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.” IUPA is the AFL-CIO’s main police union with an estimated 19,000 members.
According to the Form 990 (2017) covering the year beginning April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 submitted by IUPA to the IRS, IUPA reported $19.5 million in revenue of which only $3.3 million came from membership dues. $16.2 million came from contributions which were primarily phone solicitation fundraisers who were compensated $14.4 million, netting IUPA $1.8 million. 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
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