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Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, Inc.

aka DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust (Trust)

Cold Spring, KY

Mission

Organized in 1986, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust is dedicated to one single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. In an effort to fulfill that purpose, the Trust awards grants to nonprofit organizations with programs that benefit service members of every era. Through financial assistance grants, the Trust carries out its mission by supporting: programs ensuring quality health care for veterans; assistance to veterans suffering from PTSD,TBI, military sexual trauma, substance-abuse issues and related conditions; programs enhancing mobility for veterans with amputations, spinal cord injuries and other physical afflictions; and additional initiatives addressing the needs of veterans and caregivers or families.

Ruling Year

1987

President

Mr. Richard E. Marbes

Main Address

3725 Alexandria Pike

Cold Spring, KY 41076 USA

Keywords

Disabled American Veterans, DAV, Veterans services, Veterans, Military, ill and injured, sick and wounded, disabled veterans, homeless veterans, physical and psychological rehabilitation, caregiver and family support

EIN

52-1521276

 Number

1039014599

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The DAV Charitable Service Trust aims to reconnect veterans with new possibilities and address the most challenging hurdles that stand between them and their maximum potential as productive members of society. The programs that benefit from the Trust address the wide range of physical and psychological barriers that impact a veterans' quality of life. The Trust identifies and assists initiatives that do things such as enhance research and mobility for veterans who've lost limbs or suffered spinal cord injuries, help aging veterans enjoy a sense of dignity and peace, provide shelter to homeless veterans and give them a path toward a fulfilled life and give caregivers and families of veterans the tools and resources needed to lead sustainable and enriched lives. The Trust carefully evaluates and addresses the most vital needs of ill and injured veterans and their families while empowering them to maximize their quality of life.

Our programs

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

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Human Services

Where we work

Our Results

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Total dollar amount of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Caregivers,

Families,

Veterans

Related program

Human Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Represents the total dollar amount awarded in grants to nonprofit organizations who serve disabled veterans, their families and caregivers.

Total number of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Caregivers,

Families,

Veterans

Related program

Human Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Represents the total number of grants awarded for the given period. Grant awards are based upon application quality, program service/purpose, financial need/stability and impact on veterans.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Through the DAV Charitable Service Trust, charitable organizations receive the financial support needed to build capacity, expand on services provided, and ultimately, increase the impact made on countless veterans and/or military families as they navigate the challenges of life after combat.

While the nature of funded programs vary significantly from year to year, many of the supported initiatives provide the services needed to stabilize homeless at-risk veterans struggling to establish suitable employment and/or housing, in addition to challenges associated with declining physical or psychological health.

Grants have been awarded to support a range of services, including but not limited to service dogs, adaptive segways, and vision- or hearing- related devices for those with physical limitations; transitional shelter and food for homeless and at-risk veterans; a functioning vehicle or bus tokens for veterans without transportation; life skills and career training for those seeking employment; and alternative means of therapy through creative writing, music lessons, dancing, and recreational events for veterans interested in rehabilitating while also learning a new skill.

Recognizing that veterans of all backgrounds can benefit from services catered to their unique experiences with the military, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust partners with an increasingly large number of charitable organizations to ensure that veterans of both the aging and newly returned eras; rural and urban regions; and other distinctions have access to programming for enrichment. In doing so, the Trust has maintained a single, primary program since its initiation: the DAV Charitable Service Trust Grant Program. Each year, thousands of ill and injured veterans, their families, and/or caregivers benefit from the funds distributed through the initiative. During its most recently completed fiscal year, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust provided more than $8.8 million in grants for direct support to our nation's sick and wounded heroes. Notably, in 2019, a remarkable 96 cents of every dollar contributed to the Trust was used to support these efforts. Though the Trust is able to support a growing number of charitable programs and services each year, a number of funding requests are received that are not awarded favorably. The Trust takes care to ensure that every project that receives support is operating in a financially stable, well-established, and evidence-based way. Each application is reviewed for completion and analyzed for eligibility, appropriateness, organizational stability, program design, and program implementation, among other areas. Further, successful requests are prompted within the contractual agreement to meet periodic accountability measures to ensure that the positive stance of the organization and program are maintained and use of the Trust's funds align with the restricted purpose identified by the Trust's Board of Directors.

Undoubtedly, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust has managed generous gifts with ongoing dedication and controlled spending. As evidence of its sound fiscal management, more than 96 cents out of every dollar went directly to support programs and services for veterans and their families in 2019. The Trust also boasted more than $34 million in Net Assets which demonstrates its strong financial position. Further, the Trust recently received a perfect score from Charity Navigator and earned the coveted 4-star rating for "sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency" for the 15th time since first being evaluated in 2002. This speaks volumes about the Trust's careful and efficient stewardship of donated funds.

The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust aims to support quality programs for ill and injured veterans through a variety of grants to other not-for-profit entities. In doing so, the Trust ensures that funds distributed are well-accounted for through the review of timely accountability reports from grant recipients. Each granted organization is required to submit detailed reports and fund expenditure outlines approximately every six months until a balance of $0 is reported and confirmed. Timely reports must be received and specific criteria met for a given organization to reapply for support from the Trust in the future. Through these methods, the Trust is able to verify the appropriate use of grant funds and further uphold the high expectations of the grant program and the organization's board of directors.

The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust has administered a nation-wide grant program to ensure that other not-for-profit entities have the resources to provide a number of services and programs for ill and injured veterans and their families. As a well-known grantmaker to an increasing volume of recipients each year, the Trust has been able to support programs that meet a wide variety of needs among the military community. Notably, a full 96% of our 2019 total expenses went directly to service programs for our ill and injured veterans and only 4% was expended for fundraising and administrative costs. Such responsible management is crucial in fulfilling our mission of empowering veterans to lead high quality lives with respect and dignity. The Trust will continue to proactively search for new and innovative ways to serve veterans, their family members, and caregivers.

External Reviews

Accreditations

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Charity Navigator 2018

Charity Navigator 2019

Financials

Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, Inc.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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