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July 18, 2020


Executive Compensation at Wounded Warrior Project (2018)

by Anne Paddock

The Wounded Warrior Project is one of the most well-known non-profit charitable organizations focused on rebuilding the lives of wounded veterans. Established in 2003, the Wounded Warrior Project (Wounded Warrior) is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida with about 657 employees. A 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, their mission is to “honor and empower wounded warriors.”

Key factors to know about Wounded Warrior include:

  • In 2018, Wounded Warrior reported $264 million in total revenue, most of which came from contributions, gifts, and grants.
  • Expenses totaled $270 million (not including depreciation) in 2018, with 70% of revenue spent on compensation, direct response mail, television, and on-line expenses, grants, and program/other provider services.
  • Wounded Warrior had net assets of $305 million at year-end 2018.

657 employees were compensated $63 million in 2018, which equates to an average compensation of $96,000.  38 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 14 most highly compensated listed below:

  • $338,663:  Michael S Linnington, CEO
  • $302,224:  Jennifer M Silva, Chief Program Officer
  • $298,942:  Eric S Miller, CFO
  • $297,720:  Gary A Corless, Chief Development Officer
  • $267,979:  Christopher Tonner, Chief of Staff
  • $250,690:  Amberlie Allred, Secretary (thru 6/18)
  • $238,516:  Michael C Richardson, VP Independence and Mental Health
  • $234,890:  Rene Bardoff, SVP Gov’t and Community Relations (effective 2/17)
  • $230,057:  John T Hamre, III, VP Direct Response
  • $228,208:  Jonathan B Sullivan, VP Eco Empowerment (thru 5/18)
  • $225,040:  Danielle Moga, VP Shared Services (thru 8/18)
  • $223,559:  Ayal M Tezel, VP Communications
  • $213,362:  Tracy Farrell, VP Engagement and Physical Health
  • $175,289:  Brea Kratzern, VP Development (effective 8/17)

$3.5 million in compensation was paid to the 14 employees listed above.  Controlling for this group means the average compensation for the other 643 employees was $92,500.

8 of the 14 (57%) most highly compensated employees are male while 6 (43%) are female.

Other compensation information includes:

  • Ronald W Burgess, a former CFO (thru 12/16) received $105,100 in 2018.
  • Craig Carroll, a former VP in Finance and Accounting (thru 1/17) received $187,576 in 2018.

77 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation. The five highest were:

  • $16,709,267:  Neuro Community Care of Wake Forest, NC for the Independence Program
  • $ 4,587,130:  Creative Direct Response, Inc. of Bowie, MD for direct response expenses
  • $ 3,041,185:  Bis Global of Deerwood, MD for direct response expenses
  • $ 2,717,060:  Ernst Young US LLP of Atlanta, GA for project management WCN
  • $ 2,643,022:  Boston Consulting Group, Inc. of Boston, MA for program consulting services

To read the IRS Form 990 (2017 for the year ending September 30, 2018), click here

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thomas Mashour, USN (Retirred)
    Nov 11 2020

    I used to contribute to the WW project. Then I read their financial report and found out how little went to wounded warriors as a percentage of donations received and how much went for salaries and I got angry and stopped donating.

  2. Mary Ann DelRosso
    Aug 29 2020

    When the top executives draw no more than $100,000, then I will donate. This money should be given entirely to veterans or at least 75% of total contributions should go to the program not as salaries.

  3. Jul 19 2020

    Outrageous greed by the employees & consultants with so much spent & so little given back to the veterans.. And the irony is they call it nonprofit

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