Wounded Warrior Project Info?
Do you have information about the Wounded Warrior Project?
I am retired Army. I go to great lengths to be sure that when I make a contribution to an organization that purports to support the military, that the organization is legitimate and that it sends at least 80% of dollars collected to the cause its donors support.
Having said this, why can't I find anything on an organization that is highly visible in the media and highly supported by many American leaders and US military?
This non-profit organization is the Wounded Warrior Project or Wounded Warriors Foundation.
Please advise. Thanks.
Thank you for your question about the Wounded Warrior Project. Their mission, as stated on their web site, is to "honor and empower wounded warriors."
The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 by John Melia and his friends and family. Melia himself was severely wounded while serving in Somalia in 1992. Until March of 2005, WWP operated as a part of the United Spinal Association, and is referred to in the American Institute of Philanthropy's report on veterans charities
as "United Spinal Association?s Wounded Warrior Project."
Its signature program, delivering backpacks containing personal supplies to the bedside of wounded warriors, began during this time. The backpacks include "essential care and comfort items such as clothing, toiletries, calling card and playing cards, all designed to make their hospital stay more comfortable." Remember that battlefield casualties arrive in hospitals with
none of these types of items. They don't have the luxury of time to pack a bag.
At their web site, www.woundedwarriorproject.org, you can learn more about their various projects, and review the financial records which are required by law to be made public.
Wounded Warrior Project is a BBB (Better Business Bureau) accredited charity, meeting all 20 BBB standards for charity accountability.
BBB reports that WWP uses the following fundraising methods: direct mail, special events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet appeals, planned giving, and cause-related marketing.
It states, "Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $41,665,588, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)"
According to the WWP web site, its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending on July 31, 2008, show that WWP uses 83 cents of every dollar donated to provide services and programs for wounded warriors and their families.
However, keep reading below to learn why that figure is misleading.UPDATE:
If you're considering making a donation to Wounded Warrior Project, please take the time to read some of the comments below from people who have personal experience with them
If you'd like more details on how their money is spent, and why the 83 cents figure quoted above is misleading, see the comment dated February 9, 2012, by "Former #1 Supporter," and then review a tax accountant's analysis of WWP's 2009 and 2010 tax returns
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