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Fisher House Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
November 2021

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Fisher House Foundation
12300 Twinbrook Parkway
Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852

Other Names

Fisher House

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To construct and furnish Fisher Houses, provide assistance and scholarships to military families & children, and enhance the quality of life for veterans & armed forces members.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2020

Program Percentage: 91%

The percentage of Fisher House Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $3

How many dollars Fisher House Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Fisher House Foundation IRS Form 990 11-3158401
Fisher House Foundation Audited Financial Statements 11-3158401
Entity: Fisher House Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 11-3158401
Entity: Fisher House Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 11-3158401

Governance & Transparency

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Fisher House Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Fisher House Foundation
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 David A. Coker President $505,327
2 Mary B. Considine Chief of Staff $216,404
3 Denise Dolan VP, Development $208,290
Name: David A. Coker
Title: President
Compensation: $505,327
Name: Mary B. Considine
Title: Chief of Staff
Compensation: $216,404
Name: Denise Dolan
Title: VP, Development
Compensation: $208,290

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

As part of our financial analysis, CharityWatch makes certain adjustments to figures reported by a charity in its tax filing and/or audited financial statements to better reflect for donors how efficiently a charity is spending its donations.

Fisher House Foundation constructs and furnishes houses for the purpose of providing temporary lodging for members of the armed services and their families receiving care in military and veterans hospitals. Constructed Fisher Houses are donated to various branches of the U.S. armed services and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Due to accounting rules, the millions of dollars the Foundation spends on constructing these houses, typically over a multi-year period, are not reported by the charity as a program expense in the years the funds are spent on construction. Rather, according to the Foundation's audit, "Costs of construction of Fisher Houses to be donated are capitalized [rather than included in program expenses] as incurred. All costs incurred in connection with the construction of a Fisher House are expensed when the house is donated" (Note 1 re: Construction-in-progress). The result is that the Foundation appears to be spending less on programs during years of construction and more on programs in subsequent years when Fisher Houses are donated.

CharityWatch understands that while these accounting rules are appropriate for audit and other financial reporting, taking them at face value when computing financial efficiency percentages for any single reporting year would produce volatile results that are not reflective of how efficiently or inefficiently Fisher House Foundation is operating. Therefore, we make adjustments to reported figures by including the Foundation's construction costs in its program percentage calculation in the year the funds are spent. Similarly, we subtract from reported program spending the funds the Foundation spent on construction in prior years. These adjustments produce program efficiency and fundraising ratios that are more helpful for donors who want to know how efficiently the charity is raising and spending public dollars in a given year.

According to the Fisher House Foundation audited Statement of Activities and Change in Net Assets for the year ended December 31, 2020, the Foundation received in-kind "Donated goods" on which it placed a total value of $7,563,304.

Included in the total amount of donated goods received in 2020 is "donated media time" on which the Foundation placed a value of approximately $6,200,000, according to the Fisher House Foundation audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 1 re: Donated Goods, Services, and Media Time).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Fisher House Foundation audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 9, Major Grantors and Donors):

"For the year ended December 31, 2020, five donors/grantors accounted for 29% of the Foundation's revenue. For the year ended December 31, 2019, five donors/grantors accounted for 35% of the Foundation's revenue."

According to the Fisher House Foundation audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 8, Related Party Transactions):

"For the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, the Foundation compensated an officer of the Foundation total amounts of $58,168 and $57,251, respectively, for his services in connection with the scholarship program and consulting..."

According to the Fisher House Foundation audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 12, Risks and Uncertainties):

"On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization ('WHO') announced a global health emergency because of a new strain of coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China (the 'COVID-19 outbreak') and the risks to the international community as the virus spreads globally beyond its point of origin.

"On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As of the date of issuance [May 26, 2021], this public health emergency stands to substantially impact the global economy, including significant volatility in the financial markets. COVID-19 pandemic and government responses are creating disruption in global supply chains and adversely impacting many industries. The outbreak could have a continued material adverse impact on economic and market conditions and trigger a period of global economic slowdown. The rapid development and fluidity of this situation precludes any prediction as to the ultimate material adverse impact of COVID-19. Nevertheless, COVID-19 presented potential material uncertainty and risk with respect to the Foundation, its performance, and its financial results.

"In an effort to ensure the health and well-being of the Foundation's staff and to sustain its work and mission, the staff moved to a mandatory telework status beginning in March 2020. The Foundation implemented procedures to ensure the safety of staff members as they conducted business. Several events were cancelled including galas, races, and other large gatherings, but the Foundation continued to bring in contributions and other revenue. The COVID-19 pandemic has not produced material impacts to the Foundation's revenue or change in net assets."

According to the Fisher House Foundation (FHF) 2020 tax filing, FHF includes in its reporting for Compensation Information re: Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees, "Bonus & incentive compensation" paid to 10 individuals, including $134,000 paid to David A. Coker, President. Mr. Coker's reported total compensation in 2020 is $505,327. The other nine reported "Bonus & incentive compensation" amounts are between $10,000 and $5,080 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).