Saturday, March 19, 2016

What One Fictional Wounded Warrior Thinks of WWP

I recently fell a few weeks behind in some of my newspaper reading, and even missed the Sunday comics one weekend. So here's a catch-up. Garry Trudeau has been doing new Doonesbury comics on Sundays only, and he turned his attention to a news story that hasn't gotten nearly enough coverage:

The Wounded Warrior Project is an appealing charity to a lot of people. However, according to Charity Navigator, it spends 34 percent of its budget on fundraising and only 60 percent on program (program = its reason for existing, as most of us would assume). There are organizations that are a lot worse than that, but that's nothing for WWP to be proud of.

Charity Navigator reports that seven out of 10 nonprofits spend at least 75 percent of their budget on program; nine out of 10 spend at least 65 percent. WWP doesn't hit either of those numbers. As Charity Navigator describes groups like WWP, "We believe that those spending less than a third of their budget on program expenses are simply not living up to their missions."

So thanks to Garry Trudeau for being there.

1 comment:

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

I read that the WWP board fired the top two executives, just days after I saw the comic strip.