United Proud Patriots Veterans Organization
by Jeff M
I recently got a telemarketer call looking for a donation to United Proud Patriots Veterans Organization. Is that a legitimate organization?
I asked what their administrative costs were and was told that they charged 10% of the money collected.
I did some checking and found a Milwaukee Sentinel article that stated that they only gave 10% of the money collected to the charity.
I could not find this organization rated on any web site.
Was the telemarketer lying to me?
Jeff, Thank you for your question. I'm afraid we didn't have much better luck than you did in our attempts to research United Proud Patriots Veterans Organization.
UPPVets is not listed by Charity Watch, Guide Star, Charity Navigator, or the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. BBB sets 20 accountability standards for charities, including that they spend no more than 35% of revenue on fundraising activities.
Sometimes in the early days of an organization, a higher percentage may be justified, as it takes a while to raise public awareness that the organization exists. That isn't the case for UPPVets, which was founded in 1990.
The article you referenced, published by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Online in May of 2007, reported:
"Veterans groups make up four of the six charities based in Wisconsin that keep a small fraction of the money. Among them: the United Proud Patriots Veterans Organization, a Menomonee Falls charity that gets only 12 cents of every dollar raised through telemarketing."
The web site for United Proud Patriots Veterans Organization lists no financial information, so we have e-mailed their national director requesting a copy of their most recent IRS return for review. The IRS requires that tax-exempt organizations make these records available for public inspection upon request, so if you'd like to review the return yourself, just go to their "contact us" page and request a copy.
We will update this page once we receive their response. **See update in the comments below.**
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