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Help Heal Veterans

CharityWatch report issued
July 2021

CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Help Heal Veterans
36585 Penfield Lane
Winchester, CA 92596

Other Names

Help Hospitalized Veterans

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To enrich the lives of veterans & military personnel. Manufactures & distributes therapeutic arts & crafts kits to support the healing of veterans & active duty military; educates the public on the needs of veterans; and strives to make a positive environmental impact.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 07/31/2020

Program Percentage: 27%

The percentage of Help Heal Veterans's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $58

How many dollars Help Heal Veterans spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Help Heal Veterans' rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
42% $42
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Help Hospitalized Veterans IRS Form 990 95-2706737
Help Hospitalized Veterans Audited Financial Statements 95-2706737
Entity: Help Hospitalized Veterans
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 95-2706737
Entity: Help Hospitalized Veterans
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 95-2706737

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.
Help Heal Veterans
meets governance benchmarks.
Help Heal Veterans
does not meet 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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Joseph McClain CEO $225,779
2 James Fisher VP of Development $130,288
3 Verne Purkey Plant Manager $129,722
Name: Joseph McClain
Title: CEO
Compensation: $225,779
Name: James Fisher
Title: VP of Development
Compensation: $130,288
Name: Verne Purkey
Title: Plant Manager
Compensation: $129,722

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.

According to the Help Hospitalized Veterans d/b/a Help Heal Veterans (HHV) audit of July 31, 2020 (Note 13, Contributed Services, Materials, and Facilities), HHV reports receiving contributed services, materials, and facilities in fiscal 2020 on which it placed a total value of $6,037,223. Of this amount, $2,322,469 and $1,806,851 consisted of donated "Online public relations" and donated "Public service announcements," respectively.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Help Hospitalized Veterans d/b/a Help Heal Veterans (HHV) audit of July 31, 2020 (Note 10, Settlement Receivable):

"In 2014, the State of California and the Organization settled a complaint with no admission or finding of any wrong-doing, fault, violation of law, or liability. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement agreement, the Organization will receive $2,000,000 from the estate of the former President upon the passing of his spouse. During the year the spouse passed and the settlement was collected."

[See also the "Articles & Alerts" section, below, for "Leadership Booted at Dishonored Veterans Charity Ordered to Pay $2.5 Million Restitution" and additional CharityWatch articles regarding HHV.]

According to the Help Hospitalized Veterans d/b/a Help Heal Veterans audit of July 31, 2020 (Note 12, Paycheck Protection Program Loan):

"In 2020, the Organization obtained a loan in the amount of $468,302 pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program ('PPP'). The PPP, established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ('CARES Act'), provides for loans to qualifying businesses for up to 2.5 times the average monthly payroll expenses of the qualifying business. Under the terms of the PPP, certain amounts of the loan may be forgiven if they are used for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act. The unforgiven portion of the loan is payable over 2 years at an interest rate of 1%, with a deferral of payments for the first six months. The Organization believes they have used the proceeds for the purposes consistent with the PPP."

According to the Help Hospitalized Veterans d/b/a Help Heal Veterans audit of July 31, 2020 (Note 17, Subsequent Events):

"Management has evaluated subsequent events through April 2, 2021, the date which the [audited] financial statements were available to be issued.

"Subsequent to year end the Organization received and [sic] Economic Injury Disaster Loan in the amount of $150,000."

According to the Help Hospitalized Veterans d/b/a Help Heal Veterans audit of July 31, 2020 (Note 16, Contingencies):

"Economic uncertainties have arisen due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Organization believes such uncertainties are temporary in nature. Financial impacts could occur, although such impacts are unknown at this time."

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