All ratings services show that this purported charity is nothing more than a scam comparable to what was going on in Wounded Warrior:
rates FAV with a grade of "F"0-10% of monies raised are allocated to "programs" and the rest is taken by the fund raising organizers.
points out that FAV is not even a registered charity but simply a "post" or "lodge" and certainly not charitable.
I cannot recommend this charity. First of all, FAV makes none of the expected reports on its financial activities. Private investigations into this charity are disappointing. According to its tax filings with the State of Wisconsin, only about 11% of FAV's nearly $6 million dollars actually were listed as helping veterans. The other 89% is consumed by "Fund raising costs". One can presume that FAV uses this charity to line its own pockets. Most charities operate on 7% to 9% cost of operations. Anything over 20% should be considered as "Suspicious". At 89% of donations being consumed by the "Charity" FAV itself, I must classify FAV as a scam.
FAV's marketing is also outrageous. When they cold call potential doners, they say they will mail you a flyer. When you say "OK", they switch you to an operator who asks for your credit card to charge a donation to and act shocked if you don't agree to a pledge.
I can find nothing in this company's activities to preclude me from calling it a scam.
They call a couple times a day with a very pushy sales pitch. I decided to investigate and all I could find is that the BBB states that they have not or refused to release the information to be rated. Therefore, I would suggest to stay away. Beside, the old groups like the Disable Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion have been publicly open and visually seen at veterans hospitals helping our vets. Donate to them and they are membership vets who do not get paid.
If I could give them a zero I would. They make repeat calls, my guess is to many seniors, not just vets, probably looking for less aware "marks" for their solicitation. On investigation, they devote very little of their income to actually help vets. According to one news story, only 8.62%. By contrast, a legitimate non-profit is usually in the vicinity of 85-90% of funds devoted to the mission, with about 10% devoted to administration.
Abusive. Legitimate non-profits do NOT harass consumers over the phone.
Further, we NEVER enroll in or subscribe to any form of telemarketing, opt-in contact database or any form of solicitation databases of any kind. This seedy group obtained our personal information from public records. Their calls were not SOLICITED by us in any shape, way or form.
From this group's abusive calling methodologies, they would very strongly appear to be a scam organization. Also, they are a blight on the Veteran community. I am a Marine combat Veteran and find their practices insulting, offensive and rude.
ZERO Stars- constantly calling for donations. I told them I already work with a Veterans Group but he still continued! Finally he asked for just a $15 donation I said ok and immediately there was a woman on the line to take my Credit Card. I said send me a request on there Letterhead. After receiving the request I checked them out and found that a very small portion of the donations go to Veterans the rest is ??? Many, Many complaints. DO NOT GIVE THEM CREDIT CARD NUMBERS OR SEND MONEY- other Veterans Organizations are much more beneficial to the Vets.
I give this company a ZERO Star Rating!!!!!!
Rec'd a call from this operation. Caller was asking for $$$ for Homeless Veterans. My husband asked how our number was rec'd and was told from a list. The caller was dumbfounded when told that I work for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Minnesota has Programs set up to help veterans that need Outreach Assistance.
If they call back it will be reported to the Attorney Generals Office.
Foundation For American Veterans calling between 8:00pm and 10:00pm for the past five business days. I will not answer the phone. I 'googled' the firm and discovered their website has been removed and their domain is locked. http://www.fav.org After reading the other reviews it is clear this organization is not sincere. Scummy, to say the least.
These are not legit fundraisers. I doubt they have a bond or the paperwork needed to do fundraising. I was a bonded commercial fundraiser for years. And we would never use the tactics this company uses. Sounds more like some guys who installed some phones in their basement and made up a charity.
Only 8% of YOUR donation actually goes to a VET!! 8 cents of every dollar you donate. The bulk goes to for profit companies. I received a call soliciting a donation for this organization. After listening to their pitch I agreed to send a donation after I reviewed their Form 990. For 2009 they reported $5.9 Million in grants & contributions (pg 1line 8). They spent $3.2 Million on fundraising to ONE firm (pg 8 section B 1A). That's 54% of their total donations. They spent another $1.7 Million on collectors and billers. OUT OF ALL THAT CASH THEY BROUGHT IN ONLY $500,000 (1/2 a million) WAS ACTUALLY SPENT ON VETS!!!! That's 8% if you are keeping track. Make your own decision; but these guys are NOT getting my support.
Review from Guidestar