There a literally hundreds of charities around the country that support our military members and their families. Before you donate, be sure to investigate.
The Corte Bella Vets became exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3) and designated as a Public Charity on April 15, 2015. While there are many other worthwhile organizations out there, as an organization, we chose to only provide our support to charitable organizations that meet all of the following criteria:
- Must not have more than 15% “overhead”
- Must be supporting military in Arizona
- Must be able to provide tax receipts and/or tax credits
There may be more organizations that meet these criteria, but the ones we have checked out and know they meet the criteria are listed in the following sections. Each year we’ll either select one or two of these organizations to support with our fund raising efforts or simply attempt to utilize the funds we raise to support throughout Arizona while focusing on Phoenix’s Northwest Valley.
The first number in parenthesis is the percentage of contributions that go to Veterans. The next set of numbers is type of organization according to IRS code. Information was current as of April 2014.
In 2016, we expanded our charitable donations to include assistance directly to needy Veterans or Veteran Families. We named this effort our “Veterans Emergency Assistance Fund”. In order to make sure our funds would be put to good use without having to create our own screening and vetting process and duplicate the efforts of others, we chose to respond primarily to requests generated by the Social Workers at the Northwest Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic in Surprise, Arizona. Requests from other accredited organizations that are able to properly vette a request for assistance are also considered.
Our primary support takes the form of $25 gift certificates good at Fry’s or Walmart (food and/or gas) distributed by the Social Workers on an “as needed basis”. Occasionally, $25 is not enough to meet a Veteran or Family emergency and we support to the maximum extent we can.
For more information about the organizations we support, please click on the “MORE” menu button above and then click on a specific organization you are interested in. You may also download the document below for your use.
TBI and PTS Treatment $ 53,200
Families and Children $ 21,890
Morale and Welfare $ 11,068
General Veteran Support $ 39,840
Disaster Relief $ 10,000
Veterans Emergency Assistance Fund $ 47,885
Cars Helping Veterans
AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort
America’s Mighty Warriors
(90+) 501(c) (3) http://americasmightywarriors.org/_a/
Arizona Elk Society – “Hunts for Heroes”
Arizona Stand Down
(95) 501(c) (3) http://arizonastanddown.org
Disabled American Veterans, Department of Arizona
(100) 501(c) (19) http://www.azdav.org/
Purpose: The purpose of the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Arizona, shall be to uphold and maintain the Constitution and the laws of the United States; to realize the true American ideals and aims for which those eligible to membership fought; to advance the interests and work for the betterment of all wounded, gassed, injured and disabled veterans, to cooperate with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and all other public and private agencies devoted to the cause of improving and advancing the condition, health, and interest of all wounded, gassed, injured and disabled veterans; to stimulate a feeling of mutual devotion, helpfulness and comradeship among all wounded, gassed, injured and disabled veterans; to serve our comrades, our communities, and our country; and to encourage in all people that spirit of understanding which will guard against future wars.
DRIVE BY BLESSINGS
Honor Flight Arizona
(95) 501(c) (3) http://honorflightaz.org/
HORSE RHYTHM FOUNDATION (HRF)
Madison Street Veterans Association (or MSVA): M.A.N.A House
(90) 501(c) (3) http://madisonstreetveterans.org /
Mary Ellen’s Place – Veterans First
Military Family Support Group
Support Education and Employment for Veterans
501(c) (3) http://see4vets.org/
THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DEPAUL – OZANAM MANOR
SOLDIERS BEST FRIEND
Veterans Furniture Center
(95+) 502 (c) (3) http://unitedforchange.org/