Veterans' Trust Fund
The mission of the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), is to assist and support Pennsylvania veterans and their families.
The VTF issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to assist veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living.
Sources of Funds
Funding for the Veterans’ Trust Fund was established by law (51 Pa.C.S. § 1721) and it includes:
- Transfer of funds after the sale of the former Scotland School for Veterans’ Children
- Proceeds from the voluntary $3 donations from people applying for or renewing their Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo ID and renewing motor vehicle registrations
- Proceeds from the sale of the “Honoring Our Veterans” standard and motorcycle license plate
- Grants, gifts and donations from a person, business, or governmental entity (Make an online donation now)
- Money appropriated to the fund
How much of each dollar donated actually goes to the VTF?
One hundred percent of all donations go into the VTF, and DMVA charges no administrative costs, salaries or contract costs to the Fund. Please note that a portion of the VTF is used to reimburse the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for the costs PennDOT incurred in implementing the check-off for applications for drivers’ licenses and vehicle registrations and the veterans’ designation on drivers licenses. These one-time start-up costs are being paid to PennDOT over a period of years.
How can you help?
There are several ways that Pennsylvanians can make a donation to the VTF:
- The next time you apply for or renew your Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo ID or renew your motor vehicle registration, you will have an opportunity to make a $3 tax-deductible contribution to the VTF. Since this additional $3 is not part of the renewal fee printed on your renewal application, you will need to add the donated amount to your payment. The same process would be followed if you renew online via PennDOT’s website.
- You can make a tax-deductible grant, gift or donation to the VTF.
How will Pennsylvania’s veterans benefit from the VTF?
The VTF strives to build partnerships with charitable organizations, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to fund improved assistance and support for Pennsylvania veterans and their families. Grants from the VTF may assist veterans in obtaining federal veterans benefits and pensions earned by virtue of their service and sacrifice.
Veterans Designation on Pennsylvania Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards VTF funds have also been used to implement the Veterans Designation on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and ID cards that clearly indicates that the bearer is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Initial issuance, renewal or duplicate driver’s license or identification card fees apply.
For details about the qualifications to receive the Veterans Designation, view the Driver’s License Designation Information flyer (PDF).
Apply for the Veterans Designation (Via the PennDOT website)
About the Veterans’ Trust Fund
The Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) was established in 2012 by Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C. S. § 1721). The VTF is a special, non-lapsing fund of the Pennsylvania State Treasury. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is authorized to solicit and accept donations to the VTF on behalf of the Commonwealth.
For tax purposes, donations to the Veterans’ Trust Fund are considered “charitable contributions.” The definition of “charitable contributions” in the Internal Revenue Code (26 USC §170(c)(1)) includes contributions to state governments that are used for public purposes. A gift or donation to the VTF is tax deductible just like, and to the same extent as, any charitable contribution. See IRS Publication 526 (Charitable Contributions).