The National Police Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization, has received inquiries from across the U.S. by individuals who have been contacted by solicitors asking for donations in support of an organization of the same or similar name. We want to make the public aware that the National Police Foundation or Police Foundation does not now and never has solicited individual donations over the phone.
If you have been contacted via telephone and asked to make donations to the National Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. or the Police Foundation location in Washington, D.C., this is a scam.
Please note that many legitimate local (but unaffiliated) police foundations and organizations may solicit donations from local communities via telephone and mail. If you receive such a call, we encourage you to take note of who is calling (by name and number), the date and time. We also encourage you to require donation information to be sent to you via U.S. Mail before considering any donation or even pledging one.
What you should do if you are receiving unwanted calls:
1. Call your State’s charity registration agency and report the information. You can find a list of your state’s registration agency here (https://www.nasconet.org/resources/state-government/). It does not matter if the caller is from another State, it is your State agency that can protect you.
2. Report telemarketing fraud to the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online at https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/submit-consumer-complaint-ftc
3. Contact your State Attorney General’s Office to understand how they protect State residents from telemarketing fraud. Many offices have consumer protection units.
4. Consider using a call-blocking feature through your telephone service provider and/or a mobile app to block calls from unknown or suspected telemarketing numbers.
5. Tell solicitors that you will NOT now or EVER make any donation or pledge over the phone and demand that they provide you with the number they are calling from, their full name, the charity name, the website address where their IRS Form 990 can be found, and their physical address.
The National Police Foundation ONLY receives donations online via our website or via U.S. mail at the address listed on our website. We are registered as a charity in every state that requires registration and we are a GuideStar Platinum Charity—a designation given to charities that meet strict criteria around transparency.
Our donations are handled through a third party service provider: Give Lively, LLC, which has its own privacy and security policies. Our secure donation page can be viewed at https://secure.givelively.org/donate/police-foundation.
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