The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded by Bob Woodruff and his family after he sustained serious injuries while covering the war in Iraq for ABC News, in 2006. Their own experiences inspired them to ensure our nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve. Today, we ask people to stand up for heroes so that we can find, fund, and shape innovative programs that help our impacted veterans, service members and their families thrive.

BW Boots

Bob Woodruff survived injury while wearing these boots in Iraq. They now serve as a symbol of our commitment to our nation’s impacted veterans, service members, and their families.

Our Standards


We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of accountability and effectiveness. We are an Accredited Charity Seal Holder with the Better Business Bureau, a GuideStar Platinum Seal Recipient, and earned the highest
possible rating of 4 stars on Charity Navigator.

Stand Up for Heroes, an evening of hope, healing and laughter, features entertainment icons like Bruce Springsteen, Jim Gaffigan and Jon Stewart while raising much-needed funds to support our mission. Stand Up for Heroes returns to NYC in on November 4, 2019!

What's At Stake


3M Deployed



More than 3 million U.S. service members have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since Sept. 11, 2001.

One-in-five suffers from hidden wounds like Post-Traumatic Stress or Depression.

It is estimated that there are at least 1.1 million individuals providing care for injured post-9/11 service members and veterans.

Our Approach

We focus our investments in three key areas: Education and Employment, Rehabilitation and Recovery, and Quality of Life


For a decade, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has united leaders of communities, business, government, entertainment and philanthropy to have the greatest impact possible towards this urgent and worthy cause. Through our Charitable Investments, we diligently navigate a diverse range of nonprofits to find the most innovative programs meeting the needs of today’s veterans.


Through due diligence and a commitment to meeting the highest of standards, the Bob Woodruff Foundation invests in effective initiatives that ensure “Success that Sustains.” This creates a connection between community and hero, perpetuating a cycle of positive returns for service members and their families, and contributors alike.


By collaborating with government, private and public organizations, we’re able to influence the best programs and resources and improve upon them. We shape them with innovative solutions, allowing them to be even more efficient and effective at providing the greatest good where it’s needed the most.



Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $65 million in Positive Returns since 2006.

Finding, funding and shaping programs nationwide through 400+ grants.

Reaching more than 2.5 million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families.


We invest in so much more than recoveries. We invest in positive returns. Positive returns for the veterans returning to their families and communities. And positive returns for every dollar donated to their long-term well-being.

Make An Impact

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