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Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust
3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076-1712

Other Names

DAV Charitable Service Trust

Tax Status




Stated Mission

Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. Supports physical & psychological rehabilitation programs; enhances research & mobility for veterans with amputations & spinal cord injuries; benefits aging veterans; aids & shelters homeless veterans; and evaluates & addresses the needs of veterans wounded in recent wars & conflicts and their caregivers.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

*Why Not Ratable?

CharityWatch is currently unable to rate this organization. This does not imply a negative or positive evaluation. Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation.

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust
meets governance benchmarks.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

Unable to Provide Salaries

See Analysts' Notes for explanation.

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
CharityWatch is unable to provide a letter grade rating for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust for its fiscal year ended 12/31/2018 because:

DAV Charitable Service Trust functions as a grant-making organization that does not conduct its own programs;


Nearly 40% of the total grants made by DAV Charitable Service Trust in 2018 were granted to related organizations, namely: Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Service Foundation.

For more detailed information on this issue, read the related CharityWatch article: "Follow the Money: Beware of Groups that Pass Your Donations to Inefficient Charities," in the Articles & Alerts section, below.

[NOTE: CharityWatch rates Disabled American Veterans (DAV) separately, with a letter-grade rating.]
CharityWatch is unable to provide complete salary information for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust because it does not pay salaries directly.

According to the DAV Charitable Service Trust (the Trust) audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 6, Related-Party Transactions):

"During 2018 and 2017, DAV [Disabled American Veterans] personnel assisted the Trust on a limited basis in administering its business operations, fundraising, and grant programs. For these personnel services, the Trust reimbursed DAV $191,092 and $189,749 in 2018 and 2017, respectively. As of December 31, 2018 and 2017, the Trust owed DAV $227,504 and $471,983, respectively. DAV provides the Trust with the use of facilities, equipment, and occasional magazine space at no charge."

According to the DAV Charitable Service Trust 2018 tax filing (IRS Form 990, Schedule O, Supplemental Information):

"As all of the members of the Board are volunteers, the Board has contracted with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to utilize the services of a DAV employee to serve as the Administrator of the Trust. The Trust reimbursed the DAV $26,350.93 in 2018 for those services. The Administrator assists the President and other officers in the implementation of Board directives. She also ensures that the President and other board members are kept fully abreast of even routine matters so that they may fully carry out their responsibilities."