Some of the nation’s largest and most prominent military charities earn some of the lowest ratings from charity watchdog organizations.
The Wounded Warrior Project earned a C+ from oversight group CharityWatch. Disabled American Veterans received a D from the organization. Watchdog groups say the negative ratings stem from the fact that the above charities spend more on infrastructure and salary than they do on charitable grants.
But some charities insist that this is outmoded thinking. “This organization costs almost $85,000 a month,” says Luis y Prado, a retired Navy officer and founder of San Diego charity Workshops for Warriors. Pardo uses gains from his business to fund the charity; “If you can think of a better way, I’d love to hear it.”