Charity Review

  • Issued: August 2016
  • Expires: January 2018

VietNow

Did Not Disclose

815-227-5100

1835 Broadway
Rockford, IL 61104

http://www.vietnow.com

815-227-5100

1835 Broadway
Rockford, IL 61104

http://www.vietnow.com

Did Not Disclose

BBB Comment

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Government Action

On November 6, 2017 the Illinois Attorney General announced a settlement led by Illinois, California, Michigan, and Ohio and joined by 20 other states to dissolve VietNow.  The announcement indicated that the organization misled donors as to who was soliciting them and how their donations would actually be used.  A similar announcement from the California Attorney General specified that “VietNow falsely told prospective donors that it has significant charitable programs. In reality, of the almost $4 million it raised in the last two years, nearly 90 percent of VietNow’s funds went directly to its for-profit professional fundraiser…Less than $10,000 was spent on charitable programs.” An order was made in Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court against VietNow that removes all 14 board members and bans its 4 controlling officers from any future fundraising, charity management or oversight of any charitable assets.  Similar restrictions were made by the other states participating in the settlement. According to the Illinois Attorney General’s announcement, any remaining assets from VietNow will be distributed equally between two other national veterans’ charities, Fisher House Foundation and Operation Homefront.

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