Warning about Telemarketers

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The Calgary Police Foundation does not raise money by phone solicitation.

News Release May 10, 2017

The Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Police Foundation have been contacted by members of the public with complaints of rude and aggressive phone callers attempting to solicit funds for youth charities.  The most recent call appears to be for an online anti-bullying program to be used in schools.

Please note that when making a pledge to a non-registered charity, your contribution does not generate a charitable tax receipt for income tax purposes.  If being asked to make a pledge, you could in turn ask for the organization’s registered charitable number.  If they do not have one, they cannot provide you an official receipt for income tax purposes.

If you notice a charge on your credit card statement that you did not authorize, you are advised to contact your credit card company to reverse the charge.

The Calgary Police Foundation wants to assure the public these calls are not made by the Calgary Police Foundation and they are not made by police officers.

The Calgary Police Foundation is a not-for-profit which raises money to fund youth programs to keep kids safe from crime, however it does not engage, nor has it ever engaged, in phone solicitation.  The Calgary Police Foundation is a registered charity (#812149714 RR0001), and does issue a tax receipt for every donation received, no matter the amount.

In an effort to address concerns, members of the public are urged to take extra caution when speaking with someone claiming to represent the Calgary Police Foundation, the Calgary Police Service, or claiming to be a police officer.

The Calgary Police Foundation:

  • never employs telemarketers to solicit money
  • never asks for your credit card over the phone
  • never engages in rude, aggressive, or confrontational behaviour
  • always adheres to a very friendly and professional code of conduct
  • always encourages you to contact us with questions about fundraising or our programs


The Calgary Police Foundation is passionate about keeping kids and families safe. It raises money to fund dynamic youth programs geared towards crime prevention, education, and early intervention.

For any inquiries:
Tara Robinson, Executive Director

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