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DISABLED VETERANS NATIONAL FOUNDATION

Serving Veterans with Honor

aka DVNF   |   Lanham, MD   |  http://www.dvnf.org

Mission

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

Ruling year info

2008

Chief Executive Officer

Joseph VanFonda

Executive Director

Delese Harvey

Main address

4601 Forbes Blvd suite 130

Lanham, MD 20706 USA

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EIN

26-1446183

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Health and Comfort

Health & Comfort—The DVNF Health & Comfort Program expands DVNF’s reach into veteran communities throughout the United States, bringing tangible aid to veterans who are disabled, low-income, or homeless, in ways we otherwise could not. By leveraging the in-kind support of individuals and corporate supporters, DVNF provides food, water, clothing, and health and hygiene items to veterans of all walks of life. Whether it’s a year-round homeless shelter or veteran Stand Down, or an outreach event like the Marine Corps Trials and Warrior Games, DVNF is there to make a positive impact on the lives of the men and women who stood in defense of our nation.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Organizational Grants—Organizational Grants have been used by many veteran organizations to fund programs or initiatives in which they need outside funding, Examples of initiatives we have helped to fund in the past have included: innovative PTSD therapy initiatives, veteran entrepreneurship programs, and homeless veteran programs, just to name a few.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

DVNF's primary goal is to continue to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans. While partnering with like-minded veteran service organizations that share our passion to ensure our veterans return home and have access to all the necessary resources required to comfortably adjust to civilian life.

DVNF's strategy to achieve it's mission is to:

-Offer direct financial support to veteran organizations whose missions align with that of DVNF and address the unique needs of veterans, and

-Provide supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.

-Provide an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.

-Serving as a thought leader ​on ​critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

The leadership of our dedicated Program Team ensures the Foundation has the resources and capacity to achieve the mission. The Program Team carefully reviews organizational grant and Health and Comfort applications for requesting organizations. They conduct site visits interviews of the organization's board members and directors prior to recommending an organization for funding. The Board of Directors then reviews all application materials and votes to determine which organization may join the DVNF portfolio.

For the Health and Comfort program, the team instituted a quality control process where each inventory is reviewed for inappropriate items prior to shipping to any events supporting homeless or at-risk veterans.

DVNF's current progress:

i. We successfully implemented changes to the Organizational Grants program and provided 46 grants in the 2015 program year.

ii. Health& Comfort has successfully increased the number of the homeless and low-income veterans by (15%) in 2015.

iii. Hired an in-house Communications and Development team to keep fundraising cost down.

iv. Started mobilizing social media and online communications to cut direct mail cost and reach out to a larger demographic.

v. Successfully implement the Special Initiatives Campaign to provide financial support to fellow veteran service organizations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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DISABLED VETERANS NATIONAL FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 09/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Scott Carson

No Affiliation


Board co-chair

Greg Smith

Barry Walters

Greg Smith

Dr. Adam Street

General Kenneth Merchant

Tashawnya McCullough

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/20/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.