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Tonight on AC360: Who has the money donated for vets?

Editor's note: If you'd like to donate to military and veterans organizations, you can find information, reviews, and ratings for non-profit groups on CharityNavigator.org.

CNN's Drew Griffin has just uncovered a veterans organization, the National Veterans Foundation, is spending most of the donations they receive on something other than veterans.

This new discovery comes as Griffin has been reporting on money given to another group - the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. IRS documents show that not one dime of the $56 million raised by them went directly to veterans.

Yesterday Griffin asked one of DVNF’s volunteer board members how the funds were used. It appears most of the donations went to a private company hired by DVNF and other charities, including the National Veterans Foundation.

The website for Quadriga Arts states, "We offer nonprofit organizations, fundraising agencies and commercial brands innovative direct marketing campaign solutions that produce extraordinary results."

Find out more about that company's role in this investigation, the contracts non-profits signed with them, and what it means for money given to help those in need. Tune in to AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. tonight.

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  1. Texas

    Emmitt Lewis, who served 21 years in the U.S. Army, was arrested at the Lone Star Community Center for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief following an incident sparked by his wearing of a T-shirt supportive of President Obama, this is how our current District Attorney treats our veterans.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  2. emma

    I don't understand why any of this evidence is being released in advance of the trial. How are they going to seat a jury? The fact that Zimmerman suffered wounds and his hands are clean but Martin's hands show marks that may suggest that he hit Zimmerman could easily mean that Zimmerman provoked Martin and it was Martin who was fighting in self-defense. This should not be tried in the media. It will be the OJ trial all over again.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Katie Davis

    Fantastic work by these gents. A fine organization funded by federal employees including all the Armed Forces, called the Combined Federal Campaign gives lists of thousands of charities (global) the % of overhead for each, and have been investigated & approved. This network operates quietly, humbly & efficiently. Their booklets should be available online to the public, but I doubt it.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  4. Robert Marshall

    The revenue Agency approves charities as a tax deduction and requires the charity to report their rinancial activities. With that authority the Revenue Ahgency could demand simple uniform accounting reporting by all charities and on the web report the financies, in a comparative fashion, for all to see. I believe that the Revenue Agency has in fact a responsibility to so report as their issue of a charitanle deduction number implies a level of authenticity.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  5. helpinghoustonshomeless

    56 Million to my fellow Vets used for what? People need to be accountable now no more hiding behind politics this is a out rage that needs 2 be fixed now!

    May 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm |