Veterans charities and their grades

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  1. Mesen

    Mesen New Member

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    Thought this would be interesting to you. Ashamed to see the grade the VFW got.
    Alls well in whoville but got a house full of kids that wear me out.

    c ya
    Bree

    A word to the wise..

    See this web site for ratings:
    http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20071213131834.pdf


    Among other things, the

    rating chart shows fund raising costs per $100 raised for each

    charity.Some of the figures are truly

    shocking!
    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 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 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 ittle return on,' said

    Borochoff, who plans to testify before Congress today.

    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. 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)


    makes you wonder huh?
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