Human Services

POLICE AND FIRE THE FALLEN HEROES

Serving Those Who Served

Walnut Creek, CA   |  www.thefallenheroes.org

Mission

Our families and communities are safe because of the sacrifices made by first responders and their families. We stand ready to honor Peace Officers and Firefighters who make the ultimate sacrifice during the performance of their duties and provide emotional and financial support to the families left behind.

Ruling year info

2009

CEO

Thomas Gallinatti

Main address

1555 Botelho Dr Suite 133

Walnut Creek, CA 94596 USA

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EIN

26-4835405

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund

Educational funds for children of California Law Enforcement & Fire Service Personnel who die in the line of duty. Monies for the fund are collected throughout the year from corporate donations and individual giving. The primary fundraiser, however, is an Annual Fallen Heroes Tribute Event.

Population(s) Served
Students
Budget
$60,000

Safety equipment provided to agencies in need toward the prevention of LODD’s, and/or assistance to families effected by a line of duty death.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

This fund allows our nonprofits trained representatives to attend the memorial services of our fallen heroes and donate vocalists and photography when requested, along with roadside memorials and tribute banners.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$10,050

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Our results

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Average financial aid award per FTE student

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Students

Related Program

Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund

Context Notes

Funds raised and donated to scholarship recipients who are FTE students that have lost a parent due to a line of duty death.

Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes strives to be a networked, philanthropic nonprofit providing focused assistance to families impacted by a line of duty death (LODD) and preventative aid to law enforcement and fire agencies in California.

The strategy to achieve our vision is achieved through the following programs:<br/> <br/> 1. Scholarship Fund - Funds for effected children will be collected through <br/> annual golf tournament and other identified events.<br/>EXPANDED: Educational funds for children of California Law Enforcement & Fire Service Personnel who die in the line of duty. Monies for the fund are collected throughout the year from corporate donations and individual giving. The primary fundraiser, however, is an Annual Fallen Heroes Celebrity Golf & Bocce Ball Tournament. 2014 marks the 5th year of this successful event with sponsorships from Chevron, Kaiser, AAA, Bechtel and many more philanthropic beneficiaries.<br/><br/> 2. “Help For Heroes" Program – Safety equipment provided to agencies in need toward the prevention of LODD's, and/or assistance to families effected by a line of duty death.<br/>EXPANDED: This assistance fund benefits families and agencies that have been effected by a line of duty loss. Aid ranges from direct financial assistance for families and protective equipment for agencies, to tribute memorials for townships. This is funded throughout the year from various events and corporate giving.<br/><br/>3. Line of Duty Death Response Fund – Trained representatives of Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes to attend all LODD Funerals in California.<br/>EXPANDED: This Fund allows our non-profit to attend the memorial services of our fallen heroes and donate vocalists and photography when requested. This opportunity gives us direct contact with the effected agency that, in turn, will discreetly pass-on information about what our organization can offer the family. This initial contact is the start of an ongoing relationship with both the agency and family. Roadside memorials and tribute banners are also funded.

Board of Directors: 8 members whose experience ranges from Public Service and Corporation America to Financial Specialists.<br/><br/>Board Chair / CEO: Thomas D. Gallinatti, retired from the Oakland Fire Department as a Battalion Chief, after 30-years of service. He currently volunteers, full-time, to make Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes a beneficial organization to the families and agencies that need us most. <br/><br/>Executive Assistant: This individual plays a key role in keeping Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes on track and moving forward through our charitable events, fundraising, Board Meeting and personnel assistance. <br/><br/>Volunteers: A wide range of volunteers have been offering their time and expertise to this organization since its formation in 2009. During our most populated event, the Annual Fallen Heroes Celebrity Golf & Bocce Ball Tournament and Dinner, we have over 50 volunteers throughout the day. On average, 3-8 skilled professionals assist the organization weekly.

Our organization began simply with a desire to help the families of the four Oakland police officers violently killed in the line of duty on March 21, 2009. In a short time, we created our nonprofit corporation with dedicated volunteers and an esteemed board of directors. Around the one-year anniversary of the passing of our local heroes, we hosted a celebrity golf tournament, dinner, and auction at the Diablo Country Club to benefit those families of the slain officers. Celebrity guests included Eddie Money and Johnny Gunn (who provided the musical entertainment), Ron Masak, Jim Plunkett, Gary Plummer, Vida Blue, Charles Phan, and many other talented individuals. <br/><br/>We are proud to say that 2018 marks our 9th Annual Tournament! We continued to receive great support from the community, corporate sponsors, celebrity talent and most importantly, families and agencies effected by a line of duty death in California.

In addition to our Annual Tribute Event, we have participated in additional fundraising opportunities through the local Walnut Creek Chamber as well as making brief presentations with local agencies and departments. We have also recently gained exposure to the local unions with great success in receiving donations to our cause from three new unions in 2018 alone. We look forward to expanding these opportunities as well as implementing additional annual fundraisers such as a motorcycle rally and kids' camp to raise funds for the Scholarship Fund for children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

Financials

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POLICE AND FIRE THE FALLEN HEROES

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Gallinatti

Jeff Swindel

Bob Schumacher

Patty Harris

Gary LaMusga

Omar Watson

Rob Zimmerman

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

California, Police, Fire, First Responders, Fallen Heroes