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IACP Foundation: A Primer on Purpose and Progress

Major General Joseph C. Carter, Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard; Chair, IACP Foundation; and Immediate Past President, IACP

ver the course of the last several months, the IACP Foundation has enjoyed an increased presence and prominence in the law enforcement community and with the IACP membership. This pattern of distinction will only grow stronger as 2008 continues to bring attention to the important work that the foundation does in support of not only law enforcement agencies but also individual members of our state, local, municipal, and tribal policing family.

For those who are only casually familiar with the IACP Foundation, a snapshot of recent history may provide a sense of where it has come from and where it is going. It is important for IACP members and donors to the IACP Foundation to have a clear understanding of the people and processes involved in the foundation’s daily activities.

History and Leadership

The foundation was created in 1990 to add a new dimension to the IACP’s support of professional policing. Although it is a separate 501(c)3 organization, the foundation complements the mission, goals, and objectives of the IACP and serves as an additional means to sponsor research, create programs, offer opportunities for professional development, and provide scholarships for dependent family members of officers fallen or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

The foundation is governed by a board of directors comprising 21 members, 11 sworn representatives of the law enforcement community, and 10 representatives of the private sector who have demonstrated a vested interest in the concerns of professional policing. The board meets approximately four times a year to review programs, policies, and fundraising efforts, but it is an extremely active and engaged group that stays in touch year-round to ensure continued forward motion for the foundation.

The foundation currently operates with one full-time staff person, foundation director Patricia (Petey) Casstevens, who carries out daily activities and acts on behalf of the board in matters of fundraising as well as marketing, communication, and program cultivation and implementation.

Programs and Initiatives

You may already be familiar with some of the foundation’s flagship programs, and you are invited to visit the foundation’s Web site at to learn more about each of them:

  • IACP Center for Police Leadership

  • Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) Scholarship Program

  • Continuing professional development

  • Global Enrichment Program

  • No-cost training tools (DVDs, CDs, Web-based training)

Each of these programs was carefully reviewed, vetted, and supported by the foundation leadership because each serves a need identified by IACP members or by the law enforcement community. The foundation staff and board work closely with the IACP leadership, divisions, sections, and committees to ensure a collaborative approach to accurately address the demands of the modern law enforcement profession.

Fundraising and the Future

In order to succeed in fulfilling the foundation’s mission to advance professional policing, the board and staff have carefully crafted, and are proceeding with, a structured, sound, and successful fundraising strategy that includes many partners.

In keeping with their dedication to an appropriate and measured growth plan for the foundation, board members invested in an external feasibility study produced in 2005 that helped assess organizational strengths and weaknesses as well as provided general direction to fundraising efforts.

The foundation has been fortunate to enjoy the cooperation of many corporate partners who have invested heavily in several programs and initiatives; the response of the IACP membership to the foundation’s First Annual Fundraising Gala and silent auctions at the annual conference in New Orleans last October was overwhelming.

IACP leaders have demonstrated their dedication to the foundation through the Leadership Giving Campaign, and the membership fundraising appeal that accompanied the 2008 dues renewal mailing generated an outstanding response.

The faithful stewardship of your donations is of paramount importance to the IACP Foundation. Patrons of the foundation can rest assured that their gifts are administered with transparency, integrity, and the annual oversight of external auditors. A contribution to the IACP Foundation is truly an investment in leadership, scholarship, and the global fellowship of law enforcement professionals. ■

In addition to chairing the IACP Foundation and overseeing the administration and operation of the Massachusetts National Guard, Major General Carter is involved in many local and national philanthropic endeavors and sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 4, April 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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