Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION INC

Jacksonville, FL

Mission

To impact the life-saving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is registered to solicit and allocate funds in in the contiguous United States and Puerto Rico.
The Foundation renews and updates these registration annually with the goal of being compliant and using best practices to achieve the goals of our mission. Registered agents are also available in these states.

Ruling Year

2007

Executive Director

Mrs. Robin Peters

Main Address

12735 Gran Bay Parkway, Suite 150

Jacksonville, FL 32258 USA

Keywords

safety, public safety, fire, police, ems, grants, disaster relief

EIN

20-3588745

 Number

5682031956

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

Search and Rescue Services (M23)

Safety Education (M40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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Prevention Education

Disaster Relief

Life-saving Equipment

Scholarships and Continued Education

Military and Local Heros

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Our Results

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Total number of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Life-saving Equipment

Context notes

More than 3,071 grant awards made to public safety organizations

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Life-saving Equipment

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Since inception through 2017 we have donated more than $29 million in life-saving equipment and resources

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Donation areas:
1) Life Saving equipment
Provide emergency service entities with life saving equipment needed to protect and save lives. Even their own.
2) Prevention Education
Provide prevention and educational tools to the public about the importance of public safety in order to prevent disasters in the home and community
3) Scholarships and Training
Provide financial resources to individuals pursuing a career in the public safety sector or continued education
4) Disaster Relief
Provide ground assistance with natural disasters such as fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, as well as man-made disaster. Promote disaster preparedness in communities.
5) Military Personnel
Benefit men and women of the military who have served their country in any of the branches of the United States Uniformed Services.

Guideline 1
Provide emergency service entities with equipment to improve their life‐saving capabilities
- Determine the needs of public safety entities in various communities served by Firehouse Subs
- Raise funds to provide equipment through various fundraising activities such as selling pickle
buckets, collecting donations, selling medallions and hosting fundraising events
- Provide public safety entities with life‐saving equipment acquired at a reasonable rate
-Allocate smaller cash donations to help underwrite the cost of needed equipment
Guideline 2
Provide prevention and educational tools to the public about the importance of fire safety,
preparedness in order to prevent disasters in the home and community
- Determine needs in the community for public safety education
- Distribute educational tools via Firehouse Subs locations
Guideline 3
Provide financial resources to individuals pursuing a career in the public safety sector or continued education
- Determine needs in the community for individuals seeking assistance in attending fire school
police academy or continued education in the public safety field
- Raise funds to provide scholarships for individuals in need and qualified for assistance
- Create a scholarship fund to provide educational assistance to qualified applicants
Guideline 4
Provide ground assistance with disasters such as fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.
- After a disaster, have a system set up to assist victims and public service workers by utilizing a
- Create a capital campaign to purchase a large trailer to be used in case of disasters
-Develop a group of volunteers to travel in case of disaster to provide ground assistance by
feeding victims and public service workers, and assisting with needs on scene.
Guideline 5
Benefit men and women of the military who have served their country in any of the branches of
the United States Uniformed Services.
- The Board of Directors will allocate resources to military non‐profit organizations whose
mission is dedicated to programs and services that benefit the men and women who
have served in the United States Uniformed Services and their families.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was launched in 2005 as a means for the Firehouse Subs restaurants to give back to the local community. Emergency service entities as well as public safety organizations throughout the nation are lacking the tools needed to adequately protect their communities.

The Firehouse Public Safety Foundation is dedicated to improving the life-saving capabilities of first responders and public safety organizations in communities served by Firehouse Subs by providing funding, resources and support. The reach and mission of the Foundation is truly national in scope with first responders and public safety organizations from Jacksonville to San Diego to Puerto Rico, over 626 recipients, receiving much-needed donations.

Individual restaurants raise money; each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to customers for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit's mission and collect spare change, while the Round Up program allows guests to literally “round up" their bill to the nearest dollar.

In addition to disaster relief, scholarships and public safety prevention education and military support, donated funds are used for purchasing crucial emergency response equipment such as thermal imaging cameras, which can detect heat given off by people that may be trapped in a burning building, allowing firefighters to accurately locate victims through the heavy smoke.

In addition the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Inc. has donated:
• Extrication tools
• All-terrain vehicles with rescue capabilities
• Fire extinguisher training systems
• Bunker gear
• K-9 units
• Automated external defibrillators
• Bullet proof vests
• and the list continues to grow as new requests come in daily

Each October, the Foundation also sponsors Public Safety Month, dedicated to providing public safety, prevention education and safety tips. During the month, medallions are sold at each restaurant in $1 or $5 increments. Patrons sign the medallion and it is placed in the restaurant creating a mural of support for those who serve the community.

Since its inception, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Inc. has donated more than $7.7 million to first responders and public safety organizations in local Firehouse Subs markets. For more information, please contact the Foundation staff at Foundation@firehousesubs.com.

Recipients of granted equipment or other allocations provide impact reports through email as well us copying the Foundation team on all correspondences within their municipalities.
The Foundation Team presents an impact program at a yearly annual meeting to the primary donors affiliated with the Firehouse Restaurant Group.
All granted organizations share stories of lives and property saved because of the donations made to them by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Through grant information and census figures we are able to calculate community made by each donation.

We continue to grow and increase dollar amount of money raised and distributed.
We are able to approved 20% of our grant requests on a quarterly grant cycle. Many denied grants are very compelling and the need is great. It is our hope to increase the percentage of approvals to at least 50% per quarter.In order to do this we must continue to raise awareness and engage donors and potential partners.

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Affiliations & Memberships

Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida

Financials

FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

ETHICS & 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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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