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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Disaster Aid, Safety Education, Youth Development

Mission: The Santa Ana Police Foundation is an independent, non-profit, Public Safety organization committed to bridging together Police, Local Businesses & Youth, to cultivate a stronger, safer community. We accomplish this providing direct support and equipment to the Santa Ana Police Department, educating Local Business in public safety and disaster preparedness, and nourishing youth programs designed to lead children in our communities away from gangs.

Target demographics: businesses

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25 businesses with over 1,000 employees

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: survival and recovery training

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This is a small but mighty organization that is achieving great things with few resources. Is there anything more worthwhile than the safety and security that under-girds the quality of life and prosperity a community enjoys? This is the cause that Santa Ana Police Foundation addresses, funding equipment, training and outreach programs that became beyond the reach of Santa Ana's shrinking city budget. With strong leadership, a ton of passion, solid operational approach, and strong board and volunteer support, this organization is exemplary and I endorse their efforts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I became aware of the Santa Ana Police Foundation through its executive director's leadership role in the National Police Foundations Project. With his expert direction, the foundation is having a big impact on public safety despite the few resources available to them. The Santa Ana Police Foundation is worthy example of community collaboration that should inspire other cities large and small across the country.

Michael217

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have observed meetings, awards and concluded that their efforts are blessing many in Santa Ana.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I fully support and endorse the Santa Ana Police Foundation. The Organization is comprised of volunteers that are self-motoivated and committed to buidling a better community partnership between the Santa Ana Police Department and the citizens it serves. The foundation works to provide supplemental funding for equipment and programs utilized by the Police Department to ensure a safe and rewarding community relationship.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional in the Law Enforcement field and have had the good fortune of working as a volunteer for the Santa Ana Police Foundation. The Santa Ana Police Foundation is a model organization for bringing members of the community together to support the Santa Ana Police Department and the citizens they serve. The organization is led by Bill Cunningham, a dynamic and tireless professional with exceptional people skills. Bill has been with the Organization since its inception and recruited high caliber, deeply rooted communtiy leaders to nuture it to its present prestigious status. Community based programs are the foundation to building a better tomorrow for today's youth and their families. The Santa Ana Police Foundation is a leader in its field!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard about the Santa Ana Police Foundation I was drawn in by the commitment of the founders . There was such a need for additional support for the Police departments due to all the budget cuts I felt the individuals involved could really make a difference and it was something I really wanted to be involved in. I can endorse this organization and the work they have been able to complete and their vision of future programs to support the Police Department.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fully endorse the Santa Ana Police Foundation. Since being a volunteer I've learned the importance of teamwork and commitment. Having seen something built from just an idea to it's fullest potential is an amazing experience, and to see the passion that Bill Cunningham and the foundation's members have to better the community and to make it safer through the different academies and PD support is why I volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is endorsed by the community by many business it helps out when needed and is always there for the community. I have learned more about the needs of our community and how we can help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is my priviledge to support and endorse the Santa Ana Police Foundation. Organizations like this are emparative to provide additional support for the men and women of the Santa Ana Police Department who make our communtiy a safe place to live and conduct business.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would like to endorse the Santa Ana Police Foundation for there work for businesses, not just in Santa Ana but throughout Orange County with there Business Emergency Response Team course. This course assists businesses better prepare for any emergency and be self-sufficient and take care of their employees. This training will hopefully sustain them in business after an emergency and keep their employees safe.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is my priviledge to support and endorse the Santa Ana Police Foundation. Organizations like this are needed to supply additional needed support for our men and women who dalily protect and serve our communtiy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Santa Ana Police Foundation is a great eneity to work with. They are there to support programs whose budget has been cut due to cost reduction matters. The K-9 and Mounted Police programs and very necessary for the community and need the foundation's support to continue. These men and women and their animal partners create good will in the community and provide assistance in situations where animals provide an altenate way to soothe a situation.

Board Member

Rating: 3

Great organization all members working in harmonious

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I come from a family of law enforcement, and to "protect and serve" the SAPD as they protect and serve us in the community is not only an honor, but I believe our duty. Federal, state and local budget constraints have eliminated crucial programs, they need our help. I have seen this foundation grow from a grass roots operation to a viable philanthropic organization, supporting so many needed police centric programs. I endorse the SAPDF and what they stand for....won't you join me? Community...it's our business...be a part of it!

Sharon99

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is such a blessing to be working along side of people who want to support our men and women who serve to protect us. I have been in business for over 29 yrs in the city of Santa Ana and am honored to be involved with an organization that helps bring back programs that have been shelved due to budget cut backs.
Bill Cunningham is an amazing leader and has so much passion for what he believes in!
The Santa Ana Police Foundation is so very important to this city and I look forward to continuing to be part of it's growth. Thank you Bill for your vision and your hard work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I having been working at the SAPDF for the past month, it has been an honor to contribute all i can in aiding this foundation in the efforts it puts forth in the running of all the programs that make the City of Santa Ana a safer place to work, live and visit. I am extremely proud to work here, I encourage everyone to be a part of the Santa Ana Police Foundation.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is honor to work with such a fine group of volunteers to support the men and women who protect the community we serve. The Santa Ana Police Department Foundation supports the programs that have lost funding due to cuts in budges, but bring value to the community and the officers ability to safely protect our community. Our President and Chairman has such a passion and energy level that inspires the Board and Trustees. I am humbled by their passion for the Foundation and the Santa Ana Police Department. This stems from how much they care about the community we serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been fortunate enough to work with the foundation first hand over the last couple of months, and to see the incredible results from a variety of programs they provide to the community. From my first day Bill has encouraged those running each project to be inclusive of me, and I felt that I was contributing a great deal to the community. The foundation has been transparent when it comes to supporting the cause-everyone's goal is to help our police officers and the community become a better place!

Ryan37

Advisor

Rating: 5

I work at SAPDF as the Director of Media Relations. In the last few months, I have worked closely with the President, the Board, volunteers, police and fire personnel, and community members for different events. These events have all been a spectacular success to support social programs that make the City of Santa Ana a safer place to live and work. I have also interacted with various people from different media outlets (television/radio/film/newspaper) and they all have spoken very highly of the work SAPDF does in the community to bring police, local businesses and residents together.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Santa Ana Police Foundation has become a viable and valuable civic organization benefiting Santa Ana police officers, businesses, neighborhoods and residents alike. In these times of economic shortcomings, the Foundation has proven time and time again that people working together can achieve great things

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a volunteer and endorse the Santa Ana Police Foundation. This organization has many positive programs to help our community become a better place to live and have a safe environment. One program that is amazing is “Caps 4 Cops”. Children help raise money within their schools to buy a ballistic helmet for an officer. Each coin donated develops a positive connection between the youth and their local police. Programs like this and others help build a relationship with the community and the police organization through strong leadership, commitment and education. I hope others will volunteer or become donors to support this great organization.

D Scott W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Santa Ana Police Foundation has become a viable and valuable civic organization benefiting Santa Ana police officers, businesses, neighborhoods and residents alike. In these times of economic shortcomings, the Foundation has proven time and time again that people working together can achieve great things.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the incredible pleasure in volunteering for the Santa Ana Police Foundation in the summer. For the short period of time, I experienced events that have brought together a community and show me the generosity of people, even in this day and age. I was as involved as regular staff members and was able to share my experiences with other people. This was an excellent way for me to get to know more about what is affecting my community, as well as gaining experience in working in a non-profit setting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Santa Ana Police Foundation has evolved as a grass-roots organization made up of the finest business and community leaders. I am honored to be among the amazing volunteers who have devoted their time to raise funds for such events as the community Heroes Luncheon, and police support programs , such as the youth and gang provention programs and the current drive to help purchase a new K-9 (dog) for the SAPD.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Santa Ana Police Foundation is a great organization that supports the SAPD, community, and youth. Bill Cunningham has done an excellent job as a founder and leader of this organization. Bill’s commitment and dedication to the community that he serves is admirable. I have the pleasure to work closely with Bill in the Cinco de Mayo and Fiestas Patrias festival events, and the leadership and communication skills that Bill displays are admirable.

Charles G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel privileged to have observed the Santa Ana Police Foundation's progress from its original concept and early beginnings via the privilege of spending quality time with its founder, Mr. William Cunningham. I know well his character, his enthusiasm and his commitment to guide the establishment of this powerful organization that is benefitting the community as a whole.

Fran11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since its inception, the Santa Ana Police Foundation has stayed true to its mission. Its dedication and unwavering approach to meeting its goals and serving the community as well as providing support to the Santa Ana Police is, in my opinion, unmatched.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a manager with the Santa Ana Police Department I have found working with the Foundation to be extremely fulfilling. The foundation is energetic, open and transparent. This group, to an individual, says what it means and does what it says. They are fantastic community partners that are working cooperatively to make Santa Ana the best City in Orange County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for almost a year. This organization has such great heart and passion for its mission. Working in this organization is like being a part of a family. Each and everyone never hesitates to help out, share great ideas, and make it happen. There is no doubt that this organization will continue to succeed , touch more lives, and make a difference in Orange County. I am proud to work here. I encourage everyone to be a part of the Santa Ana Police Foundation...be a staff, a donor, or a volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure volunteering with the SAPDF and getting to know its passionate staff and board members. In just my first month here, I have been warmly welcomed by everyone and have gotten an opportunity to network with business professionals and attend exciting fundraising events (Beer Garden at the Fiestas Patrias. Can't beat that!). I have also gotten a chance to delve myself into the non-profit sector and see the in's and out's of running a successful organization; something I hope to do myself one day. It's been a great learning experience and one I would highly recommend to anyone looking to expand their non-profit knowledge or just simply looking to work with an organization making tangible imprints in the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Observing the synergy that exists between the elements in this organization inspires confidence in the palpable sill sets that have been established. Community safety is a given.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a profound privilege to have served as a member of this organization and to have had the opportunity to work with such a dedicated group of people who have come together to serve their community.
SAPDF’s greatest asset is its people. Their commitment and passion to make their community a better place is evident in everything they do. Whether they are raising funds for badly needed equipment, reaching out to youth or simply supporting a community member in need, the members and leadership of SAPDF are committed to their cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization, which helps the community. I love the idea of involvement with the youth. Karen B

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization. Really benefits the police department, but moreover the entire community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an honor to be part of the Santa Ana Police Foundation. I admire the positive impact it gives to the Santa Ana Police Department, community, businesses, and youth. I have met wonderful people that are part of this organization and glad it grows within each day.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I served Santa Ana Police Foundation as the Director; Vice President, Board of Trustees for one full term. I can vouch for the authenticity of the executive leadership and members of the organization, that they go above and beyond in order to serve the Community and the Police Department of Santa Ana. Most of these people are very busy, local business people that sacrifice both their personal and work time to commit themselves to the causes of the Foundation. I recommend the Santa Ana Police Foundation to anyone looking to get involved with a worthy cause for the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becoming a volunteer for The Santa Ana Police Foundation, I get to see first hand how the foundation has such a positive impact on the community. Whether it's hosting events, lending a helping hand for unprivileged teens, working with the police department, educating business, the non-profit organizations exceeds all expectations. I'm proud to be apart of this wonderful organization.

Marjorie D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is an honor to be part of the Santa Ana Police Foundation. The dedication of all the volunteers far surpasses that of any other non-profit I have been involved with in my career. As a business owner and employer I believe that giving back to ones community is one of the best ways to say thank you. Thank you SAPDF for all the work you do and for allowing me to be part of something so great. -Marjorie Del Toro President (ehs International, Inc.)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In a widespread emergency , two way radio communications via ham radio and FRS radio is a lifesaver for local residents in Santa Ana to check with neighbors . SAPDF allows us to offer free classes to train residents about how to become licensed ham radio operators . Their training facility gives us a comfortable venue to offer these free classes , and it is a pleasure working with all the SAPD Foundation volunteers and staff !Gordon West , Santa Ana Response Team technical training volunteer , Radio School Inc.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The SAPDF has been a member with our orgainization for some time now. They are members of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce. We found that Bill Cunningham and his team at the SAPDF are dedicated, loyal and passionate. The foundation has done so much for the community and we are proud to stand behind them in what they do. The Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce works closely with several great non-profits and the SAPDF is one of them! Cheryl Watson-Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Santa Ana Police Foundation is a most worthwhile charitable organization. Particularly noteworthy is their involvement with Young Gang Prevention, Business Emergency Response Team (BERT), Direct Police Support with SWAT Team, K9 Police Dogs, CSI Vehicle, and Police Explorers programs. The SAPDF also raises and collects funds toward Community Assistance endeavors. Volunteering with this organization is personally very gratifying and important work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have several decades of experience with public-private partnerships for police departments in the United States. The Santa Ana Police Foundation is an example of the best. It's executive director has broad experience in governance and is applying the highest standards of transparency, accountability and adherence to mission. SAPF is providing much needed support to enhance police services and strengthening the relationship between the police department and the community.

Bill31

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am one of the Founders of the Santa Ana Police Foundation. I became involved because I saw the passion of the leadership at the SAPD. Santa Ana has achieved the Forbes 4th Safest Large City award for a reason. I want to be part of the blossoming of this city more and more into the rich, cultural, viable, interesting, safe, lovely community it is today.