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FIRST RESPONDERS FOUNDATION

aka None   |   Omaha, NE   |  https://firstrespondersfoundation.org/

Mission

To serve and honor all our First Responders and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and enhance public safety.

Ruling year info

2009

CEO

MG(R) Allen W Batschelet

Co Principal Officer

Todd Sears

Main address

10605 Burt Circle

Omaha, NE 68114 USA

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EIN

26-3499345

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Police officers and firefighters put their lives on the line for us each and every day. They are the first people on the scene when an emergency strikes. While everyone else is running away, these brave men and women are running towards dangerous situations to save and protect the people of our community. Staffing a team of trained clinicians supporting the mental and emotional well-being of first responders. Funding for training for service dogs for veterans and first responders in need. National Society of St. Florian and St. Michael. Society established to recognize our nation’s heroes. Anyone can nominate a first responder for this prestigious award.

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?

#SupportBlue

The #SupportBlue campaign recognizes and shows support for our brothers and sisters in law enforcement who put their lives on the line for us each and every day to make the community a better, safer place to live. The campaign has grown into a social media movement since its launch in early 2015, in part because of the community’s response in the aftermath of OPD officer Kerrie Orozco’s tragic death, and it has received national attention and inspired other grassroots efforts aimed at supporting police. The campaign works to publicly recognize officers and educate other police departments on positive community-police relations.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Supporting First Responders Programs are available for ALL First Responders (paid and non-paid) and their families.
Behavioral health services are available for all first responders to include, fire, police EMS, dispatch, corrections, and military (including vets). We also serve medical personnel and their families. Services is also available to significant others, partners, and family members of first responders. Services are available on-site (in-person) and via telehealth throughout Nebraska. The behavioral health staff also serves Iowa residents.

Our therapists specialize in dealing with a variety of struggles. Modalities used: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Veterans

The First Responders Foundation assists with K-9 Units in Nebraska and Iowa. Supporting training of K-9 Handler and K-9's, needed equipment, and care for retired canine officers.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

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 students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Presented $500 Awards of Excellence scholarships to high school seniors. Recipients must have a parent who is a first responder.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In cooperation with the Omaha area fire departments, the Tri-County Fire Corps Exploring Program, and Metro Community College, we sponsored an unique educational opportunity.

Number of meals delivered

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

Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Appreciation Lunches Program delivers meals to police and fire stations, often in a brown sack decorated by grateful children, as a "thank you".

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Behavioral Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1200+ hours of Behavioral Health Services provided to Police, Fire, Dispatchers, EMS, and Frontline Medical Workers. 1:1 Sessions, Trainings, Clinics, Support Groups, etc

Number of service dogs trained and placed

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Funding for training of service dogs placed with First Responders & Veterans through JAVELAN

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.

First Responders Foundation seeks t to expand its work geographically and programming. Broadening the definition of “first responder” from “fire and police” to include Dispatch, ER personnel, Sheriffs, EMT’s, and so on. First Responders Foundation chapters are formed in communicates across the region.

Headquartered in Omaha, programs aim to support first responders, veterans, and their families to be mentally and emotionally sound, physically fit, and financially secure, improving their lives and effectiveness, and making our communities safer. Behavioral and Physical health classes and training offered in person and virtually.

Programs aim to support first responders and their families to be mentally and emotionally sound, physically fit, and financially secure, improving their lives and effectiveness, and making our communities safer. Audiences served include first responders and their families, as families and support systems are also impacted by the career challenges of a first responder.

We need and expect first responders to be on their “A” game when they respond. We need to give them the tools and support to be their best. Mental health support and resilience training should be part of the occupation support to ensure our first responders to be the best they can be when they respond to a call on our worst day. Challenges faced both on- and off-duty can negatively affect a first responders performance and interaction with the public.

The Foundation is headquartered in Omaha, but reaches across the state of Nebraska and into Western Iowa. The Foundation vision is to be a hub for services with outreach to rural departments. This facility creates a space solely for first responders and their families, with technology available to virtually reach rural areas and expand past the walls of the Omaha facility. Trainings and programs are offered by culturally competent clinicians with the ability to tailor services based on needs of each department.

The First Responders Foundation has a very strong Board of Directors who are all passionate that our firefighters and police officers deserve our respect, appreciation and support. In addition to the full Board, we also have a highly respected and effective Executive and Finance Committees. FRF's CEO, Major General (Ret) Al Batschelet specializes in strategy and planning, leadership and workforce development. He has substantial experience in human resources, budgeting and forecasting, as well as advertising, public relations and communications.

The First Responders Foundation developed the “First Responders Support Team” (FRST) in 2018. FRST is composed of a collective of specially trained health clinicians who have dedicated themselves to working with this specific population of police and others in the role of first responders.

Over fifteen years the First Responders Foundation has grown into Omaha's premier nonprofit in supporting first responders. In our first 10 years we have donated $1.5 million to the Omaha Police and Fire Departments for critically needed equipment and training.

With a change in leadership and Board of Directors direction in 2018, the First Responders Foundation transitioned the focus to the mental and physical health of the first responder and their family. Programming shifted from local to regional; from fire and police to including a broader definition of first responder; and from equipment to behavioral health programming.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Confidentiality of behavioral health

Financials

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Operations

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

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FIRST RESPONDERS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 02/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gary Gates

Kathy and Gary Gates Foundation

Term: 2019 -

Jim Hanson

InTouch Communications

Mike Fahey

Charles Sederstrom

Erickson Sederstrom

Gary Steiner

Steiner Consulting

Debbie Bremer

Pip Printing and Marketing

Gary Steiner

Steiner Consulting Inc

Allen Batschelet

Todd Sears

OWH

Leria Bray

NP Dodge

Mike Corrigan

Access Bank

Rob Randels

Wealth Management Advisor

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/5/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data