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Paralyzed Veterans of America

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Causes: Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Mutual & Membership Benefit, Nerve, Muscle & Bone Diseases Research, Veterans

Mission: Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members? veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for: - Quality health care for our members, - Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, - Benefits available as a result of our members? military service, - Civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of our members and all people with disabilities. For more than 60 years, PVA has fought for our veterans who answered the call when our nation asked for their service . . . and in return, they have given up their freedoms to protect ours. For more information visit www.SupportVeterans.org or www.pva.org.

Programs: Founded in 1946 by veterans of World War II, PVA started out as a small organization - a group of individuals committed to helping each other, sharing their hard-learned strategies for living with spinal cord injury (SCI), and working to improve their communities. Sixty years ago PVA was there to help our paralyzed heroes, and now continues a long legacy of commitment to providing hope for all individuals with disabilities. Beyond our broad scope of SCI research & education, PVA continues to respond to the needs of our members ? veterans of the armed forces with spinal cord injury or dysfunction ? though pro bono legal representation, veterans benefits services, legislation & advocacy, access to quality healthcare, architecture and accessibility, and sports & recreational activities to 21,000 paralyzed members, their families and friends. PVA has awarded more than $40 million in SCI research and education grants, filed hundreds of thousands claims on behalf of our members with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and served millions of individuals with disabilities. And we want to do more in 2006 and beyond. Through the generosity of more than 18 million friends nationwide and a network of 34 Chapters across America, we hope to further educate all individuals to prevent more injuries from occurring, and ultimately to find a cure.

Community Stories

169 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

As donors and medical professionals, we gained firsthand knowledge of your mission and expertise through your National Service Officers. Now, that we are able to contribute more we conducted a full analysis of your Board, finances and oversight. We are proud to contribute and know your leadership will work hard to spend our gift responsibly. Thank you PVA!

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Donor

Rating: 1

After reading the reviews I will no longer give to the PVA, If the people in charge really think they need such a large salarie then they can get it from somewhere else NOT ME!!! I never understood why people at the top of charitys like PVA, RED CROSS, UNITED WAYand so on feel they need to take so much from a CHAIRTY. come on people, Thats stealing in my opinio.

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Donor

Rating: 1



















I have sent the pva several hundred dollars, as a disabled vet myself I know my brothers need my help. But I am being bombed with requests from charitys I have never heard, all from the east coast. The pva is the only charity I have ever given to.
Someone is giving or selling my info to other charitys, wonder if they are owned by Nigeria, lol.


























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Donor

Rating: 1

Excessive and duplicative solicitation which has to be costly to the charity. I have also received unsolicited tote bags, pens, and paper pads. My greatest concern is high salaries to administrative staff and vague outcome statistics. There are so many charities that are far more financially forthright than Paralyzed Veterans of America that I've decided to limit my contributions to those organizations.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I am choosing to no longer donate to this organization due the salaries/compensations of its leadership personnel . The CFO , General Counsel, and Director of Development all make more than $200,000.00 per year ! Now that is just the top 3 listed, and I assume that there are probably many other positions that were not listed making near that salary. Is it really necessary for these salaries to be so much? Its very hard for me to donate my hard earned money to a charity when many of its leadership personnel are making 4 times what I make. They need to keep their nickels and postage labels that they give out, lower the compensation of these people , and THEN I will continue to donate

Review from CharityNavigator

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It saddens me to read the negative comments people like to share on sites such as this one. People are so quick to judge an organization before ever asking one of its members what their opinion is of the organization. Personally, the veterans served by the organization are the only opinions that matter when it comes to judging the worthiness of the organization as a whole.

My husband is a life member of the PVA. He broke his neck while serving his country in the Air Force. The PVA has provided many invaluable services to him. The PVA serves as our paralyzed veterans' voice to Congress. They provide assistance with obtaining benefits from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, which has a lot of red-tape involved. They cut through that tape faster than any individual has ever been able to. They provide countless adaptive sporting events throughout the year that gives the veterans a chance to live again. They have provided millions to research & development for new therapies and treatments for spinal cord injury. The list goes on and on, but hopefully you see the point I'm trying to make. My husband sacrificed so much while serving his country and is still paying that price today. How could you honestly post a comment on here complaining about the fundraising tactics and "nickels" wasted when that very same fundraising campaign not only brings in valuable donations but heightens the community's awareness of the organization.

Before you criticize an organization based solely on their "fundraising tactics," salaries, etc., please speak directly to one of the hundreds of thousands of paralyzed veterans in America and get their opinion.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 1

They send out way to many "gifts" and appear to spend a less than stellar amount of the funds they do receive on their actual stated cause.

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Donor

Rating: 1

My 76-year old father donated $20.00 to this organization last winter upon receiving a solicitation with several sheets of address labels and a nickel in the envelope. Since then we have received at least one packet every other week, sometimes once a week, full of address labels and with a nickel in the envelope. I'm sure in less than a year the $20.00 my dad gave them will be long used up in postage, labels and nickels to try to get him to give them more. He won't because he quickly figured out that his fellow veterans couldn't be receiving much benefit from this organization.

Review from CharityNavigator

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization frequently sends me "gifts" that I do not want or need, but which must be expensive to mail out with their solicitations. What a waste. Today I received a solicitation with a cloth tote bag included. I'll donate it to another charity rather than throw it away, but it seems like a very inefficient way to collect funds.

Review from CharityNavigator

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

What a scam this is. In 2008, they took in 101 million dollars in contributions. They paid out 26 million in salaries and employee benefits, another 4 million for conferences and meetings, and a whopping 59 million for fund raising. So what are the paralyzed veterans getting?

Review from Guidestar