Target: Anthony Odierno, Board Chair of Wounded Warrior Project
Goal: Fire CEO of charity organization Wounded Warrior Project for alleged negligent spending.
Wounded Warrior Project’s (WWP) CEO is under scrutiny for reportedly spending charitable donations on lavish corporate events. Since Steven Nardizzi became Executive Director, employees have described company spending as out of control. Donations should be used for wounded veterans, not so the CEO can enter the company party on horseback.
After Mr. Nardizzi was appointed head of the company, spending on conferences reportedly went from $1.7 million to $26 million. They only spend $27 million on their largest program to combat stress recovery. Mr. Nardizzi apparently doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with that. He believes that charities should be allowed to spend whatever they want on overhead and executive’s salaries. Maybe that’s why WWP allegedly spends 40 percent of donations on itself, while most veteran’s charities, like the Semper Fi Fund, only spend 8 percent. It could also be why Mr. Nardizzi’s salary increased by $100,000 in 2014.
The Wounded Warriors Project is supposed to help and honor vets. There is no honor in using donor money for $500 per night hotels. Steven Nardizzi may have tarnished a once reputable charity’s name and stolen money from wounded soldiers who need our help. Demand that he be removed from his position if the allegations are found to be true.
Dear Mr. Odierno,
I am writing to ask that Steven Nardizzi be relieved of his position as CEO. Company board members can dismiss any CEO for unethical behavior and that is what Mr. Nardizzi has allegedly demonstrated.
Mr. Nardizzi has reportedly tainted the reputation of Wounded Warrior Project by misusing donor money on company events. This is something that the public cannot and will not ignore. His spending has made current and future donors distrust that their money is going to a good cause. Continuation of this means even less money will be donated toward ex-military members who need it most.
If Mr. Nardizzi stays on it will show that helping veterans is not Wound Warrior Project’s top priority. Please show that you stand by the mission to honor and empower wounded warriors by relieving Steven Nardizzi of his duties.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: US Army Europe