Spirit of America is a non-profit organization: a 501c3 public charity. Our mission is to support the safety, success and humanitarian work of Americans serving abroad by helping them assist local people, and by connecting them to the capabilities, resources and goodwill of the American people and private sector.
Since being founded in 2003, we have provided millions in targeted assistance to help US troops and diplomats assist vulnerable local people in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia and Latin America: Afghanistan, Colombia, Djibouti, Guyana, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, the Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Pakistan, Peru, Syria, Tajikistan and Yemen.
We've established a groundbreaking model for partnership of a nonprofit organization with the US government. Our support is fast, flexible and decentralized. It makes our troops and diplomats safer and more successful. It helps them improve security and stability, build goodwill, and increase the wellbeing of those most at risk of extremism and conflict. And, our support helps local people help themselves.
What we do
Spirit of America provides humanitarian and economic assistance in response to needs identified by deployed US troops and diplomats serving in the world’s most challenging places. We also connect those courageous Americans to private-sector expertise and know-how, helping develop innovative solutions to the most difficult problems they face. We apply our resources at the intersection of security, humanitarian need and US national interest.
Examples of our support
We provide funding and material goods exactly when and where they are needed most: sewing machines for Afghan women, dirt bikes and metal detectors for Afghan police, veterinary training for African men, job training and tools for Afghan farmers, school supplies for Yemeni children, medicine and winter coats for Tajik children.
How we are funded
100% of every dollar you contribute goes directly to the project, or use, that you choose. We are supported solely through private contributions from individuals, foundations and businesses.
We do not receive funding from the government or military but each private gift dollar to Spirit of America builds upon investments already being made by the United States.
Why people support us
Some see Spirit of America as a way to support our troops and diplomats and help them be safer and more successful in their mission. Others see us as a way to help directly people who have suffered from repression, conflict and war. And others see Spirit of America as a way to improve the position and image of America in the world and advance freedom and peace.
We are all those things.