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What are you doing to find funds for your team?

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by crls, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. crls

    crls Public Safety Diver

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    Guys,


    What are you doing to find funds for your dive team?

    Regards,
     
  2. DM95

    DM95 PADI Pro

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    It's a crap shoot. Many teams are now losing funds because the municipalities don't have the money and are, for the most part, ill educated about the need for teams close enough to react effectively to an emergency.

    In the U.S. there is funding available through FEMA and other sources. Volunteer groups can start fund drives, sell shirts, etc. Do whatever you can to dig up funds.

    Its an unfortunate state of affairs for everyone right now.
     
  3. 200 Bar

    200 Bar Public Safety Diver

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    We hide the treasures when we find it, then come back and retrieve it...:D

    But on a serious note we were looking to charge insurance companies to retrieve vehicles in our lakes,ponds, canals and gulf..That quickly died as there was/is no vehicle to accept monies..Any money received would have to go back to the general fund, not our dive team. Then there was the issue of how to put the money in the general fund..Our agency has been very generous to us and SWAT..Aside from our operating budget we do a wish list for the next year, and more often then not we get what we ask for...
     
  4. crls

    crls Public Safety Diver

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    What about charge insurance companies for fraud investigations? boats, vehicle, etc.
     
  5. DM95

    DM95 PADI Pro

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    Insurance companies fund their own fraud investigations. They tend to sub out any such jobs to commercial entities. The PSD for a police dept or fire dept. would get involved if criminal activity was suspected right off the bat or if the insurance company refers a case to the DA, which they seldom do. I was a fraud investigator for almost 20 years. Its sickening to see how many people walk beacause the insurance industry does not want to get drawn into a prolonged fight.

    Direct billing of the insurance company would be tough unless they formally ask for a team's assistance. Plus, they are taking 90-180 days to pay....if the adjuster remembers.
     
  6. 200 Bar

    200 Bar Public Safety Diver

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    It just wasn't viable for us...The main issue was not charging, but what do with it when we receive it...There is no mechanism put in place by the Legislature to do it..and then what do ya do if they dont pay...Its just a can of worms and I don't get to keep it..!! We have budget and we have a wishlist..!! Fortunately we cover ports that are critical infrastructure so we also get our fair share of grants from Homeland...Which is something ya'll should look into...
     
  7. TC

    TC Miscreant Moderator Staff Member

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    Do what we did- set up a non-profit corporation so that we can accept donations and do fund raisers without the money going to the general fund.
     
  8. DM95

    DM95 PADI Pro

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    Good idea TC. No flack from the brass or municipality?
     
  9. TC

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    Many years ago when we did it they were OK with it- haven't asked recently. :D

    They did want to approve our articles of incorporation- had county counsel look it over to make sure it was OK.

    Probably the biggest thing was to make sure that no individual can be paid/take assets out of the corporation.
     
  10. crls

    crls Public Safety Diver

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    TC,

    could be a wishlist donations
     

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