The International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO (IUPA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (5) – a labor union – whose mission is to be “the voice of law enforcement officers.” With an estimated 23,000 members, IUPA is the largest police union in the AFL-CIO..
According to the Form 990 (2018) covering the year April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 submitted to the IRS, IUPA reported $11.7 million in revenue (down 40% from $19.5 million the previous year) of which only $3.7 million came from membership dues. $8 million came from contributions which were primarily phone solicitation and telemarketing fundraisers who raised $7.9 million and were compensated $7 million, netting IUPA about $900,000. In other words, for every $1 raised by the phone solicitation fundraisers, only 11 cents went to IUPA because the phone solicitors kept 89 cents of every $1 or $89 of every $100 raised. Read more
The Firefighters Charitable Foundation of Farmingdale, New York sounds like an organization most people would support. We are immensely grateful to the firemen/firewomen who selflessly put their lives at risk to save us, our homes, and the environment, and also supportive of the individuals and families affected by fires. But helping those affected by fires through the Firefighters Charitable Foundation is not the best way to make your donation dollars go furthest because the people that benefit most from this non-profit 501 (c) (3) are the fundraisers who kept more than 85% of the funds raised, and the 4 employees of the organization (including the President, Frank Tepedino, and his wife, Lori Tepedino, the Secretary/Treasurer) who were compensated more than $300,000 in 2016. Read more
Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based non-profit 501 (c) (3) under fire for good reason: Of the $14 million raised last year, less than $1.2 million went to grants for kids. That’s 9%, or $9 out of every $100 in revenue raised. But, its worse than that. $1 million of the revenue raised were non-cash contributions and these non-cash contributions (toys, clothes, games, etc) were granted as wishes for kids, which means only $200,000 of the $13 million in cash raised in 2017 was spent on granting wishes for sick kids. Bottom line: a little bit more than a dollar out of every $100 received in cash was used to grant wishes for sick kids. Shameful. Read more
Whenever a mass shooting occurs in the US (which is a monthly if not weekly occurrence), it seems the phone solicitation calls asking for support for our law enforcement increase. This week, I received a call from an organization called the International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO asking for a financial donation. I declined but thanked the man calling for alerting me to another non-profit whose IRS Form 990 needs to be looked at. Read more