The Columbia Trust of the DAV National Service Foundation ensures that strong services and the DAV’s legacy of hope are distributed to veterans across the nation.
What began in 1996 as an initiative by the DAV Department of Colorado has expanded to ensure that DAVs’ services and special programs are available nationwide.
Within the DAV National Service Foundation, the Columbia Trust exists as a “restricted fund.” Chapters and Departments contribute to the Trust from funds that are utilized for service initiatives.
One of the most successful functions of the Trust is its role as a catalyst bridging resources from well populated Departments and Chapters in need.
The Columbia Trust is about creative generosity and providing the means to help others.
It targets our funds where the need is greatest — to support the services DAV Chapters and Departments provide for disabled veterans and their families.
The Columbia Trust allows us to share who we are and what we have. It enables us to both give and receive. It provides the means to fulfill our mission of building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families.
HOW IT WORKS
Chapter and Department leaders are encouraged to identify unmet needs and develop unique and creative projects to serve sick and injured veterans in their communities.
Grant applications can be submitted during the period of March 1 – June 30 for the upcoming membership year. The Annual Financial Report (AFR) from the prior membership year must be approved.
DAV National Service Foundation Board of Directors reviews the application and determines if an award will be granted to support the Department’s/Chapter’s initiative.