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Overview of Fund and Confidentiality of Gift-giving

Cops Fighting Cancer Fund

Fund Overview

The Cops Fighting Cancer Fund (the Fund) provides one-time assistance to cancer patients and their families in crisis. A situation is considered a crisis on a case-by-case basis, but it is generally a single, unexpected, and unfortunate circumstance an individual is experiencing at a given point in their life. It is the hope of Cops Fighting Cancer (CFC) that through the Fund, we are able to support individuals facing difficult times in an immediate, personal and direct manner. The ultimate goal of the assistance is to help the person/family regain or remain self-sufficient.

In the best of circumstances, it is hoped that CFC Fund’s support would be a supplement and support to assist an overall and larger effort that is already being provided by a social service/medical agency or faith-based organization within the community. Monetary support is only one piece of the help people need in a time of crisis. We encourage all requests for assistance to seek out all resources within their community simultaneous to submitting a request to the Fund.Confidentiality of Gift Giving

Cops Fighting Cancer gifts are by design a program that is intended to be out of public awareness whenever possible and appropriate. Cops Fighting Cancer conducts much of this type of emergency support anonymously and it is the intent of CFC to maintain the same degree of anonymity with its awards.  While CFC is in the public eye in its efforts to raise awareness and resources, the privacy and dignity of all grant requests and awards will be protected unless and until other arrangements warrant a more public posture. Therefore, the existence of the Fund is generally kept between CFC, our Referral Agency Partners, and the individual recipients of CFC support.

Fund Overview

The Cops Fighting Cancer Fund (the Fund) provides one-time assistance to cancer patients and their families in crisis. A situation is considered a crisis on a case-by-case basis, but it is generally a single, unexpected, and unfortunate circumstance an individual is experiencing at a given point in their life. It is the hope of Cops Fighting Cancer (CFC) that through the Fund, we are able to support individuals facing difficult times in an immediate, personal and direct manner. The ultimate goal of the assistance is to help the person/family regain or remain self-sufficient.

In the best of circumstances, it is hoped that CFC Fund’s support would be a supplement and support to assist an overall and larger effort that is already being provided by a social service/medical agency or faith-based organization
within the community. Monetary support is only one piece of the help people need in a time of crisis. We encourage all requests for assistance to seek out all resources within their community simultaneous to submitting a request to the Fund.

Confidentiality of Gift Giving

Cops Fighting Cancer gifts are by design a program that is intended to be out of public awareness whenever possible and appropriate. Cops Fighting Cancer conducts much of this type of emergency support anonymously and it is the intent of CFC to maintain the same degree of anonymity with its awards. While CFC is in the public eye in its efforts to raise awareness and resources, the privacy and dignity of all grant requests and awards will be protected unless and until other arrangements warrant a more public posture. Therefore, the existence of the Fund is generally kept between CFC, our Referral Agency Partners, and the individual recipients of CFC support.

Funding Areas

The Fund has eight specific funding areas to include loss of home, domestic abuse, loss of income, elderly health, avoiding homelessness, disabled or elderly needs, funeral expenses, and homeless or disadvantaged health. Each of the program areas have specific criteria. Many funding areas target families, with the ultimate goal that all individuals be self-sufficient. The Fund is not ongoing support and will not fund existing chronic debt, non-crisis situations, or any persons with a conflict of interest.

Referral Process

CFC relies on a network of selected Referral Agencies to identify potential grantees. The primary CFC Referral Agencies are law enforcement organizations/officers that in the course of their duties and daily activities have impacted cancer victims in need. While a social service/medical agency or faith-based organizations within the community may refer individuals to CFC, the grant must be co-sponsored by a law enforcement officer or agency. Referral Agent/Agencies submit requests on behalf of the individual based on their due diligence of the individual’s circumstances and applicability to the Fund’s program funding areas.

Requests are submitted in person and via e-mail to the CFC website inbox, reviewed by the CFC Program Coordinator, approved by the President and CEO and by two members of the Approval Committee, and processed through CFC staffers. Pending approval, payment is usually sent to the Referral Agent within two to four days after receipt of the request. Request amounts vary, but are up to a maximum of $5,000. The unique role of the Referral Agencies combined with the expedited speed of the process honor the CFC mission, vision and unique style of charitable giving to help those in our community who are most urgently in need.

PROGRAM AREAS

COPS FIGHTING CANCER FUNDING CRITERIA

LOSS OF HOME

Family loses home due to a fire or natural disaster and is in need of assistance.

DOMESTIC ABUSE

Example: Assistance to re-establish home and self-sufficiency may include:

• Rent, deposits or mortgage payments
• Food and household staples
• Basic household items
• Utility assistance (if a payment has been made within the last three months

Person fleeing a domestic abuse situation needs assistance with temporary housing costs and /or other expenses associated with becoming re- established.

LOSS OF INCOME

Example: Assistance to re-establish home and self-sufficiency may include:
• Rent, deposits or mortgage payments
• Moving costs
• Basic household items
• Car repairs

Family loses income that is necessary to support a child.

Example: Assistance to maintain home and self-sufficiency may include:
• Rent, deposits or mortgage payments

ELDERLY/DISABLED HEALTH

• Food and household staples
• Utility assistance (if a payment has been made within the last three months)

Low-income elderly / disabled individual needs assistance with minor medical or dental expenses. (CFC considers 60 years of age elderly)

AVOIDING HOMELESSNESS

Example: Assistance to one who cannot otherwise afford medical or dental care may include:
• Assistance for a necessary medical treatment
• Dentures
• Tooth Extractions

Families with children needing one-time assistance to avoid homelessness o regain self-sufficiency.

ELDERLY HOME REPAIR

Example: Assistance given to a family to maintain their home may include:

• Rent, deposits or mortgage payments
•Food and household supplies
• Utility assistance (if a payment has been made within the last three months

Low-income elderly individual in need of funds to repair home or purchase basic needs.

BASIC NEEDS HOMELESS /DISADVANTAGED HEALTH

Example: Assistance to maintain home and self-sufficiency may include:
• Furnace, wheelchair ramp, or handicapped shower for home

Homeless or disadvantaged individual needs assistance with emergency medical or dental care.

FUNERAL EXPENSES

Example: Assistance to one who cannot otherwise afford medical or dental care may include:
• Assistance for a necessary medical treatment
• Dentures
• Tooth Extractions

Individual or family needs support for funeral expenses after the loss of an immediate family member.

Example: Assistance related to funeral expenses may include:
• Burial costs
• Travel costs

Funding Exclusions

Under no circumstances will Cops Fighting Cancer support the following areas:

• Non-Crisis Situations- CFC considers a crisis situation to be unexpected or one that requires immediate attention to prevent further complications.

• Past Due Medical Bills- CFC does not support past due medical bills, or insurance premiums. The CFC does not fund costs associated with cosmetic surgery.

• Grants for Existing Debt- CFC does not make payments for credit cards, payday loans, or rent-to-own contracts.

• Grants for Attorney, Legal Fees, or Fines- CFC does not assist with fines imposed by legal authority, attorney fees, or court costs.

• Grants to persons with a Conflict of Interest- CFC considers persons with a conflict of interest to include: Associates of CFC and Referral Agency Staff. Family members of the previously mentioned are also considered a conflict of interest.

• Education and Business Ventures- CFC does not support educational or business endeavors in the form of tuition or loan payments, or obligations incurred by a business failure or speculative venture.

-Please Note the Cops Fighting Cancer reserves the right to decline any request-