Donate to Veterans Village of San Diego
VVSD has been a 501c(3) non-profit, non-governmental veterans organization since 1981.
Your cash contributions and gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Or send us a check made payable to:
Veterans Village of San Diego and mail to 4141 Pacific Highway, San Diego, California 92110.
With your generous support, our veterans have a safe place to live, compassionate care for Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and focused case-management in overcoming addiction and practical assistance in securing life sustaining employment. These are the building blocks that maximize human potential and the very mission of VVSD.
We must raise at least $600,000 this fiscal year, July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
VVSD is committed to financial accountability and transparency.
Every year, we hire an outside firm to conduct a comprehensive audit to ensure funds are spent properly. In the past four years, all the audits have come back with zero findings of problems.
Like nonprofits throughout the nation, VVSD has been affected by the recession. But because of prudent financial management, we have so far averted layoffs. To maintain services for the long-term, VVSD is working to raise more private funds to cover shortfalls.
As a nonprofit, VVSD consistently practices frugality. To save money, we aggressively pursue discounts, conduct price comparisons and solicit multiple bids for projects.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, because VVSD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit your contributions and gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Why donate to VVSD?
VVSD is a nationally-recognized leader in providing social services to veterans. Founded in 1981, it has a track record of success and innovation. VVSD pioneered Stand Down and Homeless Court which have been replicated nationwide. Donations are vital to the success of Stand Down, Women Veterans and Families programs, Post 9/11 Veterans programs and the Veterans Winter Shelter.
How does VVSD spend its funding?
VVSD spends 44 percent of its budget on rehabilitation programs, 21 percent on transitional housing, 18 percent on employment and training services and 17 percent on prevention and outreach.
How big is the need?
The needs routinely exceed the resources at our disposal. San Diego County is home to over 200,000 veterans. According to the VA, at least 1,500 are homeless. Another estimate put the number of homeless veterans in the county at 2,000. Surveys have found that veterans make up 25 to 35 percent of the homeless in the region. A majority of homeless veterans battle addictions and mental illnesses that require ongoing support. But it’s not just homeless veterans who utilize VVSD’s services, active-duty personnel and veterans of varying needs seek out our programs.
If VVSD receives millions in grants each year, why does it need private donations?
Grants from government agencies DO NOT cover the full costs of our operations. Stand Down and the Veterans Winter Shelter not funded by grants. Private donations are also needed to fund Women Veterans, Families and Post 9/11 Veterans programs.
How financially accountable is VVSD?
VVSD’s finances undergo a comprehensive audit each year by an outside firm. The firm sends in a team of auditors who spends a few weeks scouring our books. In each of the past four years, our audits have come back clean. In addition to the comprehensive annual audit, VVSD is also periodically audited by government agencies on how it spends grant money.
Make a Non-Monetary Donation
We accept gifts of property as well. We make use of used furniture, clothing and household articles for all the residents in our primary rehabilitation facilities throughout San Diego County. Please contact us at (619) 393-2020 to schedule a pick-up.
Thank you for supporting America’s veterans.
VVSD believes intensive rehabilitation leads to self-sustaining independence,
the maximizing of human potential and a meaningful, fulfilling life.
Our veterans are worthy of nothing less.