DISABLED VETERANS NATIONAL FOUNDATION

Rating: 1.24 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 13680 Milldale Rd Zachary LA 70791 USA

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Received a huge oversized package in the mail from this "charity" containing a calculator, appointment book and bound notepad. This is a disgusting attempt at guilt-based donations. I looked them up on several charity guide websites and I now understand why every website has them rated as an "F". Criminal to call this group a charity.

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

Put them out of business. Soliciting funds on behalf of disabled veterans and wasting those collected funds is criminal.

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?

2015

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9 people found this review helpful

The underlying issue with fraudulent charities is that 1. They are easy to set up and cheap, around $300 to make it legal. 2. The law has no minimum requirement as for how much $$ they have to give to their cause. Due to the prior 2 reasons it has be become a large systemic scam used for more than simply getting money on false pretenses.

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?

2012

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12 people found this review helpful

My wife has been sending DVNF $25.00 each month for 1 1/2 years, but earlier this month when we saw the CNN piece on DVNF, that has stopped. My wife is very upset about this as she has been very supportive of Veterans Charities for about 25 years. We are now checking into the background of three other charities for veterans to see if they are worthy of our donations.

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?

2012

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10 people found this review helpful

I also have been watching Anderson Cooper's report on DVNF (Disabled Veterans National Foundation) on CNN...This appears to be a fraudulent "charity" according to the reports. They use a fundraising company I believe called Guadriga Art who charges more for the money they obtain for the so called charity than the "charity" receives...And, according also to the report, DVNF has collected some $56 million dollars and will not answer any questions as to where this money is going...how it's being used for the Vets...when questioned by a reporter the door was slammed in his face by a rather old and rude woman who heads the "charity". As the daughter of a WWII pilot who flew many missions over Europe including the bombing of the oil fields in Romania I am appalled. This "charity" should be investigated immediately. To think that our Vets who have served our country are being ripped off by DVNF makes my stomach do backflips.

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?

2012

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7 people found this review helpful

CNN has just aired a 2-part report suggesting fraud consisting of taking in millions of dollars for Vets and then sending Veterans organizations things they get for free and things that are not useful.

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?

2012

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6 people found this review helpful

This "charity" spends too much money on fund raising and related expenses. It appears that only about 16% is used for the intended purpose.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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8 people found this review helpful

I received today a large package from this foundation. I do not want to open it and will return it, because I do not believe this is the way to make money for services.
By looking at the financials of this foundation, it turns out that only 64% of a contribution goes to services for the veterans. While I have seen even worse performances of Veterans & Military charities (Intrepid Fallen Heroes...: 20%!!!!; Home for Our Troops: 33%!!!!), it bear to say that all the charities I support are easily over 90%.
Why these horrible performances from these charities???
The only one that I support (and just reaches 90%) is the US Veterans Initiative (aka U.S. VETS).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

No experience at all.

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

Look at the reason for the disproportion between the money used for administration and that which directly benefits the veterans.

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9 people found this review helpful

They seem to waste money. Received a a 12X15" envelope containing a key chain and ball point pen. Not wise use of resources. How do they help our disabled vets?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

n/a

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

Do more research on ways to raise funds. reduce costs for maillngs. think "green".

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16 people found this review helpful

"Disabled Veterans National Foundation" (1.888.782.2148) seems to spend an exorbitant amount of money on guilt-based fundraising. My elderly parents (on a fixed income) have received MANY solicitations for donations - often accompanied by "gifts" such as full-sized flags, blankets, calculators, etcetera.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

stop sending out unsolicited "guilt-gifts".

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

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Ways to make it better...

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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