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Thank You Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Patriotic Hearts, the 501c3 of which is a part, has been chosen to be among the select group of non-profit endeavors listed in the The Patriots Initiative Directory—a program of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.

The primary purpose of this post is to thank The Patriots Initiative for choosing us and for sending our information to its members. It is an honor to be selected by such a prestigious foundation.

In San Diego County our most exclusive neighborhood is Rancho Santa Fe. In the 2000 census it was declared the ‘wealthiest community in the nation.’ Rancho Santa Fe is one of the oldest communities in San Diego. It is beautifully situated with views of the ocean, lakes and hilltops across the county. It has been an exclusive community for America’s greatest artists, architects, movie stars and entrepreneurs for decades.

Rancho Santa Fe is noted for its Spanish and Mediterranean architecture that creates unity between buildings and their surroundings in a simplistic blend of picturesque romantic charm. 

Here is the essential information aboutThe Patriots Initiative—a program of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Mission: To connect donors with regional and global needs through visionary community leadership, personalized service and effective grant making.

Vision: To be a comprehensive center for philanthropy that inspires the joy of purposeful giving.

People Magazine's Heroes Among Us 
Past Chairman: CA Economic Council
Past Secretary: United Veteran Council

From President Bush: The Congressional Medal of Merit
From President Obama: President's Volunteer Service Medal

From San Diego: The Visionary Award for Creating Economic Development
From the Chamber of Commerce: The Extra Mile Award
From ABC TV: The Leadership Award
From U.S. Veterans & Families: Liberty 

Check out our  segment on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams:

And here is our feature in People Magazine:,,20688680,00.html


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Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.


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