The Patriots Initiative Talks with Fox 5 News, CW6, and KPBS News
The Patriots Initiative has been on the forefront of media coverage throughout the beginning of 2016 due to the Wounded Warrior Project’s spending controversy. The Wounded Warrior Project is under immense scrutiny over their usage of funds, and The Patriots Initiative (TPI) has excluded them from its proprietary Directory of qualified military charities for four years in a row. The Patriots Initiative exists exactly for this purpose – to review military focused nonprofits on all aspects of efficiency and effectiveness, providing donors with a composite list of the highest caliber charities doing the most good.
TPI has become the “go-to” resource for reporters seeking information on issues surrounding military charity effectiveness and donor peace of mind.
“At the most, the Wounded Warrior Project should be spending 20% of their funds on salaries, overhead, and marketing,” said Greg Hillgren, Chairman of The Patriots Initiative during his Fox 5 interview the evening of Thursday, March 3rd, 2016. Mr. Hillgren was referring to the financial review that was conducted on the Wounded Warrior Project.
Many factors go into how TPI evaluates nonprofits, and one of those is an extensive audit on each organizations' financials. When an organization is overspending on administrative costs and marketing, this is a red flag and potential cause for disqualification.
“The Wounded Warrior Project has good intentions; we just think that they need to raise their game, they need to do a better job,” states Greg Hillgren. TPI's Chairman is making it clear that the Wounded Warrior Project's cause is still a valid one despite the problematic issues with their spending policies; however, they are a nonprofit and they need to do a much better job allocating fiscal resources to the actual causes they support.