Innovation Grants

Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is pleased to present the recipients of our inaugural innovation grants.

National Military Family Association (NMFA) – Since 1969, NMFA has assisted combat-weary service members returning home from war, anxious children separated from parents during deployments, and spouses trying to build better lives for their families. Our grant will enable the NMFA to create “One Hundred Best Practices from Military Caregivers for Military Caregivers,” a clearinghouse of information enabling caregivers’ voices to be heard on veteran benefits, programs, and services. Unlike other avenues of support, this innovative organization will tap military caregivers themselves, those with firsthand knowledge on how we can improve existing programs, reduce redundancies, and build synergies between sectors.  Find more information about NMFA at

I am humbled to be recognized by The Elizabeth Dole Foundation and look forward to partnering with them as we tackle the many challenges facing military families and caregivers today.” —  Joyce Raezer, Executive Director, NMFA


The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) – MOAA was founded in 1929 as a way for officers in different branches of service to share information. Today, it boasts over 370,000 members. Its mission is to advocate on behalf of military officers and their families and promote strong national defense. Our grant will enable MOAA to help caregivers with legal and financial planning (i.e., powers of attorney, advanced directives, medical-disability insurance benefits). Since some military caregivers have little experience in these areas, MOAA will offer innovative, personalized, legal/financial counsel at a time when families desperately need help securing their future.  Find more information about MOAA at

Our core values are closely aligned with The Foundation’s emphasis on helping America’s silent heroes, our military caregivers, who tirelessly assist their wounded loved ones day in and day out.” — Vice Admiral Norb Ryan, Jr. USN (Ret), MOAA President


Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) –  In 1998, MCEC began helping ensure that all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and military transitions receive a quality education. Today it is the nation’s largest nonprofit focused on America’s 2 million military children. It offers a highly leveraged investment by harnessing its existing distribution capacity to help caregiver parents learn to effectively support the growth and development of their caregiver children. They provide parents with training and tools to help them identify key signals from their children; as a result, the parents become better able to help ease the burdens their child caregivers face and the feeling of being isolated from peers. The parents can then help their children reach their goals without feeling guilt regarding their parent’s medical/health circumstances.

Our grant will enable MCEC to hire a specialist for caregiver support, who would conduct up to 120 training sessions tailored to caregivers and the specific needs of military children, some of whom are themselves caregivers. These innovative workshops will include practical information about existing resources for children at major military hospitals, wounded warrior units, and local schools.  Find more information about MCEC at

We are excited about this new opportunity to serve military caregivers and work closely with Senator Dole and her staff.”-Dr. Mary Keller, President & CEO, MCEC

MCEC and NMFA are tax-exempt under the 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue code and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with code section 170 of the Internal Revenue code. MOAA is tax-exempt under the 501(c)(19) Internal Revenue code and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions as an organization that is primarily comprised of veterans and military personnel.