Service Before Self

USAFA grads all over the world are making a difference in their communities. Our award-winning alumni magazine, Checkpoints, has done several great features on grads serving their communities.

USAFA grads, are you involved in community service in your local area? Contact us to have your nonprofit project featured here.

Falcons for Good

The philanthropy of USAFA grads has a global reach, driven by the founders and leaders of these nonprofit organizations.

A Family for Every Orphan
Karl Scheuerman '05, Alfred (Trey) D. Fryman III '05, Joseph Leman '05, Cameron Schaefer '06, Marc Marmino '07
- Co-Founders (Seattle, WA)
Our team believes that the best way to care for orphans is by placing them in permanent, loving families.

Air Camp, Inc.
Richard V. Reynolds '71
- Co-Founder and Secretary (Dayton, OH)
Air Camp is a week-long, residence educational adventure in aviation and aeronautics, designed to inspire middle school students.

Check-6 Foundation
Rob Balzano '93
- Founder and President (Dunkirk, MD)
"We are the wingmen that have your back." Our mission is to help children battling terminal illnesses, and military veterans in need.

Duncan Stewart '93
- Co-Founder and Chairman, Kurt Heppard '82 - Co-Founder, Roger Neeland '64 - Treasurer (Colorado Springs, CO)
FalconWorks is a nonprofit "innovation hub," bringing together the neccessary resources to design and built technology-based solutions for disabled individuals and our community.

Flight Foundation
Bill Powley '67
- Founder and President (Unicoi, TN)
FLIGHT (Flight Lesson Instructional Grants Helping Teens) Foundation provides the basis for future careers in aviation and service to our country in the Armed Forces.

Holbrook Farms
Matt Brancato '99, Micaela (Bentson) Brancato '00
- Co-Founders (Detroit Lakes, MN)
The Holbrook Farms Retreat vision is to provide a peaceful place where military survivors can come together to remember, cerebrate and make new memories.

Impact Young Lives Foundation
Chris B. Howard '91
- Founder and Trustee (Greenwich, CT)
The IYL Foundation identifies exceptional South African students who possess the potential to lead their nation and helps them develop their capabilities.

Kids Playing For Kids Foundation
Jan "Coach Tav" Tavrytzky '86
- Founder and President (Glendale, AZ)
Kids Playing For Kids was created by a coach who saw that his players could learn more than how to just play the game, but also about what really matters in life.

Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation
F. Scott Jackson '67
- Founder and Board Member (Aliso Viejo, CA)
LCHF vets various charities providing housing for the homeless (including without limitation military veterans) and makes foundation grants to those charities.

North Texas Wounded Warrior Golf Association
Glenn Rosenberger '80
- Founder and President (North Richland Hills, TX)
NTWWGA provides playing opportunities to warrior golfers.

Bob Ranck '82
- President and CEO (New York, NY)
At Orbis, we transform lives through the prevention and treatment of blindness. Watch video.

Patriot Legacy Fund
Jay Puckett '97
- Founder and Board Member, Jim Thomas '97 - Board Member, Steve Combs '97 - Board Member, Christophe Powers '97 - Board Member (Suwanee, GA)
Patriot Legacy Fund provides post-secondary school scholarships to the children of service-disabled veterans.

Richard L. Silvani '70
- Founder and President / Executive Director (Brooksville, FL)
PetLuv provides low-cost/no-cost spays and neuters for cats and dogs.

Operation Canyon Rising
Steve Connolly '85
- Founder and Expedition Leader (Keller, TX)
A group of disabled veterans took on the task of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and climbing out of the Grand Canyon.

Dag Grantham '93
- Chairman and Founder (Augusta, GA)
Paceline is a casual, fun bike ride, and 100% of all funds raised goes directly to research and survivorship at the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University.

Pure Joy Foundation
David M. Smith '88
- Co-Founder and Executive Director (Austin, TX)
Pure Joy Foundation was established to provide aid and assistance to the people of South Sudan.

Dave Wininger '78
- Executive Director (Omaha, NE)
Reaching at-risk youth since 1994.

Vicente Pamparo '15
- Director, Jazmin Furtado '16 - Ops, Bill Parks '15 - Liaison, Robert Lizama '15 - Marketing (Boston, MA)
VESPERE provides educational support to post-conflict areas around the world.

As with any nonprofit organization, please make sure to do your own research before supporting.

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We love sharing the stories of grads giving back to their communities, and here are more of them we shared during a monthly service spotlight campaign.