Grants Awarded to 18 Best Performing VSOs

Furthering MVAT’s mission and building on the programmatic and fundraising successes of 2016, the foundation was honored to award 18 veterans serving organizations with community support grants this past December. Since MVAT’s inception, the foundation has invested more than $1.25 million in our partner organizations. By investing in these carefully selected and vetted organizations, MVAT ensures that a needed network of resources and care exists for America’s veterans and their families in need.

In keeping with our commitment to our home base and its large veteran population, 75 percent (14 of 18) of MVAT’s partner organizations are located in California with more than half (10 of 18) in Los Angeles.

MVAT’s Beneficiaries Committee analyzed funding proposals, scrutinizing for organizational financial health, program efficiencies, outcomes, and good governance practices. In 2016, emphasis was placed on smaller charities or to specific programs where the MVAT grant can make a material difference to the effort’s success. The 18 charities and specified programs are:

AUSA Greater Los Angeles Chapter for Family Programs *
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for the Character Development Program
Gary Sinise Foundation *
Green Beret Foundation
GreenVets *
Habitat for Heroes, a program of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles *
JVS Veterans First, a program of Jewish Vocational Services of LA *
K9s for Warriors
Los Angeles Service Platoons, a program of The Mission Continues *
Makeovers That Matter Foundation *
New Directions for Veterans *
Operation Rebound
Our Military Kids
The Pathway Home
The Soldiers Project *
Veterans Career Xchange *
Veterans Legal Institute
Wooden Boats for Veterans

* Los Angeles based organization
† California based organization