Getting back home out of the military after multiple deployments and coming back with some mental problems, Wounded Warrior helped me both administrative, physical and mentally. They are always nice and they have the best intentions. This has to be the best non-profit organization for veterans out there and #1 that i know of.
I was medically retired from the U.S. Navy after a tour in Afghanistan. I found out about WWP through the internet and word of mouth from other veterans. At first I thought it was just a program that held events that veterans could attend and meet other veterans.
I couldnt have been more wrong. Since joining WWP, I have been able to thank my family for their sacrifices by taking them to family events sponsored by WWP. Some of the events I would have never been able to do without their help. These events helped bridge the gap between the father that left and the one that came home.
Then their Project Odyssey, 6 days of camping, hiking, canoeing, and therapy with other veterans helped open my eyes that I am not alone in the war on recovery. It revealed resources, and gave way to future bonds of friendships that I would have never thought possible. I arrived feeling defeated and broken and left feeling like the man I should be.
I look forward to more events and interaction with this organization!
I was recently medically retired from the army after 12 years. I moved to Florida with my wife and kids and was seeking help for the next steps to take. My wife and I decided to visit the wounded warrior office in Tampa and were completely amazed at how quickly we were greeted and helped. They immediately got us in touch with everyone that could walk us through this transition. They have since provided us with a laptop, money for an interview suit, and job leads. Not only that but they are walking me through all the steps with the va and making sure my family and I are taken care of. If it weren't for all the great people at wounded warrior I would be lost and confused as to what I should do next. They have followed up consistently to make sure they are there to help in any way possible. We have been on an all expense paid fishing trip with them and will continue to participate in all of their programs and activities. I can't say enough positive things about everyone we have encountered at the wounded warrior project. We are so grateful this is available.
I have been a service member for over 24yrs and I have never seen a organization so equipt to handle the damage conflict has caused. The programs are amazing, the opportunities to meet other veterans and share in the healing is priceless.
I so whole heartedely support our veterans and Wounded Warriors. They are all wounded in some form. They can never come home the same. My husband was a Viet Nam vet so I have seen the lingering pain first hand. I chose to donate on a monthly basis with the funds taken out of my checking account. Pretty simple huh? I am very seriously considering ceasing this. Why??? I still receive frequent letters begging for more. Money spent, needlessly in my opinion. And now to my biggest gripe about this organization..... I received a "gift" from them. I send my money for our Wounded Warriors and I expect every possible cent to go to them. I do not need or want a "gift". A cheap piece of fabric they call a blanket. Now for my biggest gripe of them all........ my gift was made in...Yes!! you guessed it CHINA!!! Who are we supporting here our American troops or the country of China!! Yes, I am furious about it. I would truly love an answer from someone with some authority in the organization!
At least I feel better getting this off my chest!
Though there are plenty of people who have had positive experiences as wounded vets, of which I am grateful, a recent submission of executive pay (CY 2014) disclosed that top executives are paid hundreds of thousands to millions a year. Perks like private jets are also provided. I do not like the idea that a gross percentage of my money is going to provide a high lifestyle rather than helping vets. Thus, I have ceased my donations and will find a group with a more charitable approach.
Had a very bad experience with Jay Rudolph out of Houston, TX . He was very uninformative on an event and ignored my call and texts. Will never participate in any event with that group.!!!!
Woundd Warrior Project is truly dedicated to assisting all Warriors. They do whatever it takes to make sure our Warriors are "not forgotten". They have assisted me in many ways and there are no words to express my grattude. I am forever grateful to Wounded Warrior Project.
I serviced 13 years with the Marine Corps and have been a member of Wounded Warrior Project for about a year now. I have been to a lot of events hosted by WWP and i have all ways had a great time with the other veterans. I was laid off of a contract drafting job in November of 2013 and was having a problem finding a new job. I talked with Rudy and he gave me a couple of leads to check on. Rudy would call at least once a week with leads and some words of encouragement and that really meant a lot, just knowing that there was some body there to help me and lift me up. I was invited to the Warriors for Work Roundup. Over the 3 days I learn so much about doing job interviews,resumes ans cover letters. I did not know how much I did not know about resumes and interviews. The staff took time with us and answered every question that we had and even gave us one on one time. I want to say thank you to Rudy and Brain and the staff for the event and give an big thank you to the staff member that came in from Florida for event. I learn so much and I took what I learned and was able to apply it and land a great drafting job at N.O.V. I had a great time at the Houston Rodeo and with the other veterans at the event, I cant wait for the next event weather its a football game or baseball game its all was a great time.
Wounded Warrior Project is not only what Veteran run organizations should strive to be like, but the caliber of people that work here area amazing and is what they should strive to have on their team.
I have had the pleasure of working directly with, Joseph Franzese, the Warriors to Work Specialist for the Midwest Region.
He is an enthusiastic and passionate advocate for Military Veteran’s and their well-being and is always striving to assist Veterans in their job search and transition. I have had the pleasure of working alongside Joseph and have seen his invigorating attitude in regards of placing Veterans in meaningful employment. Joseph was an essential part of my military transition as he assisted me to not only gain meaningful employment, but persuaded me to further my education and attend DePaul University. I’m proud to consider Joseph one of my most trustworthy colleagues as well as a friend.
I now work at another nonprofit that is similar to WWP, and I always look forward to working with Joe and assisting him or him assisting me.
The WWP is truly there for the Warrior. They helped me find a great job, prepared me for the interview process and helped to make sure that I looked the part. They are an organization built to serve those who have served. I am so blessed to have worked with the Warriors to Work program.
WWP is the best thing ever. It has helped my find employment, connected me with community services, and provided financial, spiritual and emotional support. The WWP tied me in with great organization and got me training in Life skills, they provided me with counseling opportunities and weekly the WWP Talk program operators would call me to see how I was doing.
WWP has a great team of dedicated professionals. As a recently returning Iraqi Freedom Vet, they have been able to assist me in some of my darkest hours. Thanks for all your help WWP staff and volunteers, especially the Warriors to Work team, Alumni Team, Welcome Coordinators, Odyssey Team, PH&W, and CSRP.
I have been a member of this GREAT Org. for over 7 years, ( Aaron Miranda ) And the staff In Arizona,
have been a God sent in so many way. There have been times I didn't know where to turn or what to do, Wound warriors was there for to get advise or just someone to talk to. The free gift are great too! LOL
WWP is an amazing organization. As a caregiver to a wounded warrior WWP has helped me redo my resume. I also participated in a caregiver retreat this year and met so many wonderful women in the situation I'm in and learned new ways to deal with stress.
I can not tell you how much Wounded Warrior Project has changed my life. My husband is a wounded vet. WWP not only help's my husband with dealing with the VA when he has needed it, they also refereed us out to another organization when we were having finical issues, made our kids Christmas extra special with a visit from Santa but they also sent me on a Caregiver retreat for 4 days. Those 4 days changed my life. I made friends that I talk to every day and a support system that I couldn't have ever dreamed of having. I'm no longer so alone in this new life of dealing with my wounded warrior everyday. WWP is an amazing organization that is helping and changing lives on a daily bases.
As a marine facing medical retirement I know what it means to have a brotherhood there for you and the wounded warrior alumni is that and more and each fellow member is brought together to help and guide through so much. Wounded warrior helps us to better understand that we are not alone and that we deserve better and that we will always have that brotherhood and sacrifice.
I have been watching the TV adds, It breaks my heart. I'm a 100% service connected DAV, 1st Gulf War. I decided last night to go online today to do a monthly contribution even though I live on a tight income. I have donated to many charities for hungry children, until I read financials and what really went to the children. I came on here to review that first and read ratings. I am so disappointed about the salaries and the only people saying it is ok are probably those that make that or more! These veterans that are 100% disabled are paid by the VA maybe 1% of that 319 thousand (not to mention tax free) that the director makes. They almost gave their lives and then this organization forms so these staff people can make a ton of money it seems to me. Superbowl tickets which were probably donated, fishing trips etc, probably donated as well. Their volunteers care and give their time, energy, and real concern to the Vets they help. No one that actually wants to work for a non-profit should expect to be paid that kind of money plus bonuses, healthcare, etc. You should want to work for the non-profit for a reasonable salary and out of the goodness of their heart because they want to do for the people for whom the organization is set up to help. Help financially the vets with things that MEDICARE AND THE VA will no longer pay for. IE: They non longer pay for DA Vets to have someone to come in an help with housework or cook. Only baths and if they live alone like me, with no help from others, can't do that stuff for themselves and with a limited income can't afford to actually pay an agency to come in and do it for them they have to sit in a dirty house, not have a hot home cooked meal. eat cereal, microwave dinners, lunchmeat, canned tuna and junk food. Healthy foods that you don't have too cook are to expensive. I will not be giving what little I could give monthy to this organization. PS..The paid professional actors on the commercials were not what caused me to want to give it was the disabled vets that made me want to give. I understand them. Save the money and use real people, real volunteers who I'm sure are more than confident enough to either memorize the lines, or read them off a prompter and would not have to ACT like they are concerned about the DA Vets because they would truly be feeling it. It's great what they are doing for the DA Vets that left a review here but they could do so much more with that money and pay the direct even 100K which may be reasonable but based on what he collects not bonuses for what he collects. The rest the staff are way overpaid as well. I bet some of their volunteers only make minimum wage at their jobs outside this organization yet graciously give their time unpaid.
My monthly contribution stops immediately until WWP staffing gets real. If indeed the senior staff gets this type of monetary reward then you all better go back to the drawing board and come up with some realistic salaries. No way should the amount of money being received by the Project be distributed in the manner demonstrated within the IRS 990. Military personnel are entitled to leadership and this is by no means that. Leaders make sacrifices don't you ever forget that. Here again, if 3.5% is the true final contribution to our veterans, then you have some serious problems.
I have had an OUTSTANDING experience with WWP. There were some things that I was going through that I couldn't do alone and WWP stepped in to help me out with everything. I work with Aaron Miranda here in Arizona and he ALWAYS answers my calls, provides resources and support when needed. He has gone above and beyond to help me. I am very pleased with this organization and I would encourage other Veterans to join WWP. They do not just help when you are in a bind, but there are a whole slew of other services they have for Veterans. It's a great organization. Thank you.
As a Nam Vet, I must say that I am appalled at how much money is paid to staff and Managers and I think of how much these dollars could go to benefit more Veterans. This is somewhat sickening to me. I will only give to the Disabled American Veterans Org for they do not pay extravagant amounts to their Staff.
This company has one thing in mind and its not the wounded warriors. They get hefty salaries in all levels, unlimited spending on $10,000 dollars credit cards for all staff members, unlimited under armor clothing for all staff, all medical and dental benefits are paid fully by the company yes the company. Insperity is who they use for the money matters so everyone knows. Staff spends absolutely crazy amounts of money on motels, food, and luxuries for themselves. Oh the key words are "in support of" wounded warriors. These people are all getting rich of the wounded warriors in this country. They are despicable and arrogant and need to be stopped. They hand pick who attends events that they sponsor, hand pick for who they want to work in there companies like Pepsi. Why they keep getting away with this is because they use their legal to threaten all employees, they fire veterans they hire and rehire a person of the street who drinks the kool aid and keeps his mouth shut. They use Jim Collins leadership books to run the company Good to Great.
I CAN believe that so many stupid Americans can be dupped from their money without questioning the top end payroll. Looks like a whopping 3% is their give back.The rest goes to wages, advertizing, travel, and office supplies. Shame Shame Shame.
they have been there for me and my family by helping with Christmas presents for my children helping with bills and home repairs, while on active duty and being a disabled veteran. they sent me and other veterans hunting and fishing to get our minds off our troubles , from combat and home. they are a life saver. I know they got our backs. please support them and keep them going , their has never been any support at home like wounded warrior project for returning combat veterans in the past. their are other groups that are just the same for support too . Just pass it on and keep giving
gee, why can't i open up your 990 form and see how much your president/ceo and officers are making off of our donations?
Review from Guidestar
Wounded Warrior Project helps connect disabled and wounded veterans to help us build a community of support with veterans who understand what we are all going through. WWP encourages us to stay active and work on overcoming anything that would try to hold us back from living a full life post injury.
I am a combat wounded veteran. The WWP has been there for me during the lowest and most stressful times, and has also provided some of the most memorable times. The warriors to work specialist work countless hours to find employment for us veterans and do an amazing job at helping us create, or customize, or resumes. I am also a college student on a Post 9/11 budget. My lap top crashed, which I need for any college course, and the wounded warrior project was able to provide me a lap top to be successful in courses. Knowing that I always have a support system of open ears to listening, other veterans to share similar experiences with, and the feeling that I am never alone dealing with the stressors of PTSD are all great reasons to be a proud WWP alumni member.
I am a disabled veteran, seeking unemployment - the Wounded Warrior Project has helped me get clothes for an interview, redesigned my resume and send out a weekly listing of employment opportunities that may end up in full-time employment. This group of people are absolutely AMAZING! They go the extra mile ALWAYS! Lines of communications are always clear - they help in so many ways! We look forward to connecting with other veterans and veteran families. Our family no longer feels alone after leaving service. WWP is an extended family that helps begin the post-military healing. 20 Stars!
I am a disabled Veteran and a consumer of the programs that Wounded Warrior Project provides. They have never let me know down and always seem to keep me engaged in the positive so that I don't think too much on the negative. My goodness, there are so many things I can say about WWP but I could go on all day. Lets just say that I learned to live a better life thanks to WWP and their amazing staff. I honestly do not know where I would be right now had WWP not stepped into my life when it did. Unlike the VA, Wounded Warrior Project has been there for me unconditionally. Its an amazing organization and I would stand by them through thick and thin. I'm a proud Alumni, Supporter and Advocate for WWP. From their Project Odyssey, Care Giver Program, Running Programs (WHICH I LOVE SOOO MUCH. THISA HAS HELPED SHAPED ME INTO THE PERSON I HAVE BECOME), Benefits Program, and their constant outreach to us. I cant say enough!
I am a disabled vet with three children and was having trouble finding adequate work to support them. The Wounded Warrior Project helped me get employment through their career services. My career adviser changed, not only my life, but the lives of my kids! I'm grateful to have had their support. I do not know how to thank them enough for the positive changes they helped me make!
I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Super bowl with a fellow Warrior and mentee. This was very special for he, and I since our time spent together is limited due to the distance that are between us.
Not only did we get a chance to converse on all levels, but we experienced five star accommodations. The hotel, food, and other amenities was absolutely amazing. I had time to bond with my mentee who has become a friend. We were blessed by having a chance to share our life experience, ideas, and stories abound. These were days, I know made a difference in someone's life, and they in mine.
Being able to get away and experience something of this magnitude is definitely a game changer. Especially, when I know it was something almost impossible for me to do without the generous donation you made. Your contribution is making a difference one life at a time. I am grateful and thankful to have been chosen to receive such an honor.
Thank you and God Bless!
The wounded Warrior Project has been of great support for myself and my family. we have received assistance to help with our needs and support from others going through situations like we are. I am also proud to be a peer mentor and able to assist others who need assistance. It helps them to know they are not alone and also helps me with my issues.
Thanks you for everything that you do for us.
My first interaction with Wounded Warrior Project was a dinner seminar in January 2014. Prior to this seminar I had seen the WWP logo on clothing; however I never knew the mission of the WWP. Troy Brin provided the seminar and information. After hearing his speech and seeing what the WWP does for our veterans I immediately knew it was my job to assist by spreading the word.
At this very seminar a veteran (who is wheel chair bound) began speaking to me. During the conversation I discovered this veteran could not get in and out of his house as he did not have ramps for easy access. Troy overheard this conversation and within a matter of 2 minutes had a man on the phone who committed his time and resources through the WWP to install ramps for this veteran. Within two weeks this veteran is entering and exiting his residence with ease.
Since that moment forward I feel it is my duty to help give back to my fellow veterans and wounded warriors by spreading the word of WWP in a positive manner. Thank you WWP and thank you Troy Brin.
I'm a combat vet and WWP has by far been the most helpful in getting me back to a normal life. From helping me get a job to getting me help with when times got tough. Through thick and thin they have been there to get me back on my feet. I have not seen any other charity do what they do without any hesitation.
I am a combat veteran of the Iraq war. WWP has helped me out by providing programs to assist in making an easier transition from military to civilian life. Not only do they just help the wounded service members, but they also assist there family as well. Caregivers and family are not forgotten by this organization.
I have received assistance since getting out of the Marine in 2007, and being part of such a life changing organization, I have taken an interest to start giving back to veterans in my community as well.
WWP is an awesome organization. I know so many warriors who have grown from their experiences with WWP, me too.
$148 million contributions, $36 million fund raising, fiscal Year Ending Sep 2012........those prime time TV ads with Professional Actors, are just too slick, don't you think?
Senior Vice President, WWP, sits on the Charity Navigator Board. WWP ignores requests to verify whether their TV ads use professional actors........'nuff said?
US Army Veteran
I am amazed at the number of people who have not been served by the WWP writing these assessments. I am a combat veteran with 27 yrs of service to our nation. I have received training, counseling, empowerment and education support from the WWP. They have provided my wife support in dealing with being a care giver of a wounded veteran. I have seen thousands of people served by this charity.
I have witnessed it save lives of our wound and injured warriors. I see alot people's sour grapes but question the validity of the complaints. I was able to ride a bike, I was told I would never do again, I visited places around the country I had not seen and found a new purpose in my life...after the military...Thanks to the Wounded Warrior Project! Judge not unless you have walked hobbled or crawled in the shoes of the people you are actually hurting! 58% toward support of warriors is the classification if you do not count items and gifts call acts of good faith which would actually included be 70% goes to the Warriors.
http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/477620/wwp-900-fy-2012.pdf This Wounded Warrior Project return should make everyone sick to your stomachs.
i note every vet group limits what they do and who for. I was an officer at a big older org and found they have great ratings and MANY OTHERS TOO, DO NOT SHOW SALARIES OF MOST OR MANY ACTIVITIES, INCOMES and EXPENSES. Separate accounting for various divisions can make agencies look very different than they actually are. Most big charities pay big $$ to top execs. Be nice to have more willing to do it for less but reality is that is not the case anywhere. Reasonable salary vs program figures are the best we can hope for. Asking for more inclusion and more useful programming is always a good idea.
I'm a Vietnam Vet who loves to volunteer and be a donor to the Wounded Warrior Project. They can and do help a lot of wounded warriors over come there hurts that are of body and mind. You have to realize that they can not help pay for peoples homes, cars, education to get a job, and legal assistance. No organization could get enough money to do that. Wounded Warriors do a "GREAT" job helping veterans and we should also do our part and help in anyway we can.
I was so disappointed to read this. I have been donating, monthly, to what I thought was a good orginization, helping veterans. I'm 86 yrs. old, on a limited income so it was a bit of a sacrifice for me. Can't something be done to correct the handling of the money? I hesitate to donate anymore.
As a Disabled Vietnam Vet. it is important to me that every veteran be treated with respect and dignity. Nothing upsets me more than to think I have VOLUNTEERED my time and energy just to fund someones pay check. If that's the case then I want a percentage of what I have raised and I will personally give it to veterans that I know need it. Either you are going to volunteer your time or your not, there is no in between and it sounds to me like someone is taking advantage of people who have already sacrificed everything so that these people could collect a pay check. That makes me mad.
After he came home from Iraq, our son started to have these rage episodes about every three months. A year ago - December 2012, he attempted suicide. He said he was unable to live with the memories of the things he saw and/or experienced in Iraq. Through a friend, we were provided with the name of the alumni care coordinator for the Wounded Warrior Project. Within 5 minutes, that gentleman had provided us with all of our next steps, getting our boy to the VA, outlining everything we needed to say and do to ensure that our son got the help he needed.
Since then, our boy, his wife, his father and I have been provided with opportunities to retreats or activities that have provided all of us with education to help us all understand PTSD and caregivers' fatigue.
Thanks to the WWP, the cycle was broken.
This non-profit is a business that thrives on money coming like most businesses. The more that a directors gets for salary the least that will target the recipients. The Salvation Army pays its director about 35,000 dollars and it does great work in helping many people in need. The director job is no different than the one for WWP. If more efforts were placed on veterans and less on celebrities there would be less criticism on the program. As a wounded veterans with two Purple Hearts for engagement with the enemy who served in Vietnam I am not considered a wounded warriors. Before they were them, I was me. Shame on them for trying to steal the honor of others veterans wounded in action. If they are going to call themselves the WWP they should served all who fell in the battlefield.
in 2010, according to their SF990, their top 5 people made about $1.5 million? I also question how much they pay all the Hollywood stars to do all their ads. This used to be a wonderful program, there are better out there, sadly these folks have lost their way.
As role it should have a selection that says "Client NOT Served." I contacted this organization for legal, financial, and educational assistance and received an invite for a fishing trip. As a disabled vet, I don't need a hunting, fishing or boating adventure. I needed assistance so that my home wasn't foreclosed on, my cars weren't repossessed, and an education to get a job, and legal assistance so that my rights would not have been taken away because of a mistake that never would have occurred had it not been for my disability. This program is a SELF LICKING ICECREAM CONE, no satisfaction.
We have donated to WWP in the past. On the Charity Navigator site it shows the breakdown of what the WWP donated funds have been used for. 30 cents from each dollar go to the veterans we all have thought we were helping. This and the sad reviews from needy vets on this forum should be made known to everyone that shares our thanks and sadness for their sacrifices.........God bless every one of them.
I'm always amazed that people think non profits should pay their people nothing. That's why many non profits have under educated people running them. One poster said that the advertising budget was way too high. Are you kidding? Do you know what people have to pay to get their ads in the media. It is rape to be sure but it's rape by the media. I like the WWP because they do what they can with what they have. One poster said he had an amputation and all sorts of problems but his complaint was that they didn't use him enough in their ads. Many of the complainers are 100% disabled from service related issues. My father was 100% disabled from service related wounds in Vietnam. My sister is 100% disabled from service during this war. My two brothers are still active, both officers, and with over 30 years each, they have a few issues and have been deployed more than their share. (The majority of service personnel never actually see combat) but my brothers certainly have and still are. My dad was retired, disabled and a little bit more than a little beat up but he still found something to do to pay the extra bills beyond his disability, retirement and what ever else the USAF gave him. My sister is exactly the same way. Retired after 20 she has quite a few physical problems, and is considered 100% disabled but she doesn't complain she just soldiers on. My brothers have both seen more than their share of goatscrews mostly due to things that a person sees that he can't unsee. But also due to the inability of the American Military to train it's officers properly and stop being the welfare system that attracts every guy who thinks this is a free ride. Some of you guys need to stop whining and embrace the suck. No one put a gun to who ever started the WWP's head and said, " hey create a non profit to help out where the US Govt. is failing our brothers, or we'll blow your head off!"
This guy started this because he thought he could help. Because if he had any smarts at all he would start a for-profit organization and retire to Tahiti or someplace. The American population has this so backward that I can't believe it. Non-profits are penalized for using their money to try to make money! Because if they did use their money to attract the brightest talent and make TV ads that played during primetime instead of 3am on a cable network, they would be solving all the problems they set out to solve because the money would flow in. But Nope Instead, they spend too much time answering the backlash of criticism from whiny people who demand that some one other than themselves be responsible for their lives. Which is asinine because you knew when you enlisted that you weren't working at McDonalds.
Listen if Haji kicked your butt in the sand pit, and you didn't come home in a box then put your boots back on the ground and help yourself and these non profits out. If you didn't get out of them what you had hoped to get out of them then find out where they are failing and see if you can help in some way.
The WWP has become very much like the Pink Ribbon Campaign, very little money actually makes it to the very people they claim to be helping. It has become a corporation operating as a 501c3. I personally know far too many veterans that simply need cold hard cash, whether it is to make the rent, get their car repaired, or get caught up on their utilities. The stress of not being able to meet their basic needs adds to their PTSD and physical disabilities more of a struggle. Many are stuck while waiting for the ratings to go through, meanwhile they go further and further into debt. It is a downward spiral that is difficult to get out of.
Very few organizations out there help w/the veterans financial needs, that is where I want to see my donation go, not for clothing to advertize, rubber arm bands that no one wears, magnets, watching the big wigs schmooze wining and dining while using our veterans as a prop. Nothing makes me angrier than to see our guys being patronized for the sake of a dollar. It wasn't until I got into the non-profit world did I see how much money is wasted by so many charities. I do not begrudge anyone a salary, but $300 grand is excessive. I simply do not like this organization or the people that I have encountered that work with it.
As I read the reviews of WWP I am stunned that people think that Mr. Nardizzi's salary is high. If you drill down in the most recent IRS 990, you will see that his actual compensation is about $160K. He gets further incentives to raise funds bringing his total to $319K. That is CHEAP people. Compare salary levels with other non-profits and you will be amazed. Furthermore, what do you think lead staff of an organization should be paid to run a national organization?
While I question other aspects of the WWP financial statement, the compensation issue is not as important as direct application of the funds. WWP should be granting all funds collected each year after expenses. Why do we limit non-profits but think it is perfectly OK for corporations to bestow high wages on staff? You get what you pay for....let's look at total numbers of Warriors and families served for the money raised!
I am a badly disabled veteran of 13 years. I just got out. Initially they show up & look at you. They have agreed to be my VSO but have proved to do absolutely nothing. MOre harm by doing nothing than good & they have wasted a year of my time. When you call they make all these promises of help over the phone. Not one, not ONE has come to fruition. No PTSD counseling, no Dr help, totally incapable of handling my case logistically or otherwise. They collect money & waist hopeful veterans who are on the verge of suicide. I am sure veterans on the edge have gone over due to the lack of follow through of this incompetent or corrupt program. I haven't figured out which it is yet. In the midst of failing to help me, they have the audacity to invite me to charities & then sometimes redact it, probably because I am not disfigured enough to parade around.
You have to wonder why there are SO MANY UNFAVORABLE reviews.
Please note that all positive comments in regard to this charity are done by WWP operatives. Please check Fisher House and other veteran nonprofits before you plan to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. WWP simply spends too much on their corporate officers, and corporate offices. Check out their mid-town Manhattan office, and you'll see what I mean. There isn't much left for the vets when they are done writing checks to themselves, and rent for their corporate offices. Churches take note: WWP refuses to take donations from religious organizations.
I've donated to Woudned Warrior many times in the past and it does a lot if good work. However, my mail box overflows with solicitatons and after some research (Charity Navigator for one and the State consumer affairs agencies) its clear to me that the could do so much more if the were more eficient. I know you have to spend money (avertising) to raise money (incresae fundraising revenues), but with just 61% of its resources spent on programs its not lean enough to continue earning my limited dollars.
Review from CharityNavigator
I reviewed the financial information. It shows that almost 83% of funds go to programs that support veterans, their families and caregivers.
Review from Guidestar
I wish I could say that I was a Client Served. How ever I guess that I not Disabled enough because I am a Service Connected 100% Disabled Navy Veteran. I signed up on the web site and to get Connected with the Wounded Warrior Project Organization. I asked for Help and Got No Response! Just an E-mail that said there are no contact person in Central Virginia, Go Figure! I find the organization to be a FRONT for the Board Members to use it for a tax shelter and a way for them to get PAID!!!! Please ask yourself how can they collect 83 Million and only help Veterans with 450,000 Dollars in 2011. Just look at thier IRS submitted paper work I did!
Review from CharityNavigator
I work in the nonprofit field. I gave up a lucrative investment banking job to help nonprofits run more efficiently so that more staff time and more donor money goes towards the mission.
A CEO of a $70mm organization would be paid in the millions. Why should a CEO who grows awareness and total revenue by almost 3 times in the past few years not be compensated? Why should someone capable of making 10 times more be criticized for making $300k? They are basically donating millions of dollars in opportunity cost by choosing to work for this organization.
Frankly all the operational staff of this and other nonprofits forgo top pay and work long hours to support the missions and constituents for which their organizations exists to serve. Without them there would be no programs. Think also the all the WWP marketing goes well beyond WWP and raises awareness of what our Vets have given to this country and that we as citizens have a duty to take care of them when they come home.
I'm a Wounded Warrior and spent years stationed at a military hospital. Dealing with amputation, limb salvage, and burns. Retired with 100% combat related disability. What I saw with this program was that if you had an extremely bad and very visible injury they wanted you on every trip and in every picture. Maybe these few do benefit but at the cost of selling themselves to the program's cameraman. The majority of us never get invited to do anything with WWP except fundraisers so they can stuff their pockets. There are a lot of other programs out there that don't exploit Wounded and don't draw 100k+ paychecks. Donate to them, not WWP. Do your research! Just because its popular doesn't mean its good.
Get out and see what this organization is doing. Then you may have a better understanding on what advertising and compensating talented people can achieve. The old saying of "you get what you pay for" is evident even with charities. I personally have no problem with the CEO being paid for outstanding work. Advertising is exactly how they bring in this amount of donations to fund their programs. The other Vet organizations are great and I commend them for what they are doing, but they are not reaching today's Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with the same impact as they may have once done for previous generations. They are doing their best and certainly provide help, but WWP understands how to connect with today's wounded, determine their needs, and empower them to get the help using more modern methods.
This charity has tremendously helped a few wounded veterans that I served with and I have seen the impact they've had with many more. I can completely understand why most posters here would draw their conclusion from just looking at the financials, but I encourage you to look at the bigger picture. Connect with a Wounded Warrior that has been helped by this organization and it may help you understand.
I couldn't be happier to be a donor and support these guys for the great work they do!
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Though I also cringe somewhat at the CEO's $316K+ salary, it is unfair to conclude that 45% of the donations are going to stuffing the pockets of the administration personnel. WWP is one of the most advertised programs out there, and I would surmise that this advertising eats the vast majority of those admin funds. This is a corporate decision all businesses deal with. Do you "waste" a bunch of money advertising and, as a result, raise more money? Or, do you not advertise and make do with the less money, which will surly be the outcome. I will continue to give WWP the benefit of the doubt.
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The ones that DO NOT receive any compensation are; The American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Hearts, and the Vietnam Veterans Association. And these are just a few, there are many others, some local and some not as well known.
Those that DO receive compensation are, in my view, just want to ride the coat tells of the Veteran.
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Bad PR for all worthy Non-Profits! I agree with the other comments on this organization. How can a company proclaim to be doing good for veterans when 45% of all donor dollars go into executive and administration pockets?
Its far better to give locally to a vets type orgainization where people are volunteering and a greater % of money goes to vets. Who cares if there are no local vets getting the money at least if it goes to any vet who deserves it that is better than seeing some national non-profit siphon off 45% for personal gain.
We don't need more laws to get rid of this stuff. We need people to use social media and other methods of PR to get the word out and make this go viral.
Look for a website and FB page to be the watchdog for donors of all Nonprofit groups. Its time the good ones are separated from the rip-off artists. For example, there are only 95 reviews, people who cared enough to write about this travesty. There ought to be thousands talking about this!
I have been a donor going on two years and would like to think my $ is helping our vets. but its disturbing to see the excessive salary the director is making. makes me question what Mr.Steven Nardizzi is really in this for? I am considering cancelling my donation and just giving the cash to a vet in person.
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