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General WWP FAQs

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 plannedgiving@woundedwarriorproject.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.

Please visit our Gift In-Kind Donations page for full information on what is accepted.

 

Proud Supporter FAQs

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 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.

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.

Registered fundraisers are allowed to use the Proud Supporter Logo. We provide WWP-branded templates in the Download Center for all registered fundraisers. Be sure to view the Proud Supporter Logo brand guide as this goes over acceptable ways of displaying the logo.

Once your fundraiser is approved, you will receive access to a Download Center, which contains information you can make available at your event. You can also direct your supporters to the mission portion of our website.

If requested, Wounded Warrior Project will make an attempt to secure a representative for your fundraiser. Due to volume we are unable to send representatives to all registered fundraisers. Please email communityfundraising@woundedwarriorproject.org and ask for a Representative Request form. Once we receive that form back, we will review the information and let you know if there is an available representative to attend.

While WWP truly values your interest, we are unable to allocate funds to a specific person 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.

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 mark your fundraiser as “public” when registering.

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.

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

Yes, we ask that you register each fundraiser you host for Wounded Warrior Project. This allows us to properly track your efforts each year and thank you properly!

Please refer to our calendar of events for fundraisers in your area.

WWP fundraisers cannot be sexual or political in nature and cannot be based solely on the sale of alcohol.

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

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 or campaign.

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