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Burn Institute

San Diego, CA   |  www.burninstitute.org

Mission

The Burn Institute’s mission is to educate and inspire communities to reduce burn injuries and empower those affected by burn trauma.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Mrs. Susan Day

Main address

8825 Aero Drive, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92123 USA

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Formerly known as

Institute for Burn Medicine

EIN

23-7260718

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Safety Education (M40)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

An estimated 486,000 burn injuries receive medical treatment a year with 40,000 hospitalizations. Every day, over 300 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children die as a result of being burned. Severely burn-injured individuals are not only victims of physical hardship but many suffer from social isolation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, sleep loss, and emotional trauma that can linger for years. In addition to the physical and emotional damage caused by fire and burns, there is also the high costs associated with property loss. The Burn Institute’s goal is to create and sustain a community in which all burn survivors have the resources and support to overcome the devastating psychological and physical effects of their injuries, and community members are proactive in preventing fires and burns.

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?

Fire Safe Seniors

Provides free lifesaving smoke alarms for qualified seniors and safety presentations featuring senior specific fire and burn prevention information.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

A school-based fire and burn prevention curriculum geared towards children grades K-6 with a focus on stop, drop and roll, as well as other basic fire safety rules.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Summer camp that provides burn-injured children, 8-17 years old, the support and counseling needed to establish and enhance their self-esteem and physical recovery.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A two night weekend retreat for burn survivors ages 0-7 and their families to help them overcome the new challenges their young burn survivor may face and how to preserve or foster independence and confidence.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Bi-monthly meetings providing an empowering safe environment for burn survivors and caregivers to reveal their challenges and triumphs of living with a burn injury.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Supports burn survivors by providing the medical equipment, housing, transportation, or therapy sessions, not typically covered by insurance but needed for a successful recovery.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Unites burn survivors and their families while enjoying a baseball game, the county fair, or celebrating the holidays.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

A peer-support based program that brings together burn survivors to share coping skills and provide emotional encouragement for each other.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Youth Firesetter Intervention Program provides assessments for youth ages 5-17 who have been caught engaging in firesetting activities to determine their level of risk and recommend treatment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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 children directly taught fire and burn prevention education.

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number reflects the number of kindergarten-6th grade youth directly educated through the Fire Safe Kids program.

Estimated number of individuals reached with fire and burn prevention information through media.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number is estimated based on information provided from media outlets regarding the Burn Institute's PSAs via television and radio, as well as social media.

Number of burn survivors and their family members/caregivers served.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the estimated number of burn survivors and family members/caregivers who attended events and programs throughout the year.

Number of community events hosted or attended to distribute fire and burn prevention and burn survivor support information.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of senior households provided with smoke alarm installations and fire and burn prevention information.

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

Seniors

Related Program

Fire Safe Seniors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

1,733 smoke alarms installed for seniors.

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.

Identical to the mission of the Burn Institute, the organization's overarching goal is to reduce the number of fire or burn-related deaths in San Diego and Imperial counties. In efforts to carry out this vision the Burn Institute also prioritizes the following objectives:

-To provide life-saving fire and burn prevention education to the community
-To provide programs focusing on the needs of demographics highly susceptible to fire or burn-related injuries
-To support burn survivors and their families by meeting any needs resulting from the fire or burn-related incident

To accomplish these goals, the Burn Institute strives to maximize outreach, improve program quality and expand its ability to provide these services. Continuous attendance at community center open houses, presentations to San Diego and Imperial residents county-wide and segments on local news channels keep the organization visible to the community. UCSD's Regional Burn Center and the local fire service also provide referrals for the Burn Institute to ensure the Burn Institute can advertise their services and directly reach burn survivors in need. The Burn Institute's staff is constantly evaluating and improving programs as each program grows and developments are made in fire research or burn survivor support strategies. With an active volunteer base of over 1,000 individuals, the organization not only amplifies outreach but increases its ability to conduct programs. The Burn Institute also enlists the help of students through internships to maximize manpower and in turn help develop the community's workforce.

The Burn Institute proudly celebrates 48 years of service, which speaks to the experience it has acquired serving burn survivors and advocating for a safer community. Over the years the organization has also built a strong staff of dedicated and accredited employees. As mentioned, strong partnerships with the UCSD Regional Burn Center and the fire service keep the Burn Institute current on technologies, protocols, and treatments surrounding fire and burn-related topics. The organization also uses evaluations tailored for each program to monitor their progress and uncover any areas for improvement. For example, the Burn Institute's Camp Beyond the Scars program, a therapeutic camp for child burn survivors, was recognized by the medical staff of UCSD Regional Burn Center to speed recovery time.

Burn Institute accomplishments include:
• After only one year in operation, the Burn Institute helped open the UCSD Regional Burn Center and has since donated over $1 million dollars to help support its growth.
• Starting Camp Beyond the Scars for burn-injured children
• Opening an office in, and expanding reach to, Imperial Valley in 1997
• Establishing the Davee Endowment for burn survivor scholarships in 2004
• Providing significant assistance to firefighters burned in the 2007 wildfires
• Launching Fire Safe Kids 1 in 2010 and Fire Safe Kids 2 in 2015
• Re-Launching our Youth Firesetter Intervention Program in 2018
• Working closely with the fire service and have their continued support in our programming and fundraising

Financials

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Operations

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Burn Institute

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Gerald Davee

Retired attorney

Term: 1979 -


Board co-chair

Chief David Ott

UC Irvine

Term: 2004 -

Robert Pfohl

Viejas Fire Department

Dolores Juditz

Retired

James Boland

San Diego Gas & Electric

Jeff Berend

Elsevier Public Safety

Mitch Villalpando

Sycuan Fire Department

Christina Figone

Burn Institute Auxiliary President

Brennon Hope

Coastal Contracting, Inc.

Don Butz

Viejas Fire Department

Mike Murphy

American Medical Response

Gerald Davee

Retired Attorney

David Ott

Consultant/Retired City Manager

Jeff Cole

Poway Fire Department

Lisel Ferguson

Attorney, Procopio

Jeanne Lee

Clinical Director, UCSD Regional Burn Center

Jesse Conner

President, San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145

Colin Stowell

Fire Chief, San Diego Fire Rescue

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data