American Express & Bob Woodruff Foundation Partner with Team Rubicon Global
Founding sponsors contribute to multinational expansion of veteran-led disaster response network
Team Rubicon Global(TRG) is excited to announce the receipt of generous grants from American Express and the Bob Woodruff Foundation to advance its mission to provide veterans around the world with opportunities to serve others in the wake of disasters. As founding sponsors, these respected organizations are valued partners in the multinational expansion of the Team Rubicon network.
“The grants from American Express and the Bob Woodruff Foundation will allow us to continue developing Team Rubicons in coalition countries,” said William McNulty, cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon Global. “We are very proud of the collaboration and commitment of these two remarkable grant-makers, who are building on their previous support of Team Rubicon USA by committing to our mission to bring the Team Rubicon model to new countries.”
The American Express grant will help build the foundation for TRG’s Disaster Operations Fund, enabling Team Rubicons to deploy on time‐sensitive disaster response missions. The grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation will support the expansion of the TRG network into new coalition countries, particularly Australia, Canada, Germany, and the UK.
“At American Express, we know service is calling, and that veterans continue to hear the call long after their tours of duty,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president, American Express Foundation. “We are pleased to provide a founding grant to Team Rubicon Global, furthering our longstanding commitment to enabling meaningful service opportunities for citizens and providing relief to victims of natural disasters around the world.”
“The rapid growth of Team Rubicon is a remarkable example of how impacted veterans can truly benefit their communities and each other through continued service,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “Regardless of the flags they fought under, these volunteers fought alongside each other. We look forward to seeing the difference they’ll now make by helping people recover from disasters across the globe.”
Team Rubicon Global is the global coalition that incubates, launches, and enables Team Rubicon organizations in countries around the world. It coordinates international operations, maintains brand control, sets operating standards, and establishes strategic relationships with foreign governments, multinational institutions, and non-governmental organizations. TRG has coordinated deployments to: Nepal following the 2015 earthquake; the Philippines to continue Typhoon Haiyan reconstruction efforts; Northern Greece for refugee support operations; and most recently, Fort McMurray, Canada, to assist evacuees following the wildfires.
About Team Rubicon Global: Team Rubicon Global provides veterans around the world with opportunities to serve others in the wake of disasters. Affiliate countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. For more about Team Rubicon Global, visit www.teamrubiconglobal.org. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
About American Express: American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com.
About the Bob Woodruff Foundation: The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring injured service members and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government — diligently navigating the maze of more than 46,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans — finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested $33 million in public education and solutions, reaching more than 2.5 million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org or on Facebook and Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.