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Fundraising


Your Donations at Work


In 2010, T e American Legion launched a new 501(c)3 nonprofi t trust that enables members and friends of the organization to make general donations to the organization, or choose specifi c programs they want to support. An alumnus of Boys Nation may donate specifi cally to that program by giving to American Legion Charities. A veteran who received assistance from a Legion service offi cer may wish to give to the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division. A family that received help from Legionnaires aſt er a loved one’s medical discharge from the military may want to designate a giſt for Heroes to Hometowns. T e American Legion Finance Commission oversees distribution of any funds not designated for a particular program. One of the Legion’s most effective donation programs is the National Emergency Fund


(NEF). When natural disasters like tornadoes, floods or wildfi res strike, the NEF swiſt ly delivers needed money to veterans in their communities; similar fi nancial infusions are made across the nation, whenever needed, and are also available in the event of terrorist at ack. T e NEF has provided over $6 million in direct fi nancial assistance to Legion Family members and posts, allowing post buildings and veterans’ homes to rebuild aſt er tragedies. Donations from every level of the organization are vital to keep NEF coffers full and ready to assist. T e NEF Post Excellence Award is given each year to a post that goes above and beyond in assisting its community aſt er a disaster. Local Legion fundraising efforts can be posted at www.legion.org/donate/charity_events on the national website, as well.


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Worthy Funds  The American Legion Endowment Fund  American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Inc.  American Legion Legacy Scholarship  Operation Comfort Warriors  American Legion Charities  American Legion Youth Programs Alumni Association


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Link  www.legion.org/donate


22 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2011


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