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Donor FAQ

  1. If a participant drops out of the event, what happens to the donations that they have raised?
  2. Can I make a donation to a team?
  3. What is a sustaining gift?
  4. How are donations utilized?
  5. Where should I mail donation checks?
  6. Who should I make my check out to?
  7. What are the Thin Blue Line Community Rides?
  8. How do I find a participant’s personal fundraising webpage?
  9. Why is the “Donate” search not finding a participant that I know has registered?
  10. Are donations tax-deductible?
  11. Do all donors who mail their donations receive a receipt?
  12. How do I add a dedication when I make a donation?
  13. Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?
  14. What is a matching gift and how do I apply for one? 

1. If a participant drops out of the event, what happens to the donations that they have raised?
All donations submitted to the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember are non-transferable and non-refundable. If a participant drops out of the event, their donations cannot be refunded nor can they be transferred to another participant. We hope donors will appreciate supporting the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund regardless of someone’s participation in the actual event.

2. Can I make a donation to a team?
No. You must select an individual team member to donate to, and cannot make a donation to the entire team.

3. What is a sustaining gift?
If you are making a donation online, you can choose to make the same donation amount once a month for up to 12 months.

4.  How are donations utilized?
Net proceeds from the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember benefit the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is the leading organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial each May 13 to honor all fallen officers. In addition, the Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse.

More recently, the Memorial Fund has launched a campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, adjacent to the Memorial in Washington, DC. Scheduled to open in 2013, the Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education.

For more information, please visit www.LawMemorial.org.

5. Where should I mail donation checks?
All donations must have a donation form attached and should be mailed to the address listed on the donation form, which is: Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides, 901 E St, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004

6.  Who should I make my check out to?
Please make all checks payable to: Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides

7. What are the Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides?
The Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides is an entity created by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to collect and manage the funds from the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember. Net proceeds collected by the Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides from the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember go directly to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

8. How do I find a participant’s personal fundraising webpage?
Click on Donate, and search by their first or last name.

9. Why is the “Donate” search not finding a participant that I know has registered?
Try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name to get more search results, or just the last name.

10. Are donations tax-deductible?
All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift. 

11. Do all donors who mail their donations receive a receipt?
Any donor who provides an email address will receive a receipt via email once the donation has been processed. If you made a sustaining gift, you will receive an email receipt each time a monthly payment is processed.

12. How do I add a dedication when I make a donation?
When you make a donation online, you can designate what you want to appear as your recognition name on the participant’s Honor Roll. This may be your name, or it could be something such as “From the whole Connor family” or “In memory of Aunt Cathy.” Please note: We cannot process dedications for mailed in donations.

13. Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?
No. Your registration fee does not apply towards your fundraising minimum, nor is it tax-deductible.

14. What is a matching gift and how do I apply for one?
Many companies (both large and small) offer employee matching gift programs. This means that when an employee makes a donation to a cause or non-profit organization, the corporation will “match” that donation with an equal (or greater) amount to the same group. For more information about matching gifts, visit the Matching Gifts page.