I just got a call, too, from a very chatty guy who must have thought he was a comedian.
He asked for the lady of the house (that would be me, I guess) but when I asked him who that would be, he dismissed it and went right into his pitch and asked if "the guys" (the vets) could count on me if he sent me an envelope.
I asked for the name of the organization and that I'd have to Google it to make sure it was legit. I was googling as we spoke and came across the listing for this site, the group's address and the one-star rating.
No sooner had I said, "oooh...are you in Bloomfield?", I got the dial tone in my ear.
I'm very sorry that donations that would supposedly help vets are being siderailed .
The only thing positive about the phone call was that it wasn't a robo-call where they call you incessantly and you can't get them to stop. Google, are you listening?
Foundation for American Veterans...Rip off self serving operation. Only six cents per dollar goes to veterans as per Charity Navigator. The rest goes in their own pockets....RUN AWAY from these people. I call block them although they'll also call as QVD which is a private company hired to get them money. Give to Disabled American Vets in Cincinnati, Ohio if you want to give any money. They've been around a very long time and are 5 star rated.
I was contacted by a VERY pushy man called "STEVE". He would not allow me to speak and insisted on a donation to this organization. His speech was so rapid that I could not even process who I was talking to or what what we were discussing. I agreed to allow them to send me an envelope then I was transferred to a lady who DEMANDED my credit card information. I refused to give this information and I refused to agree to an amount. In an effort to close the call, I agreed to $15.00, which I do NOT intend to send.
Received a call from Steve asking since my husband was a Veteran could we give a pledge. He stated that most were giving $50.00 to $100.00. I told him we could not donate that amount and he suggested the lowest pledge of $30.00 would be welcome. I told him we would consider it and he had a lady verify our address to send a pledge card. When I hung up I looked up this Foundation for American Veterans in a publication I subscribe to which is "Charity Watch" , formerly American Institute of Philanthropy, and discovered this non profit has the lowest rating for putting $pledges to the good of the Veterans. The ratings are from "A", being the best rating to "F", the lowest rating so according to Charity Watch, this non-profit spends only 9% of the dollars received from donations for Veterans programs; they spend 85% for marketing to raise $; and this organization has a top salary of $117,000.00 for it's administrators. Needless to say, I sent no $.
On Jul 7, 2016, I received a phone call from a guy named Steve, asking if I could donate to this organization. I said sure but I can't afford much. He said well then all we ask is for a small donation of $30.00 and he will send a personally signed pledge card for me to return.
I said ok and he asked that I hold on so that I could be connected to the "processing department". I did but when I was connected, I hung up the phone before speaking with anyone.
Lo and behold, guess what I got in the mail today, Jul 11, 2016? You guessed it, a pledge reply card. Unbelievable!!! The inner voice said, "check them out", and so I did and am happy to have done so, even though I was never going to give them a red cent, as I only donate through my employment.
Now I can forewarn my friends, some of whom are generous people, not to get scammed.
I got a phone call this morning 7/7/16 from them. Guy was outgoing, but pushy. I told him that I didn't have extra money to donate, he hung up.
I did call back using caller ID to see what I would get and I did get F.A.V. But I still won't give money.
These people had been calling and calling and calling. I finally said "OK" to $20. They wanted credit card info. I told them I never give this info out to people who call me, send me a pledge form. I was just now getting ready to write a check but decided to look them up and ran across this site. Thankful that I did. Am printing out a couple pages of these web site comments to mail to them instead of a check. Hopefully, they will never call again. :)
Just had a call from 720-403-9498. Same as many others. Knew my name, talked over me. I'm all for helping veterans so said I'd donate but then was transferred to another individual who wanted to know what card I would be using. Hung up at that point and looked them up to see if they are legitimate. I won't be sending them money but will donate that sum to an organization that has a better reputation for helping veterans.
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I screwed up folks and made a donation. It was only 15.00 and not a bank breaker but I feel really stupid now.
Oh well, you live and learn. I'll watch my account and make sure they don't do anything shady.
CALLED ME AT 8PM AT NIGHT TO DONATE TO THE VETERANS. VETERANS SHOULD BE TAKEN CARE BUT THIS ORGANIZATION SEEMS SHADY. REASON BECAUSE THEY ARE ASKING FOR A CREDIT CARD FOR DONATION AND I TOLD THEM TO SEND ME THE INFORMATION. I DON'T KNOW THEM. BUT THEY KEPT INSISTING ON THE CREDIT CARD BECAUSE IT IS FASTER. I TOLD THEM INFO OR NOTHING. AT THIS POINT I DON'T WANT TO DONATE TO THEM. THERE ARE OTHER LEGITIMATE FOUNDATIONS. THANKS RICK DON'T CALL