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    THE FBINAA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION 2010-2019

    THE FBINAA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION 2010-2019

    BY GEORGE DELGADO, FBINAA FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER

     



    As a proud member of your FBINAA Charitable Foundation Executive Board, I’ve been blessed with being part of a team that has had a positive impact on the lives of our members in times of crisis and need. Your Foundation exists to help our members and their families in areas of charity, education, and science.

    We are Charitable:

    The charitable purpose of our foundation is to provide for association members and their families who are in unusually dire circumstances, due to calamity, debilitating hardships or illnesses, natural disaster, or other terrible circumstances to include a member’s on-duty death or serious injury and to the members and family members of other FBI affiliated nonprofit law enforcement associations.

    We are Educational:

    The educational purpose of our Foundation is to offer scholarships for educational and professional development opportunities to members of the association and/or their children and grandchildren and to members of other FBI affiliated nonprofit law enforcement associations and their children.

    We are Scientific:

    The initial scientific purpose of our Foundation is to establish a Law EnforcementCriminal Justice Science and Innovation Award to annually recognize an individual or organization that has made the most significant overall contribution to the profession through the introduction of a new or significantly improved law enforcementcriminal justice product, technology, process or technique.

    We need you to be an Ambassador:

    As your board reflects on the foundation’s mission moving into the future, we recognize more than ever that we need you, our members, to be ambassadors for the foundation. We need you to help us maximize our reach and impact on the lives of our members and their families. As a member of the Washington Chapter, I’ve benefited significantly from the partnerships, friendships, and training opportunities offered by the National Academy Associates. The greatest impact the foundation can have is at the chapter level. As we network with each other, let’s remember the importance of being prepared to answer the call to a member in need, quite possibly a member within our own chapter, or an NA classmate. There is no greater feeling than helping a fellow member through a personal crisis.

    By having the local chapters embrace the mission of the foundation, we increase its effectiveness. If local chapters would assign a member-at-large to liaison with the foundation, and to promote its work, we begin to establish ownership of the foundation at the chapter level. It’s important to remember that the foundation not only represents every NA graduate, their family members, and FBI affiliated nonprofit law enforcement associations, the foundation belongs to each one of you. Let’s begin by embracing the foundation’s mission at the chapter level so that we can respond more effectively to the FBINAA Charitable Foundation’s mission. Embrace the ambassador spirit. By doing so we will serve each other more effectively, and quite possibly increase member involvement in the greatest law enforcement family in the world.