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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

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.