The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members--honorably discharged veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
PVA uses that expertise to be the leading
advocate for: 1) Quality health care for our members, 2) Research
and education addressing spinal cord injury or dysfunction, 3) Benefits available as a result of our members'
military service, and 4) Civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of our members.
To enable PVA to continue to honor this commitment,
we must recruit and retain members who have the
experience, energy, dedication, and passion necessary to manage the organization and ensure adequate
resources to sustain the programs essential for PVA to achieve its mission.
Gateway is one of 34 chapters of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Our local chapter was chartered in the State of Missouri in October 1976. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau, have met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability and and have received their designation as an Honor Roll Charity. Additionally, we are recognized as a St. Louis BBB A+ charity. Our fiscal year 2012 audit shows that out of every dollar we spent, $.85 actually went to programs for our members. We still have some administrative costs like supplies and utilities, as well as costs for our fundraising efforts. A program expense ratio of only 65% is needed for BBB approval. We are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, who are veteran members of our organization. We pride ourselves on being good stewards of the funds we receive, and appreciate your interest in our organization.
A financial snapshot of the Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America is available by becoming a member of Guidestar at the Guidestar link shown below. View our Annual Report by clicking on the GPVA icon below, or find out more information about us by clicking on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) icon below. Another good source of information about our chapter is our newsletters; back issues (from 2006) can be found on our website. Please contact us with any questions about our programs and services, as well as volunteer opportunities to help us continue providing the service and assistance our members have earned.