Policies


Wreaths Across America™ Policies

Wreaths Across America™ is a trademarked name and a recognized 501(c) (3) corporation.  To protect our mission, our nonprofit status, and our name, all funds raised in association with WAA must be processed through our headquarters, and all activities executed in association with WAA, including fundraising, must be sanctioned through affiliation with our organization.

Our programs have expanded to include additional opportunities to educate our children and communities, and to thank and honor veterans throughout the year.  We are governed by a board of directors representing diverse interests and organizations from around the country.

Policy regarding participating location and location coordinators:

  1. As a Wreaths Across America Location Coordinator, you are responsible for coordinating the event at your location, working with groups and individuals who may want to participate, working with fundraising groups who may be providing sponsored wreaths, and ensuring wreaths are delivered, unloaded, placed and removed.
  2. You agree to reach out to the community to relay the story of what you are doing, consistent with WAA policies and guidelines.
  3. You agree that the ceremonies will be open to all members of the public, and will be non-political.
  4. You agree to accept and include all seven ceremonial wreaths at your location.
  5. You will ensure efficient wreath delivery by providing an adequate shipping address, meeting the truck with volunteers to unload the wreaths, and communicating to WAA headquarters if problems are anticipated.
  6. You will ensure wreaths are cleaned up at your location, and will respect the rules of the cemetery and/or any entity that owns that location.
  7. You understand the ceremony at your location is covered for general liability by Wreaths Across America, with certain exclusions and limitations applicable.
  8. You understand that Wreaths Across America TM is a registered Trademark and only you and other registered location coordinators may use its name for an event or ceremony.
  9. You need to read and agree to abide by the Public Relations and Media Policy listed below.
  10. You agree to notify Wreaths Across America by October 1 if you cannot serve as Location Coordinator for some reason unanticipated when you registered as the Location Coordinator. Please notify us if someone will be taking your place.

Policies regarding fundraising/groups and group leaders:

  1. As a Wreaths Across America Group Leader, you agree to be responsible for coordinating your fund raising group, providing them with information and materials in a timely manner, and ensuring remittances of funds raised are made at least every two weeks.
  2. You agree that your group will raise fundsusing the WAA name for wreath sponsorships for WAA sanctioned events, and other WAA activities only. You understand your group is not prohibited from raising funds for other purposes, as long as you do not do so appearing to represent Wreaths Across America.
  3. You agree to reach out to the community to relay the story of what you are doing, consistent with WAA policies and guidelines.
  4. You understand that Wreaths Across America TM is a registered Trademark and only you and other registered group leaders may use its name for fund raising purposes expressly as described herein.
  5. You need to read and agree to abide by the Public Relations and Media Policy listed below.
  6. You agree to notify Wreaths Across America if you cannot serve as Group Leader for some reason  unanticipated at the time of your registration and if someone will be taking your place.

Public Relations and Media Policy

Wreaths Across America’s mission to remember, honor and teach has been taken up by eager groups and individuals all throughout the country and beyond.  We are humbled and grateful for the response we have received, and at the rate of growth we have experienced as we help accommodate people’s willingness to help.

At the same time we have a responsibility to protect the principles and core values this organization was founded on, and we must ensure that our message is not distorted, corrupted, or used in any way that could unintentionally hurt our ability to achieve our mission.  Failing to do this could put all our work at risk.  We must remember that above all, our work is about veterans, men and women in the armed forces, and military families.  Our work is not about religion, a political party or agenda, or any group or affiliation.

Our goal is a consistent and positive message that helps educate the public about the importance of honoring the memories of all who sacrificed their time, their family, their health, and often their lives, to protect the freedoms we enjoy.

Our policy, which relates to all Board Members, Groups and Location Leaders, is the following:

  1. The Executive Director of Wreaths Across America is the official spokesperson of the organization.
  2. The use of the Wreaths Across America ™ name or likeness on any printed or electronic form of communication by anyone other than a registeredGroup or Location leader is prohibited.
  3. Groups and Location Leaders will use Press Release templates provided in the WAA Reference Guide.  If WAA is mentioned in any other press releases, press kits, special articles, guest columns, etc., prepared in advance, they must be approved by WAA headquarters before they are distributed and/or published.
  4. When working directly with the media, (such as in interviews) Groups and Locations Leaders may speak OF Wreaths Across America, but not speak FOR it.  Comments, quotes and other official information will be provided for you or the media by WAA if requested.

No Board Member, Group or Location Leader may use the letterhead, logo, or name of Wreaths Across America to give an implicit or explicit impression that they are employed by or officially represent Wreaths Across America.  Board members may represent Wreaths Across America with permission from the Executive Director.