By Patricia Casstevens, Director, IACP Foundation
fter significant review and revision, the IACP Foundation has found renewal in the form of a new and improved Web site. The board and the staff of the Foundation are proud to provide current, comprehensive information about all of the initiatives offered through the organization and to share success stories from past programs that have directly touched the lives of law enforcement officers.
Get the 4-1-1
Readers may have wondered exactly how the IACP Foundation came to be or who sits on the board of officers. Readers can visit the Foundation’s home page and “About Us” section at www.theiacpfoundation.org or enter through the IACP’s Web site at www.theiacp.org and click on the “Foundation” tab.
Through these pages, visitors will learn about the mission, vision, and promise of the Foundation as well as a bit about its background. Guests will also have the opportunity to read about the Foundation’s board, a gathering of 21 dedicated members drawn from the leadership ranks of both law enforcement command staff and corporate partners from companies that truly believe in the advancement of professional policing.
Responding to a Need
As readers proceed through the revamped pages of the Foundation’s Web site, they will notice an expanded section dedicated to exploring the various programs offered to address current and emerging needs of the modern police professional.
Visitors can view the “Programs” section to learn about partnerships that the Foundation has formed to maximize its ability to serve the needs of the IACP membership.
Whether it is enhanced leadership training through a generous grant from the Motorola Foundation, free management training in cooperation with Target through the Law Enforcement Business Fellowship, or scholarship money for the families of fallen or disabled officers through the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) program, visitors will clearly see the mission of the IACP Foundation reflected in its projects.
In addition to enhanced information regarding the Foundation’s work, one of the most engaging aspects of the new site is the ability to show the real faces of the Foundation. Readers can view photos of scholarship winners from the SELECT program—compelling pictures of the sons, daughters, and spouses of officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty that have benefited from Foundation assistance.
Photos and Faces
Additionally, there are images of successful candidates from the Foundation’s scholarship programs for active law enforcement officers. Through partnerships with the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Grantham University, and Target, the Foundation has been able to offer advanced leadership and management training to command staff across the United States. This high-caliber training will benefit not only officers but also the agencies and communities they serve.
Partners in Progress
As mentioned throughout this column, the Foundation relies on the support of committed corporate partners that are able to bring resources to the Foundation’s work that would otherwise be out of reach.
The new IACP Foundation Web site provides the opportunity to recognize companies that have made a real difference in the opportunities offered through Foundation programs. Readers are encouraged to review all of the new Web pages and to visit the “Partners & Events” section to read more about the Foundation’s generous supporters and, in particular, their support of the Foundation’s annual Fundraising Gala held every year in conjunction with the annual IACP conference.
Donations and Gifts in Memory
Donors interested in making a gift to the Foundation can do so easily through a secure, online donation page or by contacting the IACP Foundation directly. One of the most moving features of the Foundation’s new site is the ability to pay tribute to a loved one in the section titled “In Memoriam.” On the front page, and through several additional pages in different sections, the Foundation is honored to recognize gifts made in memory of a friend, a colleague, or a family member; these gifts will truly serve to advance professional policing through the leadership, scholarship, and fellowship of the IACP Foundation. ■
|The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcementrelated charitable and educational purposes. Donations may be tax deductible; please check with your personal tax adviser. The foundation’s federal tax ID number is 54-1576762.|