First Responders Children's Foundation

HELP US HELP THEM

aka First Responders Children's Foundation   |   New York, NY   |  www.1stRCF.org

Mission

First Responders Children's Foundation provides financial support to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances. First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community.

Ruling year info

2005

Founder & Chairman

Alfred Kahn

President

Jillian Crane

Main address

38 East 32nd Street Suite 602

New York, NY 10016 USA

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Formerly known as

National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children's Foundation

EIN

05-0536854

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Public Foundations (T30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Approximately 225 first responders are killed in the line of duty each year, and each fatality leaves behind an average of 2.3 children. As a result, this year over 500 children will need help with their college tuition at an average cost of $46,950 per year. With the help of generous supporters, First Responders Children's Foundation provides scholarships to help cushion the financial burden these children face. First responders are also on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in every community across the country, and the Foundation provides support in the form of emergency grants to ameliorate the financial hardship these families are facing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast

2021 will be the 20th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast with over 1,600 children and family members of first responders lost of injured in the line of duty. First responders from the federal, local and state levels join together for breakfast and to celebrate the holiday.  The event is free for all of the children and their families and features great food, healing on what can be a painful day, and a front row view of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Families

Scholarship Awards are for children of first responders who were lost or permanently disabled in the line of duty and recognize excellence, reward accomplishments and help students by providing funding for their post secondary education at qualified institutions.  This award goes up to $6,250 annually and is renewable for up to four years, providing criteria are met.  Candidates must be pursuing a Bachelor's Degree, Associate Degree, certificate or diploma from an accredited college, university or technical institute in the United States.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Students

Grants are available to families and children of first responders who have died or become disabled in the line of duty and are experiencing financial hardship.  Additionally, grants are available to first responder organizations to support, promote, and facilitate educational activities and programs that benefit children or the community.

Population(s) Served
Families
Young adults

First responders are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in every community across the country, and First Responders Children’s Foundation provides support for first responders and their families who are enduring financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak.

First responders are paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, and personnel directly supporting police and fire departments such as 911 dispatchers. The brave medical personnel and staff of the emergency services of the hospitals and health facilities that are treating COVID-19 patients shall be deemed first responders for the purpose of being eligible for grants from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Responders Children’s Foundation has to date:

- Funded 12,946 hotel room nights and meal stipends so first responders didn’t have to risk infecting their families and / or could self-quarantine.
- Awarded 8,290 grants first responders in all 50 states who have had financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Distributed 656,000 FDA-certified, surgical grade masks to first responder agencies through the Mask Project without disrupting the supply chain of N95 masks for hospitals.
- Distributed a significant amount of hand sanitizer to first responders and tens of thousands of toys to children of first responders.
- Paid for 132 funerals of first responders who died from COVID-19.
- Created a supply chain to meet the PPE delivery needs of first responder agencies within 24 to 48 hours.
- Will continue to support first responders for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Continues a 19 year mission funding millions of dollars in college scholarships benefiting hundreds of worthy children with first responder parents who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.

Funds have impacted individuals in the following professions:

34% Nurses & Medical Personnel
27% Firefighters, EMTs, & Paramedics
23% Police Officers
16% 911 Dispatchers & support personnel

Population(s) Served
Health

First Responders Children’s Foundation’s Toy Express will deliver more than 250,000 free toys and masks to first responder agencies and hospitals which will then distribute the holiday cheer to children of first responders and to children in first responder communities. Every child will also receive a mask with their toy.

“We’re saying happy holidays and thank you to the heroic first responders who show up when we dial 911,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “Toy Express will help make a happy holiday for the children of our first responders which include nurses, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, paramedics, medical personnel, and 911 dispatchers. Our first responders are on the frontlines of the pandemic, and they continue to risk their own health every day in selfless service to their local communities across the country. So, please help us help them. You can send toys & masks at 1stRCF.org or by texting TOY to 24-365.”

First Responders Children’s Foundation established the Toy Express with a generous toy donation worth more than $1,000,000 in retail value from Mattel and American Girl including 5,000 signature 18” American Girl dolls and more than 45,000 in other Mattel products such as Hot Wheels®, Barbie® and Mega Bloks®. Additional sponsors include CSX, Good360, Hess Toy Truck, Jakks Pacific, MaskUSA.com, and Toys for Tots. In addition, generous individuals across the nation are helping bring holiday cheer to first responder families by making donations of toys and money. Transportation of toys and masks across the country is coordinated and provided by Total Quality Logistics (TQL) and their Moves that Matter program.

Population(s) Served
Health
Health

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

First Responders Children’s Foundation aims to provide financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, as well as first responder families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances. To facilitate educational activities, the Foundation also supports and promotes programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.

First Responders Children's Foundation hosts an annual Thanksgiving Day Parade event in New York City, providing families a chance to gather and heal during an otherwise difficult holiday period. The foundation also sponsors impacting summer camps, fire safety education, community & police fitness programs, and law enforcement youth “explorers” programs that aim to empower our communities' children. In the spring of 2020, the Foundation launched its Emergency Response Fund with the purpose of supporting frontline workers who put their lives at risk in the battle against COVID-19. With the support of its donors, the Foundation was able to cover the cost of nearly 200 funerals of first responders' passed loved ones, distribute 785,000 FDA-certified, surgical-grade masks to first responder agencies, and award over 9,000 grants to first responders in all 50 states who have had financial hardship due to COVID-19.

First Responders Children's Foundation has the support of committed donors, dedicated staff and board of directors, and an advisory board with backgrounds in first responder industries. In 2020, the Foundation grew its staff three-fold due to the enormous influx of donations received due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the overwhelming need of first responder families in dire circumstances.

First Responders Children’s Foundation has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of children for the last 20 years. The Foundation has also covered the cost of nearly 200 funerals of first responders' passed loved ones, distribute 785,000 FDA-certified, surgical-grade masks to first responder agencies, and award over 9,000 grants to first responders in all 50 states who have had financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Financials

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First Responders Children's Foundation

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alfred Kahn

CraneKahn, LLC

Michael Emmerman

Neuberger Berman, LLC

Laurence Levy

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jackie Rosinsky

Renaissance Technologies

Daniel Stewart

Cisco Systems

Jillian Crane

CraneKahn, LLC

Kenneth Klug

Louis Vuitton North America, Inc.

Daniel Stevens

Cisco Systems

Theresa Ashton

Sergeant’s Benevolent Association

Eve Gerber

Five Books

Coye Nokes

OC&C Strategy Consultants

Cheryl Whaley

Paradox Strategies

Scott Cullather

INVNT

Lisa Daly

Netflix

Michael Houghton

Cohesity

Matthew McCauley

Turken, Heath & McCauley, LLP

Alfred Kahn

Crane Kahn LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.