America's worst charities

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

In detail#30: Disabled Police Officers of America Inc.

Also doing business as: Disabled And Retired Police Officers Educational Fund, Disabled Police Officers Charitable Fund

Terry and Lorna Morrison run two of the worst charities in America from the same office in Niceville, Fla. Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center was started in 1995 to educate the public and provide counseling to disabled officers. The Morrisons launched Disabled Police Officers of America in 1998 to provide financial assistance and scholarships to disabled and retired law enforcement officers.

Both charities have been dependent on telemarketers and direct mail companies for all revenue, tax filings show.

Over the past decade, Disabled Police Officers of America has raised $10.3 million and paid its for-profit fundraisers $8.1 million of that. It spent $254,000 on direct cash aid over the same period — about $25,000 a year in scholarships and financial aid for disabled police.

Though the couples' pay has fluctuated over the years, they have taken a total $1.3 million in salaries from both charities over the past decade.

The Morrisons took combined pay of about $31,000 from the charity in 2011, down dramatically from total compensation of $90,000 the year prior. The couple did not respond to requests for comment.

Morrison identifies himself as retired from the U.S. Park Police. His wife is a registered nurse.

On its website, the charity has posted this notice: "Revenue has been steadily decreasing for the past 2 years and is running dangerously low."

Its website lists recipients of scholarship money. The most recent scholarship award was given in August 2009. A roster of other financial aid recipients shows the most recent payment was made in January 2010.


In their own words: the Charity's mission

The Disabled and Retired Police Officers Educational Fund, Inc. was established to help fill a void in the lives of many police officers separated from the career they loved, either by voluntary retirement or forced separation due to a disabling injury. Too often officers find themselves unprepared, untrained or undereducated for meaningful civilian employment. With ten years of experience in counseling retired and disabled police officers, the founders of the disabled and retired police officers educational fund, inc. Determined several constant factors existed. With appropriate career counseling, most officers score high in many career fields, but unfortunatley, many of those career fields require college degrees or vocational training that many of the officers cannot afford to ot pursue on their own. With limited pensions, college or trade school tuition and books are often beyond their means. The Disabled and Retired Police Officers Educational Fund, Inc. intends to provide this much needed bridge to the future of these hereos in our communities. The Disabled and Retired Police Officers Educational Fund, Inc.'s mission is to provide financial scholarships of up to $1,000 per year, which will be awarded to those officers that apply and qualify. Officers may apply and qualify on an annual basis for these scholarship awards. The Disabled and Retired Police Officers Educational Fund, Inc. is committed to helping these gallant officers achieve their goal of becoming a productive and gainfully employed citizen in their community. Obtaining and performing a job or trade that they have chosen for themselves. There are no limits as to how many scholarships a disabled and retired officer may receive. They are committed to achieve their goal and our goal is to assist them in that achievement.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


Disabled Police Officers of America Inc.

Known state disciplinary actions

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States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Mississippi, Utah 5 Consent/settlement, Fine/penalties, Notice to revoke, Order Lifted, Permit denied $362

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 $1,110,652 $291,551 $819,101 $29,095 $12,685 1.14% $529,863
2010 pdf $1,117,603 $935,984 $181,619 $102,986 $10,600 0.95% $132,624
2009 pdf $1,631,266 $1,504,460 $126,806 $111,583 $19,067 1.17% $139,371
2008 pdf $910,656 $834,474 $76,182 $63,905 $0 0.00% $119,713
2007 pdf $876,284 $724,454 $151,830 $28,906 $24,557 2.80% $96,157
2006 pdf $727,339 $559,555 $167,784 $106,510 $30,935 4.25% $166,242
2005 pdf $1,165,402 $945,862 $219,540 $126,400 $66,455 5.70% $163,575
2004 pdf $1,095,474 $911,605 $183,869 $107,200 $70,855 6.47% $183,520
2003 pdf $1,476,766 $1,284,830 $191,936 $117,215 $17,098 1.16% $129,549
2002 pdf $165,087 $139,632 $25,455 $0 $1,690 1.02% $1,690
zTOTALS $10,276,529 $8,132,407 $2,144,122 $793,800 $253,942 2.5% $1,662,304

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2008 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $125,477 $113,671 $11,806 9.40% fundraising
2008 Non-Profit Services $121,860 $100,291 $21,569 17.70% fundraising
2008 Merit Fundraising $21,792 $13,053 $8,739 40.10% fundraising
2008 Newport Creative Communications $471,417 $362,455 $108,962 23.10% fundraising
2008 Washington Intelligence Bureau $170,110 $245,004 $-74,894 0.00% fundraising
2009 Kelvin & Associates $9,755 $5,206 $4,549 46.63% fundraising for disabled police of
2009 DC Productions $17,531 $15,524 $2,007 11.45% fundraising for disabled police of
2009 Capital Assistance $50,885 $43,356 $7,529 14.80% fundraising for disabled police of
2009 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $364,585 $333,132 $31,453 8.63% fundraising for disabled police of
2009 Non-Profit Services $86,037 $78,459 $7,578 8.81% fundraising for disabled police of
2009 Base Connect $470,522 $497,800 $-27,278 -5.80% fundraising for disabled police of
2009 Newport Creative Communications $506,146 $416,992 $89,154 17.61% fundraising for disabled police of
2009 Merit Fundraising $125,805 $113,991 $11,814 9.39% fundraising for disabled police of
2010 DC Productions $26,538 $21,764 $4,774 18.00% fundraising
2010 Newport Creative Communications $594,420 $467,413 $127,007 21.40% fundraising
2010 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $332,775 $303,092 $29,683 8.90% fundraising
2010 Non-Profit Services $89,579 $78,915 $10,664 11.90% fundraising
2010 Capital Assistance $72,128 $61,122 $11,006 15.30% fundraising
2010 Merit Fundraising $2,163 $3,678 $-1,515 0.00% fundraising
2011 Base Connect $659,973 $110,927 $549,046 83.20% fundraising for disabled police officers
2011 Newport Creative Communications $251,054 $0 $251,054 100.00% fundraising for disabled police officers
2011 Community Support (Milwaukee, WI) $90,383 $72,924 $17,459 19.30% fundraising
2011 Non-Profit Services $74,053 $67,331 $6,722 9.10% fundraising
2011 Capital Assistance $29,072 $25,594 $3,478 12.00% fundraising
2011 DC Productions $5,967 $9,134 $-3,167 -53.10% fundraising
2011 Merit Fundraising $150 $5,641 $-5,491 0.00%