Why Donate to The Valhalla Project Instead of Some Other Nonprofit Organization?
Good question. Why indeed?
Good question. Why indeed?
Like us, you have got to be tired of reading about self-proclaimed veterans' charities that spend disproportionate amounts of donor's hard-earned money on lavish suites, egregiously high salaries and benefits, and meetings in exotic vacation spots while contributing precious little to actual veteran needs. Some of these groups are borderline scams; others have proven to be outright con artists.
Some of these outfits raise tens of millions of dollars annually and treat themselves to lifestyles of the rich and famous. Are you disgusted and disappointed by such behavior? We are, too.
When we founded Valhalla we saw through some of these groups and since have watched many embarrass themselves or close their doors. Therefore, from the outset we were determined to separate ourselves from those guys.
Valhalla management, cadre, and board members are all not paid. That's right, no salaries, no benefits, no fancy cars, no big offices. Never have; never will. We're all volunteers who put in very long hours each month to make the Valhalla Project possible. That's our commitment to our veteran participants and to you our donors.
Initially Gordon and Chris Cucullu funded Valhalla from precious few personal resources. To this day they continue to put a significant proportion of their (limited) outside annual income into the Project, in addition to living and working on site daily. There are others who sacrifice their own limited resources to join them in making the Valhalla Project possible: contributing access road maintenance, pasture and hay cutting services to keep the farm animals fed for the benefit of Valhalla's supper tables (free-range Omega-3 rich eggs, best-quality pure manure for the orchards and vegetable gardens, grass-fed meats and more). And of course all "Valhallans" themselves who stay here for any length of time (ranging from a weekend to months) pitch in at least four hours each day not just to cut costs to make Valhalla possible, but also as a vehicle to regaining their own sense of mission, purpose, and accomplishment in the civilian world following their military service.
As everyone out there on a budget is well aware, many worthwhile projects and acquisitions get pushed to a later date primarily because of available resources. We understand the tough facts of life and know that you do, too.
In a time of scarce personal resources it isn't easy to donate to a group, regardless of how worthwhile it is. And you ought to be concerned about how your donation is spent. We would be appalled to discover that the organization receiving our donation was paying staff in the high six figures plus hidden benefits.
So, if you decide to assist Valhalla - and we hope you do - then you can at least relax about this concern. Every contribution we receive goes directly to support our veteran participant projects. Period.
If you're still concerned, and we wouldn't blame you if you were, then you have another option. Check out the Valhalla Project's Critical Needs List on Amazon and pick an item or two from there. You can be confident that the item is of immediate use and you won't have to worry that your generous donation was improperly used.
We do need your help to keep things running for post-9/11 veterans here. Let's be frank. We can deal comfortably with up to 8 veterans at a time, but would like to expand slowly to accommodate more. With you help we'll serve those 8 to the best of our ability and build on that base. But we cannot do it alone. If you want to be part of the team that is committed to the mission of helping veterans then please put Valhalla Project high on your list.
Many thanks from us and from our Valhalla veteran participants, today and tomorrow.* * *
The Valhalla Project needs your help and supportWe need YOUR help to keep Valhalla functioning efficiently - while at the same time expanding vitally important programs to assist post-9/11 combat Soldiers and war zone civilian workers to transition back into the civilian world.
The Valhalla Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity recognized by the IRS.
Nobody, including cadre or board members, draws a paycheck here, nor will they ever: we simply give everything we have to make Valhalla possible. 100% of your donation via Paypal will go directly to program expenses, period.