Over the years, we have received a number of awards, accolades, and accreditations for our work in the Veteran community. While it is certainly wonderful to receive recognition for what we do here at Still Serving Veterans, our goals and initiatives would never be realized nor would they be achieved without your support. Consider the awards and accreditations listed below as testaments; proofs of the greater community's proclivity for rising up in concert to provide aid and support to those in need.
The Spirit of Hope Award
In 2009, SSV was nominated and awarded the Spirit of Hope
Award in Washington, DC. Each
year, the Armed Forces of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard,
and the Office of the Secretary of Defense each nominate an individual or an
organization whose patriotism and service to members of the United States Armed
Forces reflects the values of Bob Hope.
The recipients of the ‘Spirit of Hope Award’ contributed an extraordinary
amount of time, talent or resources to significantly enhance the quality of
life of service members and their families serving around the world, and
epitomize the values of Bob Hope: duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment,
integrity and selfless dedication.
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Approved Charity
In 2011, SSV received
accreditation from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for the
National/International Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a National Center of
The CFC today is known to be the most inclusive workplace
giving campaign in the world with the number of participating charities
estimated at over 20,000 nonprofit charitable organizations worldwide. The
charities supported through the CFC range from nascent community groups to
large, well-known charities.
Alabama Association of Nonprofits
In 2013 Still Serving Veterans
became a member of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits.
Association of Nonprofits (AAN) is a membership based organization formed
to serve the needs of Alabama’s growing nonprofit sector.
Community Blueprint Partner
In 2011, SSV was selected as
one of 14 sites nationwide to implement a Community Blueprint to develop key
resource centers for Veteran services. Since then SSV staff has made over 1,000
quality referrals to existing local, State, and Federal service organizations.
The Community Blueprint is a set of tools and practices that provide a
framework for communities to produce positive, measurable outcomes for
veterans, military members and their families. The goal of the
Community Blueprint Network is to have hundreds of communities with teams helping veterans, military and their families.
Best in America Seal
In 2012, SSV received the
Independent Charities Best in America Seal.
Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent
Charities of America. ICA requires an accurate and meticulous independent
review to certify, document and demonstrate that a non-profit applying for the
Best in America Seal has the ability on an annual basis to meet the highest
standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost
effectiveness. These standards include
those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign,
which is probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the
United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet
or exceed the standards, and, fewer than 2,000 companies have been awarded the
ICA Seal. Still Serving Veterans proudly
displays its Best in America Seal.
Guidestar Exchange Partner
Still Serving Veterans has
been a GuideStar Member since 2011 and was deemed a Silver-level GuideStar
Exchange participant in 2012 for demonstrating our commitment to financial transparency.
GuideStar is a 501(c)(3) public charity that collects,
organizes, and presents the information you want in an easy-to-understand
format while remaining neutral. GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing
information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions,
and encourages charitable giving. GuideStar gathers and disseminates
information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. They
provide as much information as possible about each nonprofit's mission,
legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance,
and so much more.
Better Business Bureau Accreditation
In 2013, Still Serving
Veterans received Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accreditation from the BBB Wise
Giving Alliance for meeting the Standards for Charity Accountability.
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for
Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving
decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The
standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote
ethical conduct by charitable organizations and to advance support of