Task Force Dagger Foundation provides assistance to wounded, ill, or injured US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) members and their families. We respond to urgent needs, conduct Rehabilitative Therapy Events (RTE), and provide next-generation health solutions for issues facing our service members. We are a rally point to combat traumatic brain injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), and environmental exposures. Our cohesive programs enable families to seize the moment and live life.
TFD is very judicious in how we disburse funds and we run very lean by design. We look at how we are spending and where it is going and ensure that it is going where it is supposed to go: to the service members and their families. TFD has many volunteers: some civilian and some who have been recipients of our programs who want to give back as well. These volunteers help organize and coordinate our rehabilitative therapy events as well as help raise funds. One thing that our donors can trust: we will run lean and send every cent possible to our service members and family members in need.
One of the key parameters when starting a nonprofit of any kind is distinguishing yourself from others. We wish we could say that we conducted the best mission planning process and developed a plan on how we were going to support SOCOM with a strategy that would have made the D-Day planners envious, but we can’t. We had a vision that we pursued and as we forged down the path, our vision became focused and sharpened as we realized where we could help the most. TFD continuously examines our role and how we support SOCOM to make sure we are focused on where we can to the most good. TFD’s mission is to provide immediate financial assistance to wounded, ill, or injured members of the United States Special Operations Command and their families.
As we started the process of founding TFD, we had to do a lot of research since forming a nonprofit is very similar to starting a business. You need a business plan, you have to know who your customer is, and know that what you do is needed. As a nonprofit, it is very important to know what makes you different from other organizations; otherwise, your chance of success is very small as you will be lost in the herd of nonprofits. As for the paperwork involved, let’s just say it is not trivial either. The IRS is very detailed oriented as we all know from filing our own personal taxes.
When starting a normal for profit business, you are thinking profit margins and keeping your overhead low as that increases your profit margin. In the case of a nonprofit, it is not about making a profit for the owners: it is about serving others. This puts a completely different set of priorities for those involved. Since nonprofits don’t produce a product or services to sell, one of your principal tasks becomes fundraising and then making sure that the money raised goes to those who need it and not to overhead. TFD currently has an overhead rate of 10.9%%. and that means when we take in a dollar, .89 cents goes to programs (service members and families) and not to running the foundation.
Why the Task Force Dagger Name?
Task Force Dagger was the designation of the Special Forces elements that conducted the initial invasion into Afghanistan following the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11th, 2001. Task Force Dagger was comprised of elements from the US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
For more than forty years, SOCOM units have been the tip of the spear in defending and protecting the United States. These warriors live in the shadows protecting the American way of life. Living by the motto of “The Quiet Professionals,” these service members deploy around the world working to keep Americans safe while keeping their presence unknown but to a few.