Since 1995, we have helped those in the DS "family" during times of hardship or loss with grants totaling over $715,000.

what we do

The Diplomatic Security Foundation (DSF) was founded in 1995 as a charitable, non-profit organization to provide financial assistance to Diplomatic Security* (U.S. Department of State) personnel as well as their foreign affairs/law enforcement counterparts both at home and abroad. DSF is specifically designed to provide monetary support (usually one-time grants) to persons or families that have some nexus to DS.  DSF has no membership, membership dues and does not sell products. DSF is a separate entity from the Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association (DSSAA). DSF operated under the name Diplomatic Security Special Agents Foundation until 2008.

how we help

DSF is a registered 501 (c) (3) charity, and all contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  The funds raised by DSF are utilized in a variety of ways including but not limited to:

  • survivor payments to family members of DS personnel, local guards and foreign police officers who lose their lives while performing duties associated with the protection of US facilities and personnel abroad.
  • contributions to local police officers/families from whom DS receives support, in event of death/serious illness.
  • contributions to trust/scholarship funds for families of DS personnel who are killed/die of illness while on duty.
  • contributions to cover unexpected needs (medical costs, natural disaster losses, etc).
  • a scholarship program for college-bound students. 

A full list of recent grants may be viewed here: GRANTS

who we are

All grants from DSF are gifts and require no repayment.  Anyone from the extended global DS “family” may be considered for a donation, per review by the DSF Board of Directors, which is composed of active, retired and former DS personnel. All Board members are unpaid volunteers; with the exception of the Foundation Executive Director, which is a paid, part-time position.  A list of current Board members can be found here: DSF Board of Directors

*About Diplomatic Security: As the Department of State's security and law enforcement arm, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security does not formulate foreign policy. It plays another essential yet behind-the-scenes role: To provide a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. Not only is Diplomatic Security a unique organization in the foreign affairs community--it is the only law enforcement agency with representation in nearly every country in the world.