A Reminder: Your Donation Helps Your Fellow Officers and Co-Workers

I came across this article which makes me cringe. While it taints many non-profits it does provide an opportunity to remind that with the Corrections Foundation 90 cents of every dollar you donate goes back to your fellow officers and co-workers. Any organization that exists must use a portion of a donation to pay staff and cover expenses. We’re thrilled that we keep our fee at 10%, making sure your donation does what it’s supposed to.

In general, 15% is a good average for an admin fee for a non-profit. Anything above 25%, though, is, in my estimation, while legal, is ethically indefensible. Funds raised should be spent on what they’re solicited for.

This goes to the hear of another issue: transparency. The Corrections Foundation is a fully transparent organization. We post all of our governing documents and past audits on-line for you to review. We are also subject to public records and records retention.

When joining or donating to any non-profit please take the time to check them out – make sure they’re doing what they say they’re doing and that money you’re donating is going to where it’s supposed to.

Texas Highway Patrol “Charity” Takes in Millions, Pays Few Benefits

The small Texas Highway Patrol Museum in San Antonio is a telemarketing operation that generated nearly $12 million from 2004 to 2009, says the San Antonio Express-News in a story available only to paid subscribers. The museum is run by the Texas Highway Patrol Association, which the Grits for Breakfast blog calls “a so-called ‘”charity’ that spends barely any of the millions of dollars it raises for its stated purpose – helping families of state troopers slain in the line of duty – and instead spends most of its money on fundraising costs and executive pay.”

Telemarketers say they are from the “Texas Highway Patrol,” but the group is unaffiliated with the Department of Public Safety. The Express-News says that while the association takes in more than $1 million per year, it spends $20,000 or less on “death benefits” for troopers’ families.

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