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General WWP FAQs

General WWP FAQs

  1. When was Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) founded?

    WWP was founded in 2003.


  2. How was the organization founded and by whom?

    WWP was founded in Roanoke, Virginia by a group of veterans and friends who took action to help the injured service men and women of this generation.


  3. Is Wounded Warrior Project® a legitimate charity?

    The Wounded Warrior Project was granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service functioning as a charity under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the organization are deductible as charitable contributions. WWP's Federal I.D. number for donations is #20-2370934. Feel free to take a look at WWP's tax information and financial data.


  4. Where is WWP located? Do you have a location near me?

    We're a national organization and offer services to warriors throughout the nation, regardless of whether WWP teammates are in your area. We have field staff across the country and maintain offices in:

    • Atlanta, Georgia
    • Chicago, Illinois
    • Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • Fayetteville, North Carolina
    • Jacksonville, Florida
    • Nashville, Tennessee
    • New York, New York
    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • San Antonio, Texas
    • San Diego, California
    • Seattle, Washington
    • Washington, DC


  5. Who does Wounded Warrior Project® serve?

    The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to your military service on or after September 11, 2001. You may also be eligible for the program if you are the family member or caregiver of a Wounded Warrior. 


  6. Why don't you offer services to ALL veterans?

    WWP began as a small, grassroots effort to provide immediate assistance when a warrior of this generation was injured. We felt we could do the most good by providing more comprehensive programs and services to the newly injured, rather than spread ourselves too thin by trying to help all veterans. We also knew there were many terrific veterans' organizations for warriors from previous conflicts, but very few focused on serving our newest generation.


  7. I'm a warrior. How can I join or get involved?

    Sign up online for our WWP Alumni program. It's free to join. Throughout the year, we offer a wide range of events and activities around the country designed just for Alumni. These activities include sporting events, educational sessions, and social events that give individuals a chance to spend time with other injured service members. Alumni can also participate in many WWP activities and events for injured service members.


  8. Why do you call injured service members who get involved WWP Alumni?

    There is a distinct difference between members and alumni. Anyone can pay membership dues to an organization and call themselves a member. The term alumni indicates a mutual shared experience and denotes that your place in an organization was earned. WWP Alumni have earned their place in our organization and share common bonds of sacrifice. Furthermore, we do not ask for member dues because those who are eligible for membership have already paid their dues on the battlefield.


  9. How can I help injured veterans and service members?

    There are so many different ways to get involved and make a difference! Here are a few ideas:

    • Volunteer. Call your local VA medical center, and ask about volunteer opportunities.
    • Advocate for wounded service members. Call or write your congressional representatives or senators and urge them to make injured service members a legislative priority. Keep your ears open, too, on the WWP Facebook page for advocacy alerts with opportunities to sign petitions, write letters, and more.
    • Help raise awareness. Even the simplest efforts can make a difference. Help spread the word about the needs of wounded service members and the work of WWP in your home community. If you know an injured service member who might benefit from WWP's services, urge them to get involved – it's free!
    • Consider a financial gift. If you're in a position to do so, financial contributions are always greatly appreciated. Perhaps you might even host a fundraising event with your friends to benefit warriors!
    • Honor service members. If you know a service member, thank them for their service and sacrifices. These small gestures mean so much!
    • Wear the WWP logo. You can show your support for WWP by wearing apparel. Items can be ordered online through UnderArmour or Overstock.com.


  10. Other than the backpacks, what type of services do you provide?

    WWP provides more than 18 programs and services to injured service members and their families, in addition to numerous valuable resources. Please visit our Programs page and browse all our offerings that are categorized by Mind, Body, Economic Empowerment and Engagement.


  11. Can I hand out backpacks to warriors or read to them in the hospitals?

    Unfortunately, WWP does not offer these types of volunteer opportunities. We suggest contacting your local VA medical center for possible volunteer opportunities working directly with warriors.

     


  12. I would like to receive WWP updates and news. How can I receive these communications?

    Anyone can sign up to join our email list through our online subscription form. You'll receive the latest news about injured service members plus our monthly e-newsletter.


  13. I would like to know more about WWP's financial statements. Where can I find this information?

    Take a moment to look at our financials and browse through our annual reports to see the numbers and hear stories about the good things that are happening through WWP programs and services.


  14. Can you send me a list of warriors in my area so I can help them?

    We cannot release names and contact information for WWP Alumni due to privacy concerns.


  15. Does WWP have any events in my area?

    Injured service members and family members – register with WWP and you will receive email communications about upcoming events in your area.

    Supporters – Check the community events calendar for third party events in your area.


  16. Can I start a WWP branch in my area?

    WWP is not organized around branches or chapters. If you'd like to get involved in your area, we suggest finding an exisiting Proud Supporter event in your area or hosting one of your own!


  17. I don't support (the war / a certain politician / a national policy / etc.). Why should I get involved with WWP?

    WWP is a non-partisan organization, and we don't take a stance on the war. We believe that regardless of your politics or beliefs, the men and women in our nation's military have made tremendous personal sacrifices on our behalf, and deserve our respect and any assistance we can provide. It's about the WARRIOR, not the WAR.


Donation FAQs

  1. What percentage of my donation goes directly to Wounded Warriors?

    We continuously strive to keep administrative and fundraising costs associated with the operation of WWP as low as possible. Based on our fiscal year 2012 audited financial statements ending September 30, 2012, 81.6 percent of total expenditures went to provide services and programs for our Wounded Warriors and their families. We're proud to far exceed the Better Business Bureau's minimum standard of $0.65 for every dollar. We're consistently working to improve our efficiency and better serve warriors. If you're still curious, take a look at our financials.


  2. I'd like to sign up for a monthly gift, how do I do this?

    WWP's monthly giving program is called Advance Guard. This program provides WWP with a reliable, low-cost source of long-term income for WWP programs and services. Simply fill out our online donation form or download a copy and mail it in today.


  3. Can I make donations to a particular veteran or their family?

    Unfortunately, WWP cannot direct funds to a geographic location or specific individual.


  4. I would rather mail a check. To whom do I make it out and where do I send it?

    Please download and fill out our donation form, make your check payable to Wounded Warrior Project® and mail to:

     

    Wounded Warrior Project
    PO BOX 758517
    Topeka, KS 66675


  5. Can I make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one who has passed away?

    Donations made in honor of a loved one are always welcome. If you wish to make a memorial or honorary donation online, please use our online form. If you wish to mail in your memorial or honorary donation, please be sure to download and fill out a donation form to include with your check or credit card information.

     

    When making a memorial donation to WWP, please make your check payable to Wounded Warrior Project®. If posting our address for an obituary requesting donations be sent to WWP in lieu of flowers, please us the following contact information:

     

    Wounded Warrior Project
    PO BOX 758517
    Topeka, KS 66675


  6. Will the honoree or their family receive a letter notifying them of my donation?

    The Wounded Warrior Project® will notify the family or individual of your gift if the name and address of the acknowledgee is provided. You may enter this information on the bottom of our online and downloadable donation forms.


  7. Is the donation amount (i.e. $50,000) stated in the letter received by the acknowledgee?

    No, we do not state the donation amount unless specifically requested by the donor.


  8. When will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

    Receipts should be received by the donor 4-6 weeks after the donation is made.


  9. When will I receive a tax letter summarizing all my donations for the year?

    Tax receipts are sent in January and February of the following year. For example, a 2010 tax receipt will be sent to the donor in January or February of 2011.


  10. I wish to mention the Wounded Warrior Project® in my will. How can I do this?

    Read through our information on planned giving and then contact us at 877.832.6997. We will provide you with additional information you need to consider when making this decision.


  11. I would like to donate my car, home, or other real property to WWP. How can I do this?

    Unfortunately, we do not currently accept these types of donations. The donation of such items raises significant practical and legal problems, depending upon the circumstances. Please contact our office directly via info@woundedwarriorproject.org or 877.832.6997 and we can address the situation on an individual basis.


  12. How do I submit a matching gift form from my company to Wounded Warrior Project®?

    Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching their philanthropic support. Check with your human resource department to find out if you work for a company who matches charitable contributions. If so, fill out a matching gift form with our tax ID#, which is 20-2370934, and mail along with your donation to:

     

    Wounded Warrior Project
    Attn: Giving Outreach Team
    4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300
    Jacksonville, FL 32256

     

    If you are donating online, please forward your confirmation receipt and the matching gift form to the Giving Outreach Team at got@woundedwarriorproject.org. For all Matching Gift inquiries, please contact the Giving Outreach Team at 904.296.7350 or the email address listed above.


Proud Supporter FAQs

  1. Are there guidelines to adhere to when fundraising for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP)?

    Yes! Please view our Proud Supporter Guidelines.


  2. Can WWP issue a receipt for donated goods or services?

    WWP cannot issue tax receipts for the value of an individual's time, goods or services donated to your proud supporter event, as these items are not deductible under federal tax law and therefore are not eligible for a tax receipt. We can only acknowledge checks written to Wounded Warrior Project® directly.


  3. Can WWP issue a receipt for purchases of admission tickets, drawing tickets, and auction items?

    WWP will provide a tax-deductible acknowledgement for donations made directly to WWP. WWP cannot issue a receipt for purchases of admission tickets, drawing tickets, and auction items, as there is a good or service exchanged.


  4. Can WWP issue a receipt for my event's sponsors?

    WWP cannot issue tax receipts for your event's sponsors, nor can WWP accept sponsor funds and funnel those funds back to the event organizer.


  5. What percentage of the funds I raise as a Proud Supporter go to the wounded?

    We continuously strive to keep administrative and fundraising costs associated with the operation of WWP as low as possible. Based on our fiscal year 2011 audited financial statements ending September 30, 2011, 82.8% of total expenditures went to provide services and programs for our Wounded Warriors and their families. We're proud to far exceed the Better Business Bureau's minimum standard of $0.65 for every dollar. We're consistently working to improve our efficiency and better serve warriors. If you're still curious, take a look at our financials.


  6. Is WWP a legitimate charity? Can I obtain a copy of your tax determination letter?

    WWP was granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service, functioning as a charity under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the organization are deductible as charitable contributions. WWP's Federal I.D. number for donations is: 20-2370934. View our financials.

     

    WWP meets all of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability.  


  7. Supporters at my event may want to find out more about WWP. How can they do this?

    Once your event is approved, you can request access to a Proud Supporter resource page, which contains information you can make available at your event, in addition to the Proud Supporter materials mailed to you upon approval. You can also direct supporters at your event to the Mission portion of our website.


  8. I would like to host an event to benefit local warriors. How do I do this?

    As a national nonprofit, our charter is to serve veterans through our programs and services. If you would like to ensure a warrior in your area benefits from our programs and services, please have them register for our Alumni program. We are also unable to allocate your event donation geographically.


  9. Can WWP send a representative to my event?

    We are unable to provide a representative for first year events. Availability for a representative to attend your event is based on the representative's schedule at the time of your event. We often are unable to find a representative for your event.


  10. Can WWP provide me with a list of local warriors, supporters, or spokespersons?

    WWP cannot provide you with a list of warriors, supporters, or spokespersons due to privacy issues.


  11. Can I organize a raffle or an auction for WWP?

    Regulations governing raffles differ from state to state. Please check with your local attorney or state official's office for your state regulations. An auction to benefit WWP is permissible however we are unable to provide our federal tax ID # for permissions to hold this type of event.


  12. Can WWP refund or reimburse me for some of my expenses?

    To remain fiscally responsible, WWP cannot refund or reimburse any expenses related to externally instigated and managed fundraising events.


  13. Do I need to register my event each year?

    Yes. You will need to register your event each year to hold a benefit for Wounded Warrior Project® should you hold an annual benefit event.


  14. Can I use the WWP logo to advertise my event?

    We are unable to provide our logo for your use of your event. We no longer provide our logo for the use of third party events in effort to maintain brand integrity. You are able to use the term “to benefit Wounded Warrior Project” while advertising your event.


  15. What events do you have in my area?

    Please refer to our calendar of events for some upcoming fundraising events.


  16. How can I volunteer at an event?

    For volunteer opportunities at registered proud supporter events in your area, please visit the Proud Supporter Events Map, locate an event in your area and contact the event organizer to inquire about volunteer needs. Please note: These volunteer opportunities are not directly with WWP.


  17. Can I create a personalized donation page?

    A great way to spread the word about your fundraising efforts is through our online support function, Rally the Troops. This page describes the fundraiser and your efforts, and makes a great marketing tool! Visitors you email this specifically designated web page to will then be able to donate online directly to WWP. There are many great features you can adjust to your own preference with the personalized donation page.


  18. Can I use Facebook or other social media to contact anyone about WWP?

    Please do not contact, arrange meetings with, or request information through Facebook and other social media.


  19. Are there any fundraisers WWP does not support?

    WWP fundraisers cannot be sexual or political in nature and cannot be partnered with alcohol brands.


  20. May I contact WWP's corporate sponsors to help with my fundraiser?

    Please do not contact any of WWP's corporate sponsors. Each of our partners is already making significant contributions to our organization and the warriors we serve.


  21. May I contact the local military base to see if warriors want to attend my event?

    Please do not contact military bases to invite warriors. These requests should come through WWP's event staff at events@woundedwarriorproject.org.


  22. Can my fundraiser solicit donations at stores or gas stations?

    Please do not solicit people randomly at stores or gas stations. If you would like to fundraise, please support WWP through organizing a beneficiary event.


  23. If I have further questions, who should I contact?

    For further information, please contact WWP's events staff at  events@woundedwarriorproject.org or 877.832.6997.


  24. I'd like to sign up for a monthly gift, how do I do this?

    Thank you for inquiring. Yes, WWP does have a monthly giving program: Advance Guard. The Advance Guard monthly giving program provides a reliable, low-cost source of long-term income for WWP programs and services.


TRACK FAQs

  1. What is TRACK™?

    The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) TRACK™ program is the first education center in the nation created specifically for Wounded Warriors. The 12-month program, located in Jacksonville, Florida, and with a second location in San Antonio, Texas, gives you a jump-start on your educational goals with the full support of the WWP team. TRACK students enter as a team and continue through the program together, offering the ideal environment for students at all ability levels, including those who might not have been successful in traditional education opportunities in the past.


  2. How long does TRACK™ last?

    TRACK™ is a 12-month program in Jacksonville, Florida and San Antonio, Texas that prepares the warriors for success in college and the work force. The warriors receive college credit through Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) or The Alamo College system in San Antonio, Texas.


  3. How much does TRACK™ cost each Wounded Warrior?

    TRACK™ is an approved Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E), so all class fees, books, and a stipend are paid by that program. In addition, all moving and housing expenses are covered by WWP. Each TRACK student earns a student grant from WWP to offset living expenses. Upon successful completion of the 12-month program, all students receive a completion bonus of $6,000, known as the TRACK Merit Award.


  4. What type of classes will I take if I attend TRACK™?

    The TRACK™ curriculum includes college classes, as well as electives to introduce different career options for the warriors. All academic courses are taught by FSCJ/Alamo College instructors at the TRACK site or on campus. In addition to these classes, the warriors will attend life skills training, peak performance enhancement training, physical training, and financial preparation courses. The final three months consists of a full-time externship with local employers to prepare warriors for civilian employment.


  5. Are moving and housing expenses covered?

    Yes, all moving and housing expenses are covered. This program does require relocation to Jacksonville, Florida or San Antonio, Texas for the 12-month period.


  6. Why should I attend TRACK™?

    TRACK™ offers an opportunity to "earn while you learn," providing both an educational/vocational and financial foundation for future success in the business world.

     

    TRACK prepares warriors to succeed when they continue to a university or vocational training program. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) feels that we must address the overall health and well-being of the warriors and prepare them for success in the classroom. The attention to the Mind, Body and Spirit of each warrior is critical to warrior's success.


  7. What if I already tried college and it didn't work out?

    This program is perfect, because you realize how important it is to be prepared for rigorous academic courses. We expect committed participants who are ready for the next phase of their life.


  8. How do I apply to WWP's TRACK™?

    If you decide you are interested in attending TRACK™, review the eligibility requirements and complete the application process.


WWP 8K Run FAQs

  1. Will I get a shirt with my registration?

    There are a limited number of registrants guaranteed a commemorative Under Armour run shirt. Please check each city's Race Details page for more information.


  2. Are you offering military discounts?

    Active duty military with a valid ID and their immediate family can register at a discounted price using a promo code. Please email signatureevents@woundedwarriorproject.org to receive this promo code. Valid ID will be required at packet pick-up.


  3. Is there a late registration penalty?

    There is no late registration penalty, however, there is an early registration discount of $10. Early registration will end one month prior to each event. If you miss online registration, day-of registration will be available at the event.


  4. Can I form a team?

    Yes, everyone has the opportunity to start or join a team! Once registered for the run, you will receive information in your registration confirmation email about a useful online tool where you will have the opportunity to start or join a team as you work to meet your individual fundraising requirement. Please remember that each individual must register for the run and agree to raise a minimum of $99 before starting or joining a team, but forming a team is a great way to support each other through your fundraising efforts. Check out the Team WWP page for more information.


  5. Will there be a Fun Run?

    Yes, there will be a 1K Fun Run option for kids 12 and under. Registrants on the 1K Fun Run will not be required to fundraise.


  6. Do students/children receive discounts?

    Students can register at a discount price using a promo code. Please email signatureevents@woundedwarriorproject.org to receive this promo code. A valid student ID will be required at packet pick-up.


  7. Do I have to fundraise if I register for a WWP 8K Run?

    Yes. When you register, you are committing to raise a minimum of $99 no later than thirty (30) days following the date of the WWP 8K Run you register for. In the event that a registered runner fails to raise the minimum fundraising requirement of $99.00, Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. will charge $99.00 (or the remaining balance) to the credit card on file for that registered runner.


  8. If I fundraise will I get a discount?

    There is no discount for fundraising. Registrants who raise $500 or $1,000 no later than thirty (30) days following the date of the WWP 8K Run will receive a special Survival Strap gift depending on the level met.


  9. If I collect cash and check donations, where do I turn them in to receive credit toward the $99 fundraising commitment?

    You can bring cash and check donations with you on event day and turn them in at the packet pick-up tent or mail them to:

    Wounded Warrior Project
    Attn: Brooke O’Brien
    4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300
    Jacksonville, FL 32256

    If you mail in your cash and check donations, please include a note that states your name, email address registered with, and the city you registered for.


  10. Can I split donations with my teammates?

    Yes! Download a Donation Split Form and complete. You can bring the completed form and cash or check donations with you on event day to turn in at the Registration tent or you can mail them to:

    Wounded Warrior Project
    Attn: Brooke O’Brien
    4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300
    Jacksonville, FL 32256

    If you mail in your cash and check donations, please include a note that states your name, email address registered with, and the city you registered for.


  11. Where does the money that I fundraise go?

    We continuously strive to keep administrative and fundraising costs associated with the operation of WWP as low as possible. Based on our FY2013 audited financial statements ending September 30, 2013, 81.6 percent of total expenditures went to provide services and programs for our Wounded Warriors and their families. We're proud to far exceed the Better Business Bureau's minimum standard of $0.65 for every dollar. We're consistently working to improve our efficiency and better serve warriors. If you're still curious, take a look at our financials.


  12. If I missed online registration can I register at the event?

    Yes! Go to the Registration tent on event day to register starting at time the Run Details page specifies for each city.


  13. If I register on event day am I still responsible for fundraising $99?

    Yes. All registrants are committing to raising a minimum of $99 when they register. The minimum donation is due to Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. no later than thirty (30) days following the date of the WWP 8K Run. In the event that a registered runner fails to raise the minimum fundraising requirement of $99.00, Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. will charge $99.00 (or the remaining balance) to the credit card on file for that registered runner.


  14. Will the race still go on if it rains?

    This event is rain or shine! We hope it’s sunny on run day, but please be prepared with your rain gear and join us in supporting our Wounded Warriors if it’s not.


  15. Is there designated parking for the event?

    Yes, please check each city's Run Details page for parking instructions.


  16. Is there food at the event?

    Refreshments will be present at each event for run registrants. Food and beverages will not be provided for spectators, but additional food may be for sale. Will vary by location.


  17. If I can’t attend packet pick-up can I get my packet at the event?

    Yes. Just stop by the Packet Pick-Up tent on event day to at time the Run Details page specifies for each city.


  18. Will there be Wounded Warriors at the event who I can meet?

    We cannot guarantee that warriors will be present at each event.


  19. Will the course be handicap accessible?

    We do our best to make sure that all levels of athletes can complete each run course however, these are outdoor road and/or trail runs. We do ask that you personally check out the route before registering to ensure safe completion.


  20. Will there be an alternate route for handicap accessible usage?

    There will not be an alternate route.


  21. Can I ride my bike?

    Unfortunately, we are not welcoming bikes at these events.


  22. Will there be local media, television, or news reporters at the race?

    We do not guarantee local media coverage, however, we have had much interest in the past and anticipate media coverage at each event.


  23. If I am a first place finisher is there a trophy or award?

    The first place male and female times overall and the first place male and female times in each age division will receive special awards. Please check out the Awards, Timing, Results & Photos page for more details.


  24. If I don’t want to participate can I still come to the event?

    We would love for you to come to the event and cheer on your friends and family. We encourage you to join the runners near the start/finish lines to encourage them as they begin the run and again as they cross the finish line.


  25. Will there be WWP gear available for purchase?

    We will have a booth set up at each event with WWP gear available for purchase.


  26. Are strollers allowed?

    Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. will allow the use of strollers in the 8K Run. You acknowledge, understand and agree that the use of strollers is at your own risk. You acknowledge, agree and understand, on behalf of the minor in the stroller, that the minor in the stroller is subject to the terms and conditions of the Accident Waiver, Release of Liability and Hold Harmless form. If you are pushing a stroller please line up toward the back of the start of the race to avoid congestion.


  27. Can I bring my dog to the run?

    No.


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