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NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 1 stars   18 reviews 4,934

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1427 Red Bluff Ct San Dimas CA 91773 USA

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Rating: 1 stars  

31 people found this review helpful

I was called by a man claiming to be from the American Veterans Support Foundation. My caller ID showed "UNKOWN CALLER" which was a first clue that this wasn't completely kosher. The caller kept pressuring for a dollar amount I wished to pledge. I told him that I wanted to check them out, and asked if he could give me a website. He gave me (supportusvets.org), I immediately checked it out and noticed that most of the content was an image (not actual text) meaning it would be difficult to search. I then noticed some generic emotional wording, and a link to what appears to be a genuine organization, presumably to bolster authenticity. Notcing the website had no additional pages, I smelled a rat, and did a registration search on the domain using http://www.geektools.com/whois.php. The results showed that the domain was a private registration, meanin it gave no information as to the organization - a GLARING RED FLAG especially when you are a non-profit that relys on donations. When I told the man on the phone this, he got nervous, then defensive, then hung up. I am glad I checked first.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Close them down for attempting to take money from decent people, that should GO to decent people

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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28 people found this review helpful

I'm a Vietnam Veteran and receive treatments for Agent Orange exposure at VA hospital. I have heard of the Nat'l Vietnam Veteran's Foundation only twice. The first time was on one (and only one of several) hospitalizations when I received a plastic bag advertising it came from fellow Vietnam Veterans in the NVVF. The bag contained a travel size generic toothpaste, travel size bottle of generic mouthwash (like you find free in motels) and a flimsy child's toothbrush. The second time they phoned me for a donation.
I did an internet charitable organization search and learned NVVF is very low rated: less than 12 per cent of donations go to veterans. 88 percent goes to fundraising (telemarketing) and administrative compensation. Looks to me like the Vietnam veteran's being most served are the ones administrating their charity. If you want your hard earned donation dollars to benefit and serve veteran's do not, repeat, do NOT contribute to the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Inc.

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16 people found this review helpful

my experience is the same as most of the others, except instead of the requested documentation I received an invoice for a pledge I did not make. I maintain an E-mail list of my old Air Force buddies and i will be sure to notify all of the of this scam..

If any of you readers have the same kind of contacts, I suggest you do the same.

Also there is a web site named charity navigator which ratse charities, although this one is not listed there.

I have not yet found a usable E-mail add for this "charity".

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8 people found this review helpful

NEVER EVER EVER donate through phone or mail, no matter what cause. Some people are generous and just mean well but they need to be INFORMED. The least advise I can give is ask to be placed in the Do Not Call list (they may be "nonprofit" but they have that.)

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33 people found this review helpful

I recieved the same described phone call from American Veterans Support Foundation and was told I would recieve my donor kit in the mail I asked multiple times what they meant by 'donor kit'? they never answered my question and were quite pushy when I attempted to decline making a donation, upon recieving the letter in the mail today because I did agree to a contribution I figured it wouldnt hurt to do a bit of research (because thers are so many scams out there), I could not find anything confirming thier legitimacy, this page is the most information I found referencing this particular organization, I will not be donating.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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35 people found this review helpful

I received a phone call this afternoon from a paid solicitor asking for a donation to American Veterans Support Foundation. He kept pressuring me to make a verbal commitment although I told him I'd consider it only after checking out their website. They try to make you feel like you're an unpatriotic cheapskate if you don't commit. The website [supportusvets.org] was a single page that said it was a program of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Inc. According to the IRS 990 form for this organization, about 80 percent of their expenses go towards fundraising. After salaries and other expenses are deducted, almost nothing goes to veterans (less than 2 percent). This is despicable! They're not getting any of my money.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd revoke their nonprofit status.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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33 people found this review helpful

I was solicited by phone to donate to the American Veterans Support Foundation. Rather than donate by phone, I asked for info by mail. I got a letter thanking me for my pledge, but no information. The fine print on the back states that the American Veterans Support Foundation is a special program of the National vietnam Veterans Foundation. No info on that organization either, but their website "charity" tab shows only a couple of photos of leaders (not vets) receiving calling cards or hygiene kits. The hygiene kits have supposedly been given to "hospitalized vets", and the pic shows a toothbrush, a tiny tube of toothpaste, a cheap razor, and what looks like a bottle of mouthwash. The American Veterans Support Foundation has a website that is only 1 page, make claims that they help homeless/unemployed vets and vets in the VA hospital, but online, I can't find anything to back-up their claims--not even on these two websites. Sounds bogus to me. I'll be looking elsewhere to donate.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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9 people found this review helpful

I just got a letter referencing a phone conversation that never took place, and a pledge that was never made -- same thing they did about a month ago. These people are the scum of the earth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the IRS and the Federal Trade Commission investigate them. I'll bet there's all sorts of wrongdoing there.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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17 people found this review helpful

I just received a payment notification asking for my pledge of one hundred dollars, referencing a phone conversation in October. I never had that conversation, and I sure as hell would not have committed that much money, especially not being familiar with the organization. What I did notice was that the misspelling on the contact material was identical to an account that I opened in September, indicating that they acquired my contact information by buying it. I will never give these people money, especially after reading prior reviews.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Tell them to use the money to help vets, not line their pockets.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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28 people found this review helpful

I was about to write a check but had a funny feeling so I checked a few sources and it looks as if most of the donations go to other than helping the veterans. So millions are going elsewhere. There is also no actual board of directors just a few officers. So I will not be sending any money.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Evaluate a full financial report of incoming and outgoing funds.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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