Liberty Baptist Church and Academy were set to start their fundraising campaign when they were told by WWP to forget it since they were "religious in nature."
As reported by Todd Starnes at Fox Radio, the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy, Wallace Cooley, said that "they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and were about to launch the campaign when they received an email from the organization."The rest here, plus video.
The church had planned on taking up a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from family and friends.
“We must decline the opportunity to be the beneficiary of your event due to our fundraising event criteria, which doesn’t allow community events to be religious in nature,” read an email from the WWP community events team. “Please note your registration fee will be refunded within the next 7-10 business days.”
WWP said as a nonpartisan organization they cannot accept event fundraising from companies “in which the product or message is religious in nature.”
Their decision seems to have unintentionally diverted the spotlight to their financial practices, and has prompted many to claim they will no longer donate to the charity.
On closer look, they don't do that well in terms of how they use donations. According to the Charity Navigator:
|Financial Performance Metrics|
|Primary Revenue Growth||49.0%|
|Program Expenses Growth||43.1%|
|Working Capital Ratio (years)||0.50|
That's not so great. Of similar organizations they have the lowest rating.
Executive Director Steven Nardizzi pockets a little over $319,000 annually, although a few of those other directors make more.
It was a foolish thing to do, considering religion has nothing to do with political partisanship, and religious people are the one who are more apt to donate to organizations like WWP.