Audit Confirms Project Sanctuary Donations Directly Help Military Families

Independent audit finds 89 percent of donations are directed toward the nonprofit’s mission of helping military families heal and thrive

Granby, CO (March 28, 2017) – An independent audit of the organization’s 2016 finances confirmed that Project Sanctuary, a Colorado-based nonprofit providing therapeutic retreats for military families, directs 89 percent of all donations raised through its fundraising efforts to programs that directly serve military families. Only 3 percent of the organization’s expenses were for management and general expenses, and just 8 percent was directed to fundraising.

In 2016, Project Sanctuary received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates charities to help potential donors make educated decisions about their charitable gifts.  Project Sanctuary is also designated an Accredited Charity by the Better Business Bureau, which means it meets BBB standards for accountability.

“We are proud that almost 90 cents out of every dollar someone donates goes directly to help military families,” said Heather Ehle, founder and CEO of Project Sanctuary. “We know that when it comes to helping veterans, there are a lot of worthy causes to choose from. We are grateful for every donation that allows us to help our military families heal.”

Project Sanctuary focuses on strengthening military families during the stressful times of deployment, transition and reintegration, offering retreats nationwide. In 2017, the organization will offer 27 retreats to serve military families and will also continue outreach to the 1,800 families on its wait list to provide pre-retreat assessment and crisis intervention. Since 2007, Project Sanctuary has helped over 3,400 individuals, and 90 percent of the military families it has served are still together.

Project Sanctuary uses the A.R.T. model – Assess (pre-retreat support services), Reconnect (six-day therapeutic retreat for the whole family), and Thrive (two years of follow-up services). The program is unique in its treatment of the family as a unit while also working with each family member individually to assess their needs. The overall goal is easing the reconnection of families previously distanced as a result of deployment and military service, including resultant injuries.



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