October 30, 2013
“To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen… to be forgotten is the worse.” – Pierre Claeyssen
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An important yet often-overlooked holiday is rapidly approaching. Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring those who served in the United States Armed Forces, falls on November 11. But it tends to be neglected in the frenzy between Halloween and Thanksgiving. (more…)
March 20, 2013
We were shocked and saddened to hear about the recent scandal involving Allied Veterans of the World and Florida’s lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll. It is reported that the veterans charity operated as a front for an online gambling business, with only about two percent of earnings going to veterans. Much of the earnings went to political campaigns, lobbying and expensive cars. The business operated within a loophole of Florida law, enabling the operation of online “sweepstakes cafes” as long as the proceeds are donated to charity. Arrests have now been made for money laundering and racketeering.
As reprehensible as this scandal is, the good news is that you can take a stand. Have you donated or volunteered for a nonprofit helping vets that you feel is worthy of praise? Have you seen the difference a nonprofit has made in someone’s life? Do you know of an organization helping veterans and their families? Now is the time to write a review and let everyone know about it. Former donors of Allied Veterans of the World will be looking for a new place to donate, and you can help guide them to nonprofits doing the most good for our veterans.
Write a review on our site, or browse through some of the veterans organizations that have been reviewed near you. You can look through Top-Rated veterans organizations also.
You can help donors make the right choice. Your story has the power to inform others to donate to the organizations truly helping veterans.
July 2, 2012
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Independence Day is a lot more than just barbecue parties and fireworks. Not that those things aren’t fun, (on what other day of the year can you wear overalls that are emblazoned with tiny American flags?) but on July 4th this year we challenge you to both celebrate and reflect on the true reason for the holiday.
It is a day to celebrate our country’s rich history and to remember the efforts made to secure our independence and the freedoms that come with it. In line with the spirit of the holiday, here is a list of reviewed nonprofits dedicated to the preservation and celebration of our country’s history. Nonprofits who work to uphold the spirit of patriotism, justice and equality.
1. Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba Diving Inc.
“…They take wounded warriors returning from battle and restore some of the mobility they may have lost due to injuries. It must be very liberating to be unshackled from gravity and learn a skill which will last a lifetime. The physical and emotional benefits must be so uplifting!”
2. Intrepid Museum Foundation, Inc
“…I can think of no other organization that does as much good with the contributions they receive…. Films and speakers, overnight trips for schools and scout groups in the newly refurbished lower deck. Space exploration, aircraft from every era of aviation history. Special displays highlighting the US Navy’s early work in integrating our armed forces. It is a wonderful organization, and I am proud to support it.”
3. Telluride Historical Museum Inc
“…Telluride is an incredibly special place and without the Telluride Historical Museum to preserve and share its rich history the specialness of its past would be lost….”
4. Operation Understanding DC
“OUDC has been such an important part of my life and continues to impact me years after I graduated from the program. It has helped shape my education, career path, my way of thinking, my identity, and my understanding of history.”
5. Hope for the Warriors
“H4W gave me a reprieve from the daily struggle that is living with a combat injury, and more than that they showed me how much people care about us… I contacted a few of the people that helped me over a year later and they still remembered me.”
June 1, 2012
photo: brittanylynae on Flickr
Following an incendiary CNN Anderson Cooper 360 report accusing the charity Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) of misusing millions of dollars, a Senate Finance Committee investigation has been launched to take a closer look at the nonprofit’s financials.
Well before this scandal however, starting in 2009, GreatNonprofits members were already negatively reviewing the veterans’ charity, giving it the lowest rating of only one star. Reviewers cited concerns about how donations were spent and the many useless “gifts” received via direct mail through “guilt-based” marketing. (more…)