The Military Funders is a funder collaboration that focuses on helping military and veteran families in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Military Funders connects Catalyst members and cross sector partners to learn and explore ways to collectively support local active military personnel, veterans, and their families. Currently focusing on food and housing insecurity among veterans, the group began its collaborative funding helping with the difficult transition from active duty to civilian status.
In 2013, Military Funders members launched the Military Transition Support Project (MTSP), an unprecedented year-long collaboration among San Diego’s military, government agencies, elected officials, nonprofits, businesses, and philanthropic institutions. The goal of MTSP was to develop a comprehensive plan to better coordinate community resources for veterans, and to connect those resources to service members as early as possible in the transition from active duty to civilian status.
In January 2015, a new nonprofit organization called zero8hundred opened its doors and began making the MTSP Community Plan a reality. In 2019, zero8hundred earned its official 501(c)3 status and secured a first-of-its-kind nine-year MOU with the U.S. Military Navy Region Southwest. Catalyst’s Military Funders collaborative remains closely connected to the work of zero8hundred.