With a mission to provide support to charities and families who have run into uncontrollable financial difficulties, the Git-R-Done Foundation has already given away more than $6 million in its first two years of existence. At the heart of this foundation is Dan Whitney, more commonly known as his comedic alter ego Larry the Cable Guy.
Named after Larry’s signature motto, the Git-R-Done non-profit was the end result of Whitney and his wife, Cara, spending many years giving money and support to charities, finally deciding it was time to create their own foundation in order to really make an impact.
“Our financial guy said, ‘Look you can only give away a certain amount of money; you should just start a foundation,’ ” Whitney says.
Beginning with family members and friends volunteering their time to get the foundation on its feet, Whitney eventually called one of his good friends Adrian Stumpf. Stumpf quickly became the foundation’s president, with Whitney the CEO. Stumpf is the only one who gets paid for his work, which is a full-time gig, handling everything from organizing fundraisers to managing the website.
“I’m pretty much the jack of all trades around here,” Stumpf says.
Stemming from the personal experience of their son being diagnosed with hip displaysia, the Whitneys’ foundation has given $5 million to the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation and the Intl. Hip Dysplasia Institute for the treatment and cure of the congenital condition. Other donations include $1 million to the Child Advocacy Center of Lincoln, Neb., and $1.2 million to develop a children’s center within the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
“We really enjoy giving to people that reach more than we can reach,” says Whitney. “We can reach one family at time where they can reach hundreds of families.”
While the Foundation supports myriad charities, its main focus is on children in need, despite several letters a day requesting aid for one reason or another.
“You get tons of ‘My husband’s relapsed on his drug program and they took his truck and we need a new truck,’ ” Whitney says. “You feel sorry for the people, but there’s a guy over here who’s lost his leg, so I’d probably go with him over a guy who can’t stop drinking.”
Still, Whitney struggles with how to prioritize the foundation’s resources.
“How do you pick? I mean it really sucks,” says Whitney. “If I had Warren Buffet money it wouldn’t suck as bad, but I don’t.”
While the foundation does receive donations, most of its funds come straight from Whitney’s pocket.
He has also started a yearly golf tournament fundraiser, collecting more than $70,000 its first year.
Whitney says plans for the foundation are not any different from other non-profits: “We just want to grow.”
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