Greensboro Police Foundation

Advocates for a Safer City

Greensboro, NC   |


The Greensboro Police Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to supplement funding for innovative police programs, equipment and technology to make Greensboro a safer place to live, work and visit.

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Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer Jacobs

Main address

320 Federal Place

Greensboro, NC 27401 USA

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NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (M01)

Single Organization Support (M11)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The City of Greensboro is responsible for providing law enforcement services, but eighty-three percent of the police department's budget pays for salaries and benefits alone. The Greensboro Police Foundation was established to supplement funding for the police department so that it can pursue excellence in policing. We focus on three areas of need: 1. Cutting-edge equipment, training, and technology to fight crime. 2. Officer safety, wellness, and recognition. 3. Community partnerships and advocacy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Memorial Flower Fund

The Memorial Flower Fund is a small program that makes a big impact. The Greensboro Police Foundation funds the purchase of plants and flower arrangements for the memorial services of retired and active Greensboro police officers and close family members of GPD officers and employees. It’s a small but meaningful gesture that truly touches the hearts of the family members who have lost loved ones.

The Memorial Flower Fund is also used to purchase flower arrangements and wreaths for the annual Police Memorial Service that takes place every May in Greensboro during National Police Week. This solemn ceremony honors the officers who have lost their lives in the service of all law enforcement agencies in Guilford County.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Three times a year, the Greensboro Police Foundation partners with a local individual or organization to sponsor a Recognition Luncheon which takes place at a local venue. Greensboro Police Department officers and employees that have been nominated by their command staff are invited to attend with a guest.

Officers and employees are honored for their outstanding service that goes above and beyond their job descriptions. Past honorees have included an officer that solved a decades-old cold-case homicide and a Watch Operations employee who voluntarily coordinated a sleeping bag drive after seeing many people seek refuge from the cold in the lobby of Police Headquarters. These luncheons are a wonderful way to demonstrate the community’s appreciation for the dedicated service of the men and women in the Greensboro Police Department.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

During the holiday season, the Greensboro Police Foundation partners with the Greensboro Police Department to identify families and individual seniors in need. Toys, clothing, household products, and personal hygiene products are purchased and donated to families. Each year, the department selects a different senior living community and gifts the residents with household products, personal hygiene products, snacks, and other items. Operation Yuletide builds positive connections between GPD officers and some of the most vulnerable residents in Greensboro during a time of year that can be difficult for many people.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Greensboro Police Foundation purchases food and beverage for various Greensboro Police Department events such as Police Academy Graduation Cookouts and Family Nights. Like our Memorial Flower Fund, it’s a small program that makes a big impact. A simple gesture such as paying for hamburgers and hot dogs for a graduation cookout demonstrates to our officers that we care about them and we appreciate what they do.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Students Overcoming Situations is a program developed by the Office of Community Engagement within the Greensboro Police Department. The purpose of the program is to teach elementary-school students how to be safe while at the same time creating positive connections between Greensboro police officers and the children that they serve and protect. Every week for six weeks, officers go into five elementary schools selected by Guilford County Schools and teach third- and fifth-graders about safety. The sessions cover myriad situations, everything from how to deal with a bully to pedestrian safety.

What really makes this program stand out is its mascot, K9 Porter, an adorable Aussiedoodle therapy dogs. It is unfortunate but true that many children do not have positive concepts of police officers. When a police officer walks into a classroom accompanied by K9 Porter, children’s anxieties are relieved and barriers are broken. It is at that point that positive relationships between police officers and children can begin to grow.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Emergency responders

Sgt. William White lost his courageous battle with cancer in early 2021 after honorably serving in the Greensboro Police Department for 21 years. In partnership with his loving family, the Police Foundation has created the Sgt. William White Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded every year to the child of a current officer or employee of the Greensboro Police Department who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university. The scholarship program commenced during the academic year 2021-2022, and three young men and women received the award.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Young adults

The Community Connectors team is working together to assess the needs and wants specific to two of Greensboro’s communities in ZIP codes with the highest crime rates. The team is working to connect existing resources to address food insecurity, job shortages, mental, physical, and emotional well-being of residents, rental and mortgage assistance, and upkeep on existing homes in these communities. While working with collaborative partnerships, the goal is to address capital needs and build sustainable neighborhoods.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Emergency responders

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donations made by board members

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our overarching goal is to make Greensboro a safer community to live, work, and visit. We can accomplish this goal by helping our city's police department realize its vision of becoming a national model of exceptional policing. We have identified specific goals within each critical area of support.

1. We strive to equip officers and employees of the police department with cutting-edge tools and technology that prevent and fight crime. We will help provide access to training and education in police best practices.

2. We will help provide officers with equipment to do their jobs safely. We will support programs and activities that promote officers' well-being. We will recognize officers and employees that have demonstrated outstanding police work.

3. We will support police department outreach programs that are designed to strengthen the relationship between the department and the communities they serve. We will be visible advocates of the Greensboro Police Department.

There are two key strategies that we use to accomplish our goal: fundraising and collaboration. The Greensboro Police Foundation is a fundraising organization. In order to accomplish our goals, we need to raise the funds that will be used to purchase the goods and services called for in our three critical areas of support. The second strategy is collaboration. The Greensboro Police Foundation collaborates closely with the leadership of the Greensboro Police Department to determine how to spend the funds that we raise. We place our trust in these law enforcement professionals that our financial contributions will be used in the pursuit of exceptional policing as they see fit.

One of the Greensboro Police Foundation's greatest assets is its Board of Directors, a group of 27 civic and business leaders that actively support the mission of the organization. These volunteers bring to the table their vast experience in industries such as law, education, healthcare, and municipal government. They have many strong connections to Greensboro's philanthropic community, and are able to passionately communicate the value of contributions made to the Greensboro Police Foundation.

Our strong relationship with the Greensboro Police Department is also fundamental to our success. We have followed through on our commitments to the department time and again. We have earned the department's trust that we are sincere advocates and as good as our word. In turn, we trust the department to navigate the complicated terrain of law enforcement and make requests for assets that will add high value to their capabilities. It's a productive partnership that both agencies work hard to maintain.

We are proud of many accomplishments within our three critical areas of support.

1. Equipment, Training and Technology
-We purchased 125 body cameras. Greensboro became the first major US city to outfit its entire patrol force with body cameras.
-We purchased a new Mobile Command Center which is deployed for multi-day investigations, crisis scenarios, disaster relief, and community outreach.
-We purchased a state-of-the-art Firearms Training Simulator that trains officers to make split-second decisions on the appropriate use of force when presented with real-life scenarios.
-We purchased a state-of-the-art urban response vehicle that can safely navigate the streets of downtown Greensboro, especially during events that draw large crowds to the area.

2. Officer Safety, Wellness and Recognition
-We sponsor the Memorial Flower Fund, sending plant and flower arrangements for the memorial services of retired and active police officers and close family members of GPD officers and employees.
-We host three Recognition Luncheons every year, honoring the outstanding work of officers and employees.
-We purchased fitness equipment for the fitness center at Police Headquarters.
-We purchase food and beverages for various police activities and events.
-We sponsor the Sgt. William White Memorial Scholarship. Every year, this program grants at least one $1,000 scholarship to the child of a current Greensboro Police Department officer or employee who is attending an accredited college or university.

3. Community Partnerships and Advocacy
-We purchased K9 Porter, a therapy Aussiedoodle who is the mascot of the Students Overcoming Situations (SOS) program. The SOS program puts officers in elementary-school classrooms where they teach students about safety and character trait development.
-We help fund Operation Yuletide, a program where the police department provides gifts and basic necessities for vulnerable families in our community.
-We built a second site of Safety Town in Greensboro. Safety Town is a kids-sized village of structures and roads where Greensboro Police Department School Resource Officers teach five- and six-year-old children learn lessons on many types of safety including traffic safety, fire safety, and water safety.
-We are a part of Community Connectors, a coalition of organizations that are working to address the underlying causes of violent crime in two ZIP codes of Greensboro that are experiencing the highest rates of violent crime.

As policing evolves, we will collaborate with the Greensboro Police Department to determine the best way forward. We will sustain, modify, or sunset programs after careful reflection and evaluation. Requests for equipment and technology will be assessed according to the framework of our mission. We will continue to be the Greensboro Police Department's steadfast partner in making Greensboro safer for all people.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Greensboro Police Foundation

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Greensboro Police Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Patricia Potter

Gate City Anesthesia

Term: 2019 - 2023

Ben Brown

Retired-United States Army

David Ferrell

DB Ferrell, PLLC

Barry Frank

National Proteins & Oils, Inc.

Marc Isaacson

Isaacson Sheridan

Rick Mascia


Mark Wheelihan

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Robin Buckrham

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Blair Stanley

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Richard Vanore

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Jim Westmoreland

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Tom Allen

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Vi-Anne Antrum

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David Delman

Delman and Company, CPAs

Ziad Fleihan

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George Hoyle

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Stafford Moser

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Sarah Rozek

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Todd Rangel

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Sharee Sloan

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James Smith

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Morgan Butler

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Erin Molinaro

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Drew Niven

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Kristi O'Connor

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Jay Wyatt

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Kaki Zell

Legs-4-Life, LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/17/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.