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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Public Safety Benevolent Associations

Mission: WBTB provides much needed resources to police families by providing emotional and financial support during times of disaster, medical crisis, as well as to police agencies impacted by budget cuts. Many of our nation's law enforcement officers are paid minimum wage, which requires them to work more than one job in order to support their families, putting them at risk of working long hours while still providing safety to the public. Because some officers are required to purchase their own safety equipment and often times lack the funding, they risk not having adequate protection. Due to budget cuts, some police agencies do not have the necessary tools to provide appropriate training, which directly impacts the community.

Target demographics: law enforcement families

Programs: Blue Line Kids - program for law enforcement children, anti-bullying, scholarships, peer mentors, backpacks for school. Families Behind the Badge - program for all law enforcement families, scholarships, financial assistance during crisis. H.A.L.O.S. - Helping Aid Lost Officers' Survivors a program to provide support and assistance during a line of duty death or injury.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing things for officers and their families! They have programs that offers support and resources to all aspects of law enforcement. Each state has an auxiliary and that state is responsible for their success. It's true some states may be more successful than others based on their leadership and volunteers but what this organization does as a whole to support our law enforcement community is outstanding! I have been with this organization for 4 years and like any non-profit we experience changes and ups and downs but our mission has never changed that is providing resources and emotional support to officers and their families and serving as a positive voice for law enforcement in our community. LE lives are being changed through this organization without a doubt!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

In light of 7/27/15 Board of Directors letter to all volunteers, there are many of us volunteers that did question the fiscal responsibility of this organization for months. We were told "we are working on it." That was the time to come clean and be forthcoming. This organization should have stopped all fundraising until the organization prepared all the required IRS and state filings. Instead they pushed fundraising.

To blame the past CEO in part is true however the current CEO was the CFO last year. She has taken no responsibility in this situation at all and has put the blame on others. To say she didn't have access to books and records is not good enough. Her obligation to the organization should have been to make sure she had access. And when she became CEO she didn't even let her state directors know that they had to file state business forms each year in qualifying states. Did she not know that as CFO? Come on, quit blaming others for your lack of experience and knowledge.

Good, passionate, qualified and educated people have left recently only because when they questioned anything, they are stomped on. If you don't follow this current CEO and her method of ruling you can leave and she just doesn't care. This is a fact, because when someone resigns she doesn't try to keep them.

We are all passionate about supporting law enforcement and their families, and being a positive voice for law enforcement. That is the reason us volunteers joined. Volunteers work hard to make sure that the mission is carried out. But when you LIE to your volunteers and bully them, that mission is lost.

If the current CEO truly loves this organization, she will step down and let someone else come in and fix everything before the IRS shuts down the organization. To say “we are working on it” is not good enough right now. She needs to realize that she is the reason that people are currently leaving. She has no knowledge or experience in human resources, business or finance.

STAY AWAY and do NOT donate!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Running an organization is not easy, especially when we are a 100% all volunteer organization. With over 450 volunteers throughout the US, we must be doing something right. The new BOD has been there and has reacted quickly when I reach out to them. As a newer member to the organization, I appreciate that they work hard to make changes for the better and don't allow people to just get their way when it is not best for the organization. They support me and while they have made it known they are working hard to get us where we should be, I can't image that is an easy task, especially when everyone is already stretched thin in this crazy world called life. Please don't let some angry volunteers who didn't get their way discourage you, overall, this organization is wonderful and is working hard to become a top US organization for LEOs

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization works hard, and under new leadership works harder than ever to increase the professionalism of the organization. Strides are being made in the right direction. We've had bumps along the way, for sure, but for the first time in a long time we have leadership who really cares about the welfare of the organization itself and the law enforcement agencies we serve. I highly recommend getting involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

This organization is going down fast and hard. It is nothing more than the board of directors being mean girls and acting like this is a sorority and not a national nonprofit organization. They do not inform their volunteers what is really going on. Stay far, far away.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This organization is disappointing both as a non profit and as a 'sisterhood' group of law enforcement wives. Most troubling is the non-existent understanding of fiduciary responsibility from all levels of decision makers, nationally and statewide auxiliaries. Volunteer requests to see budgets, balance sheets, independent audits, 990 copies fall on deaf ears. Current leadership (2015) has stopped sharing information with volunteers in the form of a Q & A section in the monthly WBTB internal memos. There exists no strategic planning, no leadership development or training, and increasingly no organizational memory due to the high turnover rate within the volunteer corps. This organization is run like a club instead of a legitimate nonprofit addressing an under-served population (LEO wives). There exists a huge need for an independent audit of the WBTB financials, when after months of questions about financial related matters no answers other then "we are working on it" are provided the problems are many. Leadership priorities seem to be self-aggrandizing publicity, a small group of women work very hard to disenfranchise volunteers with nonprofit, leadership, and media expertise and experience in order to maintain a status quo that by all accounts does very little to push forward this groups mission. To potential volunteers: Be careful and tread lightly.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I gave 1 star because I had to choose one, otherwise I would give no stars. This organization is a joke. They claim to be there for our officers and their families but they are only there for themselves. Don't even think about donating, no telling where any of the money goes, the board uses it for what they need not what it was raised for.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

This organization needs the authorities to come in and review their fundraisers. They are fundraising for board members gain now under this new group. They have NO experience in nonprofit and it shows. Anyone who questions them or who has been around are kicked out without reason. Something needs to be done and this new group of mean girls needs to be investigated.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

They have a lot of programs and do good. I'm really happy with this new board of directors. They are actually replying to emails and sending out notes and keeping us in the loop. I think it's great what they are doing. I know a lot of people who don't handle change well but I'm embracing it and am excited to see what's coming. It no longer feels like the old board is holding us by our hands and not letting us do things. I think this is the change they need. Hopefully this new board can change their public perception as the old board did nothing but harm.

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

Have you ever been to a place that was supposed to be fun and happy, but it just felt wrong and sort of creepy? That is my experience with the WBTB. It sounds so good. I love the idea of LEO families all happy and healthy, but that is not what I found. Some of the volunteers were great, but some of them were so cliquish that I think they are still in high school. I wouldn't waste your time these reviews are right on.