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On behalf of Fort Bragg Soldiers and Families, the Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (FMWR) Directorate sincerely appreciates the phenomenal outpouring of community support over the years – and particularly so since 9/11 and the military’s full engagement in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
Literally, on a daily basis, we are asked:
“How can we give?”
“Who can we give to?”
“If we want to send items to the troops, how can that be done?”
Giving to Fort Bragg Soldiers and their Families is easy. And as a company, organization, or as an individual, you have many options. We want to emphasize that whatever option you chose, we will help facilitate the process – - but ultimately it is ENTIRELY your choice.
You may give a “gift” (or donation) to the Army in several ways. Or you can participate in the Army’s and Fort Bragg FMWR’s Sponsorship Program and receive recognition for your support.
Here are some of the basics – -
You, your company, or organization can support Fort Bragg Soldiers and Families directly by providing monetary or in-kind support for events, services, or programs offered by Fort Bragg FMWR – and through Sponsorship, you may receive recognition in return. It’s important to note that the Department of Defense allows ONLY it’s Family and MWR programs to solicit and accept Commercial Sponsorship.
There are many FMWR programs and events to choose from. For example, funding would be welcomed for FMWR hosted free events for the Families of Fort Bragg Soldiers through our “Free Family Flix” outdoor movie program, our annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Fourth of July Celebration – just to name a few. Also, funding and in-kind support could be offered through Commercial Sponsorship to help FMWR lower cost of admission for events like our fairs, festivals, concerts, and pay per view events such as Ultimate Fighting Challenge shows, etc.
The major differences between Sponsorship and a Donation are:
- SPONSORSHIP: A business, organization, or individuals who provide direct support for FMWR events/programs can receive recognition and conduct on-site advertising during the sponsored event or program.
- DONATION: Donors may not be officially recognized through the media or publicity events. A donation must be anonymous and offered unconditionally. The Department of the Army is prohibited from making public announcement of the gifts received (Army Regulation 1-101 para 7 (4) and (5).
- SPONSORSHIP: A sponsor may choose any FMWR program they wish to support. The sponsor chooses which program to support with the stipulation that ONLY MWR programs as defined in Army Regulation (AR) 215-1 may solicit and accept sponsorship.
- DONATION: The installation Commander, not the donor, decides which program receives the gifts, AR 1-101 para 7 b)
If you, your business, or organization would like to invest in the Army FMWR Sponsorship Program, please contact the Fort Bragg FMWR Marketing office at (910) 396-7632 or (910) 643-6134. Your point of contact is Lori DeVincentis.
All offers of gifts or donations must be made in writing. This is so they may receive the appropriate (required!) legal review, and a written approval of acceptance.
There are five basic types of gifts or donation offers the Army is most often asked about. They are:
1. Gifts or donations to Army Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (FMWR) Programs. The Garrison Commander or the garrison FMWR Director may accept unconditional gifts of any amount up to $50,000. The authority may not be further delegated. Garrison Commanders can accept up to $100,000. IMCOM Region Directors, the Commanding General, Deputy Commanding General or the FMWR Commander may accept gifts of up to $250,000. Any gifts over that amount require the Secretary of the Army’s approval.
2. Gifts or donations for select Army Community Services Family Programs, Family Readiness Groups, or the Soldier and Family Assistance Center. Subject to the same guidelines as FMWR programs listed above.
- The FRG Supplemental Mission Account – Established to accept unsolicited donations or gifts made to the Army and intended for FRG or military family support For more detailed information regarding the FRG Supplemental Mission Activity Funds, click here.
- ACS’s Supplemental Mission Overall Program account. Established to accept unsolicited donations or gifts intended for ACS programs. Another ACS Supplemental Mission Account for AFAP, AFTB, and IVS also exists; however, an exception to ACS policy for obtaining commercial sponsorship was made for these programs exclusively. Companies may now sponsor these programs and obtain advertising in exchange for their support.
3. Gifts or donations intended for direct distribution to soldiers.
- Limited to good and services, i.e. Soldier comfort kits or items, phone cards, food (preferable NON-perishable, though we have actually handled the donation of over 20,000 frozen pies to Soldiers!!!), holiday packages, electronic devices.
- No dollar limit is placed on these sorts of goods offered.
- Cash to Soldiers is not authorized.
- Donor is usually required to pay transportation costs for goods offered.
- The senior mission commander and Garrison Commander have been delegated the authority to accept this category of gift.
4. Gifts or donations offered to SFAC, which in turn supports Wounded Warriors or their Families
- Applies to active duty service members and DoD employees who incurred illnesses/injuries as a result of armed conflict or other circumstance while on active duty on or after 11 Sep 2001…and their Families.
- Wounded Warriors and Families may not solicit donations.
- Wounded Warriors and Families offered unsolicited donations/gifts should talk with an Ethics Counselor to ensure that it is authorized.
- For more detailed information regarding dolations or gifts to SFAC, click here.
5. Gifts or donations offered directly to the Department of the Army. Established so that the Secretary of the Army can accept gift offers over $1K and for gifts to the Fisher Houses. This includes rela or personal property, or gifts with monetary value. Subject to AR 1-100.
The Fort Bragg FMWR Directorate is committed to facilitate the gift giving process, or if you chose, Commercial Sponsorship of Family and MWR programs. We will help steer you thru the process, and while giving is not difficult, there are certain parameters that have to be followed – - such as the requirement for a written offer of donation, acceptance of the offer, and where appropriate legal review. Thank you for your interest in supporting Soldiers and Families at Fort Bragg.
Lori DeVincentis, Marketing Chief, (910) 396-7632
Pam Thomas, Chief, FMWR Services, (910) 907-4555
Joe Johnson, Interim Director, FMWR, (910) 396-2407
- AR 1-100 http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r1_100.pdf
- AR 1-101 http://www.usma.army.mil/Protocol/images/AR1-101.pdf
- AR 215-1 http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r215_1.pdf
- SFAC Letter of Instruction (LOI)
- FRG Supplemental Fund Letter or Instruction (LOI)
- FRG Supplemental Fund Standing Operating Procedure (SOP)