Spirit of America

Spirit of America
Founded: 2003

To extend the goodwill of the American people to assist those advancing freedom, democracy, and peace abroad.

About the Organization:
Spurred by the events of 9/11 and inspired by troops who donated baseball equipment to local children in Afghanistan, entrepreneur Jim Hake founded the nonpartisan Spirit of America to empower U.S. military personnel serving abroad to improve the quality of life in the communities where they are based and, in turn, enhance their relationships with the local people. The organization fulfills requests for goods from American military and civilian personnel where they are stationed. It has supplied school and medical supplies, sewing machines, hand tools, watches, water barrels, clothing, soccer gear, and toys in response to needs identified by American and in-country personnel. It has also contributed equipment to Iraqi-owned television stations, and helped provide prosthetics for Iraqi men whose arms were amputated during Saddam Hussein's regime. From August 2003 to November 2004, Spirit of America operated under the auspices of Cyber Century Forum before receiving 501(c)(3) status.

Current Programs:
Spirit of America has dozens of projects under way simultaneously. For example, it is currently sending children's books to Iraqi community centers, hospitals, and schools; implementing a school partners program, matching American and Iraqi elementary, middle, and high schools for at least one school year; carrying out an Iraqi orphans project to provide shelter, food, clean water, clothing, and educational material for five thousand children; and creating an Afghan medical reference library to be used by El Salam Egyptian Military Hospital at Bagram and by doctors throughout Afghanistan. Some project descriptions include information about what a small or larger donation will fund.

Web Site:
The Spirit of America Web site contains answers to frequently asked questions; a biography of founder and chairman Jim Hake; program accomplishments; recent news articles featuring Spirit of America, its projects in Iraq and Afghanistan, and its sponsors; a list of corporate partners and community sponsors; a blog; and nine videos.

Primary support for Spirit of America comes from corporate and individual donations. The organization does not accept government funding.

Contact: Michele Redmond, Director of Project Management
Phone: (800) 691-2209 (donations only)
Fax: (310) 356-6015

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