Blue Alert Foundation
1532 US Hwy 41 Byp S 166
Venice FL 34293-1032
Mission
Blue Alert Foundation™ serves and protects the law enforcement community by providing assistance to the families of fallen officers and advocating for the passage of a Blue Alert law in each state. When enacted, the law facilitates the apprehension of offenders who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers by issuing a statewide alert to the public via media and governmental notification outlets of known details and descriptions of the offender.

Blue Alert Foundation™ is a non-profit organization that has three very distinct charitable initiatives that we are performing.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tom Berry
Board Chair Mr. Tom Berry
Board Chair Affiliation Founder/President
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
National Blue Alert System
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2016
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter 2013View
Other Documents
Blue Alert Foundation BrochureView
President Obama and Governor Romney Support for Blue AlertView
Impact Statement
May 2008 - Formerly known as the LEO Alert in Florida, we launched the Blue Alert National Notification System which originated in Sarasota County. Since the launch we have integrated the social networking & social media aspects of the notification system to include; Facebook, Twitter, Our Blue Alert Foundation Blog & Google +.

May 2008 to Present - The Blue Alert National Notification System has been launched in 16 states and will be adding additional states in the months to come.  Texas and California were on board in 2008 and other states like Colorado, Ohio, Maryland and Utah followed shortly after.
The system was put to the test with the Dougherty Sibling Shootings that spanned 7 states.

Charitable Initiative 1
We have created, support, maintain, promote and operate the National Notification System, Blue Alert, that enables the communication between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, & the social & wireless industries, to activate an urgent bulletin when a law enforcement officer(s) is seriously injured or killed. The intention of the bulletin is to inform the local & state-to-state law enforcement agencies and the public of the fugitives that are at large and to expedite their apprehension.

Charitable Initiative 2
We are working to bring support to the families of the fallen officers. The unexpected loss of life or the loss of everyday function can put a strain on these families. We are here to help in the most effective ways possible. The funds that we raise will help us help the foundations and families effected by such terrible loss.

Charitable Initiative 3
We are working Nationally to bring support to Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies all over the country by offering items that are necessary to the law enforcement officers jobs and safety. Your Donations and support will allow us to bring much needed items like Bullet Proof Vests, Vests for K-9s, Body Cameras & more to Law Enforcement Agencies small and large.
Needs Statement
 
1. A home office located in the Sarasota area.  $2,000-$2,500 per month. 
 
2. Computers, Furnishings and AV Equipment will be required.  3) Desktop Computers, 2) Flat Panel 42-50" Televisions and Desks Chairs and filing all totals approximately $15,000.
 
3. Salaries for all employees $250,000 will be needed initially for 5 employees, includes funds for taxes, insurance & other employee related costs. 3 Board Members to be paid $6K per year 
 
4. Trademarking of our Blue Alert Logo - approximately $1,200 with legal fees.
 
5. Funds to accomplish our Charitable Initiatives 1, 2 & 3.  Charitable Initiative 1 will require $150,000 per year to support, maintain, operate and promote. 
 
Charitable Initiative 2 will help the families of the fallen officers and we will be there to help support them.  There were 173 officers killed last year and we want to have $5,000 available for each family.  We are looking for $900,000 per year for this initiative.
 
Charitable Initiatives 3 states that we will need to provide the local agencies and chapters with equipment that agencies can not afford. The vest retail for $750 and the body cams retail for $400.  If we can help 500 officers with vest and 500 with cameras we will need $600,000.
 
 
Background Statement
In 2008, the Blue Alert National Notification System was created.  It was known as the LEO Alert back then and the new name was derived shortly after.  The National Notification System is an alert system that allows for quick apprehension of the criminals that  public and media notification in the event that a Law Enforcement Officer is injured or killed In 2012 we decided to create the Blue Alert Foundation to support the efforts of the notification system as well as new initiative in supporting the fallen officers families and providing equipment to law enforcement agencies that may not be able to outfit their officers properly.
 
Since it's inception the Blue Alert National Notification System has been privately funded
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
National
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
Secondary Org Type Crime & Legal - Related
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Programs
Description
Program #1 - Charitable Initiative 1 - Operate, Maintain, Improve and educate states, local law enforcement and the public about the Blue Alert National Notification System.  
 
We have created, support, maintain, promote and operate the National Notification System, Blue Alert, that enables the communication between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the social and wireless industries, to activate an urgent bulletin when a law enforcement officer(s) is seriously injured or killed. The intention of the bulletin is to inform the local and state-to-state law enforcement agencies and the public of the fugitives that are at large and to expedite their apprehension. 
Budget $150,000
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Communication Systems
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified US General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Our short term goal is to have our headquarters office fully operational by quarter 1 of 2013.  We are looking to hire a small staff so that we can be operational 24 hours per day.  We are also looking to trademark our logo and the Blue Alert name by the first quarter of 2013.  We are also in need of brochures and promotional materials.  
Long Term Success Our Long term success will be to have the Blue Alert National Notification System  fully operational in every state, have our Headquarters fully functional and staffed. On going relationships with law enforcement agencies all over the country.  We are also looking to open chapters in all 50 states and we have already had some interest for people.
Program Success Monitoring We can monitor our success by obtaining our short term goals and getting our headquarters operational.  Our long term goals are monitored by the fact that we have 50 states to connect to our system and we currently have 16.  
Program Success Examples
Opening our Headquarters
Hiring our Staff
Producing Promotional Materials
Working with all 50 States in the Blue Alert Notification System. 
Working to get chapters in all 50 States. 
Description
We are working to bring support to the families of the fallen officers. The unexpected loss of life or the loss of everyday function can put a strain on these families. We are here to help in the most effective ways possible. The funds that we raise will help us help the foundations and families effected by such terrible loss. We are hoping to be able to offer as much as $5,000 per family by offering them different options such as monetary assistance, scholarships, debt relief and more.  With and average of 12 law enforcement officer deaths over the past 2 years we will need to help many families.  
Budget $900,000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Emergency Communications
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified US General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Being about to help these families of fallen law enforcement officers by providing them with the support that have available.
Long Term Success Long term success would mean that we never have to worry about helping these families of fallen law enforcement officers.
Program Success Monitoring The success of this program will be based on our ability to help the families of fallen offices with the support that we are looking to provide.
Program Success Examples Being able to help the very first family that needs our help and every one of them after that.
Description Charitable Initiatives 3 - states that we will need to provide the local agencies and chapters with equipment that agencies can not afford. The vest retail for $750 and the body cams retail for $400.  If we can help 500 officers with vests and 500, per year, with cameras we will need $600,000.
Budget $600,000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Emergency Personnel
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified US General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Our short term goal is to be able to give our very first bullet proof jacket and camera to the first officer and every one we can after that.
Long Term Success Our long term goal will be to help law enforcement officers obtain the safety equipment, body armor & body cameras,  that can help save their lives or help capture those images that could help to prosecute the criminals. 
Program Success Monitoring
Our goals is to offer 500 Cameras and Vest per year to Law Enforcement Officers all over the country.  When we are able to deliver 1 Vest/Camera combo per state we will know that we are going to be able to change these officer's lives.
 
Program Success Examples Law Enforcement Agencies all over the country do not have funds to purchase the safety equipment that they need for their officers and deputies.  Providing law enforcement officers with the equipment that they need.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization We are confident that our charitable initiatives are needed by law enforcement officers, their families and the general public.  We are eager to be able to provide our time and efforts to obtain the goals.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tom Berry
CEO Term Start June 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email info@BlueAlert.us
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 2
Management Reports to Board
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
No collaborations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Tom Berry
Company Affiliation Founder/President
Board Term June 2012 to Dec 2020
Board Chair Email tom@BlueAlert.us
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Tom Berry Founder/President
Mr Linda Dappen Director
Sgt. Luke Dyer Vice-President
Ms. Gayle Guyardo Director
Mr. Fred T. Leland Jr.Director
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 40
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 40
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
990-N2015
990-N2014
990-N2013
990-N2012
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$13,952$6,200$4,100
Administration Expense$2,703$2,602$1,502
Fundraising Expense$1,350$0$950
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.151.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%70%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%0%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$3,422$2,099
Current Assets$0$3,422$2,099
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$3,422$2,099
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $19,824Contributions, gifts, grants $10,125Contributions, gifts, grants $7,735
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilations.  Compilations for 2012 are for a short year, covering inception (6/25/12) to 12/31/12.
Nonprofit Blue Alert Foundation
Address 1532 US Hwy 41 Byp S 166
Venice, FL 34272 1032
Phone 855 456-2210

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