Corrupt Wounded Warrior Project is on Charity Navigator’s watch list

I’ve been wary of the Wounded Warrior Project charity group. Now, we have confirmation of our skepticism: The charity organizations watchdog Charity Navigator has put Wounded Warrior Project on its watch list.

Wounded Warrior Project

Tim Mak reports for The Daily Beast, January 29, 2016:

Charity Navigator, a leading charitable sector watchdog, put the veterans group Wounded Warrior Project on its donor “watchlist,” indicating to its audience that there are troubling allegations against the organization that contributors should be aware of. 

The Daily Beast has been reporting on the excesses of the Wounded Warrior Project since September 2014, with a series of stories on its high overhead costs and its penchant for bullying smaller charities with the term “wounded warrior” in their name. Wounded Warrior Project CEO Steven Nardizzi has also been part of an effort to increase charitable sector executive salaries and have larger fundraising costs.

“Placing a charity on the Watchlist is a way of letting donors know that there is an issue of concern that they should take into account before they donate to that charity,” Sandra Miniutti, a vice president at Charity Navigator, told The Daily Beast. “We have a committee that meets each week. They review the information that has come to our attention about a particular charity and determine if it should be placed on the Watchlist, Donor Advisory list, or neither.”

In addition to the warning issued by Charity Navigator, CBS News and The New York Times report that dozens of former Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) employees have complained of lavish spending and waste.

In 2014, WWP received more than $300 million in donations but only spent roughly 60% of that on veterans. In contrast, other respected charities for wounded veterans, like the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust and Fisher House, reportedly spent more than 90% of their donations on vets.

Shame on you, stealing money from wounded veterans!

Shame on you, stealing money from wounded veterans!

While WWP has grown dramatically in funds raised and staff employed, it has also posted extravagant administrative costs. As an example, Nardizzi, a lawyer whose salary as CEO was close to a half a million dollars in 2014, rappelled from a 10-story building during a staff conference at a five-star hotel.

Donald Trump is also wary of the Wounded Warrior Project and excluded the organization from the beneficiaries of his evening veterans event. Trump told CBS reporter John Dickerson, “We saw some bad stories about them, and until we find out what’s going on, we said, maybe we’d better take that one off the list.”

On March, 2016, CBS News says Wounded Warrior Project fired Steven Nardizzi and Al Giordano. The latter was WWP’s chief operating officer.

H/t John Molloy

~Eowyn

30 responses to “Corrupt Wounded Warrior Project is on Charity Navigator’s watch list

  1. Thank you for the warning, Dr. Eowyn.

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  3. Thank Heavens, WW fired the two top dogs who were living like Princes of the realm, with lavish first class living–all at the expense of the true wounded among us. It is best to not donate to these folks until they can prove that they can get along with 1% overhead–as many other ethical charities do. WW was touted on many conservative shows, and by many conservative entertainers . . . I hope they have learned their lesson.

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  4. The WW board is also suspect since they allowed this behavior without proper oversight. The WW board should also be replaced.

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  5. Before we all damn Wounded Warrior Project for its excesses we need to realize and understand that Charlity Navigator is a leftist organization, and NOT the unbiased organization the media has brainwashed us into believing. I am going to dig deeped into Wounded Warrior’s practices before I drop them from my list of charities. I’m also going to dig deeper before I trust all the Charity Navagator mud-slinging. Just from scratching the surface at Charity Navagotor I can smell bias.

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    • How is Charity Navigator “a leftist organization”? Your source, please.
      On its 2014 Form 990, Charity Navigator reported the salary of its CEO Ken Berger as $160,644.
      Charity Navigator gives a maximum 4-star rating, an overall score of 96.86 (out of 100), and a maximum 100 score for accountability and transparency for the veterans charity organization, Fisher House Foundation. Was Charity Navigator also biased in its evaluation of Fisher House — a charity about which I’ve only heard good things?
      http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=7585#.VvmE5TEwZnQ

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  6. I no longer have cable, but when I did and tuned into Fox now and then, I was appalled at the way that collection of eunuchs and tarts yapped for these wars in which that miserable, criminal state of Israel has been the only winner–and, despite the bull, at the cost of jeopardizing and not securing our oil supplies. I’m a combat vet myself and my blood boils at the sight of young amputees at the VA. I don’t believe for one damn minute that this WWP or Hannity’s flag-waving jingoism and concerts is anything more than a cynical attempt to glorify sending our troops into a meat grinder for Israel and its fifth column neocons, who would be hanged for their treason if justice were served.

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  7. It is heartbreaking to see the damage and neglect our veterans have to suffer at so many turns, starting with their own government.
    But a 40% operating budget is highly suspect and as Auntie said, the board is also suspect for letting it happen.
    And how Trump is on this with the load he is carrying is amazing. Talk about someone that can multi task. If,all his knowledge comes to him by the staff he hires, then he is the person we need for this country.
    I have no doubt, he will take care of our vets or know the reason why.

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  8. I am surprised. Alex Jones had someone from Wounded Warrior on his radio program about three years or so ago, and it seemed to me they had a good rapport. (I cannot remember the man’s name, but it was neither of the men you identify).
    I have also heard that Goodwill Industries has been paying its CEO (or COO?) some $800,000 a year, while paying some of its employees only $2 an hour.
    Charity Navigator is a good site.

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  9. I don’t understand why conservatives think they are the only Americans who support our troops. Liberals simply realize that over the last 65 years our war efforts have basically done nothing except put young men and women in harms way to benefit fat cat congressmen and businesses whose bottom line depends on war. It’s easy to sit in a chair at home and watch so called news shows like Fox rant about going to war to increase their ratings by riling up these so called “Americans” who are very brave sitting at home in their living rooms. Any young man or woman who has actually faced combat are the only ones fit to talk about it. I’ve given to the Wounded Warrior Project for the last four years, I’m a liberal by the way and proud of promoting a progressive nation. You can’t stop social progress by the way. Open your eyes. Progress will happen. I’d just like to know that the money is going in the right direction. I realize projects like this cost money to operate but I think most people know when a charity is missing the mark. Hopefully WWP has fixed their administrative problems, because the concept is honorable.

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    • “Any young man or woman who has actually faced combat are the only ones fit to talk about it.” So the spouses and other relatives of combat vets aren’t fit to talk about it? The medical personnel who treat combat vets aren’t fit to talk about it? Those who have interviewed and/or spoken with combat vets aren’t fit to talk about it?

      Yet I’m sure Hillary is fit to talk about it since she took sniper fire in Bosnia and newscaster Brian Williams is too, since the helicopter he was riding in was forced down by enemy fire. /sarc

      As a liberal, I’m sure you’re quite proud of the progress this administration has made with the Veterans Affairs.

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      • The VA’s been a problem for way longer than this administration. My state senator is John McCain been around over 30yrs guess he’s just waiting for the right time to act . Shouldn’t be a political issue I think everyone wants to see the VA work well for vets. Not really a conservative or liberal issue.

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        • Well I would think the smartest president ever would have enacted his progressive plan and solved the VA problems by now, instead of actually getting worse. Phoenix VA comes to mind.

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          • Damn Obama! Maybe Senator McCain should have been more on top of things since he’s been a senator in Az. for 30yrs. And by the way since it’s been brought to light by that screwed up “liberal media or the media of facts:”. Progress is being made and people are trying to work out the problems. Again not a political issue unless you want it to be, which of course will just slow the process.

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            • Well, McCain is useless. AZ voters are, too for electing a man who can’t get anything done.
              Loretta Lynch isn’t trying to work out the problems. The DOJ is actually helping Helman.

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            • Progress is being made? Tell that to the families of the 300,000+ vets who died waiting for healthcare in the past years. The VA has been covering up their errors made under this administration. You’d think the CIC would make that a top priority since he recently said we owe our vets good healthcare.

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              • You just really want to make this political don’t you. That figure of 300,000 is rhetorical and most fact checks show that number has no factual evidence to show it was because of VA mistakes. I’ve no doubt some deaths could have been prevented as is case in any hospital in America. I’m hoping and assuming that’s one of the problems being addressed. And by the way I know plenty of vets and their families, including my father, who have been helped by the many benefits that the VA offers. You can hate Obama but troubles with certain procedures at the VA were problems long before Obama took office. They won’t be fixed overnight. Again this is not a political issue. Unless that’s what you want it to be. I’m sure most vets and their families don’t want it be.

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                • You just really want to not place blame on this admin for the scandals that have occurred under Obama’s watch don’t you. The VA Inspector’s report is what it is.

                  And by the way, I know plenty of vets who haven’t been helped by the many benefits that the VA offers.

                  The problems won’t be fixed overnight and certainly have not been addressed during the past 7 years.

                  I’m not the one making it political. It’s run by bureaucrats and politicians, who make everything political for a living.

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          • Single-payer healthcare… just ask the Brits how much fun NHS is.

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    • ” Any young man or woman who has actually faced combat are the only ones fit to talk about it.”
      Says Barry Davis, who had never actually faced combat and yet is talking about it. /sarc

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    • Why conservatives might not think liberals support the troops? Well, take quite liberal Ted Rall’s cartoon here: http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/images/trall070714.gif

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      • Or these charming anti-war folk in Portland, OR:

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        • And their likeminded buddies elsewhere:

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          • Kinda hard to take ’em as supporting the troops (ours, anyway).

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            • This bs isn’t typical of liberal thinking in fact it’s more typical of simple hate. Just like I don’t think white supremacists represent most conservatives. Wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t some hateful conservatives in that group. Some people just enjoy looking for the worst. Might be better to see the good going on out there. I happen to think the U.S is still a pretty good place. Take a look around, it’s not that bad out there.

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              • Michael Moore, for instance…

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                • Hey, good talking to you but you seem to like to wallow in the old negative blame game. It’s really become boring over the years. Have a good one.

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                • Yeah anon, quit wallowing and do something productive with your life 😊

                  How dare you mention fat man Moore, the lefty hero who has played the blame game on capitalism, America, and Bush to make millions!

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