Children of Fallen Heroes 501(c)(3)

It’s so much more than a lesson — it’s an enriching retreat of fun and learning that they’ll remember the rest of their lives!

aka Children of Fallen Heroes 501(c)(3)   |   Holden Beach, NC   |  http://www.cfheroes.org

Mission

Thank you for your interest in our organization and our incredibly important mission. In supporting the “Children of Fallen Heroes” we have found that our vision, purpose, and every minute detail is critical in the healing process for our children. Surviving and thriving the loss of their “Hero” mother or father is our “no-fail mission” and we walk with them and their families until that mission is complete.

Notes from the nonprofit

We do our best to provide charitable acts of kindness with a spiritual mindset and purpose in life. For all the heroes that sacrifice for our families it is our duty to give back to them, because we believe the children our our future.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Kenneth Wasley

Main address

598 Ocean Blvd West

Holden Beach, NC 28462 USA

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EIN

81-0800340

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Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Our programs

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Equine Retreat for Heroes

Equestrian Retreat and Education Program
Horses are animals that have captured the hearts of children and adults for generations, and for anyone who loves horses, there is nothing more heavenly than spending it in the company of these mighty yet gentle animals. Even if you've never had any experience of horseback riding, a Children of Fallen Heroes Equine Retreat will be sure to make a rider out of you. They'll take you patiently through the very beginning steps all the way through advanced galloping rides. It's perfect for all ages.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Children and youth
Non-adult children
Widows and widowers

We provide great NC Coastal Fishing Day Camps for surf, pier, and offshore fishing for mahi-mahi, triggerfish, bass, sharks, jacks, tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, grouper, flounder, trout, drum, sheepshead, spots, croaker, and whiting.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Widows and widowers
Children and youth
Non-adult children

Thank you for your interest in our organization and our incredibly important mission. In supporting the “Children of Fallen Heroes” we have found that our vision, purpose, and every minute detail is critical in the healing process for our children. Surviving and thriving the loss of their “Hero” mother or father is our “no-fail mission” and we walk with them and their families until that mission is complete.

All children get fired up about math and physics when they see it come to life in a state-of-the-art wind tunnel. STEM educators guide students through an immersive, hands-on experience that consists of:

• An interactive presentation on real-world STEM applications led by STEM Educator.

• Lab activity and immersive experiments (based on grade level).

• Physics demonstrations in the wind tunnel.

• One-on-one flying with a certified world-class iFLY flight instructor.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Children and youth
Non-adult children

CFH Tandem Skydiving and Education program that serves the spouses and children of qualified heroes*, the camps help self-discovery, both in and out of the activities.

CFH delivers programs using tandem skydiving therapy as a way for children and spouses to experience adventure. The program challenges participants in a way that helps them discover that they can do more than they thought possible. This is done through individuals and teamwork to discover their strength of character and an aptitude for leadership.

By spending time together, family members begin to understand they are not alone in their grief. This ‘normalizing’ of their grief experience is especially important to children and teens. The acceptance of all feelings at our programs builds a new community of understanding and companionship.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Our results

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Increasing

Number of people accessing aids or adaptations as a percentage of the number of people receiving a service from the Occupational Therapy service

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Increasing

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We provide immediate needs and support for

surviving spouse(s) and the child(ren) of fallen heroes.

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About Us

Children of Fallen Heroes, a not for profit organization, was founded in 2015 to provide awareness, support and immediate needs for surviving spouses and child(ren) whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice while serving as a First Responder or Military service member in the United States.

Voted Top Rated Great Nonprofit of the Year 2017 and 2016

​What We Do

​Children of Fallen Heroes provides support through these 5 core programs:

• Sponsor programs that help discover wellness so they can find the most healthy version of

themselves. ​


• Veteran and Community programs to assist in the recovery by providing support, encouragement and mentorship.


• Scholarships for surviving spouses and child(ren) of fallen heroes.


• Events that create awareness and help raise funds to support our mission.​

Through our nonprofit efforts, we are highlighting outstanding American citizens, communities, and businesses that are supporting the families of our nation's Fire, Police, First Responder and Military service men and women. We are asking Americans to get involved in any way they can.

• Fundraising Events

• Skydiving Angels Parachute Demonstrations

• Online community and corporation fundraising social media platforms

• Media, Print and Online Platforms

We are capable of achieving our goals and adapting to the changes that are needed to make this nonprofit a success.

Our team has worked with adaptive surfing and tandem skydiving programs for combat injured veterans and their families. This resulted in raising over 7.4 million dollars for other nonprofits in 2015 for military families.

Our advisors included:

• Doug Stanley
CEO/EP Ridgeline Entertainment LLC; Eight Time Primetime Emmy Nominee, Two-time Primetime Emmy Winner, "Deadliest Catch"

• Cheryl Stearns
She is an aviator and the most successful competitive skydiver in the world. Here accomplishments include:
United States Parachute Association Museum's Hall of Fame Inductee.​ (2010) A total of 30 world records in parachuting. At one time held four different world records simultaneously: a feat no other parachutist, man or woman, has matched. Retired from the US Army Reserves as Master Sergeant.

• Greg Windmiller
Since 1996, Windmiller has been teaching skydiving and coaching canopy control. He developed his unique teaching style and techniques and began coaching professionally in 2007 as a weekend side job. He has worked with numerous Special Operations Units while assigned to the Golden Knights as part of his duties to give back to the war fighters and increase operational success. Greg Windmiller retired in 2016 with 26 years of distinguished service to our country.

• Michael Elliot
Army Veteran has served his country 26 years. He enlisted into the Army in 1986 and has served in Germany; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Benning, GA; and Fort Bragg, NC. He has two Combat Tours in the Persian Gulf War, Desert Shield Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

Mike has actually held the life of one of the most important men the United States in his hands on three occasions; Former president George H. W Bush has done three tandem parachute jumps with Mike one celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Presidential Library, second time celebrating his 85th Birthday and again on his 90th Birthday.

We have accomplished developing great relationships with the Fire, Police, EMT and Military Departments. Including an outpouring of support for our cause.

In less than a year we have a robust website with information and a team of world class advisors. Building the foundation has been the key and our focus was on developing successful programs starting in 2017.

2017 our Skydiving Angels have performed for events that had an outreach over over 1 million views.

Tandem skydiving the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient & Korean War POW SSG(Ret.) Hiroshi Miyamura aka Hershey.

Hosted and event for the Festival D'Avion for the 100th Anniversary of Fort Bragg, NC presented by Pinehurst Resort and Golf Club, NC.

Our goal is to build a retreat in Moore County, NC. See our website for more information.

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Children of Fallen Heroes 501(c)(3)

Board of directors
as of 1/15/2022
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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

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