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Steve Nardizzi
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Steve helped found Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) in 2003 and currently serves as executive director and chief executive officer, overseeing all aspects of the organization.

He helped draft the original text for the Traumatic Injury Servicemens Group Life Insurance Benefit Bill, which has processed over $200 million in benefits.

For more than 10 years prior to joining Wounded Warrior Project, Steve worked as an attorney representing disabled veterans for several veterans’ organization, and was the associate executive director of Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association.

Steve also helped found Soldier Ride, an affiliate charity (now a WWP program), which assists in the rehabilitation of injured service members by sponsoring cycling events. WWP Soldier Ride serves the dual purpose of raising public awareness for the needs of wounded soldiers while assisting them in their rehabilitation.

Steve is originally from New York, and currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with his lovely wife, Nikki.

Entries by Steve Nardizzi

Protecting the Nonprofit Brand

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Around the world, the image of a red soda can with a white ribbon is immediately recognized as the brand image for only one company: Coca-Cola. McDonald's "Golden Arches," Nike's Swoosh, Starbucks' green Siren, Mercedes' three-pointed star and NBC's rainbow...

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Nonprofit Leadership: Smooth Successions and Successful Starts

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 4:52 PM

In today's society, nonprofit organizations play an invaluable role, providing critical services to some of our country's and world's most vulnerable individuals and driving real, positive impact. But under increasing pressure to demonstrate outcomes with ever-tightening financial resources, nonprofit leaders have their work cut out for them.

Effective leadership...

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How Do We Define Effectiveness for Charitable Organizations?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:34 PM

I've been in the nonprofit sector for a long time and I can tell you this: the vast majority are mission-driven and wholly committed to their cause. The nearly 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations across America do amazing work to the benefit of millions. But they also face unique...

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Measuring Charity Effectiveness: Manage Your Mission, Not Your Rating

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:46 AM

There's no shortage of news coverage on the charitable sector when a charity or their professional fundraiser is suspected or proven to be fraudulent. For instance the recent CNN investigation of Disabled Veterans National Foundation and their fundraiser Quadriga Art. Also, the investigation last fall by the Tampa Bay Times...

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VA Cuts Highlight Need for National Strategy on Long-Term Care for Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:09 PM

This year's budget request for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is nearly $164 billion. That's the highest it's ever been.

This, of course, is good news for veterans and at a time of budgetary challenges, we at Wounded Warrior Project deeply appreciate the broad recognition of the debt this...

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Is Surviving Enough for Post-9/11 Veterans?

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 2:43 PM

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. On one hand, it's an opportunity for those of us in the veterans' community to talk openly about the challenges faced by injured post-9/11 veterans. On the other, it's also a time to share the scientific progress we've seen over the last decade. The...

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Supporting Wounded Soldiers

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 12:30 PM

This Tuesday, on the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama reiterated his commitment to remove 23,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the summer and to honor a 2014 deadline to turn security back to the Afghanistan government.

Wounded Warrior Project supports all...

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