Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

DISABLED VETERANS NATIONAL FOUNDATION

aka DVNF   |   Lanham, MD   |  http://www.dvnf.org

Mission

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

Ruling year info

2008

Chief Executive Officer

Joseph VanFonda

Deputy Director

Delese Harvey

Main address

4601 Forbes Blvd suite 130

Lanham, MD 20706 USA

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EIN

26-1446183

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Public Foundations (T30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Health and Comfort

Health & Comfort—The DVNF Health & Comfort Program expands DVNF’s reach into veteran communities throughout the United States, bringing tangible aid to veterans who are disabled, low-income, or homeless, in ways we otherwise could not. By leveraging the in-kind support of individuals and corporate supporters, DVNF provides food, water, clothing, and health and hygiene items to veterans of all walks of life. Whether it’s a year-round homeless shelter or veteran Stand Down, or an outreach event like the Marine Corps Trials and Warrior Games, DVNF is there to make a positive impact on the lives of the men and women who stood in defense of our nation.

Population(s) Served
Budget
$500,000

Organizational Grants—Organizational Grants have been used by many veteran organizations to fund programs or initiatives in which they need outside funding, Examples of initiatives we have helped to fund in the past have included: innovative PTSD therapy initiatives, veteran entrepreneurship programs, and homeless veteran programs, just to name a few.

Population(s) Served
Budget
$1,000,000

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Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

DVNF's primary goal is to continue to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans. While partnering with like-minded veteran service organizations that share our passion to ensure our veterans return home and have access to all the necessary resources required to comfortably adjust to civilian life.

DVNF's strategy to achieve it's mission is to:<br/><br/>-Offer direct financial support to veteran organizations whose missions align with that of DVNF and address the unique needs of veterans, and <br/><br/>-Provide supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources. <br/><br/>-Provide an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need. <br/><br/>-Serving as a thought leader ​on ​critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

The leadership of our dedicated Program Team ensures the Foundation has the resources and capacity to achieve the mission. The Program Team carefully reviews organizational grant and Health and Comfort applications for requesting organizations. They conduct site visits interviews of the organization's board members and directors prior to recommending an organization for funding. The Board of Directors then reviews all application materials and votes to determine which organization may join the DVNF portfolio.<br/><br/>For the Health and Comfort program, the team instituted a quality control process where each inventory is reviewed for inappropriate items prior to shipping to any events supporting homeless or at-risk veterans.

a. Our Organizational Grant Program team determines progress through an annual program evaluation where program outcomes are reviewed and analyzed. During the grant year, the organization who received a grant, must submit an interim report detailing any progress on their goals. The program team reviews the reports and evaluates the organization's progress. If there are any red-flags, the team follows up with a phone call or site visit to provide resources or assistance. <br/><br/>b. Our Health & Comfort program measures progress based on the number of veterans that were helped during the program year.

DVNF's current progress:<br/><br/>i. We successfully implemented changes to the Organizational Grants program and provided 46 grants in the 2015 program year.<br/><br/>ii. Health& Comfort has successfully increased the number of the homeless and low-income veterans by (15%) in 2015.<br/><br/>iii. Hired an in-house Communications and Development team to keep fundraising cost down.<br/><br/>iv. Started mobilizing social media and online communications to cut direct mail cost and reach out to a larger demographic.<br/><br/>v. Successfully implement the Special Initiatives Campaign to provide financial support to fellow veteran service organizations.

Financials

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DISABLED VETERANS NATIONAL FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Wayne Bachand

No Affiliation


Board co-chair

Scott Carson

Steve Weyher

Marla Brunell

Joshua Johnson

Barry Walters

Lionel Harris

Greg Smith

Dr. Adam Street

Bill McQuaig

Board leadership practices

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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? No

Keywords

Disbled Veterans, Veterans, Homeless Veterans, Women Veterans, DVNF