About Matt & Our Mission

matt-dogThe Matt Haverkamp Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3)*, was established in November 2005 in remembrance of a beloved son, dear friend, and K9 police officer. The mission of The Foundation is to continue Matt Haverkamp’s legacy and keep his memory alive by supporting the law enforcement agencies in communities in the greater Cincinnati area.

Matt graduated from Colerain High School and received his Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Cincinnati. He became a police officer for the Golf Manor Police Department in 1999 where he founded the department’s bicycle patrol and K9 Unit. Matt and his K9 partner, “Tibo”, had a significant impact on the community’s safety. Sadly, Matt passed away on July 15, 2005 as a result of injuries he sustained in a car accident. He will forever be remembered by the many people he touched during his short time with us.

Matt made his dream of starting a K9 Unit for the Golf Manor Police Department a reality by working hard, obtaining grants, and raising funds from local businesses. The Foundation has continued making his dream a reality for many greater Cincinnati area law enforcement agencies. The Foundation’s K9 success stories can be found on the K9s & Handlers page where you can meet the 93 K9s that have been funded with the nearly $929,000 that has been spent on them and protective equipment.

It takes approximately $2,500 to purchase a protective vest for a K9, $8,000 for an untrained K9, and $14,000 to purchase a trained K9 for law enforcement agencies. Purchases such as these by The Foundation are made possible in part by two annual fundraising events – Matt’s 5K Pursuit and The Matt Haverkamp Memorial Golf Outing. The success of The Foundation is the direct result of the good friends Matt made and the people he touched throughout his life. We can’t thank the friends, families, sponsors, donors, and area businesses enough for their continued support!

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*501(c)(3) exemptions apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund, cooperating association or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.