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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Veterans

Mission: Providing sports, arts, music and recreational rehabilitative programs to brighten the days and boost the spirits those that have served our country.

Target demographics: brighten the days of our active duty and veteran service men and women

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of active duty and veteran men and women.

Geographic areas served: the USA and overseas

Programs: sports, arts, and music to help engage our American heroes and provide opportunities to get involved in experiences that will brighten their days and speed recuperation.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL Charity was initiated in 1942 by the Women's Bowling Association to assist our veterans during WWII. I have been involved with this charity for several years mainly because over 90 % of money donated goes to assisting veterans. The other veterans charities do not come close to that %. When I deliver the checks to the veterans each year their smiles and appreciation tell me BVL is doing the correct thing for veterans.
Thank you BVL from this Vietnam Veteran for helping my brothers & sisters who need all the assistance we can provide.
Dennis Brummitt
Phoenix, Arizona

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is the proved to me to be the best charity for our Veterans. They have very low overhead which means more money for our Veterans. When we raise money for the BVL, we request funds to come back to Iowa to help our home town veterans with their recreational needs. We are able to see where that money is used, as we personally deliver the checks from BVL to the VA centers. Without BVL, our Veterans all over the nation and abroad would not have the recreational needs met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a bowler, donor and volunteer, I have seen BVL at work at the National TEE Tournament at Riverside Iowa. Board members from our state women's bowling association volunteer to help at the bowling venue. This year over 50 visually impaired veterans enjoyed bowling in Coralville Iowa. Every year we have made new friends but also meet up with friends we have made the past years. Because of BVL, these veterans are enjoying the sport we all love. What an honor it was for all of us helping these veterans. BVL has also helped our three VA facilities in Iowa. We have personally delivered the donations from BVL to these sites. What a feeling to see what and how these men and women will be helped with the proceeds from BVL.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BVL is a great organization and they do amazing work for veterans!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Veteran's Service Officer in Pennsylvania who deals with veteran's issues on a daily basis. BVL raises funds to help those veterans who are our nation's heroes and exemplifies how they should be respected for securing the freedoms that we all cherish today. Thank you to such a wonderful organization and all that you do for veterans !!

Donor

Rating: 5

i was a general manager for a bowling center chain in the Philadelphia area and we became involved with BVL through the Bowling proprietors Assn. In our 4 centers , soliciting bowlers to make a pledge, we were able to raise over $20,000 each and every year. The monies were targeted for Walter Reed Hospital and the families that were visiting loved ones receiving treatment. The chance to help these families was an easy "sell" to our bowlers they stepped up in a huge way. We also set up a Veterans wall in each of our centers honoring those who served and continue to serve our country. Working with BVL certainly changed my life and i now have a new found appreciation of what our military due for us every day. Thanks to BVL, i still remain involved in any way i can to further their mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link a.k.a. Brightening Veterans Lives) is an amazing charity! It was formed in the 1940's and continues to date due to the generosity of bowlers who have vowed to never forget our veterans and what they did/continue to do for all of us. BVL provides recreational and therapeutic programs for active duty military and veterans. The money is raised mainly through bowling associations/functions across the U.S.; some of the money can remain local if that is the desire of the association or it can all be directed to support the national programs. BVL consistently functions on a remarkable 6% overhead rate proving that their efforts are sincere. BVL provides grants to VA hospitals to buy necessary equipment from sporting equipment to musical instruments and funds a wide arrange of sporting events and activities to provide recreational and therapeutic programs to those to have served our country. BVL is the leader for recreational therapy and is proud that VA hospitals and leaders of therapy programs know they can depend on BVL for support. To date, bowlers have raised in excess of $45 million and their commitment remains loyal and strong! BVL is obviously grateful to the bowlers and the bowlers are grateful for the leadership of the board in being efficient and successful in serving their military men and women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL means the sport of Bowling supports our veterans. Even more so the low expense fee makes it a very attractive nonprofit to financially support, because we know the vast majority of the money goes to our very deserving veterans.

Further Re-Creation is a fantastic musical troupe which the veterans really appreciate. The performers are volunteers who donate their lives for a year or two to perform across the United States at VA Medical Centers and State Homes. You couldn't find a more dedicated group of young people.

BVL knows how to reach out to local and state USBC Associations to garner their help. By presenting awards to standout association achievers the associations appreciate the recognition while supporting our veterans.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Bowling Center Proprietor we have teamed up with BVL for the last several years raising thousands of dollars for our veterans. We had been searching for an organization that we believed in as well as trusted, and BVL is it!!

Doris D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think BVL is a wonderful organization. I witnessed how it works and benefits our veterans while working for my former employer. BVL does so much for our veterans and I hope they continue to help those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity. As a bowling proprietor, we do whatever we can to support this organization which has been helping disabled vets since 1942 by providing them with recreational and occupational equipment at VA hospitals. Please support them: please go to www.bvl.org.