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Bob Woodruff Foundation - Female Innovator of the Year

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Company: Bob Woodruff Foundation, New York, NY
Entry Submitted By: Havas PR
Company Description: The foundation was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, BWF has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To date, BWF has invested more than $55 million to Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered impacted veterans.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Innovator of the Year – Government or Non-Profit –11 to 2,500 Employees

Nomination Title: Anne Marie Dougherty, Executive Director

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated woman since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Anne Marie Dougherty has led the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) as its executive director since 2011. At the helm of an organization with living namesakes, she is the first to acknowledge the immense responsibility to uphold a high standard in everything the foundation does. She sets that standard every day, which is to be rigorous, consistent and accountable.

Having grown BWF from a small regional organization to a top-tier, nationally recognized brand and market leader, Anne Marie exemplifies how a leader with a creative vision can swiftly change the scope of philanthropy on a massive scale. She not only helped establish a system to navigate the 46,000 nonprofits serving veterans, service members and their families, but she has also guided BWF in investments of more than $31 million in 200-plus grants to programs nationwide. Disrupting the traditional fundraising approach, she has leveraged metrics, relationships and results to maximize BWF’s $55 million investment impact.

Anne Marie’s accomplishments include transforming BWF’s annual Stand Up for Heroes event into a sustainable business model and growth engine. She has broken new ground in both programming and partnerships, establishing BWF as a hub for collaboration with partners ranging from The Royal Foundation in the U.K. to Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS). The latter is a consortium of over 100 top financial services institutions that have entrusted their grant-making to Anne Marie, allowing BWF to shape the way Wall Street and Main Street are supporting veterans beyond employment.

In the past year, Anne Marie has also facilitated BWF’s role in the Veterans TransAtlantic Partnership (VTAP), a U.K.-U.S. based alliance, and has been at the forefront of pioneering the National Veterans Intermediary (NVI), a program that works to reduce the variability of outcomes for veterans based on geography. She additionally spearheaded the integration of BWF and Got Your 6, a movement that unites nonprofit, Hollywood and government partners to engage veterans and civilians to foster understanding, while empowering veterans to lead in their communities.

Anne Marie has never shied away from difficult topics or creative risks. For example, her leadership has made it possible for veterans with fertility issues related to service-connected injuries to turn to BWF for assistance. When she heard that families were putting the $20,000 cost of fertility services on their credit cards while waiting for Congress to act, she saw it as an unacceptable gap—people were running the risk of becoming too old to get services while government bureaucracy delayed support. In less than six months and under her direction, BWF mobilized the private sector, racing against a challenging timeline to establish its Veterans In Vitro Initiative and finding reputable doctors who would agree to offer these services for free.

What will Anne Marie tackle next? She is actively looking for ways to harness the community of powerful, motivated change-makers in the technology sector and unify them behind the goal of fostering positive outcomes for our veterans and military families.

A biography of up to 125 words of the nominee

Anne Marie Dougherty serves as executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, having assumed the position in 2011. Under her leadership, the foundation has grown from a small regional organization to a nationally recognized brand and market leader. Working among leading government, corporate and stakeholder groups, her expertise, vision and drive have helped guide the philanthropy and veteran nonprofit sectors to shape and invest in solutions and strategies to provide resources and support to post-9/11 injured veterans and their families. She has raised more than $50 million during her tenure at the foundation.