I'm glad I came across this site...I was searching here because I got a call from National Vietnam Veterans Foundation Inc. asking for a donation..and I was going to donate but, seeing some reviews in here..I definitely would not donate..and the reason is because why only a percentage of the donations goes to the veterans?...Is so sad that the majority of these so called "non profit organizations" only deliver a small portion of the donations but their executives sometimes are making a 6 digit salary..I will try to find another way of helping our wounded warriors and I would give the same advice to everyone out there.. see if, there's places locally where you are and go in person and search about the place...because, it's not fair for the people that really needs the help!!
My name is Hallie Powell, and I am the Executive Director of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. However, we are not located in San Dimas, California.
The work we do for thousands of Veterans is not offered by other organizations and is necessary to help many of those in need get through tough times. We are often the only organization that responds to emails of desperation. If we don’t help, people would suffer. Whether it is donating blankets to the homeless, giving money to a starving Veteran who lives out of his car, or paying for car repairs to help a group of Veterans get to the grocery store and doctor appointments, if there is a need, we help in whatever way we can. Please see our Annual Report at www.nvvf.org to see a description of some of our work.
As a small nonprofit, we must rely on telephone fundraisers as one avenue of donation in order to help Veterans and their families who are in need. Unfortunately for us, telephone fundraising is very expensive, as it is run by for-profit fundraising companies. However, this is the only way we are able to help so many in our current capacity. We utilize all available resources to get the job done.
Since 2014, we have made it a goal to expand to other methods of fundraising and increase the percentages we can give directly to Veterans. We added PayPal to our website, began applying to grant opportunities, and contacted corporate donors. Should you donate through PayPal or directly to the address listed on our website (2020 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, #336, Washington, DC 20006), we do not have to pay the high fees associated with telephone fundraising. These other methods of donating will help our program percentages in the future.
If you should have questions about our work or have possible problems with our telephone fundraisers, please feel free to contact me at:
Same story, smooth talking phone solicitation from Steve, who turned me over to someone else to confirm my pledge. I asked for mailed information and they wanted a credit card number. Never give a card number to anyone that has called you is a great rule of thumb. She insisted, I resisted, and she agreed to send me information. Upon receiving their " pledge card", it had a hand written note from "Steve" thanking me for my donation...talk about smooth. I also found nothing on the web and will not be donating a dime to these crooks.
Some one from the Veterans Administration should ban these guys from calling on behave of our vets.
Just got a call from someone claiming to be from the National Vietnam Veterans Registry. Since I'm already on a Do Not Call List, and I only donate directly to any foundation, I told them to f- off and never cal me again. I've been getting calls ever since I signed up to fios (verizon! in Philadelphia) who apparently sold my new phone number and my name within three days of giving me the number. reading other posts here, I"m not the only one getting calls.........
I was called by a man claiming to be from the American Veterans Support Foundation. My caller ID showed "UNKOWN CALLER" which was a first clue that this wasn't completely kosher. The caller kept pressuring for a dollar amount I wished to pledge. I told him that I wanted to check them out, and asked if he could give me a website. He gave me (supportusvets.org), I immediately checked it out and noticed that most of the content was an image (not actual text) meaning it would be difficult to search. I then noticed some generic emotional wording, and a link to what appears to be a genuine organization, presumably to bolster authenticity. Notcing the website had no additional pages, I smelled a rat, and did a registration search on the domain using http://www.geektools.com/whois.php. The results showed that the domain was a private registration, meanin it gave no information as to the organization - a GLARING RED FLAG especially when you are a non-profit that relys on donations. When I told the man on the phone this, he got nervous, then defensive, then hung up. I am glad I checked first.
I'm a Vietnam Veteran and receive treatments for Agent Orange exposure at VA hospital. I have heard of the Nat'l Vietnam Veteran's Foundation only twice. The first time was on one (and only one of several) hospitalizations when I received a plastic bag advertising it came from fellow Vietnam Veterans in the NVVF. The bag contained a travel size generic toothpaste, travel size bottle of generic mouthwash (like you find free in motels) and a flimsy child's toothbrush. The second time they phoned me for a donation.
I did an internet charitable organization search and learned NVVF is very low rated: less than 12 per cent of donations go to veterans. 88 percent goes to fundraising (telemarketing) and administrative compensation. Looks to me like the Vietnam veteran's being most served are the ones administrating their charity. If you want your hard earned donation dollars to benefit and serve veteran's do not, repeat, do NOT contribute to the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Inc.
my experience is the same as most of the others, except instead of the requested documentation I received an invoice for a pledge I did not make. I maintain an E-mail list of my old Air Force buddies and i will be sure to notify all of the of this scam..
If any of you readers have the same kind of contacts, I suggest you do the same.
Also there is a web site named charity navigator which ratse charities, although this one is not listed there.
I have not yet found a usable E-mail add for this "charity".
NEVER EVER EVER donate through phone or mail, no matter what cause. Some people are generous and just mean well but they need to be INFORMED. The least advise I can give is ask to be placed in the Do Not Call list (they may be "nonprofit" but they have that.)
I recieved the same described phone call from American Veterans Support Foundation and was told I would recieve my donor kit in the mail I asked multiple times what they meant by 'donor kit'? they never answered my question and were quite pushy when I attempted to decline making a donation, upon recieving the letter in the mail today because I did agree to a contribution I figured it wouldnt hurt to do a bit of research (because thers are so many scams out there), I could not find anything confirming thier legitimacy, this page is the most information I found referencing this particular organization, I will not be donating.
I received a phone call this afternoon from a paid solicitor asking for a donation to American Veterans Support Foundation. He kept pressuring me to make a verbal commitment although I told him I'd consider it only after checking out their website. They try to make you feel like you're an unpatriotic cheapskate if you don't commit. The website [supportusvets.org] was a single page that said it was a program of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Inc. According to the IRS 990 form for this organization, about 80 percent of their expenses go towards fundraising. After salaries and other expenses are deducted, almost nothing goes to veterans (less than 2 percent). This is despicable! They're not getting any of my money.
I was solicited by phone to donate to the American Veterans Support Foundation. Rather than donate by phone, I asked for info by mail. I got a letter thanking me for my pledge, but no information. The fine print on the back states that the American Veterans Support Foundation is a special program of the National vietnam Veterans Foundation. No info on that organization either, but their website "charity" tab shows only a couple of photos of leaders (not vets) receiving calling cards or hygiene kits. The hygiene kits have supposedly been given to "hospitalized vets", and the pic shows a toothbrush, a tiny tube of toothpaste, a cheap razor, and what looks like a bottle of mouthwash. The American Veterans Support Foundation has a website that is only 1 page, make claims that they help homeless/unemployed vets and vets in the VA hospital, but online, I can't find anything to back-up their claims--not even on these two websites. Sounds bogus to me. I'll be looking elsewhere to donate.
I just got a letter referencing a phone conversation that never took place, and a pledge that was never made -- same thing they did about a month ago. These people are the scum of the earth.
I just received a payment notification asking for my pledge of one hundred dollars, referencing a phone conversation in October. I never had that conversation, and I sure as hell would not have committed that much money, especially not being familiar with the organization. What I did notice was that the misspelling on the contact material was identical to an account that I opened in September, indicating that they acquired my contact information by buying it. I will never give these people money, especially after reading prior reviews.
I was about to write a check but had a funny feeling so I checked a few sources and it looks as if most of the donations go to other than helping the veterans. So millions are going elsewhere. There is also no actual board of directors just a few officers. So I will not be sending any money.
Former donor, I might say. I got bamboozled, not researching this so called "charity" for the past two years. It stops here. From more than 4,700,000 raised in 2011 they paid only 57,000 in grants. Over $3,700,000 in fundraising expenses!! Shameful scam! I wouldn't be surprised if the mob, yes, the MOB, is behind this. And there are thousand of similar "charities" in US, just fattening some crooks. In my opinion, of course. But the rep that called me from "Milwaukee, WI", had an unbelievable Jersey Shore accent! Just saying... Oh, 1 star because there is nothing lower.
I had received donation paperwork (after being contacted by American Veterans Support Foundation) and it said that it was a 'special program of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation'. I looked up the percentage that is donated by the fundraising institution and it stated that only 11% actually went to the foundation! I wouldn't have been able to donate much, but out of $55, only $6.05 would go to the foundation...I will research further to find a better charity that uses 100% of my money as I had intended it to be used.
Unfortunately when the phone call comes for donations they do not give you any time to research the organization. I did the research before writing the check. I will donate to this organization as it appears that the veterans are not their first concern, only fund raising to pay for more fund raising. I have sent the form back requesting removal of my name and address, bet that doesn't work.
I will NEVER donate to this charity again!! Since making a donation last year, I receive on average 4 phone calls a week from a private number. After making numerous requests to have my number removed from the contact list I finally dug out the donation receipt and called the number listed....800-366-1319. The person on the phone was friendly and took my number to remove from all future calls. We'll see, but stay away and beware, unless you want to harrassed for life!
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After reviewing their 990-EZ tax return I noticed their fundraising expense is almost 100% of the money raised. I will not donate.
I have been trying to contact them to get my mom's name and address removed from their calling/mailing lists. I have been calling at various times for a week. Phone calls go to voice mail; voice mailbox is full. Emails to the two addresses on their website bounce back as undeliverable. Does this charity really exist?
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