When you go to a concert or sporting event, there's often a scattering of empty seats about. Usually, those seats were purchased, but their owners couldn't come for one reason or another. Until recently, there wasn't much you could do about it. But now, if you're ever in that sticky situation, there's a military-friendly solution: Veteran Tickets Foundation.
The premise behind the organization is for civilians and veterans to give back to the community they love and support by working to provide free tickets to various events so that veterans and military members may be able to attend. Civilians, current servicemembers and veterans alike can donate tickets to the Veteran Tickets Foundation, who then disperses the free tickets. An empty seat doesn't do anyone any good, argues the foundation, so why not donate the ticket to a game or concert you can't go to?
Events that veterans and the military are able to attend through the foundation include Disney on Ice, NBA games, various plays and musicals and more. Once you sign up for VetTix, you can start claiming tickets, and can even request to take family or friends with you to events. As of December 2011, the foundation has given away 289,000 tickets.
As far as nonprofits go, they're hitting it out of the park.
"The organization received top-rated status by being positively reviewed by their own constituents," said Jessica Belsky, communications director at GreatNonprofits.org.
One reviewer of VetTix on GreatNonprofits.org, said "VetTix gave us the opportunity to attend events and broaden our own exposure to the Arts. We were able to attend plays, concerts, and even the ballet that we would not even have considered. Thank you VetTix for a great concept and putting unused tickets to great use!"
According to PR Web, the foundation also teamed up with 5-Hour Energy in 2012 to provide football tickets for Air Force veteran Michael Daugherty following his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Through the foundation's Hero's Wish program, Daugherty also was able to meet the game's announcers.
The Military Walletmentioned the foundation as one of the only organizations that includes veterans in their staff as well as recipient group. Veteran Tickets Foundation is giving back to those who gave freedom to them and is doing great things in the military and veteran communities.