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NAVSO News (November 2015 Edition)

Chris Ford | NAVSO

NAVSO News (November Edition)
Snapshot:  New CNAS Report on Veteran Needs, Grant Map data goes over 20,000 mark & #DayForTheBrave

CNAS Releases New Report
Needs Assessment: Veterans in Southwest Pennsylvania

Approximately 235,000 veterans, including roughly 37,400 post-9/11 veterans, live in Southwest Pennsylvania. A dense community of veterans lives in the urban area of Pittsburgh, while others are dispersed in the region’s more rural counties. Veterans comprise between 9 and 12 percent of each county’s total population, a rate that is higher than the national average of 6.7 percent, making Southwest Pennsylvania one of the densest veterans communities in the nation.

Like veterans elsewhere in the United States, most of the Southwest Pennsylvania region’s veterans do well after they leave the military: on average, veterans exceed the civilian average in levels of employment, income, home ownership, civic participation, and most other metrics of economic and educational success.

However, some veterans struggle, during or after their transition from service, with health, economic, or other issues. Some of these veterans get help from the government; others turn to community organizations or the private sector. Despite a great deal of support made available to veterans by the public, private and nonprofit sector, pockets of need exist, such as in the area of economic opportunity and access to health care. In addition, even among those veterans who report doing well economically, many do not feel adequately connected to their communities after service.

Read the report here

Grant Map Data Continues to Grow









Have you accessed our Grant Map (login required) recently? Did you know grant data is added every week? We're now displaying more than 20,000 grants given by more than 3,800 funders to nearly 2,400 organizations. With grants valued at nearly $850,000,000, this tool helps your resource development staff identify donors with a history of grant-making to causes much like your own. One resource development officer from a multi-million dollar nonprofit said, "this tool has effectively replaced every other resource I was using to identify new donors we need to connect with."

Are you leveraging this free tool for your organization's benefit?  

Day For The Brave
On Veterans Day 2015, the first annual #DayForTheBrave was held to honor those that have served our country and to raise funds and awareness for the organizations that serve them.

This inaugural event raised over $110,000 for more than 200 organizations. NAVSO is proud to have made it into the Top 10 of small nonprofits and two of our members, Travis Manion Foundation and Veterans Inc. were in the Top 10 of large nonprofits. As a bonus to their paid membership with NAVSO, both organizations shared an additional $1,000 prize pool for coming out on top of the NAVSO Member Leaderboard. 

Thank you for joining us and making a difference in the lives of so many veterans and their families across America. 

Learn more here

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Friendly Forces
Have you met our partner, Veterans Legal Institute?

Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. VLI also advocates on behalf of its clients by providing community education and policy advocacy in an effort to increase awareness, resources, and overall protections to current and former members of the US military. VLI provides mobile legal clinics for easier access to veterans at several locations including but not limited to the VA Hospital in Long Beach, Saddleback College, and Starbucks Coffee.  To learn more, visit

Stay Tuned!
NAVSO will launch a new series of online courses helping your staff learn more about veteran experiences and providing quality programs and services. A great tool for interns or entry level employees, your staff will have access to courses on topics like suicide, intimacy disconnectedness, PTSD, combat stress, TBI, caregiving, military sexual trauma, veteran hiring and much more!

Check back soon!

Thank you!

This Thanksgiving we're giving thanks to:
- Service member and their families for continuing to protect our freedoms
- Veterans and their families for their many sacrifices
- Veteran advocates and caregivers alike for caring for those who have born the burdens of war and military service
- Our donors who make all we do possible
- Our families who support us in all we do

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