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BVL Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Veterans

Mission: Providing sports, arts, music and recreational rehabilitative programs to brighten the days and boost the spirits those that have served our country.

Target demographics: brighten the days of our active duty and veteran service men and women

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of active duty and veteran men and women.

Geographic areas served: the USA and overseas

Programs: sports, arts, and music to help engage our American heroes and provide opportunities to get involved in experiences that will brighten their days and speed recuperation.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The paid staff truly believes in the mission of the organization and in providing the most benefit for the smallest amount of overhead possible. They do a fantastic job along with all of the volunteers that make this an organization that I believe really stays true to the mission of the original organizers. It is truly a pleasure to work with them, and I feel great contributing to the organization.

Joanne27

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does so much with so little. Their administration takes only 6 cents for every dollar donated. They actively support the veterans across the country and troops overseas. Part of the national funds go to support a traveling song & dance group called Re-Creation, who travel to different parts of the country entertaining our veterans in nursing homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) is a very well run organization that supports our veterans and troops at home and abroad. There is a small group of very dedicated people to support the national organizaton. They provide money for medical or recreation equipment to state run veterans nursing homes. An entertainment group called "Re-Creation" tours the country to entertain the veterans in nursing homes. Bowling lane kits are sent to the troops overseas to provide a distraction and fun. The few people manning this organization work very hard to provide a lot of services, and we applaud them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BVL, What an amazing group of people. From the administrators, to the National USBC Board of Directors, to the local USBC association leaders, to the league bowlers in each association. They work so hard to ensure our Veterans are cared for, and they know we care. This group goes back to 1942, and is as strong now as it was back then. It has been my personal pleasure to have worked with the BVL group and to visit our Veterans in the hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices. The Veterans are so appreciative of what BVL does words cannot explain it. The dedication is beyond anything anyone could expect.
Thank you BVL, Mary Harrar & Elizabeth for your hard work. You are amazing!!
Semper Fi
Dennis Brummitt
Marine for life & Disabled Vietnam Veteran

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL Charity was initiated in 1942 by the Women's Bowling Association to assist our veterans during WWII. I have been involved with this charity for several years mainly because over 90 % of money donated goes to assisting veterans. The other veterans charities do not come close to that %. When I deliver the checks to the veterans each year their smiles and appreciation tell me BVL is doing the correct thing for veterans.
Thank you BVL from this Vietnam Veteran for helping my brothers & sisters who need all the assistance we can provide.
Dennis Brummitt
Phoenix, Arizona

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity that does so much with their funding to help our wounded veterans. The focus is on providing recreational activities, bowling, basketball, arts and crafts, music therapy. They provide Billiards tables, Foosball, TV's and other items for our VA Hospitals. There is almost no paid staff and nearly every dollar donated goes to our veterans.

Paul A. D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

You hear the phrase, "the best kept secret" often but it is rare when you come upon one. This is my experience with BVL. Since 1942, this organization has raised a tremendous amount of money (over $50 million) to help veterans - and has done so with quiet and efficient dignity. Just this past year I was fortunate enough to be involved with BVL as they provided a Trackchair (specialty wheelchair) to a deserving veteran from Arlington Texas. Through grass roots fundraising from bowlers across the United States, BVL is making a HUGE impact in the lives of veterans. Now to make this "best kept secret" a household name...

Kristy Morse

Donor

Rating: 5

As a bowling center, our involvement began in June of 2016 with our commitment to raise awareness of BVL within our center and to raise a minimum $1,000 by May 31st, 2017. Through a variety of big and small events, we were proud to present a check to BVL at Bowl Expo 2017 in excess of our goal. We are looking forward to our re-commitment for this season and raising a minimum of $2,000!
The support we get from BVL for these fundraising opportunities is invaluable and very much appreciated!

Donor

Rating: 5

The BVL has proven to be one of the strongest charities for our Veterans. Thank you for your continued efforts to help those who help us. As a proud to supporter we love sharing that the BVL runs at a very low cost basis. Keep up the great work! Through our local fundraising efforts we sent bowling lanes to friends and families of ours serving overseas. Thanks BVL!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an honor it is for our company to raise $$$ for the men and women who've served our country. BVL is our charity of choice and we've seen first hand here in Southwest Florida the positive impact this organization has on the thousands of veterans who call this area home. You also have to be impressed that BVL puts 94% of all monies donated to work for our vets! There are dozens of veterans-related charities out there doing wonderful things, but for our money there is only one that Brightens Veterans Lives daily...BVL!

Lisa Ciniello
Bowland/HeadPinz Entertainment Centers
Fort Myers, Florida

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No group is more deserving of our support that the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. In a time when movie stars and sports figures are put high on pedestals, I am proud to be part of an organization that honors the true heroes, our Veterans. I know of no other organization with such a low overhead. The fact that 94% of money collected goes to our Veterans is amazing. Every year, for 75 years, bowlers have shown that they are generous in their support of the Veterans. Thank you BVL.

Marci W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What BVL does is amazing! Their extremely low overhead rate proves that they put our veterans first ... So, so, so proud of this organization and of the bowlers who have supported it for 75 amazing years! Here's to much more success for BVL and for the support of our veterans ... No one deserves it more. (Please stand if you can.)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member but so much more ... I am an admirer of how efficiently BVL is run and that focus is never lost. Every decision is made with the mission of Brightening Veterans Lives regardless of race, gender, age. BVL reaches out to all veterans! Our only goal is to be able to help and serve all of the veterans who need us. They deserve our support so we work tirelessly to be efficient so that the greatest percentage possible of the money dobpnated goes to them. The best (bestest!) part is that BVL will always be there and will always be ready to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is an outstanding charity. I am very impressed with what they do and will continue to trumpet the merits of this organization every chance I get.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL is the proved to me to be the best charity for our Veterans. They have very low overhead which means more money for our Veterans. When we raise money for the BVL, we request funds to come back to Iowa to help our home town veterans with their recreational needs. We are able to see where that money is used, as we personally deliver the checks from BVL to the VA centers. Without BVL, our Veterans all over the nation and abroad would not have the recreational needs met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a bowler, donor and volunteer, I have seen BVL at work at the National TEE Tournament at Riverside Iowa. Board members from our state women's bowling association volunteer to help at the bowling venue. This year over 50 visually impaired veterans enjoyed bowling in Coralville Iowa. Every year we have made new friends but also meet up with friends we have made the past years. Because of BVL, these veterans are enjoying the sport we all love. What an honor it was for all of us helping these veterans. BVL has also helped our three VA facilities in Iowa. We have personally delivered the donations from BVL to these sites. What a feeling to see what and how these men and women will be helped with the proceeds from BVL.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BVL is a great organization and they do amazing work for veterans!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Veteran's Service Officer in Pennsylvania who deals with veteran's issues on a daily basis. BVL raises funds to help those veterans who are our nation's heroes and exemplifies how they should be respected for securing the freedoms that we all cherish today. Thank you to such a wonderful organization and all that you do for veterans !!

Donor

Rating: 5

i was a general manager for a bowling center chain in the Philadelphia area and we became involved with BVL through the Bowling proprietors Assn. In our 4 centers , soliciting bowlers to make a pledge, we were able to raise over $20,000 each and every year. The monies were targeted for Walter Reed Hospital and the families that were visiting loved ones receiving treatment. The chance to help these families was an easy "sell" to our bowlers they stepped up in a huge way. We also set up a Veterans wall in each of our centers honoring those who served and continue to serve our country. Working with BVL certainly changed my life and i now have a new found appreciation of what our military due for us every day. Thanks to BVL, i still remain involved in any way i can to further their mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link a.k.a. Brightening Veterans Lives) is an amazing charity! It was formed in the 1940's and continues to date due to the generosity of bowlers who have vowed to never forget our veterans and what they did/continue to do for all of us. BVL provides recreational and therapeutic programs for active duty military and veterans. The money is raised mainly through bowling associations/functions across the U.S.; some of the money can remain local if that is the desire of the association or it can all be directed to support the national programs. BVL consistently functions on a remarkable 6% overhead rate proving that their efforts are sincere. BVL provides grants to VA hospitals to buy necessary equipment from sporting equipment to musical instruments and funds a wide arrange of sporting events and activities to provide recreational and therapeutic programs to those to have served our country. BVL is the leader for recreational therapy and is proud that VA hospitals and leaders of therapy programs know they can depend on BVL for support. To date, bowlers have raised in excess of $45 million and their commitment remains loyal and strong! BVL is obviously grateful to the bowlers and the bowlers are grateful for the leadership of the board in being efficient and successful in serving their military men and women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVL means the sport of Bowling supports our veterans. Even more so the low expense fee makes it a very attractive nonprofit to financially support, because we know the vast majority of the money goes to our very deserving veterans.

Further Re-Creation is a fantastic musical troupe which the veterans really appreciate. The performers are volunteers who donate their lives for a year or two to perform across the United States at VA Medical Centers and State Homes. You couldn't find a more dedicated group of young people.

BVL knows how to reach out to local and state USBC Associations to garner their help. By presenting awards to standout association achievers the associations appreciate the recognition while supporting our veterans.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Bowling Center Proprietor we have teamed up with BVL for the last several years raising thousands of dollars for our veterans. We had been searching for an organization that we believed in as well as trusted, and BVL is it!!

Doris D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think BVL is a wonderful organization. I witnessed how it works and benefits our veterans while working for my former employer. BVL does so much for our veterans and I hope they continue to help those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity. As a bowling proprietor, we do whatever we can to support this organization which has been helping disabled vets since 1942 by providing them with recreational and occupational equipment at VA hospitals. Please support them: please go to www.bvl.org.