Military and Veterans Nonprofits

Nonprofit Investor recently reviewed four nonprofits serving our country's military, veterans and families: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), National Military Family Association, Operation Homefront and Swords to Plowshares.

With nonprofits such as DVNF recently in the news for squandering hundreds of millions of dollars of donor funds, it is important to identify and highlight organizations working in the field that are truly helping our veterans and military families.

Nonprofit Investor performed an independent evaluation of four charities in the space, with two receiving our top "BUY" rating, demonstrating clear impact with a high degree of transparency:

  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the first and largest nonprofit organization for the newest generation of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, demonstrates a solid vision for holistically interceding for veterans’ causes and rigorously measures its reach (active members, times before congress, media covereage, etc.).
  • National Military Family Association fights for benefits and programs that stengthen and protect uniformed services families and has a long track record of success and effectively deploys its resources to create an outsized impact towards its goals.

Two nonprofits received our "NEUTRAL" rating, with significant areas to improve upon:

  • Operation Homefront provides services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and recovery support. The organization has developed a model which requires limited spending on fundraising and administrative functions. However, Operation Homefront's disclosures are insufficient to truly evaluate the impact and cost of the organization's effort in the context of its complex affiliate structure.
  • Swords to Plowshares has made great strides in providing a variety of services to reduce homelessness among veterans and has even engaged other community organizations with specialized expertise to help with their efforts. However, the organization has operated at a financial loss for 3 years, which may threaten the sustainability of the organization.

A nonprofit such as DVNF would have received a "SELL" on our rating scale.

Every nonprofit has both strengths and areas to improve upon. We encourage you to read our full reports to help you make the giving decision that best aligns with your philanthropic goals.

Please contact us or comment below with any feedback or to suggest a nonprofit for us to evaluate. Check out our publicly available research on 50+ nonprofits across a varitety of causes here: NPI Research.

 

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