NPSTC Forms Foundation to Help Fund the Group’s Work
Thursday, February 20, 2020 | Comments

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), a federation of public-safety communications organizations, has formed a separate not-for-profit foundation to potentially fund the federation’s work. The NPSTC Foundation was incorporated in December and has applied to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a 501(c)(3) organization that would be exempt from federal income tax.

Previously funded through a Colorado contractor that received Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contracts to coordinate with public safety, NPSTC made the change after those grants ended. Public-safety volunteers have always contributed their time to NPSTC’s working groups and committees, and the DHS grants paid for a support staff, website and other communications and other organizational tools.

Doug Aiken, NPSTC vice chair, said the executive committee established a legal entity for NPSTC for the first time. “We’ve been in complete volunteer mode for some time,” Aiken said. “We’ve contributed some funds to keep the website going and the 800 phone number.”

“The governing board voted to create a separate corporation called NPSTC Foundation whose mission is to support the work of NPSTC,” said Executive Director Marilyn Ward. “The work NPSTC does will not be impacted, except if there is a limitation on staff support, the speed of production would be affected. There will be a separate corporate board for the foundation — with reps from the federation, but not all members — and it will operate as a separate entity.”

Aiken said the new foundation hopes to garner donations from industry, associations or government agencies. The foundation could then fund a limited staff to support the NPSTC working groups and committees and potentially one in-person meeting each year.

The NPSTC Technology Committee members are finalizing work on a public-safety internet of things (IoT) report, and the LMR to Long Term Evolution (LTE) integration working group is also planning to release a report in coming months.

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