Find The Best Veterans Charities
Our veterans need more than thanks.
They deserve to live happy and healthy lives, but they suffer from high rates of unemployment, homelessness, and suicide. The system has let them down. So we need to step up by giving our time and money to charities that are getting veterans off the streets, providing job training, and delivering needed mental health care.
Unfortunately, it seems as if veteran’s charities are the most rife with abuse. In this CNN segment, Charity Watch gave D and F ratings to 2/3rd of the charities they evaluated.
Do you feel like…
- Your donation is too small to make a difference?
- Do you wonder what happens to your donation after you make it?
- Are you too busy to research a charity before you donate?
- Do you wonder how to choose a good charity anyway?
- What do you look for and where do you look for it?
You are not alone!! I used to feel the same way. Throughout my life, I have donated to help animals, the environment, the homeless, the poor, the Food Bank, the Red Cross and more. You name it, and I’ve probably sent them money. Like many others in today’s economy, the few dollars I had left at the end of the month for philanthropy weren’t making a significant difference for the causes I cared most about– until I discovered the power of giving circles.
Your donations only helps veterans IF it goes to the right charity.
But your donation can be wasted on…
- Programs that don’t work.
- Charities that struggle with organizational efficiency.
- Charities that have high operating costs.
- Charities who pay large salaries for fund raisers.
- CEO’s Charities who embezzle your donation or commit fraud.
How are you supposed to have to the time, energy, and knowledge to figure out which are the good ones from the bad ones?
Our Virtual Veterans Giving Circle is Your Donation Team!
How It Works
A Virtual Giving Circle is simple. We pool our small donations ($25/month) with the donations of other people who care who also care about the same cause. We become your donation team. You and other members suggest charities for us to consider, our donation committee researches those charities, and then you vote on which charity you think is going to make the biggest difference. The charity who gets the most votes receives our group donation.
For more information about how we work, review the Frequently Asked Questions.
With a donation team, you can know that you’re giving to the right charity, that your donation is going to be used in the right way and that it will make a big difference!
Not Sure You Can Do $25/Month?
If $25/month feels out of reach for you right now, let me introduce you to the Build the Giving Muscle program. Sometimes, it’s not easy to start at $25/month. So, we created the “Build the Giving Muscle” program. The first month, your credit or debit card is charged $1, then the next month, it’s $5. The next is $10, then $15, then $20, and then, finally it’s $25. So, in six months, you work up to $25/month. Most people find that their budget naturally works it way around donating $25/month when they work up to it slowly. In just six months you’ll find that supporting your favorite cause is so easy you won’t even have to think about where to find the money. The drawback to donating less than $25 is that you won’t get to nominate charities for us to consider or vote on which charity we donate to until you’ve reached the $25/month level.
I am the spouse of a Soldier, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. We are currently station at the Presidio of Monterey, but have been stationed all over the country and will be moving to Germany next fall. I love our life as a military family. I enjoy getting to live in new places and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to meet so many amazing people.
For as long as I can remember, I have been volunteering and raising money for many different organizations. Ever since I became a military spouse over 5 years ago, I have spent a lot of time helping families of active duty soldiers. I feel it is important to help those in need, especially for causes that really hit home.
When I’m not volunteering, I can be found taking our two rescue dogs for a hike or out in the backyard tending to my garden and chickens.
I joined this circle because, I want to help those who have sacrificed so much for this Country.
What Will Your Donation Do?
Together, we’ve support great veterans charities across the country.
In the past, we’ve provided financial assistance to active duty members and veterans struggling to pay for bills, pet care, and children’s after-school activities. We’ve helped fund programs that reconnect veterans with other veterans, that help them find their next mission, that provide housing, or that deliver mental health care.
Where we donate to next will be up to you. Our giving circle is member driven. You and other members nominate charities for us to consider. We research the charities thoroughly and send you the completed reports. Then you and the other members vote on for the charity you think is making the biggest difference.
Together, we know that our small donations are making a really big difference for our veterans.
10 Reasons To Donate to Charity Through a Giving Circle
- You Make A Bigger Impact on the Charity
- You Make a Bigger Impact on the Problem
- You Choose a Better Charity
- You Save Time
- You Have Permission to Say No to Other Donation Requests
- You Get Peace of Mind that You’re Giving Back
- You Won’t Have To Worry About the End of Year Donation Rush
- You Enjoy Donating More
- You Donate More (But It Feels Like Less)
- You Discover New Charities
- Bonus Reason! You’ve planned for emergency donations.
We pool our small donation with the donations of lots of other people. As a result, our donation will be much larger than what we could do or wanted to do alone. A larger donation means that the charity has more money to do their important work.
We incorporate education into our giving circle activities, so that our donation committee can research organizations and the programs they’re implementing for efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. We work hard for our money and we want our money to work hard, too!
Not all charities are created equal. Some are doing amazing work, maximizing every dollar spent, and making a huge impact on the problem. Others struggle with organizational efficiency, have high operating costs, paying large salaries for fund raisers and CEO’s, and, in a few circumstances, committing fraud and embezzlement.
You can give as much or as little time to this as you want. You might decide to be on the donation committee or not. You’re just one person with a busy schedule, but when lots of people come together to support the same cause, you leverage the time of all our members. You can always feel great about how you donate while you focus on your work, your family, and your friends.
How many requests do you get for a donation? I’d say I have 3 emails every day, one or 2 that arrive in snail mail every week, one or two Facebook friends running a marathon a month, and mountains of requests during the holidays. But I know that I donate through my giving circle, because I can be confident that my donation is making the biggest impact possible on the causes that I care about, so I can politely decline. What a relief!
Before I joined a giving circle, I would really want to donate money. But I was busy, and I never could find the time to make the donations that I wanted. I would always have a little voice in the back of my head reminding me of my guilt and that I needed to give back more! But now, I know exactly how and how much I’m giving. I feel good about it, and that little voice in my head has nothing to say!
December is the largest month for donations, that means charities send out massive amounts of requests for donations. If you’re like me, I would know that I needed to donate this year, so I would flip through the catalogs, read the requests, and make the difficult choices about where and how much I could donate. It’s kind of like putting my expenses together for my tax returns. Sure, I could do a little every month, and then it’s nice and easy. But instead I sit down in March and spend hours going through my paperwork.
A giving circle can be your annual charitable donation plan. You know how much you’ll be donating. You’ll know that the charities will be well chosen. And if you want to give more at the end of the year, then you can choose to browse those catalogs or to send more to a charity we’ve chosen in the past. An end of year charitable donation is your choice to pursue or not at your pleasure!
I speak with people all across the country about their giving circles and they all tell me the same thing: a giving circle is a profoundly rewarding way to donate money. It’s more fun, because you’re sharing the experience with other people like you who care about the same cause that you care about. The relationships and friendships created in a giving circle are a big reason why many people across the country continue to participate in giving circles year after year.
When I waited until the end of the year to choose where to donate, invariably I had less to donate than I would have liked. The end of the year happens right after Christmas after all! So, I would look at my budget and squeeze in what I felt I could do and maybe a little more, because I felt I should. With a giving circle, charitable giving is part of my monthly budget just like my other monthly expenses. Setting it up to be a little at a time means that overall, I’ll give more money than I would have done at the end of the year, but it feels like less!
There are over 1 million charities in the US. How many can you think of right now? 10? 20? Maybe 50? It’s easy to get in a rut and only see the same few charities, but there are lots of great charities doing great work, and you’ll discover ones across the country that you would otherwise never hear about. It’s fun and exciting to learn about these charities!
We set aside a small portion of our donations into an Emergency Relief Fund. When a natural or man-made disaster occurs, any member can request those funds to help relieve the immediate suffering of people impacted by that disaster. Now, you don’t have to watch a disaster on T.V. and wish you could help. You can actually do something about it! Read more about our Emergency Relief Fund here.
I’m passionate about the world being a better place because I’m here, and I started this giving circle because I knew I could make a bigger impact with others than I could do alone. I’m not Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey. I can’t donate a million dollars, but I can donate $25 a month. But the world’s problems were so big, could $25 really matter? It does!
I joined this giving circle because I love finding great charities all around the country that are making a big difference for our veterans. It feels good to do something!
Worry Free Guarantee
No If’s, And’s, Or Buts. I Want You To Love Your Giving Circle!
What if?? Whatever your what if, there’s no need to worry about joining. There is NO joining fee, and if in the first 30 days, you decide you don’t like your giving circle for any reason, I’ll refund your donation. Easy Peasy!
After 30 days, I’ve probably already donated your donation to a great charity, so I won’t be able to refund your donation. But you can cancel at any time, and any future donations will be immediately cancelled.
Are You Ready To Make Small Donations That Make A Big Impact?
This is where the expert marketers tell me to tell you that it’s now or never. You know, it’s the “Order now and get a second set of Ginsu knives!” strategy. But you and I both know that you don’t have to start donating today. You could go your whole life just hoping your donation are making a difference. You could go your whole life and never give money to great charities doing great work. But is that what you really want?
Here’s what I know…
- Donating is an act of love.
- Donating reminds you that even as bad as things are, there are others who have it worse than you.
- Donating reminds you that you can do SOMETHING. You are not just a passive victim of circumstance. You have POWER to impact the world.
- Donating reminds you that you are not alone and that you are connected to everyone and everything on this planet.
- Donating reminds you that you have more than you think and helps you be grateful for how much I have.
- Donating is good for your soul, and the right time to do something good for your soul is NOW!
I also know that while a donation starts with your heart, a GOOD donations happen when you use your head. And our giving circle helps you do that! Your donation committee researches charities nominated by you and our other members, and then sends you the report. Then you vote on which charity you think is going to make the biggest difference.
Don’t donate alone! Become a part of our donation team and start making small donations that make a BIG difference!
If Not You Who? If Not Now, When?
I joined the Veteran’s Giving Circle quite simply because I believe that as humans we have a responsibility to take care of one another whenever and however we are able to do so. This particular cause is close to my heart because I feel that we should never turn our back on those who have been willing to sacrifice everything for our safety. My means for personal philanthropy may be small, but by joining together with other givers, I can make an impact. By giving through the Veteran’s Giving Circle, I am not merely flinging money blindly, I’m donating to organizations with proven track records and responsible practices, so I can feel confident that my hard earned money will actually better the lives of others in need.