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Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Funds from Local Church

By GOPUSA Staff

Here's a story that will leave you scratching your head. A Christian church and affiliated school in Florida held a fundraising drive to help the Wounded Warrior Project. Children in the school were excited about the task, but later were crushed when the funds were turned down, because the organization is "religious in nature."

As reported by Todd Starnes at Fox Radio, the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy, Wallace Cooley, said that "they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and were about to launch the campaign when they received an email from the organization."

The church had planned on taking up a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from family and friends.

“We must decline the opportunity to be the beneficiary of your event due to our fundraising event criteria, which doesn’t allow community events to be religious in nature,” read an email from the WWP community events team. “Please note your registration fee will be refunded within the next 7-10 business days.”

WWP said as a nonpartisan organization they cannot accept event fundraising from companies “in which the product or message is religious in nature.”

Pastor Cooley said they were so shocked that the school secretary called Wounded Warrior to make sure there hadn’t been a mistake. He said a WWP representative assured her that “religious” was indeed on their banned list.

WPTV News Channel 5 reports that the school and parents are hoping "Wounded Warrior Project has a change of heart."

Katherine Johnson, the school's principal commented on the incident and said, " those men who are trying to fight for our freedom, now it feels like our freedoms are being taken away and we want them to realize the seriousness of what they are doing."

Barbie, the mother of Madision said, they sit there in school and say the pledge of allegiance and they sing God bless America and we teach them about freedom but, then what kind of freedom is it if we can't turn around and give to those who take their life and get injured."

According to the news story, Pastor Cooley "told NewsChannel Five that a representative from WWP called him.The representative apologized and said he would be meeting with other administrators from the organization to talk about this incident."

How does being "nonpartisan" have ANYTHING to do with accepting funds from a church group? Most nonprofits that get in trouble with the IRS do so because of what they DO with the funds... not where they come from. The Wounded Warrior Project does great work for out troops. But the organization and the rules governing nonprofit activities need a little common sense.

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  1. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    My family has donated to the Wounded Warrior project in the past. I am adamant in saying that I will never do so again!

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    • marylouComment by marylou
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:29 am

      I can not in good conscience donate to any organization that discriminates against ‘religious donations’!
      I receive frequent requests from WW that will now automatically go in File 13, unopened and unread!

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:43 am

      This is shocking. I sent an e-mail to Bill O’Reily who promotes Wounded Warrier Project on a regular basis. oreilly@foxnews.com

      America and the world is going nuts. Do we need more money for education? Or are we sooooo smart that we are dumb?

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    • rockyComment by rocky
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:35 am

      I have sent this email to Wounded Warriors Project:

      I am tired of your anti-God and anti-American views.

      Too much of your income goes for “administration” and not enough to the mission of helping wounded soldiers. However, more recently, it has come to my attention that you do not
      want to accept monies from “religious sources.” I consider myself a “religious” person as a conservative evangelical Christian. You obviously do not want mine.

      You have blatantly told a group of young students in a Christian school associated with a Florida church that you will refuse the money for which the children were holding a fund-raiser. This is a travesty against freedom. Children who care about our country are now told by your organization that you do not want their support. God has been again forced out of society.

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    • IndependentComment by Independent
      February 2, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

      @Comment by Dingbat36, I was about to post mine this week, however, this won’t happen unless they change their policy.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      February 2, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

      I have been leery of WWP because of the amount they spend on TV ads which aren’t cheap. Every time I see some celebrity on TV pleading for money and showing wounded vets, it reminds me of UNICEF or ASPCA ads where they show you a starving kid or an abused pet and beg you for donations. I have wondered why the Veterans Administration isn’t helping wounded warriors because that’s their job. I don’t think the WWP is a worthy organization.

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    • commonsensegrandmaComment by commonsensegrandma
      February 2, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

      I certainly hope this is not true. If it is I will not donate another dime to Wounded Warrior. It’s OK to give personally, which I do as a Christian, but a group of children from a Christian school cannot. ABSURD!

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    • theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
      February 2, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

      If the money from Christian school children isn’t good enough for them, my money sure isn’t. Next time they contact me for donations I will tell them that I am fresh out of Monopoly Money and tell them why.

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  2. mrsgunnut10Comment by mrsgunnut10
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Evidently some of the Board of Directors in this Organization were “Implanted” by the Obama White House Muslims. Sorry to hear that the WWP has evidently been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood Society (maybe). Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

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    • leopfloodComment by leopflood
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:03 am

      Why is it that when there is something negative occur it has to be President Obama’s doing? The President do not control every organization or every person. Secondly, as a retired servicemember you were taught to respect the position even if you do not respect the person that is currently in that position. Your actions tells me a little about your service to your country. You may want to look at yourself and see if you truly served your country or yourself and your own beliefs. US Army Retired

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    • jjb54Comment by jjb54
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:17 am

      @ Leopflood -

      No it’s not, but … it is amazing, if you’ve been paying attention how much ‘anti-christian’ has been going on SINCE Obama has taken office 5 years ago. He may not “control” but he has certainly swayed and have a lot of people going ‘ga-ga’ over him. Even when this Prez does something wrong – any other Prez would be taken to no small task – but this guy amazingly get a ‘free pass’. Do you know how many “get out of Jail cards” this guy has been given? More than ALL the Prez’s combined! No, this guy has power and is using it to distroy the very nation you, sir – FOUGHT TO PRESERVE!

      Right now I know a number of military that voted against this guy … I’m still scratching my head at how he won?? But it is what it is … and now they want to pass a law to give this guy a 3rd term! WHY? What honestly has he done?

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:22 am

      leopflood: How can you respect the ‘office of the lier in chief?’ Oh, I forget . . . . . it must be Bush’s fault.
      ——-
      We either witnessed Democratic election fraud nationally, or the alternative is 50% of American Voters are idiots (either uninformed due to the lame-stream-media bias, are educated idiots, plain stupid or just die-hard Democrats, no matter what).

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    • leopfloodComment by leopflood
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:35 am

      Once again, I say that you are looking in the wrong direction; our President actually has no power, it is our representatives that has the power. we have people that do not want to work together to solve the problems that our country faces so they sit on their hands and do nothing which in turn allow the President to do things that they should be doing. We need to elect people that has the United States of America at heart and not themselves, just like the Wounded Warriors leaders has right now. Most of our leaders work for themselves and not for those that have elected them. The President is just like any other human being; he will do what ever he is allowed to do. Get out and get rid of all of those that are selfish in nature and stop blaming our President.

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    • jjb54Comment by jjb54
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:51 am

      @ leopflood

      Again, are you watching the news and paying attention? Do you realize how many “Executive Orders” this president has handed out to BY PASS CONGRESS – because he knows they will turn him down? Do you realize how much power he has, when the press gives him “Softball Q & A” and they will NOT ask/give hard questions to him.

      Do you have any concept of Bengazi? Those brave men that died because our President did not want to be involved? If that had been fully investigated by the Main Stream Media – he would have likely NOT been re-elected and for good cause. But they ‘bowed to him’ to make sure he WAS re-elected.

      Now if as you say – He has no power — Then how the heck is he getting HIS WAY??????

      Seriously …. he is getting away with murder, literally and technically …. and you say he has no “POWER”??

      He says, “Christians are evil” and watch – suddenly “Christians are evil” … no sir, you are incorrect – this man has more power than you realize. He is not just a President .. he is becoming a Monarch .. which we fought against … if you remember your history.

      Why else would they be looking to change the law suddenly to allow him a 3 and likely 4th term?

      WWP has, it would seem become a political puppet that follows Obama to stay in his political graces.

      Have you paid attention to the what the media does to anyone that speaks out against Obama! They become basically an ENEMY OF THE STATE.

      Want proof? I dare you sir to speak out publically against a policy of Obama and just see what happens!

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      February 2, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

      @leopflood – this president has the Power of the MainStream Media behind him. The news anchors just flop all over themselves gushing about how great his speeches are, when all he does is repeat the same ambiguous phrases over and over, phrases that, when analyzed, are either meaningless (skeet shooting at Camp David) or promoting collectivism. Check how he used words that include that root, “collective,” in his inauguration speech.

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    • altannuisanceComment by altannuisance
      February 2, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

      We are a democratic republic, not a dictatorship. The power lies with the people in their right to vote for people to represent them. The vast majority of those we elect come from the Democratic and Republican parties. Therefore, all of our problems derive from these 2 parties. Yet we still keep voting for either one or the other of them. The presidential election is just a dog and pony show to misdirect us, as proven by the ridiculous, over the top candidates they gave us this time around. If you want real change, and you’d be crazy not to, it has to come from you, the American voters. Or you can just keep voting for the same 2 parties over and over again and blame others when nothing gets better, which would make YOU the problem with America.

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    • sari1969Comment by sari1969
      February 3, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      leopflood, its obvious sarcasm isn’t your strong suit, because it was obvious thats what the original comment was. but its amazing how liberals and minorities will defend obama with zeal in spite of numerous failures. speaking of who has the power to do things, under a traditional republic as we once had you’d be right. slowly we’ve been having our rights taken away and obama has flat out become the tyrannical, dictator that YOU and ALL oath takers are supposed to take action against! yet you defend him time and again after he has circumvented the constitution and congress saying literally they are not needed and that he can do it himself! he has given aid and comfort to our enemies, just recently egypt; who has made threats to us and stated they will all be martyrs destroying Israel and obama just gave them 20 f-16′s and 200 m-1 abrams. not only that, but obama has gone out of his way to promote islam in our society, schools, colleges and remove Christianity. either promote everything or remove everything, but to chose one while there is separation of church and state to have atheist and the govt only attack Christians is wrong on every level, religious or not.
      do you feel the need to defend obama because everybody blames him for what is going wrong or is wrong while he is president or are you offended? oh well! because every president does! being prior military you know the chain of command, everything that happens under ones command ultimately is responsible for all that happens under his/her command. so just like those before him and those after him he/she’ll get blamed. think of it this way, for the first four years he blamed bush instead of taking responsibility for failing. if you can’t accept why people are mad and why they blame obama or see all of the failures, see our rights being taken away, then you’re just another blind sheeple that will, lets face it, going to be defending and making excuses for obama for another four years

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  3. rwjacksrComment by rwjacksr
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Glad to find out about this non Christian groupe, maybe we better check them out to see where most of their money goes and what they pay their highest company officials before giving to any organization like this, would not surprise me is 75% of donated funds go for salaries.

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    • sharbecrComment by sharbecr
      February 2, 2013 @ 9:37 am

      Absolutely, rwjacksr. Hitting the nail on the head. A little investigation doesn’t take that much energy and it goes a long way toward the benefit of those who need the help. I have no need for those who make running charities for a living. That needs to be a total volunteer business where no salaries are paid or taken.

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  4. sharbecrComment by sharbecr
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I’ve worked with this group before in the awareness sector. Bike rides primarily. Don’t know why anyone in their right minds would turn down gracious gifts from any group. Either they’re afraid of what the public might say about them and not want to give (bigger donors) or they’re being run by a bunch of left leaning Dems. They really need to stand on principal and not back down if it’s the fear factor. If it’s the liberal progressive factor they need to fire those leaders and get some folks in there who have the courage to lead for the benefit of those they serve.

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  5. rightlane1111Comment by rightlane1111
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    That was stupid of them…REALLY STUPID. Guess what…I have donated…I AM RELIGIOUS IN NATURE…otherwise you would not have received the donation. Has this administration demanded this be so…or are they some shadow group? Good question…huh

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  6. Dorothy May MercerComment by Dorothy May Mercer
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Kindly inform the good folks at Liberty Baptist Academy to try the USO organization. I find that they do the same things (and more)as Wounded Warriors, with less fanfare. They’ve been around a long time.
    USO has my donations.

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    • JudyComment by Judy
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

      I agree with USO. Some other organizations that are good are:

      1. http://www.troopsdirect.org(they help deployed troops get goods they cannot get through the military).

      2. http://www.fisherhouse.org (they take care of housing for families that are staying with their injured service person).

      3. http://www.buildinghomesforheroes.org (they build special homes for those that have been severely disabled).

      4. http://www.DAV.org (they provide transportation to the injured for medical appointments and other appointments and a few more things such as guide dogs).

      5. Each branch of the service also has an organization that helps current service members with short term emergencies also. The Army is Emergency Army Relief.

      I did a lot of research this past year and decided to donate to the organizations above. I had quit WWP because of their overhead.

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  7. tps12Comment by tps12
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Another example of freedom of religion under attack.

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      February 2, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

      This can be a confusing issue. Freedom of religion must include all regions and philosophies. If a religion is different from your beliefs, can you accept that those who choose it have a right to do so? Because people must be allowed to choose their religion without any political pressure or even worse restriction by the government, is why the concept of separation of church and state is so important. Most of what the state (ie.government) uses force as its power. This is why government must be limited. The more government you have, the less free you are.

      By separating church from state, we can have true religious freedom. The founders were believers in God, and they realized that religious freedom was so importamt, that it must not be politcized.

      Religion can have an effect of infuence on the moral codes we choose. But government has no right to force a morality on the people. When government legislate peoples morality, it never works.

      This does not mean that we should be amoral. But it simply means that morality is a purely individual choice. We have long rejected the idea of theocracy. When a county is ruled by religious fanatics, this leads to conflict and war.

      Islam is not an evil religion. But counties ruled by islamic extremists fanatics are evil.

      Our religious beliefs come into play when we vote and and when we decide what laws are necessary. But this happens naturaly and and without sacrifice of freedom. But just as you are free to choose your religion, you are not free to deny this same right to anyone else.

      Let us embrace the concept of separation of church and state.

      This can become an emotional issue. Be free. Be passionate. But don’t become fanatical. That’s seems to me the best way to approach the issue.

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 2, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

      rzrciak: The term “separation of Church and State” is really a false representation of the ‘first amendment’ due to a wrong interpretation by the Supreme Court.

      The text of the first amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

      This writing by our forefathers had the meaning and intention of protecting the freedom of religion from the Government, not protecting the Government from religion. Anyone see “separation of Church and State” in the First Amendment??

      As additional evidence, the Constitution and every State Constitution begins with the recognition of God and pleads for his blessing, favor and guidance.

      The Supreme Court got it wrong. The Supreme Court got ObamaCare wrong.

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  8. Jeff McDonaldComment by Jeff McDonald
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    I have always been a bit suspicious about this group just because of the amount of advertising that they do. They spent a LOT of money on television (prime time at that!) and direct mail ads. We each get at least two mail pitches a week. I’m glad we have no kids in the house or they would send to them also. My rule of thumb is that if a charity does a lot of advertising, that’s a sign that the bulk of their funds go to administration and the remainder goes to the actual folks in need. Look at all the ads for Red Cross during a crisis. However, they always seem to be the target of complaints for the victims of whatever tragedy, Sandy being the latest, out-targeted only by FEMA. Stay with Catholic Charities, for whatever your belief system, they are always around in times of need and NEVER advertise, at least when I (rarely) watch the TV.

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    • MaryComment by Mary
      February 2, 2013 @ 9:51 am

      Well my husband and I will certainly think twice or three times about donating to them from now on. He is a 23 year veteran of the army.

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  9. rwjacksrComment by rwjacksr
    February 2, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    According to their Financial Statement their year ends on September 30. In 2011 their total salaries paid out were $11,504,664 and that does not include travel and lodging or Miscellaneous expenses.

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    • nancyjComment by nancyj
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:06 am

      Nice little scam they have going there. In the future their mailings will go where they belong. In the garbage can.

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    • MountaingalComment by justanotherrightwingnut
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:16 am

      Sure makes you wonder just how much of the donations they do “accept” are actually going to benefit our wounded Soldiers. Between those kinds of salaries, and their expensive advertisements (especially the TV commercials), there couldn’t be much left to support the cause. Definitely sound like a dirty scam, at the expense of our heroes. Sad, very sad! You don’t even know anymore who you can still trust these days.

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    • jjb54Comment by jjb54
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:00 am

      11 MILLION DOLLARES IN SALLARIES?

      Seriously? I would like to know exactly how that is broken down – 11 Million dollard divided and WHO is getting the bulk of it.

      The advertisement is a good point, too. Those are NOT cheap -> UNLESS the adds are underwritten, by donars who pay just for those <- I am aware that that does happen a lot.

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  10. Thomas NicholsComment by Thomas Nichols
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    I just sent them this email;

    “For some time now I have been automatically contributing $19.00 per month to the Wounded Warrior Project. This email is to inform you that I want my contributions stopped immediately. I just read the following news story.

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

    I do not want to contribute to any organization that would refuse donations merely because they are from a religious group That is totally ludicrous. I am afraid you are not the type of people I thought you were. Please do not take one more cent out of my account. I also intend to publicize this to as many people as I can in the hopes they too will want to disassociate themselves from your organization. I have over 600 friends on Facebook so that will be a good starting point. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

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    • pacdataComment by pacdata
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:39 am

      Frist off, people you should investigate any org. you plan to donate to: less than 10 cents of a dollat acutally goes to the people, the rest of the dollar is for admin fees, salaries, ceo earn about 400k a year it is big business. The same for the United Way.
      The head of the Salvation Army gets 13k a yyr, plus housing and car allowances.
      Packs4Vets.org. has no salaried people, no admin vets, every cent donateds go t the homless vets.
      The Shrine Children’s hospital total supported by its members and cost the parents nothing.
      St. Jude’s children hospital is a not cost hosppital for child with cancer.
      So there are some decent orgs out there doing the work some even have no ads budget.
      Thanks for reading this message.JG a disabled vet.

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  11. mwoodComment by mwood
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    if this is true it will hurt a lot of people who need all the help we can give them

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  12. Comment by Anonymous
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    WWP has Charitable events at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion but they don’t take donations from Christians? Maybe it’s because the Baptists don’t have a ‘brass pole’ at their altar?

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  13. 7papa7Comment by 7papa7
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    It sure would be nice if wounded warriors put the veterans first instead of being PC. I will never donate to them. I was seriously considering donating to them but I am taking them off my list of possible organizations. The sad part is I am a disabled vet and wanted to help other vets. I will have to find a different organization I guess.

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    • oldjarheadComment by oldjarhead
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:33 am

      7papa7
      Thank you for your service sir. I don’t know which branch you served in but SEMPER FI from an old jarhead Marine. Consider Fisher House which provides free housing to the families of wounded military members at the various military medical facilities around the nation while their loved ones are undergoing treatment. This group does a tremendous amount of good, allowing families to be there for extended periods of time. I also support the USO, an organization than has been there for us for almost 4 generations, and the Red Cross who have helped the US Military and their families since WWI.

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  14. captdotComment by captdot
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    I wonder if Sean Hannity & Bill O’Reilly are aware of this. Bill has auctioned off things and donates proceeds from his books to WWP. I think that is how they advertise so much on Fox News. I’m going to send him the link. Hopefully, one of his staff will pick it up. It might just be someone distorting something, although I’m always suspicious of charities that pay out $ millions in salaries.

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    • lizazComment by lizaz
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:34 am

      Thank you….I was thinking the same thing since Bill O’Reilly is always promoting the WWP and Fisher House. This doesn’t make any sense, unless they have been infiltrated by obama’s people. It will be interesting to see if Bill or Sean comment on this.

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    • usafoldsargeComment by usafoldsarge
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:51 am

      O’Rielly had said he was going to look into the salaries last year and get back info- Never heard. Have cancelled my monthly donation and will find someplace else for it- maybe a 5th of Johnny Walker for me. I am so sick of PC. The only thing I ever saw the Red Cross do,(in 25 plus years in the USAF). Was get an airman emergency leave (AF policy)- he had to go to the AF Aid Society for money Beware of PVA Paralysed Veterans of America!

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:57 am

      This is shocking captdot and lizaz. I sent an e-mail to Bill O’Reily also who promotes Wounded Warrier Project on a regular basis. oreilly@foxnews.com

      America and the world is going nuts. Do we need more money for education? Or are we sooooo smart that we are dumb?

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    • rebartComment by rebart
      February 2, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

      Bill O’Reilly, won’t do anything. He is too much of a “glad-hander”. He has high ratings because he is more entertainment than informant. People don’t want to hear the bad news or be offended. Bill is more interested in money than anything else. He always has something to sell, or a charge to read his messages, or something else to get money from you. Go to Hannity or Beck, they will stand up and “let it all hang out”. They will get the message out.

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  16. spiritof76patriotComment by spiritof76patriot
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I invite you to review WWP’s financials on their website and you’ll see (according to their IRS 990 form) that their “Grants to Individuals” expense in the last reporting year was a bit over $790,000, less than two percent of their millions of dollars of revenue. Look at the rest of this IRS-required form and you’ll see that most of what they spend goes for salaries, office expenses, and outside consulting and other support services. I’m no accountant, just a retired small businessman but it appears WWP’s primary focus is being in business to raise funds to stay in business to raise funds to…etc. IMO, their rejection of this church’s donation was a good thing because the church members can now give their money to another organization in which a more substantial percentage of the proceeds actually go to help our returning warriors.

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    • murryblueComment by murryblue
      February 2, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

      I agree. We perhaps would not have found out for a long time if this incident had not been noted. We will make lemonade from these lemons and move on. Shame on these folks for not giving these donations to our countrymen who need them so badly. May I just say a great big as “warm as I can” thank you, Veterans, for all that you do and all that you have done. You are all my heroes. PS ~ I gave a large check to the American Red Cross and checked their stats later and was livid….Will never give to them again. Plus, some of them will not allow their employees to say “Merry Christmas”…. they get the big lump of coal from me!

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  17. norditeComment by nordite
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Why did they not put the actual response from the organization in the article. Seems a little fishy like they are leaving out important details.

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    • usafoldsargeComment by usafoldsarge
      February 2, 2013 @ 10:56 am

      you miss this??
      We must decline the opportunity to be the beneficiary of your event due to our fundraising event criteria, which doesn’t allow community events to be religious in nature,” read an email from the WWP community events team. “Please note your registration fee will be refunded within the next 7-10 business days.”

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:16 am

      If you click on the ‘blue link’ in the article, it will take you to an image of the WWP response. Go to http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/woundedwarrior.jpg for the image.

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  18. HisStoryUnComment by HisStoryUn
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    This is from Charity Navigator.
    It shows the rating given to Wounded Warrior Project. They are NOT using the money that they receive wisely. They are NOT meeting their fiduciary responsibility with the people’s money. Their impassioned pleas notwithstanding, they do not deserve the money given anyway. The people they help MOST is themselves!

    Program Expenses 55.0%
    Administrative Expenses 8.0%
    Fundraising Expenses 36.8%
    Fundraising Efficiency $0.30
    Primary Revenue Growth 49.0%
    Program Expenses Growth 43.1%
    Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.50

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      February 2, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

      That’s pretty good. If you add up those percentages it’s over 190%. These guys operate like the government. They spend more money on themselves than the take in.

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    • teapartywonkComment by teapartywonk
      February 2, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

      What a disgrace! I wish all the pompous conervative wise guys would do their homework before promoting this kind of “charity”. is there anyone we can trust?

      God bless the true wounded warriors and curse those who steal in their name.

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  19. Lee14Comment by Lee14
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    That is good a local church wants to help the wounded warriors. I mean why would they reject the money, a church wanting to reach out into their community…..that is absolutely stupid of them…

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  20. jagogoComment by jagogo
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Joshua’s Hands (www.joshuashands.org) is a nonprofit in Virginia that would gladly accept your donations. One of their ongoing projects is making quilts for wounded warriors. They prefer to call them Valiant Warriors. Check out the quilts on Facebook or on their website. This is a great effort. Every quilt bears a tag that says” The Lord is with you, O Valiant Warrior!” (Judges 6:12)

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    • bulldogComment by bulldog
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:21 am

      joshuashands will probably be getting some quilt squares from me in the future. I don’t have a lot, but I think that is something I can do to help out our brave countrymen (and women).

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      February 2, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

      Go for it, bulldog. You don’t have to give a lot, it’s the intent that is important. The widow’s mite was held in high esteem.

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  22. pksf49ersComment by pksf49ers
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    That was the biggest mistake they could have ever done! Most of their donations most likely are from religious people! This country is based on “God bless America” and “In God We Trust”! We The People have the” freedom of religion”! OR DO WE? It seems as though being under the Obama administration is going to bring OUR COUNTRY down because of the small stupidities like this one! The WWP can have fun trying to get donations now, after make a stupid decision like this one. They will definitely loose many contributions because of this, they have definitely lost mine!

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    • mrickyridgeComment by mrickyridge
      February 2, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

      i just started to give and when i looked up their finacial numbers it looked as if 3%-4% went to administrative and about 10% for advertising. The impression i got was the rest was going to the valiant warriors. Maybe it was deceptive on how they presented their financial statements. However it is absolutely disgusting not to accept money for our troops from churches and children. They should be ashamed of themselves and have rapped themselves in this liberal idiocy of political correctness and liberal unmorality. That’s why our country is degenerating because it’s run by idiots. If the money was going to the democrats, obama, hillary, or any other liberal they would find a way to accept it and probably hide it. Just like that misguided lie of the most transparant administration. They are the biggest hypocrites and liars. Yes we can use the words liars that so many people are afraid of saying to discribe who are leaders are. Time to really look at where we send our donations, especially if you give to any political organization. Look at how they WASTE OUR TAX DOLLARS. They all have no conscience and apparantly the people who made this idiotic decision from wounded warriors are in the same group.

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  23. shadow35Comment by shadow35
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Want to find out where your charity organization ranks and how efficiently they handle your donations ? ? ? ?

    Google “charity navigator” it will not allow me to post the web site.

    WWP rates at about 51% going to where you want it to go. So their administration gets about $9.00 of every $19.00 you send them.

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  24. wcnivedComment by wcnived
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Email sent to WWP Director

    Mr Nardizzi ,

    I was a contributor to WWP until I became aware of your stance on the second amendment and gun related fund raising. Because I could not be guaranteed that my donations would not be used to promote an anti-gun position, I discontinued my donations. My decision was reaffirmed when I learned WWP will not accept donations from religious organizations. WWP dishonors these injured warriors’ courage and determination by turning their sacrifice into a political agenda. Our current government has failed these warriors on every level and they need as much assistance as they can get, but you deny them the benefits from the very concepts they were wounded defending, religious freedom and the right to bear arms.

    My donations will find their way to these heroes through other organizations that place the warrior above their politics and I will encourage others to do the same.

    A retired Air Force Officer

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    • ltcriceComment by ltcrice
      February 2, 2013 @ 11:46 am

      I am afraid the LGBT community has hijacked this group. I was meeting with WWP here in San Francisco and felt the presence of this hate group.
      I no longer support WWP and we need to get the word out to the conservative community to save their funds for another project.
      LTCRIce

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    • rebartComment by rebart
      February 2, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      Comment by wcnived , do you have a link or email to Mr. Nardizzi?

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    • wcnivedComment by wcnived
      February 2, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

      This is the email address from which they sent me a request for more money after I had cancelled my donations.

      info@woundedwarriorproject.org

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  25. shadow35Comment by shadow35
    February 2, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    The site above is what I was trying to show. Google “charity navigator” because it will not allow me to post the web site.

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      February 2, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

      @xman3 was able to post an URL, you should be able to do the same.

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