CharityWatch has failed the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) on our Governance benchmark due to its conduct related to solicitations conducted in the state of Minnesota that ultimately resulted in the charity's permanent ban from soliciting the public in that state.
For more information, read "Attorney General Ellison permanently bans two charities that deceived Minnesotans about supporting families of fallen police officers," published by the National Association of State Charity Officials (nasconet.org) in December 2019, and CharityWatch's article, "Charity Continues to Deceive Donors in the Name of Fallen Police," about NACOP's related charity, American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens, Inc. (AFPCC), which shares an office address with, and is operated and managed by some of the same individuals as, NACOP.
According to the National Association of Chiefs of Police audit of September 30, 2019 (Note 7, Related Party Transactions):
"The Association is related to several other non-profit organizations through common members on their Boards of Directors. These organizations include American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens, Inc. (AFPCC), Florida Crime Prevention Commission, Inc. (FCPC), Venerable Order of Michael Archangel, Inc. (VOMA), and American Police Academy, Inc. (APA).
"On March 22, 2004, the Association entered into an agreement with AFPCC to provide AFPCC with management services and administrative office space. This agreement shall automatically extend for successive one-year terms until canceled by the Association or AFPCC. The Association received $795,500 ($493,750 applied to reduce payroll and related expenses, $112,500 recorded as rental income and $179,250 recorded as a donation) from AFPCC during the year ended September 30, 2019 related to this agreement.
"During the year ended September 30, 2019, the Association paid APA $213,593 for gun range staffing."
[NOTE: CharityWatch does not currently rate FCPC, VOMA, or APA either due to their small size, their regional versus national focus, or both. CharityWatch does provide a separate rating of American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens (AFPCC).]
According to the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) tax filing for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019, NACOP reports re: the existence of a family or business relationship among officers, directors, trustees, or key employees (IRS Form 990, Schedule O re: Part VI, Section A, line 2):
– Board Officers Barry and Brent Shepherd are brothers.
– Board Officer Barry Shepherd and Board Director Lori Shepherd are married.
– Board Officer Brent Shepherd and Board Director Lori Shepherd are in-laws.
– Board Directors Peter and Kim Connolly are married.
[NACOP reports that Barry Shepherd is Director/CEO and Brent Shepherd is Director/CFO (IRS Form 990, Part VII). NACOP reports having 17 voting members on its governing body at fiscal year-end 2019, with 10 being independent (IRS Form 990, Part VI, Section A, lines 1a & 1b).]