Better Business Bureau Report for
Virginia Public Safety Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2016

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Virginia Public Safety Foundation
Address: 2201 West Main Street
  Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-648-6299
Web Address:
Also known as:Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1988, Virginia

Stated Purpose: Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF) provides crisis financial support to public safety officers and their families with a focus on supporting the families of first responders killed in the line of duty. VPSF serves as administrator of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial, scheduled to be completed at Richmond’s Capitol Square in 2014, honoring Virginians who have died in public safety service to their community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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VPSF provides crisis financial support to the families of first responders killed in the line of duty. VPSF supports first responders who are injured in the line of duty and unable to return to work through a cash grant program. VPSF provides educational scholarships to youth and adult survivors of first responders killed in the line of duty. VPSF administers, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Commonwealth Public Safety Medal of Valor program honoring cases of extreme heroism. VPSF serves as official administrator of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, VPSF's program expenses were:

Program Services 81,650
Total Program Expenses: $81,650
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Chief Executive : Matthew A. Gray, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Paula Miller
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Public Information Officer, Norfolk Sheriff’s Office

Board Size: 13

Paid Staff Size: 1

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet & website appeals.
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $239,403, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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The following information is based on VPSF's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Private Contributions 216,752
Investment Income 50,015
Special Events 22,651
Total Income $289,418


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $289,418
Program expenses $81,650
Fund raising expenses 11,017
Administrative expenses 16,289
Total expenses $108,956
Income in Excess of Expenses 180,462
Beginning net assets 718,461
Ending net assets 898,923
Total liabilities 15,010
Total assets $913,933

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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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