America's worst charities

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

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.

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 $9,441,915 $9,055,027 $886,888 $1,207,260 $36,771 0.39% $2,043,580
2011 pdf $8,102,308 $7,445,754 $656,554 $1,210,185 $25,000 0.31% $1,865,748
2010 pdf $2,564,916 $2,310,116 $254,800 $1,291,832 $12,500 0.49% $1,831,321
2009 pdf $5,822,857 $5,129,736 $693,121 $2,971,157 $11,500 0.20% $2,073,488
2008 pdf $8,805,371 $7,830,371 $975,000 $4,099,668 $18,000 0.20% $2,094,629
2007 pdf $11,402,112 $2,699,230 $8,702,882 $4,533,987 $70,775 0.62% $2,053,476
2006 pdf $4,848,758 $1,979,164 $2,869,594 $2,578,554 $53,900 1.11% $2,146,003
2005 pdf $3,758,181 $3,116,281 $641,900 $1,289,827 $71,035 1.89% $2,386,343
2004 pdf $5,993,093 $5,381,036 $612,057 $1,204,499 $10,000 0.17% $2,344,844
2002 pdf $5,906,735 $5,498,596 $408,139 $794,034 $4,000 0.07% $2,021,968
zTOTALS $66,646,246 $50,445,311 $16,700,935 $21,181,003 $313,481 0.5% $20,861,400

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

Year Recipient Cash received Location
2010 Scholarships For Students Pursuing An Advanced Degree In Law Enforcement $7,500
2010 Support To Family Of Fallen Officer $4,000