DISABLED VETERANS SERVICES INC
April 27, 2011
This charity approached me for a donation through an unsolicited phone call from their paid professional fundraiser, Courtesy Call Inc., in April 2011. After receiving the pledge card they mailed me, I was concerned enough by the vagueness of the 'services' they claim to provide to disabled veterans, and by the fact that their mailing address for donations is in a different state from where their office address is, that I did some detective work. Turns out that this charity is not listed at all by the Better Business Bureau Charity site (gift.org), nor is it mentioned by any watchdog site, e.g. charitynavigator.org. The last mention of this charity on Guidestar is dated 2008, with their address in TN, with not much detail, while the address on their corporate website is in FL. I could find no testimonials from veterans themselves or any business that had used their employment services for disabled veterans. Since it is way too difficult to get any information about the workings of this charity, and I highly value transparency from charities, I will not be sending a donation.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
finding that I could not locate any results, at least on the internet.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
institute greater transparency with financial reports, e.g. how much of the money this charity takes in does it actually use to provide veteran's services. I would also provide actual testimonials from veterans being served as well as reports from business who have used the employment services provided by the charity to hire disabled veterans.
General Member of the Public & Decided not to donate.
Review from Guidestar