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Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Providing critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded - physically or psychologically - after defending our safety and our freedom

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29.23

4601 Forbes Blvd Suite 130
Lanham, MD 20706
tel: (202) 737-0522   Web Site
EIN: 26-1446183

Board Leadership
Benny Bachand
President

CEO
Joseph E. VanFonda
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 29.23 zero star
  Financial 0.00 zero star
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2007, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to ?provide critically needed? support ?to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded-physically or psychologically-after defending our safety and our freedom. We achieve this mission by offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF. We provide supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources. We provide an online resource database that allows veterans to access additional resources they need. We serve as a thought leader ?on ?critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Founded in 2007, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to ?provide critically needed? support ?to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded-physically or psychologically-after defending our safety and our freedom. We achieve this mission by offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF. We provide supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources. We provide an online resource database that allows veterans to access additional resources they need. We serve as a thought leader ?on ?critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Financial

zero star

0.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
21.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 70.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.71
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth 8.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 162.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Disabled Veterans National Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Disabled Veterans National Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Disabled Veterans National Foundation (MD) 29.23 zero star
Wounded Warriors Family Support (NE) 97.51 four stars
United American Patriots (NC) 86.65 three stars
Soldiers' Angels (TX) 94.69 four stars
Building Homes for Heroes (NY) 96.46 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $28,131,735
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $28,131,735
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $28,131,735
   Other Revenue $75,829
TOTAL REVENUE $28,207,564
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,893,399
   Administrative Expenses $2,117,349
   Fundraising Expenses $18,064,743
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $29,075,491
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-867,927
   
Net Assets $-2,406,603

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 11/01/2016 29.23 zero star
2014-12 06/01/2016 29.23 zero star
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 29.23 zero star
2010-12 05/24/2012 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Thursday, May 24, 2012

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for Disabled Veterans National Foundation on February 1, 2016 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since May 2012) and because the issues that prompted the Donor Advisory have been resolved. Specifically:

 
Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory on Disabled Veterans National Foundation because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:
  • On May 23, 2012, CNN reported that Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Richard Burr, the senior Republican on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee are investigating charges that the Disabled Veterans National Foundation has spent little of the tens of millions of dollars it has raised since 2007 on programs to help veterans. For more information, please see CNN and Senator Burr’s press release.
  • The charity has responded on its site here
  • On September 24, 2012, CNN reported that the Disabled Veterans National Foundation “is also under investigation by the State of Florida.” Documents from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs reviewed by CNN show that DVNF “essentially paid off another charity years ago after claims that it pirated logo design, wording for fund-raising direct mail letters and a host of other items before launching its own direct mail campaign.” The story also noted that “in the midst of both a U.S. Senate and State of Florida investigations” the “DVNF sent a new mailing to 750,000 donors, each letter containing a one dollar bill.” And CNN reported that “Quadriga Art, LLC, the giant direct mail fund-raiser in back of DVNF and hundreds of other charities, is now under formal investigation by the attorneys general of both New York and California.” For more information, please see the CNN story.
  • On June 30, 2014, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that "the New York attorney general’s office announced... that it had won a $25-million settlement in its investigation into fundraising abuses by a veterans charity [ Disabled Veterans National Foundation] and its direct-mail vendors, Quadriga Art and Convergence Direct Marketing." It goes on to report that the charity "...must create a committee to reexamine its business model, refrain from using Quadriga or Convergence for three years, and discontinue misleading fundraising appeals. It must also terminate its relationship with Charity Services International, a group that it paid to obtain donated goods for veterans that in some cases, the attorney general’s office said, did 'not have any useful purpose.'" The article also noted "Joseph VanFonda, chief executive of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation since late 2013, said in a statement he welcomed the settlement, which will 'enable us to improve the services we deliver and increase transparency with our loyal donors.' He said the group had hired an experienced fundraiser for a new position of development director." To read the full article and review the settlement, please see the Chronicle of Philanthropy

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 26-1446183
Name in IRS Master File DISABLED VETERANS NATIONAL FOUNDATION
NTEE Code W30
NTEE Classification Military, Veterans' Organizations
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 2008
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$119,320 0.41% Joseph Van Fonda Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Disabled Veterans National Foundation (MD) 29.23 zero star
Operation Support Our Troops - America (IL) 93.81 four stars
Navy SEAL Foundation (VA) 100.00 four stars
United American Patriots (NC) 86.65 three stars
Homes for Our Troops (MA) 94.69 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Disabled Veterans National Foundation
4601 Forbes Blvd
Suite 130
Lanham, MD 20706
tel: (202) 737-0522
EIN: 26-1446183

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Board Leadership

Benny Bachand
President

CEO

Joseph E. VanFonda
Chief Executive Officer

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