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Save the Date April 12 & 13, 2016
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Black Tie International:
The Council on Foundations and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange

Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge to Announce

$7 Million in New Commitments

Funders Advance Solutions to Support Veterans and Military Families


WHAT: The Council on Foundations and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange will announce $7 million in new commitments to the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, a three year $285 million philanthropic effort to address a range of issues facing veterans, at their annual convening April 12-13, 2016.


At this two-day event, which will highlight a collaborative effort of nearly 200 grantmakers, veterans and military family organizations, policymakers, service providers, and others to support service members and their families, new Impact Pledge members will be recognized for their funding and resource commitments.


Media are invited to attend the 2016 Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge Recognition ceremony on April 12 and a breakfast briefing with senior federal officials on April 13.


Special guests and speakers include:

·         Colonel Nicole Malachowski, U.S. Air Force, Executive Director of the White House Joining Forces Initiative

·         Lee Woodruff, Author and Co-founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation 

·         Don Cooke, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy,
Robert R. McCormick Foundation

·         Admiral Michael G. Mullen, U.S. Navy (Ret.),
17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

·         Congressman Scott Peters, D-CA52,
United States House of Representatives.


April 12, 2016

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge Recognition Reception with National Veterans Organizations and Non-Profit Leaders 

Features the 2016 Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge recognition ceremony and a special tribute to The White House Joining Forces Initiative and the leadership of First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.  



·         Patrick J. Murphy, Acting Secretary of the Army
and Under Secretary of the Army  

·         Colonel Nicole Malachowski, U.S. Air Force, Executive Director,
Joining Forces, The White House 

·         Lee Woodruff, Co-Founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation 

Featured funders of the 2015 Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge: 

·         Carolyn Weir, Philanthropic Advisor, J. Warren J.
and Lois McClure Foundation

·         Kyle Aines, Veteran and Military Resource Advisor,
Community College of Vermont 

·         Bill Lockwood, Program Officer, Veterans and Military Families, The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

April 13, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Breakfast Briefing with Senior Federal Officials  



·         Stephanie Powers, Senior Director for Policy and
 Partnerships, Council on Foundations 

·         Michael Michaud, Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training, Department of Labor   

·         Matt Collier, Strategic Partnerships, MyVA Task Force,
Department of Veterans Affairs 

·         Rosye Cloud, Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment,
Veterans Benefit Administration  



The Washington Hilton Hotel

1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.  20009



Media interested in covering the event or speaking to key spokespeople about the Impact Pledge, please contact Elizabeth Krempley at or 703.879.072. More information about the event and philanthropy’s efforts on behalf of military families and veterans is available on the Council’s website.



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