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Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)

CharityWatch report issued
November 2016

Top-Rated Charity
A-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
83%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$22
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)
PO Box 3199, South Highway 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

Provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by federal criteria. Provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor issues.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 03/31/2016

Program Percentage: 83%

The percentage of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$3,500,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $22

How many dollars Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$1,700,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Joint Costs

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)'s rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
91% $5
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Concerns of Police Survivors IRS Form 990 52-1354370
Concerns of Police Survivors Audited Financial Statements 52-1354370
Entity: Concerns of Police Survivors
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1354370
Entity: Concerns of Police Survivors
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-1354370

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
 
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Dianne Bernhard Executive Director $124,753
1
Name: Dianne Bernhard
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $124,753

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
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 on the Our Process page.]

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