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Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation

No One Does More For Veterans

three stars

86.43

406 West 34th Street Suite 920
Kansas City, MO 64111
tel: (816) 968-1128   Web Site
EIN: 43-1758998

Board Leadership
William "Doc" Schmitz
Chairman

CEO
Richard Potter
Administrator

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.43 three stars
  Financial 97.38 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation seeks to provide unique and urgently needed services that improve the lives of veterans, military personnel and their families all the while supporting positive citizen involvement for the betterment of U.S. communities. Our varied programs include long-distance communication options for our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and military hospitals through distribution of telephone cards (almost 10,000,000 so far) and Cyber Café calling days; financial grants for military families in need to help pay for rent, mortgage, utilities, medical treatment and food; assistance for veterans in the filing of entitlement claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and patriotic student essay contests that award money for college to America's youth; etc. All of our programs are non-political, free and require no VFW-affiliation for assistance.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation seeks to provide unique and urgently needed services that improve the lives of veterans, military personnel and their families all the while supporting positive citizen involvement for the betterment of U.S. communities. Our varied programs include long-distance communication options for our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and military hospitals through distribution of telephone cards (almost 10,000,000 so far) and Cyber Café calling days; financial grants for military families in need to help pay for rent, mortgage, utilities, medical treatment and food; assistance for veterans in the filing of entitlement claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and patriotic student essay contests that award money for college to America's youth; etc. All of our programs are non-political, free and require no VFW-affiliation for assistance.

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Financial

four stars

97.38

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
84.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.83
  Program Expenses Growth 15.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation (MO) 86.43 three stars
Yellow Ribbon Fund (MD) 86.75 three stars
Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) (CA) 92.72 four stars
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust (KY) 100.00 four stars
USO of North Carolina (NC) 90.28 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,987,113
   Federated Campaigns $76,858
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,063,971
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,063,971
   Other Revenue $400,811
TOTAL REVENUE $4,464,782
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,979,908
   Administrative Expenses $480,803
   Fundraising Expenses $476,611
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,937,322
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-472,540
   
Net Assets $9,836,746

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
Veteran Service Activities $3,329,549 83.7%
Community Service & Public Awareness $650,359 16.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 06/01/2020 86.43 three stars
2018-08 07/01/2019 96.66 four stars
2017-08 07/01/2018 96.38 four stars
2016-08 09/01/2017 85.73 three stars
2015-08 08/01/2016 87.47 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 90.27 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 09/01/2015 84.21 three stars
2013-08 06/01/2014 83.53 three stars
2012-08 06/01/2013 87.83 three stars
2011-08 06/01/2012 81.77 three stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 74.57 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-08 05/01/2011 77.47 two stars
2009-08 08/01/2010 94.25 four stars
2008-08 08/01/2009 75.37 two stars
2007-08 07/01/2008 85.01 three stars
2006-08 05/01/2007 76.42 two stars
2005-08 07/01/2006 92.04 four stars
2004-08 06/01/2005 94.53 four 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 43-1758998
Name in IRS Master File VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS FOUNDATION
NTEE Code J20
NTEE Classification Employment Procurement Assistance, Job Training
NTEE Type Employment, Job-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(566) Job training, counseling, or assistance
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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 October, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Kevin C. Jones President $163,595
Other Salaries of Note
Not compensated -- Bernard J. Duffy Former President $147,152

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation (MO) 86.43 three stars
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (MD) 95.17 four stars
National Military Family Association (VA) 87.25 three stars
Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation (MT) 90.50 four stars
Yellow Ribbon Fund (MD) 86.75 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation
406 West 34th Street
Suite 920
Kansas City, MO 64111
tel: (816) 968-1128
EIN: 43-1758998

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Board Leadership

William "Doc" Schmitz
Chairman

CEO

Richard Potter
Administrator

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