Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation
1268 N Interstate Drive
Norman OK 73072
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation
Mission Statement Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation’s primary focus is to share its collective knowledge and experience to help military veterans and their families with the Veterans Administration claims process. The organization also provides vouchers for medical assessments and assistance and guidance for a temporary source of food, rent, utilities, shelter and transportation to and from medical facilities when necessary for veterans and their families.
Contact Information
Contact Name Lora Malone
Contact email lora@dkgvf.org
Address 1268 N Interstate Drive
Norman, OK 73072
Phone (405) 550-8806
Fax 405-701-1740
County OK
Alternate Address PO Box 592
Washington OK 73093
Alternate Phone 405 742-8079
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation is wholly dependent on contributions from the people we serve and any local grants or corporate gifts received. We also accept the donation of cars, trucks, and motorcycles that can be given to veterans in need or sold to raise funds to continue our mission. We have electric wheelchairs, ramps and other types of handicap equipment available at no charge.

At the office, we accept gifts of copy paper, coffee filter packs (along with cups, flavored liquid creamer and Coffee-mate), napkins, bottled water, cases of soft drinks, gift cards from Sam’s or Walmart and rolls of stamps. We also provide donuts each Tuesday and Thursday for our clients, and lunch those days for our volunteers. We welcome donations of either. There is also an Amazon Wish List and the opportunity to choose Dale K Graham Veterans Foundation as charity of choice to benefit from Amazon purchases.

Volunteers can help veterans and their families with filling out and filing claims in an effort to help them gain access to disability benefits. Further, volunteers are needed to welcome clients or offer guidance regarding a temporary source of food, utilities, and shelter, when applicable. We also need drivers to provide veterans transportation to medical facilities and a to our offices.
 
On the website, you can access a handbook and information about volunteering.

If you are interested in leaving a legacy through a bequest, please contact Lora either at lora@dkgvf.org or 405-550-8806.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $650,000.00
Projected Expenses $650,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Dale K Graham Veterans Corner2015
Year Founded 2015
IRS Ruling Year 2015
State Registration Expiration Jan 2021
Statements
Mission Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation’s primary focus is to share its collective knowledge and experience to help military veterans and their families with the Veterans Administration claims process. The organization also provides vouchers for medical assessments and assistance and guidance for a temporary source of food, rent, utilities, shelter and transportation to and from medical facilities when necessary for veterans and their families.
Background There is no one, military or civilian, career or volunteer, that has done more in Oklahoma for the men, women, spouses and widows of our veterans than Lance Corporal Dale K. Graham, US Marine Corps.  He is a living legend – encouraging and helping veterans to file their benefits claims for almost 30 years.

He returned from Vietnam in June of 1967 and was discharged. Graham began volunteering with the US Department of Veterans Affairs where he studied the rules of veteran benefits procedures.  He started his program in the early 1990’s from his home. In 2003, he moved to the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and in 2005 he left there to develop an independent source for veteran assistance under the umbrella of the Norman Chapter of the American Legion and the Goldsby Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2006 he recruited a group of volunteers to join him. Graham now works out of Norman and is accredited by the VA General Counsel in Washington, DC as a VA Claims Agent.

 As an agent Dale could be receiving 20% of everything generated for the veterans, and yet Dale and DKVF take $0. Veterans are never charged for the help they receive. 

Dale turned the agency over to the Board of Directors, who hired an Executive Director, so the organization could per his wishes "help more people."  He is still serving veterans everyday, often volunteering more than 80 hours a week.
Impact
In 2018, the combined amount of benefits awarded our clients was $67.3 million. We have greater than a 90% success rate for  claims we help file. In 2019, we served over 3,900 new clients and now have over 24,808 in our database. More than 1,200 clients received a 100% disability rating. We are now able to represent clients for appeals via video conferencing at our Norman office. We just added 1,100 sf of adjacent office space and our second full-time staff member. We are implementing a new database which will allow us to better track outcomes and outputs.
Needs Our greatest needs are financial resources and volunteers.
 
We never charge clients for services, yet we still have to cover costs of rent, utilities, computers, software, office supplies (you can imagine how much paper and ink we go through daily) and our assistance program.  We spend approximately $25,000 each month to help veterans who are struggling financially.

Our volunteers are very committed, but we need more of them.  We would like to establish shifts to prevent such long days.  And with the addition of 1,000 square feet we will now be able to add 12 more volunteers each day.

Overall, we are helping veterans and their families deal with the impact military service has on their lives. Veterans are more likely to experience homelessness, and have a higher risk of traumatic brain injuries and PTSD. Every day more than 70 members of our military encounter coerced and abusive sexual contact, aggravated sexual assault or are raped. (Huffington Post 2014) 39% of veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan screened positive for probable substance abuse. (HealthDay Jan 2012) Exposure to nerve agents has caused long-term heart damage. Hearing loss from exposure to noise and vibration is common. Just over half of all post-deployment health visits address pain in their back, neck, knees or shoulders.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
National
Oklahoma is home to 2 Army bases, 3 Air Force bases and 1 Coast Guard Institute.  More than 47,000 active service members reside in Oklahoma and 12.55% of Oklahoma's population are veterans. While the vast majority -90%- of clients come from Oklahoma, we have helped veterans from 48 states and 6 foreign countries.

Our clients represent all 77 counties in Oklahoma.  35% are from Oklahoma County and 15% from Cleveland County.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Health Care/Health (General and Financing)
Programs
Description Clients are greeted as early as 4:30 am every Tuesday and Thursday morning, by 40 volunteers (all veterans or family of veterans) who are trained and ready to help them with the process of filing claims. Graham, along with Rhonda Reynolds, the surviving spouse of a Navy pilot, give an average of 75 hours of their time per week. “It’s money they’ve earned,” Reynolds says. “To people living on $750 a month it’s a huge difference.”  We see more than 400 clients each week and file over 350 claims. The goal is to get veterans/surviving spouses to their maximum disability rating. We ensure veterans and their family members gain access to the benefits the government has already earmarked for them. From determining what is available and which forms they need, to simplifying the arduous steps of completion and submission, we walk them through the entire process and know how to get the job done. And our help is always provided at no charge. 
Strategy
Population Served Other Health/Disability
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. In 2018, the combined amount of benefits awarded our clients was $67.3 million.  We helped over 1,000 veterans reach a 100% disability rating, which means they will receive more than $3,000 per month tax-free income. We also help deal with the impact of their service. Veterans are more likely to experience homelessness, traumatic brain injuries and PTSD. Every day more than 70 encounter coerced and abusive sexual trauma. 39% returning from Iraq or Afghanistan screened positive for probable alcohol abuse.  Exposure to nerve agents caused long-term heart damage. Hearing loss is common. Over half address pain in their back, neck, knees or shoulders.
Description We estimate that 60% of those who come to us for help also need financial assistance. We provide vouchers for medical assessments (needed to support claims) and a temporary source for transportation to medical appointments, rent, housing, utilities and food. Applications are available on site, as are food baskets with nonperishable items.  We make referrals to other resources near them, and have counselors and representatives from Social Security and financial institutions on site.
Strategy
Population Served Other Health/Disability
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. We provided over $200,000 value in assistance to low-income veterans and their families to help them as they wait for their claims to be approved.  In 2018 the majority was spent on vouchers to be used for medical assessments to support their claims - $169,335 that helped 658 veterans. $15,651 went toward providers of shelter and utilities.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lora Malone
Start Date June 2016
Email lora@dkgvf.org
Experience Lora Malone is currently the Executive Director of the Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation. She has served in this role since June, 2017. She is responsible for the overseeing the day-to-day operations of the foundation. Lora also works with the volunteers and board of directors to accomplish the Foundation’s goals. She works to collaborate with others in the community to increase and maintain the foundation’s visibility. Before coming to Foundation, Lora served as the Vice President of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, President of the UT Arlington Alumni Association, and served Oklahoma City University as the Principal Gift Officer.
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 71
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2019
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
ONE Award FinalistOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2020
Board Chair
Name Les Nunn
Company Affiliation Bar Nunn Ranch
Term Jan 2020 to Jan 2022
Email lnunn@usi.edu
Board of Directors
List Current as of Dec 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Justin CoveyMerrill Lynch Wealth ManagementVoting
Col. Charles B. DebellevueUS Air Force - Performance Aircraft Services, Inc.Voting
Col. Stanley E. EvansUS Army - Former Assist. Dean, University of OK College of LawVoting
Jeri D. Holmes J.D.Nonprofit Solutions, P.C.Voting
Michelle HoneOKC Geological SocietyVoting
Darla JacksonUniversity of Oklahoma College of LawVoting
2nd Lt. Marlon Tenal JamesUS Army - Department of DefenseVoting
Marilyn Kaplan CPARetired VP Philanthropy Mercy OklahomaVoting
Andrew LasserAvanza HealthcareVoting
Combat JAG Les NunnUS Air Force - Retired Trial LawyerVoting
Combat Medic David PoarchUS Army - Law Office of Bailey and PoarchVoting
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Finance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Audit
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $650,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $650,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Contributions$593,392$540,730$432,309
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$6,780$24,888--
Unrealized Gain/Loss($20,805)----
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$2,094$16,291$845
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$457,936$244,194$145,400
Administration Expense$64,545$216,177$86,489
Fundraising Expense$9,689----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.261.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%53%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$373,738$324,052$201,265
Current Assets$172,516$90,701$194,231
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,644$1,249--
Total Net Assets$372,094$322,803$201,265
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities104.9472.62--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $593,392Contributions $540,730Contributions $432,309
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $6,780Investment Income $24,888Other - Paid in Capital $845
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther - Prior period adjustment $2,094Other - Prior period adjustment $16,291 --
Endowment? No
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 1268 N Interstate Drive
Norman, OK 73072
Primary Phone 405 550-8806
Contact Email lora@dkgvf.org
CEO/Executive Director Lora Malone
Board Chair Les Nunn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bar Nunn Ranch