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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

Donor Accountability

Grade: D+

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 ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #4

Avg. Compensation $68,476

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Wounded Warriors Canada:

Founded in 2007, Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) runs 12 different programs for Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, first responders and their families. 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 2018 filings that may be available by November 2018. The charity’s main office is in Whitby, Ontario.

Without this information, Charity Intelligence cannot tell donors how Wounded Warriors spends donations on programs. From the information available on the Wounded Warriors’ website, it launched the WWC PTSD Service Dog program in 2018 which is designed to reduce the wait list for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) service dogs across Canada. The charity reports that it plans to provide a minimum of 25 service dogs in 2018 with a total funding commitment of $300,000. In 2017, WWC announced a grant of $375,000 to COPE (Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday), a program that offers couples PTSD therapy. This is a five-day program that brings together five couples managing PTSD to work on their relationships as a group.

WWC also offers programs that support the skills transition and research for Canadian veterans and first responders. The charity offers 8 scholarships worth $5,000 to students registered in post-secondary education whose parent is a veteran or first responder that is affected by Operational Stress Injuries (OSI). In 2013, WWC committed a 10-year, $400,000 Wounded Warriors Canada Doctoral Scholarship in military and veterans’ mental health research. This was done in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research (CIMVHR), based at Queen’s University.

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

Financial Review:

Charity Intelligence used the Wounded Warriors Canada’s T3010 CRA filing for the financial information for F2017 as the audited financial statements still are not available after numerous requests to the charity. In F2016, Wounded Warriors changed its fiscal year end from December to March. The following financial analysis for F2016 represents a 3-month period ending March 31, 2016.

Wounded Warriors Canada is a medium-sized charity with donations of $2.8m in F2017. Administrative costs are 22% of total donations. The charity does not report fundraising costs on its audited financial statement or T3010 filing. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.78 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Wounded Warriors’ reported funding reserves of $1.3m can cover 9 months of annual program costs, indicating a need for donations.

Wounded Warriors does not provide a breakdown of its full-time employee salaries on its T3010 filing to the CRA.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Wounded Warriors Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 15, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 21.9%43.2%22.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 73.0%49.7%51.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201720162015
Donations 2,759,972342,1562,404,784
Total revenues 2,759,972342,1562,404,784
Program costs 1,820,110453,0601,599,515
Administrative costs 605,551147,824544,597
Fundraising costs 000
Cash flow from operations 334,311(258,728)260,672
Funding reserves 1,328,460900,086824,084
Note:  The financial information for F2017 is collected from the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA as no audited financial statements are available. The financial information for F2016 represent a 3 month period from January to March 2016. Ci reports amortization as a non-cash expense, decreasing reported administrative costs by $7k in F2017. Ci used the reported cash, bank accounts, and short-term investments value on the charity's T3010 filing for its funding reserves in F2017.

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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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