In detail#7: International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO
The International Union of Police Associations is headquartered in a glass and concrete mid-rise in downtown Sarasota, Fla. As a trade union and member of the AFLCIO, donations to the group are not tax-deductible.
The nonprofit hires professional solicitors to raise most of its money. Telemarketers call people across the country and tell them donations will be spent providing financial aid to the families of fallen police officers who were union members. The group also gives scholarships to students seeking degrees in law enforcement.
But of the $57 million in donations given by the public over the past decade, more than 72 cents of every dollar was spent paying professional solicitors. Less than half of one percent — about $28,000 a year — was spent on survivor benefits.
Recent campaigns have been even worse. In 2011, professional fundraisers kept about 92 percent of the $8.1 million raised. IUPA netted about $650,000.The group spent $25,000 on its cause that year, giving $15,000 in scholarships, $5,000 in death benefits and $5,000 to a handicapped children's foundation outside Sarasota.
Rich Roberts, public information officer for IUPA, said the charity will continue to hire professional solicitors.
"While the percents (returns) are not what we would like them to be, it's money we otherwise wouldn't have to support our officers," Roberts said.
IUPA is one of five groups on the Times/CIR list that is tax-exempt under IRS code but not a traditional 501c(3) charity. These groups still must register with state regulators to solicit donations, but the donations are not tax-deductible. All five rely heavily on professional telemarketing companies to raise money.
In their own words: the Charity's mission
Strength through united action, guided by intelligence, is the hallmark of trade union organizations. Believing such unity essential for the mutual protection and advancement of the interests and general welfare of all law enforcement officers, we have formed the International Union of Police Officers: > to organize all law enforcement officers; > to secure just compensation for their services and equitable settlement of their grievances; > to promote the establishment of just and reasonable working conditions; > to increase the members' skill and efficiency; > to promote harmony between its members and their employers; > to encourage the formation of local unions, regional or state councils and provincial and foreign affliations; > to foster improved health, retirement and death benefit programs; > to encourage improved methods of law enforcement, labor relations and labor/management cooperation, and; > to cultivate friendship and fellowship among its members.
Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State
International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO
Fundraising and spending history
For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.
|% cash to
Who raised the money
|Year||Solicitor||Cash raised||Cash to solicitor||Cash to charity||% to charity||Activity|
|2008||LAS LLC (Washington, DC)||$8,805,371||$7,830,371||$975,000||11.10%||consults on telephone call cen|
|2009||LAS LLC (Washington, DC)||$5,822,857||$5,129,736||$693,121||11.90%||consults on telephone call cen|
|2010||Courtesy Call||$1,250,599||$1,126,599||$124,000||9.90%||phone solicitations|
|2010||Outreach Calling||$836,805||$753,124||$83,681||10.00%||phone solicitations|
|2010||Public Awareness (Irving, TX)||$477,512||$430,393||$47,119||9.90%||phone solicitations|
|2011||Jak Productions||$2,400,741||$2,163,342||$237,399||9.90%||phone solicitations|
|2011||Courtesy Call||$3,722,905||$3,498,505||$224,400||6.00%||phone solicitations|
|2011||Outreach Calling||$1,378,587||$1,243,001||$135,586||9.80%||phone solicitations|
|2011||Public Awareness (Irving, TX)||$600,075||$540,906||$59,169||9.90%||phone solicitations|
Who got direct cash aid
|2010||Scholarships For Students Pursuing An Advanced Degree In Law Enforcement||$7,500|
|2010||Support To Family Of Fallen Officer||$4,000|