Paralyzed Veterans of America
The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a veterans' service organization in the United States of America, founded in 1946. The organization holds 34 chapters and 69 National Service Offices in the United States and Puerto Rico. It is based in Washington, D.C.
It describes itself as having "developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members—veterans of the [United States] armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction". It is also involved with promoting and protecting the civil rights of the disabled.
Programs & Services
Paralyzed Veterans of America purportedly delivers holistic recovery and transition for severely disabled veterans through integrative programs and services that fulfill all needs. These programs and services are Veterans Benefits and PAVE Program (Paving Access for Veterans Employment), Medical Services and Health Policy, Research and Education, Architecture, Government Advocacy and Legislation, and Sports and Recreation. The organization's professional staff is augmented by local Chapters and at-large Membership activities, Corporate Relations, and Public/Media Engagement.
While the organization's programs and services target veterans with spinal cord injuries and diseases, its works are said to collaterally benefit many more, from able-bodied, ill, wounded, and injured veterans to dependents, survivors, caregivers to the global disability community. All support is offered free of charge to veterans and families and without government funding. Programs are funded by the support of individual donors and corporate sponsors.
The organization received a Gold Star rating from GuideStar  based on organizational mission, impact, financial data, and commitment to transparency in accordance with GAAP. One of the largest charity watchdogs rated the organization less favorably based on superficial metrics  such as costs associated with mailings to the organization's donors. However, formulas that highlight nonprofit's social impact as a key measure have begun to challenge the integrity of ratings  that focus purely on process and/or financials.
- GuideStar Rating
- Charity Navigator Rating Challenged by Philanthropy.com
- Questions of Rating Integrity for Charity Navigator
- Paralyzed Veterans of America official website
- GuideStar Rating for Paralyzed Veterans of America
- Charity Navigator's Rating of Paralyzed Veterans of America
- Philathrophy.com's Challenge to Charity Navigator's Rating System
- Questions Persist in Charity Navigator's Rating System
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