Charity Review

  • Issued: August 2016
  • Expires: August 2017

National Vietnam Veterans Foundation

Did Not Disclose

703-931-9755

1015 North Pelham Street
Alexandria, VA 22304

http://www.nationalvietnamveteransfoundation.org

703-931-9755

1015 North Pelham Street
Alexandria, VA 22304

http://www.nationalvietnamveteransfoundation.org

Did Not Disclose

BBB Comment

This charitable organization either has not responded to written BBB requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Charity participation in BBB review is voluntary. However, without the requested information, it is not possible to determine whether this charity adheres to all of the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB encourages charities to disclose accountability information beyond that typically included in financial statements and government filings, in order to demonstrate transparency and strengthen public trust in the charitable sector.

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COMPLAINTS

Number of complaints processed by the BBB in the last 36 months: 4

The organization addressed the complaint issues brought to its attention: 1

The organization did not address the complaint issues brought to its attention: 3

(The complaints involved individuals seeking to have their names and contact information removed from the organization’s solicitation list. In addition, one complaint involved dissatisfaction with customer-services.)

Government Action

In November 2016, the New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, took action against the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, indicating the following:

“His office has reached settlements resolving investigations into the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, which also operated as the American Veteran Support Foundation (the “NVVF”), its former President and Founder, John Thomas Burch, Jr. (“Burch”), and its Vice President, David Kaufman (“Kaufman”). NVVF has operated nationwide since 1992 and began soliciting in New York in approximately 2008.  By 2014, NVVF was collecting nearly $9 million nationwide from its fundraising campaigns, soliciting small dollar donations from the public through direct mail and phone calls -- purportedly to help Vietnam Veterans.  Nearly all of the money raised through its direct mail campaigns was instead used to pay its fundraisers.  For example, in 2014, $7.7 million of the $8.6 million raised was used to pay NVVF’s fundraisers.  The fraction that actually made it to NVVF was further reduced by a pattern of abuse, mismanagement and misspending by NVVF’s former President, Burch.”

As part of the settlement, Burch paid $100,000 to the Attorney General, most of which will be re-directed to charities actually helping veterans.  Burch also repaid his severance pay received from NVVF and will cooperate with ongoing investigations into others associated with NVVF and its fundraisers.  Burch will also be subject to a permanent nationwide bar on access to charitable assets or decision-making.”

 

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