America's worst charities

Our ranking based on cash paid to solicitors in the past decade

In detail#35: Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation

Also doing business as: American Police and Sheriffs Association Inc.

Two couples in New England started this badge charity in 2002 to give financial assistance to disabled officers and train police in subjects ranging from close-quarter shooting to knife defense.

Though the group has changed its name five times, professional fundraisers have been able to pull in nearly $9 million in donations over the past decade. About 85 percent of the money stayed with the solicitors. Grants to disabled officers or families of fallen officers have averaged less than $9,000 a year.

The charity also solicits under the name "Police Officers Safety Association."

The same couples, David and Jill Kenik and Ralph and Barbara Mroz, started a second charity in 2008. Firefighters Support Foundation also relies on high-cost telemarketers, which kept 90 percent of the $3.6 million raised from the public in 2011. The charity says it helps train and equip underfunded agencies and assists the families of fallen firefighters. In 2011, that aid amounted to less than $65,000.

Between the two groups, the couples made $234,146 in total compensation in 2011.

Barbara Mroz was a paid administrator for both charities. But in June 2011, the Mroz couple ended their affiliation with the badge charity, according to an email charity officials sent reporters.

Ralph and Barbara Mroz run the firefighters' group, with Ralph Mroz as president.

David Kenik is executive director of the Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation. Jill Kenik is president, an unpaid position.

None of the charities' executives responded to repeated requests for further information.

Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation produces new training videos at least quarterly, said Frank Borelli, editorial director of Officer.com, a website that disseminates the information to law enforcement.

"They have produced well over five dozen videos and 20 or more articles that they've provided to us free of charge," Borelli said. "We appreciate what they contribute."

Though an auditor's report in 2010 said Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation was discussing "winding down operations" in 2012, the charity's website still asks for donations.


In their own words: the Charity's mission

To create, design, organize, and offer educational and instructional classes, seminars and training for law enforcement officers and personnel and to engage in other activities to heighten the image of law enforcement in the community. Program services: primary focus: advanced law enforcement education and training-develops and makes advanced training accessible to law enforcement personnel nationwide through our training arm, the police officers safety assocation, to help supplement limited development training budgets. Lodd survivor family grants-provides assistance to the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Equipment and grants to police departments-offers assistance to under-funded police departments with equipment grants to increase officer and public safety.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation

Fundraising and spending history

For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.

Year 990
form
Cash
raised by
solicitors
Solicitor
was paid
Cash to
the charity
Charity
salaries
Cash to
direct aid
% cash to
direct aid
Reported
totals to
programs
2012 pdf $1,472,910 $1,325,077 $147,833 $21,153 1.44% $90,223
2011 pdf $722,043 $645,243 $76,800 $33,193 $15,185 2.10% $57,539
2010 pdf $880,174 $713,335 $166,839 $77,774 $16,750 1.90% $66,690
2009 pdf $1,345,561 $1,102,750 $242,811 $68,088 $21,600 1.61% $96,673
2008 pdf $1,496,767 $1,333,812 $162,955 $59,677 $0 0.00% $55,742
2007 pdf $759,360 $646,426 $112,934 $58,400 $0 0.00% $99,952
2006 pdf $825,130 $686,594 $138,536 $53,100 $15,011 1.82% $87,244
2005 pdf $864,067 $716,467 $147,600 $70,300 $18,522 2.14% $126,802
2004 pdf $1,319,667 $1,122,365 $197,302 $135,830 $0 0.00% $143,695
2003 pdf $678,073 $569,921 $108,152 $70,600 $0 0.00% $100,877
zTOTALS $10,363,752 $8,861,990 $1,501,762 $626,962 $108,221 1.0% $925,437

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2008 Charitable Resource Foundation $750,731 $661,989 $88,742 11.80% fundraising
2008 Harbinger Communications Co Inc $234,372 $222,100 $12,272 5.20% fundraising
2008 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $491,669 $432,625 $59,044 12.00% fundraising
2009 Charitable Resource Foundation $670,742 $589,937 $80,805 12.00% fundraising
2009 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $606,529 $450,134 $156,395 25.80% fundraising
2009 Harbinger Communications Co Inc $68,290 $62,679 $5,611 8.20% fundraising
2010 Menacola Marketing $7,641 $6,812 $829 10.85% fundraiser
2010 Charitable Resource Foundation $582,179 $512,004 $70,175 12.05% fundraiser
2010 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $290,354 $194,519 $95,835 33.01% fundraiser
2011 Charitable Resource Foundation $368,270 $326,848 $41,422 11.20% prof f/r
2011 Outreach Calling $326,756 $294,319 $32,437 9.90% prof f/r
2011 Menacola Marketing $27,017 $24,076 $2,941 10.90% prof f/r

Who got direct cash aid

Year Recipient Cash received Location
2010 Line Of Duty Death Benefit $8,300