Featured Charity: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
By Sarah Ford on May 11, 2012
It's National Police Week! Learn about the Memorial Fund and see how you can help commemorate the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers during this week's events.
What does your organization do?
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund commemorates the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. The Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
The Memorial Fund is a principal organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial each May 13 to honor all fallen officers. In addition, the Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues and serves as an information clearinghouse.
The Memorial Fund is the only organization that manages a congressionally-authorized, national monument to fallen law enforcement officers.
Honoring law enforcement officers who serve at the local, state and federal levels in all states and US territories, the Memorial Fund is a national organization with the Memorial and the Memorial Fund’s administrative offices located in Washington, DC.
Is there a time during the year when you need more help than usual?
Open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, the Memorial requires a great deal of maintenance and up keep. Additionally, around the end of April each year, the names of officers killed in the line of duty are added to the Memorial – with 300-400 names typically added each year. It costs approximately $75,000 to $100,000 annually to cover the cost of engraving all the names. A single donation or multiple donations totaling $250 helps us engrave 1 name.
How can I help?
The Memorial Fund is currently in the midst of an $80 million capital campaign to build the National Law Enforcement Museum, authorized by Congress in 2000. The Museum is currently under construction across the street from the Memorial in Washington, DC, and it will tell the story of American law enforcement.
How can my company help?
We often team up with companies to conduct co-branded campaigns and programs to raise public awareness and funds.
- For example: We are currently working with Harley-Davidson to conduct a motorcycle raffle. The drawing will be held May 16th and the proceeds will go to help build the Museum.
What kind of impact will my donation have?
Donations are used to meet the Memorial Fund’s mission, including:
- Honoring the fallen by engraving names onto the national Memorial ($250 per name)
- Conducting officer safety programs to raise awareness of the dangers officers face as they go about their jobs
- Conducting research on fallen officers who have died throughout history, but have been forgotten until our research uncovers their service
- Covering the cost of building the Museum
What do you wish more people knew about your organization?
In addition to the work we do to honor fallen law enforcement officers, the Memorial Fund focuses on raising awareness about law enforcement safety in order to help reduce the number of law enforcement officers killed each year.
Also, in 2000, Congress authorized the Memorial Fund to begin working on the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, set to open in 2014, which will tell the story of American law enforcement. The Museum is currently under construction in Washington, DC and will be located across the street from the Memorial.
What makes your organization successful?
Over 30% of Americans have a connection to law enforcement … friends, family, neighbors and more. We are successful because our mission is righteous and intrepid, and a majority of Americans support our efforts to honor fallen law enforcement officers by commemorating their service and sacrifice by engraving names onto the Memorial.