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Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Funds from Local Church
GOPUSA ^ | 2-2-2013 | GOPUSA Staff report

Posted on 02/02/2013 9:27:21 AM PST by smoothsailing

Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Funds from Local Church

By GOPUSA Staff February 2, 2013 7:13 am

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.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baptistchurch; baptists; libertybaptist; woundedwarrior
I've given to the Wounded Warrior Project in the past and volunteered to help out at local events. Never again.

Refusing donations from a Christian church is unacceptable.

1 posted on 02/02/2013 9:27:24 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Let me get this right: let’s say a girly bar has a lap dancing fundraiser for WW... they’d take the money, right? But a Christian school has a fundraiser and they say no. The world is upside down...


2 posted on 02/02/2013 9:32:20 AM PST by momtothree
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To: smoothsailing
the funds were turned down, because the organization is "religious in nature."

The problem isn't that the church is "religious in nature". The problem is that WWP's leadership is anti-Christian in nature, and they've just exposed themselves.

They have had some high-profile supporters until now. I wonder what happens to that high-profile support now that they stand exposed.

3 posted on 02/02/2013 9:33:46 AM PST by marron
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To: smoothsailing

I, too have given to WWP. This policy seems so misguided that I feel certain it will be changed.

TC


4 posted on 02/02/2013 9:36:33 AM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: smoothsailing

WWP has become just another two-bit racket that only wants lib money. They can go pound sand as far as I’m concerned.


5 posted on 02/02/2013 9:38:36 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: smoothsailing

I quit giving to WW months ago.....they send SOOOOO much mail, that I told them I would NO Longer give if they didn’t quit sending....they did not quit. Altho, seems I haven’t gotten anything for a couple weeks now....maybe they finally got the message.


6 posted on 02/02/2013 9:39:50 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

I hope you’re right. I have seen them do good work in the past. I hate to see it all squandered over simple minded pc bs.


7 posted on 02/02/2013 9:41:41 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Unbelievable! I thought they were the good guys, but if they can reject Christian charity because its Christian they’re not who I thought they were. I’m very, very disappointed.


8 posted on 02/02/2013 9:42:17 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: smoothsailing

Didn’t the Wounded Warrior Project refuse to allow anyone to go on Tom Gresham’s radio show last year because of his support for gun rights?


9 posted on 02/02/2013 9:43:05 AM PST by GrootheWanderer
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To: smoothsailing

This is the Mother of all Whiskey Tango Foxtrots! The whole world has gone INSANE!


10 posted on 02/02/2013 9:43:57 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Now Playing. Obama II - The Revenge of My Father.)
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To: GrootheWanderer

I don’t know.


11 posted on 02/02/2013 9:45:08 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

They should give the money to the Fisher House Foundation. A better organization that does not waste the money on bloated overhead.

http://www.fisherhouse.org/


12 posted on 02/02/2013 9:47:39 AM PST by Patriot365
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To: smoothsailing

If I’m not mistaken, WWP is endorsed by Beck, Hannity etc? When I give money to a Beck endorsed project I expect that some research has been done. This should come as a shock to Beck...I would assume.


13 posted on 02/02/2013 9:48:51 AM PST by albie
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To: marron
The problem is that WWP's leadership is anti-Christian in nature, and they've just exposed themselves.

I just looked over their website, and it does have a new-age vibe to it. No talk about using faith to overcome obstacles in your life.

14 posted on 02/02/2013 9:49:01 AM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: momtothree

It’s just crazy, and very disappointing.


15 posted on 02/02/2013 9:49:28 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: goodnesswins

Our staff donates to the USO and Paralyzed Veterans of America. The only thing they send (PVA) our company are free mailing stickers with our company address on it, around 250 which helps of course but not that we need it. Just once a month.


16 posted on 02/02/2013 9:52:25 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Patriot365

I agree, Fisher House is a fine outfit.


17 posted on 02/02/2013 9:52:39 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I would like to know why the President of WWP makes a salary of $314,000.00 per year. Thought this was a charity. I am sure there are many retired military flag grade officers or retired business people, Mitt Romney comes to mind, who would do this job for a great deal less and also have enough sense not to turn down donations from Christian organizations. Someone needs to investigate the WWP and see how their contributions are spent.


18 posted on 02/02/2013 9:52:52 AM PST by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: smoothsailing

Saaaaaaaaaaaay a praaaaaaaaayer for Peace!


19 posted on 02/02/2013 9:58:58 AM PST by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: GrootheWanderer; mylife; Clint N. Suhks

IIRC, they refused their logo to be associated w/ “Gun Talk”, because the show was a firearm sponsor. Or something like that. Can either m & Clint set this straight?


20 posted on 02/02/2013 9:58:58 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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To: yellowhorse
If you're a church group and want to help them, this is what they send you, apparently.(From article link)


21 posted on 02/02/2013 9:59:14 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: yellowhorse

salary of 314K

Yep- that is exactly why I would not donate a dime. It is just another racket. Does a little bit of good. Barely it seems.


22 posted on 02/02/2013 10:03:43 AM PST by handmade
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To: carriage_hill; GrootheWanderer

It was “Gun Talk”. Several stories have been posted about it on FR...

Use the link and scroll down to mid-November 2012 posts.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?s=Wounded+Warrior&ok=Search&q=quick&m=all&o=time&SX=510d599dae695eae45c69a651472800c01653f90


23 posted on 02/02/2013 10:05:34 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: yellowhorse
I would like to know why the President of WWP makes a salary of $314,000.00 per year.

Because he can.

24 posted on 02/02/2013 10:11:00 AM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Patriot365

“They should give the money to the Fisher House Foundation.”

You’ve got a point. Top-notch charities spend most of their money on program expenses.

From http://www.charitynavigator.org/

Fisher House Foundation
Program Expenses 96.6%
Administrative Expenses 2.2%
Fundraising Expenses 1.0%

Wounded Warrior Project (Florida chapter)
Program Expenses 55.0%
Administrative Expenses 8.0%
Fundraising Expenses 36.8%


25 posted on 02/02/2013 10:17:03 AM PST by Leaning Right
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To: All

I have been very leary of this group. I feel they are using our disabled vets to line their pockets.


26 posted on 02/02/2013 10:18:13 AM PST by mickie (My grandson is a Marine.....now serving in Afghanistan.)
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks. I forgot to do an FR search. Duh.


27 posted on 02/02/2013 10:21:12 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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To: carriage_hill

Yes WWP disavowed association with fire arms company’s and Tom Gresham at Gun Talk raised hell about it.
WWP backpedaled on their stance If I recall correctly.
HAVA would never do that.
HAVA is all about getting guns in the hands of wounded/disabled Vets and getting them out into the field.

I always smile when I see an old vet in a wheelchair that keeps on keeping on.

http://www.honoredveterans.org/


28 posted on 02/02/2013 10:30:37 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: smoothsailing

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Special Operations Warrior Foundation
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Our Military Kids
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Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
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Support The Enlisted Project (STEP)
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29 posted on 02/02/2013 10:38:24 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: All; Jim Robinson; Lazamataz
Laz and the Boss


30 posted on 02/02/2013 10:38:43 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: smoothsailing

“WWP does not co-brand...”

I get hinky about anyone who refers to themselves as a brand. I’ve heard GOP people do it, and it immediately tells me we are not on the same page.


31 posted on 02/02/2013 10:39:07 AM PST by marron
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To: Leaning Right

Thanks for posting that link! :)


32 posted on 02/02/2013 10:39:36 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: marron

Same here, if they can’t talk plainly it’s a turnoff.


33 posted on 02/02/2013 10:43:10 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
“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,”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

So?....I guess that means they will only accept donations that are GODLESS? Huh?

34 posted on 02/02/2013 10:45:48 AM PST by wintertime
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To: smoothsailing

I just went to their website.

The website opens with a man singing, “Say a PRAYER for peace”!!!!

The people running this organization are UNBELIEVABLE!!!


35 posted on 02/02/2013 10:54:52 AM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime

They’re confused, that’s for sure.


36 posted on 02/02/2013 10:58:05 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Donate to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free housing for the families of the wounded warriors and other veterans. “Family is Godd Medicine” and the Fisher Houses around the country and even overseas make it possible for families to be near their loved ones.


37 posted on 02/02/2013 11:03:11 AM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: ruesrose

Well I meant Good medicine, but then God is a part of it however you spell His name.


38 posted on 02/02/2013 11:05:06 AM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: ruesrose

I agree, see post #29.

Fisher House is one of the top rated veterans charities.


39 posted on 02/02/2013 11:16:10 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: albie

Whenever Beck or Hannity are involved....first thing to note is that the organization is probably not very conservative.

Hannity also got exposed in one of his charities where the charity did so little for its targeted group. The writer who broke the story was seriously slandered by the Hannity Bots....but she eventually was vindicated


40 posted on 02/02/2013 1:36:02 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Leaning Right

Thanks, Leaning Right. Those were exactly the statistics I was going to go look up after reading this thread.


41 posted on 02/02/2013 2:05:46 PM PST by Chad N. Freud
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To: smoothsailing

Wounded Warrior is a scam. There was no way they could pay for those high dollar TV commercials and not be. It meant they were spending money like crazy on building their organization and not helping those in need. Plus, their salaries have been published in the mid 6 figure range. Liberal scam artists making money off of our wounded veterans. As a veteran I find them to be criminal.


42 posted on 02/04/2013 2:08:45 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad

Only 55 cents of each donated dollar makes it to the warriors...

Financial Performance Metrics
Program Expenses 55.0%
Administrative Expenses 8.0%
Fundraising Expenses 36.8%

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842


43 posted on 02/04/2013 2:17:11 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
"the funds were turned down, because the organization is "religious in nature."

It's liberal speak...The fact that they except funds from some folks, but not others, makes them exactly the opposite of what they say they are....It makes them partisan..!! NOT nonpartisan...

Looks to me like a THUMB SUCKING LIBERAL has infiltrated the upper management of WWP...

44 posted on 02/04/2013 2:54:27 PM PST by unread
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To: Leaning Right
"Fisher House Foundation Program Expenses 96.6% Administrative Expenses 2.2% Fundraising Expenses 1.0% Wounded Warrior Project (Florida chapter) Program Expenses 55.0% Administrative Expenses 8.0% Fundraising Expenses 36.8%"

Well it would certainly seem from now on the smart money should go to Fisher House Foundation...

45 posted on 02/04/2013 3:05:26 PM PST by unread
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