FAQs

General Info and Volunteer Questions:

Who does The Gratitude Initiative serve?

The Gratitude Initiative provides educational services and support and college scholarships to the children of military and veteran families. Children from the families of… Active duty members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Reserve or National Guard members who were activated for active duty service since 9/11/01 and were deployed to a combat zone. A veteran who was honorably discharged from active duty on or after 9/11/2001. A combat wounded or disabled veteran with a service connected injury that occurred on or after 9/11/2001. A service member who was killed while on active duty.

When and where was The Gratitude Initiative (GI) founded?

GI was founded in July of 2013 in Bryan, TX

Is GI a legitimate charity?

Yes, The Gratitude Initiative is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Can I volunteer or get involved to support GI’s cause?

Yes! The Gratitude Initiative’s volunteer force and local ambassadors are crucial to the success of our mission to support to the children of military and veteran families across the country and in your local community.

Ways to Help:

  • Recommend local kids who need our help.
  • Donate
  • Spread the word
  • Start your own fundraiser/Raise funds locally
  • Become a local GI Ambassador

Click here to learn more about getting involved with GI!

Educational Programs FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for educational programs?

Children starting 8th grade through first semester seniors in high school may apply for educational programs.

Children from the families of…

  • Active duty members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
  • Reserve or National Guard members who were activated for active duty service since 9/11/01 and were deployed to a combat zone.
  • A veteran who was honorably discharged from active duty on or after 9/11/2001.
  • A combat wounded or disabled veteran with a service connected injury that occurred on or after 9/11/2001.
  • A service member who was killed while on active duty.

How do I apply for GI’s Educational Programs?

Click here to begin the application process.

What methods can I use to submit my application and related documents?

You may send your information by mail or submit them online. Click here to begin the application process.

What documentation must I submit with my application?

In addition to the short application, each family is required to submit the following:

Proof of Military Service

You must submit proof of your parent’s military service. Submit each document listed in one of the following sections that correlates to the nature of you parent’s military service.

    Active Duty Service

  • Photocopy of Driver’s License (Please ensure that the copy is legible.) and one of the following:
  • Active Duty Status Report – Use the Department of Defense – Manpower Data Center website to obtain this report or
  • Statement of Service – must be on official letterhead and signed by the Adjutant, Personnel Officer, Executive Officer, or Commanding Officer of the unit and dated within the last 90 days or
  • Copy of most recent PCS orders within the last six months
    Current Reservist or National Guard Member

  • Photocopy of Driver’s License (Please ensure that the copy is legible.) and
  • Proof of deployment to a combat zone since September 11, 2001. (DD214)
    Veteran

  • Photocopy of Driver’s License (Please ensure that the copy is legible.) and
  • DD214 (Member-4 version)
    Disabled Veteran

  • Photocopy of Driver’s License (Please ensure that the copy is legible.) and
  • DD214 (Member-4 version) and
  • Letter outlining VA disability rating
    Killed While on Active Duty

  • DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) or Certificate of death (Service Connected)

Proof of Dependency

Only one of the following documents is required.

  • Birth Certificate showing parents’ names or
  • Casualty Report (DD1300) listing dependent’s name if applicable or
  • Copy of the first two pages of your latest filed tax return showing your child as a dependent.

Student Grade Report

A copy of the student’s most recent grade report.

Can more than one child in a family apply?

Yes, more than one student from a household can apply at the same time.

Can stepchildren apply?

Yes. Please see application for appropriate documentation.

Do parents have access to the programs with their children?

Yes. Parents have access to their children’s programs and The College Success Academy has program components designed just for parents.

What are the age requirements for GI’s Educational Programs?

For the College Success Academy, students can apply as early as the 8th grade year and as late as the beginning of their senior year in high school. 

Is there a cost to apply for or take part in GI’s Educational Programs?

No! There is no cost to apply or to use GI’s programs for qualified families. The cost for these programs is covered by the generous donations of GI’s supporters and patriotic citizens.

Can I access GI’s programs from anywhere? What if I’m stationed abroad or I’m moving?

Students and their parents access GI’s College Success Academy’s programs and tools via the Internet. College advisors are available via toll-free telephone, email, chat, and teleconference.

Do I need any special tools or equipment to access GI’s programs?

All that is required is access to a computer, the Internet, and a valid email address.

Are there special time requirements for the programs?

No. Programs are self-paced and designed not to interfere with a student’s normal scholastic activities.

DONATION FAQs

What percentage of my donation goes directly to support military and veteran children?

The Gratitude Initiative works extremely hard to keep the fundraising and administrative costs associated with the operation of GI as low as possible. The GI Team approaches the mission with a bootstrap philosophy to function administratively as lean as possible to push critical funds to the “troops in the field”…the hero children and families we serve. To join us in our mission, please email us at volunteer@gratitudeinitiative.org.

I'd like to sign up for a monthly gift, how do I do this?

Click here to establish a recurring gift today. It’s fast, easy, and secure.

Can I make a donation by mail?

Yes! Your charitable gift helps sustain our mission regardless of the amount.  We appreciate your generosity and pledge to stand with us in supporting military children and honoring their parent’s service.

You can mail any monetary donations to:

The Gratitude Initiative
216 W. 26th Street
Bryan TX 77803

If you are more comfortable including a donation form or prefer to donate by credit card or debit card, you may download the form by clicking here and mail it to our office.

Pay tribute to someone especially important to you by designating your gift “In Honor” or “In Memory” of an individual or organization on the downloadable contribution form.  If you provide a name and address for the honoree, The Gratitude Initiative will notify that person or organization of your gift by mail. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at donor@gratitudeinitiative.org.

If I give monthly, how can I make changes to my amount or billing information?

You can change, suspend, or stop your monthly giving amount at any time.

Changes received the first week of the month are effective in the current month and changes received after the first week of the month are effective in the following month.

Please call 979-353-1260 or email us at donor@gratitudeinitiative.org.

May I make a donation in memory or honor of, or to honor a loved one?

Absolutely.  Donations made in honor of a loved one are always welcome.  If you provide a name and address for the honoree, The Gratitude Initiative will notify that person or organization of the gift by mail. You will also receive a separate tax acknowledgement letter for your support of The Gratitude Initiative.

If you wish to make a memorial or honorary donation online, please click here. If you wish to make your memorial or honorary donation by mail, download the form here.

When making a memorial donation to GI, please make your check payable to The Gratitude Initiative. If posting our address for an obituary requesting donations be sent to The Gratitude Initiative in lieu of flowers, please use the following contact information:

The Gratitude Initiative
In Memory of __________
216 W. 26th Street
Bryan TX 77803

Will the honoree or their family receive a letter notifying them of my donation?

Yes.

If you provide a name and address for the honoree, The Gratitude Initiative will notify that person or organization of your gift by mail.   You will also receive a separate tax acknowledgement letter for your support of The Gratitude Initiative.

You may enter this information on the bottom of our online and downloadable donation forms.

When will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

You will receive an emailed receipt immediately after the donation transaction is processed.

When will I receive a tax letter summarizing all my donations for the year?

Tax receipts are sent in January and February of the following year. For example, a 2015 tax receipt will be sent to the donor in January or February of 2016. However, if you need a copy sooner, please email us at donor@gratitudeinitiative.org.

My company would like to make a donation. What’s the process?

The Gratitude Initiative welcomes inquiries from companies who support our mission of honoring our military and veterans by educating their children and supporting military families. For more information on how your company can support GI, please contact us at donor@gratitudeinitiative.org.

How do I establish workplace giving or matching gifts?

Many companies have programs that permit employees to donate to the charities of their choice, and match gifts made by current or retired employees, which will often double your gift to the Gratitude Initiative. Please help us by contacting your company’s human resources office to facilitate this contribution.

Most companies will ask for the federal tax identification for the charity. The Federal Taxpayer ID for The Gratitude Initiative is #46-3306022 For further details please contact us at donor@gratitudeinitiative.org.

Am I able to contribute to GI through my will, trust, or life insurance?

Absolutely! While planning for your future, you can create a personal legacy of gratitude by helping to fund the education needs of military and veteran children. Bequests are donations that are made through a will or a living trust. You can donate to the Gratitude Initiative through your estate planning by naming the GI in your will for a specific amount or a percentage share in your estate. You can also name our organization as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement account. An additional opportunity is to establish a charitable annuity on behalf of the Gratitude Initiative. Please contact us at donor@gratitudeinitiative.org for more information.