Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wounded Warrior Project: Challenging Times

by Gary Snyder


The Wounded Warrior Project seems to be sticking with accounting practices that have led to scrutiny in recent months, with critics noting potentially inflated program spending and understated fundraising expenses.

     The organization continued to report as program spending large portions of expenses on mailings and television advertisements that contain fundraising appeals and messages that the charity says help it achieve its mission, according to financial filings recently released. 
     
     Such accounting has been questioned by observers of the nonprofit, including Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley.  (philanthropy.com) 
     
     UPDATE: The Wounded Warrior Project announced that it will lay off several executives and dozens of other employees and will cut some of its services as officials say donations have fallen this year amid a storm of negative news stories, according to reports and a statement from the organization. 
     
     Wounded Warrior will cut about 15 percent of its roughly 600 employees, chief executive Michael Linnington told Stars and Stripes, adding that the nonprofit has lost a lot of support over the past year amid sustained news coverage that has been critical of its spending polices. ((philanthropy.com) 
    
     Further UPDATE: CEO Linnington announced that the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) lost between $90 million and $100 million, representing 25 percent of donations, since all the scandal about the organization started rolling out in January. 

HERE WE GO AGAIN: The Avondale (AZ) Police Department arrested a man in connection with an embezzlement scheme that targeted a veterans group.

Investigators said Kirk Davis, president of Pat Tillman Memorial Veterans of Foreign Affairs Post 40, is accused of stealing over $100,000 from the VFA accounts over the last two years since he became president.

More: The  Veterans Administration Credit Union (MI) was taken for more than $2.3 million.


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