Marine Corps League
The Foundation was established in 1989 to raise and collect funds for the charitable and educational activities of the Marine Corps League and to distribute those funds diligently within the mandates of a non-profit 501 (c)(3) agency as designated by the Internal Revenue Service.
The foundation has a blocked scholarship fund which assists funding the Marine Corps League's Scholarship Program. These scholarships are granted to the children and grandchildren of Marines who have lost their lives in service to their country and to children and grandchildren of members of the Marine Corps League and its Ladies Auxiliary. Applications are encouraged by League members from every state and the local sponsoring Detachment is responsible for determining that the applicant(s) it is sponsoring have demonstrated through activities or interviews that values such as respect, attitude, patriotism, and self-discipline are held.
In addition to scholarships, the Foundation supports the educational activities of the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League and the Youth Physical Fitness Program of the Marine Corps League. Both of these programs have been widely recognized as being very effective in the area of drug prevention and character development. The Young Marine of the Year is awarded recognition in the form of funds to further their education. The Youth Physical Fitness National Team Competition is held annually and top scoring male and female teams and individuals are recognized with cash awards.
In the area of Humanitarian Aid, our philanthropic endeavors are realized with grants to individual Marines and families of Marines who are in a difficult position due to circumstances beyond their control. The needs are verified by local Marine Corps League officials, who often rally local Marine Corps League members to provide additional assistance as needed.
The Foundation is funded through a variety of fundraising activities as well as individual and organizational donations. The Foundation has been recognized and accepted by the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and donations are received through that agency. The Memorial Certificate/Plaque program and collections/donations from members and Detachment, Department and Auxiliary Units from around the country providing the balance of our funding.
We welcome all who share our values of Honor, Courage, Commitment, and Marines Helping Marines and investing in the youth of our country by encouraging their development as good citizens. Please join us in these worthy endeavors with your participation and contributions to any extent you are able.
When a donation is sent to the Marine Corps League Foundation, a certificate with the gold and red Marine Corp League seal can be requested for presentation to the family. Upon your direction, the certificate can be returned to the donor for presentation or it can be sent to the family directly if an address is provided. The certificate acknowledges a donation made to the Foundation in memory of the deceased and includes the name on the certificate.