United Veterans of Florida, Inc.
United Veterans of Florida keeps calling me for a donation.
They tell me that they use Vets to solicit the money, so admin. costs are 15% but they are paying Vets to get the money.
Any info on this veterans charity?
***AdSense-336x280-Top-c2.shtml***The stated purpose of United Veterans of Florida is "to assist needy veterans and their families."
In conducting our research on United Veterans of Florida, we found no information on their web site concerning their financial records. We have sent them a request for a copy of their most recently filed IRS Form 990 (tax return) for our review, and we will update this page once we receive their response.
In the meantime, we find that United Veterans of Florida is not listed with any of the usual charity watchdog organizations we consult: Charity Watch, GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.
We did find them listed with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Florida Charities Gift Givers' Guide (their current registration expires 5/20/2010).
The information provided to that department by United Veterans of Florida does not match the information you were given. Their documents filed with
the State of Florida indicate the following for the period ending 12/31/2008:
Total Revenue: $468,429
Program Services Expenses: $86,936 (19%)
Administrative Expenses: $20,825 (4%)
Fund-Raising Expenses: $358,952 (77%)
It is possible that they changed their method of generating donations since then and no longer use third-party fundraisers, but not very likely.
Unfortunately, far too many veterans charities use for-profit fundraisers because it is easier and despite the fundraisers keeping significant amounts of the donations raised, the charities claim the amount they receive is still more than it would be without the professional fundraisers.
We don't know what the solution is, but perhaps they could use volunteers to solicit donations? If any of you have experience with effective charity fundraising, perhaps you could post your suggestions.
We will update this page once we receive the requested tax returns from UVF.
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