About the United Relief Foundation

501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization chartered as a not-for-profit by the State of Illinois on February 2, 2006. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

What We Are About

Making A Difference by Being The Difference

The United Relief Foundation is about doing the good deeds that make profound lasting differences in the lives of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

For the most part, with the exception of a Good Morning America appearance and occasional media attention, the United Relief Foundation quietly goes about Making A Difference by Being The Difference.

Welcoming others to have a rewarding part in the Foundation’s humanitarian relief efforts is how we are united in the service to the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Who We Serve

Men and Women who have honorably served in the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” 

Our Founding President

Frank SalatoFrank was 27 when his father Frank, a Navy Veteran, passed away at the age of 57 and the loss started his perpetual drive to be as giving as his Dad. In response to the suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina Frank wanted to do more than writing a check, henceforth the United Relief Foundation. Even though Frank is appreciative of the accolades, from receiving the Lions Outstanding Service Award to a Good Morning America appearance, he gives the credit of the good done and differences made to the generosity of others. As Frank redirects energy from being the president of his company into his charitable endeavors of doing more good with the United Relief Foundation, he draws even more on the caring, giving spirit of his dear deceased Parents Frank and Alice, and Brother Lawrence.

Board of Directors
Frank Salato
Maria Page
Debby Hojnacki

Advisory Board
Konni Vukelic
Micheal Ragan
Denise Heisner

Counsel/Compliance Attorney Richard Valentino

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United Relief Foundation State of Illinois Good Standing Certificate

2005

Founding president Frank Salato leads Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts to collect and deliver relief supplies. The first effort: relief flown by private aircraft to Slidell Airport Louisiana under military control, 2nd supply air-transport and returning to Illinois with victims of Katrina and reunited them with their respective families.

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2006

United Relief Foundation, Inc. is chartered by the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization on February 2, 2006 and formed as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization

2011

In addition to responding to disaster relief requests, the service and sacrifice of American military personnel engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq brought forth an heighten awareness of the challenges Veterans had transitioning back into civilian life, prompting the United Relief Foundation to expand and focus its humanitarian aid in the service of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

The Coalition of Veterans Organizations was instrumental in United Relief Foundation's humanitarian aid shift to Veterans.
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2017

United Relief Foundation introduces Standing Tall for Veterans in need as an umbrella for efforts in the service of Illinois and Wisconsin Veterans and begins developing programs to expand its abilities to be of service to more Veterans in need.

2020

United Relief Foundation expands service reach and response with the assistance of its Hope and Help Partners, Inner Voice Chicago (Holistic-Horcultural Healing Heroes Program), Illinois Joining Forces (Rapid Response Initiative) and National Women Veterans United (Women Warriors Campaign).

United Relief Foundation Hope and Help Partner Inner Voice Chicago