Wounded Warrior Project in the news, and not in a good way…

(Side note.  The “bank error” aka insurance error in my favor that was supposed to be “expedited” three weeks ago hasn’t been “expedited,” obviously, since I don’t have a check yet.  I guess in their world expedited means they’ll actually do it someday.  So the $560 from August that I was planning on donating earlier than I get it from Amazon, well, it’s still in limbo.)

I don’t know.  Everyone has haters, but these articles are depressing.  From this Daily Beast article:

“The Wounded Warrior Project has also gotten mixed results from charity watchdogs: Charity Watch gave Wounded Warrior a C+ in 2013, up from a D two years prior. Charity Navigator gave it three out of four stars.

WWP claims to currently spend 80 percent of its budget on programs for veterans. But their formulation includes some solicitations with educational material on it as money spent on programs.

A 2013 collaboration between the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting reported that the charity spent just 58 percent of donations directly on veterans’ programs. That year, the figure WWP self-reported was 73 percent.

In contrast, a veterans’ charity like Fisher House, which received four stars from Charity Navigator and an A+ from Charity Watch, spent close to 95 percent of its budget on its programs.”

And there’s this article in Veterans Today [EDIT 1/28/16, story is gone/link not found], which could be discounted from the tone alone, if it weren’t for all the stories in the comments.

Nothing’s more depressing than seeing a charity come under fire, especially when you’re donating to it…

I stopped giving money to the USO a few years ago after they pulled a marketing fast one on me.  I got an email telling me I could send a care package to soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan.  They offered a number of different package options – an entertainment package with DVDs and CDs, or a sports package with a football, catcher’s mitt, etc.

I thought that was really cool.  I really, really liked the idea that some guys and gals in a FOB would open a package that would have a thank you card in it from me, along with some cool stuff.  So I spent $75 and bought one.

I felt so good about it, in fact, that I went back to the USO web page to remind myself what was in the package.  Went to the page that had all the packages and their contents, where you could pick one.  Scrolled to the bottom of the page, where I saw (paraphrasing) this:

“Your gift is symbolic only.  Your contribution will be bundled with the contributions of others and spent pretty much as we see fit.”

Well, fuck you, I thought.  You lying assholes.  Why the hell would any self-respecting legitimate charity do something like that?  So, yeah, never another penny to the USO after that.

Well, I meant what I said and I said what I meant, so the money I’ve raised through September for “A Little Too Broken” still goes 50/50 between WWP and IAVA.  But I need to take a closer look at WWP before I maintain that commitment going forward.  I want to do something that helps wounded warriors, but I don’t want to subsidize yet another institution that’s more interested in protecting itself than performing its stated mission.  There are too many of those in the world.

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  1. $100 to IAVA from “A Little Too Broken”! $5,600 to veterans’ orgs and counting! – Brad Vance Author

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