The Foundation’s mission, now and into the future, is the care and support of members of the FBI National Academy Associates, and their families who are in distress, or in harm’s way, and the continued educational development of our members and their families, as well as the members of other nonprofit law enforcement affiliated associations. The Foundation is a separate legal entity from the FBI National Academy Associates and is governed by a separate Board of Directors. However, the Foundation works in partnership the FBI National Academy Associates.
On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Cost in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, and it became one of the costliest hurricanes in history. Members of the FBINAA immediately came together and donated some $25,000 for the purpose of providing support to fellow NAA members. Florida Chapter President Rick Beseler drove to the area and handed $1000 in cash to NA graduates who in many cases had lost everything. Afterward, the FBINAA Executive Board recognized that our 501(c)(3) status did not cover such aid. From that, the Charitable Foundation was formed.
Following the association Executive Board’s review and approval in Boston in July 2010, the Foundation was incorporated in Virginia in August and recognized as a charitable organization. In September 2010 the IRS recognized the FBINAA Charitable Foundation, Inc. as a tax exempt organization fully empowered to pursue its stated charitable, educational and scientific objectives. The Foundation was launched in December 2010.
In an effort to promote the programs and assistance offered by the Foundation, the Ambassador program was implemented in 2020. This allows active members at the Chapter level to be good will ambassadors sharing the work of the Foundation while networking at meetings, retrainers and other venues deemed appropriate. We are grateful for those who have volunteered to assist the Foundation with its mission and vision, and becoming part of the heart and helping hands of the National Academy Associates. Here are the members who have joined the Foundation as an Ambassador: