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Paralyzed Veterans of America

Maximizing the quality of life for veterans and all people with spinal cord injury or disease

two stars

72.07

801 Eighteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20006
tel: (800) 424-8200   Web Site
EIN: 13-1946868

Board Leadership
David Zurfluh
President

CEO
Carl Blake
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 72.07 two stars
  Financial 62.07 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving the needs of veterans with spinal cord injury or spinal cord dysfunction (SCI/D). Paralyzed Veterans has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members - veterans of the armed forces who have experienced SCI/D. Paralyzed Veterans uses that expertise to be the leading advocate for: quality health care for our members; research and education addressing SCI/D; benefits available as a result of our members' military service; and civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of its members.

Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving the needs of veterans with spinal cord injury or spinal cord dysfunction (SCI/D). Paralyzed Veterans has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members - veterans of the armed forces who have experienced SCI/D. Paralyzed Veterans uses that expertise to be the leading advocate for: quality health care for our members; research and education addressing SCI/D; benefits available as a result of our members' military service; and civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of its members.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Veterans Disability Assistance Program
Program Name: Veterans Disability Assistance Program

Note: The Impact & Results score currently has no effect on the nonprofit's Star Rating.

The Impact & Results score is a measure of how well a nonprofit delivers on its stated mission. To issue a score, Charity Navigator estimates the actual impact the nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact. Learn more about our Impact & Results methodology here.

Program Activities
Paralyzed Veterans of America provides assistance to help disabled veterans claim the government benefits they are owed.
Impact Statement
$2,900 increases disability benefits claimed by a veteran by $29,000.
Assessment Benchmark
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 ever dollar spent results in $1.50 in benefits secured, and a score of 75 if a dollar spent results in $0.85 to a veteran.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Data Source
Paralyzed Veterans of America 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 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.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of September 2020, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

one star

62.07

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
60.7%
  Administrative Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 34.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.36
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.52
  Program Expenses Growth 0.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Paralyzed Veterans of America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Paralyzed Veterans of America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

Charity Navigator believes collecting feedback from the people an organization serves can make it more effective. That is why we're partnering with GuideStar by Candid to share Constituent Voice information with you. Here's how this organization is listening and learning from its constituents:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Note: This organization did not answer this question
This Constituent Voice information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Voice information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Paralyzed Veterans of America (DC) 72.07 two stars
Pat Tillman Foundation (IL) 92.18 four stars
Paralyzed Veterans of America Wisconsin Chapter (WI) 92.62 four stars
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (SC) 91.30 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $99,829,352
   Federated Campaigns $44,997
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $832,313
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $205,516
Total Contributions $100,912,178
   Program Service Revenue $425,524
Total Primary Revenue $101,337,702
   Other Revenue $11,645,008
TOTAL REVENUE $112,982,710
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $66,651,667
   Administrative Expenses $6,116,250
   Fundraising Expenses $38,363,248
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $111,131,165
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,851,545
   
Net Assets $56,587,860

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
Public Education $33,067,478 49.6%
VA Benefits and Advocacy $21,302,313 32.0%
Community Outreach $5,407,090 8.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 72.07 two stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 72.57 two stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 76.47 two stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 29.06 zero star
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 04/01/2016 29.06 zero star
2014-06 03/01/2015 29.25 zero star
2012-09 08/01/2013 70.15 two stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 29.25 zero star
2010-09 09/20/2011 76.93 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 09/01/2010 65.53 one star
2008-09 09/01/2009 69.01 one star
2007-09 11/01/2008 76.24 two stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 74.58 two stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 75.10 two stars
2004-09 08/01/2005 60.28 one star
2003-09 06/01/2004 62.60 one star
2002-09 08/01/2003 55.06 one star
2001-09 10/15/2002 55.33 one star
2000-09 04/15/2002 54.69 zero star

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

EIN 13-1946868
Name in IRS Master File PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
NTEE Code H50
NTEE Classification Nerve, Muscle, Bone Research
NTEE Type Medical Research
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(907) Veterans 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 Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
Ruling Date October, 1955
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$168,070 0.15% William Blake Interim Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$465,354 0.41% Sherman Gillums Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Paralyzed Veterans of America (DC) 72.07 two stars
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (SC) 91.30 four stars
Pat Tillman Foundation (IL) 92.18 four stars
Paralyzed Veterans of America Wisconsin Chapter (WI) 92.62 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
tel: (800) 424-8200
fax: (202) 416-7640
TTY: (800) 795-4327
EIN: 13-1946868

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Board Leadership

David Zurfluh
President

CEO

Carl Blake
Executive Director

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