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Public Pressure Makes a Difference... Wounded Warrior Project has Change of Heart

By GOPUSA Staff

On Saturday, GOPUSA reported on the fundraising effort a church and associated school were putting together for the Wounded Warrior project. Unfortunately, the organization rejected the funds and said they would not accept any donations from religious organizations. The outcry on GOPUSA and other sources was so strong... and it made a difference!

Here's the initial news report from Saturday:

The original Fox News story detailed how the Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Fort Pierce, Florida was trying to raise money for the WWP.

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.

But now it appears the Wounded Warrior Project has had a change of heart. In a follow-up story, Todd Starnes reports that "the Wounded Warrior Project has apologized for rejecting donations from a Baptist church and said the incident was 'blown out of proportion' even though the organization’s website states that religious donations are not accepted."

The spokesperson said the charity does not have a policy banning religious groups from hosting fundraisers. WWP said the event was rejected because the church would be ‘soliciting funds’ and they would be doing so over an entire month.

“The truth is – it was a mistake from a junior staff member,” the spokesperson said. “We register religious events on a regular basis and always have.”

So what is going on here? Did the Wounded Warrior Project organizers commit a simple mistake, or are they bowing to public pressure. If funds from religious events are accepted on a "regular basis," then why does the web site state differently? And why did the e-mail received by the school also state that the funds raised by the church would not be accepted because of the religious nature of the fundraising event?

It's great to see the Wounded Warrior Project do the right thing here. The real question is what happens in the future, and why is there a conflict between what is being said by the WWP spokesman and what appears on their web site?

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  1. theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
    February 4, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    Mistake from a junior staff member my foot. They stepped in it big time and they are now trying to do damage control.

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    • rasco656Comment by rasco656
      February 4, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

      I cancelled my $25/mo, giving to USO and local Vet Shelter. Bob

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    • rattlerjakeComment by rattlerjake
      February 4, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

      DO NOT SUPPORT THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT. I’m a vet and refuse to support them. They are giving in to get rid of the negative publicity. When Mel Gibson called a cop a dirty Jew, no one on the left forgave him, even after an apology. This organization wastes the majority of the donations they bring in. Give to your local VFW!

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 4, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

      It would appear that this story on ‘not accepting Christian organization donations’ brought light onto their high saleries and administration costs. I have donated to WWP and assumed most of the money was going to help wounded veterans.

      There are worthy charities out there, but of all the solicitations for money I get, I can’t say that I know anyone who had benefited from these charities. Makes me wonder. . . . . .

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    • chiefjgmacComment by chiefjgmac
      February 4, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

      I too have decided to cancel my $25/month contribution. Currently looking for a better recipient.

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    • bf39Comment by bf39
      February 4, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

      Support your local American Legion and VFW Posts. They need your help and support.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      February 4, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

      The “junior staff member mistake” sounds like an obvious face-saving lie to me, too. I can’t imagine why an organization dependent upon charitable contributions would go out of their way to offend their biggest contributors! It is a well-known fact that while liberals are fond of giving away other people’s money, they are not so generous with their own, whereas conservatives give a much higher percentage of personal income to charitable causes. So why would they cut off their metaphorical nose to spite their metaphorical face to curry favor with people who won’t support them anyhow? That just blows my mind. I’m betting no matter HOW fast they back-pedal on this idiotic move, it is going to cost them BIG.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      February 4, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

      I’m betting the Disabled Veterans group would not turn up their noses at a “religious” contribution.

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  2. tomyj1Comment by tomyj1
    February 4, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    The damage has been done,therefore no donations nor any further contact…..

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  3. lucyComment by lucy
    February 4, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    surprised that they did not accept the monies from the church and school since there administrators are highly paid by the WWP. check it out $$$$$$$$

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  4. Kadeey ThomasComment by Kadeey Thomas
    February 4, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    Now, you guys shouldn’t go jumping off the cliff about this. I think they were wrong also, but at least, they had the guts to come back with a change of heart. You know that this is an organization promoted by Oliver North and Sean Hannity, both who are conservative spokesmen. Who is it that is always badmouthing conservatives? The Liberal Media, that’s who. I can see WWP not wanted to be jumped all over by the Liberal Media about religious affliations.

    Give them another chance. They are a very good organization and very good to our servicemen and their families.

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    • rwjacksrComment by rwjacksr
      February 4, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

      They are good to them selves and their bank accounts and I for one hope they go bankrupt and loose all the money they were paid to swindle good people out of their hard earned money under the guise of helping wounded service men and women.

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    • theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
      February 4, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

      If it wasn’t for the PR pressure they received from all of this they would have stuck to their guns. Guts had nothing to do with it.

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 4, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

      Kadeey, you are kind to give WWP some slack. You said: “I can see WWP not wanted to be jumped all over by the Liberal Media about religious affliations.”

      If they are afraid of the ‘liberal lying media’, what are they standing for??? As Hillary said “what does it matter?”. It matters big-time !

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      February 4, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

      “Give them another chance. They are a very good organization and very good to our servicemen and their families.”

      The left never gives a second chance. They operate by the motto: “Burn me once, shame on you–Burn we twice, shame on me”. After all the venom and vitriol toward religious people like the CEO of Chick-fil-a and Hobby Lobby, the battle lines have been drawn.

      “The truth is – it was a mistake from a junior staff member,” the spokesperson said. “We register religious events on a regular basis and always have.”

      Instead of trying to make excuses, they need to MAN up if they want to EARN a second chance. They could start by changing their anti-religion policy and showing evidence that they “register religious events on a regular basis” and than explaining why this event was different.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      February 4, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

      Deception is deception. Lies are lies. Dump WWP.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      February 5, 2013 @ 12:02 am

      Guts had nothing to do with it. I’m sure with the current hostile climate toward religion that our fine Liar-In-Chief has fostered, they probably figured it was “fashionable” and “politically correct” for them to take this stance, and they would be applauded for it. They obviously badly miscalculated how much backlash they would get, and how many contributors they offended, and now that people are canceling their “sponsorship” monthly contributions left and right, this “backtracking” is an attempt at damage control, plain and simple. It certainly isn’t out of any remorse or sense that they were WRONG.

      The whole thing shows an appalling lack of common sense on their part, because you would assume they would KNOW that a LOT of the money they receive comes from people with religious affiliations. Anybody that STUPID has no business running ANY charitable program!

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    • abrownsrComment by abrownsr
      February 5, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

      After the “Gun association”, and now the “Religious association”, being NOT APPROVED contribution sources, I say give WWP the boot, as there are too many other organizations that will take the money and use it to the purpose that it was intended without all the other STUFF involved!

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  5. rwjacksrComment by rwjacksr
    February 4, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    The truth is that Wounded Warrior project is just in it for all the money they can swindle out of good people so they can increase their salaries of their officers to something over 12 million dollars this year. Their CEO and all other officers of this organization are getting paid most of the money collected on the guise of helping wounded warriors when in fact they are helping their bank accounts grow bigger each year, my words to them are to little to late, I hope you and those like you go bank rupt and loose all that money you conned people out of.

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    • theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
      February 4, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

      With all the big TV adds and the staff to run that project and then something like this, they have shown me their true colors. Mostly green. Makes me wonder just how much of every dollar actually goes to the supposed intended recipients.

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    • theronaldComment by theronald
      February 4, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

      theoldsarge -> You wonder how much of every dollar actually goes to the supposed intended recipients? After this story first appeared, I did some digging and found that only about $9 out of every $19 is going where the doners think it’s going. I looked at a number of sources, but don’t remember which one said that.

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  6. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    February 4, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    There are better veteran’s programs that do more with their money than pay admin salaries and buy flashy TV ads.

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    • theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
      February 4, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

      Disabled American Veterans, VFW and American Legion comes to mind.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      February 4, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

      Sarge, another one that comes to mind is the Veterans Administration. They are a federal agency designed to “care for those who have served in battle”and they work on the taxpayer’s dime. My first impression of WWP was wondering why they are involved with disabled vets to begin with.

      Another excellent organization that works for vets if “paralyzed veterans”. BUT none of these organization you and I mentioned are on TV ads every day with high-paid celebrities begging for contributions.

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    • dmcnarneComment by dmcnarne
      February 4, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

      A good article about other ways WWP is not respecting Vets. Includes suggested other organizations that could use the help.

      http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?p=32314

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  7. Allen SComment by Allen S
    February 4, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    I strongly believe in helping our wounded warriors whether physically or mentally but will not give to a non-Biblical organization. I need to know where my funds are going and how they are being spent — for the warriors or to pay enormous amounts to those who administer the organization. The warriors coming home need our help and one way is to give them the gospel and true Christian support. Our church does this.

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  8. Bob WilliamsComment by Bob Williams
    February 4, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    I’ll bet that if it was a Muslim group they would not have been so judgmental.

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    • theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
      February 4, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

      Maybe not but a Muslim group giving to wounded veterans who got that way fighting Muslims overseas. Chances of that are slim to none and Slim got out of town. I don’t think he was ever in that town.

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  9. June BComment by June B
    February 4, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Something reeks at WWP. I think there is a sort of power struggle going on behind the scenes. Remember back in November, when they refused a request to appear on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk program? There again, public pressure forced a reversal. Now this.

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  10. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    February 4, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Yes, Public Pressure works pretty good. But if like Feed the Children, they will keep on taking donations whoever gives them. The report several months ago said that All the money was going to the Advertiser/Collectors, and nothing to the wounded. Even after that they are still in operation.

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  11. lizazComment by lizaz
    February 4, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Hopefully we’ll hear something from Bill O’Reilly on this issue……something’s not right….

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 4, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

      Good thought, lizaz. I sent an e-mail to oreilly@foxnews.com on Saturday with a ‘read receipt’. I have not received a read receipt as on now. I will be watching O’Reilly for the next several days to see if he says anything, one way or the other. It is an embarrasment, so it will be interesting how this will be ‘spun’ or ignored.
      As Hillary said: “what does it matter?” – it matters big-time !

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    • rwjacksrComment by rwjacksr
      February 4, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

      Since Bill O’Reilly and other talk show host were scared away from the birth certificate issue I am not to sure I believe much he says.

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  12. Todd SchComment by Todd Sch
    February 4, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    PLEASE DO NOT GIVE TO THIS FRAUD OF AN ORGANIZATION!

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  13. celador2Comment by celador2
    February 4, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    I have given joyfully to WW when I buy from Overstock in the past but did not see it there recently as an option to donate a dollar. I may have given to it by mail. I had no idea WW was so hostile to people of faith or Baptists. That rude dismissive ‘No thanks’ was hurtful.

    I am done with WW. This mess is not cleared up and hey, they are so picky they do not need religious funds, so be it.
    They will get no more from me.

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  14. Todd SchComment by Todd Sch
    February 4, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    (CONT’D)

    Go to their website. Click on the financial link on the bottom of the page and read their most recent Form 990. Scroll through until you see the Executives compensation. (15-20 pages down)

    You will see CEO makes ~$340K in total compensation and they have 10 execs making close to $200K each.

    They are taking all of that salary right out of the funds that should be used to help Wounded Vets. They also spend 40% on marketing/fund raising.

    They use the picture of brutally wounded soldiers to get our money then they pay themselves like kings.

    If they want to make that kind of money go work in a for profit business.

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  15. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    February 4, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    I know “doublespeak” when I hear it. To tell the truth, my male bovine crud alarm is clanging like mad!

    Anyone else sick and tired of atheistic influence……………..that category is a miniscule portion of our populace. Charities should tell them to sit down and shut up, they can do just fine without atheist donations, ours are far and away more numerous.

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  16. eladonComment by eladon
    February 4, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    If you want to donate for the military the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a much better organization. Only like 4% is used for administrative costs. They have built hospitals and are partnered with the Fisher House group for places for the family to stay for free. Intrepidfallenheroesfund.org.

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  17. primroseComment by primrose
    February 4, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    According to the Better Business Bureau website, WWP meets all of the reporting standards and there is a pie chart that shows that only 4% goes to administrative and 13% to fund raising. The rest goes to programs. I don’t donate to any charity that is not approved by the BBB.

    http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/veterans-and-military/wounded-warrior-project-in-jacksonville-fl-3806/all

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    • shellyComment by shelly
      February 4, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

      Primrose: better check into the BBB also. It seems that unless an organization is current on their registration fees, they may not get a good grade, even if they’re reputable. Likewise an organization that pays can get a pass even with numerous complaints, because they’re “good” with the BBB.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      February 5, 2013 @ 12:16 am

      I don’t trust the BBB, either. If a company is a member of the BBB, they’ll get a “good’ report. Their endorsements are for sale for the price of a membership, so I don’t waste my time even checking for their “recommendations”.

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  18. Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
    February 4, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    And I thought this Charity would be much smarter than that. Does “Wounded Warrior” expect to fill their coffers from the donations of tightwad liberals? Ask Joe Biden, a classic poster boy for being the cheapest SOB in the USA. That IS the face of liberalism. They want to take and spend YOUR money, but certainly not theirs.

    Heads should roll on this mess. Someone tried to throw stones at religion … Once again. And got their a** busted.

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  19. wedeyComment by wedey
    February 4, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    I still will not ever give to this in the future. It is sad that organizations have to go back on what they say because they realize they will be hurt in the long run. And if it was a mistake, why did it take so long.

    I have lost all respect for them and it is a shame because it is the wounded warriors who will suffer. Maybe someone can start another organization with some values to carry on the cause.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      February 5, 2013 @ 12:23 am

      I don’t think the wounded warriors will suffer that much–they might even end up getting MORE of the money that is donated, if you give it to an organization that doesn’t spend all its money on executive salaries and advertising/marketing. Don’t just stop giving–just give smarter, and to organizations that do a better of job of managing the funds and using them for the purpose intended when people gave the money.

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  20. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    February 4, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    It sounds like the WWP was set up to gather funds to pay themselves before they helped vets.

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  21. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    February 4, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    Not to worry if WWP folds their tent as a result. They will return under a different name, Think of ACORN, CAIR, OWS. The generosity of the American public is an open target for those who wish to line their pockets.

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  22. jurooComment by juroo
    February 4, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    You can go here
    http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842&gclid=CLCPnaKDmrUCFQWe4Aod10AARw
    to find out about WW Project. This is a rating about the charity. I was very disappointed to see this happen because a lot of good people have backed this group. I doubt that they are as bad as the Red Cross.

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  23. marylouComment by marylou
    February 4, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    The truth is out about WW project!
    They give the leftovers…after their huge salaries!
    Continue to STOP supporting them…they are in it solely to perpetuate their own fat cat salaries!
    I have crossed them off of my list despite their so-called change of heart!
    They simply saw their ‘scam” of our servicemen going down the tubes! IMHO.
    There are better places to donate your charitable dollars!

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  24. usafoldsargeComment by usafoldsarge
    February 4, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    No kadeey, they will not get a second chance from me! They only changed because they got CAUGHT being Politically Correct.. There was no Junior Exec making a mistake, their web has said that for years-BUT when I enrolled to give monthly, I never checked the web- MY FAULT!
    They are only changing because they got caught and the adverse publicity hit them in the pocket book…. They also decline supporting any 2nd amendment groups- so 2 strikes against them.. And I have 25 years military service
    and have compassion for my wounded comrades

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  25. navy64Comment by navy64
    February 4, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    I donate to Hope For the Warrior – it is a four star charity as rated by Charity Navigator. The Director is a tireless worker who is compensated at about $72K/year as compared to the 3 star WWP, whose Executive Director gets over $300K/year.
    Compare the two charities and itis clear which is more focused on the warrior.

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