Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation

Working to create a fire-safe and burn-free Wisconsin

Madison, WI   |  www.pffwcf.org

Mission

The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin is working to create a fire-safe and burn-free Wisconsin. We support burn survivors, fire fighters, and communities.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Mr. Michael J. Wos

Main address

321 E Main Street Suite 200

Madison, WI 53703 USA

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EIN

81-0548082

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation (PFFWCF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Our work is at the heart of every community across Wisconsin. Where there is a burn survivor trying to navigate life beyond their injuries, you’ll find us. Where there is an event to honor a fallen fire fighter or raise funds for the family left behind, you’ll find us. Where there is a group of kids eager to learn how they can help keep their family and their home safe, we’ll be there. We’re proud leaders of a coalition of champions across the state – including partner organizations, industry professionals and the public – who work every day to help keep our burn survivors, fire fighters and communities healthy, safe and strong. Problem Statement: Preventable Deaths, Injuries, and Property Loss exist in Wisconsin.

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?

Burn Survivor Support Program

- Burn Survivor Support Program – supports burn survivors of all ages and in all stages of recovery.
o Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth – a free summer camp for kids ages 7 to 17 with life altering burn injuries.
o Winter Leadership Retreat for Young Adult Burn Survivors – a weekend retreat for burn survivors ages 18 to 25 that builds life skills and promotes emotional healing.
o Support and Coordination with Wisconsin Burn Centers; Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin Burn Center.
o Burn Survivor Academic Scholarship
o Burn Survivor Grant to attend outside programming.
o Burn Awareness and Prevention Campaigns

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

- Fire Prevention Program – promotes fire safety through education and proactive initiatives to reduce risk.
o Fire Safety Newspapers in Education – a Fire Safety Newspaper distributed in 11 Gannett Sunday Newspapers throughout Wisconsin on the Sunday to commence Fire Prevention Week and made available for all 4th – 8th grade students in more than 2,200 schools.
o Wisconsin Smoke Alarm Fire Education (WisSAFE) Coalition – provides in home education while checking and installing smoke alarms.
o Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition – works to identify and overcome the barriers to the acceptance of fire sprinklers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

- Fire Fighter Support Program – supports fire fighters so they can better serve their communities.
o Disaster Assistance – provides immediate assistance to fire fighters and/or their families at their darkest time and greatest of need.
o Health and Safety – increasing health, wellness, and mental health, while working to decrease the incidence of occupational cancer in the fire service.
o Support of the PFFW State Honor Guard
o Support of the Wisconsin State Fire Fighters Memorial

Population(s) Served
Adults

- Community Support Program – reduces risk and enhances the work fire fighters do in their communities both on and off duty.
o Grant Program – makes quarterly grants as determined by the PFFWCF Board of Directors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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MISSION STATEMENT:
The mission of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation is to champion community risk reduction initiatives; promote fire safety and prevention; and deliver meaningful support to burn survivors, fire fighters and communities.

VISION STATEMENT:
The vision of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation is for all those we serve to be healthy, safe and supported in their lives and in their communities.

The PFFWCF’s Programming includes:

Burn Survivor Support Program – supports burn survivors of all ages and in all stages of recovery.
o Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth – a free summer camp for kids ages 7 to 17 with life altering burn injuries.
o Winter Leadership Retreat for Young Adult Burn Survivors – a weekend retreat for burn survivors ages 18 to 25 that builds life skills and promotes emotional healing.
o Support and Coordination with Wisconsin Burn Centers; Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin Burn Center.
o Burn Survivor Academic Scholarship
o Burn Survivor Grant to attend outside programming.
o Burn Awareness and Prevention Campaigns

- Fire Prevention Program – promotes fire safety through education and proactive initiatives to reduce risk.
o Fire Safety Newspapers in Education – a Fire Safety Newspaper distributed in 11 Gannett Sunday Newspapers throughout Wisconsin on the Sunday to commence Fire Prevention Week and made available for all 4th – 8th grade students in more than 2,200 schools.
o Wisconsin Smoke Alarm Fire Education (WisSAFE) Coalition – provides in home education while checking and installing smoke alarms.
o Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition – works to identify and overcome the barriers to the acceptance of fire sprinklers.

- Fire Fighter Support Program – supports fire fighters so they can better serve their communities.
o Disaster Assistance – provides immediate assistance to fire fighters and/or their families at their darkest time and greatest of need.
o Health and Safety – increasing health, wellness, and mental health, while working to decrease the incidence of occupational cancer in the fire service.
o Support of the PFFW State Honor Guard
o Support of the Wisconsin State Fire Fighters Memorial

- Community Support Program – reduces risk and enhances the work fire fighters do in their communities both on and off duty.
o Grant Program – makes quarterly grants as determined by the PFFWCF Board of Directors.

Awareness.

Education.

Support.

Action.

The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation has experienced staff and partnerships that have implemented, managed, and completed similar smoke alarm check/installation, fire education and home safety inspection programs as part of a comprehensive home fire safety campaigns throughout our state.

Recently, we have shared a lot of success with our partners with the various smoke alarm installation, fire prevention and education programs we have developed, implemented, and completed.

Our experience stems from a 3-prong approach to smoke alarm check/installation, education and home safety inspection programs has been most successful for us. Smoke alarm and fire safety checks are done by appointment all year long. We also canvas target audiences door-to-door offering to perform smoke alarm checks/installations. Lastly, we canvas the immediate neighborhood where a house fire has taken place and offer to perform smoke alarm checks/installations while the devastating effects of fire is right in front of them and the importance of fire prevention is on their minds.

What we are hoping to accomplish with the award of this grant is to enhance our smoke alarm check/installation, fire education and home safety inspection programs throughout the State of Wisconsin. By utilizing smoke alarms powered by non-removable, non-replaceable batteries that power the alarm for a minimum of 10-years and are enclosed within a tamper resistant housing. Thus, providing a long-term solution versus replacing missing and/or dead batteries.

In conjunction, we have a very proactive board and committees that support fire prevention and safety through our other programs (burn survivor, fire safety publications (550,000+ copies printed annually and distributed to 2,100+ schools), and support for fire sprinklers and safety trailers to name a few).

As you can see we have quite a bit of experience and expertise not only in programs that are similar to what we are proposing, but to fire prevention and safety in general.

The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to create a fire-safe and burn-free Wisconsin. We prevent fires and burns through education, safety initiatives, and support burn survivors, fire fighters, and communities Statewide. We cannot thank you enough for your support, you make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

Highlights of 2020 Programming Accomplishments
Burn Survivor Support Program
• Hosted our 26th Annual Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth / first ever virtual Burn Camp.
• Welcomed burn survivors to Wisconsin Dells for our Winter Leadership Retreat for Young Adult Burn Survivors.
• Hosted our 1st Annual Burn Ball benefitting the new UW Burn Center.
• Worked to have the Governor proclaim the first week in February as Burn Awareness Week.

Fire Safety & Prevention Program
• Produced and released our 23rd Annual Fire Safety Newspapers in Education statewide.
• Received a generous FEMA grant for a statewide smoke alarm installation campaign.
• Partnered with Adams Collaborate to post fire safety billboards around Madison.
• Continued to work for fire safety and burn prevention through WisSAFE and WFSC.

Fire Fighter Support Program
• Supported the PFFW Honor Guard.
• Continued to assist the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial
• Began a fire fighter mental health research project with Rogers Behavioral Health.
• Distributed hand cleanser produced by Tito’s Handmade Vodka to Wisconsin fire departments.
• Provided assistance to fire fighters and their families.

Community Support Program
• Awarded a grant to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
• Awarded a grant to the Green Bay Firefighters Historic Preservation Foundation.

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Mahlon Mitchell

Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin

Term: 2018 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Steve Wilding

Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin

Term: 2020 - 2023

Mahlon Mitchell

Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin

Steve Wilding

Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin

Michael Woodzicka

Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin

Michael De Garmo

Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin

Matt Simpson

Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial

Dave Bosanko

Retired PFFW

Jim Hirsch

Paul Davis Restoration of South Central Wisconsin

Scott Hall

Milwaukee Fire Department

Cynthia Brun

UW Oshkosh - Fire and Emergency Response Management Program

Emily Rauber

Brewhouse Inn and Suites

Jason Perkiser

Hawks Quindel, S.C.

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 ? 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 02/02/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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