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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: We are a coalition of law enforcement veterans and citizens dedicate to promoting the safety and well-being of police officers. Our educational programs train and assist law enforcement officers, raise public awareness and inspire young people. “We start with the wisdom of America’s law enforcement veterans,” said Chaplain Dave Fair, Director of Chaplain Services. “Their knowledge and wisdom is the foundation of everything we do.”

Target demographics: All ages...Young adults to seniors

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: CRISIS PROGRAMS The Police Protective Fund puts the experience and wisdom of public safety professionals and veteran caregivers within the reach of every department - offering assistance to their response to a line of duty incident. The death of a public safety officer places extraordinary demands on a department - many of which are well outside the core-proficiencies of most law enforcement professionals. We sponsor three programs that assists agencies in preparing for or responding to these exceptional circumstances: SURVIVOR NETWORK JOHN COOLEY SEMINARS THE POLICE CHAPLAIN PROJECT The combined reach of these programs extends support to law enforcement administrators, caregivers and to the greater law enforcement community, including officers and their families. Junior Police Academy Junior Police Academy motivates young people to be outstanding citizens through law enforcement education. Proceed with Caution PROCEED WITH CAUTION is an ongoing effort to heighten public awareness so motorists will take an important step in making the roadways a safer workplace for law enforcement officers.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The 4-5 star rating on here by Jason Robert Williams is another reason not to trust this charity or donate money to them. He is the Sales Manager in their MAIN OFFICE/ Boiler Room in PORT RICHEY ,FL . at 10438 US HIghway 19 behind the Arby's.
He is also a convicted felon and a registered sex offender. This can be verified through the FL Dept. of Corrections. follow this link- http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender
IF ANYONE EVER WALKED INTO THAT OFFICE AND SAW WHAT GOES ON . THIS ORGANIZATION COULD NOT RAISE TEN CENTS. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION TO SHINE ! SHOW US LAST YEAR, WHERE AND HOW MUCH WAS GIVEN IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY SOLICITED IN. I worked there for about 2 days, that was all I needed. The sales manager is very unprofessional and immature. He has people openly stoned or on drugs and just jokes about it in meetings. My first day there, I started after the 1 hour lunch break at 5pm. The guy across from me is baked and wolfing down Cheetos and all he said to him was "you look tired *** (wink,wink) You're still going to be able to raise money for me right? Most of them laughed about it.
If you have people asking for money for a "legitimate" Police Fund, would you want that? Especially when he is asking people for CC#'s or banking info. There is more than one of them. They have no drug testing policy in place which is strange since their claim to fame for the children of fallen officers is their Jr Academy they say they sponsor and put on in a safe non gang, drug free environment.
They have no regard for the law,the lady from the salon next door had to complain more than once about the telemarketers going out on their smoke breaks and pissing behind the back door to her business. Tampa Bay Times did a story on them (http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/charities/police-protective-fund) and rated them as the 20th worse charity out of 100 of the worst to give money to. Charity Navigator has done the same. Channel 5 ABC News in TN also said the same. Google them and you will see all kinds of stories. Non-good, except for the ones they write themselves.
If you want to help your local law enforcement, call them and ask them directly where you can donate.

5 Justin O.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The Police Protective Fund Is A COMPLETE FRAUD!!! They Give No Monies to The Families of Fallen Officers,they Dont Operate in Any Of The States they Call. They Dont Adhere to Any Standards of Decency.They Decline to Be Revieved By The BBB Because They Are SCAMMING Money out of The Pockets of Decent People and Lining Their Own Pockets With It& Boy Are They Doing Better Than You or Me Or The Hardworking People they Victimize. They Collect Millions Every Year In Donations That Go Nowhere But Into Their Pockets. F.U. Police Protective Fund.Your The Lowest Form Of Scum...

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A lot of people have misconstrued the facts of this charity. People have said that only a small portion of the proceeds go to the families... that is determined by how many officers die in the line of duty for that year.

If you visit the web site, you will see that the "line-of-duty death benefit" is not the only way the money is spent.

They also have programs like the "Junior Police Academy" which has been going since 1992. It is a program that brings children and law enforcement together to build crime-free, safe communities.

They also provide the "Police Chaplains Project", they have master chaplains that help the families and departments with grief counseling after a line of duty death.

If you click on the following link, you will find the IRS tax form (990):

http://static.squarespace.com/static/50708cb7e4b04b0e1037e04d/t/5212ab49e4b0750ce7ea9e15/1376955209492/PPF%20990-2012%20w%20sigs%20FINAL.pdf

It will show that $1.3 million was spent on the "Junior Police Academy". $900k was spent on crisis response, which includes the "police Chaplains Project", and funeral planning. $37k was spent directly benefiting the families of officers killed in the line of duty. Another $420k was spent on public awareness to "Proceed with Caution", It informs the community that the leading cause of deaths for officers is traffic accidents. It helps to raise awareness so that the police officers can have a safer work environment. That is a total of $2.7 million spent on their programs.

A few benefits for donating with this charity is that they do not outsource their fundraising to a company that will take between 60%-90% of your donation to raise the funds. Another benefit is that the are not membership based, the officers do not have to sign up, pay dues or membership fees to be eligible for the benefits. The benefits a free of charge to any officer.

For the uninformed, you should do more than superficial research before reaching a decision based on partial truths. Also, you should not "bash" someone or something that is doing, and has been doing for many years, REAL good.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I want give to the police protection fund becuz of polices attitude I dont think I would want to support a fund raiser like that!

Review from CharityNavigator

6

Donor

Rating: 1

The PPF had called my home several times in January and Febuary of this year requesting to speak with my wife. The first several times I informed them that she was not available. Finally after about three calls I asked why they were calling and they informed me of their annual awareness program. I informed that we were were not interested and to remove our phone number. The individual told me that he could not do that with out talking to my wife. I advised that I was the account holder on the telephone account and had legal athority to request my number be removed. He abroutly thanked me and hung up. About a week later they called again. This is a deliberate violation of federal regulation 16 C.F.R 310.4(b)(iii)(A) prohibits calling anybody who has previously asked not to be called.

Review from CharityNavigator

6 Lisa215

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Thank you, Charity Navigator, for giving us basic information needed to make decisions on where we put our money. We have worked hard for the money we donate and want to inow that t is well spent fr the purpose we choose. When 80% is devoted to fundraising and program expenses have actually gone down 16%, we think, KEEP AWAY.

Our fundraiser was not rude, but employed diversionary tactics. When I asked for the specific name of the 501 c so I could look it up on Charity Navigator, he gave me a website policeusa.org. It took a search through that site to discover that the 501c was the Police Protective Fund, it is not locally based and it does not necessarily deliver locally, and the function was not what was indicated.

Thanks again, Charity Navigator, for bringing clairty t these fund raising calls. While at one time I would answer and say I never donate over the phone, now I always look them up (and am often hung up on!).

Review from CharityNavigator

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Received a call from this group at my home. They presented themselves as a local Maryland fundraising group raising money for the death benefit for police families. When questioned where which agency they were raising funds for, I was told "Local." When questioned further they could not give me the name of a local police agency & just said they were working out of Rockville, Maryland. (Upon further review, found out they are based in Texas but have a Post Office Box in Texas. Before I realized they were local I told them I would make a donation. They tried to get me to give my credit card number to them over the phone. Said to send me literature, I would review & send a check. Told them I was surprised they would even ask me for a payment over the phone when I had no idea to prove who they were. The person was nasty, told me they have thousands of people who give their credit card over the phone & that by me sending them a check, it would cost them more money to process. Well I have recieved my literature and am turning it in to the Maryland State Police for they are NOT ligitimate. DO NOT GIVE TO THIS ORGANIZATION ..... THEY ARE DISHONEST AND MAY EVEN BE A SCAM!!!!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Would have gladly sent in money... no problem UNTIL I received a 'callback' to check my 'pledge'. The person on the other end of the phone wanted to know how I was paying... and said, as before "by check". She then asked me for the numbers on my check to verify that I would send in a check. WELL. She wanted my ROUTING information... which would enable them to debit my account ... on the spot. Now, what happens to those who budget their 'donations' for specific times? In a moment, this organization or anyone pretending to be a legit organization) could 'wipe out your account'! Thanks, but no thanks. Don't like your practice... and when I confronted the caller, she said it was not their intention. So be it... They should be reported to 'the powers that be".

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization phoned. The called was very upbeat and positive until I tried to tell him that we need information to review so we could make an informed decision. No "thank you for your time," "We'll be glad to send that," nothing.....just slammed the phone in my ear. Came to Charity Nav. to check them out....not good. "Real" charities will send you information and let you check them out....these guys must be scammers.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Just got called by this group. I told the gentleman I never donate over the phone. When I tried to interrupt him as he was following up with his "no donation -- you just have to help us solicit several friends" speech, he hung up on me in the middle of my sentence. As one other commenter put it...that says it all!

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Just tell them you want to help for $50 $100 or what ever $$$ and to send out there stuff. When there stuff showes up IF they use a bussiness reply pre paid postage envelope for you to return your check in send them a note back to kiss off on there dime! At least it cost them a doller in postage and printing to call you. And when thay call back to check were your $$ is tell O ya what wasyour name (the person not the Company) them tell them you are recording them for the State attorney general. Thry raised 40 Mill in 9 years and gave away just over 200,000 RIP OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I just got fired from the PPF the other day. for not being "aggresive" enough. They are very very deceptive. I was told to sound like a police officer and to deepen my voice and be aggresive. be dominant. Dont show respect. I would get in trouble for not be aggresive and "too nice" when i would ask a little 86 yr old lady for money and she tells me how she just buried her son and shes battleing cancer instead of pressuring her i told her i hope everything looks up and i thanked her for her time. I honestly wish there was something i could do to help bring these crooks down. I felt dirty working for them. im glad im out.

Review from CharityNavigator

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The outfit is a telemarketing spammer. Don't give them any information when they ask for it. Report them to the FCC and your state Attorney General which are the agencies that can put them out of business.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 1

Just got a call from this organization - As I was loading the organization into the charity navigator site, while the caller was talking, he asked if he could count on my support. I said that he could send me information and I would research the organization to see if it was something we would be interested in donating to. Click. That was it. Guess that says it all.

Review from CharityNavigator

12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I was a Maryland State Trooper for almost 30 years and while I've been solicited by this organization(have NOT donated) I have never heard of them ever sending a check to the families of any of our fallen troopers.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Wow, these people are jerks. I got a call this morning, told them I had never heard of their organization, and hung up. I then left on an errand. My wife got a call a few minutes later from the PPF solicitor, and he started insulting her because I didn't donate to them. The call was from 727-863-5033 at 10:49 am EST. What can be done to shut these clowns down?

Review from CharityNavigator

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have received solicitations from this organization for at least two years and both times when I have asked how much of the money goes to fund-raising, the caller was evasive and kept saying "all money goes to the charity." He was not technically lying, just not answering the question. Both callers were loud and belligerent and I have asked to be removed from their calling list. Thanks are owed to websites like this that monitor these kinds of organizations.

Review from CharityNavigator

11 Tammy N.

Donor

Rating: 1

What does the Police Protective Fund do?

The Police Protective Fund encompasses a number of different programs that aid law-enforcement workers in various way. One of their most important programs is their "Line-of-Duty Death Benefit." Enrollment in this program is absolutely free to any and all law-enforcement officers, and provides a $10,000 benefit to the beneficiaries of officers killed in the line of duty.

In 2006, Police Protective Fund raised $5,938,902 in donations yet awarded only $37,000 in death benefits. In 2007, Police Protective Fund raised $6,881,915 in donations yet awarded $50,000 in death benefits. Most of the money raised goes towards their fundraising expenses.

Many law agencies use telemarketing firms to solicit funds for such programs as a legal defense funds for police officers, or "Backstoppers" which is an organization that aids widows and children of officers slain or permanently injured in the line of duty.

When a person is contacted over the phone or at their door by an agency they should refuse to give money or information until they have made certain of legitimacy of the solicitor. Never give out credit card or bank account information or allow anyone to enter your home that you do not have previous knowledge of. When in doubt call your local police department for assistance.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

ATTENTION 4- 5 STAR COMMENTS~ YOU SHOW ME, HERE. WHERE AND HOW MUCH THIS ORGANIZATION GAVE TO THE JR. ACADEMY OR ANY OF THERE CAMPAIGNS IN THE UNITED STATES. AND ESPECIALLY THE AREA'S OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY SOLICIT FOR DONATIONS/SPONSORSHIPS (WHAT EVER PLAY ON WORDS THEY USE) THEY ARE REGISTERED FUNDRAISERS IN ATLEAST 10 STATES. SHOW ME WHAT LOCAL COMMUNITY'S BENEFITED AND HOW MUCH MONEY AND OR CERTIFIED TRAINING. ? AND I DO NOT MEAN A WHOLE BUNCH OF PRINTED MATERIAL THAT SITS IN THERE MAIN OFFICE OR THE PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISING (BOILER ROOMS) OFFICES. LIKE NEW PORT RICHEY ,FL . IF ANYONE EVER WALKED INTO THAT OFFICE AND SAW WHAT GOES ON . THIS ORGANIZATION COULD NOT RAISE TEN CENTS. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION TO SHINE ! SHOW US LAST YEAR, WHERE AND HOW MUCH WAS GIVEN IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY SOLICITED IN.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the PPF for several campaigns now and after some research have learned some interesting things. The PPF provides a free comprehensive death in the line of duty benefit for ANY officer in ANY state in which they raise funds. Much like our soldiers at war, these men and women not only deserve our respect and gratitude but their families also deserve our help should they be tragically killed in the line of duty. I am proud to be a supporter of our fallen officers and everyone else should be as well.

Review from CharityNavigator