National Veterans Services Fund

A reader asks:

What can you tell me about the National Veterans Services Fund? How much do they give to aid veterans?

The National Veterans Services Fund was founded in 1978 as Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Victims. The name was changed to reflect their dedication to assisting not just Vietnam veterans, but also our newer generations of veterans.

NVSF provides "case-managed social services and limited assistance to Vietnam and Persian Gulf War veterans and their families, with a focus on families with disabled children. The families served by NVSF have been unable to obtain the social and health services they so critically need from other sources."

The American Institute of Philanthropy in 2007 awarded a Grade of "F" to National Veterans Services Fund, reporting that only 2% of revenues went to veterans services, and that NVSF spends $97 to raise $100.

Charity Navigator gave the organization an overall rating of 0 stars, reporting that for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008, National Veterans Services Fund spent 22.4% on program expenses (accounting rules permit some fundraising expenses to be classified as program expenses, however, so this number without more information doesn't tell the complete story), and 70.7% on fundraising expenses, with the other 6.8% going to administrative expenses. From total revenue of $7,366,988, NVSF allocated $1,699,426 to program expenses, $517,803 to administrative expenses, and a whopping $5,360,119 to fundraising expenses.

This represents a significant improvement since AIP's report, but is still dismal.

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Sep 22, 2015
Thanks for the tip off
by: Jeff Rudenstein USAF ret.

They sent me a check for $2.50 with the expectation that I would send the check back with a donation. I think I will just cash the check.

Well, that's a new one. I never heard of a charity sending checks before! Somehow, that just makes NO sense to me. They're soliciting for money, so they do that by sending YOU money? Crazy.

Nov 06, 2014
Another Rip-Off
by: Anonymous

Just as I suspected, ANOTHER RIP-OFF.
Hopefully no one will be gullible enough to fall for it.

Nov 19, 2013
Another Veteran Ripoff
by: Anonymous

Thank you for the low-down on this organization. I almost sent a donation, thinking I might have a shot at that million-dollar sweepstakes.

I saved the cost of postage. I still have my Agent Orange Card.

Nov 14, 2011
by: Anonymous

In 2012, your services fund will crumble and collapse. Not a threat; simply a promise.

No more money for your fund. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Jun 25, 2011
Are these guys crooks?
by: Anonymous


May 23, 2011
501c3 status needs more regulation
by: Anonymous

These people give veterans organizations a bad name. $8 Million in fund raising and 97% goes back into fundraising?

The president of this organization gets $102,000 to run this fiasco. That's like paying a bank robber to rob banks.

They should be ashamed of themselves. Veterans deserve better.

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