The Blue Family Tree

Supporting families of fallen peace officers

Fruita, CO   |  thebluefamilytree.org

Mission

The Blue Family Tree distributes donations from a calendar year to the families of fallen peace officers from the same year. The Blue Family Tree serves all parts of the country and US territories where peace officers pass in the line of duty.

Ruling year info

2017

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Patrick Rice

President

Mr Thom Seagren

Main address

Po Box 266

Fruita, CO 81521 USA

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EIN

81-3833190

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Families of fallen officers are left with massive voids in their lives from emotional, financial, and social loss. The Blue Family Tree aims to fill those voids.

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?

Main Mission

Collect funds from concerned donors and law enforcement paycheck commitments, and distribute those funds to families of fallen peace officers

Population(s) Served
Adults

People close to a fallen peace officer may petition The Blue Family Tree Board of Directors with a story of something the fallen officer may have done had they not passed, such as buying a specific car for their daughters birthday or take their son to New York for his high school graduation. If the board chooses to fund the event, they will provide the money to a member of the fallen officer's agency who will carry out the wish for the family as apposed to just giving a check to the family for them to do it on their own, thus connecting them to their blue family again. This program can be extended to off duty deaths and civilians who in their final moments of life acted in a role of a peace officer or protector of others.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Blue Family Tree offers a six hour seminar to law enforcement and civilian groups raising awareness of line of duty deaths, the factors involved, and how we can mitigate those factors and reduce the number of deaths each year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 donors retained

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

Families

Related Program

Main Mission

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Donors making regular monthly or annual donations.

Number of families served

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

Families

Related Program

Main Mission

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Families that receive a financial gift as a result of our donors giving.

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.

financial support to families of fallen peace officers in a show of solidarity within the law enforcement community.

solicit recurring donations from law enforcement paychecks
receive donations via paypal from non law enforcement supporters
research and establish various methods of receiving donations

the use of a website designed to accommodate monthly pledges from paychecks and a paypal link

We have accomplished establishing a non profit recognized by the IRS, and the Colorado DOR as well as by the USPS and sales tax exemption with Colorado. We have created a website and put into place software for forms and data management.

We have not found success in reaching donors at this point.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    partnering with several new nonprofits through suggestions from feedback has helped TBFT grow and meet its goals.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Blue Family Tree

Board of directors
as of 1/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Thom Seagran

The Blue Family Tree

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Mr Todd Sorenson

The Blue Family Tree

Term: 2017 -

Jesse Nunn

Jen Stepleton

Jake Wertz

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 1/14/2021,

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Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.