The Wounded Warrior Project was caught in a mess last year when reports were discovered that the veteran non-profit only devoted 60 percent of the donations they received to wounded heroes.
The Better Business Bureau performed a new evaluation and found that the Wounded Warriors Project meets all 20 of the standards for charity and accountability.
This comes after the Wounded Warrior Project fired two of their top executives, but through transparency and cooperating with audits and the Better Business Bureau, the organization is cleaning up their act.
“This is a good lesson,” said Susan Bach of the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin. “How you address the concerns in the complaint, how you respond to the consumer, that is equally important.”
Because they can’t erase what happened, but instead of hiding in the shadows and hoping the bad publicity would just go away, Wounded Warrior Project made an effort to right the wrong and they’ve taken a step forward.
“Having that trust with your potential donors and the public is of the utmost importance,” said Bach. “When that is broken it is a long climb back.”
We talked with local veteran organizations today and found out there hasn’t been a ripple effect from the fallout of the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Desert Veterans of Wisconsin cited the genuine type of people we have here in northeast Wisconsin who appreciate the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.
A perfect example of that is how the community rallied to save the American Legion Post 38 in Grand Chute and helped the Legion raise over $100,000 to save the veteran organization from a road assessment.
But it does bring up an interesting point, people who donate to a cause want to make sure there hard earned money makes a difference, whether that is charities for Cancer or diseases, or children or veteran’s organizations.
Nowhere is that more apparent than the Old Glory Honor Flight out of Appleton in Oshkosh who have sent more than 3,500 veterans to Washington D.C. to check out the memorials in their honor.
To see the reactions of World War II veterans, or Vietnam veterans or Korean veterans makes a difference and helps people understand the hard work of the volunteers who don’t get paid – but also put 98 percent of the donations they receive back into the program.
“It is important that they are able to see the results of what their donations are and that is where the Old Glory Honor Flight really excels,” said Drew MacDonald the president of the Old Glory Honor Flight. “We are local and like so many of our veterans organizations we are dedicated to helping our veterans.”
MacDonald said that there are 600 veterans on the waiting list and more that sign up everyday for this once in a lifetime trip.
That is why fundraising is so important and the biggest one of the year is coming up Friday, February 10 at the Atrium at Lambeau Field, it’s called “An Evening to Remember.”
For more information here is a link to the Old Glory Honor Flight page.