We started Donation Trackers in our garage in the small Upstate-NY town of Florida. Yes, there is a town in NY named Florida 🙂
Our mission was to create a completely transparent donation process so that we can affect the most good possible. When we personally give our money to charities, we are left not knowing exactly where our donation goes or what it is used for. We aim to eliminate the skepticism and expensive overheads typical with other charities. We believe that transparency will encourage community trust and instill confidence in those who join us in our efforts. In short, contributors have the ability to see and track every dollar, from the time a donation is made, to the actual recipient of our charitable support efforts.
This desire to find an honest way to handle donated funds began partly in 2010 when Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake. Billions of dollars were donated to Haiti relief aid. We expected that our donations would be quickly used to alleviate the destruction that Haiti experienced. But unfortunately, it was barely any better off for it. As the weeks went by, the stories of the donated money either being wasted or missing altogether began to surface. We knew there had to be a better way, a way to naturally compel a charity into being honest.
For this reason (and many more), we devised the Transparency Box. The Transparency Box is essentially a ledger that lets our contributors see through to the back end of all the contributions made. Someone makes a donation on our website? Boom! It’s listed in the Transparency Box. Someone purchases some merch? Bam! Transparency Box. When someone contributes, their contribution is fully visible, to them and the world. This way, nothing is hidden. It can be individually verified and its effect on the running total can be seen. Then, when the total reaches an adequate size, it can be donated.
In order for all Americans to enjoy their civil rights, it is necessary for the rule of law to prevail. We do not take a political stance. We’re not police officers. We don’t come from a law enforcement background. We are simply average citizens who are grateful for our civil liberties, respect the rule of law, are concerned about the future of our beautiful country and care for the safety of its wonderful people. We believe there are many other average US citizens, like us, that care deeply about our country too. The liberties and safeties that we can easily take for granted, do at times come at a cost. And that is why we want to support the families of those who make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Day in and day out, police officers around the country risk their lives in an effort to keep the peace and uphold law and order. This is so that we, the average citizen, can feel safe to exercise our God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without the overwhelming fear of violent acts being committed against us. And while standing in the gap for us, sometimes an officer dies in the line of duty, leaving behind a family that not only loved them, but also depended on them financially.
It can take time for life insurance and pension benefits to be paid and disbursed to survivors. In many cases it can take months. In the meantime, a widow(er) and their children have essential bills to pay such as rents and mortgages, car payments, utilities and of course groceries. This is where Donation Trackers and Citizens For Cops will step in and provide immediate assistance if needed.
We hope to expand our donation options beyond just line of duty death families in the future as we grow together with our charitable citizens.
Our goal is to raise funds, plain and simple. We aim to do so in a way that is easy as well as transparent. Below are our current fund-raising methods.
Shop Through Us
This requires no donation by you. Really, none! We don’t want your money, we want your click! This is by far the easiest way to help us raise money without giving us a single dime. Simply click though our affiliate links to your favorite shopping site and we’ll receive a small percentage of your order total as a kickback from that site. It’s their way of thanking us for sending a customer their way.
It’s similar to getting cash back through eBates or Rakuten. You go to Rakuten, click on a site to shop at, make your purchase, they earn a commission, they give you back some of that commission that they earned.
The same method applies here. Come to Donation Trackers, click on a site to shop at, make your purchase, we earn a commission. When we receive our commission statement, we post the statement to the Transparency Box and donate 50% of the total earnings. The remaining 50% is used for our expenses.
Purchase Our Merchandise
Show your support for law enforcement and their families by purchasing some of our trendy merch! 100% of the donation amount on our merch is added to the Transparency Box’s running total.
Want to have the most impact!? You can donate directly without shopping through us or purchasing any merchandise. 100% of your Direct Donation* is added to the Transparency Box’s running total.
* Less merchant processing fees, unless you specify to pay the merchant processing fee along with your donation. Merchant processing fees are not kept by us. They are charged by the payment processor, such as PayPal, for every transaction.
Line of Duty Deaths happen too frequently. We don’t claim that all officers are saints, or that they are perfect people. But generally, they are the ones that put themselves in high risk situations for their fellow citizens. As an example, 12 officers were ambushed and shot near Dallas, TX in 2015, 5 being killed in one day. It’s simply heartbreaking to hear of the families left behind after an officer is killed while on duty. Expectant mothers, newborns, children, fiancées, husbands, the list of survivors goes on. These are real people and families that are ravaged by the loss of a family member.
We believe very strongly in the power of prayer. We pray for the families left behind, that their hearts are not hardened towards God due to their devastating loss. We ask God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, to assist us in helping the people whose loved one was killed while protecting their community.
With the help of God, as proud US citizens, we want to help those who are in need. We want other citizens like us, who want to give back, to feel confident that they are indeed making a real difference with their contribution.
At Donation Trackers, every transaction is archived and trackable. Nothing is hidden, ever. Simple, honest and completely transparent. This is a brand new way to give to those who need it, like never before.