Wounded Warrior Project
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The Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) is a registered 501c3 charity whose mission is to support and honor wounded veterans. Their mission (from their web site) is to
A number of questions have been raised in the last few months about how well WWP carries out its mission and where the millions of dollars raised each year actually go.
For example, in 2012, WWP took in approx $155 million dollars. Their "overhead" is claimed to be:
One must be a little careful when examining the "numbers" because much of WWP's work is done by contract with outside services. Thus the amount of $ spent by WWP on direct services to the military may appear small. It is clear that WWP pays their employees well, seems to have a lot of overhead and seems to have a lot of $ on hand at the end of the year. Just where/how that $ will be spent is not clear.
Guidestar, an organization that gathers information on charities and encourages transparency, rates the WWP is in the lower half of charities with similar missions. Per their website, WWP had income (donations) of $225 million in FY 2013 and spent $117 million on mission oriented services.
There are many emails circulating that claim WWP is a scam. There are also numerous blogs and articles, for example this article from Veterans Today. These may be true or it may be people reacting to what they think the financial statements say. Each person must examine the evidence and make their own decisions.
Update: [01-Jun-2014] this author supported the WWP for about a year through their monthly automatic deduction program. After substantial negative press and no clear explanations, I decided to stop my support. Numerous emails and phone calls went no where. It took several months and eventually some "outside help" to get WWP to stop billing me. Does not seem like a well run organization to me.