Cleveland Police Foundation Friends Campaign Kicks Off Vision ’21 Fundraising with Donations and Pledges

Encouraging Sign for Vision ’21 $500,000 Goal

Cleveland, Ohio—(August 30, 2021)—The Cleveland Police Foundation (CPF) announces the start of its 2021-2022 Friends Membership Program reporting that almost 15% of its goal has already been raised or pledged for its $500,000 Vision ’21 Campaign, according to Rick DeChant, CPF Executive Director.

“We are thrilled to share this news with the community. Our board, early donors and major funders either sent their checks or pledged while others signed up as new Cleveland Police Foundation Friends to help kickoff our Vision ’21 Campaign,” said DeChant. “This news comes at the same time we have started our direct mail campaign to sign up CPF members or friends across northeast Ohio.”

In the middle of June, the Cleveland Police Foundation announced its ambitious Vision ’21 fundraising campaign designed to help bring communities closer to police.  “Now is the time to invest in our communities, not defund the police,” DeChant commented. 

The Cleveland Police Foundation Board has determined that now is the perfect time to invest in a fundraising campaign designed to bring the Cleveland Division of Police and its officers closer to the communities they serve—transforming them from warriors to guardians.

The Cleveland Police Foundation has established itself as the bridge between police officers and the community by producing measurable results from our participation in the Cultural Transformation, Shot Spotter, Summer Pipeline and Heroes programs. Its advancement committee and board is leading the way in terms of obtaining funding, donors and sponsorships. There are six areas that require funding from the Foundation.

  • Cultural Transformation designed to bring police officers closer to the community
  • Technology in the form of programs such as Shot Spotter
  • Diversity whereby we pinpoint police officer candidates from urban areas
  • Community Policing with commitments to the Cops ‘n Kids and Police Athletic League among others
  • Police Charities such as the Mounted Police Unit, Honor Guard and more
  • Mental Health and Welfare including the Heroes Fund

Donations to the Friends membership Program start at $50. Memberships are also available for companies. Company memberships start at $250.

For more information about the Friends Program or the Vision ’21 Campaign, please go to or .  You may also call 216-536-6776 for more information.


The Cleveland Police Foundation is the official charity for the Cleveland Division of Police and the only organization authorized to solicit charitable contributions on its behalf.

We provide funding for youth and community outreach programs, community policing and engagement initiatives, safety & crime prevention programs, and support the members of the Cleveland Division of Police to help them better perform their duties. Contributions to the CPF are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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