TroopsDirect supports its mission with excellent financial stewardshipJanuary 28th, 2016
We are often asked how it is that we do what we do and how we are able to do it so efficiently and effectively. We made the decision from Day One to avoid the overhead found in so many nonprofit charitable organizations. Why? “Every donated dollar we spend on something other than our stated mission,” says founder and Executive Director Aaron Negherbon, “is a dollar that doesn’t go to helping a service member in need. Our donors, and troops, deserve our commitment to utilizing donations to the fullest. No five-star hotels for us. Just like there are no five-star hotels for the troops.”
Many large nonprofits have a ton of overhead. Either they spend a lot of money to make money or they need a lot of staff to activate programs. And, on a personal note, we find organizations that financially benefit from preying on the public’s desire to help our soldiers and vets to be totally unacceptable.
We run a VERY lean organization. Specifically, we don’t partner with other organizations, which again means very little overhead. This yields a larger program percentage; you can be assured that well over $0.90 of every $1.00 donated goes directly to our active-duty troops. This is practically unheard of in the nonprofit world. Our mission is simple: we fulfill requests. We buy stuff and send stuff. We are here to do what we can to put life-saving, mission-necessary supplies in the hands of the men and women who need them. Simple. And we do it quickly and efficiently.
Recently, a request came in from a specialized unit, preparing to deploy. They requested necessary communications gear- to the tune of $50,000. They didn’t want to have to ship out without it, and normal supply chains were not going to deliver in time. We got the call. We made some calls. Those troops deployed with mission-critical communications gear. Thanks to supporters like you and your donations…we are able to say, “Yes. We can do that.”
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