"All that is necessary for the triumph
of evil is that good men do nothing."
Sir Edmund Burke
Since 2009, I have run marathons and Spartan Obstacle Course races to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, a group dedicated to supporting servicemembers and their families when they suffer catastrophic injuries. It is simply impossible to list everything the Fund does for injured servicemembers and their families; adapted cars and houses, education and vocational re-training, therapy and camaraderie through veteran-to-veteran programs, outreach to the children and spouses of injured servicemembers, financial help to pay mortgages during unemployment and hospitalization, help to pay for spouses and family to travel and stay with servicemembers during hospitalization, the list goes on and on.
Every year in the Marine Corps Marathon, I see multiple-amputee Marines running and cycling 26.2 miles for the Fund to raise money for other injured servicemembers. The Fund itself is a lean, efficient machine. Their total overhead and fundraising efforts are about 5-6% of their annual budget. This means that over 94% of every dollar donated goes directly to injured servicemembers and the programs that help them. (Compare that to other more "well-known" veteran charities.) Every year the Fund receives the highest ratings from Charity Navigator and Charity Watch.
In addition, we support the Guide Dog Foundation which provides trained guide dogs -- free of charge -- to blind people and people with eyesight impairment. Seeing these dogs in action is nothing short of astonishing. For more information, their website is https://www.guidedog.org/
We support the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The Prospector is 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing meaningful employment to adults with disabilities through the operation of a premium, first-run movie theater. In addition to its excellent mission, the Prospector is a top-notch theater.
Finally, we support the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America. For more than 100 years, scouting has promoted growth and character in line with the Scout Law: a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
In the words of U2, we have "One life -- you got to do what you should."