Most of us want to know where our hard-earned money is going. One area that can get a little fuzzy at times is charitable giving.
Whether you’re giving a lot or a little, you have to be careful.
In this article, we’ll cover some of the best veterans and military charities you can give your money to.
Where Is Your Military Charity Money Going?
CharityWatch.org continually monitors the best veterans and military charities you can donate to in order to help the brave men and women who have served our nation.
The organization grades each charity on an A-F scale based on several factors, many of which speak to good stewardship of funds.
Here are the veterans/military charities that CharityWatch ranks the highest as of May 2021.
Top Choices Among Veterans Charities
- Armed Services YMCA of the USA (A)
- Bob Woodruff Family Foundation (A)
- Fisher House Foundation (A+)
- Gary Sinise Foundation (A)
- Homes For Our Troops (A)
- Hope For The Warriors (A)
- Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (A-)
- K9s For Warriors (A-)
- Mission Continues (A)
- National Military Family Association (A)
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (A)
- Semper Fi & Amercia’s Fund (A+)
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (A)
- Wounded Warriors Family Support (A)
How To Make Your Money Count for Any Charitable Donation
Before donating to any charity, you should know these guidelines to help ensure your money will go where you intend it to.
- Don’t give credit card, bank account or personal information to charity telemarketers. If you want to give, you should be the one who initiates the call.
- Don’t give to internet appeals if the cause does not look legitimate and doesn’t check out. Traditional frauds have gone electronic in recent years, giving con artists easy access to thousands of potential victims.
- Don’t give in to pressure. Anyone who can’t wait for a donation while you check out his or her organization is likely to be a crook.
- Expect specific information. Ask what kind of relief this organization is going to provide. Don’t give to a vague appeal.
- Check out the charity with national, state and local authorities. Established charities register with the Internal Revenue Service. You can search for specific nonprofit organizations on the IRS website.
- Report abuses to the nearest Better Business Bureau and/or your state’s Attorney General’s office. You can also report abuses to the National Fraud Information Center at (800) 876-7060 or at Fraud.org.