Better Business Bureau Report for
Paralyzed Veterans of America - Mid-Atlantic

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Paralyzed Veterans of America - Mid-Atlantic
Address: 11620 Busy St.
  N. Chesterfield, VA 23236
Phone: 804-378-0017
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1947, Virginia

Mission: A supportive community for capable heroes.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Paralyzed Veterans of America - Mid-Atlantic (PVA) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Sports, Rec and Rehab: Sports and recreation is a critical element in the physical and mental well-being of spinal cord injury/disease Veterans. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter encourages our members to use this sports and recreation program as a rehabilitation tool to increase independence, self-esteem and enhance quality of life. This program is used as a stepping stone so that our veterans can regain their confidence so that they can return to their roles in society. Accessible Independence: Veterans who become SCI/D after leaving active duty receive care from the VA, but benefits for many critical needs are not available to them. The chapter maintains three financial assistance programs, designed to help non-service connected members in need. The Accessible Independence Program helps fund the purchase of van lifts, hand controls, etc. This program also assists with installation of ramps, widening doorways, etc. Financial Assistance: The Chapter sets aside a small amount of money for dire situations our members may face. However, our goal is to help our veterans find the resources to live independently through programs like PAVE, Paving Access for Veteran Employment, the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s vocation and education program to help our veterans return to work. Other programs PVA provides are: Peer Counseling for all newly injured veterans and their families. Each new injury is assigned a peer counselor that supports them through their life journey as a veteran with a spinal cord injury and disease. Advocacy and Legislation –all though the PVA, Mid-Atlantic has no political affiliations, we work closely with all of our service leaders to support the necessary laws, policies and changes for all people with disabilities to live healthy and productive lives in all communities. Hospital Liaison program is a program where the PVA has several trained Hospital Liaison trained members whose specific purpose is to monitor the Spinal Cord Units of all of our VA Hospitals to ensure they are supporting the needs our veterans. Also this program is designed to support all veterans with any needs they may have as they work through the VA system. In this program the PVA recruits new members and works closely with our PVA National office to bring strong quality care to all SCI units in VA hospitals.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, PVA's program expenses were:

Membership and benefits 256,703
Public affairs 9,753
Advocacy and legislature 2,113
Total Program Expenses: $268,569
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Chief Executive :

Highest Paid Executive: Mrs. Jennifer L. Purser, Administrative Director
Compensation*: $

Chair of the Board: Mr. Robert Satterwhite
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Board President

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 4

PVA Mid-Atlantic does not employ a CEO. The board chairman performs the functions of CEO on a volunteer basis and is evaluated annually by the board of directors.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, website and email appeals, planned giving arrangements, and membership.
Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $218,493, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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The following information is based on PVA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Grants 195,387
Investment income 34,114
Other income 33,655
Contributions 16,726
Program registrations 15,189
Unrealized gain on investments 9,966
Fund raising projects 6,380
Total Income $311,417


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $311,417
Program expenses $268,569
Fund raising expenses 7,159
Administrative expenses 31,962
Total expenses $307,690
Income in Excess of Expenses 3,727
Beginning net assets 508,990
Ending net assets 512,717
Total liabilities 17,157
Total assets $529,874

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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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