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Children Of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, Inc.

giving a gift back to those who serve

aka CFSRF   |   Sarasota, FL   |  www.cfsrf.org

Mission

The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund was founded, October 23, 2003 to help support surviving U.S. Military children who have lost a parent in the Afghanistan or Iraq wars by providing them with College Grants. Our College Grant Program has been expanded to include both U.S. Military children and spouses who have either lost a loved one as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq wars or have a wounded/disabled parent or spouse who was injured during a deployment to either war. Our second objective is to help the surviving and wounded/disabled members of these families with financial assistance. We provide help to U.S. Military families that have children under the age of 18, and who are in need of assistance with housing, repairs, utilities, medical expenses, groceries, clothing, etc.

Ruling year info

2006

CEO

Rebecca E Campbell

Executive Director

Mr. Ron Potter

Main address

PO Box 22056

Sarasota, FL 34276 USA

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EIN

20-4526203

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are a very small organization with only one full time employee to handle everything in-house with the exception of mail in donations and several student applicants that a part-time employee working 8 hours a month handles. It has been difficult for us to continue helping our military families as we have in the past due to a decrease in donations. We are doing our best to continue to provide college scholarships for the children of fallen military and wounded veterans students, and families so that they can reach their four year college term goals. However, it is the other families those we have helped emotionally and financially over the past 16 years and new families with hardship needs that rely on us for assistance. During the next two years we will begin to concentrate on applying for grants, reaching out via social media and planning small local events to raise awareness in the needs of our struggling military gold star (surviving) and disabled/wounded veteran families.

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?

College Scholarship Program

College Scholarship Program of the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, Inc. provides educational funding for surviving US military children and spouses as well as severely disabled veterans affected by the wars in the first Gulf War, Iraq and/or Afghanistan.  Applications and all supporting documents are due twice each year in October and May. Students who meet the eligibility guidelines and maintain a gpa of 2.75 are awarded scholarships each Fall and Spring.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Program provides financial assistance for US military surviving and disabled dependents affected by the first Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars who are experiencing financial hardships. Surviving dependents whose parent(s) served in either war, however, died in a non-hostile manner are encouraged to apply for assistance during times of hardshifood, clothing, utilities, lodging and travel expenses deemed necessary, relocation assistance, tuition assistance for children in need, medical bills, appliance repairs, necessary household repairs affecting the well-being of dependent children

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Children and youth

Our Texas Chapter hosts our Salute to Military Service every November during Veteran's Day weekend in Kemah City, Texas. Our Salute to Military Service in conjunction with partners, such as Landry's Corporation, the City of Kemah, The American Legion Riders Post 554, the US Army, The Elk's Club and other local sponsors and volunteers have partnered with the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, Inc. to bring our wounded veteran's from Fort Sam Houston, TX and their children to a fun-filled weekend.

Our Ohio Chapter's "Casting Freedom" Program enhances the lives of combat wounded veterans and Gold Star families by providing them with fishing equipment to get them out on the water. We help by providing the therapeutic benefits of the outdoors. With the help of our wonderful sponsors Lew's, Bass Pro, and Major League Fishing we are able to help their mental well-being.

For over 10 years we have mentored and provided support to many Marines who served in the 2nd Battle of Fallujah.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

Where we work

Awards

Difference Maker 2018

TIAA

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our organization is working daily to assist our U.S. military service connected fallen and/or disabled veterans and their families through hardships they face after losing their loved one or after their loved one is unable to provide financially as they once did prior to their disability. This assistance includes emotional, educational and financial assistance. Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, Inc. (CFSRF) has Surviving College Grant and Financial Assistance programs, a Severely Disabled College Grant program, an Adopt-A-Family program, a Morale and Emotional Support program and our most recent Children Enrichment Program. We have provided support to more than 1000 children affected by the conflicts in the First Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. Our families many who have been with our organization and part of our family for over 15 years are not an applicant to us. We build strong, caring and loving bonds with each member and follow our widows, children and veterans alike through the years and do our best so as not to let them down as others have. We have provided crisis intervention and assistance to veterans struggling with emotional issues associated with the after effects of war, to widows and their children who struggle daily with grief associated with their loss and celebrate with them during the happy and fulfilling times in their lives. We believe that their service and sacrifices made should never be taken for granted and just as they have become our heroes we wish to continue to help them past their obstacles and give them praise and help guide them through their dark times. Our motto continues to be giving a "gift" to those who serve and we want them to continue to "count on us".

Our strategy is to utilize private donations and corporate sponsorships to provide U.S. military veterans and their surviving families in need of hardship assistance or college grants for their children. Assistance is subject to a telephone screening and application process prior to awarding any funds. We are currently trying to locate funders that support our mission to allow us to continue to grow our program funding and operations.

CFSRF has successfully networked with military support groups and other organizations to locate families in need of our support. To date our organization has been able to rely on private donors and corporate sponsorships, fundraisers and events to fund our surviving, disabled financial and educational assistance programs. Through our Adopt-A-Family Program we have been able to connect families in need with donors wishing to help fund a “holiday wish-list" or family's hardship expenses that fall outside of our surviving or disabled programs.

CFSRF programs have provided over $5,200,000.00 in assistance to our U.S. military surviving and disabled veterans and their families. This assistance has been given to allow our students to attend college to earn their bachelor's degree, to relieve our families hardship expenses with housing, utilities, auto repairs, food and school supplies and to give back to our veteran's through nationwide morale-boosting events. A future goal of the CFSRF would be to further focus on our military youth and secure grant funding to grow our Adopt-A-Family and our Children Enrichment Programs and operations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Children Of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Rebecca Campbell

CHILDREN OF FALLEN SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND

Term: 2003 -


Board co-chair

Mrs. Monica Jones

CHILDREN OF FALLEN SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND

Term: 2010 -

Monica Jones

CHILDREN OF FALLEN SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND

Debby Engel

CHILDREN OF FALLEN SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND

Eliu Rojas

CHILDREN OF FALLEN SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND

Ronny Potter

CHILDREN OF FALLEN SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND