Skip to comments.Report: Little Given Back by 6 Veterans Charities
Posted on 06/07/2013 6:47:06 AM PDT by DJ Taylor
Six national vet groups are among a list of the top 50 worst charities in the U.S., according to The Tampa Bay Times.
The Tampa Bay Times compiled the rankings for an investigative reporting project published on Thursday. The charities were put on the list because only a small portion of their donations were used toward those in need. Charities provided as little as 2 percent back to the earnings they collected in some cases.
The vast majority of the roughly $1 billion contributed by Americans went to the corporations in the business of making the phone calls and collecting donations.
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I agree. It’s like the suffering puppies and third world children. I find the ads offensive.
I don’t take their rankings as the final story, but I do check all charities with Charity Navigator before donating. Several scams have names that are only a little different from a real charity.
Send me an audited financial statement of last year's operations and I consider donating.
They all say they will, but I've never heard from any of them and most never call back.
This is the oldest story in the world, and I can give you some advice from a friend who made calls, never contribute to those very compelling calls you get from supposed police and fireman funds. Boiler room scam artists. They set up a “charity” with one cop, then they contribute the bare legal limit and keep the rest. If it’s to buy police bullet proof vests, they might buy one.
Some even go so far as to say "mailing is expensive and costs what could be used to help xxxxx cause." To which I reply "It is nowhere near as expensive as hiring people to work the phones."
I've found the VFW and the American Legion to both be reputable veteran's organizations who can tell you who else is good and whom to avoid.
Anybody know how to find out what groups have the lowest overhead, and gives the most to the veterans? Just donated $50 to wounded warriors this past Tues, I have no clue how much actually gets to the wounded warriors.
Me too. If they call me, they get nothing. One exception to that is our local VFW.
If you want to make sure where your money goes when donating to help veterans, donate to the Fisher House Foundation
They make it possible for the veterans and active duty military to have their loved ones near by, free of charge, while they are hospitalized.
The veterans charities named in the report are the National Veterans Service Fund of Darien, Conn.; Vietnow National Headquarters of Rockford, Ill.; The Veterans Fund of Treverton, Penn. ; Veterans Assistance Foundation of Tomah, Wis.; Circle of Friends for American Veterans of Falls Church, Va. ; and Our American Veterans of Fort Valley, Ga.
Please reconsider giving money to WWP. There are other alternatives.
When you donate to the
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420
Rockville, MD 20850-5168
95% of your donation is for their program which provides FREE housing for the families of hospitalized veterans and active duty personnel. Only 3% is for administration costs and 2% for fundraising.
You can also donate your frequent flyer hours to them to provide needed transportation for the families.
Here is the story....http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/
Fisher House is truly a good one to give to.
IMHO, child molesters are the only thing lower than charity scammers.
Wounded Warriors is the worst.
1. the National Veterans Service Fund of Darien, Conn.
2. Vietnow National Headquarters of Rockford, Ill.
3. The Veterans Fund of Treverton, Penn.
4. Veterans Assistance Foundation of Tomah, Wis.
5. Circle of Friends for American Veterans of Falls Church, Va.
6. Our American Veterans of Fort Valley, Ga.
They’re an up-and-coming scam group, sad to say.
I found this out when they made their anti-gun pronouncements, which I found really odd for a veterans’ organization.
Then I started digging... and I found a professional grifter was the guy who founded WWP. The deeper I dug, the more I became incensed at what they were doing.
That’s really a shame
I fell for the crying relatives,which I usually don’t. WWP
won’t get another dime from me! I like the Fisher House
and the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Thanks for the link.
It really is a good one to give to, headstamp2. I have seen the state of the art Fisher House at the Charlie Norwood VAMC and it is fantastic! The hospitalized veterans and active duty are so grateful to have their loved ones close and it does help the healing process.
Because “Family love is good medicine”.
re: never contribute to those very compelling calls you get from supposed police and fireman funds.
Aside from most of these being scams, the fact is, in my community, the firemen and police have incredibly strong unions, and most of these employees are making big bucks in excess of over $100,000 a year. They can afford to pay for their own parties.
They talk other people into giving things like mobile chairs then claim credit for giving them to vets.
We have some great volunteers.
AND 97 cents of every dollar goes to our wounded, ill and injured
Do you have proof of that accusation?
Start here. http://www.helpindianavets.com/wounded-warriors-is-a-fraud/
I started with what you linked then went directly to WWP financial statement, which I have cut and pasted.
We contributed from the beginning when they were giving out backpacks at the hospital and now contribute $19/mo. I’m statisfied they don’t abuse the public who donate.
WWP is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. WWP’s federal ID number for donations is 20-2370934. View IRS Determination Letter.
Before I contribute my hard earned money to any organization I check them out. The Wounded Warrior’s outfit is a scam. Thanks for your input.