WWP was founded in 2003.
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.
Wounded Warrior Project® (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. The WWP Federal I.D. number for donations is #20-2370934. For information on the tremendous impact WWP is having on those we serve, please visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission/how-we-serve.aspx.
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 - learn more at Visit Us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Under Armour or Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
WWP provides more than 20 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.
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.
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.
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.
We cannot release names and contact information for WWP Alumni due to privacy concerns.
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.
We are pleased to report that based on our FY 2015 990, more than $262 million went to our life-saving free programs, a 38 percent increase in spend from FY 2014.This is the third consecutive year that the amount of money spent on programs for warriors has increased. Program spend represented 75 percent of our total expenses. For more information, please view our financials page.
Unfortunately, WWP cannot direct funds to a geographic location or specific individual.
Please download and fill out our donation form, make your check payable to Wounded Warrior Project® and mail to:
Wounded Warrior Project
PO BOX 758516
Topeka, KS 66675
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 758516
Topeka, KS 66675
No, we do not state the donation amount unless specifically requested by the donor.
Receipts should be received by the donor 4-6 weeks after the donation is made.
Tax receipts are sent in January and February of the following year. For example, a 2015 tax receipt will be sent to the donor in January or February of 2016.
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.
WWP does not currently accept these types of donations. The donation of such items raises significant practical and legal concerns, depending upon the circumstances. Please contact our office directly via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can assess the situation on an individual basis.
Many companies offer matching gift programs that will double, even triple a donation's value. Even more, your company may also match gifts from spouses, retirees, and board members. Each gift will help foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.
For full details on company matching gifts or to search for your company, please visit our Company Matching Gifts page.
Proud Supporter FAQs
It’s simple! Visit our fundraising page here. Choose your fundraising type, enter your fundraiser information, set up your fundraising page and receive access to a Download Center with promotional templates and resources. You can also send out emails to your friends, family, and coworkers.
You can do mostly anything you can think of! We enjoy seeing all types of creative ideas from our supporters! We have seen golf tournaments, spirit weeks, 5k races, weddings, concerts, and more that have been turned into fundraisers. We are not able to support fundraisers that are sexual or political in nature, based on cause marketing campaigns or promotions (percent/portion of proceeds/sales), alcohol or drug based, or soliciting donations.
We have a Student Ambassadors initiative that is geared towards schools and students. If you are a student, school advisor or staff member and would like to get involved with raising funds and awareness for WWP through your school, athletic team, or as an individual, we invite you to register as Student Ambassadors here. You will be able to set up a fundraising page and receive access to a Download Center with promotional templates and resources!
Sign up as a Community Athlete! Raise funds and awareness for WWP by participating in a local 5K, marathon, triathlon, sporting tournament, workout competition, or by setting your own endurance goal. You will receive a special WWP jersey once you reach a $500 fundraising goal.
WWP is unable to approve a fundraiser that promotes that a “percentage” or “portion” of “proceeds” or “sales” will be given to WWP, as this type of effort relates to cause marketing and is highly regulated. On your application, please state that your fundraiser will be “benefiting Wounded Warrior Project” or “a donation will be made to Wounded Warrior Project,” rather than promoting a percentage or portion of proceeds or sales. You can even ask a “suggested donation”.
Please refer to our Search and Donate page to see upcoming fundraisers in your area.
Yes – If you are planning to have your fundraiser as an annual event, we ask you to re-register each year. Also, if you choose to host a new or additional fundraiser, we ask you to register that separately. This way, we can issue you a specific Fundraiser ID so that we can properly track and thank you for your fundraising efforts!
In an effort to ensure the highest percentage of each dollar you raise goes directly towards services to warriors and their families, we have created online, customizable and printable resources for you to utilize for your fundraising. These are available to registered fundraisers through our Download Center.
Registered fundraisers are allowed exclusive access to the WWP Proud Supporter logo and word mark. To access these images log in to the Community Fundraising Center and click the Download Center. Before placing the logo on any materials, items or apparel, be sure to read the logo guidelines document.
WWP cannot issue tax receipts for the value of an individual's time, goods or services donated to your fundraiser, 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.
WWP cannot issue tax receipts for your fundraiser’s sponsors, nor can WWP accept sponsor funds and funnel those funds back to the fundraiser organizer.
WWP cannot refund or reimburse any expenses related to third party fundraising efforts.
While WWP truly values your interest, we are unable to allocate funds to a specific hospital, military branch, or geographic region. To meet the ever-changing needs of our warriors, we place all gifts into a general fund. This allows us to use these gifts where they can have the greatest impact and are the most effective way to support our warriors worldwide.
We would be happy to see if someone is available to attend your fundraiser. Once your fundraiser is registered, please email email@example.com and we will send you a representative request form to fill out. Please note: WWP is a national charity based out of Jacksonville, FL, not a chapter-based organization. WWP staff in regional offices’ priority is to provide services that make a difference and save lives of wounded veterans and their families in their area. We cannot guarantee WWP representation at every fundraiser and recommend utilizing amazing, impactful videos that can be found on WWP’s YouTube channel.
WWP is unable to provide lists of warriors and family members due to protection of privacy. Alumni can view registered community fundraisers that are listed on our Fundraising Map on WWP’s main website. Please be sure to keep the “Show online” box checked when registering.
For volunteer opportunities at registered fundraisers in your area, please visit the Search and Donate link, locate a fundraiser in your area and contact the fundraiser organizer to inquire about volunteer needs. Please note: These volunteer opportunities are with third party fundraisers, not directly with Wounded Warrior Project. We are unable to provide documentation for community service hours.
We kindly ask that you do not reach out to our corporate sponsors to donate to your fundraiser. Each of our partners are already making significant contributions directly to our organization and the warriors we serve.
For further information, please contact WWP's Community Fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org 877.252.4997. We appreciate your support and are happy to help!
To create a fundraising page, you will need to register your fundraiser here. Select your fundraiser type, fill out some information about your efforts, and a fundraising page is automatically created upon registering. You can add a fundraising goal and pictures to create a compelling story to share with your family, friends and coworkers!
An individual page is for those who wish to fundraise individually and/or for fundraisers that need ONE single giving page for people to donate to. A team page is best for those who wish to have multiple people create their own individual fundraising pages that link to one, overall team page.
WWP provides standard text for all giving pages. We encourage you to customize this during the setup process! Tell your friends, family, and colleagues why you chose to raise funds for the warriors, family members, and caregivers that WWP serves. What is your personal story or connection?
Yes! We encourage everyone to personalize their page. Once your page has been set up, click My Pages. From there, choose Manage on the page that you’d like to edit. Upload photos onto the Gallery All uploaded photos will be placed on the main page. If you add more than one photo, the pictures will scroll automatically when someone is viewing your page.
You will proceed through the registration process and initial individual page setup process. Once your individual page is completed you will click My Pages. From there, choose Manage on the individual page that you just completed. On the summary tab of that page you will see the link to your individual page. Below that is a Team Page link where you can choose to setup a team page.
After your team page has been set up, click on the Emails tab on the left sidebar menu. Choose your team page from the drop-down and then select the Join Team email template. Send this email to people that you have already uploaded into your address book or simply type their name into the text box. Potential team members will need to click on the link in the email, set up their individual fundraising page, and once completed, will be prompted to search for a team. Your team name will be pre-populated into that email so they know which team to join.
Once your page has been set up click on My Pages and click Manage on the page you’d like to edit. You will see a Donations tab and view all donations made onto that page. *Please note: If someone chooses to donate anonymously, you will not be able to see their donation or contact information. WWP is not able to provide that information to you as we respect donor privacy.
Please send an email to email@example.com with the information you’d like to change. We can make that update for you.