11 years of making Differences

From the first Hurricane Katrina humanitarian aid mission we have touched thousands of lives and more recently we’ve made Life-Saving differences for a number of Veterans in need and Life-Changing differences for hundreds more.

A Lifeline of Hope and Help

Two of United Relief Foundation’s founding principles are making a “connection” between those wanting to help and those in need, and engaging others in manner that would provide balanced benefits to all involved to “compound” the good done.

Understandably, with so many Americans in need it can be difficult for you to choose who to help and not unless your life has been touched in some way making a connection to a cause can be challenging.

However, in times of disasters we truly become united in our outpouring of relief to our fellow Americans with lifelines of hope and help in their time of need and the response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina is just one example.

The United Relief Foundation was formed in 2005 (officially incorporated on February 2, 2006) to provide a way, Lifeline of Hope and Help, to make a difference in the lives Hurricane Katrina victims.

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Lifelines for Hurricane Katrina victims

The first humanitarian aid effort organized was delivering relief supplies on a private airplane into Slidell Airport (which was under military control) Louisiana for designated distribution to make the connection between donors and recipients, then making a second relief supply pick-up and drop off at Slidell Airport, and finally returning with two Hurricane Katrina refugees, reuniting them with their families in Illinois.

Since the United Relief Foundation is volunteer driven and has virtually no overhead, the Foundation developed a non-typical yet effective process of being able to compound the good done by having contributors make their monetary donations directly to designated United Relief Foundation Hope and Help Partners.

In return, the United Relief Foundation received much more in ancillary support then the donations would have paid for, thus compounding the good: Donations to Hope and Help Partners aids their efforts, in a shared humanitarian purpose, servicing those in need that the United Relief Foundation is not and providing support that allows the United Relief Foundation to service others in need, without exhausting additional human and financial resources.
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United Relief Foundation’s connecting and compounding principles (and practices) worked so well that the good the United Relief Foundation was doing gained more public interest as well as the media attention generating local newspaper articles, regional television coverage and a national appearance on Good Morning America.

Over time, the 900 plus miles distance between northern Illinois and southern Mississippi started to take a toll.

Shifting Efforts and Focus

Even though our disaster relief efforts were making differences, receiving praise from the public and generating much media attention, United Relief Foundation supporters wanted to be more engaged in their home States of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Using our Hurricane Katrina relief acquired humanitarian aid skill sets and resources, we started Stock the Shelves and Share the Warmth Lifeline Initiatives to provide food and clothing for individuals and families in need.

United Relief Foundation supporters found these Initiatives rewarding and the good that we were doing also generate much appreciation and recognition. However, we felt our efforts were duplicating the efforts of many other charitable organizations and that we were not utilizing all our skill sets and resources.

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Serving those who have Served

With less than 0.5% of the United States population serving in the Armed Services, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq brought a renewed awareness to the sacrifice and suffering of all Veterans.

United Relief Foundation’s response was to rally supporters and harness our humanitarian aid skills sets and resources to the serve the men and women who served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Understandably, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq generated constant media attention and connected all Americans to the men and women serving our Country.

However, even with the wars being declared over and the lack of much media and public attention given to the conflicts United States Armed Forces are presently engaged in, living with emotional and physical pain and suffering inflicted in the service of our Country is a daily reality for many of our Veterans who served, in any war or conflict.

Standing Tall in Illinois and Wisconsin

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Of course, we wish we could help every Veteran in need. However, by focusing on certain counties in Illinois and Wisconsin helps us to make profoundly positive impact in the lives of the homeless, home-bound, hospitalized as well as able and disability rated Veterans we service.

Expanding our reach to those who have served our Country

Over the course of 11 years, the United Relief Foundation has been making positive differences in the lives Americans in need and this year we will be working closely with our Hope & Help Partner Growing Healthy Veterans, to compound the good we are doing for Veterans on a Nationwide scale.


Frank Salato


About our Founder Frank Salato

Having a very fortunate life, Frank still gives thanks every day for his blessings and back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated thousands of Americans lives he wanted to do more than write a check, he wanted to make a real connection and tangible difference. Thus, the founding of the United Relief Foundation.

Serving as the president of an Internet technology firm had allowed Frank certain advantages to pursue his philanthropic desires and with the support of dedicated volunteers and donors, along with an appearance on Good Morning America and other media coverage, the United Relief Foundation continues to still be able to make profoundly positive differences.

Having a deceased Father and other Family members who have served in the United States Armed Forces, Frank appreciates the importance of “connecting” with a cause, however, he also understands making a tangible, lasting difference is just as important as a personal connection.

The United Relief Foundation might not realistically be able to come to the aid of every Veteran in need, but Frank assures you that your Single Act Of Kindness will make a rewarding connection by helping to make profoundly positive differences in the lives of our military Heroes in their time of need.

Feel free to call Frank at (888) 718-0989 ext.1

Not-for-Profit Charter

The United Relief Foundation was incorporated by the State of Illinois as a NOT-FOR-PROFIT on February 2, 2006 and is duly registered with the Illinois Attorney General charities department.

Even though United Relief Foundation’s State of origin is Illinois, the Foundation is legally permitted to conduct charitable activities in all 50 States.

 501(c)(3) Expemtion

Donations, including real estate, goods and services, to the United Relief Foundation are tax deductible to the extent of the law. EIN 20-4374539 IRS Letter of Determination click here

Internal Revenue Service (IRS.gov) To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

Spirit of Giving Recipients

The United Relief Foundation values all our contributors and hope they feel rewarded. However, there are occasions, which our contributors would agree, when an individual or organization contributions warrants special recognition.

Brian Urbanowski

Brian Urbanowski

Laine Lucke

Laine Lucke

Mary Kiete-Green

Mary Kiete-Green