Skip to comments.Church Says Wounded Warrior Project Refused Their Money
Posted on 02/01/2013 2:21:14 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll
A Christian church and school in Florida are devastated after they said Wounded Warrior Project refused to accept their fund raising effort because it was religious in nature.
We were heartbroken, said Wallace Cooley, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Cooley said 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 doesnt 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 hadnt been a mistake. He said a WWP representative assured her that religious was indeed on their banned list.
We had to tell our children and parents we cant give to the Wounded Warrior Project, Pastor Cooley told Fox News. We are second-class citizens now because we are people of faith.
A Wounded Warrior told Fox News they would look into the matter. The organization did not respond to subsequent telephone calls.
The fundraising project was a joint effort by the 400-member church and the 460 students who attend the academy. The pastor said he first learned about WWP by watching Fox News Channel.
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Doesn’t Glenn Beck endorse the WWP?
Wounded Warrior Project is off my list.
This is very disappointing to me since this was one of the few charities I was still giving to.
Maybe Soros can pick up the slack.
I've never heard of the WWP rejecting any money before.
Isn't this also the Ollie North/Hannity baby ???
Sean Hannity has some ‘splainin’ to do!.........
Never send money to national organizations that claim to directly help people when there are people in need locally. You know where your money is going when you keep charity close to home and the recipients can put a face on the help they received.
Just my opinion.
We are second-class citizens now because we are people of faith.
If it takes some of the sting out of the rejection, they should bear in mind that while they serve God our military most certainly doesn’t - they are not allowed to.
O’Reilly plugs WWP pretty hard, too. Lame reason to turn down money for vets if you ask me.
Very disappointing, if true.
It’s too late to stop this years’ contribution, but I’ll definitely look to something closer to home next year.
I agree with that.
Several years ago I sent a rather sizeable donation to a ‘small’ group advertising that they help wounded military get laptop computers to aid them after their service.
Thereafter, I was placed on their donations list and frequently (2-3 times a month or more) got requests to donate. Some of those ‘mailings’ were expensive to produce and included paid return postage and paid return FEDEX (and I know that isn’t cheap).
I quickly decided that they were using ‘donations’ to send out fancier request packages for more ‘donations’, rather than the money going for the intended purpose. I requested they remove me from their listing. It took several requests before they finally quit sending me ‘mailings’.
Donate locally. There is a higher probability that funds will be used more appropriately.
Are these people affiliated with Obama? He despises religious people.
Haven't I heard commercials on the radio advertising these people?
What have I missed?
Good opinion. Thus the old saw, "Charity begins at home."
From their website:
“WWP fundraisers cannot be sexual or political in nature and cannot be partnered with alcohol brands.”
Says nothing about religious groups, I think I would save the kneejerk reactions until all the facts are in hand. This is a great organization, would hate to think people would accept an article at face value without more information.
I am SO glad I cut them off. I was sending $25/month plus I sent a few $1000 donations.
What a bunch of lukewarm losers they are.
folks.....stop giving to them.....WWP has become the liberals little pet...its politically correct and that is one thing freepers aren't..politically correct.
Ok so make an anonymous donation
It has happened before. There was a dustup a while ago (maybe two to three months) where WWP turned down a group's fundraising efforts for them. I'm quite sure that it was a gun-related group but I'll have to look for a link to confirm that. (GunTalkRadio vaguely comes to mind.)
Your hearts are in the right place, BUT...
If we want to fix what is wrong, you have to bite the bullet and end ALL charitable contributions (it was VERY difficult to walk past those bell-ringers and not throw in whatever cash I had).
The only way to get Washington & the freeloaders off our backs is to stop making it comfortable to be one them. Let them count on Uncle Barry to provide that special Christmas dinner, toys for the kiddies, those extras that we can no longer afford for our own families, because we are providing for everyone else’s (and being vilified for “having too much”). It’s not very Christ-like, but SCREW’EM.