Sustaining a productive non-profit organization is challenging. A non-profit needs to be financially stable to succeed. Fundraising is a significant part of running a viable charitable organization.
Eligible 501(c)3 organizations may be able to benefit from a fund run by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. It’s called the Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF).
“Non-profits that provide a clear understanding as to why their projects are needed in Broward County are ideal," said Norma McGraw, Grants Manager for the Broward Sheriff’s Office. “Applicants must successfully incorporate in their programs statutory requirements (Crime Prevention, Safe Neighborhood, Drug Abuse Prevention, and Education); and Sheriff Tony’s Priority Initiatives: Diverting youth from the criminal justice system, reducing gun violence, and programs that assist the homeless and mentally ill.”
Every year, BSO helps local non-profit organizations fulfill their mission in the community by encouraging them to apply for money from the LETF. The funds come from the forfeiture and seizure of contraband used in the commission of a felony. State law allows BSO to use those funds to help improve the community.
In 2018, 88 organizations split just under $980,000.
“All have been successful in the facilitation on their projects (in terms of expending funds, compliant with monitoring and feedback from participants),” McGraw said.
This year, that number dropped to 51 charities splitting nearly $636,000.
“Funding for LETF comes from successful litigation of forfeitures and confiscations,” McGraw said. “Decreases in funding from last year to 2019, includes the number of applicants requesting funds and amount of funding available.”