Wheelchairs for Warriors provides custom-fit, complex-rehab mobility solutions to injured veterans and first responders.
With a mission to reach as many injured veterans and first responders as possible, Wheelchairs For Warriors began applying for larger grants. However, without accurate reporting, they did not look healthy from a financial perspective and were initially turned away.
The impact wasn't just felt on the organization- it affected those being served: the injured warrior. Without getting the necessary financial resources, Wheelchairs For Warriors could not reach as many veterans or first responders.
"It's a feeling of helplessness," Executive Director Crystal Laramore described.
The leadership team sought a partner to help get their numbers in place, and in turn, get the necessary financial support needed to drive their mission.
After partnering with GrowthForce, accounting has now become one of Wheelchairs For Warrior's biggest fundraising tools. And the numbers speak for themselves- Wheelchairs For Warriors has nearly DOUBLED their fundraising.
Donors want to see their dollars applied to programs - not administrative costs.
"Because we can show the donor how much it costs to serve one warrior, the donor can now decide how many warriors they want to serve at any given time," Laramore explained.
Not only did timely, accurate reporting help donations skyrocket, Wheelchairs for Warriors is now being accepted for larger grants- one being the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) that they had previously been turned away from.
With the back office handled, leadership can focus on expanding their reach and serving more clients.
Detailed project reporting has helped Wheelchairs For Warriors make decisions that further their mission. With clarity and insight into each program, leadership was able to successfully launch an in-kind donated wheelchair reallocation program. They can now help veterans not injured in the line of duty with wheelchairs that are donated.
In just one year, Wheelchairs For Warriors jumped from a $75,000/year grant to a $150,000/ year grant- from the same foundation. Today, they are now able to apply for a $330,000 adaptive sports grant.
Executive Director, Wheelchairs For Warriors
Before GrowthForce, I did not understand that accounting could be a fundraising tool. And it has now become one of our biggest fundraising tools- because donors and foundations see that we're putting our money where our mouth is.