Friends of the Foundation

The Friends of the Foundation are an inner circle of supporters who are dedicated to joining with Spirit of Blue in the cause of protecting our nation’s law enforcement.  620 agencies have already applied for safety grant funding, and more applications for consideration are received each week.  On the other end of those requests are men and women who are dedicated to serving their communities and risking their lives despite lacking the equipment and training they need to protect themselves as they do their work.   Each Friend provides $1,000 or more in financial support in a given year so that Spirit of Blue is able to continue administering its Safety Grant Program to those agencies in need across the country. 

Donation: $1,000 or more

Membership Benefits:

  • Friends of the Foundation Challenge Coin (limited circulation)
  • Car Window Sticker
  • 25% off all merchandise in our online store
  • Invitations to special events and grant presentations
  • Quarterly Executive Director’s Update

To join as a Friend of the Foundation, you may contact our Executive Director at ryan.smith@spiritofblue.org or mail your donation to:

Spirit of Blue Foundation
Friends of the Foundation
12771 SW Tooze Road
Sherwood, OR 97140

You may also enroll and submit a qualifying donation online using the button below:

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MEET BRENDA TIFFANY

Brenda is a warrior!  And we say that in the kindest, most appreciative way.  We first met Brenda in the Spring of 2018.  She wrote to us and asked where we bought the tourniquets we granted because she was interested in purchasing some, too.  Brenda told us she provides each graduating class from the Kentucky State Police Training Academy a gift bag from her and that she wanted to start adding tourniquets for each of the troopers.  Then she told us why.  Her son, Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder of the Kentucky State Police, was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 13, 2015.

In response she has become an advocate for and champion of the law enforcement community.  She has joined and ridden with Law Enforcement United into Washington, DC for National Police Week.  She holds a 5K event in her son’s memory to raise scholarship dollars for local high school kids to go to college.  And, she blesses KSP Troopers and Officers with thoughtful gift bags when they graduate from the academy.

Executive Director Ryan T. Smith and Brenda Tiffany visited the memorial on I-24 in SW Kentucky in 2018 where her son, Trooper Ponder, was killed in the line of duty.

Her initial contact led to a broader conversation that led to Spirit of Blue working with her to grant tourniquets and duty belt carrying cases to all 1,000 KSP Troopers and Officers on September 13, 2018 in our first annual Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder Memorial Grant.  Now every man and women who serves with the Kentucky State Police has instant access to that lifesaving tool.

(left to right) Spirit of Blue Foundation Executive Director Ryan T. Smith and Bill Janson, president of Eleven 10, LLC presented a ceremonial check for tourniquets and cases to Brenda Tiffany, mother of fallen Trooper Cameron Ponder, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders and Sgt. Josh Lawson, commander of the KSP Public Affairs Branch.

Brenda has gone on to participate with us in other grant presentations in Kentucky, became the first Friend of the Foundation, has acted as our Friends of the Foundation Ambassador and in 2020 joined our Board of Directors as our Vice Chairperson.  Each year going forward, Brenda will help us select and award a new Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder Memorial Grant to a law enforcement agency in Kentucky.  

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OUR MISSION

We are dedicated to the enhancement of officer safety and vitality throughout the law enforcement community by promoting public awareness for their protection and fulfilling safety equipment and training needs.

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THE NEED

Over 900,000 law enforcement officers honorably serve the population of the United States - that equates to 1 officer for every 350 citizens. On average, 125 officers are lost and another 15,000 are injured in the line of duty each year. Yet funding for safety equipment and training is dwindling as tax revenues decline. The need for supplemental funding to protect these officers has never been greater.

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