Our Foundation - Bob Woodruff Foundation

Our Foundation’s Mission

We invite you to stand up for heroes so that we can find, fund, shape, and accelerate equitable solutions that help our impacted veterans, service members, their families, and their caregivers thrive.

The Bob and Lee Woodruff Story

Fifteen years ago, the Woodruffs seemed to have it all. But when Bob’s armored vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq, life changed in an instant.

Bob was reporting on the transfer of power between U.S. and Iraqi security forces for ABC’s “World News Tonight,” Jan. 29, 2006, when he sustained his life-threatening traumatic brain injury. Lee was on vacation with their children when she received the call — and was soon thrust into the role of caregiver. Thanks to the quick actions of brave soldiers, medics, and military medical professionals, Bob’s life was saved. Within a few days, he was brought to the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md.

There, Bob spent 36 days in a medically-induced coma, and Lee got to know the families of service members dealing with the impact of hidden injuries such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression.

As Bob recovered, the experience inspired their family to do one thing: Ensure that our nation’s impacted veterans, service members, and their families have access to the highest level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. That wish became our mission. Today the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of our government, ensuring that our veterans are thriving long after they return home.

Our 2022 Focal Areas

  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Employment
  • Legal Support
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Community Building

Impact Stories

See how our mission has directly and indirectly impacted veterans and their families, helping them thrive after service.

“The Hardest Part Was Accepting Help”
Carlos was wounded in Mogadishu in 1993, rendering him infertile. After spending tens of thousands of dollars on fertility treatment, he and his wife Nicky got in contact with VIVA… Read More
For One Army Couple, a New Mission: Find a Surrogate
Army couple Jennifer and Alexander Strauch are ready to find a surrogate and start a family, after Jennifer underwent a life-changing surgery at 23.
To expand their family, high school sweethearts overcome exceptional odds
Overcoming enormous odds, the Hanna family was able to welcome Baby Rudy in May 2022, with the help of VIVA.
“She Was Meant To Be Ours”
Most new parents would rather forget the lack of sleep that comes with welcoming a newborn. That’s not the case for USMC veteran Jackson Smith, who cherishes every single second… Read More
It’s Almost Here: Got Your 6 VetFest Coming July 9!
Bob Woodruff Foundation has planned a night of great entertainment and great opportunities to learn more about how to stand up for our heroes in the community.
Miami Dolphins join Bob Woodruff Foundation and partners for veterans food distribution
Through our NFL-BWF partnership, the Bob Woodruff Foundation funded Volunteers of America of Florida to provide a food drive in Miami, Florida for veterans and their families.
Month of the Military Child: Resources to Support MilKids and Their Families
It’s often said that the whole family serves. The stress of deployments, new PCS orders, and concerns about safety can weigh heavily on all family members. That’s why the Bob… Read More
Combatting Veteran Homelessness with U.S.VETS
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges and gaps in services that contribute to veteran homelessness and housing insecurity.

The Got Your 6 Network

National Reach. Local Impact.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation’s Got Your 6 Network includes our best-in-class grantees and our national network of locally-based collaboratives of community veterans’ organizations. With partners across the country, our growing network reaches millions of veterans and their families where they live and work.

Our Ongoing Initiatives

With our continuing efforts in veteran fertility assistance, scientific research partnerships, and employments collaboration, we identify, pursue and champion those areas of need that are most critical to the population we serve.

Our Ongoing Initiatives

With our continuing efforts in veteran fertility assistance, scientific research partnerships, and employments collaboration, we identify, pursue and champion those areas of need that are most critical to the population we serve.

The BWF Team

Bob Woodruff Foundation is led by a distinguished group of leaders from diverse areas of influence, including defense, media, healthcare, philanthropy, business, and government.

Anne Marie Dougherty

Chief Executive Officer

Anne Marie Dougherty is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an award-winning marketer, industry thought-leader, and passionate champion for our nation’s veterans and their families. Under her dynamic approach to leadership and management, the foundation has grown from a small regional organization to a top-tier, nationally recognized brand and market leader. Dougherty has disrupted the traditional fundraising approach, leveraging metrics, relationships, and results to maximize the foundation’s $80 million investment impact. She utilizes an entrepreneurial approach in moving the foundation forward and establishing a standard of excellence that permeates the entire organization.

Since she took on the role in 2011, Dougherty transformed the foundation’s annual Stand Up for Heroes event into a sustainable business model and growth engine that has raised over $66 million. Dougherty has also broken new ground in both programming and partnerships, establishing the foundation as an innovative hub for collaboration among partners ranging from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Football League, the Embassy of the State of Qatar to The Royal Foundation in the United Kingdom.

Dougherty was named The Nonprofit Times and American Marketing Association “Nonprofit Marketer of the Year” in 2012 and has received multiple awards on behalf of the Foundation’s industry-leading impact. Dougherty is a Leadership Council member of Nationswell, a member of the Board of Directors for the UN Women for Peace Association, and has appeared on a range of broadcast outlets including ESPN, Cheddar TV, Fox News, MSNBC to discuss the Foundation’s work, and has been featured in articles in USA Today, CBS News, Forbes, TIME Magazine, the Military Times, and has been a keynote speaker at industry events on topics including veterans, military families, high impact grantmaking, philanthropy, and women in leadership.

The BWF Team

Bob Woodruff Foundation is led by a distinguished group of leaders from diverse areas of influence, including defense, media, healthcare, philanthropy, business, and government.

Anne Marie Dougherty

Chief Executive Officer

Anne Marie Dougherty is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an award-winning marketer, industry thought-leader, and passionate champion for our nation’s veterans and their families. Under her dynamic approach to leadership and management, the foundation has grown from a small regional organization to a top-tier, nationally recognized brand and market leader. Dougherty has disrupted the traditional fundraising approach, leveraging metrics, relationships, and results to maximize the foundation’s $80 million investment impact. She utilizes an entrepreneurial approach in moving the foundation forward and establishing a standard of excellence that permeates the entire organization.

Since she took on the role in 2011, Dougherty transformed the foundation’s annual Stand Up for Heroes event into a sustainable business model and growth engine that has raised over $66 million. Dougherty has also broken new ground in both programming and partnerships, establishing the foundation as an innovative hub for collaboration among partners ranging from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Football League, the Embassy of the State of Qatar to The Royal Foundation in the United Kingdom.

Dougherty was named The Nonprofit Times and American Marketing Association “Nonprofit Marketer of the Year” in 2012 and has received multiple awards on behalf of the Foundation’s industry-leading impact. Dougherty is a Leadership Council member of Nationswell, a member of the Board of Directors for the UN Women for Peace Association, and has appeared on a range of broadcast outlets including ESPN, Cheddar TV, Fox News, MSNBC to discuss the Foundation’s work, and has been featured in articles in USA Today, CBS News, Forbes, TIME Magazine, the Military Times, and has been a keynote speaker at industry events on topics including veterans, military families, high impact grantmaking, philanthropy, and women in leadership.

We Pride Ourselves on Transparency

Transparency is where confidence begins, the foundation of trust, where problem-solving starts.
– General Martin Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired; Bob Woodruff Foundation Board Member

As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Bob Woodruff Foundation relies upon the support of generous donors to fulfill our mission and we hold ourselves to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.

Bob Woodruff Foundation 501(c)(3) Letter
Top-Rated Charity

Our Core Commitments

  • We will pursue ways to provide service members and their families with equitable access to the same quality of support through their recovery that Bob Woodruff and his family received.
  • We are committed to meeting veteran needs no matter how intractable a problem seems – if a solution doesn’t exist, we will create one.
  • We will remain steadfast in our enduring commitment to meet veteran needs, over time, and as they evolve, through the most impactful and effective programs.
  • We will devote as much diligence to how we raise funds as we do to how we allocate them, maintaining the highest commitment to transparency and the highest standards for stewarding the funds entrusted to us.
  • We will maintain industry-leading subject matter expertise on veterans’ needs and the programs that support them – with a continuing reliance on data and input from every level, local to national.
  • We will share our expertise to help do more good for more veterans.
  • We will emulate the generosity of spirit that our founders and military families demonstrate each day.

Press Room

Keep up with the latest news and announcements in our drive to make life better for our veterans.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation Publishes Comprehensive Study on Veterans’ Needs Nationwide
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) announced today the publication of “Got Your 6 Network: Quantifying and Addressing Veterans’ Needs,” a new white paper quantifying veterans’ needs and the capacities of… Read More
Bob Woodruff Foundation Invests $1.7M In Health and Wellbeing of Veterans, Caregivers, and Military Families
Today, the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) announced an investment of $1.7 million in grants to 18 best-in-class organizations that are providing programs and services to veterans, caregivers, and military families.… Read More
Pendleton Whisky Honors Veterans From the United States Armed Forces with Limited Edition Bottle Release
Pendleton Whisky continues a strong tradition of celebrating veterans with a limited-edition military bottle released on Armed Forces Day and a $100,000 donation to the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Top veteran-serving organizations in NYC invited to join ‘Got Your 6 Summit’, solutions-focused convening on veterans issues
The Bob Woodruff Foundation, in partnership with the New York City Department of Veteran Services (DVS) and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, will host the first Got Your 6 Summit in NYC… Read More
Got Your 6 VetFest Brings Country Stars, Local Veteran Services Together to Celebrate Nashville Veterans
The Bob Woodruff Foundation will present the Got Your 6 VetFest at the Loveless Barn in Nashville on July 9th, 2022. This family-friendly event for the local military/veteran community will… Read More
Bob Woodruff Foundation Receives Historic Gift to Benefit America’s Heroes
The Bob Woodruff Foundation announced receipt of the organization’s largest single gift to date – $15 million – from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to accelerate the impact and resources available for… Read More
Craig Newmark Philanthropies Announces $2.95M Grant to Expand National Support for Veterans
NEW YORK, February 28, 2022 — Today, Craig Newmark Philanthropies announced a generous $2.95 million grant to the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to strengthen the Foundation’s Got Your 6 Network.… Read More
PeopleTV sat down with Bob and Lee Woodruff to reflect on his 16th Alive Day
Hear from our co-founders as they look back at 1/29/06, the day Bob survived an IED blast that became the catalyst for our mission to help service members, veterans, their… Read More

Press Room

Keep up with the latest news and announcements in our drive to make life better for our veterans.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation Publishes Comprehensive Study on Veterans’ Needs Nationwide
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) announced today the publication of “Got Your 6 Network: Quantifying and Addressing Veterans’ Needs,” a new white paper quantifying veterans’ needs and the capacities of… Read More
Bob Woodruff Foundation Invests $1.7M In Health and Wellbeing of Veterans, Caregivers, and Military Families
Today, the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) announced an investment of $1.7 million in grants to 18 best-in-class organizations that are providing programs and services to veterans, caregivers, and military families.… Read More
Pendleton Whisky Honors Veterans From the United States Armed Forces with Limited Edition Bottle Release
Pendleton Whisky continues a strong tradition of celebrating veterans with a limited-edition military bottle released on Armed Forces Day and a $100,000 donation to the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Top veteran-serving organizations in NYC invited to join ‘Got Your 6 Summit’, solutions-focused convening on veterans issues
The Bob Woodruff Foundation, in partnership with the New York City Department of Veteran Services (DVS) and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, will host the first Got Your 6 Summit in NYC… Read More
Got Your 6 VetFest Brings Country Stars, Local Veteran Services Together to Celebrate Nashville Veterans
The Bob Woodruff Foundation will present the Got Your 6 VetFest at the Loveless Barn in Nashville on July 9th, 2022. This family-friendly event for the local military/veteran community will… Read More
Bob Woodruff Foundation Receives Historic Gift to Benefit America’s Heroes
The Bob Woodruff Foundation announced receipt of the organization’s largest single gift to date – $15 million – from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to accelerate the impact and resources available for… Read More
Craig Newmark Philanthropies Announces $2.95M Grant to Expand National Support for Veterans
NEW YORK, February 28, 2022 — Today, Craig Newmark Philanthropies announced a generous $2.95 million grant to the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to strengthen the Foundation’s Got Your 6 Network.… Read More
PeopleTV sat down with Bob and Lee Woodruff to reflect on his 16th Alive Day
Hear from our co-founders as they look back at 1/29/06, the day Bob survived an IED blast that became the catalyst for our mission to help service members, veterans, their… Read More

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