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Report Card for Veterans Charities…Who do YOU Donate to?

In honor of Veteran's Day I thought this was information worth posting. It is sad the charitable groups I have donated to in the past rate F’s! I will be referring to this list in the future…and I hope you do too.

Bennett Weiner, chief operating officer of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, 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. The charities that received failing grades are in bold type.

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)


One Response to Report Card for Veterans Charities…Who do YOU Donate to?

  1. Tom Glasgow December 12, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    I have some construction supplies that I would like to donate to military families etc or disabled veterans and I have sinks, faucets, cabinets, doors, skylights and some general construction supplies. Can you direct me to a worthy cause as I do NOT want to give them to wholesalers that will charge for them but I assume the value is several thousand dollars and can be used in several homes.

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