If you’re like me, you must have received those heart-rending appeals for donation from the Paralyzed Veterans of America. In fact, I’ve donated to PVOA for years. Today, I decided to look them up. To my shock, PVOA has an “F” rating!
Not every veterans charity is legit or honest. Too many spend most of their donated money on administrative costs and bloated salaries, instead of on America’s veterans. Here’s a useful ratings list for veterans charities to guide us in our generosity.
The American Institute of Philanthropy recently released a report rating various veterans charities on how well they support the causes they were created to support.
We were surprised at some of the ratings in this report; not at others. Before you donate your hard-earned dollars to any charitable organization, check it out to see how much of its revenues actually go to support its charitable purpose, and how much goes to administrative expenses, salaries, and fundraising. You may be surprised!
Letter grades were based largely on the charities’ fundraising costs and the percentage of money raised that was spent on its charitable activities.
The charities that received failing grades are in red type.
The charities that received grades of A or better are in bold blue type.
Here are the December 2007 veterans charities ratings, by the AIP:
Veterans Charities Ratings
Air Force Aid Society (A+)
Read the complete AIP veterans charity watchdog report and veterans charities ratings.
Do you have questions about specific veterans charities?
First, check the list of veterans charities reviewed by Military-Money-Matters.com. If the charity you’re interested in is not listed there, then check the references listed below the stars & stripes bar to look up information.
If you can’t find the answer to your question in any of those sources, ask your questions about specific veterans charities. For ease of answering your questions, please make a separate submission for each different charity you wish to inquire about, and make the title of your submission the name of the charity. Thanks.
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