National Vietnam Veterans Foundation

by Joe

Do you have a rating for this charity -- National Vietnam Veterans Foundation?

Joe, we started our research on the web site for the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation. We found NO financial information listed there, and we found that some of the items listed that should be links are not links.

So we sent them a request for specific financial information, and will update this page when we receive their response.

In the meantime, we checked GuideStar, which lists the following as programs of National Vietnam Veterans Foundation:

"1. Support of events to raise awareness on veterans issues, including but not limited to, health programs, POW/MIA book project, etc.

2. Assistance on veterans issues and programs, including but not limited to, medical research, homeless veterans employment and rehabilitation programs, maintenance of a veterans hotline, etc.

3. Contributions to various veterans organizations, charities and educational programs."

GuideStar also reports that for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007, NVVF received contributions of $2,392,834.

From those contributions, it paid these expenses:

Program Services: $269,641 (11%)

Administration: $78,003 (3%)
"Other:" $2,037,909 (85%)

That adds up to just 99%, so the other 1% must be split among those three categories.

There is no further breakdown of "other," but our guess is that a large portion of it is fundraising expenses. (That guess is borne out by the report from the Washington Secretary of State, below.)

Next, we went to Charity Navigator, which reports that "National Vietnam Veterans Foundation is in our queue to be evaluated."

The Better Business
Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (BBB) reported: "Despite written BBB Wise Giving Alliance requests in the past year, this organization either has not responded to Alliance requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to the Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability."

The Secretary of State for the State of Washington reports that for the organization's fiscal year ending December 31, 2006, National Vietnam Veterans Foundation reported revenue of $1,249,154 and program expenses of $97,548 (8%).

So apparently, despite a 92% increase in contributions from 2006 to 2007, the amount actually going to program expenses increased by just 3%.

So we're sad to say that National Vietnam Veterans Foundation rates a big fat "F" from us.

The Washington Secretary of State also publishes reports on commercial fundraisers registered in their state. For Community Support, Inc. (CSI), the fundraiser listed for National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, it reports that for 2008, CSI returned only 12% of the funds it raised to the charities for which it solicited. Another big fat "F."

The report shows that CSI solicits in the State of Washington for the following veterans charities:

AMVETs (American Veterans)
National Vietnam Veterans Foundation
Veterans Assistance Foundation
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Washington
Vietnam Veterans of Washington State
Washington Chapter of the United States Navy Veterans Association

So, our advice, if you live in the State of Washington, is not to donate to any of the charities for which CSI is the solicitor.

When we receive the requested information from National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, we will update this page.

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Jan 11, 2016
by: Pat Cole


My husband was a 100% disabled Vietnam vet who died 8 yrs. ago at the age of 60. I only give to the Disabled American or Vietnam Veterans...therefore Nat'l Vietnam Veterans Foundation will get $0.00.


Sep 28, 2015
Wounded Warrior Project and National Vietnam Veterans Foundation
by: Anonymous

On August 20th, 2015, I received a call, from a woman from Wounded Warrior Project, asking for a $50.00 donation and would appreciate it if I would send the check in a timely manner. I did receive the letter and held it without sending a payment.

On Sept. 25, 2015 I received a letter from National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, inquiring as to where the check was, if there was a problem call them.

Today I received a call from a woman inquiring about the check. So I asked her how much of this donation actually goes to the vet. She said 15%, and the rest goes to the organization, for the funding of the various fundraisers.

My husband is a Vietnam vet and I have a friend that was a nurse in the Army, she told me not to donate money to these causes as they are not credible.

Sep 12, 2015
They are Offensive
by: Anonymous

Told them I do not donate over the phone, and he was quite upset by my distrust. I told him to mail me a pamphlet and that I would pledge and with great resistance and an attitude, he said he would.

I am also glad that I checked with you. I will find another way to do this.

I have had the same problem with donating to American Indians, I have done this through local foundations now.

Sep 05, 2015
by: Anonymous

Glad I researched before I gave! I "committed" to $15.00 one-time donation just to get rid of the guy as I could tell he wasn't going to take "no" for an answer.

When he said they would send me an "invoice", the alarm bells went off and the red flag went up! One commenter's remark about his solicitor telling him "we don't do mass mailings", (theoretically because of the cost), had me chuckling. Mass mailings at bulk rates is far cheaper than paying telemarketers to man the phones 8-hours a day, 7-days a week!

And why does it take 2 people to confirm a "commitment?" Doubly inefficient if you ask me. Always investigate before you give.

Jul 25, 2015
Magazine subscription question
by: EB security

Did the NVVF Send anyone else a rotating magazine subscription? I think they said they would... I'm not sure, its been a while since I talked to them.

I'm trying to get in touch with the magazine and cancel. Haven't got responses from anyone.

Jul 21, 2015
Almost Fooled
by: Paul Boland

I too almost gave to this so called charity. The government should lock these folks up. More enforcement needs to be done on these scams.

Jun 25, 2015
Member of Vietnam Veterans of America
by: Don

National Vietnam Veterans Foundation is probably a scam. I went to a site that gave a breakdown of it's account. 8.1% goes to helping whoever. The rest is for advertising and salaries.

This organization has a zero star rating!

There are many good organizations to donate to besides this one. This one should not be confused with Vietnam Veterans of America, which is a 501C19 non-profit organization.

NO ONE in the VVA gets a pay check. We are ALL volunteers. There are VVA chapters in most major cities in the country and our National Headquarters in Maryland. Look us up on the web.

I am with Chapter 17 in Las Vegas. Our chapter has been here for 35 years.

May 20, 2015
by: Anonymous

I pledged 40 dollars and then found out it is not considered a good charity.

I refused to send money and have been deluged with calls.

Feb 09, 2015
I am glad I investigated before donated
by: Sammy

I also was called by a nice man, wanted to know if I wanted to pledge an amount of $100.00 by credit card right now, I stated I did not.

Sent pledge by mail - this gave me time to look up this Foundation and I saw the IRS tax returns... so no. I will not donate to them... shame, shame on them...Our Vietnam Veterans are our heroes and deserve so much more !!

Jan 21, 2015
Your list helped!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for this list of comments. I felt something was not 'right' but agreed to a $20 one time donation.

I decided to do my homework on the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation and now see it is a scam. Must I honor my pledge?

Anonymous, you have no legal obligation to honor such a "pledge," and you can tell the organization why you are not honoring it in a note you mail back in their donation envelope, or you can just ignore it completely.

Jan 07, 2015
Support your vets in your local area
by: Anonymous



Dec 15, 2014
Sadly I gave....
by: Anonymous

Sadly....I gave and it just hit me like a lightening thunderbolt that it was a scam.

I called my bank, reported the fraud and will take the necessary precautions in the future.

Nov 21, 2014
I almost gave, too
by: Anonymous

I received several phone calls from a private caller, before I answered and this nice man was on the other end requesting money for this organization.

I pledged to send a generous donation to help the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation until I viewed the website and spoke to someone else who told me not to send the money, that it was a scam. I am so glad I listened.

Nov 21, 2014
This "vets foundation" is a travesty.
by: Suzanne

To update a previous comment about the Charity Navigator Rating of the Nat'l Vietnam Veterans Foundation - they have rated it and given it ZERO stars!

I have donated to the Wounded Warriors and before I gave any more I wanted to check them out. They are rated with 4 stars. Then I thought "What about the Vietnam Vets - they got a raw deal - what could I do for them."

That's how I started looking into the Nat'l Vietnam Vet organization. Here's the financial info from Charity Navigator. They had donations of $4.8 million in 2012 and spent only $560,000 (less than 12%) on the programs they are supposed to be supporting. A whopping $4.2 million was spent on fundraising expenses. Furthermore, there are no outside audits or access to the IRS Form 990 charitable organizations make public.
The president of the charity only is paid $15,000 - undoubtedly his fundraising expenses reimburse him handsomely.

The website is amateurish at best and misleading at worst. Click on "Reports" and you get one report entitled "2014 Annual Report" which contains no dollar figures, and comprise of mostly vague statements about the programs they support, are committed to, engage in, etc. They claim to partially fund Operation Stand Downs and take credit for developing and distributing a National Veterans Guide. Very interesting that the 2014 Annual Report is produced before 2014 has ended.

This makes me sick - what can you do about this?

Oct 28, 2014
Same Story--Different Day
by: Anonymous

I too received a call a few months ago from this organization. The man I spoke with was very nice and when I agreed to donate to them he transferred me to another person.

That woman wanted a credit card # right then, but I told her no, I do not donate over the phone but if she would send information, I would send a check. The lady got VERY pushy and insisted I give her a credit card #.

I refused, repeating that I wanted something in the mail. She told me that they wanted credit card payment because they found that people would say they would donate by mail but then never send it. Hmmmm-I wonder why??

After researching this organization I have now joined the ranks of "did not send payment". It is sad that people are taking advantage of the good hearts of people toward our veterans.

Oct 16, 2014
Read these comments and will not be duped!
by: Anonymous

I was just called by the New York Vietnam Veterans Foundation and they sent a pledge notice in the mail.

But after reading these comments I won't be sending a check and pray that I don't get harassed by them in the future.

Thanks for the info!!! I will be much more critical of these places in the future!

Sep 08, 2014
My Husband almost gave !
by: Anonymous

I looked it up on the internet and saw it did not seem to add up and phone # & address was not part of a credible source & he will not send a Check.

Shame on them for preying on Veterans and saying it would stay in our state (Nevada), but in the letter it did not say that.

Do not give to this Wisconsin organization. It is a Scam.


Jul 28, 2014
Mean-Spirited Scam - National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Inc.
by: Anonymous

A bully of a man keeps calling my mom-in-law to insist she committed to sending $10 each month. Mom has dementia and while she was on the phone she got very confused and kept apologizing.

I took the phone from her and talked to this 'vet'. He was obviously strong-arming her and taking advantage of her dementia. She only wanted to send a one time donation.

I asked them to take her off the list as she is on a small fixed income. He said he would.

But we continue to receive pledges that look like bills, that she owes them money. I wrote on the 'bill' to take her off the list.

They keep sending the invoices. The man kept calling and I kept intercepting and he would apologize and say they would take her off the list. But he keeps calling. And sending the bills.

I took the number he called from and called back to talk to his supervisor, but the call could not go through.

Please send NO money to these mean-spirited scammers.

National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 44260
West Allis, WI

Anon, you may want to file a complaint with the FTC regarding the continued harassment of your mother-in-law by this group.

You may also want to write a formal letter to the charity, repeating your request to remove your mother-in-law from their list. I would show copies of that letter (indicating how many times they've promised to remove her from their list) going to the IRS, the FTC, and your state's Attorney General. Maybe that will get some action.

Jun 13, 2014
They Prey on Elderly
by: Anonymous

This is the "organization" that keeps calling asking for my mother by name, who was placed in assisted living 6/2012 and died 9/2013.

Despite being told that she has died and does not live here, the idiots keep calling and asking for her.

She was on a fixed income so I moved her in with me to help her out---turned out many of these scammers were $20-ing her to death.

They prey on the elderly----they should be ashamed of themselves!

Apr 22, 2014
by: Dawn

I am tired of getting calls any time of day and
night stating that they are asking for donations
to Veterans groups. There are so many.

I refuse to give any more because of how the fund raisers cheat the Veterans.

Our Vets put their lives on the line everyday. They have sacrificed much for us, and to see these so called fund raisers using them to put money into their pockets is just dis-

I can't believe that our government would allow such a travesty to go on.

Mar 25, 2014
National Vietnam Veterans Association, West Allis, WI
by: Anonymous

I received a call & said I would pledge, then I looked up the info on various charity websites, and their info was same as here.

I also received a letter from American Veterans Support Foundation saying I pledged to them also.

Guess what? Both listed the same P O box. Info on their websites, very suspect.

I won't be sending in the money. Instead I will donate it to the VFW.

Feb 04, 2014
This Doesn't Look Right to Me
by: Anonymous

I received a call from an organization -- New York Vietnam Veterans Foundation Inc.

The return envelope is a blank window envelope, I have donated to Veterans before but this envelope does not look right to me and I am not going to send them my money.

I was going to even increase the pledge, however I am not going to send my pledge. I tried finding the address in telephone directory, and on line.

I would like to help the veterans but I have to be sure where my money is going.

Dec 17, 2013
by: Anonymous

I did send $50.00 to the Phoenix, Az location, then I received a reminder notice to send in my pledge.

Don't know what to make of it since they hadn't cashed the first check.

I tried to call the 800# but just got an automated system. Therefore I started to search to see if this was a scam.

If they haven't cashed your check, you may want to issue a Stop Payment Order. You can call your bank for assistance in doing that.

Dec 05, 2013
Big Fat Scam!
by: Nancy

Got a call also from a blocked number, was suspicious, but caller was so nice. They sent an invoice and I tried to check out this organization, and found out much the same as eveyone else, that this is a big fat scam. I sent a copy to the US Attorney General's Office. Hopefully, they can put a stop to this!

May 19, 2013
How'd they get my info?
by: Concerned

Got a call from them today. Their site looks like a high school kid put it together and there are links that do not work.

I told them to send me the info in the mail and I will evaluate. I should have just ended the call.

After reading this post and seeing the site I will not be donating money.

Concerned, my guess would be that they probably got your name/number from a rented mailing/calling list. It seems that if you've ever donated to one charity, you'll get tons of requests from others. They sometimes make money by renting out their lists to other groups.

May 14, 2013
by: Anonymous

This organization is a scam. My wife gave them money because she is good like that. However, I am a Vietnam combat vet and I know better. I know from several calls that they can be very rude.

Thank you for having such good hearts but please give to "Real" Veterans organizations like the Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled Veterans of America, VFW, American Legion and others that have been checked out by people you trust or even better, yourselves.

God Bless and stay safe out there.

Mar 11, 2013
National Vietnam Veterans Foundation Looks Like a Scam
by: Anonymous

In my opinion, from all of the researching on this company - this is my assumption, based on REPUTABLE SOURCES - this company is a complete scam. They have refused to disclose their financials, and are (and have been for years) 'under-investigation'.

Please save your money and give to a reputable organization of your choice. Many of these .org companies are in the business of making money.

The Vietnam Veterans association WILL NEVER ASK FOR MONEY OVER THE PHONE!

When in doubt- do not pay-out!

Jun 02, 2012
Shame on NVVF
by: Anonymous

My mother is 96 years old. She received a letter today concerning a $20 "pledge" she allegedly made during a phone conversation on 5/1/2012.

She never received such a call. She can barely hear the phone ring let alone hold a conversation with someone.

She will not be honoring this phony pledge and I will be reporting NFFV for their tactics used on easily confused and vulnerable senior citizens.

As a widow of a career Navy serviceman she does not deserve to be scammed out of what little disposable income she lives on.

Shame on this organization and any others that prey on our senior citizens!

Nov 07, 2011
by: Lawrence

I too received this call and then a print out like donation form. The address listed is a po box #.

I could not find ANY information on this group. NO answer at the 800# listed as office phone.

I hate to think that this is going on unnoticed.

Veterans Deserve Better.

May 27, 2011
Aggressive & Obnoxious Caller
by: CavMike19

I received the same type of call--"thank you for your past support and I know we can count on you again...."

The only thing is that I have never given to this organization. When I asked for information by mail, the caller became belligerent, saying that they would have to do mass mailings, "which we don't do." I then said I just wanted to check the effectiveness of their organization, and the caller became obnoxious.

I then said "if you cannot provide the requested information, the obvious answer is to terminate this call. Thank you, good-bye."

The whole approach was that of a scammer, unlike several other veterans organizations I know of. Checking up, I found that their program costs--the supposed purpose of the organization--range from 8 to 12 percent of their budget, with most of the rest being "other" but undefined.

Better to give to the other organizations that do a better job of actually supporting our vets.

By the way, I am a disabled Vietnam Vet.

Mike, Thank you for your service to our country, and Welcome Home.

May 14, 2011
Nice solicitor but sleezy operation
by: Dan

This web site confirmed my feeling that NVVF was not legit.

"Joe" was a nice enough fellow, his "just give me $15, be a patriot" seemed like a low pressure solicitation that I was happy to do for veterans "in this tuff economic environment."

I even felt that if it was a fraud, that "Joe" was probably down on his luck and could use the $15 himself.

But suddenly the light went on in my head and said "sucker! if you really have $15 to give, then make it your duty to find the real veterans."

Anyway, I ended spending the $15 on pizza and a couple of brewskies, but the next $15 that I save is going to a group of real veterans who set up a table outside my A&P on the weekends.

Thank you Google for sending me the knowledge at this web site. [is google part of my computer? how does it respond to my commands? and why does the number of the letter "o" in the google name change from day to day..... is there a google and a goooogle? thanks!]

May 03, 2011
I too recieved a letter
by: Anonymous

I received a call from a blocked number and since it's in my nature to give and my grandfather is a veteran, I agreed to give.

My grandmother told me to double check and make sure its not a scam and boy was I not suprised that it is. The number was blocked, and the guy play on my good faith in God.

I wonder how do I get out of this without them harassing me with letters. I think it pretty sad that they play on the good nature of people. It breaks my heart. =[

Anon, just ignore the invoice when you get it, or call them and tell them you've changed your mind. You can also request in writing that the charity remove you from their mailing and calling lists. Telling them by phone generally is not effective.

Apr 11, 2011
What to do?
by: Rosie

I received a call to donate to NVVF, have received the form but have not mailed check yet.

Don't know if I want to after reading all this!

My letter says West Allis, WI, not Washington state. Is this one and the same - does anyone know?

Rosie, it's not unusual for a national charity to have multiple addresses for collecting donations in different parts of the country, so don't let that throw you.

Apr 11, 2011
Remove me from call list and mailing list...
by: Anonymous

Remove me from your calling list and your mailing list. I have donated clothing and articles of good use.

I do not want follow-up requests in mail or phone calls.

Anon, we just want to let you know that sending that request to us won't do any good. You must mail it directly to the charity itself. If you have the address from a letter they sent you, use it.

Feb 27, 2011
Outreach Calling
by: Anonymous

Community Support Inc (CSI) the previous fundraiser listed for National Vietnam Veterans Foundation was targeted by the FTC in Operation False Charity.

Calls for NVVF are now made by a new solicitation outfit, Outreach Calling, which amounts to a name change.

Donation amounts still add up to an invisibly tiny percentage of funds solicited.

Feb 09, 2011
NVVF - Jerks/scam artists
by: Anonymous

The same man from NVVF calls year after year,, multiple times a year even after I have donated.

Now he calls and because I have figured out his scheme he asks for my husband by first name only, thinking he sounds like a friend of his. This caller is rude and obnoxious.

As soon as I tell him my husband is not available, he hangs up without another word. I try to call back the number on caller I.D. and of course it is invalid.

Those scam artists have even sent a pledge sheet without a confirmation call just because they thought since I had given before that I must be absent minded and might have forgotten that I agreed to pledge again.

They make valid charities suffer because of their greed!

Jan 30, 2011
Curious Pledge Letter
by: Janet Cannon

I got the call - agreed to $15 donation because am the widow of a Vietnam Vet.

The pledge Letter came addressed to Mrs Joel/Janet Cannon. Joel is my son and is currently living at home with me.

How did they get his name? Everything (including my phone) is in my name.

Of course I will not send donation. The calls have started - one on a Sunday. As a charity I understand they are permitted to solicit on Sundays.

Thank God for your website.

Jan 20, 2011
Yet another address
by: Anonymous

Jan 20, 2011
My 'sponsor confirmation' letter doesn't list D.C., Maryland, VA or WI as other comments have listed here.... mine says they're based in Phoenix! Ok???

Yep, they're getting a note from me, not a check. There are more reputable agencies out there.

Pledger beware.

Jan 13, 2011
by: Anonymous

i no two guys that work for them - they live well.

also seen the packages they send out - about 2 dollars of china crap.

Dec 21, 2010
by: Anonymous

I read all comments and decided not to give. I sent them a note along with the donation pledge as to why I changed my mind and asked to be taken off their call list.

I plan to always check out the charity before sending a pledge.

Nov 18, 2010
by: Anonymous

When I received the call from "National Vietnam Veterans Foundation" I was wary enough to wait for some paperwork to arrive in the mail prior to committing to a donation. The caller seemed rushed and anxious to get my pledge and without hestition declared he knew little about the organization AND was being paid to call me.

Several things just do not add up, enough to make me pause and reflect, and I finally decided not to support the fundraising effort. After a review
of their website and the letter sent to me, I elect not to send money to an organization I have doubt about. Many folks see the ".ORG" at the end of a website address and assume that means it's a valid and forthright organization.

Apart from the "rushed" telephone approach and questionable follow up letter, I was most disturbed by the listing of a Washington, DC, headquarters within that letter. I followed up and discovered it is NOT their address, but rather it belongs to a health grant association completely unrelated to NVVF. The receptionist who answered the phone said they receive mail periodically for NVVF and mark "return to sender/
address unknown".

Nov 05, 2010
Rude solicitation
by: Anonymous

I too had a similar experience with this organization...they are very rude and I also have had them hang up on me.

Unfortunately I find that I gave to them in 2009 and again earlier this year. Guess I'd better pay closer attention.

I originally thought I was giving to Vietnam Veterans of America who have been around for 40 years.

Who is this organization? I can't find anything positive about them on the web. The invoice I received is a remittance address in Wisconsin.

Unfortunately, there are a number of charitable organizations that deliberately choose names that are confusingly similar to other, well-known organizations. Today's donors really have to be careful that they know which groups they make donations to, and that takes some research. We're happy to happy to be able to provide information to help you make your donation decisions.

Aug 25, 2010
Rude Solicitation
by: Anonymous

I just had a call from someone who said they were from the National Viet Nam Veterans Foundation, claiming that I made a donation to them last year. I didn't recognize the name, and don't believe that I made any such contribution.

They wanted me to agree to send them money, and they would send me information. When I suggested that I would be glad to look at any information they wanted to send and then decide about a contribution, the man was very rude, told me to forget about it and then hung up on me before I could explain that my father is a veteran and I am more than supportive of veterans' groups, but that I have a policy of not making any promises over the phone to strangers.

Not a way to treat a veteran's family member, and not a way to ever get my money!

If you believe the organization that contacted you is engaging in fraudulent practices (by attempting to get you to donate under the false premise of claiming you donated last year when you did not), please see our response to Jill on that page for a list of places where you may file reports.

Jun 08, 2010
How to handle NVVF's invoice?
by: Anonymous

NVVF called the house. I don't have caller i.d.

I let them talk me into "considering" a $15 donation but told them I would send no money without further info in the mail. "Oh, yes. That's the way we operate," they told me. Then he had a supervisor get on the phone to verify my mailing address.

I got a REMIT TO letter today - and found your site tonight.

How do I help stop them? Who do I report it to? I believe I actually donated to them last year - $10 or $15.


We still have received no response from National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, despite passage of more than a month, so we've sent a second request for their documents.

Unfortunately, there's no law against inefficiency, and a charitable organization can maintain its tax-exempt status by dedicating as little as 5% (and in some cases, less) of its revenue to its causes. Special accounting allocation rules about what can be called "program expenses" can make the actual amount much less.

Probably the most effective way for you to complain would be to send a message to your Congressional delegation, asking them to support efforts in Congress to investigate and better regulate veterans charities.

Improving on the financial performance of charities will require revisions to the Internal Revenue Code with regard to tax-exempt charitable organizations.

In the meantime, use the links below (at the bottom of the page) to spread this information via Twitter, Facebook, etc., or e-mail a link to this page to your friends, and ask them to forward it to their friends.

By getting the word out, hopefully we can cause the flow of money to these inefficient veterans charities to dry up.

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