Former Agents of the FBI Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  

What does the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation do? The mission of the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation is to aid the members of the Society of Former Agents of the FBI and families in need, further the education of its youth through scholarship assistance, to recognize humanitarian efforts of its members, spouses and others and to contribute to worthy organizations related to law enforcement

Are the Foundation and the Society the same entity? No. The Former Agents of the FBI Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Inc. It is a legally separate organization, and is not funded by membership dues from the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(7) organization, which identifies it and is defined as a social club organized for pleasure, recreation, and other similar nonprofitable purposes and substantially all of its activities are for these purposes.

What about tax deductibility? Gifts to the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law; however, gifts to the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI are not deductible. Please consult with your tax attorney or accountant regarding such matters.

Where does the Foundation’s support come from? The Former Agents of the FBI Foundation is funded by tax-deductible contributions from members of the Society, the FBI family, as well as other members of the law enforcement community.

How do recipients receive support from the Foundation? The Board of Trustees of the Foundation receives and reviews all applications from those who request assistance or who apply for scholarships from the Foundation. After a rigorous review process, the decision is made by majority vote of the Board of Trustees.

Can I designate my gift to the Foundation? Yes, you may designate your gift to a specific scholarship program, for disaster relief or to financial assistance/grants.

Where do gifts to the "general fund” go? Gifts to the general fund will be used for the charitable purpose where needed most (scholarships, disaster relief, humanitarian aid, awards, financial assistance, etc.).

What about memorial gifts? Gifts made in memory of someone, unless otherwise designated, will go into the general fund.

Besides scholarships, what other programs does the Foundation support? The Foundation comes to the aid of those affected by disasters and unforeseen emergencies; contributes to organizations devoted to helping the poor and needy; helps Society members, current agents, and members of the FBI Family, their spouses or dependents who have fallen on hard times or are in need of temporary financial relief; and presents annual awards and financial contributions to other charities.  

What about the building fund? Gifts to the building fund are handled by the Society, not the Foundation and are not tax-deductible.

How do I apply for a scholarship? Scholarship applications are available online only.  CLICK HERE to access more information and to apply.

What do Foundation scholarships cover? Foundation scholarships are applied toward undergraduate tuition, fees and course-required incidentals/supplies; it cannot be used to pay for books or room and board.

How do I know if I qualify for a scholarship from the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation?
  • You can meet the application deadline;
  • You are a child or grandchild of either a current or former FBI Special Agent who is a member of the Society, or the child of a member of the National Academy Associates who is actively involved in law enforcement; and
  • You are an undergraduate student enrolled in a U.S. college or university.
Do graduate students qualify for scholarships from the Foundation?
No, the Foundation only awards scholarship assistance to undergraduate children and grandchildren of Society members as well as others in the law enforcement community.

What is the minimum contribution to the Foundation to start a scholarship in someone’s name?
We are happy to accommodate our donors who are interested in leaving a legacy in this way.  Please contact the Development Director to discuss the details.

Who qualifies for financial aid from the Foundation? Society members and members of the FBI Family, their spouses or dependents who have fallen on hard times or who are in need of temporary financial relief qualify for financial aid from the Foundation.

I’m not a Society member; can I still apply for assistance from the Foundation? Except for providing scholarships to children of current National Academy Associate members who are actively engaged in law enforcement, the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation only helps Society members and members of the FBI Family, their spouses or dependents who have fallen on hard times or are in need of temporary financial relief.

How can I contribute to the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation? Gifts of cash, check, money order, or credit card can be sent into the Foundation office; or contributions can be made on-line by credit card at www.socxfbi.org.

Does the Foundation accept gifts of stock, insurance or real estate? Yes, the Foundation does accept non-cash gifts.  Please contact the Development Director if you are interested in contributing in this way.

How do I leave the Foundation in my will or estate plan? To leave the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation in your will or estate plan, you will need the following information:
  • Legal Name: Former Agents of the FBI Foundation
  • Address: 3717 Fettler Park Drive Dumfries, Virginia 22025-2048
  • IRS EIN: 20-4715708
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