When it comes to donating to veterans charities, we know it is important to do your homework. You want to know who you are donating to, understand the mission and vision of that organization and—most importantly—you want to know your money is going to the cause that you support. The last thing you want is to donate funds to a charity that you later find out is a scam.

DAV was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. For nearly a century, DAV has been among the best veterans charities serving our heroes, their families and survivors.

What percentage of DAV donations actually helps veterans?

We do not receive any government funding – our programs are operated solely from the generous giving of the caring public. As such, we are very mindful of the use of the donations we receive and ensure they are used as efficiently as possible to fulfill our mission of ensuring all disabled veterans have the right to live their lives with respect and dignity. In 2020, 85.2% of our contributions directly benefited veterans and families.

How do I know if I am really donating to DAV?

There have been several instances in the past where other organizations have—both intentionally and unintentionally—used DAV’s name or a very close likeness to raise funds. DAV has been serving veterans and their families for nearly a century and we closely safeguard our reputation to ensure donors feel good about how their contributions are being used.

If you have any questions about the legitimacy of a DAV fundraising request—whether it’s by mail, telephone, email or website—or if you suspect you may be targeted by a scam using DAV’s name, please contact our National Headquarters at 877-426-2838 to verify it’s from DAV.

The truth about DAV

DAV is an accredited charity by all the standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance and is completely transparent with financials and tax returns. Our annual report shows the scope of our accomplishments on behalf of veterans.