Wounded Warriors’ chief executive officer, Steven Nardizzi, and chief operating officer, Al Giordano, were fired by the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. According to NY Times,
…the leadership came under fire after former employees said the charity spent recklessly and became overly focused on fundraising at the expense of veterans’ programs. Mr. Nardizzi was given $473,000 in compensation in 2014. A staff meeting at a five-star hotel in Colorado, in which he rappelled into a crowd, cost nearly $1 million.”
Wounded Warriors is one of the biggest veteran charities and has quite a few people questioning which veteran charities are actually giving the money to military veterans as intended. The lasting effects of this breech of trust will likely, and unfortunately, make people think twice before donating to a veteran charity.
Editorial Cartoon courtesy of Robert Lang