We believe the value of our society is determined largely by the way we care for those who sacrifice on our behalf. It is therefore our responsibility to do what we can to support service members, veterans and their families, from the time of oath through separation and beyond. That’s why we created Challenge America – to build and bridge communities of support for service members, veterans and their families.
What We Do
We develop innovative, evidenced-based strategies that build and bridge communities of support, in order to ensure service members, veterans and their families can live the lives they earned and deserve. These strategies foster engagement and ongoing support within and among the military and civilian communities. As just one example, our Military Sisterhood Initiative leverages technology and community partnerships to forge a national peer support network among women of the military.
Ultimately, we believe that community not charity is the answer. Working together we can ensure that a new generation of veterans, service members and their families will have access to the community support and integrated resources they need.
Now is the time. The challenges are great but the possibilities are greater.
Thank you for accepting the challenge!
Challenge America™ is an outgrowth of Challenge Aspen, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that has provided possibilities for people with disabilities since 1995. Responding to the increasing number of wounded and injured service men and women returning from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, in 2005 Challenge Aspen launched a number of veteran-specific programs. As these programs developed, research revealed the lack of coordination of resources and information between organizations serving military across the country, making it difficult for service members and their families to locate the services needed for a successful transition from battlefield to home front. Recognizing that gap and the need for coordination of resources and information on both a national and community level, the idea of "challenging America" to find ways to connect military and their families with the resources needed to establish a "new normal" life was born.
The Challenge America initiative launched in 2009 at a star-studded musical event led by honorary co-founders Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Other celebrities who have joined Amy and Vince in supporting Challenge America's mission include Fred Funk, Alison Kraus, Michael McDonald, Darius Rucker, Mac McAnalley, Melinda Doolittle, Stephen Mansfield, Warren Miller, Robert Redford, Dennis Watson, Loren Roberts, and Bernhard Langer. In addition, Challenge America has been highlighted on national media, including NBC's Today Show and Hulu.com.
How We’re Funded
Challenge America is primarily funded through the generous support of donors who make an optional donation to support our operations. Challenge America also receives contributions from a number of generous individuals, corporations and foundations.
- We believe in empowering our community
- We believe in transparency and accountability
- We believe in the value of public service
- We believe in the power of innovation
- We believe that the simplest solution is always best
- We believe that humor is a key to success