by 2005, casualty reports were barely making the news.
While the public had settled back into the routine of daily life, in Iraq and Afghanistan, injuries and fatalities were mounting daily. It was precisely this disparity that motivated David Dominguez, a San Diego entrepreneur, to establish FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. The name he chose for the non-profit gave expression to his sentiment that the brave men and women serving in the military, and their families, were shouldering the price, and all too often the ultimate price, for the freedoms that we all enjoy. David enlisted his long-time friend, Purple Heart recipient, and Vietnam veteran Carl Frank in the foundation of this non-profit. Together they began to frame the FREEDOM IS NOT FREE philosophy, ultimately formulating the mission statement under which the organization has labored since its establishment:
"Aiding wounded troops, their families and the families of the fatally wounded"
The mission epitomizes the founders’ belief that the injury or loss of a hero has a far broader effect than the specific individual. They wanted to create a safe environment where supporters would feel confident that their donations were actually going to help those most in need.
Dominguez and Frank established the organization with special emphasis on financial checks and balances. They deliberated at great length on the importance of a transparent model for the allocation of funds to the most worthy recipients. This requisite led to the establishment of the Purple Heart Board. They assembled a group of carefully selected, highly committed veteran and active duty Purple Heart recipients and their relatives to serve as "gatekeepers." The Board, made up of "those who have been there," determines how the funds raised by Freedom Is Not Free are allocated in order to respond to the innumerable number of requests received.
Freedom Is Not Free is an a-political, non-partisan 501(C)(3) non-profit organization registered with the Registry of Charitable Trusts. Freedom Is Not Free’s programs and grants are made possible solely by the generous support of donors. Freedom Is Not Free receives no federal, state or governmental support or funding.