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WOUNDED VETERANS RELIEF FUND

Putting veterans first

North Palm Beach, FL   |  wvrf.org

Mission

We provide urgent financial assistance and critical dental care to Floridas eligible wounded and disabled veterans. VA social workers and country-appointed Veteran Service Officers refer eligible wounded and disabled veterans that are in financial distress or in need of critical dental care to our organization. We aim to provide critical dental services and provide one-time emergency financial assistance to eligible Florida veterans. We serve all of Florida.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our organization does not receive any VA or government funding.
We are not affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project.

Ruling year info

2009

President

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Chelberg

Executive Director

Michael Durkee

Main address

300 Prosperity Farms Road, Suite F

North Palm Beach, FL 33408 USA

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EIN

26-2886846

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many veterans find it hard to transition into civilian life. We aim to assist our veterans during this difficult time. We support them financially so that they do not become homeless, and we help them find meaningful employment.

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?

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Saving lives and keeping families together.

The Urgent Financial Assistance Program provides one-time emergency financial assistance to veterans in financial crisis. Our program is designed to help veterans pay their past due or outstanding bills, and help veterans get back on the path towards financial stability and independence.

We assist with essential living expenses like rent/mortgage, utilities, childcare, and car payments.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

All veterans should have access to dental services.

Proper dental hygiene is essential to our physical and psychological health. WVRFs Critical Dental Assistance Program provides immediate critical dental care to qualified wounded and disabled veterans throughout the state of Florida.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Community Heroes Award 2015

Military Officers Association of America "MOAA"

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of donated funds that are used directly for Veteran services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

When we assist veterans we also assist their family members. WVRF now helps veterans of all eras.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of households served with eviction notice or forced displacement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

80% of the emergency assistance provided to our veterans in crisis is to prevent eviction and homelessness.

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

veterans are able to stay in their affordable maintained homes

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our mission has focused more on preventing veteran homelessness so that our veterans and their families do not have to face the stress of becoming homeless.

Median grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the average amount of money needed to keep our veterans and their families in the homes and prevent homelessness

number of Veterans helped monthly

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the average amount of veterans we are able to help each month. The need is greater than this number.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Monthly average number of Veterans assisted with $ 50 Pre-paidDebit Cards

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Urgent Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

WVRF has discontinued their pre-paid debit card program.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We are aiming to raise $3M in 2020 to provide the resources that are needed to fulfill the needs of Florida's disabled Veteran population.

We are accomplishing this by increasing our network of referring VA social workers in the state of Florida, grants, corporate sponsorships, fundraisers and an increase in private donors will help us reach our goal. WVRF does not receive any type of government funding and we rely on our communities to provide the resources that our disabled Veterans need. We are increasing awareness through multiple events throughout the year and using social media platforms.

We have updated our IT infrastructure, web presence, and social media exposure to meet the needs of our donors and veterans.

We have expanded our team to include grant writers, a donor relations manager, marketing, VA and Social worker coordinator, and a Veteran & Volunteer coordinator.

We have expanded our service network to cover the entire state of Florida. Next we strive for $3M/year to serve Florida's Veteran population.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WOUNDED VETERANS RELIEF FUND

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Chelberg, LtGen USA (Ret)

James Brown

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Kate Arrizza

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Frank Drennan

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Julia Dattolo

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Ellen Andel

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Brittany Cartwright

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Peter Stark

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Patrick Miller

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Rand Allen

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Lauren Berkson

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

John Tassone

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/11/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.