Foundation Takes its Message on the Road

The needs of this generation’s veterans — especially those injured in combat — will continue to grow, well into the future. With this in mind, the Bob Woodruff Foundation recently took part in a series of speaking, networking and cultivation events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“The Bay Area is on the leading edge of the tech industry, always forward-looking,” said Lee Woodruff, cofounder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We see incredible potential to establish a community of powerful, motivated change-makers that can help lead the way in veteran-focused philanthropy.”

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was injured by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq, for ABC News. Though based in New York, the foundation seeks to Find, Fund and Shape™ innovative programs that support injured post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families, nationwide.

“Supporting our veterans is not a political issue or regional issue,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “The entire nation — coast to coast — can get behind this shared purpose.”

That message was carried to leaders in business, media and philanthropy. The trip included visits to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, where Bob and Lee took part in a question and answer session with employees, moderated by Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global head of diversity.

Lee also sat down with Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, for a “Facebook Live” conversation.

The Woodruffs attended dinners, hosted at the homes of friends of the foundation—including David and Laura Krane, and Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor—which broadened the nonprofit’s network. One of the receptions featured remarks by retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Among the guests was Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, and a champion of numerous causes benefiting veterans and military families.

“Those who serve our country, including their families, deserve our respect and support,” said Newmark. “The Bob Woodruff Foundation helps make that happen.”

To learn how you can take a stand for heroes, visit BobWoodruffFoundation.org.


About the Bob Woodruff Foundation: The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To date, BWF has invested more than $42 million to Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered more than 2.5 million impacted veterans, service members and their families. For more information, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.

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