rEPORT cARD OF VARIOUS MILITARY CHARITIES.

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  1. DonaldN

    DonaldN New Member

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    Check out this link about the Army Emergency Fund. Below is a report card of the various "military" Charity's. I see the Veterans Of The Vietnam War & the Veterans Coalition rating is "D". AS IT WILL ALWAYS BE!!!!


    GI Charity Hoards Millions

    Entire article is in Military.com newsletter @ Benefiting the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard - Military.com

    Very interesting, but not surprising, Forbes and whatever should enjoy this. They're listed in a national military news article. More great publicity for Forbesy's VVnW&VC I like their initials, especially the "VC" part. Reminds me of another VC organization from years ago.....

    DonaldN
    Semper Fi!

    16666906 Feb 23, 2009 9:12:33 AM
    report card:
    Air Force Aid Society (A+)
    American Ex-Prisoners of War Service Foundation (F)
    American Veterans Coalition (F)
    American Veterans Relief Foundation (F)
    AMVETS National Service Foundation (F)
    Armed Services YMCA of the USA (A-)
    Army Emergency Relief (A+)
    Blinded Veterans Association (D)
    Disabled American Veterans (D)
    Disabled Veterans Association (F)
    Fisher House Foundation (A+)
    Freedom Alliance (F)
    Help Hospitalized Veterans/Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (F)
    Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (A+)
    Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (F)
    National Military Family Association (A)
    National Veterans Services Fund (F)
    National Vietnam Veterans Committee (D)
    Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (A+)
    NCOA National Defense Foundation (F)
    Paralyzed Veterans of America (F)
    Soldiers' Angels (D)
    United Spinal Association's Wounded Warrior Project (D)
    USO (United Service Organization) (C+)
    Veterans of Foreign Wars and foundation (C-)
    Veterans of the Vietnam War & the Veterans Coalition (D)
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (D)
    VietNow National Headquarters (F)
    World War II Veterans Committee (D)

    Source: FDVA News Clips 13 Dec 07 ++


    An American Veteran - whether Active Duty, Retired, National Guard or Reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States Of America for an amount of - "up to and including my life."
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    DonaldN New Member

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    I see the above list rates the AER as A+ but the Associated Press (AP) article hammers them for "hoarding millions. The list is 14 months old. But I don't believe it would be any different today.

    Some people go their whole life wondering if they made a difference. Marines don't have that problem!


    DonaldN
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    Hey Don, does the Veteran's fund of the usa get a mention, that's the one where Forbes and his woman are the controllers of the large sums of money that get into the organisation, regards Neil
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    DonaldN New Member

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    I received this today, 1 April 2009. At first I thought it was the same as the one I posted earlier. This one contains some additional information.

    The answer to Neil's question about the VVnW's Veterans Fund of the US is NO! I think the organization that did the research on this probably don't know about the VFUS that petey and nancy own and operate and use the funds as they please. There is no oversight on their "personal charity".
    DonaldN
    Semper Fi!



    Don,
    VVNW is listed. Though you might find the results interesting.
    Stew
    Mar 31, 2009 08:02:03 PM,
    Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 10:03 AM
    Subject: CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE MILITARY

    Washington Post Article Re: Charitable Orgs Assoc / Military..
    The lesson here is "donor beware; donate selectively!"
    Be sure to check the ratings list @ the bottom...

    Attention all vets and contributors to vets groups.
    Note the report card for 29 veterans and military charities, below:
    By Philip Rucker, Washington Post Staff Writer
    Americans gave millions of dollars in the past year to veterans' charities designed to help troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, but several of the groups spent relatively little money on the wounded, according to a leading watchdog organization and federal tax filings.

    Eight veterans charities, including some of the nation's largest, gave less than a third of the money raised to the causes they champion, far below the recommended standard, the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) says in a report. One group passed along 1 cent for every dollar raised, the report says. Another paid its founder and his wife a combined $540,000 in compensation and benefits last year, a Washington Post analysis of tax filings showed..

    Richard H. Esau Jr., executive director of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, based in Annandale, said the cost of
    fundraising limits how much his group can spend on charitable causes. 'Do you have any idea how much money it costs to advertise? It's unbelievable the amount of money it takes to advertise in the print and electronic media,' he said. 'I'm very proud of what we do, and we certainly do look after everybody. The point is we do the right thing by veterans.'

    Borochoff, of the AIP, said many veterans charities are 'woefully inefficient,' spending large sums on costly direct-mail advertising. 'They oversolicit. They love to send out a lot of trinkets and stickers and greeting cards and flags and things that waste a lot of money that they get little return on,' said Borochoff, who plans to testify before Congress shortly.

    The philanthropy institute gave F's to 12 of the 29 military charities reviewed and D's to eight.. Five were awarded A-pluses, including the Fisher House Foundation in Rockville, which the institute says directs more than 90 percent of its income to charitable causes. One group received an A, and one received an A-minus.

    Jim Weiskopf, spokesman for Fisher House, said the charity does not use direct-mail advertising. 'As soon as you do direct mail your fundraising expenses go up astronomically,' he said. One egregious example, Borochoff said, is Help Hospitalized Veterans, which was founded in 1971 by Roger Chapin, a veteran of the Army Finance Corps and a San Diego real estate developer. The charity, which provides therapeutic arts and crafts kits to hospitalized veterans, reported income of $71.3 million last year and spent about one-third of that money on charitable work, the philanthropy institute said.

    In its tax filings, 'Help Hospitalized Veterans' reported paying more than $4 million to direct-mail fundraising consultants. The group also has run television advertisements featuring actor Sam Waterston! , game show host Pat Sajak and other celebrities. Bennett Weiner, chief operating officer of the Better Business Bureau, said the agency has 20 standards for reviewing charities, including that a charity's fundraising and overhead costs not exceed 35 percent of total contributions.

    The American Institute of Philanthropy, a leading charity watchdog, issued a report card this month for 29 veterans and military charities. Letter grades were based largely on the charities' fundraising costs and the percentage of money raised that was spent on charitable activities.

    Air Force Aid Society (A+)
    American Ex-Prisoners of War Service Foundation (F)
    American Veterans Coalition (F)
    American Veterans Relief Foundation (F)
    AMVETS National Service Foundation (F)
    Armed Services YMCA of the USA (A-)
    Army Emergency Relief (A+)
    Blinded Veterans Association (D)
    Disabled American Veterans (D)
    Disabled Veterans Association (F)
    Fisher House Foundation (A+)
    Freedom Alliance (F)
    Help Hospitalized Veterans/Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (F)
    Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (A+)
    Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (F)
    National Military Family Association (A)
    Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (A+! )
    National Veterans Services Fund (F)
    National Vietnam Veterans Committee (D)
    NCOA National Defense Foundation (F)
    Paralyzed Veterans of America (F)
    Soldiers' Angels (D)
    United Spinal Association's Wounded Warrior Project (D)
    USO (United Service Organization) (C+)
    Veterans of Foreign Wars and Foundation (C-)
    Veterans of the Vietnam War & the Veterans Coalition (D)
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (D)
    VietNow National Headquarters (F)
    World War II Veterans Committee (D)

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