An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
I support our troops. That is a fact. It won’t change. However, due to recent events, I won’t be supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, unless they change their policy. This truly saddens me.
You see, I give from the heart, BECAUSE of my faith. It was what I was taught, and will continue for the rest of my time on this earth. When an organization rejects such faith, then I must reject them. I know they do good work for our returning wounded troops, but there are other organizations who work just as hard for them. We don’t have much money to spare anymore, so I must be quite selective as to where it goes, and who it will truly aid.
As reported by Todd Starnes at Fox Radio, the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy, Wallace Cooley, said that “they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and were about to launch the campaign when they received an email from the organization.”
The church had planned on taking up a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from family and friends.
“We must decline the opportunity to be the beneficiary of your event due to our fundraising event criteria, which doesn’t allow community events to be religious in nature,” read an email from the WWP community events team. “Please note your registration fee will be refunded within the next 7-10 business days.”
WWP said as a nonpartisan organization they cannot accept event fundraising from companies “in which the product or message is religious in nature.”
Pastor Cooley said they were so shocked that the school secretary called Wounded Warrior to make sure there hadn’t been a mistake. He said a WWP representative assured her that “religious” was indeed on their banned list.
Well, I’m not an organization, but my faith, as with most folks, is religious based. Since they refuse funds from ‘religious organizations’, I guess they don’t want my money either.
According to the news story, Pastor Cooley “told NewsChannel Five that a representative from WWP called him.The representative apologized and said he would be meeting with other administrators from the organization to talk about this incident.”
How does being “nonpartisan” have ANYTHING to do with accepting funds from a church group? Most nonprofits that get in trouble with the IRS do so because of what they DO with the funds… not where they come from. The Wounded Warrior Project does great work for out troops. But the organization and the rules governing nonprofit activities need a little common sense.
If WWP does come to their senses, I will consider a continued donation, IF we have any money left. If not? Well, then I’m afraid they’ll likely see their donations drop due to their blatant foolishness. Does Fisher House reject faith based donations?
Here’s a partial list of organizations that help our warriors from Charity Watch, with their rankings. I notice WWP isn’t listed.
I’m sure there are others, but this is what I found with a very quick search.