The California Association of Highway Patrolmen is a labor organization which represents approximately 11,000 active and retired California Highway Patrol officers. As part of our organization, we administer the CAHP Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund. This fund is a non-profit, charitable (501 (c) (3)) trust dedicated to assisting families of California Highway Patrol officers. The trust receives donations from private citizens as well as from corporations. In the event a CAHP member dies, regardless of cause, the Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund makes a one-time payment of $2,400 to the surviving spouse of the officer or, in the event there is not one, any financially dependent children. In July 2007, trustees of the Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund agreed to increase the death benefit to $10,000, for survivors of CAHP members killed in the line-of-duty.
The CAHP prides itself on taking immediate action in dispersing this benefit as soon as we are notified of the death. This is most beneficial to survivors in assisting with the cost of the funeral. Since its inception in 1929, the Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund has provided more than $6.5 million to the families of our deceased members.
Additionally, the CAHP Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund has made donations to the survivors of allied agency members who have been killed in the line of duty.
HOW TO DONATE
If you would like to make a contribution to the Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund, please make your check payable to "CAHP Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund" and mail to the address below. Active members receiving a pay warrant from the State Controllers office now can have monthly deductions taken from their check. Please complete and mail the authorization form (PDF) by printing and mailing, or request the form from the Association by either telephone or completing the Form Request.
The CAHP Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund
PO Box 161209
Sacramento, CA 95816-1209
While donations are tax-deductible, you should first consult with your tax preparer.