CHARITY DEFENSE COUNCIL INC wrote -
The Charity Defense Council fights for the people who fight for the people - America’s charities.
In late January, the New York Times and CBS News called Wounded Warrior Project's spending on fundraising into question, and accused them of "lavish" spending in non-program areas. By combining the two, a picture of systemic over-spending and donor betrayal was painted. The public became outraged and the two top executives were fired.
We're not here to defend unnecessary lavish spending, and we won’t. But did any of that occur or rise to the level the media has reported? Did any of it justify firing the top two executives – one a founder – who led the organization to unprecedented growth? We all deserve to know.
We know this much: Neither the New York Times nor the CBS News story conducted an overall impact analysis on Wounded Warrior Project, nor did they compare Wounded Warrior Project’s impact with the other organizations they referred to in their stories. Impact should always be the first priority in evaluating any organization. The New York Times and CBS also criticized Wounded Warrior Project’s fundraising costs ratios, without reporting that Wounded Warrior Project’s fundraising strategy nets ten times more money for veterans than the largest of the other organizations they used for comparison.
Our goal is to crowdfund $25,000 from our grassroots supporters – you – to hire an accomplished investigative journalist to work with us to get to the truth. We will ask Wounded Warrior Project about impact and spending, and we’ll ask the media what they did to go beyond the short-sighted measure of overhead. Was there an attempt to quantify impact, identify intention, or uncover systemic, truly wasteful spending? If there was anything improper going on at Wounded Warrior Project, we will stand boldly against it. But, if this was a sensationalized attack that side-stepped impact, and if Wounded Warrior Project executives were scapegoated, we want to draw a line in the sand and say "enough.”
By crowdfunding the investigation from the grassroots, we'll show our collective strength and commitment to a better world for nonprofit organizations and all those we serve.
Please help us by contributing today. Give as much as you can. And ask your friends in the sector to do the same. What’s at stake is the very work to which we’ve all dedicated our lives. And our lives, and the lives of those we serve, are worthy of the full truth.
Charity Defense Council