Within the DAV National Service Foundation, The Columbia Trust exists as a “restricted fund” to support DAV service programs.

The use of the Columbia Trust is limited to the purpose for which they were collected — service to veterans and their families at the department and local levels. No other use is permissible.

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. When funds from the Trust are necessary to initiate or maintain programs, Chapters and Departments are encouraged to apply for grants.

Grants are not awarded to Chapters and Departments that exceed the asset accumulation limitation spelled out in DAV’s National Bylaws. Chapters and Departments that show an ongoing ability to meet their proposed service obligations are ineligible.