VLB Encourages Donations on GivingTuesday

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Texas VLB
Nov 30, 2021 · 4 min read

The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) encourages Texans to donate to their favorite Veteran-focused charity today, on this particular day known as GivingTuesday. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, GivingTuesday is a movement to inspire people to give and celebrate generosity in the world. Across the globe on this day, millions of dollars are donated to charitable organizations to further whatever causes donors want to support.

Americans overwhelmingly support and love their Military Members, donating over $2.5 billion each year to the more than 40,000 nonprofits with military related missions. However, it is sometimes difficult to know which organization to donate to, as there are so many out there.

The VLB would like to suggest a few specific nonprofit organizations who could benefit from this movement, if you choose to donate to them today. All the following organizations serve the Veteran community in one way or another, and all are ranked 4 stars (the highest possible) on Charity Navigator. This is a nonprofit that ranks other nonprofits on multiple qualities, including best bang for your buck, or the “Program Expense Ratio”. Charity Navigator, located at www.charitynavigator.org, actually marks its 4-star charities as “Give with Confidence” and “Exceptional” nonprofits.

Organizations who spend more than 65% of their total funds raised are above the standard set by the Better Business Bureau, and Charity Navigator has even higher standards for their 4-star rating.

While in no way an exhaustive list, here are five great organizations that focus on Military Members and Veterans:

  1. DAV, or Disabled American Veterans (www.ihelpveterans.org) is one of the featured Veteran nonprofits, with a 95.1% program expense ratio, and they spend funds raised on helping disabled veterans “connect…with the healthcare, disability, employment, education and financial benefits they have earned through military service.” The organization celebrated its 100th birthday last year, and has filed over 11.7 million claims on behalf of disabled Vets.

    2. Fisher House Foundation (www.fisherhouse.org) operates 91 comfort homes where military and Veterans families can stay for free while their Military Member receives treatment at major military and VA hospitals around the country and in Europe. This program has spent over $525 million in pursuit of this mission since its inception in 1990. Its program expense ratio is 93.7%.

    3. K9s for Warriors (www.k9sforwarriors.org) is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for Veterans, whose goal is to empower warriors to return to civilian life with independence and dignity. Their 80.3% of the funds raised are spent on this mission due to the average of 20 suicides a day among the military population, as they aim to lower that number through training and interaction with service dogs.

    4. Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (www.cmohs.org/foundation) is designed to financially support the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which is the only organization chartered by Congress to support recipients of the Medal of Honor. It creates a bond between recipients, protects the legacy of the Medal and their individual memories, and promotes the values and ideals upon which the United States was founded. They spend 78.7% of the funds raised on this mission.

    5. Hire Heroes USA (www.hireheroesusa.org) aims to assist Military Members, Veterans and their spouses transition into the civilian workforce through free job assistance, and they connect companies to opportunities to hire them. Every year, 270,000 Military Members leave active duty, and 80% of those do not have a job waiting for them in the civilian sector. 86.1% of all the funds raised by Hire Heroes USA go to help this population.

These are just a few of the great organizations that help Veterans. Feel free to research more on your own, and find an organization that intersects your favorite cause(s). One great place to begin is to look at the Highly Rated Nonprofits Dedicated to Veterans and Military Service Members on Charity Navigator. From there, you can find many top-rated nonprofits that serve our Veteran family. And of course, please feel free to our list or determine your own choice, but always remember to check the program expense ratio to know that your gift is truly going to help those you intended it to help.

The VLB’s mission is “to ensure that we offer the very best package of Veterans benefits in the country and those of us who work for the VLB strive to meet those goals every day. For more than 70 years, we have had the honor to serve Veterans, Military Members and their families in Texas, and we look forward to keeping that promise in the years to come.” Call 1–800–252–8387, email VLBinfo@glo.texas.gov, or visit vlb.texas.gov to see the different benefits available.

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Texas Veterans Blog

A blog for the Texas Veterans Land Board that provides in-depth information on benefits, programs and resources for Veterans, military members and their families in Texas.