We recently interviewed self-made entrepreneur Jonathan Lemkin about his efforts in charitable giving. Jonathan Lemkin is 43 years old and resides in Los Angeles. Being a former police officer, he chooses to offer support for the NYPD. “One cause I strongly believe in is the New York City Police Foundation”, he mentions. “I’m from New York and the NYPD has always been a positive role model for me.”
The New York City Police Foundation was founded in 1971 as an independent, non-profit organization to support the NYPD. They are the only organization that raises funds on behalf of the NYPD and all donations to the foundation go towards assisting the NYPD in improving public safety.
Because over 90% of the NYPD budget is targeted to funding personnel, there are usually few resources left for extra programs. As a former police officer, Jonathan Lemkin understands the importance of providing additional support to NYPD programs so that they can better help the community. “I understand the dedication these officers put towards the community and that the risks they take to help others, in some cases even giving their own lives”, Jonathan says. “As a former police officer I knew I had to offer my support to these brave workers who are making the best efforts to keep us safe.”
One of the programs Jonathan has supported is the Neighborhood Policing program. The purpose of this program is for the NYPD to build trust with the local community and to support community activities. The program creates partnerships within the community where 650 community leaders serve as liaisons between police and neighborhood residents. The foundation also sponsors events and meetings to educated the public in effective methods of neighborhood policing.
Jonathan has contributed to the New York Police Foundation’s Crime Stoppers program. The New York Police Department also has a rewards program known as Crime Stoppers, offering rewards of up to $2,500 for anonymous information that leads to the arrest or indictment of violent felons. “What’s amazing about the program is the clear results it has achieved since it’s inception, an anonymous tip led to the arrest of the perpetrator of a murder from over 22 years ago”, Jonathan states. “The program since 1983 has been over to offer over $2,000,000 in total rewards and I’m proud to be able to be a part of that.”
As an entrepreneur Jonathan believes in the importance of giving back to others. “Once you become successful it’s important to give back to the community”, he says. Law enforcement has played a helpful role in my life by teaching me discipline and making sacrifices to help others, and they continue to play an active role in my life by keeping me and my family safe.” Jonathan looks forward to expanding his business ventures further so that he can make a larger impact on supporting the NYPD and other police organizations around the nation. “I’ve become very busy with the 5 businesses that I’m running but in the end there’s always going to be time for charity”, he says. “I’d like to keep supporting those who make America great, our law enforcement, veterans, and other servicemen.”