DISABLED VETERANS SERVICES INC

Rating: 1 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 364 Industrial Park Dr % Joan Shields Moneyham Mount Juuliet TN 37122 USA

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I just received a cold call from this "organization" and while the caller was very polite and professional sounding, I know that there are MANY vary shady and/or downright dishonest "Veterans" charities in which most of the $$$ is paid out to the fundraisers, or in the much publicized case of the Wounded Warrior Project, lavish salaries to the top management officials. I appreciate everyone submitting their reviews so that I could verify my suspicions of this being just another scamming organizations. My suggestion is that if you really want to help Veterans, volunteer at your local VA facilities or VFW. I'm sure either of those can use the help and point the direction to the best true Veteran's charity organizations.

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13 people found this review helpful

Phone Number 702-786-0622 just called our upstate PA, unlisted phone number, and knew us by name. Identified their organization as a Disabled Vets Organization. Scam.

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16 people found this review helpful

Based on their reported earnings and expenditures, in 2011 this organization spent 61% of its revenue on "professional fundraising services" alone, for a total of $3,717,894. That's not a great ratio. Does not constitute proof of fraud, but your money could be better spent.

The source is below:

http://www.faqs.org/tax-exempt/TN/Disabled-Veterans-Services-Inc.html

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

Spend AT LEAST 50% of annual budget on actual charity, and certainly not as much as they do on professional fundraising.

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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25 people found this review helpful

"Disabled Veterans Services, Inc."

Envelope address is a UPS Store, Google this zip code "53211-2042"

According to one report, 35% of funds collected goes to vets, half goes to fund raising (telemarketing scam?)

HQ is in Pompano Beach, FL. Found more than four other addresses for this organization. Something is very fishy about this. You can find many better vets organizations.

See http://www.military-money-matters.com/questions-about-veterans-charities.html

And especially

http://www.military-money-matters.com/veterans-charities.html

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?

2013

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26 people found this review helpful

Received a phone solicitation from this group, the woman claimed that she was Laura Lipinsky( sure it is Laura) and that she had talked with my mother earlier. She also claimed that my mother had pledged $15.00 and Laura wondered where it was. I told Laura, as my mother's Power of Attorney, we will not be giving to her group. She insisted that Joan gave many times in the last year which was total "trash". You see my Mom has Alzheimer's Disease, & I now handle all my elderly Mom's finances. I asked "Laura" to put us on her "do not call list" and that seemed to be a problem for her. She was very pushy about my reason to request this and it really started to irritate me. Because my Mom has Alzheimer's Disease and was given money to every group out there, it has been an up hill battle getting these "charities" to stop pestering us via the phone calls & the mail.
Finally in totally exasperating, I went outside & at the "top of my lungs"screamed at her in colorful language and hung up. All I can say is that felt good, even though I know they will still be pestering us!

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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31 people found this review helpful

Like others in the reviews, I had not made a contribution to this organization. Although the phone call was friendly, I still had my reservations. When I received the bill, I felt unease, especially since they spelled our name wrong, so I started an investigation. I was able to find the finicial report of 2010 on New Jersey records. The contributions were 49.6 % to fund raising, 47.5% to services, and 2.8% to management and general expenses. We did not like the percentages and will not be contributing to the organization. We sent the bill and decal back with a letter of explanation and request to be removed from any further contacts.

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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21 people found this review helpful

Got a "statement" from them thanking Peggy for making a $25 pledge when they called her May 12, 2012, and asking her to remit payment by May 24. Hmmmmm - Peggy has been dead since 2008, so I don't think she pledged anything in 2012. I have a family member who didn't pledge but continues to get "past due" notices that her pledge has not been paid. DISHONEST, UNETHICAL SCAM! This so-called charity should have no stars at all on the rating, but I clicked on one because I couldn't post without it.

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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25 people found this review helpful

I got a phone call from them thanking me for my donation of last year (which I knew I had not made) and asked me to donate again this year. Told them I don't donate over the phone but they could send me the information and I would check them out on the internet and if they were a good charity I would donate at least $10. Everything I have found about them is negative and I will not be making any donation to them.

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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14 people found this review helpful

My experience is the same as the previous two reviewers, I just wanted to add my voice to the growing chorus. They will not be receiving a donation from me either.

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

no experience

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

make it more transparent

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20 people found this review helpful

As with the previous reviewer, I was solicited by this charity via a cold call and asked to make a pledge. I do not make decisions on charitable giving over the phone, so they said they'd put me down for the minimum and then send me information by mail. Upon receipt of the pledge card, I was skeptical because of the shoddiness of the whole thing. After searching their Web site (very unprofessional) and GuideStar (with limited data and none since 2008), I'm no more confident in this group. It may not be a scam, but they certainly have not convinced me that the organization delivers value (however great the cause). Needless to say, I will not be returning a donation.

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

n/a

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

Invest in a more professional presence online and add more transparency as to details and activities of the organization. Maintain IRS listings and filings (even if not required by law given size of the organization) and other activities that bolster the organization's legitimacy on paper.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

How did you learn about this organization?

Phone solicitation

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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