NOT RECOMMENDED CHARITIES

We have created a rating system that, in our opinion, pulls out the most relevant information for each charity. Based on that data, we offer our opinion about donating.

AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that the AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort spent 68.72 percent of its $6.8 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort used joint cost accounting for 51 percent of its budget. While legal,… Read More

Air Force Aid Society

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, the net assets of the Air Force Aid Society equal 17.2 times its budget of $12.2 million. This may be an indication that the group is spending too little of its donations on programs. We recommend net assets exceed no more than 3 years… Read More

Air Warrior Courage Foundation (d.b.a. Wounded Warrior Emergency Support)

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that Air Warrior Courage Foundation (doing business as Wounded Warrior Emergency Support) has net assets equal to 7.4 times its annual budget of about $630,000. This may be an indication that the group is spending too little of its donations on programs. Read More

AMVETS National HQ

Not Recommended

According to its 2019 tax filings, AMVETS National HQ used joint cost accounting for 6.1 percent of its $4.4 million budget. While legal, this accounting method can disguise overhead costs as program spending. We recommend that no more than 5 percent of a budget be allocated to joint cost accounting. Read More

AMVETS National Service Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate AMVETS National Service Foundation used joint cost accounting for 10.2 percent of its $18.6 million budget. While legal, this accounting method can be used to disguise overhead costs as program spending. We recommend that no more than 5 percent of a budget… Read More

Army Emergency Relief

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, the net assets of Army Emergency Relief equal 12 times its $28.5 million budget. This may be an indication that the group is spending too little of its donations on programs. We recommend net assets exceed no more than 3 years of the group’s… Read More

Blinded Veterans Association

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that the Blinded Veterans Association spent 50 percent of its $2.2 million budget on programs. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. Additionally, we calculate that the organization has net assets equal to 5 years of its budget. This… Read More

Circle of Friends for American Veterans

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the Circle of Friends for American Veterans spent 99 percent of its approximately $340,000 budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. We do not recommend giving to the Circle of Friends for American Veterans. See… Read More

Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes spent 64.6 percent of its $11 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes used joint cost accounting for 27.9 percent of its budget. While… Read More

Coast Guard Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the Coast Guard Foundation spent 33.4 percent of its $8 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. We do not recommend giving to the Coast Guard Foundation. See our lists of Highly Recommended… Read More

Disabled American Veterans

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that Disabled American Veterans spent 50 percent of its $144 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. Disabled American Veterans used joint cost accounting for 18 percent of its budget. While legal, this accounting method… Read More

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that Disabled Veterans National Foundation spent 93 percent of its $27.6 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. Disabled Veterans National Foundation used joint cost accounting for 15.7 percent of its budget. While legal, this… Read More

For the Troops

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that For the Troops spent 64 percent of its $3.2 million budget on programs. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. For this reason, we do not recommend giving to the For the Troops. See our lists of… Read More

Freedom Alliance

Not Recommended

Based on its 2018 tax return, we calculate that the Freedom Alliance spent 33 percent of its $7.7 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. The Freedom Alliance used joint cost accounting for 17.4 percent of its budget. While legal, this accounting method… Read More

Freedom Service Dogs of America

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, Freedom Service Dogs of America used joint cost accounting for 5.01 percent of its $4.1 million budget. While legal, this accounting method is often used to disguise overhead costs as program spending. We recommend that no more than 5 percent of a budget be… Read More

Help Heal Veterans / Help Hospitalized Veterans

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that Help Heal Veterans / Help Hospitalized Veterans spent 61.7 percent of its $13.2 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. Help Heal Veterans / Help Hospitalized Veterans used joint cost accounting for 13 percent… Read More

Homes for Veterans

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that Homes for Veterans spent 45 percent of its $1.1 million budget on programs. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. For this reason, we do not recommend giving to Homes for Veterans. See our lists of Highly… Read More

HonorBound Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that HonorBound Foundation spent 55.7 percent of its $2 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. According to the New York Attorney General, HonorBound Foundation engaged in solicitations that raised $17,816,723.88 from 2005 to 2020,… Read More

Intrepid Fallen Heroes

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has net assets equal to 17 times its $1.1 annual budget. This may be an indication that the group is spending too little of its donations on programs. We recommend net assets exceed no more than 3 years of the… Read More

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America spent 27.3 percent of its $4.1 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. We do not recommend giving to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. See… Read More

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation spent 33.8 percent of its $14.8 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. The net assets of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation equal 7.9 times its annual budget. This… Read More

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans spent 32 percent of its $1.7 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. We do not recommend giving to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. See our lists… Read More

Mutts with a Mission

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that Mutts with a Mission spent 94 percent of its $3.5 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. Mutts with a Mission also used joint cost accounting for 67 percent of its budget. While legal,… Read More

Navy SEAL Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, the net assets of the Navy SEAL Foundation equal 4.2 times its annual budget. This may be an indication that the group is spending too little of its donations on programs. We recommend net assets exceed no more than 3 years of the group’s… Read More

New England Center and Home for Veterans (aka Vietnam Veterans Workshop Inc)

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the New England Center and Home for Veterans (aka Vietnam Veterans Workshop Inc) spent 28.5 percent of its $10.4 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. Insider transactions: The June 2020 tax return reported… Read More

Operation Finally Home

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that Operation Finally Home spent 39 percent of its $6.3 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. For this reason, we do not recommend giving to Operation Finally Home. See our lists of Highly… Read More

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that Paralyzed Veterans of America spent 65.7 percent of its $88.6 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. Paralyzed Veterans of America used joint cost accounting for 17.5 percent of its budget. While legal, this… Read More

Puppies Behind Bars

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate Puppies Behind Bars has net assets equal to 6.1 times its annual budget of $2.8 million. This may be an indication that the group is spending too little of its donations on programs. We recommend net assets exceed no more than 3… Read More

Purple Heart Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that Purple Heart Foundation spent 92.6 percent of its $20.5 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. According to the New York Attorney General, Purple Heart Foundation reported raising $3,544,374.74 in solicitation campaigns between 2012… Read More

Soldiers’ Angels

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that Soldiers’ Angels spent 44 percent of its budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. Note: Soldiers’ Angels declared in its tax filing that it received $21.3 million in donated goods, out of $29 million in… Read More

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, the net assets of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation equal 9.8 times its $10.1 million annual budget. This may be an indication that the group is spending too little of its donations on programs. We recommend net assets exceed no more than 3 years… Read More

The Mission Continues

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that The Mission Continues spent 27 percent of its $13.1 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. We do not recommend giving to Mission Continues. See our lists of Highly Recommended Charities and… Read More

Troops Direct

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that TroopsDirect spent 42.5 percent of its $4.2 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. TroopsDirect used joint cost accounting for 19.2 percent of its budget. While legal, this accounting method can disguise overhead costs… Read More

United American Patriots

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the United American Patriots spent 59.8 percent of its $3.5 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. The United American Patriots used joint cost accounting for 24.2 percent of its budget. While legal, this… Read More

United States Navy Memorial Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the United States Navy Memorial Foundation spent 39.5 percent of its $5 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. According to the New York Attorney General, the United States Navy Memorial Foundation reported raising… Read More

Vail Veterans Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the Vail Veterans Foundation spent 25.5 percent of its $1.7 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. We do not recommend giving to the Vail Veterans Foundation. See our lists of Highly Recommended… Read More

Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children spent 30.1 percent of its $4.8 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. We do not recommend giving to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National… Read More

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US and Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, the net assets of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US and Foundation equal 3.9 times its $4.2 million budget. This may be an indication that the group is spending too little of its donations on programs. We recommend net assets exceed no… Read More

Veterans Relief Network

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that Veterans Relief Network spent 89 percent of its $1.9 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. According to the New York Attorney General, Veterans Relief Network engaged in solicitations that raised $1,223,822.54 from 2019… Read More

Veterans Support Foundation / United States Armed Forces Association

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the Veterans Support Foundation / United States Armed Forces Association spent 54.6 percent of its $2.6 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. According to the New York Attorney General, Veterans Support Foundation /… Read More

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund spent 59.5 percent of its $6.4 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund used joint cost accounting for 26.8 percent of its budget. While… Read More

Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation

Not Recommended

Based on its 2019 tax return, we calculate that the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation spent 26.8 percent of its $4.4 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. We do not recommend giving to the Women In Military Service For… Read More

Wounded Warrior Project

Not Recommended

Based on its 2020 tax return, we calculate that the Wounded Warrior Project spent 36 percent of its $276.4 million budget on overhead. This is higher than our recommended 25 percent overhead spending. The Wounded Warrior Project used joint cost accounting for 7.2 percent of its budget. While legal, this… Read More