About Us

The Mountain View Public Safety Foundation (MVPSF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation formed by local business leaders and community members to support the Mountain View Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Mountain View Police Activities League (MVPAL) with the ultimate goal of making the City of Mountain View a better and safer place in which to live and work.

The MVPSF’s board includes members of the city’s business, philanthropic, and the broader community, as well as the leaders of the Police and Fire departments—who serve as advisory board members. This structure provides the necessary collaborative environment wherein the needs of the departments and MVPAL can be effectively and efficiently communicated to the board, while appropriately leaving fiscal disbursement decisions to civilian board members.

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Our mission

The Mountain View Public Safety Foundation (MVPSF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation formed by local business leaders and community members to support the Mountain View Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Mountain View Police Activities League (MVPAL) with the ultimate goal of making the City of Mountain View a better and safer place in which to live and work.

What we do

Donations made by individuals and companies directly fund a broad range of public safety programs including police and fire officer safety, training, equipment, and new technology. In addition, donations to MVPSF support the large variety of recreational and leadership development activities provided by MVPAL to youth between the ages of five and eighteen. These programs are designed to foster mutual understanding between youth and police officers through a non-confrontational setting and to divert them away from gangs and criminal activity.

These programs are not feasible under the City budget, as approximately 90% of the Mountain View Police Department’s and 92.5% of the Mountain View Fire Department’s annual budgets go towards paying officers and other department personnel.

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What we do not do

The role of the Foundation is not to displace funding for basic law enforcement and fire services, or to reduce in any way the responsibility of the City of Mountain View to commit the necessary funding for fire and law enforcement services for the community.

As modern public safety tasks continue to become more complex, the Mountain View Police and Fire Departments, similar to departments across the country, have increasing needs to stay current in training, technology, equipment, as well as communication and partnership efforts with the community.

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How you can help

Our goal is to collectively serve our communities through partnerships in order to make them a better, safer place to work, live and visit. We need your help to make our efforts go even further!

Your valuable gift is helping us provide public safety needs, programs, training and equipment to our police and fire departments.