America's worst charities

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

In detail#36: Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center

This charity, founded in 1995, is affiliated with Disabled Police Officers of America, which was started three years later. Both have been run from the same address by the same couple, Terry and Lorna Morrison, since their inceptions.

Both groups are on the Times/CIR list of the nation's worst charitiesAnd though the couples' pay has fluctuated through the years with the flow of donations, over the past decade they have taken a combined $1.3 million in salaries from the two groups.

Over the same period, the Counseling Center has raised about $8 million and paid 84 percent of that to its for-profit solicitors. It has spent an average of less than $1,000 a year on counseling services.

The charity's website says its founder has experience providing career counseling to disabled and retired police officers. But Jan Collier, a therapist who shares an office complex with the Morrisons in Niceville, Fla., said she has seen the couple only a handful of times in the past 10 years and has never seen anyone who appears to be a counseling client.

"Sometimes people show up trying to find them," Collier said. "But the door is always locked."

In its 2011 IRS filing, the charity did not report spending money on any counseling services. All expenses were related to overhead, including printing, postage and general administrative costs of about $15,000.

In 2011, neither of the Morrisons reported taking a salary from the Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center. The couple did take combined pay of about $30,000 from their second charity that year, however.

Reporters for the Times and CIR called both charities and got recordings that did not allow callers to leave a message. Emails sent to an address listed on the charities' websites were returned undeliverable. A certified letter delivered to the address on the charities' IRS filing was returned "unclaimed."


In their own words: the Charity's mission

Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center is a non-profit, charitable organization whose primary purpose is to provide educational and counseling programs to assist disabled police officers, and to educate the public on the needs and abilities of disabled police officers.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center

Known state disciplinary actions

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States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi 3 Fine/penalties $2,000

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
2011 pdf $471,585 $397,706 $73,879 $7,162 $0 0.00% $198,764
2010 pdf $932,597 $845,022 $87,575 $18,924 $9,064 0.97% $40,251
2009 pdf $624,031 $544,216 $79,815 $17,798 $0 0.00% $44,854
2008 pdf $559,536 $473,926 $85,610 $48,668 $0 0.00% $65,922
2007 pdf $593,483 $480,031 $113,452 $86,500 $0 0.00% $112,661
2006 pdf $627,054 $509,069 $117,985 $56,763 $0 0.00% $86,126
2005 pdf $641,713 $484,677 $157,036 $128,262 $0 0.00% $133,578
2004 pdf $1,248,299 $1,069,790 $178,509 $154,022 $0 0.00% $179,934
2003 pdf $1,520,894 $1,296,727 $224,167 $141,685 $0 0.00% $173,829
2002 pdf $1,010,736 $777,316 $233,420 $121,921 $0 0.00% $156,058
zTOTALS $8,229,928 $6,878,480 $1,351,448 $781,705 $9,064 0.1% $1,191,977

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2008 Infiniti Marketing $37,828 $29,155 $8,673 22.90% fundraising
2008 Collier County Entertainment and Promotions Company $117,324 $94,129 $23,195 19.80% fundraising
2008 Miami Soliciting Company $132,041 $104,811 $27,230 20.60% fundraising
2008 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $272,343 $245,831 $26,512 9.70% fundraising
2009 Precision Performance Marketing $148,287 $135,988 $12,299 8.30% fundraising
2009 Miami Soliciting Company $77,867 $56,550 $21,317 27.40% fundraising
2009 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $316,284 $286,414 $29,870 9.40% fundraising
2009 Collier County Entertainment and Promotions Company $81,593 $65,264 $16,329 20.00% fundraising
2010 Precision Performance Marketing $250,419 $233,805 $16,614 6.60% fundraising
2010 Northeast Advertising Dba James Vincent $96,458 $73,669 $22,789 23.60% fundraising
2010 Collier County Entertainment and Promotions Company $78,306 $64,661 $13,645 17.40% fundraising
2010 Miami Soliciting Company $15,860 $11,451 $4,409 27.80% fundraising
2010 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $491,554 $461,436 $30,118 6.10% fundraising
2011 Collier County Entertainment and Promotions Company $49,025 $37,795 $11,230 22.90% fundraising
2011 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $117,971 $93,360 $24,611 20.90% fundraising
2011 Precision Performance Marketing $304,589 $266,551 $38,038 12.50% fundraising