January 3, 2018
Dear Active and Retired Members of the Illinois State Police:
The Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation (ISPHF) was established in 2000 by a small group of retired and active Illinois State Police (ISP) employees with a strong commitment to preserving our history. The ISPHF registered as a not-for-profit corporation with the state and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3). In 2005, the ISPHF Museum opened to the public. In 2007, the ISPHF acquired land near Central Headquarters to build a memorial park dedicated to honoring the lives and memories of the fallen heroes of the ISP. In 2014, we obtained legislative authority to issue ISP Memorial Park license plates. The ISPHF has raised approximately 66 percent of the funding necessary to complete the Memorial Park. We are prepared to begin construction on the park with targeted completion by the end of 2018. Just a few weeks ago, we sponsored the first annual Operation Santa, where Santa presented our Gold Star children with Christmas gifts, reminding them they are not forgotten.
During the past 17 years, the mission and vision of the ISPHF has grown. Today, the ISPHF is pleased to announce we are starting a new membership campaign through direct payroll and pension deduction. With this membership drive, we are expanding our mission by creating two new funds ? Benevolence and Gold Star Family Funds. The ISPHF wants to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our Gold Star families, employees, and retirees; build and maintain the Memorial Park; and collaborate on efforts which advance the mission of the ISP. Furthermore, the ISPHF wants to ensure our Gold Star Families can attend the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.; ISP is always represented at line-of-duty funerals in other states; we provide assistance to our families experiencing hardships or illness; and we partner in new endeavors of agency members.
In order to begin your membership with the ISPHF and support our worthy causes via direct payroll and pension deduction, simply take a moment and complete the attached membership payroll/pension deduction form. Your membership is testament to your support of our ISP family when challenge and adversity strike. Thank you for your continued support of the ISPHF. The membership level document and payroll deduction form are attached.
President, ISP Heritage Foundation