Police Foundations Section

Police Foundations Section

The Police Foundations Section promotes networking and the exchange of ideas and best practices among police executives and police foundation professionals and encourages the establishment of more police foundations throughout the world.


The mission of the Police Foundations Section is to promote networking and the exchange of ideas and best practices among police executives and police foundation professionals and to encourage the establishment of more police foundations throughout the world. The Police Foundations Section assists IACP with efforts to implement common objectives and strategies. The Section provides a valuable platform for collaboration and several unique opportunities, including:

  • Regular activities, conferences, and meetings
  • Networking among police foundation professionals, law enforcement executives, and business executives
  • Resources and information regarding ethics and operations for police foundations
  • Timely and relevant research 
  • Standards and best practices for police foundations

About the Section

Police Foundations are the fundraising arms for their police departments or first responder communities. They engage with the community to seek funding and services that will benefit their departments. Foundations also act as an important liaison between the community, businesses and department, and provide valuable, brand-enhancing messaging. Foundations help departments to achieve their public safety goals and provide an avenue to accept both financial and in-kind support from interested donors. A police foundation can truly amplify and elevate the impact of your police department. 

Do you have questions about…
•    How to start a police foundation?
•    How to grow an existing police foundation?
•    Best practices and ethics?
•    Marketing and fundraising?
•    Board development and governance?
•    A specific challenge you’re dealing with? 

The IACP Police Foundation Section covers all of these topics and more, including:
•    Engaging the community with police departments
•    Youth programming
•    Community outreach initiatives 
•    Branding for police departments and foundations
•    Social media
•    Fundraising and special events


Membership in this section shall be open to all active, life, and associate members of IACP in good standing who are now, who have been involved in, or who have a professional interest in police foundations. All section members will have the full privileges of voting and holding office in this section.

Any person interested in becoming a member of the section shall submit a written and signed letter of application setting forth their qualifications to the staff liaison for the section. Applications shall be verified as to section qualifications by the section Secretary.

The Section Board, by majority vote of the Board, may suspend or expel a member for cause after an appropriate hearing. Default in payment of dues in the section or IACP, or ineligibility for membership, shall automatically result in termination of membership status. Membership is not transferable or assignable.

Ready to Join?


The IACP Police Foundations Section is proud to have hosted a series of articles in Police Chief magazine discussing issues of interest to police foundation executives and members.

For more information, contact the IACP Member Engagement Team at Participate@theIACP.org.



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