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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: To honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

Results: By connecting, serving, and empowering wounded warriors, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. To view the results, please visit the How We Serve page on our website: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission/how-we-serve.

Target demographics: WWP connects wounded warriors and their families to valuable resources and one another, serves them through a variety of free programs and services, and empowers them to live life on their own terms. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Direct beneficiaries per year: As of fiscal year 2016, we’ve served more than 94,000 warriors and 20,000 family members. Visit our website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission/who-we-serve.

Geographic areas served: WWP serves warriors nationwide and has office space in areas with the highest concentrations of warriors. For a full list of locations, please check the Visit Us page on our website: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/visit-us.

Programs: Programs assist injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, and connecting with other warriors and their communities. Thanks to generous donors, all programs and services are provided to warriors free of charge. For more detailed information, please visit the programs tab on our website: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs.

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686 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

how can a charity that only spends 55 per cent on client get three stars??!!

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

55 per cent to the troops!!!! over 30 per cent on fundraising??? I guess those TV ads are expensive. Give to your local DAV or other local vets group.

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7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Wounded Warrior Project pays other organizations 100,000 to NOT use the "wounded warrior" wording. What a waste of money! Instead of paying off other people- maybe they should actually help people. WWP pays their employees a lot of money to collect donations! The CEO makes over 320,000 a year! Please spread the word! Help those who really need to be helped! WWP should be ashamed of themselves!

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Donor

Rating: 2

If all the reports of excessive administration cost and minimum gong to VETs is like some other so called non profit charities I have reviewed, maybe it is about time there were some congressional action on these rip-offs that might generate a law that restricts the percentage of gross funds for administrative cost for SO CALLED NON PROFIT Charities.

Review from CharityNavigator

3 Frank15

Donor

Rating: 1

The greatest casualty is how you are ripping off the warriors with 44.8% in expenses and only 55% being used to help warriors.

Shame on you!

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5

Donor

Rating: 1

WE ARE ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED WITH THE WAY THIS CHARITY IS BEING RUN. And to think all of our adult kids donated to this cause in our honor at Christmas because we asked that they do this instead of buying gifts for us. We are a Christian family and just feel used by the people who are heading this charity. Shame, shame, shame on you. After all our good soldiers have done in keeping us safe and this is how they're repaid......by the people in charge making hundreds of thousands of dollars that are donated by good-meaning people trying to give something back to our soldiers. We and our adult children will NEVER give another cent to this organization ever again. We have been checking into other charities that help our soldiers and one of them that looks like it is on the up and up is OPERATION HOMEFRONT!

Review from CharityNavigator

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is not a "Great nonprofit". Please read their Form 990.
Their CEO makes $340K per year. They ahve ten "executives" that make nearly $200K per year.

How these people can take that much right out of the mouths of wounded
vets and their families is beyond me.

They also spend 40% (about $30M) on marketing/fund rasiing.

Please find another way to help vets.

6

Donor

Rating: 2

I have been troubled for sometime about the number of solicitations and unwanted merchandise sent to me by WWP, believing that their resources could be better directed towards service provision. (Reviewing the actual percentage of funds spent on administrative & fundraising costs reinforced those concerns.) The recent response by WWP re: the topic of church-related fundraisers, however, has pushed me over the line & caused me to decide to direct my donations to another organization, i.e. one which will also be a better steward of those gifts and the intent behind them. (Personally, I've chosen the "Navy Seals" organization, which does a much better job of managing administrative overhead & designates a much higher percentage of funds towards "service." Check them out--they're highly rated!) Sorry, WWP--you've lost this donor.

Review from CharityNavigator

3

Volunteer

Rating: 2

Our Ks. post donated $1200.00 recently to the wwp had we known that they can not except donations under the causes that our vets and men an women are fighting for we sure would have done something else with our money. please DO NOT call your self a vet or pretend to be for there welfare. you have under mined the cause and wasted there financial help. BY THE WAY OUR MONEY WAS BLESSED JUST BEFORE WE SENT IT TO YOU.

BAMBAM42

6

Donor

Rating: 2

I too was ready to donate to Wound Warrior because of my respect and gratitude for those who serve in our military and especially those wounded in the line of duty. I had already entered my Visa number and then thought I should research a bit. Glad I did. Anti-religion? Anti gun? 48% admin costs? Come on man! Great cause... poor leadership. This charitable christian will look for other ways to get my contributions to those that need it.

Review from CharityNavigator

7

Donor

Rating: 1

My husband and I have donated religiously for the last 2 years. We have always been bothered by the amount of solicitations/give-aways we receive. They did send us a very nice car magnet with their logo which we proudly displayed on our SUV. Perhaps they should reconsider sending these to donors . When we drive in and out of our church parking lot, WWP may be associated with a religious organization! We will reconsider our donation not only because of their policy but because so little of their funds go directly to wounded warriors. We are thankful this has all been brought to the public's attention.
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7 Dee_12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Dear Donors to WWP:

I think it is my duty to bring to your attention that WWP REFUSES donations from any religious-affiliated organization/corporation/business (visit link to news story: http://www.gopusa.com/freshink/2013/02/02/wounded-warrior-project-rejects-funds-from-local-church/?subscriber=1 ) . Should you be a donor, and a person of faith, you should know this information. Our Founders created our once great nation on the Judeo-Christian principles, this is evident in many buildings and references in DC. However, this administration is striving to remove our religious foundation from our nation. Obviously, WWP has fallen victim to the pressures of this administration. I will spread this information to all my contacts within the TEA Party movement and will be moving my support for our wounded soldiers to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Kindest regards,

Concerned Citizen

Review from CharityNavigator

2 Stephen13

Donor

Rating: 3

My labor union supported this charity last year. Good idea, good cause, very poor execution. 48% spent on admin costs? Come on man.
At least they are smart enough not to allow political or religious affiliations. You do realize that they are dependent on ALL Americans to fund them, right? As cheap as the average Christian is towards tips or any other cause outside of throwing away 10% of their income to pay to go to Church every week, who cares if you bible toters are offended.? Not me.
Anyone who doesn't understand why a public charity would not get involved in the rampant religious and political extremism in America is just not thinking beyond their holy noses. Only Christian vets deserve help?

Review from CharityNavigator

3

Donor

Rating: 1

I, like others in this thread, am appalled at the actions of the WWP. I had been giving monthly as an automatic draft; I will be stopping this. If it is also true that WWP only gives each wounded warrior a max of $150 in assistance, then I am glad this came out. There are other veteran's organizations, and a VA hospital right here in my hometown who would gladly accept my donations directly. Very very sad. R Bert

Review from CharityNavigator

3 Byron W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Was just about to send them money when I read that they won't accept donations from churches. Huh? Got me looking more closely, where i discovered that LESS THAN HALF of what they raised in 2011 went to programs --- the rest was for administration and marketing (see http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.reviews&orgid=12842). They pay themselves well, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn they own the marketing firms they use as well. I'm glad I investigated; my money will go to an ETHICAL veterans charity.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 1

After reading about WWP's refusal to accept funds from religious organizations and gun rights (Second Amendment) groups, I have decided that I will no longer support WWP and sent an e-mail as such:

I made contributions totally $1,000 USD last year and just discovered from a media story that your organization has rejected funds from a church. Unbelievable! Though I'm from a family of several veterans, I must protest and will withhold any further contributions.

Furthermore, I intend to encourage my friends, family and subscribers to look for alternative organizations to which they can give any charitable contributions. It is my sincere desire that you reconsider your policy of rejecting funds from (apolitical) religious organizations.

Regards,

Anthony Moreno

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3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am disappointed with several aspects of this nonprofit. The first being the high administration costs. The remaining concerns are what appears to be a bias against Christian Churches and their anti gun stance.
The admin costs alone should steer you away. I chose Special Operations Warrior Foundation to donate to as I had before.
It is sad to see an organization that should be focused on our Veterans play the political correctness game, and self enrichment.

2 Christian V.

Donor

Rating: 1

I believed in WWP, until they showed blatant discrimination in not just one area that members of the military enjoy and want, but two.

Both areas are EXACTLY what the military defends freedom of and stand for, 2nd Amendment rights and religion.

WWP refuses donations from 2nd Amendment businesses. WWP boycotts 2nd Amendment events, radio and TV shows. WWP refuses sponsorship from 2nd Amendment businesses. These actions are in direct contradiction to what the military and those who join the military stand and fight for.

When was the last time WWP knew of any member of the military to not be proficient with a firearm?

Next up came religion. Refusing donations from religious organizations. Boycotting religious events and sponsorship.

I am confused. WWP stated that the reason for not accepting 2nd Amendment is due to Veteran suicide. Boycotting religion is for what reason? By removing God and religion you are saying sorry, no gun, no hope get a razor. Bravo!

The bloated salaries and lack of actual help to verified Veterans is staggering and just another way to take advantage of the American public who really do support Veterans and our military.

Hang you head in shame, YOU have been exposed.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Donor

Rating: 1

I just sent this email to Wounded Warriors Project:

Greetings,

My wife and I are frequent contributors to your organization.

I simple want to know is this article is true and you refused donations from this church:

http://www.gopusa.com/freshink/2013/02/02/wounded-warrior-project-rejects-funds-from-local-church/?subscriber=1

I expect a very prompt response.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

My wife and I were just talking about providing a monthly donation to this cause to show our gratitude to all those who have served and have been injured. After finding out today that they do not want to accept donations from Christian Churches or Firearm industry we will be look for an alternative charity. I am not sure how they received 3 out 4 stars looking at the financials. Sad to see such a great cause be destryed by greed and ideology.

Review from CharityNavigator

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Over the years my wife and I have donated over $11,000 to WWP. As a Vietnam Veteran, I appreciated its goals and help to our wounded warriors. Now that I discover it refuses donations from Christian groups and businesses involved with guns, it is no longer on my charity list. The military has Chaplains, why can't the WWP allow Church groups to donate? Time to clean house at the top of this group. Would not hurt to fire the whole bunch. Looks like it is turning into a charity to benefit a special few instead of the many it was established to honor and assist. I still honor the Wounded Warriors but can no longer support the folks in charge.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Will their future TV ads say "Donations not accepted from American Christians."?

Review from CharityNavigator

2 Gail16

Donor

Rating: 1

Since WWP Cannot accept money from a church you cannot accept money from me. I guess Christians do not get wounded. I have been saving to make another donation to WWP. Please remove me from your mailing list. I do not want to hear from WWP or receive mail from WWP.

Review from CharityNavigator

2 Bob_35

Donor

Rating: 1

I was a doner for many years but learning they refuse donations from faith based organizations and Gun Rights groups they will no longer receive my money

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Volunteer

Rating: 2

If this organization turns down money from faith-based sources, they are really misguided. I am convinced that we as a loving and giving American society are able to contact individual veterans to make the best use of our donated money. There is really no reason for an organization such as this to exist. Every citizen of this great country of ours has the ability to contact the nearest military base or contact someone in the military to find out the needs that are not being met. When the administrators of an organization are taking too much money off the top it is time to shut them down and handle it on the local level.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Donor

Rating: 1

I WAS a donor in the past. I will not be in the future. Not after finding out today that they refuse to accept donations from religious organizations or churches. Shame on them for turning a charity, that should be more concerned about helping our soldiers, into a PC only group that prefers to follow in the divisive footsteps of our current government. Although I should thank them for having done so, because I have now found out about other organizations that would appear, given the information on this site, to be much better run, with more of the proceeds actually reaching the people that need it. So that is where my money will go in the future.

2 Lesley5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This charity should be boycotted until they begin taking donations from ALL people and/or groups. Whether they have a religious affiliation or not. It is pathetic to turn down donations from Liberty Baptist Church and Academy. WWP needs to change their discriminative and ridiculous policy of not accepting donations from religious organizations. I will no longer support them. I will support veterans in other ways.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have been reviewing several miiltary charities to decide where best to make an impact with my donation. I honestly believe WWP should be investigated for possible fraud. What exactly do they offer for our wounded veterans?? There doesn't seem to be a clear mission or program other than a vague reference to helping wounded warriors. It is disgraceful that an organization this large is unable to make a larger impact on the lives of wounded warriors.

Sadly, I agree with other reviewers that WWP appears to be exploiting our wounded heroes by parading them out to garner pity donations. PLEASE can someone look into this organization? Our veterans deserve better than this!

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 1

I was floored to see that only 43% of all donations are actually spent on Veteran Programs according to Charity Watch Org. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Arizona used to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project but not anymore. We recently turned of $4,000 to the WWP and ask if the funds could be earmarked for local projects and they said "no". That all donations must go the the national pot and disturb accordly. Don't get me wrong, when they do support wounded warriors but they also support them selves.

Of the $74.1 million in revenue Wounded Warrior Project generated last year (most of it from donations), $13.8 million was spent on fundraising, according to IRS documents.

Other expenses are listed on its audited financial statements:

$11.5 million in salaries

$8.9 million in consulting and outside services

$5.5 million for meetings and events

$3.1 million for travel

We will not donate to them anymore. We would like for all of our donations to be spent on actually projects, not salaries and advertisements.

Review from CharityNavigator

7

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I've volunteered with Wounded Warrior Project long enough to witness its growth from a nonprofit that cared only about serving warriors to one with a split personality/split focus.

On one side, you have the overpaid leadership which cares about nothing more than making Wounded Warrior Project more and more dominant (while increasing their individual power and influence in the process). On the other side, you have the hard-working, underpaid staff who care primarily about serving warriors and live in a constant state of fear for their jobs.

If you really want to help out wounded veterans and their families, find a smaller cause that actually pays attention to the effectiveness of its program or programs, rather than counting the money it raises and trying to figure out how to maintain its ratios, which are questionable as well.

10

Client Served

Rating: 2

As both a recipient of their help and an employee I have seen first-hand the good and bad of this organization. As a recipient I can tell you they do have some great programs however, I have to say, what I truly have seen as an employee of this organization has been very disappointing. I have witnessed first-hand how some of the donor dollars are being spent to pay for alcohol and bar tabs from each level within the organization - from a board member, a director, a manager, and specialists. To hear them state they justified it by stating they were either labeling it under "team building" or "client relations" is a preposterous. They are quick to take your donations but do you realize they receive so much that now they are providing grants to other organizations instead of boosting their own programs. By the way, organizations wanting to apply for these grants must also sign documentation stating how they will not use the term, or similar, wounded within any of their documentation to provide assistance to that population since WWP wants to make certain to control that term and keep other organizations with similar missions from receiving donations which WWP feels was intended for them. I wanted to provide you all with this factual bit of information from someone with first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of this organization. Every chance I get I expose their true colors to potential donors.

Review from CharityNavigator

15 Nick27

Client Served

Rating: 1

As a double above knee amputee and veteran of the war on Terror i participated in a couple programs offered by WWP as they have a constant presence at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in washington DC. That said the so called programs they offer are nothing more than opportunities to raise money by proping the more severly injured in front of cameras. they treated both myself and a friend of mine who also was a double above knee amputee and a Navy Seal as an after thought leaving me without my wheelchair sitting on blacktop when it was almost 100 degrees and my friend without prosthesis while everyone else stood up and walked over to a tent for lunch to raise money. we had to scoot on our butts to the shade while my brother ran around trying to find us food and water, Since this was a Soldier Ride and we were cycling almost 35 miles that day. I have many other senarios that occured that would make you sick. This organization does indeed raise awarness, however it doesnt know the first thing about how to accommodate a severly wounded person with a physical disability. I urge anyone reading this to not to donate money to these people as the money spent on "programs" are really just fronts for fundraising.

Review from CharityNavigator

3

Donor

Rating: 1

I sent in a $50 donation in memory of someone per the family's request. Had I known that I would continue to get almost weekly mailed requests for donations that pretty much negate my donation I would never have done it. The amount they spend on fundraising must be huge. I tried to get myself unsubscribed through email to no avail. It was hard to find a phone number. This site gives a number for their Jacksonville office, and I just called and the woman in theory took my name out of the system. We'll see. At this point, I just cringe when I see one of their letters in my mailbox.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Have you noticed that TV ads for this charity never provide any specifics on what the WWP actually does for wounded veterans. General comments are used, such as, "helping wounded warriors help each other," What does that mean? No specific tasks or acts are identified. The amount that actually goes to wounded warriors pales in comparison the the total money raised. There are a number of far better charities for helping wounded warriors. Check CharityNavigator.org before you donatd. Unfortunately many "veterans charities" do not rate very high on CN's scale.

Review from CharityNavigator

6 Karen152

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Before I give to charities, I research for info about the financial costs of the organization. I had seen the ad on TV and thought it was a great idea to send monthly payments. After research, no way. the people who deserve the proceeds will not get it.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Before I donate any money to a charity I thoroughly investigate how much money actually goes to that cause. From this websites details WWP collected $74+ million and "claimed" $58 million in program expenses. This is a disgrace,, that only $20 million went to the veterans. The executives each made more than $200,000. Congress should make it a law that no more than 10% of the revenues can go to salaries. People are getting rich working for charities and that is just plain wrong.

6

Donor

Rating: 2

Last Night my wife watched a WWP commercial and asked me to look up on Charity Navigator and see how much of our regular monthly donation gets to the troops. I was appalled at the amount of money that is taken out for fund raising and salaries. I am a president of a charity and I demand we keep our administrative expenses down to 12%. I grant you this charity takes in a lot more than most but the numbers don't lie, we can do better than %55 for the troops.

Review from CharityNavigator

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I had supported this organization for 3-4 years and recently found out that their executive director and others taken an anti-gun and ant-knife stance (anti-2nd Amendment) which I find extremely hypocritical due to the fact they will accept funds and events from companies and individuals who do stand behind the 2nd Amendment. After some additional resource, I also found out that they are NOT good stewards of the funds donated. Don't take my word, do your own due diligence! I am a veteran and I NO longer support this group due mainly to their hidden agenda (now revealed) and their willingness to undermine our heros sacrifices for their own benefit! God Bless veterans, we can do better for you!
Sub Sailor

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Donor

Rating: 1

I recently learned that WWP has chosen to distance itself from "2nd Amendment and gun related activities and organizations." As a staunch supporter of our 2nd Amendment, it is this kind of cowardice that diminishes our sacred freedoms and casts a shadow on all law abiding gun owners. I was a monthly donor, but not any more.

Review from CharityNavigator

8

Donor

Rating: 1

I am currently a monthly donor to WWP. I have been looking into WWP, both on line and by telephone calls to Jacksonville, to determine how my/our contributions are being used. I am not pleased with what I have found. I have several problems with WWP; I believe the Executive Director being paid $320,000/year is highly excessive and makes me wonder about his motivation--is it the desire to serve or the desire for a very generous salary and, I'm sure, other perks; I do not believe slightly over 50% of revenues applied to program activities is reasonable nor effective; And, expending approximately 15% of revenues to fundraising against 51% toward program services makes me believe WWP is more interested in raising money than in providing services. I will be cancelling my monthly contribution and I urge others to reconsider whether this organization is truly committed to our wounded warriors.

Review from CharityNavigator

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I support the cause of this organization but question how much they really do for the individual soldier. I do not like all the mailing and "stuff" that is sent. I would prefer the money spent on that "stuff" be channeled to the men and women who really need it.

16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have a nephew was severly injured (lost both legs) in Afghanistan. He received some clothes from WWP and went on a soldier ride in New York. During the trip he and the other soldiers were threatened that if they did not participate in all activities their command would be notified - my nephew was still having medical issues. They put them up in non handicapped rooms -which was challenging. My nephew was very disappoint and will not take any more trips with WWP. My view was they exploited these guys to raise money. They are excellent as raising money. There are much better charities such as Yellow Ribbon and USO.

9

Donor

Rating: 1

If you donate to them once, they will hammer you with letters, cards, and phone calls to give more. My $20 was meaningless. They have to have spent that much several times over in an attempt to get more money.

Review from CharityNavigator

8

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Saw this charity on Bill O'Reilly but decided to check it out first. I won't give to a Charity that puts so little into the programs. If you want a good Charity for Veterans and Wounded Vets go to "Fisher House Foundation. 98% of the money goes to programs. I have been giving to them for over a year and I don't receive a bunch of mail asking for more money. This is an excellent Charity for our Wounded Servicement.

Review from CharityNavigator

3 Michelle90

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is an injured service member and the WWP has been extremely helpful during his stay in Bethesda, MD. The staff is very dedicated to helping all the service members during their stay at Walter Reed.

7

Donor

Rating: 1

$.45 of every $1.00 raised goes to Administrative and Fundraising expenses. That's way too high for me. I'll find another charity that is more efficient to donate to next time.

Review from CharityNavigator

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

This is one of those so-called "charities" that exists to enrich themselves. Note the excessive salary of the boss! They prey on the emotions of people watching on TV and then steal the donations. If you want to support a good charity for our warriors, look at Hope for the Warriors.

Review from CharityNavigator

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

It disgusts me when non-profit groups take advantage of disabled wounded vets. The majority of this money goes to paying their employees. if you look at the tax records you will see the President made over 300,000 in 2010! This is ridiculous.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think that this charity is one of the best I have seen lately. It helps our troops that have been wounded or lost one of their limbs. I also believe in one of your spokesman(TRACE ADKINS) because of his truthful and heartfelt sincerity towards our troops and the problems that they have to deal with day after day.

Review from CharityNavigator

4 Timothy12

Donor

Rating: 1

Any 'charity' that spends boatloads of donated funds on expensive TV commercials is not to be trusted. Wounded Warrior Project receives low ratings from many Charity rating groups (for example a 'D' rating from Charitywatch.com) because of the low percentage of donated funds that actually make it into programs that benefit the intended recipients. Why does WWP need a multitude of 'board members' that each receive in excess of $200K per year? What real function do they provide besides leaching off donated funds? The same goes for the president/chairman/CEO of the charity. Why should they be making half a million dollars a year all from donated funds? Wounded Warrior Project brushes off low ratings from independent rating organizations by noting that they get a favorable rating from the Better Business Bureau... In case you hadn't heard, the BBB is also nothing but a scam where businesses pay for top ratings. Do yourself a favor and visit the Charitywatch website and donate to worth charities such as Fisher House Foundation

2 Jim_47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

With a TOTAL REVENUE of $74 million and only $32 million being allocated to the actual program, more work need to be done before I contribute. When fundraising and salaries exceed $26 million, there’s even more work to be done.

Any idea where that $19.95 a month goes that Chet Atkins asks you to donate?

John Melia, Former Executive Director, receives compensation of $205 thousand a year. He is also listed as an independent contractor with the project and receives an additional $191 thousand dollars a year. Executive Director, Steven Nardizzi, puts down $319,692 a year. Not a bad gig for enlisting the aid of a website and a few telemarketers to receive from those hungry to help our brothers in arms.

Before you give to any program, research their efforts.( i.e. where does the money go?)

4 Howard7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

As a retired, disabled veteran, I have donated to WWP over the last 3 years. I am troubled by the relatively low proportion of program expenses and the relatively high proportion of fund-raising expenses. Too, I donate in what to me are relatively large amounts so I find my self frustrated to continually receive additional solicitations, with included "gifts", throughout the year. Finally, their apparent position against organizations supporting firearms usage is a slap in the face to all of us who participate in legal and healthy shooting sports. Accordingly, I have decided to terminate my donations to this charity and find alternatives more consistent with my view of contributing to the welfare of our returning veterans.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The WWP policy on receiving money from or associating with members of the firearms industry is unacceptable. They have been removed from my donations list.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am a member of the NRA and just made a 180.00 donation to the WWP. If this is in fact true, that the WWP will not accept donations from Firearms Companys, I will definately consider who I make my donations to the next time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I was about to start contributing to WWP in response to a mailing I received. One thing gave me reason to pause (the mediocre rating on Chartity navigator) and the second stopped me. While I own no firearms myself, WWP's policy of refusing assistance from firearms companies is simply amazing to me and the reason given related to some suicides with firearms by very troubled veterans is nonsensical. If you think some vet is going to be encouraged to kill himself with a firearm because your charity took a contribution from a firearms maker, you are delusional and you lose me as donor no matter how much good work you are doing. There are other charities with a lower overhead, anyway.

Review from CharityNavigator

5 Kevin T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have read the email traffic between Tom Gresham and Leslie A. Coleman, Public Relations Director for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) where she states the WWP policy on receiving money from or associating with members of the firearms industry. To place my comments in context, my wife and I are both retired members of the US Air Force and I am a 90% VA disabled veteran. The twisted logic that Ms. Coleman uses in trying to come up with some sort of justification for the WWP policy is amazing. She says: "Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues." In other words, since some veterans commit suicide using a firearm, we at the WWP will not be involved with that industry. Ms. Coleman, if a vet were to commit suicide by running a hose from the exhaust of his running car into the passenger compartment would the WWP refuse to partner with the industries that make, distribute, and sell automobiles and rubber hoses? This is another case of political correctness run amok. My wife and I will no longer have anything to do with the WWP.

2 Dan_25

Donor

Rating: 1

Wounded Warrior Project Email Exchange
by Gun Talk on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 9:56am ·

After Sunday's show, we've gotten many emails about Tom's remarks after WWP declined an interview request on Gun Talk Radio because it's a firearms-related show. We've also seen the forums that are suggesting many things that are not true. So, I'm going to lay it all out right here.

We thought it would be great to book the WWP on the Veteran's Day show to promote the organization, so I contacted them. I was flabbergasted when their PR contact, Leslie, sent me an email saying they could not participate because our show dealt with firearms. Knowing that WWP has a booth at SHOT show and various gun shows across the US, takes wounded warriors on hunts and range days, raffles guns and accessories as fundraisers, etc., their policy didn't make much sense. I forwarded the email on to Tom to get his take.

-Sarah



The following is the complete email exchange:

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Hello, Leslie:

Sarah forwarded me your email after I asked her to invite the Wounded Warriors Project to join me on "Tom Gresham's Gun Talk" radio show.



I'm stunned at your email saying that the WWP doesn't participate in an interview or activity related to firearms. Inasmuch as there are 90 million gun owners and most of them support wounded veterans, I think they would be shocked to hear that they are, by way of their hobbies, somehow not worthy of helping with the Wounded Warriors Project.



Does your policy apply also to police agencies and the military, since they are "related to firearms?"



I'm hoping that we have misunderstood your email. Can you confirm that it is, in fact, an official policy of the Wounded Warriors Project to not do interviews with or participate in any activity related to firearms?



Thank you.

Tom Gresham



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Good afternoon --



While we appreciate your interest in Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) you are correct that we decline the media opportunity.



Please note the following notice that appears on our website which also applies to WWP public awareness policy and inquiries from media outlets:

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/additional-opportunities.aspx



WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or firearms companies.



Thank you for your inquiry.



LESLIE A. COLEMAN

public relations director



O: 904.405.1433

M: 904.654.8138

F: 904.296.7347



Wounded Warrior Project

4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300

Jacksonville, Florida 32256



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Thanks for confirming that, Leslie. It was a simple opportunity to promote the WWP on a national program in an effort to send donations your way.

I'll pass along the info that you don't want or need the help of America's gun owners.



Best regards,

Tom Gresham



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Good morning --

This policy is not a judgment on those who own and use firearms – clearly every member of our armed forces has been trained in the use of firearms and then called on to use them in the course of their service to this country.



Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.



Thank you.

LESLIE A. COLEMAN

public relations director



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Hello, Leslie:



Thank you for that explanation.



I do think -- and I'm being as kind as possible -- that it's the nuttiest thing I've heard in years. Suicides are not linked to firearms. Japan has a much higher rate of suicide than does the U.S., and they have essentially no firearms. Suicide is a serious issue irrespective of the methodology used.



This explanation doesn't pass even the most simple "does this make sense" test.



Your policy does, in fact, brand firearms and the companies which make them as undesirables, and by association, you are saying that those who own and use firearms for recreation, hunting, self protection, and other safe and legal uses are to be avoided.



It's certainly your option to ostracize the firearms industry, the 90 million gun owners in America, and the media which support firearms safety training.



At this point, I feel an obligation to make sure the millions who listen to my radio show and watch my two national television series know about your policy.



I cannot fully express how much I feel you are doing a disservice to our wounded veterans, and how disappointed I am to discover this bias at the Wounded Warriors Project.



Sincerely,

Tom Gresham

Review from CharityNavigator

2 Wayne11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

WWP only benefits veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. Too narrow a focus, what about other veterans, they are not worthy of help? Fund raising expenses too high. I donate directly to local VA hospital, that way 100% of my donation benefits veterans of ALL conflicts, and not paying salaries of guys in suits with executive titles. ( Wayne Specht, South Dakota.)

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The goal is admirable, but fundraising over 10% is excessive. I give directly to the services department at my local VA hospital - no expenses, no fundraising and it all goes to the vets.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WWP is one an organization I highly recommend to donors, friends, family and colleagues because of their work with and services for our disabled vets.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was seriously wounded in Iraq & is permanently disabled. As a result of his injuries, he is no longer able to work. I had to terminate my career in order to care for him full time. Until this week, when I found WWP, I thought I was alone without support. WWP has restored my hope and given me resources I never dreamed of. They have been a huge part of my husbands healing for a while. I think that WWP saved my sanity.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 2

$4,000,000 plus for , from what I can find out, 14 board members?? c'mon, thats an average of $285,714 per year salary,

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 4

WWP's fund raising expenses are high, which cuts into the amount going to our vets, BUT they keep their administrative expenses low at 8% (anything under 15% gets the highest rating). The overall percentage that actually gets to the people in need is high compared to a great deal of charities out there. I'd love to see WWP cut down on expenses and be able to deliver more of the donations to the troops, but overall I'd say they are doing a great job.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I am a regular, monthly donor to Cup of Joe for a Joe, Move America Forward, and TroopsDirect (not reviewed on this site). The warm and frequent pitches for WWP piqued my interest and I was considering becoming a donor. Before writing a check, my enthusiasm declined because of the astonishing heavy volume of DAILY mail solicitations. In keeping with my personal practice, I decided not to give to an organization that seems to be spending so much of its resources on promotion -- keeping the administrators well compensated but leaving me in the dark as to the effectiveness of the organization.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Volunteer

Rating: 2

I have helped this group in the past and raised tens of thousands of dollars for them. Not anymore. The new leaders disgust me with their greed. The top people all have numerous family members on the payroll. Their "business" expenses are ridiculous. People don't want to call them out because of the worthy cause.

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