Frequently Asked Questions
What is your mission?
The Gardena Police Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that provides supplemental resources directly to the Gardena Police Department in the form of grant funds to help our officers serve at their highest level and improve public safety, decrease crime, and make Gardena a safer place to live, work, and visit.
How is the organization governed?
The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of leaders from the Gardena business community. Board members serve a 2-year term and agree to either raise $5,000 or make a contribution of $5,000 annually to support the organization.
What is the organization's relationship with the City and the Police Department?
The Foundation is an independent corporate entity from the City of Gardena and the Gardena Police Department, and serves as the largest source of private, supplemental funding for public safety in Gardena.
Who reviews and approves grant requests from the Police Department?
Grant requests submitted by the Gardena Police Department are approved and denied under the discretion of the Board of Directors. Any grant requests under $2,500 are reviewed and approved by the Board's Grant Committee and all requests exceeding $2,500 require a majority vote of the full Board of Directors.
What are your funding parameters?
The Foundation will not consider funding requests that are appropriately a City responsibility, such as employee salaries, weapons, or ammunition. Priority is given to requests for equipment, technology, innovative police projects or programs, or special training.
What kind of fundraising activities do you do?
The Foundation warmly accepts donations from the public in any amount but does not participate in general phone or mail solicitations. Various fundraising events throughout the year and Foundation logo merchandise sales also help generate revenue.
How can I contribute to the Foundation?
Checks should be made payable to the "Gardena Police Foundation" and may be mailed to P.O. Box 3069, Gardena, CA 90247 and credit card payments are securely accepted through the Foundation website via PayPal.
The Foundation receives donations and financial gifts in any amount from individuals, companies, businesses, and other organizations.
Standard Contribution Levels:
Friend - $500
Patron - $1000
Associate - $2500
Board Member- $5000 Per Year
All donations are tax-deductible per Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. All donors will be recognized on the Foundation website unless anonymity is requested.
Do you accept in-kind donations/gifts?
Donations of equipment, goods, or services are accepted subject to review by the Gardena Police Department to determine if the donation is needed and donor conditions are acceptable. Anyone interested in donating equipment, goods, or services should send a letter or email to the Foundation to outline their intentions including a description of the donation and an estimation of its fair market value.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes. All donations are tax-deductible per Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
What percentage of donations actually benefit the Police Department?
Thanks to volunteers and in-kind services provided by initial Foundation supporters, there is little to no administrative cost in running the organization. Contributions from founding board members cover the minimal administrative expenses incurred, and therefore, close to 100% of all donations from the public will go directly toward funding Police Department grant requests.
How can we contact the Foundation?
Phone: (310) 283-8469
Fax: (310) 217-9698