We started Donation Trackers in the small village of Florida in Upstate New York. Yes, there is a place 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’s 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, donors have the ability to see and track every dollar, from the time a donation is made, to the actual people receiving the money.
When we started Donation Trackers, we had trouble finding charities to donate to that were completely transparent. So, we decided to start our own. Donation Trackers currently houses just one charity, Citizens For Cops, whose goal is to provide prayer and direct financial assistance to the Families of Line Of Duty Death (LODD) Police Officers.
This desire to find an honest way to handle donated funds began partly in 2010 when Haiti was hit by 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, reports of the donated money either being wasted or missing altogether began to surface. We knew there had to be a better way to hold those accountable who administer charitable funds to those in need.
The Transparency Box
For this reason (and many more), we devised the Transparency Box. The Transparency Box is essentially a ledger that lets our donors see through to the back end of all the donations made. Someone makes a donation on our website… Boom! It’s listed in the Transparency Box. Someone buys a T-Shirt… Bam! Transparency Box. When someone donates, it’s fully visible, to them and the world. We also screenshot the bank account balance daily. This way, nothing is hidden. It can be individually verified and its effect on the running total can be seen and proven. Then, when the total reaches an adequate size, it’s given to an LODD Family in need.
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 Citizens For Cops will step in and provide immediate & direct assistance, funded by average US citizens like us, as a small token of appreciation for such as great sacrifice.
We hope to expand our donation options beyond just LODD Families in the future as we grow together with our charitable citizens.
Our goal is to raise funds, plain and simple. We do this in a way that is easy and completely transparent. Below are our current fund-raising methods.
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 come to Donation Trackers and click on your favorite online store and shop like you normally would. We’ll then receive a commission directly from the store for your order, not from you. It’s their way of thanking us for sending a customer to their store. We then post every commission statement in real time to The Transparency Box and donate a full 50% of the earnings to our transparent charity. To us, this is a common sense way to get directly involved and actually see the difference you're making!
Show your support for law enforcement and their families by purchasing some of our trendy merch! 100% of the donation amount on our merchandise is added to The Transparency Box’s running total in real time.
You can also donate directly to the charity without shopping with us or purchasing any merchandise. A full 100% of your Direct Donation is added to The Transparency Box’s running total in real time. And unlike traditional charities with expensive overheads, 100% of your direct donation goes to LODD Families.
God encourages us to pray always. And to faint not.
Line of Duty Deaths happen too frequently. They are the ones that put themselves in high risk situations for their fellow citizens. 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 that God is moved by heart-felt prayer. We pray for the families left behind, that their hearts are not hardened towards God due to their devastating loss. We ask God to assist us in helping the families of those who died while protecting their community.
With the help of God, as proud US citizens, we want to help those who are in need. This will strengthen our nation as a whole. We want average citizens like us to feel confident that they are indeed making a real difference with their contribution.
We believe it makes common sense to support our country, our police, law & order and civil discourse. We believe this is an effective and honest way to do it.
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 in need and affect positive change. Like. Never. Before.