Mission: SINCE 1920, EMPOWERING VETERANS TO LEAD HIGH-QUALITY LIVES WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY.

Disabled American Veterans is a 501(c)(4) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1942, and deductibiltiy of donations depends on various factors.

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Contact Information

  www.dav.org

  3725 ALEXANDRIA PIKE
Cold Spring KY 41076-1712



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

95

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 40% Finance & Accountability and 60% Impact & Results


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated because it is not a 501(c)(3) IRS registered nonprofit

Charity Navigator currently only evaluates nonprofits registered with the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations. 501(c)(3) nonprofits are tax-exempt and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.


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Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



J MARC BURGESS, NATL ADJUTANT/CEO/SEC.

$295,087


BARRY A JESINOSKI, EXEC. DIR. NATL. HQ

$246,336


BRIAN COWART, CHIEF DEV. OFFICER

$242,474


CHRISTOPHER CLAY, GENERAL COUNSEL

$222,880


EDWARD R REESE JR, EXEC. DIR. NATL. LHQ

$221,941


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Veterans activities (BMF activity code: 907)


Foundation Status:

All organizations except 501(c)(3) (BMF foundation code: 00)


Affiliation:

Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization. (BMF affiliation code: 6)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

100

out of 100

Disabled American Veterans is highly cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$920 increases disability benefits claimed by a veteran by $51,000.


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Impact & Results Report

100

of 100 points


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Veterans Disability Assistance Program

Activities

The nonprofit provides assistance to help disabled veterans claim the government benefits they are owed.

Program Type

Veterans Disability Benefits

Beneficiaries Served

Veterans; Military personnel; People with disabilities

Program Geography

Cold Spring, KY

Time Period of Data

1/1/17 to 12/31/17


Learn how we assess the impact of nonprofits

Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

Government benefits claimed for a disabled veteran


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


The nonprofit publicly reports how many claims it filed successfully or how many veterans it served, as well as the dollar value of claims filed successfully.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We estimate the amount of benefits claimed as a result of the nonprofit's work by comparing its reported figures to the amount of benefits that would have been claimed without the nonprofit's help (the "counterfactual"). Without the nonprofit, some veterans might have successfully filed claims on their own or with the help of other organizations. These counterfactual successes must be netted out of the successes we observe. Otherwise, we would be attributing a change (benefits received) to the nonprofit when it would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and educated assumptions. Specifically, we assume that attorneys and claims assistants at other nonprofits generally have full caseloads. We also assume that veterans applying or appealing on their own experience half the success rate as if they had been assisted by the nonprofit.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.


Cost Calculation

$42,848,594 program costs + $0 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $42,848,594 total costs


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$42,848,594 total costs / 2,369,678,717 additional benefits claimed = roughly $900 increases disability benefits claimed by a veteran by $50000.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of veterans disability benefits programs are based on the return of benefits secured per dollar spent. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if every dollar spent results in $1.50 in benefits secured to a veteran, and a score of 75 if a dollar spent results in $0.85 to a veteran. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Highly cost-effective

Nonprofit Comment

Before publishing, we ask every nonprofit we can to review our work, offer corrections and provide a comment.


This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2019 by ImpactMatters. An analyst searched the Form 990s, annual reports, audited financials and the website of the nonprofit to calculate impact and rate cost-effectiveness. A second analyst conducted quality control.

Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Disabled American Veterans reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$46,123,350

Spent in most recent FY

46%

Percent of program expenses


SERVICE PROGRAM : Services are offered at no cost obligation to veterans, their families and survivors. -NSOs provided representation for more than 223,000 pending claims for veterans and their famili ... (More)


$3,606,422

Spent in most recent FY

3%

Percent of program expenses


VOLUNTARY SERVICES PROGRAM: By providing veterans with transportation to medical appointments, coordinating in-hospital volunteering opportunities and encouraging and supporting efforts to honor the s ... (More)


$1,521,454

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM: DAV is committed to ensuring transitioning military members and their families secure the tools, resources and opportunities they need to advance their employment goals. Since the  ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

Not Currently Scored

Disabled American Veterans is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.


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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Disabled American Veterans is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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