Wounded Warriors Canada

310 Byron Street South, Suite 4
Whitby, ON L1N 4P8
Executive Director: Scott Maxwell
Board Chair: Richard Martin

Website: www.woundedwarriors.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 82808 2727 RR0001
Sector: Veterans
Operating Charity

Social Results Reporting

Grade: C-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #3

Avg. Compensation $75,344

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 2
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Wounded Warriors Canada:

Wounded Warriors Canada, started in 2007, runs 11 different programs for veterans. Many of these programs are, in fact, grants from Wounded Warriors to separate registered Canadian charities. The amounts of these grants are not disclosed in Wounded Warriors annual report nor in its annual filings with the Charities Directorate under gifts to qualified donees. Charity Intelligence hopes Wounded Warriors' auditor corrects this deficiency in its 2017 filings that may be available by November 2017.

Without this information, Charity Intelligence cannot tell donors how Wounded Warriors spends donations on programs. Adding up the pictures of big cheques revolving on Wounded Warriors website it looks as if $160,000 goes to COPE – Couples PTSD Therapy in 2015, with $300,000 granted in 2016. In addition, Wounded Warriors funds TEMA.ca PTSD programs for military, veterans, and first responders, PTSD service dogs through 4 different dog service charities, helping veterans in homelessness and crisis through VETS Canada, veteran entrepreneurship programs through Prince Charles' Prince's Operation Entrepreneur, and $40,000 in scholarships to 8 children of serving or retired military suffering from PTSD or Operational Stress Injuries ($5,000 to each recipient). To better address "the insufficient program support provided to family members of Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans", Wounded Warriors Canada holds 2 annual events for veterans and their families for group camaraderie, information sharing and family healing.

Donors please note, Wounded Warriors Canada is NOT connected with the US charity, Wounded Warrior Project, that has been the object of so much media attention since 2012[1].

Financial Review:

Wounded Warriors reports tax-receipted donations of $2.4m in 2015, an 11% increase from 2014. These may include funds from the sale of products on the Wounded Warriors website. Program costs, that likely include grants to other registered charities, are reported at $1.6m in 2015, a 23% drop from $2.1m program spending reported in 2014. Administrative costs are reported at 23% of revenues. No fundraising costs are reported. Adding in Wounded Warriors 2015 surplus of $261k (11% of revenues), Charity Intelligence calculates that for every dollar donated, 66 cents went to the cause, which falls within Charity Intelligence's reasonable range. Wounded Warriors has funding reserves of $1.3m that cover 83% of its annual program costs, showing a need for donations.

Rating and review by Kate Bahen, January 20, 2017

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
20152014
Administrative costs as % of revenues 22.7%21.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 82.8%52.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
20152014
Donations 2,404,7842,175,538
Other income 00
Total revenues 2,404,7842,175,538
Program costs 1,599,5152,076,895
Grants 00
Administrative costs 544,597461,740
Fundraising costs 00
Cash flow from operations 260,672(363,097)
Funding reserves 1,324,0841,086,196

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References:

[1] Dave Philipps, “Wounded Warrior Project Spends Lavishly on Itself, Insiders Say”, New York Times, Jan. 27, 2016 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/us/wounded-warrior-project-spends-lavishly-on-itself-ex-employees-say.html?_r=0

60 Minutes – CBS News, Wounded Warrior Project January 27, 2016 3-part documentary http://www.cbsnews.com/news/charity-watchdogs-question-wounded-warriors-spending-on-vets/

Dianne Cahn, “Ousted leaders’ decision to grow Wound Warrior Project raised questions about spending”, Stars and Stripes, April 15, 2016 https://www.stripes.com/news/ousted-leaders-decision-to-grow-wounded-warrior-project-raised-questions-about-spending-1.404730

 

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