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According to the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) audit of March 31, 2016 (Note 1): "The Organization is a national organization that has Chapters located throughout the United States." COPS reports having 50 Chapters as of March 31, 2016.

According to Note 7 of the COPS fiscal 2016 audit, the Central Texas Chapter disbanded during fiscal 2016, and the Mississippi and Alabama Chapters disbanded during fiscal 2015.
According to the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) audit of March 31, 2016, COPS reports receiving in-kind contributions valued at $36,092 in fiscal 2016.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found by clicking on "About CharityWatch" from the navigation bar and then clicking on "Criteria & Methodology".]

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