NICE GUYS HONORS OUR MILITARY
In 1979, a small group of San Diego businessmen began a charity fund to help families and individuals in the San Diego area meet life’s demands. Thus began the Nice Guys of San Diego organization, which, to date, has given more than seven million dollars to needy people. The goal has been and continues to be “Offering a hand up, not a handout”!
In April of 2003, a new need arose in the San Diego area when wounded Marines and sailors began returning from overseas battle assignments in defense of our country. Some of these men and their families were faced with unexpected and sometimes severe expenditures which were beyond the military and government abilities to handle. Thanks to a generous donation from the Bob Baker Foundation and personal donations from individual Nice Guy members, a special fund, called the Victory Fund, was begun under the auspices of the Nice Guys organization. This fund has the sole purpose of providing aid and support to wounded Marines, sailors, and their families.
A special committee of Nice Guys oversees the fund and co-ordinates with military units in the San Diego area to identify military individuals who need special help with problems caused by their wounds. The fund has helped families with travel expenses to visit their love ones in hospitals, to acquire special handicap devices, and assist with home care costs and equipment. In addition, the fund has provided assistance and financial support in sending special care packages to troops overseas and helped in purchasing goods and equipment for hospitalized veterans of the Iraqi war.
Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund
Due to the success of the San Diego Victory Fund, a separate national fund was initiated by wives of active duty Marines. With the technical assistance of the San Diego Nice Guys, the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund was created to help injured Marines nationwide. Although separate from the Nice Guys and the Victory Fund, personnel from both organizations work closely together to insure all available help is provided to aid in supporting wounded military men and women.
Since its inception in January 2004, the Victory Fund has expended over 5 million dollars in cash and in kind helping wounded Marines and Sailors. EVERY dollar raised is used specifically for this effort. As with all monies raised by the Nice Guys, none are used for any administrative costs.
The Nice Guys is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization, with IRS ID #95-3405753.
Please direct inquires or donations to:
The Nice Guys, Inc.
San Diego, CA 92168
Our hotline # is 858-597-9397