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Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Funds from Local Church
GOP USA ^ | February 2, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 02/04/2013 5:56:06 AM PST by IbJensen

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: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: wwwoundedwarierproj
Bill O'Reilly supports this 'charity', so I wonder if he is concerned about this refusal. The following letter to WW Project insinuates that much of the contributions goes for 'administration'. I find this highly suspect.

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.

1 posted on 02/04/2013 5:56:12 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Send it here - they’ll take it:

http://www.specialops.org/


2 posted on 02/04/2013 5:59:42 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: IbJensen

If this is true, then it is a despicable position for this organization to take. Has it been taken over by doctrinaire leftists?


3 posted on 02/04/2013 6:00:31 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: IbJensen

If this stands I will rewrite my will and eliminate @@P as one of the beneficiaries.


4 posted on 02/04/2013 6:01:32 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999

OOOPS that should be WWP


5 posted on 02/04/2013 6:03:24 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: IbJensen

We were considering signing up for their monthly “auto donate” plan. We’re holding off now - this doesn’t make sense at all....in the meantime we’re calling St Judes Childrens Hospital, they’ll take our money with grace.


6 posted on 02/04/2013 6:11:26 AM PST by wesagain (The God #Elohim# of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: IbJensen

On Twitter last night, WWP said the event did not meet WWP’s event guidelines and it was a “mistaken communication” on their part. Funny, because here, https://m.facebook.com/wwpinc.fans/posts/10151256727408415, they say the same thing about the gun issue, that it was “confusing communication” on their part.

They do spend a lot of their donations on admin and advertising. I’m not a big fan of them personally for a few reasons.


7 posted on 02/04/2013 6:17:26 AM PST by rangerwife
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To: IbJensen
Wounded Warriors Project's CEO - Steven Nardizzi - doesn't want to risk losing his $320,000 annual salary.
Remember, he's doing this ... for the vets.
8 posted on 02/04/2013 6:19:33 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: IbJensen

I am withholding future support for these idiots until they resolve this issue. Truly unbelievable! Stevie666


9 posted on 02/04/2013 6:20:18 AM PST by szweig (HYHEY!! (Have You Had Enough Yet))
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To: IbJensen
First anti-gun and now anti-Christian. I guess WWP doesn't like "bitter clingers" or our money.

So be it.

10 posted on 02/04/2013 6:21:08 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: IbJensen

I’m hearing a lot of “This info has not been verified”.


11 posted on 02/04/2013 6:22:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: wesagain

Last year at Christmas, my husband and I decided to send money to charity instead of buying gifts for each other. He decided to send money to WWP and I chose Fisher House. I read that as charities go WWP spends a great deal of money on administration as opposed to Fisher House where all monies go straight to the facilities. Since sending our donations, we get no fewer than one mailing a week from WWP looking for more and not one mailing from Fisher.


12 posted on 02/04/2013 6:23:36 AM PST by surrey
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To: IbJensen

Hmm, checking over the report on Charity Navigator:

55% of expenses related to programs, 36.8% related to fundraising, 8% for administration... Top executive compensation $319k. Ahh, yes, many six figure salaries for alphabet soup positions, always a bad sign. Latest tax year online for examination of form 990? 2010. Really bad sign.

Comparing this to Operation Homefront: 94.3% of expenses related to programs, 2.3% to administration, 3.3% to fundraising. Top executive $174k. A few six figure salaries for top alphabet soup. Last tax year online? 2011.


13 posted on 02/04/2013 6:30:15 AM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: IbJensen

Only the worship of a corrupt and abusive government monster is acceptable. One more organization to shake the dust from your feet upon.


14 posted on 02/04/2013 6:36:21 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: oh8eleven

Just like the Red Cross...
Their president makes around $450K a year...
Nice gig...


15 posted on 02/04/2013 6:39:39 AM PST by matginzac
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To: BCW

Gary Sinise Foundation. http://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

I earmarked mine to build houses for quadriplegic veterans.

Another is Marcus Luttrel’s Lone Survivor Foundation.

http://www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org/


16 posted on 02/04/2013 6:40:57 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: BCW

Send it here - they’ll take it:

http://www.specialops.org/


Yep, sent a good chunk of change to SOWF as a substitute for Christmas gifts this year. Also asked folks to give to them as a “present” to me.


17 posted on 02/04/2013 6:43:25 AM PST by moovova
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To: jboot

“First anti-gun”

I stopped giving to them last year when they indicated that they were anti-gun by refusing to go on the Tom Gresham Gun Talk show because his show involved firearms.

This just seals the deal.


18 posted on 02/04/2013 6:44:47 AM PST by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: kingu
Top executive compensation $319k. Ahh, yes, many six figure salaries for alphabet soup positions, always a bad sign.
I was aware of WWP's executive compensation and used to recommend Fisher House as an alternative.
But when I looked them up a few months ago on Charity Navigator, I discovered their CEO made $393,850 in 2011 ... not bad since FH lost $17 million that year.
Since the VA does a fairly good job of helping vets, I always wondered why all these private organizations were around. Now I know.
19 posted on 02/04/2013 6:46:13 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: IbJensen

Strange. WWP took the donations from our church. Several ladies even went there on Thanksgiving and Christmas to make home cooked meals for the wounded.


20 posted on 02/04/2013 6:50:49 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, Period, end of conversation.)
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To: oh8eleven

These charity salaries need to be corrected. In a way, it’d be a completely different matter if we were talking about those who founded the organization and spent decades in tireless efforts to volunteer, organize and fund raise. I wouldn’t object to these huge salaries, as they earned it. I wouldn’t have to object as these people would never imagine soaking that much of the organizations resources into their personal financial gain.

But these alphabet soups who are hired in after the organization is established just drain the various charities of valuable funds for their personal enrichment.


21 posted on 02/04/2013 6:52:26 AM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: IbJensen

Why do we even need WWP and FH, we ought to stop giving money to countries that hate us (Egypt, Pakistan, etc.) and spend it on our wounded warriors.


22 posted on 02/04/2013 7:04:56 AM PST by Marathoner 244
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To: IbJensen

WWP will not accept donations from any gun rights groups either even though they say they support 2A. I swear this group must me taking money from Geo Soros.


23 posted on 02/04/2013 7:26:11 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Portcall24

I proudly wear my Gary Sinise baseball cap and have received my compliments for wearing it. Until I find out
fully about WWP. I’m doubling down for his Foundation.


24 posted on 02/04/2013 7:43:59 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: IbJensen

Donate to the Fisher House, its a great program


25 posted on 02/04/2013 9:41:44 AM PST by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Ditter

I noticed your post on the TX board. I replied on this thread that WW accepted the donations from our church.


26 posted on 02/08/2013 6:12:41 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Yes, thanks! This may be the negative comment I heard about the WWP..Gary Seniese sounds good.
27 posted on 02/08/2013 6:21:50 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

There are several older and a couple of younger German ladies in our congregation who make authentic German food. I love the pot luck dinners we have after church.

They have been visiting the WW in San Antonio and cook for the soldiers. The guys really look forward to the meals when they come there.


28 posted on 02/08/2013 7:00:11 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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