Watchdog group Charity Navigator names National Veterans Service Fund among worst charities in U.S.
DARIEN - The head of a Darien nonprofit agency that raises money for veterans defended its record today after a national watchdog group named it one of the worst charities in the nation.
The National Veterans Services Fund (NVSF) on West Avenue in Darien got a negative rating this week for the ninth year in a row.
National watchdog group Charity Navigator says NVSF is inefficient, with only about 30 cents out of every dollar raised going to program services.
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NVSF executive director Phil Craft says the other 70 cents goes to the professional fundraisers who generate the charity's income.
Kraft says the job of collecting about $8 million a year cannot be done efficiently by him and the only other full-time member of his staff without using professional fundraisers.