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Help Heal Veterans

Producing Healing Arts That Enrich Lives

one star

63.05

36585 Penfield Lane Winchester, CA 92596
tel: (951) 926-4500   Web Site
EIN: 95-2706737

Board Leadership
John Meagher
Chairman

CEO
Joseph S. McClain
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 63.05 one star
  Financial 48.72 zero star
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Help Heal Veterans' (Heal Vets) primary mission is to enrich the lives of veterans and military personnel. Healing arts and crafts provide a therapeutic experience for all veterans including those who are hospitalized, in shelters, in convalescent homes and those undergoing therapy for a wide range of physical and mental challenges. The kits, provided free of charge to the veteran, often become a part of the patient's treatment plan, giving them a creative outlet along with tangible therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. The kits improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory improvement, anger issues and dexterity.

We work to involve the public in meeting this mission through a broad education outreach program, Heal Vets' therapeutic programs and provide a meaningful way for individuals, corporations or other nonprofit organizations to help wounded or disabled veterans, military patients and their families rebuild their lives.

Help Heal Veterans' (Heal Vets) primary mission is to enrich the lives of veterans and military personnel. Healing arts and crafts provide a therapeutic experience for all veterans including those who are hospitalized, in shelters, in convalescent homes and those undergoing therapy for a wide range of physical and mental challenges. The kits, provided free of charge to the veteran, often become a part of the patient's treatment plan, giving them a creative outlet along with tangible therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. The kits improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory improvement, anger issues and dexterity.

We work to involve the public in meeting this mission through a broad education outreach program, Heal Vets' therapeutic programs and provide a meaningful way for individuals, corporations or other nonprofit organizations to help wounded or disabled veterans, military patients and their families rebuild their lives.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Retail Value of Materials Provided
11,467,800
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

zero star

48.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
54.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 35.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.39
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.02
  Program Expenses Growth -11.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 92.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Help Heal Veterans on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Help Heal Veterans on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Help Heal Veterans (CA) 63.05 one star
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (VA) 94.63 four stars
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (IL) 86.11 three stars
Hire Heroes USA (GA) 96.42 four stars
Fisher House Foundation (MD) 99.83 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,148,489
   Federated Campaigns $1,935
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $13,150,424
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $13,150,424
   Other Revenue $372,335
TOTAL REVENUE $13,522,759
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,978,022
   Administrative Expenses $1,585,164
   Fundraising Expenses $5,679,690
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,242,876
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,720,117
   
Net Assets $433,026

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.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Therapeutic Materials $3,720,455 46.6%
Veterans Awareness Activities $2,738,688 34.3%
Craft Care Specialists $1,518,879 19.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-07 08/01/2018 63.05 one star
2016-07 11/01/2017 63.43 one star
2015-07 07/01/2016 61.05 one star
2014-07 06/01/2016 58.58 one star
 
CN 2.0
2014-07 11/01/2015 58.54 one star
2013-07 09/01/2014 60.07 one star
2013-07 07/01/2014 59.16 one star
2011-07 08/10/2012 --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 Friday, August 10, 2012

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for Help Hospitalized Veterans on July 1, 2014 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year and because the issue that prompted the Donor Advisory has been resolved. Specifically:

  • Help Hospitalized Veterans submitted an appeal to Charity Navigator announcing the formation of a new Board of Directors that has been approved by California's attorney general. The organization has also appointed a new Chief Executive Officer and submitted for our review a copy of the settlement agreement

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory for this charity because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On August 9, 2012, the California attorney general "filed a civil lawsuit seeking the removal of officers and directors of Help Hospitalized Veterans, a California charity. The complaint alleges that those running the organization engaged in self-dealing, paid excessive executive compensation and engaged in fraudulent fundraising and other unlawful activities. The lawsuit also seeks to recover more than $4.3 million in funds improperly diverted from Help Hospitalized Veterans. Those funds were meant to support several programs serving veterans and active-duty military, including providing arts and craft kits to hospitalized veterans. Instead, they were used to enrich the organization’s officers and fundraisers." For more information, please read the attorney general’s press release.

2011-07 05/01/2012 63.67 one star
2010-07 09/20/2011 60.20 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-07 12/22/2010 54.53 zero star
2008-07 09/01/2009 54.66 zero star
2007-07 06/01/2008 73.52 two stars
2006-07 06/01/2007 74.30 two stars
2005-07 06/01/2006 71.02 two stars
2004-07 08/01/2005 64.99 one star
2003-07 08/01/2004 70.47 two stars
2002-07 04/15/2003 70.03 two stars
2001-07 10/15/2002 70.57 two stars
2000-07 04/15/2002 70.19 two stars

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

EIN 95-2706737
Name in IRS Master File HELP HOSPITALIZED VETERANS
NTEE Code E86
NTEE Classification Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation
NTEE Type Health - General and Rehabilitative
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
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 June, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End July
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • July, 2017
  • July, 2016
  • July, 2015
  • July, 2014
  • July, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$219,638 1.44% Joseph Mcclain Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Help Heal Veterans (CA) 63.05 one star
Blue Star Families (CA) 95.13 four stars
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust (KY) 92.01 four stars
Semper Fi Fund (CA) 98.23 four stars
USO of Illinois (IL) 93.15 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Help Heal Veterans
36585 Penfield Lane
Winchester, CA 92596
tel: (951) 926-4500
fax: (951) 926-3569
EIN: 95-2706737

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Board Leadership

John Meagher
Chairman

CEO

Joseph S. McClain
Chief Executive Officer

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