By Michael J. Carroll, Chief of Police, West Goshen Township Police Department, West Goshen, Pennsylvania; Immediate Past President, IACP; and Chair, IACP Foundation
s I depart the office of IACP president and assume the position of IACP Foundation chair, I am afforded the chance to simultaneously appreciate the past and look forward to the future. In the process of working my way through the board seats of the association to become president, I have already sat on the Foundation board for a year as vice chair and have become thoroughly familiar with the positive direction and forward-thinking goals of the organization.
Philanthropy and the Conference
Over the past four years, I have been pleased to see the Foundation’s support of our profession through leadership training, professional development, and scholarships for survivors. I am proud to have seen so many IACP members and corporate partners alike come together to create the success story that is the Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Gala. This event is not only the largest fundraiser for the Foundation each year, but also one of the most popular, unique, and enjoyable events during the conference week.
In addition, last year’s Matching Gift Drive and the year prior’s Annual Membership Dues Appeal showed the Foundation board members just how committed the IACP membership is to investing in the programs and initiatives of the Foundation. Together, these drives raised just over $13,000.
But after the special events are complete, the business of the Foundation still lies before the board and staff to address throughout the year. We have done a tremendous job over the last several years by making strides in the following areas:
- A five-year, $500,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation to help advance the efforts of the IACP’s Center for Police Leadership
- New and dynamic partnerships with both corporate and academic partners to provide no-cost professional development opportunities to law enforcement command staff
- Continued endowments of scholarships to the dependent family members of officers fallen or permanently disabled in the line of duty
However, there is still work to be done. In the coming year, the Foundation will focus on expanding the concept of the Law Enforcement Business Fellowship (LEBF). Many of you may recall that the LEBF was originally brought to the Foundation through a partnership with Target, in which Target staff and team members reviewed many of the corporation’s internal corporate training modules and modified them for a law enforcement–focused group, providing two weeks of no-cost training.
After two successful iterations of the LEBF, the Foundation is exploring the prospect of reaching out to additional external partners to expand the ability of law enforcement command staff to access new and dynamic leadership and management practices.
As we all know, being a leader in today’s world of professional policing is a different experience than it was a generation ago. Expectations of a chief have changed, diverse communities expect innovative responses to chronic problems in their neighborhoods, and the ideas of relationship building and community relations have taken on an entirely different hue. Talented colleagues in the private sector are eager to partner with the Foundation to open a new chapter on the cultivation and mentoring of tomorrow’s law enforcement leaders.
Our own Foundation board members have contributed imagination, ideas, and empowerment to this effort. Implementing their plan for the next phase of this program will benefit both the Foundation and the association that we serve. This coming year, we will be moving forward with this project, as well as cultivating new programs to transform ideas into action and results.
With the clearly illustrated promise and progress of the Foundation’s work to date, I know that this new thrust in professional development will be a real, meaningful, and effective way to move leaders forward. ■
|The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcement–related 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.|
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Michael J. Carroll, "Foundation Success and Future Focus" IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 77 (December 2010): 10, http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CPIM1210/#/10 (insert access date).