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Veterans Relief Network

CharityWatch report issued
January 2021

F
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
13%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$82
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Veterans Relief Network
905 Joliet Street
Suite 387
Dyer, IN 46311

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To provide financial assistance to U.S. military veterans and their families experiencing financial difficulty.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2019

Program Percentage: 13%

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

$1,100,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $82

How many dollars Veterans Relief Network spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$1,200,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Veterans Relief Network IRS Form 990 45-1076116
Veterans Relief Network Audited Financial Statements 45-1076116
Entity: Veterans Relief Network
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 45-1076116
Entity: Veterans Relief Network
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 45-1076116

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.
Veterans Relief Network
does not meet governance benchmarks.
 
Veterans Relief Network
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
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

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.


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 has identified two telemarketing campaigns conducted by professional fundraisers on behalf of Veterans Relief Network (VRN) for which VRN received only 10% of the gross contributions raised. According to the VRN 2019 tax filing, as well as its reporting to Oklahoma as part of its annual state registration, filed 8/10/2020, VRN used two companies, Midwest Publishing, Inc. and Innovative Teleservices, Inc., as paid professional fundraisers during 2019. The portion of the contributions raised that went to these respective fundraisers was approximately 90% (IRS Form 990, Schedule G, Part I, Fundraising Activities).

In addition, VRN reports in its 2019 tax filing that it paid another professional fundraiser, Precision Performance Marketing, Inc., approximately 74% of gross contributions raised related to "Direct Mail Consulting" activity (IRS Form 990, Schedule G, Part I, Fundraising Activities).


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