Who we are…
Cops for kids is a registered children’s charity run by a dedicated group of current and former South Australia Police (SAPOL) employees from metropolitan and country areas.
Whilst operating independently of South Australia Police, we maintain a close working relationship.
- To raise funds for registered/licensed charities or foundations that are specifically child-oriented, or have a program supporting or benefiting children’s lives.
- That donated money can be used for research, study or educating to assist in finding and curing illnesses that affect children.
- That donated money is also used for the care of sick children, or to enhance the quality of life of children.
How we began…
The CFK concept, which enables SAPOL members to support specific children’s charities via regular payroll deductions, was conceived in 2006. We made our first donation of $500 the following year. We initially recruited members via word of mouth and personal approach. Our numbers soon grew to the extent that we could make generous donations of significant amounts to children’s charities.
Cops for Kids formed a partnership with Fox Tucker Lawyers and Deloitte Accounting Services in 2011, with both companies donating their time and expertise to assist CFK with applying to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. In November 2011, the ATO granted DGR status to Cops for Kids. We have recently partnered with Ernst & Young to ensure the ongoing responsible and transparent legal and financial management of Cops for Kids.
How we operate…
CFK is overseen by a committee of five members, who have extensive experience within a range of SAPOL areas. This committee coordinates the distribution of funds, researching and vetting applications prior to approving donations. Any CFK member may propose a donation recipient to the committee for consideration.
CFK was conceived with the sole objective of helping children. Over 1,800 current and retired SAPOL employees contribute to Cops for Kids, primarily via fortnightly payroll deductions. All member contributions are donated to charity. on 19 October 2017, Cops for Kids reached the milestone of donating $1,000,000 to South Australian children’s charities. These charities range from large organisations with a national reach to local community oriented groups. The recipient charities serve both metropolitan and regional communities.
Our minimal administrative costs were previously covered by Committee members’ personal contributions; however, Cops for Kids has since received specific donations intended to support its operating and administrative costs.
For the 2016/17 financial year, Cops for Kids raised more than $169,000 and donated to 10 charities.
– Drew Bynoe, Chairman