The Detroit Public Safety Foundation is dedicated to supporting Detroit’s first-responders through advancing training, technology, equipment, community engagement and wellness, thereby enhancing the overall welfare of Detroit’s citizens and visitors.
About the DPSF
The Detroit Public Safety Foundation (DPSF) works in partnership with citizens, businesses, and philanthropies to help the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and the Detroit Fire Departments (DFD) initiate innovated programs that make Detroit a safer place to live, work and visit. In 2003, the Detroit Police Foundation was incorporated in the state of Michigan as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In 2011, the Detroit Police Foundation changed its name to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation – dedicated to strengthening the Police and Fire Departments and promoting public safety. The DPSF focuses in the areas of training, technology, equipment, community engagement and wellness.
The majority of the City’s budget for Police and Fire is dedicated to personnel payroll and benefits. The DPSF invests in the Departments by providing funding for needs and priorities not covered in the City’s budget. Historically, the DPSF has focused most of its funding on community engagement initiatives. In 2019, the DPSF raised more than $800,000 in grant funding for programs supporting DPD and DFD. Over the past three years, the DPSF has grown steadily, each year raising more money in grants, in-kind donations, and programming funds. In 2020, auditors with Plante Moran determined that 95 cents for every dollar donated to the Foundation goes toward programming projects.
The foundation has a strong Board of Directors with corporate leaders representing many of Detroit’s top industries and companies. The men and women who serve on the board believe in the mission of the organization and support the foundation in various ways. In addition to the business leaders, the DPSF Board of Trustees includes representation from Detroit Police Department leadership, Detroit Fire Department leadership and the Board of Police Commissioners.
The Foundation depends entirely on the generosity of corporation, individuals, foundations and philanthropic organizations for project and operating budgets. The Mayor of Detroit, Detroit City Council, and the Detroit Police and Fire Departments have all authorized the Foundation to seek funding from private sources to support police and fire initiatives.
Due to a rich history and loyal donor base, the DPSF anticipates continued success in fundraising efforts, despite the challenges of 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic the foundation received more than $259,000 in monetary donations for COVID supplies and more than $572,000 in in-kind donations of masks, face shields, sanitizer, gowns, and food for first-responders. Our corporate and citizen donors have continued to support the DPSF, with new donors joining the cause each year.
Our staff is made up of two full-time and two part-time individuals. The full-time team is comprised of two highly educated development, marking and account professionals whose careers span over 50 combined years of municipal, philanthropy, communications, and nonprofit operations. Coupled with our experienced Board of Directors, the DPFS has the resources and dedication to make a significant impact on the Detroit community. The DPSF is located in the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters and staff work directly with DPD and DFD leadership to ensure we address their needs and priorities.
The Detroit Public Safety Foundation (DPSF) is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to ensuring all people are treated fairly. The DPSF Board of Trustees and staff take measures to prevent discrimination in all conditions of employment, operations, and activities.
The DPSF does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of any of the following: appearance, English proficiency (defined as the ability of someone to speak, read, write or understand English at a level that allows such a person to interact effectively with a public servant), a persons’ ethnicity, immigration status, manner of dress, national origin, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, disability, physical characteristics, race, color, religious beliefs, designation of gender/gender expression, sexual preference or military status.