America's worst charities

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

In detail#45: National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition

National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition is a volunteer-run organization that lobbies for legislation on behalf of 45 law enforcement groups representing 65,000 narcotics officers across the country.

Because of its lobbying activities, donations to the nonprofit group are not tax deductible. So why has National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition hired telemarketers to raise donations from the public for the past decade?

Richard Sloan, the group's president, said membership dues of $500 a year for each state just aren't enough to support the organization.

"We're looking at getting donations from businesses," Sloan told a reporter. "In today's market, people are just not giving money, especially to law enforcement."

Over the past decade, however, the group has raised $4.8 million from the public. About 84 percent of that — $4 million — has been paid to the professional solicitation companies that generated the donations.

Other than solicitation fees, the group's largest expenditure is its annual conference in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, representatives of the state associations are briefed on pending legislation related to the nation's drug policy and law enforcement in general. Sloan said one of the group's big priorities is ensuring that funding continues for multijurisdictional drug task forces.

The National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition is one of five groups on the Times/CIR list that is tax exempt under IRS code but not as 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.

 


National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition

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 $158,466 $137,267 $21,199 $0 $0 0.00% $49,603
2011 pdf $297,837 $261,357 $36,480 $0 $0 0.00% $80,358
2010 pdf $403,862 $306,081 $97,781 $0 $0 0.00% $84,356
2009 pdf $590,287 $459,357 $130,930 $0 $0 0.00% $65,420
2008 pdf $733,537 $610,782 $122,755 $0 $0 0.00% $65,200
2007 pdf $831,423 $738,447 $92,976 $0 $0 0.00% $65,200
2006 pdf $790,598 $665,560 $125,038 $0 $0 0.00% $55,708
2005 pdf $582,209 $496,703 $85,506 $0 $0 0.00% $49,562
2004 pdf $569,723 $486,692 $83,031 $0 $0 0.00% $39,330
zTOTALS $4,957,942 $4,162,246 $795,696 $0 $0 0.0% $554,737

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2008 Midwest Publishing (Phoenix, AZ) $733,537 $610,782 $122,755 16.73% publishing and fundraising
2009 Midwest Publishing (Phoenix, AZ) $590,287 $459,357 $130,930 22.20% fundraising
2010 Midwest Publishing (Phoenix, AZ) $403,862 $306,081 $97,781 24.20% fundraising
2011 Midwest Publishing (Phoenix, AZ) $297,837 $261,357 $36,480 12.20% fundraising