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

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2014

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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
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Paralyzed Veterans of America, a Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members--veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for: ? Quality health care and reconditioning programs for our members, ? Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, ? Benefits available as a result of our members' military service ? Civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of our members. To enable PVA to continue to honor this commitment, we must recruit and retain members who have the experience, energy, dedication and passion necessary to manage the organization and ensure adequate resources to sustain the programs essential for PVA to achieve its mission.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Paralyzed Veterans of America - Mid-Atlantic (PVA) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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PEER Counseling- for new spinal cord injured veterans. This is unique to PVA and critical in the early rehab of injured veterans. Hospital Liaison - provision of in-hospital experts to assist veterans with benefits/claims entitlement and process and quality of healthcare issues. Research-Assist funding for medical and technological research specific to persons with spinal cord injury or defect. Membership-Provide opportunities for adaptive sports and recreation activities for members - a proven, critical ongoing mental and physical rehabilitation process for spinal cord injuries. Accessibility - providing financial support where needed to improve the accessibility of homes or vehicles. Advocacy & Legislation-Increase member and public awareness of legislation affecting members. Encourage public to provide access specific to members needs. Public Affairs-Promote awareness to public of membership needs, interests and concerns. Provide scholarships to nursing students specializing in the area of spinal cord injuries.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, PVA's program expenses were:

Membership 224,792
Public affairs 9,440
Advocacy/legislature 1,805
Total Program Expenses: $236,037
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Charles B. Willis, President of the Board
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 1

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

telephone, invitations to fund raising events, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $289,601, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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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The following information is based on Paralyzed Veterans of America-VA Mid-Atlantic Chapter's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Grants 244,096
Contributions 45,505
Unrealized gain on investments 37,110
Investment income 16,769
Program registrations 15,280
Other income (loss) -13,938
Total Income $344,822


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 74%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 18% 

Total income $344,822
Program expenses $236,037
Fund raising expenses 26,706
Administrative expenses 57,021
Total expenses $319,764
Income in Excess of Expenses 25,058
Beginning net assets 457,835
Other Changes in Net Assets (250)
Ending net assets 482,643
Total liabilities 23,601
Total assets $506,244

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