Veterans, Military Charities: Where to Check Before You Give

CENTCOM Memorial Service September 11, 2011 at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL.

With 2012 fast approaching, you may be looking to make an end of the year donation to a non-profit organization that helps veterans, wounded warriors and military families. There are plenty of organizations out there helping, but Charity Navigator suggests before giving, check out the organization.

The website has a ranking of non-profit groups that Support Our Troops.

The free website rates each organization on its finances such as how much is spent on programs versus administration and fund-raising. The other areas rated are accountability and transparency. The information is clearly presented including graphs and information such as the salary of the CEO.

Here is a partial listing from Charity Navigator of some of the top rated organizations that help military families and veterans.

Fisher House Foundation 4 stars
The Navy SEAL Foundation 4 stars
Homes for Our Troops 4 stars
Special Operations Warrior Foundation 4 stars
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund 4 stars
National Military Family Association 4 stars
Armed Services YMCA 4 stars
Puppies Behind Bars 4 stars
Hope For The Warriors® 4 stars
Operation Homefront 4 stars
Mercy Medical Airlift 4 stars
Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children 4 stars
Freedom Alliance 4 stars
American Red Cross 4 stars
Southeastern Guide Dogs 4 stars
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund 4 stars
Operation Homefront Southern California 4 stars
USO 4 stars
Admiral Nimitz Foundation 4 stars

The Charity Navigator website includes thousands of organizations and has a top 10 list of highly rated military and veterans charities with the most reviews.

There’s also an effective search engine so you can look up a charity and check out its rating, officers and finances before you give.

The American Institute of Philanthropy also released a report rating various veterans charities. Those rankings are available HERE.

And GuideStar is another website that rates non-profits, but only partial information is available unless you register.

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