Disabled American Veterans (Dav) Charitable Service Trust

Rating: 3.63 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 3725 Alexandria Pike Cold Spring KY 41076 USA

Mission: Through the DAV Charitable Service Trust, you help fulfill a focused and noble purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. To carry out this responsibility, the DAV Charitable Service Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs, enhances research and mobility for veterans with amputations and spinal cord injuries, benefits aging veterans, aids and shelters homeless veterans and evaluates and addresses the needs of veterans wounded in recent wars and conflicts as well as their caregivers.
Results: Be assured that support of the DAV Charitable Service Trust is used with the greatest efficiency. Only 3% of our 2013 expenditures were used for fundraising and administration, demonstrating extremely responsible management of the funds entrusted to the Trust. Expenditures for program services for our disabled heroes represented 97% of our total costs last year.
Target demographics: Just as our troops provide cover for the wounded on the field of battle, we must provide cover for those who come home sick and injured.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: The Trust continues to seek effective ways to improve the lives of ill and injured veterans and their families. To date, funded programs and projects aid in providing a number of necessities to the veteran clients in each service region. Grants are typically distributed to offer: *food, shelter and other necessary items for homeless or at-risk veterans; *mobility items or other assistance specific to veterans with blindnessm, vision loss, hearing loss or amputations; *qualified therapeutic or recreational activities for veterans and/or their families; *physical and psychological rehabilitation projects; and *other forms of support as appropriate for short or long-term relief.
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

4 people found this review helpful

The United States of American exists today because of the bravery of countless men and women who have risked everything to protect the freedoms we enjoy. I am proud to say that there are veterans in every branch of my family and many have even laid down their lives for our country. I honor their sacrifice and that of every person in our military. Disabled American Veterans is one of the rare organizations that repays our debt to the men and women of arms. Through the DAV, my family can reach out to those who have lost their hope and help them rebuild their lives. We trust and proudly support this noble organization in its important work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although there are some charities such as Help Hospitalize Veterans that have been charged with ripping off the public by using donations for huge salaries, I can attest the DAV is not one of them I have been a contributor since I left the U.S. Navy in 1950. Just go to Charity Navigator if you have any doubt. You will find that they do a great job of helping vets that our government has shortchanged for their service.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This Charity is a sham, it as others, like Wounded Warriors, prey on you and obtain your money to profit in the terms of salaries and costs. This type Charity only lessens our Govenments ability and desire to take care of it's disabled, wounded, and tramintized Veterans. Do not go here, help, others to make sure that they really get help and not help in terms of salaries for the founders, and their followings that man the phones to make their wages and take you money.

 
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On behalf of the DAV Charitable Service Trust (Trust), we appreciate you sharing your concerns regarding our organization. Working closely with the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) National Organization, the DAV Charitable Service Trust is a separate non-profit charitable organization that provides support for programs which meet the needs of sick and injured veterans and their families. Its primary purpose is to empower veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. To carry out this responsibility, the Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs; enhances research and mobility initiatives for veterans with amputations and spinal cord injuries; benefits aging veterans; aids and shelters homeless veterans; provides transportation to and from medical facilities; and evaluates and addresses the needs of veterans wounded in recent wars and conflicts as well as their caregivers. In addressing your concerns, it is important to note that the Trust does not employ any individuals. Members of the Trust’s Board of Directors serve voluntarily and are reimbursed on a transportation and per diem allowance basis for the costs of travel to attend meetings of the board and such other events where they serve as representatives of or travel on business for the Trust. The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) National Organization personnel assist the Trust on a limited basis in administering its business operations, fundraising and grants program. For these services, the Trust reimburses DAV annually. We are happy to provide an expense breakdown for 2013, our most recently audited fiscal year, for your reference. The breakdown is as follows: 97% = Program Service Expenditures (Funds go directly toward programs and services for veterans) 1% = Management and General Expenses 2% = Fundraising Expenses For additional information or details regarding our programs and services, please visit our website at www.cst.dav.org. You can also find specific information regarding how funds are expended in the “About Us” section of our website by reviewing the Annual Report, Audit or Form 990. Again, thank you for sharing your concerns, and we hope that this information has been helpful in giving you a more positive outlook on the DAV Charitable Service Trust and our mission to assist America’s Hero’s.

Rating: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I agree 100% with rose jones. I donated monies so I could get address labels. But the offers for more donations kept pouring in before I had a chance to use my address labels, so I could order more. Now I have finally ran out of return address labels and the offers have long ago stopped coming in the mail. So what does a person do now?

 
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On behalf of the DAV Charitable Service Trust, we appreciate your feedback. In addressing your concerns, it is important to note that the DAV Charitable Service Trust (Trust) is affiliated with DAV, but the two are separate entities. The DAV Charitable Service Trust is recognized by the IRS as tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It was established in 1986 primarily to facilitate fundraising opportunities through employee workplace giving campaigns. Due to the types of contributions received by the Trust, the organization does not send out solicitations for funds. DAV, however, sends approximately six mailings per year to donors, though the organization does have the ability to limit those mailings to the ones that the donor prefers to receive. For example, if a donor only wants to receive one mailing per year or only wants to receive address label mailings, DAV is more than happy to accommodate such requests for the duration of the donor’s giving period. Additionally, if a donor wants to stop contributing for a long period of time, or if they would prefer that mailings stop completely, the donor record can be coded to reflect their wishes accordingly. If you are in need of additional address labels or would like to start receiving labels, DAV would be more than happy to assist with that request. Please feel free to call the toll free number, 877-426-2838, for further assistance. Again, thank you for your feedback. We appreciate hearing from our donors and are always striving to improve our services to veterans, their families and our donors.

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Just writing to counter another review below. This may sound petty, but it is very important to me that my donations not be spent on marketing and fundraising. I get my own body weight in junk mail every 5 months and I don't want charities wasting their money adding to it. In 2011 I donated to 5 US charities and requested that each of them keep me off of any kind of mailing lists. DAV is is the only one of the 5 who was able to completely honor this request. I don't doubt the other reviewer's experience but for me all I had to do was ask up front. So DAV gets 5 stars from me.

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2012

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Although I believe in the worthiness of helping disabled American veterans, I was dismayed to find that a $100 donation to the DAV has resulted in years of junk mailings. All the calendars, return address labels, memo pads, Christmas cards, postage paid envelopes and the rest ,end up in my tras , as I don't need or want any of them. I think it's a very wasteful use of limited resources and I believe that my entire donation has been spent sending me trash. I think it's poor policy to reward donors with non stop pleas for more money. I never repeat donations to any organization which employees this method of fund raising.

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To express our grateful appreciation for your interest in and past support of DAV service programs for America’s wounded veterans and their families, may I extend sincere thanks. In response to your comments, please note that the DAV Fundraising Department’s Professional Fundraisers have tried and tested all of their solicitation mailings with the general public first, and as far as receiving contributions from these type mailings, DAV receives more donations by including the return postage stamps, calendars, memo pads, calendars, etc. If you would like us to remove your name from DAV’s regular mailing list, just drop us a note and we will be happy to do so. Or, if you prefer, you may want to remain on the DAV’s records and be solicited to receive a mailing only once a year. Just let us know your decision. Please note that the DAV's Charitable Service Trust does not participate in direct mail fundraising. Donors do not receive solicitations from this entity. Thank you again for your comments. V/R

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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

After serving our great Country during the Vietnam war I purchsed my first home in 1980 on a VA loan. A couple of years later my job required me to move so I sold my home. The person that bought my home was a former veteran so he just assumed my loan. In 1983 the VA contacted me and advised that they had foreclosed on the home and that I owed them over $25K! They asked for all my income and expenses so they could begin garnishing my wages. They set a court hearing date for me in Houston if I wanted to contest it. I spoke to my attorney and he advised me that nobody would represent me due to the fact that congress doesn't allow veterans to pay more than $10 for legal representation against the US Government. He also told me that the title company I used should have given me a release of liability when I sold the home. It seems the least the VA should have done was notified me when the buyer defaulted on the loan and allowed me to take the loan back but instead they just auctioned it off! Nervously I showed up for court at the VA's office on the designated day. While having a cup of coffee I struck up a conversation with an older gentleman. Apparently he could see my nervousness and asked why I was there. I told him my story and he asked me to come down the hall to his office. There he told me he was a counselor with the DAV and was going to represent me in the hearing. Together we went top the hearing and he told the VA that I had sold the home in good faith and that the buyer had made 12 consecutive payments on time and they had no case. He scolded them for knowing the fact and what they had put a veteran through. To this day I am forever grateful for what DAV has done for me and others and will continue to be a donor for such a good cause.

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