Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Supporting Those Who Keep Us Safe. Est. 2002
California Crime Victims Coalition
Are my donations tax deductible?
Your monthly payroll deductions provide you with membership in the California Crime Victims Coalition, we will provide up to $20,000 in death death benefits. Because you receive this great benefit, under IRS rules, your monthly contributions are not tax deductible. If you are interested in making tax deductible donations our sister organization Crime Victims Coalition does accept donations, and are 100% tax deductible, however you will not be provided a death benefit.
Do I have to pay extra for the insurance benefit?
NO!, you never have to pay extra for the insurance benefit. This great, low-cost benefit is included with your membership.
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How long have you been around?
California Crime Victims Coalition has proudly been serving State Employees since 2002.
Where do my donations go?
A large percentage of member contributions go toward the death benefit that is included with membership. The remaining amount goes toward assisting law enforcement personnel, support staff and their families in times of crisis, as a result of tragedy or victimization; in addition, as funds become available, we support events and functions that promote support for law enforcement personnel. It is our goal that we give back as much money as possible to our members.
Do you send out mailers or magazines?
California Crime Victims Coalition has several thousand members and we are growing every month. With the volume of members we serve we believe that your contributions can be better utilized and make more of a positive impact than sending out paper mailings that are costly to both financial and natural resources. We do however keep our members updated on whats going on through our facebook page.
What type of events do you support?
California Crime Victims Coalition supports events that support law enforcement personnel. We regularly host staff appreciation events where we feed staff at institutions, whether it be pizza or barbequing hot dogs. We have contributed to numerous memorials for fallen officers, we participate in Family Day events at various institutions, and we contribute our time, efforts, and donations to various tournaments that are raising money to help families of law enforcement or organizations formed in memory of lost law enforcement.
Do you send our money out of the state like other organizations?
NO! The California Crime Victims Coalition is a California based organization, all of our contributions come from California State Employees. We believe the money you contribute belongs to you and as a result no money will ever leave the state of California.
Do you take volunteers?
Yes, we do accept volunteers! We are always looking for individuals who would like to serve as advocates at their institution or volunteer their time and efforts in other ways to our organization. If you are interested in volunteering please send us a message through our website by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab.
Do you have to join to just make a donation?
California Crime Victims Coalition has a sister organization, Crime Victims Coalition, that is a 501 (c)(3), and able to accept charitable donations. Our mission for the California Crime Victims Coalition and Crime Victims Coalition are the same; to assist law enforcement personnel, support staff and their families in times of crisis, as a result of victimization, in addition will support events and functions that promote support for law enforcement personnel. Crime Victims Coalition is a way for people who do not wish to join as members, but wish to donate to our cause that option.
Who is eligible for the death benefit?
State employees who are current members of the California Crime Victims Coalition are eligible for the death benefit.
Do I have to be a State Employee to join membership?
Yes, currently our membership is only open to only State Employees.
Do you plan on taking in non-State Employees in the future?
We currently process all of our membership contributions through payroll deductions handled by the State Controller’s Office. So far we are working on a reliable and easy method to receive monthly contributions from non-State Employees.
Will you replace my uniform if it gets damaged by an inmate?
We will not replace your uniform if it gets damaged by an inmate. We provide assistance in times of crisis, such as life threatening situations. Considering the serious issues that occur on a regular basis, we feel that a torn or soiled uniform is a minor inconvenience, and your donations are better served if used to assist someone in crisis.
I have been off work for several months due to an injury, will you provide financial support?
Each member of California Crime Victims Coalition makes a contribution of $10 per month, while a large portion of this contribution goes towards the death benefit included with membership. The remaining amount is used to help our members who have suffered life threatening crisis situations and to support events that support law enforcement. To keep our membership contributions at a reasonable level we cannot provide financial support on an ongoing basis due to injury. There are other insurances out there, that will cover you while you are off work, however they often cost a few hundred dollars a month.
Do you offer Scholarships?
California Crime Victims Coalition does not offer a scholarships on our own behalf. however we do assist with handling scholarships for others. In the future there is a possibility we will offer more scholarship options. Be sure to check the “scholarships” section of our webpage for opportunities, guidelines, and applications.
If I retire can I keep my membership, and death benefit?
Your membership and death benefit is active as long as you are an active State Employee. Once you retire your deductions will automatically stop, your membership and death benefit will stop as well. To keep our membership contributions at an affordable level we, unfortunately, cannot cover retirees.