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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.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

I am pleased with the awareness for our vetetans hey have brought to our civilian community. I am very unhappy that most of their revenue goes to their organization and not directly in support of our Veterans.
My donations will go to veterans organizations that I know will use my donation in " direct" support of the veterans and their events.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

Based on my experience as a former fundraiser for American Cancer Society, I do not support your organization that has over 50% in administrative costs. When a president makes over $400,000 that is exorbitant. I have notified my fb contacts of your costs. All donors should ask about your costs prior to making donations.

16 RichardWalden

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Now that CEO Steven Nardizzi and COO Al Giordano have been fired or forced to resign from WWP, perhaps it can refocus on veterans' needs rather than "team building" at 5 star resorts and running those endless paid ads by celebrities. Read the group's I-990 federal tax return and see the many high salaries Nardizzi paid his pals; see the multi-million dollar fund raising contracts which powered it to taking in over $350 million last year at very high overheads; see the $150,000 grant to the Nonprofit Defense Council which advocates that high fund raising overheads are a necessary evil if you want to grow. Nardizzi is now 0 for 2 on charities he either ran or was their #2 executive. He might consider a new field of endeavor as he may be unsuited to philanthropy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The WWP CEO should encourage all potential donors to read through his nonprofit's federal I-990 tax return, as it is quite clear that the organization is a fund raising vehicle benefiting him and a growing group of his pals in Orlando, FL, who are listed by their own accountants as making over $300,000/year. [see CharityNavigator.org's comments section under the WWP listing for the growing number of unhappy Vets who have read through their tax returns]. WWP has a very high fund raising overhead (see consultants listed on the tax return and the amounts they are being paid for their services). While they list a number of grants to local veterans organizations, those grants by and large are small and don't begin to approach what WWP spends on fund raising activities which fuel its growth. I find their use of celebrities and actual wounded servicemen and women's testimonials hard to watch--especially after reading their tax return. Committing $19/mo for a year gets you a wounded warrior blanket which looks to me like it's counted as a program expense or donation. Steve Nardizzi, the CEO, should not complain when his group is criticized.

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12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

If I donate my time, can I plan events for the 13K plus Vetrrans in East Texas?!? Why isn't there ever anything here for us, them?!?

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As someone that works with Veterans daily it's appalling the salaries the staff of this charity make. It started off with good intentions then as in many cases greed took over and it became a way to get rich off of the disabilities of Veterans. They even tried suing another organization because it had Wounded Warrior in it's name. By the way that charity actually helps Veterans without taking a cut for personal gains. When you look at a Veterans charity look at the salaries and that will tell you who's helping who.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Recreation Therapist for the City of Reno and have had the pleasure of collaborating with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to support area veterans through adaptive recreation. Nino Gray is passionate about the warriors he serves and goes out of his way to provide resources and support to America's Heroes. It is with his support and the support of WWP that we have been able to continue to provide local opportunities to veterans such as the Military Sports Camp and veteran outreach events that help support these warriors in their continued post deployment success. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work with WWP and Nino Gray.

Stephen35

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a WWP Alumni, former employee, and supporter of the Project. I worked briefly in 2011 as Warriors to Work manager in the Northeast, and left on good terms to take a position at the VA. I have to say, my experiences as alumni and employee were all outstanding.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an active advocate and certified claims rep for my County in CA I have worked with the Northern CA staff of WWP and all I can testify to is positive results. Whenever I am searching for a non-profit to support a veteran in need they are one of the first ones I reach out to for assistance because I know the mission will be accomplished.

As a combat veteran myself, I am an Alumni with WWP and have found the feeling of "family" that I once had when I was in service. Because of their outreach coordinator I was able to connect with other veterans that have walked a mile in my shoes before, which made it comfortable to participate in activities again. I KNOW firsthand that the non-profit uses its donations as it should to help impact the lives of those battling physical and mental injuries.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WWP has help to change the lives of so many veterans in Northern Colorado by providing funds to Path International, which in turn distributes funds to accredited therapeutic riding centers. Our program, Hearts and Horses for Heroes, has worked with over 73 veterans since the program began in 2012. Many of those veterans received support from WWP in order to participate in our equine program and feel the program has been life changing for them. “The Hearts for Heroes program is a safe and sacred place where we feel empowered to heal our wounds and each other’s. We take great comfort knowing that WWP is helping to ensure this safe place will always be here for us. Your continued commitment to funding the Hearts for Heroes program speaks volumes to your integrity as an organization and dedication to your mission. You know how critical it is for alumni to know intrinsically that they are not forgotten and you speak this truth through your actions. I am eternally grateful that you give freely this gift.” Gretchen Moran CW2 US Army

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What We Do
L.A. SHARES is a non-profit materials reuse program, which takes donations from the local business community of reusable goods and materials (both new and used) and redistributes these items FREE-OF-CHARGE to non-profits and schools throughout Los Angeles .

How We Do It
Through their interactive website www.lashares.org , interested schools and non-profits create an online profile of their organization, including a "Wish List" and "Top 20 List" of needed items. This profile is then entered into our unique, relational database, which proactively identifies each organization's needs and continuously seeks to match those needs with the donated items on record.

When a need is matched, the recipient is notified, via e-mail, to come to one of our two area warehouses to retrieve their items or instructed to go directly to the donor for pick-up. Either way, this state-of-the-art system is designed to help schools and non-profits obtain needed items quickly.

Who's Involved
The success of L.A. SHARES is a true collaboration between an outstanding Board of Directors and a host of extremely generous financial supporters, "material" donors and in-kind partners.

Our Background
Created in 1991, L.A. SHARES was formerly a pilot program for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department known as Materials For The Arts. In 1994, in an effort to expand and service even more non-profit groups and schools, L.A. SHARES became an independent, non-profit organization.

Since 1991, L.A. SHARES has worked with 1,000+ local companies to give away more than $120,000,000.00 worth of goods and materials to over 2,500 organizations throughout Los Angeles .

Our key partner is the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation, Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division.

Together, we have made a commitment to increase the amount of reuse opportunities available to the citizens of Los Angeles, in an effort to reduce the amount of goods and materials being sent unnecessarily to our already overburdened landfills.

Program Benefits
In addition to L.A. SHARES' obvious benefit to recipients, donors receive tax deductions for items contributed and save on the disposal cost of unwanted items.

L.A. SHARES will immediately arrange for a school or non-profit to quickly pick up your donation.

We have done this thousands of times in our 23 plus year history. L.A. SHARES will not let you down.

Of course, donors can also drop off their donation to one of our two, local warehouses.

By utilizing L.A. SHARES, California businesses adhere to Assembly Bill 939, which requires them to reduce their landfill-bound waste. Last year, L.A. SHARES helped companies divert more than 1,000 tons of useful goods and materials from needlessly entering local landfills.

Our Achievements
L.A. SHARES has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The White House Task Force on Recycling, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the City of Los Angeles for its outstanding environmental achievement. Consequently, L.A. SHARES is now used as a "model" program for similar materials reuse efforts throughout the country.

L.A. SHARES has helped more than 2,500 organizations and schools throughout Los Angeles County including: Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Organization for the Needs of the Elderly, Habitat for the Humanity, Inner City Cultural Center, Union Rescue Mission, Angeles Girl Scout Council, the San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic, John Marshall High School, Canoga Park Elementary School, Los Angeles Family School, and hundreds more.

Moreover, over the last 14 plus years, L.A. SHARES has partnered with the local business community to become the largest single donor of goods and materials to the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Arts community, After School Enrichment Programs, the Recreation and Parks community, the Theater community and the Alcohol and Drug Recovery community, among others.

Please visit our website www.lashares.org for more information and ways to contact us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

While attempting to raise money for the WWP, we submitted the application along with Credit Card information to cover their expense. Was told it had been accepted as a Fund Raiser. Two Days later received a call from out of Jacksonville office stating that because a National Resturant Chaine, Tilted Kilt was involved they withdrew from Tournament after we had made up Posters, Signs and sent out emails. They took awhile before refunding the Deposit. Never will we attempt to raise money for this organization as they selectively pick who they want to assist.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Read their 990 tax form, then tell me what is good about them? They farm out all the help and do not pay for it.

Any one who donates to them is wasting your money.

See facts do not lie, here is the tax return directly from their website.

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/477620/wwp-900-fy-2012.pdf

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Sincerely,
Juan Perez

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

6 HelpIndiana V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/477620/wwp-900-fy-2012.pdf This Wounded Warrior Project return should make everyone sick to your stomachs.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

14 dtilstra

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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!

9 Donnie W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

You have to wonder why there are SO MANY UNFAVORABLE reviews.

15 David150

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.