LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT FOUNDATION

aka LAFD Foundation   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.supportlafd.org

Mission

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation supports the LAFD in protecting life, property, and the environment by providing essential equipment, training, and public outreach programs to supplement city resources.

Ruling year info

2010

President

Liz Lin

Main address

1700 Stadium Way Suite 100

Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

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EIN

27-2007326

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Approximately 97% of the fire department's budget is allocated to personnel expenses, leaving just 3% to cover the department’s other needs. The men and women of the LAFD deserve access to the tools, equipment, and technology they need to perform their lifesaving duties. The LAFD Foundation channels donations and community support to bridge the city budget gaps and fulfill firefighters’ needs that would otherwise go unfunded.

Our programs

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

Grants to LAFD

Grants are made for equipment, technology, training and public outreach.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Emergency responders

Where we work

Our results

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Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Emergency responders, Adults

Related Program

Grants to LAFD

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The LAFD Foundation strives to ensure the Los Angeles Fire Department is provided with the best available technology, tools, training, and equipment to keep them safe while they save lives. The Foundation’s goal is to prevent important needs from going unfulfilled due to insufficient municipal funds.

The LAFD Foundation closely collaborates with Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and his LAFD leadership team to identify funding opportunities in five key areas:

• Tools and technology that improve efficiency, performance, communication, and response times.

• Life-saving gear and equipment like lightweight brush fire helmets, flame-resistant, carcinogen-blocking hoods, and medical-grade PPE to help keep our firefighters safe.

• Development and training programs to cultivate the next generation of LAFD leaders and encourage young men and women from underserved communities to explore careers in fire service.

• The Adopt-A-Fire-Station Program, which improves working and living conditions for firefighters and paramedics in each of the 106 stations across the city.

• Leadership development training to foster the next generation of LAFD commanders, and youth outreach programs to cultivate a diverse recruitment pipeline of future firefighters.

The LAFD Foundation is guided by a dedicated and involved board from a wide variety of business sectors, active relationships with LAFD leadership and specialty units, a committed professional staff, and an active and growing social media base of supporters.

Since its founding in 2010, the LAFD Foundation has provided millions of dollars in support for our LAFD heroes. In 2020 alone, the Foundation was successful in delivering more than $5,000,000 in essential tools, equipment, programs, and technology. Recent highlights include:
-Providing critical PPE and cleaning supplies like gloves, masks, face shields, gowns, sanitizer, and disinfectant at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
-State-of-the-art hydration backpacks for all 3,500 firefighters, specifically designed for use during wildfires. Each pack carries a 3-quart hydration reservoir and ample storage for wildfire-specific gear.
-Rescue flashlights for every firefighter. These heavy-duty, rechargeable LED flashlights were custom-built to the specifications of the LAFD. These versatile flashlights replaced aging equipment that was nearly a decade old.
-Individual emergency fire shelters for every firefighter to carry with them when fighting brush fires. These shelters are used as a last resort if they become overrun by a wildfire.
-Youth Programs – The LAFD Foundation provides funding for four vital recruitment and outreach programs administered by the Department. These programs offer approximately 1,500 teens and young adults the opportunity to explore careers in the fire service while they develop skills in leadership, teamwork, and overall confidence.

The LAFD’s needs are ever-changing. In the wake of the COVID-19 aftermath, we have learned that some needs cannot be anticipated, but we can be ready to fund swift solutions. Climate change is also directly impacting the LAFD as wildfire season arrives earlier and earlier each year. For the foreseeable future, the Foundation will focus on funding these key projects:

-Securing gear and equipment that will help keep our firefighters safe. Whether, it is PPE items like gowns and masks or firefighting gear like state-of-the-art turnout pants and jackets – protecting the health and safety of our firefighters is a mission-critical priority.
-Wildland Brush Tools to help clear fire roads and creating natural barriers in anticipation of fire
season. Brush clearance is a labor-intensive and exhausting process. These light and durable hand tools are specially designed to help firefighters and ground crews cut through tree limbs, clear brush overgrowth, and remove potential fuel sources. These hand tools are especially useful to fire stations serving wildland-adjacent communities and Crew 3 (the LAFD’s volunteer brush clearing crew).

Financials

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Operations

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LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike Ahmar

Partners Bank of California

Hugh O'Donnell

Motorola Solutions

Randy Hess

Andrew Kane

The Center for Professional Wellbeing

Michelle Olenick

Hines

Marc Ackerman

Wells Fargo

Mike Ahmar

Partners Bank of California

Shannon Castellani

M Strategic Communications

Matt Gammel

Jacobs

Lisa Marquis

Wallace Rawls

Southern California Gas Company

Nicholas Rumanes

Westfield

Jay Sanders

Banc of California

Ed Shim

Capitol Group

Zeke Triana

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Ryan Wunderlich

HUB International Insurance Services Inc.

Scott Cooper

Joshua Hornstock

United Talent Agency

Scott Jones

Pelican Products

Gary Mozer

George Smith Partners

Arnold Porath

Charter Realty Group

Dean Ulrich

LAFD (Ret.)

Charles Weiss

California Resources Corporation

Caroline Young

LA Sparks

Jason Zedeck

Cypress, LLP

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? Yes
  • 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? 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 8/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Disability

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