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CHP 11-99 Foundation

 2244 N State College Blvd.
 Fullerton, CA 92831
[P] (714) 529-1199
[F] (714) 529-1191
[email protected]
Stephen Harrington
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-6530738 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

We are an organization devoted to the welfare of California Highway Patrol employees and their families.

Mission Statement

We are an organization devoted to the welfare of California Highway Patrol employees and their families.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,117,524.00
Projected Revenue $4,466,160.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Scholarship Program
  • Benefit Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

We are an organization devoted to the welfare of California Highway Patrol employees and their families.

Background Statement

Founded in 1981, by visionary civic leader Bob Weinberg, the 11-99 Foundations mission is to provide emergency benefits to California Highway Patrol (CHP) employees and their families in times of crisis and to help further their children's educational dreams by providing scholarships. The organization's name is fitting as the radio code "11-99" used by CHP dispatchers and officers means, "officer needs assistance." The impact of the 11-99 Foundation upon the CHP has been far reaching and continues to this day assisting those whose duty is to serve and protect California citizens. Every time a CHP officer takes to the road or responds to a call, they place their life at risk. Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We serve the entire state of California.   The long term effects on the family and the CHP when an officer is killed in the line of duty is not to be forgotten.  Today, with more than 37 years of service to CHP families, the 11-99 Foundation continues to support our men and women in uniform along with their deserving families. Since inception, the CHP 11-99 Foundation has provided over $34 million in support to California Highway Patrol employees and their families.

Impact Statement

The CHP 11-99 Foundation provided 1014 scholarships totaling over $2.4M  for the 2018 calendar year. The 11-99 Foundations 2019 goals include increasing scholarship awards to over $2.5M and our benefit awards are expected around $400,000. It is also our goal to continue to provide 50% tuition to all eligible students as long as funding is available and 100% tuition to those students whose parent was killed in the line of duty.  As of January 2019, the organization met its $10M capital campaign one year ahead of the scheduled  12/31/2019 end date.  Additionally, the organization continues writing grant requests, soliciting major gifts, managing our planned giving program and increasing our endowment for future generations.  Finally, the foundation implemented an $11.99 monthly giving program which in its first year raised nearly $80K.  

Needs Statement

Each year we receive well over a 1,000 applications for scholarship assistance from children of CHP personnel, many of whom would not be able to attend college without the support of our Foundation. This number includes many students whose parent was killed in the line of duty. All of these scholarships are partial. It is our goal to fund all eligible students at 50% tuition and to meet the obligation regardless of the increase in requests. It is also the desire of the Foundation to continue to provide full scholarships to those students whose parent is killed in the line of duty. Our budget for 2019 will only cover minimal tuition costs for the majority of applicants as we need continued support in order to meet our goals.  When an officer is killed in the line of duty, his or her family is provided for through our benefits program with $50,000. Surviving those first months after a death are the most difficult for any family and if not for the 11-99 Foundations immediate death benefit check (issued and delivered to the family within 24 hours), the family of these fallen heroes would not have funds to pay for the funeral (which is NOT covered by the State or the CHP) and living expenses. Upon an officer's death, his/her pay stops immediately and there is a long delay in the family receiving his last paycheck as well as any state or CHP death benefits.

CEO Statement

The CHP 11-99 Foundation has been providing assistance to CHP families for over 37 years. We continue to focus on ensuring our CHP Officers and their families are taken care of in times of crisis and provide educational opportunities where none existed before. We are governed by a statewide twelve member board of directors and managed by a staff of nine. A very unique aspect to the Foundation is our response time. When a family is in need, we respond immediately, and in most cases provide assistance within 24-hours. We are very efficient with safeguards, so funds are distributed based on real need, but without the "red tape" that traditionally slows down support. Once a need of assistance is brought to our attention, we have a responsibility to respond immediately, much like the CHP officers respond immediately to the public when they call for help. Our partnership with the CHP has been going strong for 35 years and we will always stand by their side and never forget our fallen heroes. Providing scholarships is another critical need we fulfill for these families. Many children of CHP employees would not be able to attend college if it were not for our assistance and many are the first in their family to earn a college degree. Fiscal management is crucial in maintaining the Foundation's corpus and the 11-99 Foundation strives to keep administrative costs to a bare minimum. We understand the importance of donors' dollars supporting the CHP families and not the overhead of the organization. The 11-99 Foundation is the only one of its kind statewide and we are humbled to carry its' torch, always keeping in mind that we exist because a CHP family is in need.

Board Chair Statement

The decision to provide leadership for the 11-99 Foundation was easy for me, as I have witnessed the great work this Foundation has done in supporting the families of the CHP. Their efforts have helped thousands of families through challenging times as well as providing scholarships for the children of CHP employees. The Foundation responds immediately when a family is in need without delay and understands the importance of responsiveness.  While we cannot foresee future tragedies, with your help, we are confident we will be able to meet the inevitable needs that arise and be first responders to the brave men and women who serve us every day.  It is an honor and privilege for me to be associated with an organization whose mission is truly carried out.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Not all donations come in the form of a check. We value and appreciate gifts of time and talent as well. Ways to volunteer: 1. Help with an event. You may donate your time the day of the event or prior to the event as we prepare. 2. Provide gift services. For example, if you own a catering company, you may offer to prepare the food for a tournament. 3. Donate gift items for an event 4. Donate a venue for an event. 5. Monetary donations can be made on-line, by mail, or phone. If you wish to donate your time and/or service, simply call our office.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
South Orange County
West Orange County
North Orange County
We are a state-wide foundation and serve all counties, cities and towns serviced by the CHP.  There are 10 area offices in the Southern Division which services all of Orange County.  In addition, there is 1 commercial inspection facility, 1 transportation management center, 1 communications dispatch center, roughly 1,130 uniformed officers and 350 non-uniformed personnel.  

Organization Categories

  1. Mutual & Membership Benefit - Mutual & Membership Benefit NEC
  2. Education - Higher Education
  3. Human Services - Family Services



Scholarship Program

The 11-99 Foundation awards scholarships to dependents of CHP employees who are pursuing a college education. Applications are received each Winter, awards are granted in the Spring and student achievements are celebrated in the Summer at eight ceremonies across California.
There are three programs available:
1. General Scholarship Program: Sons and Daughters of Active or Retired CHP Employees
2. Fallen Hero Scholarship Program: Sons, Daughters and Spouses of Fallen Heroes
3. Advanced Studies Scholarship - Invitation only upon meeting general award requirements
Budget  $1,983,778.00
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served General/Unspecified Other Economic Level Families
Program Short-Term Success 

For the 2016 academic year, 994 students received awards and of those 12 were from the Advanced program and 6 were from the Fallen Heroes program. 

Program Long-Term Success  Over 80% of those awarded scholarships complete their degree and of those, at least 50% continue on to post graduate studies. Beginning in 2014, 83% of scholarships awarded are at 50% tuition and all students whose parent was killed in the line of duty are funded at 100% tuition.  
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored through application surveys as well as alumni surveys that identify degrees earned, scholarship dollars awarded, post graduation employment and post graduate studies.
Examples of Program Success  Three siblings soar through college after the loss of their father. Saul Martinez gave his life in the line of duty on May 16, 1997. The 11-99 Foundation has served his family and honored his legacy since that day. One way has been through college scholarships. The three Martinez children have all attended college and we continue to support them through one Doctorate, two Masters, and three Bachelors degrees. Over 80% of those we provide scholarships to complete their degrees to become productive and community minded citizens.

Benefit Program

Every time a CHP Officer takes to the road or responds to a call, his or her life is placed at risk in the service of his or her fellow citizens. Because we appreciate this sacrifice, we provide financial assistance when an officer is killed in the line of duty as well as to CHP employees and their families in times of crisis, such as the death of a spouse or child, emergency medical expenses, or other unforeseen financial hardship. This program is not just for emergencies. We also provide for other special circumstances and requests are reviewed on an individual basis. These include, but are not limited to:
1. Medical treatment and related expenses not covered by insurance for an employee or family member with a catastrophic illness.
2. Specially equipped vans to transport those with special needs.
3. Retrofit homes with ramps and special equipment following an injury, causing disability.
4. Travel and incidental expenses related to long hospital stays.
5. Assistance with monthly expenses related to medical hardship.
Budget  $450,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Families Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of 2018, 100% of the budget amount will have been exhausted and applicant's needs will have been completely met.
Program Long-Term Success  100% of eligible applicants will receive assistance regardless of amount requested.
Program Success Monitored By  Applicant's needs are reviewed by key staff for eligibility. Once approved, the payment is made within 1-2 days. The organization re-visits a need if a request for further assistance is received. Additionally, recipients are eligible to re-apply for continued assistance at the beginning of each fiscal year.
Examples of Program Success  In 2006, Officer Gregory "John" Bailey was struck and killed by a DUI driver. He left behind his wife Teresa and four small children. An immediate Death Benefit check was presented to Teresa within 24-hours. In response to our admiration of her remarkable strength in the face of such a profound and crushing loss, Teresa noted that if not for the 11-99 Foundation, "I would not be as strong. John knew that if something were to happen to him, the children and I would be cared for--that knowledge allowed him to go out on patrol each and every day and do what he did to protect all Californians." In 2012, we met with Teresa to assure that her financial needs were being met. Teresa expressed great appreciation for the follow-up financial support the 11-99 Foundation has provided. With tears in her eyes, but in a strong voice, she said, "I have great peace in my heart knowing that people care, not only about John's service and ultimate sacrifice, but also for his family."


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Stephen Harrington
CEO Term Start Aug 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Mr. Stephen W. Harrington joined the CHP 11-99 Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in September 2012 after a long career in nonprofit leadership.  Prior to the 11-99 Foundation, he served St. Margaret Episcopal School as Executive Director of Advancement. Mr. Harrington oversaw all school advancement efforts including the annual fund, capital campaign, parent and alumni relations, endowment, planned giving and all fundraising activity. During his tenure he led the school's capital campaign in raising $20M+ for the Performing Arts Center which was completed in August 2012.  Mr. Harrington has over 30 years of extensive experience in fundraising and non-profit executive management. Mr. Harrington was President and Chief Executive Officer for Operation Homefront, served as Executive Director and Vice Chairman of the Taco Bell Foundation and served as Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations with the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He also worked as Vice President of Development for over 10 years with City of Hope National Medical Center.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Edward Trickey 2003 2009

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Lynn Banks Controller Lynn Banks graduated in 1986 from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She began working at Coast Grain Company a few months later as the Accountant for Bob Weinberg, the founder of the CHP 11-99 Foundation. As one of her duties, she handled the accounting for the Foundation, on a very limited basis, as it was quite small back then. Five months later, she was promoted to Assistant Controller for Coast Grain Company, and in 1995 became the Ontario Division Controller, holding that position until 2002. By that time, the 11-99 Foundation had grown so much that a full-time accountant was needed, and, as Lynn had still remained the Foundation's accountant, and believed whole heartedly in its mission, it seemed a natural transition to move to the position of Controller for the Foundation. Lynn resides in Claremont with her husband and 2 children.
Ms. Rebecca Centner Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Centner has been with the CHP 11-99 Foundation since its inception in 1982. Beginning as the organization and founder's secretary, Ms. Centner handled all aspects of the foundation in those early years. She was also a voting board member in the organization's infancy. Over the course of the next 30 years, Ms. Centner has served as its Secretary, Director, Ex. Director (1992-2012) and currently as its Chief Operating Officer. She handles all aspects of the organization's operations and assists with events, programs, and donor relations. Ms. Centner attended Cerritos College and currently resides in Fullerton.
Ms. Laura Garratt Reed Director of Development - Northern California --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
United Way Member Agency 1998

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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In 2013 the 11-99 Foundation entered into a ten-year partnership with AAA in which they pledged $1,000,000 in support of our education program.   This collaboration continues the long-standing relationship these two organizations have endured since 1929.  The specifics of this partnership can be found on our website.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 1
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Richard Varner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Navitas Companies
Board Chair Term Jan 2019 - Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Jan - Jan

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Larry Carter Cisco Voting
Mr. Daniel Genter RNC Genter Voting
Mr. Gordon Graham -- Voting
Mr. Stephen Harrington CHP 11-99 Foundation NonVoting
Mr. Richard McAuley Aztec Group Voting
Mr. Gordon McCall McCall Events Voting
Mr. Bruce Meyer Meyer Pacific Voting
Mr. Mark Mitchell Northgate Financial Services Voting
Mr. Paul Norris Fitness International Voting
Mr. John Schroeder Kring & Chung, LLC Voting
Mr. Richard Varner Navitas Companies Voting
Ms. Sunne Wright McPeak Consultant Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Scholarship


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $4,466,160.00
Projected Expenses $1,117,524.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audit

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit Report

2012 Audit Report

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $8,096,176 $6,455,249 $7,286,506
Total Expenses $4,637,612 $4,292,243 $4,098,305

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,750,505 $2,332,559 $2,501,429
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $1,416,208 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,099,185 $1,017,401 $941,127
Membership Dues $2,235,700 $2,091,300 $1,971,418
Special Events $594,578 $808,747 $569,034
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other -- $-516,677 $-292,138

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $2,510,825 $2,332,208 $2,369,498
Administration Expense $1,097,719 $1,014,514 $835,351
Fundraising Expense $1,029,068 $945,521 $893,456
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.75 1.50 1.78
Program Expense/Total Expenses 54% 54% 58%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 31% 30% 29%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $52,290,497 $42,271,755 $39,052,756
Current Assets $3,682,880 $3,198,827 $2,757,021
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $453,809 $465,705 $417,991
Total Net Assets $51,836,688 $41,806,050 $38,634,765

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.12 6.87 6.60

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $51,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose Our Capital Campaign is to raise $10M from 2013 - 2019 of which $7M will go towards scholarships and $3M towards benefits concluded December 2018, with over $10M raised and one year ahead of schedule.
Campaign Goal $10,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Mar 2013 - Dec 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $10,750,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

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