On the phone recently, Mike said he worked for American Veterans Support Foundation, part of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation. Mike said the organization was based in Eatontown, N.J., did good work for veterans in need and was hopeful I could aid the cause. And oh yes, he was recording the call.
Mike had a smooth pitch. But then I asked him to spell his last name.
After a pause, he simply repeated his full name. No spelling.
I asked him again to spell his last name.
Another pause. “That’s okay,” he finally said. “We’ll call back at another time.” Mike hung up.
The likely reason there were pauses is that Mike actually was an interactive computer controlled by a handler monitoring the conversation and deciding on responses by hitting a keyboard. The handler probably decided to cut and run.
But I knew about the AVSF/NVVF. A lot, actually. That’s because it was the first nominee to a list I started last year of “America’s Stupidest Charities.” The criteria is simple: nonprofits that contact the New To Seattle world headquarters asking for money even though they already had been the subject of a negative write-up by the New To Seattle world headquarters. Can it get dumber than that?
My earlier description was negative for the same reason now. AVSF/NVVF blew almost all the money raised on fundraising costs and spent precious little on stuff that reasonably could be called veterans support.
So I hereby again nominate AVSF/NVVF for my list. Continue readingShare on Facebook