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National Association of Chiefs of Police

CharityWatch report issued
December 2020

CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

National Association of Chiefs of Police
6350 Horizon Drive
Titusville, FL 32780

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

A charitable & educational organization directed to provide its services to: (1) officers who hold supervisory positions in federal, state, county, university & local law enforcement agencies within the U.S. & its territories, and (2) officers who have been paralyzed or disabled because of a line of duty incident & to their families.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2019

Program Percentage: 37%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $74

How many dollars National Association of Chiefs of Police spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

National Association of Chiefs of Police'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
47% $59
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

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
National Association of Chiefs of Police IRS Form 990 59-1164090
National Association of Chiefs of Police Audited Financial Statements 59-1164090
Entity: National Association of Chiefs of Police
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 59-1164090
Entity: National Association of Chiefs of Police
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 59-1164090

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.
National Association of Chiefs of Police
does not meet governance benchmarks.
National Association of Chiefs of Police
meets transparency benchmarks.

CharityWatch Governance Concerns

See Analysts' Notes for Explanation
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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Brent Shepherd CFO $109,348
2 Barry Shepherd CEO $108,598
Name: Brent Shepherd
Title: CFO
Compensation: $109,348
Name: Barry Shepherd
Title: CEO
Compensation: $108,598

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.

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).]

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