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 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
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
Yes! Please view our Proud Supporter Guidelines.
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.
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.
WWP continuously strives to keep administrative and fundraising costs associated with the operation of WWP as low as possible. Based on our fiscal year 2014 audited financial statements ending September 30, 2014, 80.6 percent of total expenditures went to provide services and programs for Wounded Warriors and their families. For more information, please view our financials page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WWP cannot provide you with a list of warriors, supporters, or spokespersons due to privacy issues.
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. You will need to register your event each year to hold a benefit for Wounded Warrior Project® should you hold an annual benefit 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.
Please refer to our calendar of events for some upcoming fundraising events.
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.
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.
Please do not contact, arrange meetings with, or request information through Facebook and other social media.
WWP fundraisers cannot be sexual or political in nature and cannot be partnered with alcohol brands.
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.
Please do not contact military bases to invite warriors. These requests should come through WWP's event staff at email@example.com.
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.
For further information, please contact WWP's events staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.832.6997.
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.