Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

aka Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation   |   Pasadena, CA   |  www.aarbf.org

Mission

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation's mission is to significantly reduce the number of burn injuries through prevention education and to enhance the quality of life of those affected by burn injuries.

Ruling year info

1972

Executive Director

Jennifer Radics-Johnson

Main address

50 N. Hill Ave. Suite 305

Pasadena, CA 91106 USA

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EIN

23-7162017

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working on reducing the number of burn injuries in hopes to achieve our vision of a California safe from burn injuries.

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?

Champ Camp

Champ Camp is the longest running and largest summer camp for burn injured children ages 5-16 in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Young Adult Summit is youth development retreat for burn survivors ages 18-25.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Getaway is a weekend retreat for burn survivors, their families and loved ones to support networking and emotional healing from a burn injury.

Population(s) Served
Families

The Firefighters in Safety Education is an in-classroom fire and burn safety presentation program for kids ages 5-8.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• Firefighters in Safety Education Program, which teaches elementary school students to protect themselves with "Stop, Drop, and Roll,” "Cool-A-Burn,” and "Hug A Firefighter,” and "Crawl Low and Go;”
• Fire Safety for All Seasons, a public campaign to raise awareness throughout the state of California on burn prevention through fire safety in the home and how to prevent the occurrence of fires and burn injuries;
• Burn Prevention Education Materials, AARBF provides a wide array of burn prevention education materials for Pre-K – 6th grade in English and in Spanish, including: Activity Books (Fire Facts, Safe Escape, Do the Right Thing); Bookmarks, Magnets and Stickers (Stop Drop & Roll; Cool-A-Burn); and Brochures (It Only Takes a Second, "Stop, Drop and Roll,” and AARBF Prevention Programs)
• Coordination with local community agencies (schools and fire departments) to assist with the implementation or augmentation of agency-specific prevention programs; and
• Safety precaution education by distribution of information packets online and at community health fairs, agency presentations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

• Hospital visits to provide initial information about and resources for burn injuries;
• Peer support through monthly support groups, peer mentoring, and volunteer efforts;
• Emergency financial assistance during hospitalization, including financial assistance, housing assistance, and food assistance;
• Medical supplies, including pressure garments to alleviate pain;
• Image enhancement services, including cosmetics consultations, wigs, and camouflaging make-up;
• Ellwood and Louise "Bridge-to-Life” scholarships for burn survivors seeking a higher education;
• Champ Camp, the largest burn camp in the nation for burn survivors ages 5-16.
• Young Adult Summit, weekend retreat for burn survivors ages 16-21, that teaches life management skills, promote educational and career development and focus on relationship building
• The Getaway, a family camp weekend for adult burn survivors and their families, where they can connect with peers who understand their situations and receive emotional support in a fun and safe environment;
• Regional trips, including the Central California ski and surf trips, for children ages 5 to 16, for year-round peer social interaction; and
• Training for professional service providers, including nurses and firefighters, about burn survivor resources and services available.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

President 2011

Federation of Burn Foundation

Member 2006

International Association of Burn Camps

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in support groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people, People with other disabilities, People with physical disabilities

Related Program

Burn Survivor Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We hold support groups all over California and this number encompasses all of them combined.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Men and boys, Women and girls, LGBTQ people, Heterosexuals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

To significantly reduce the number of burn injuries through prevention education, and to enhance the quality of life of those affected by burn injuries in California.

Providing burn prevention education to over 50,000 students across California, as well as providing recreational, emotional, and psychological support for burn survivors.

We use our Firefighters in Safety Education (FISE) program to get firefighters into schools teaching fire and burn safety. Students receive a pre and post test to determine knowledge. We also attend community and safety fairs to provide the

Our burn survivor services programs include camps, such as Champ Camp, trips, support groups, and outings. This programs allow burn survivors to feel safe, accepted, and loved.

Due to COVID-19 our year-round programming has been modified into virtual opportunities for both our burn prevention and survivor services efforts.

We have provided fire and burn prevention education to over 50,000 students and community members. We have served more than 2,000 burn survivors and their families. Our goal is that every student in California receives burn prevention education and every burn survivor is able to take advantage of our services and programs to help fulfill their needs.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

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

Russ Charvonia

evox Television Networks

Term: 2020 -

Andrew Mersmann

AARBF

Lea Elder

AARBF

Mike Bradley

AARBF

Cara Goodman

AARBF

Carolyn Prasad

AARBF

Rana Stephan

AARBF

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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