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wwp-moneyWe received some pushback when we first said “My Money Won’t Go to Wounded Warrior Project” and explained how the charity was reckless with its donations. People were shocked — shocked! — that such a well meaning charity could possibly be less than transparent about how it used the money it gathers “for veterans.”

We all had good reason to be shocked: In mid-March, the board of directors for the Wounded Warrior Project fired the charity’s two top executives for “financial irregularities,” saying they caused WWP to spend 40% of donations on overhead. They said the WWP “spent recklessly and became overly focused on fund-raising at the expense of veterans’ programs.”

After CEO Steven Nardizzi (who gathered some $473,000 in compensation in 2014) and COO Al Giordano were fired, news reports cited a million-dollar staff meeting at a 5-star Colorado hotel, and “hundreds of thousands of dollars on public relations and lobbying campaigns to deflect criticism of its spending and to fight legislative efforts to restrict how much nonprofits spend on overhead.”