WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER FOUNDATION

Compassion Spreads Like Wildfire

aka WFF   |   Boise, ID   |  www.wffoundation.org

Mission

Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. We honor and acknowledge past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters.

Notes from the nonprofit

We would like to thank you for reviewing our information and considering a donation to the wildland firefighter community!

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director and Founder

Ms. Vicki Minor

Director

Burk Minor

Main address

2393 W Airport Way

Boise, ID 83705 USA

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EIN

93-1266991

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Y12)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The role of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation is to honor past, present, and future wildland firefighters by helping maintain and grow the national monument established for those who have lost their lives, operate a financial fund providing assistance to the families of fallen and wildland firefighters and to injured firefighters, and partner with private and interagency organizations to educate the public about wildland fires and promote excellence and safety in firefighting. We provide financial assistance, immediate and ongoing emotional support, advocacy, and recognition to fallen and injured wildland firefighters. We present program information and in some instances, onsite crisis support, to government and private fire agencies and other organizations. Survivor family members are forever a part of the Foundation's purpose. We continue to provide emotional support and in some cases financial support many years after a firefighter's death.

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?

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This program provides immediate assistance to injured and burned wildland firefighters and their families. Support ranges from direct grants, paying for travel expenses, keeping the house financially viable until benefits are received. Most wildland firefighters are injured hundreds or thousands of miles from home, our ability as a non-profit to provide immediate financial assistance and other needs are they arise, is vital and critical to these families.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Families

Each spring that includes having the wildland firefighting industry and firefighters on hand to present a healing and recognition program for survivor family members and injured firefighters. Families participate in support groups, learning about the wildland firefighting community and industry, programs for children and teens, and recognition of the lost firefighter at a special memorial program.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Families

Joining the 52 Club is your “Power of One” opportunity. This Foundation is supported by individuals. We do not receive government money – we are here because hundreds of you choose to support each other. We are simply the funnel of the wildland community to the families of wildland firefighters who are seriously injured or are killed in the line of duty. The 52 Club is your opportunity to help a wildland firefighter and/or their family for one dollar a week.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Families

The Interagency Wildland Firefighter Monument is a place where people can appreciate, celebrate, reflect on, mourn, imagine and enjoy the wildland fire community’s endeavors and outcomes. The monument is a tribute to wildland firefighters and a memorial for our fallen. It is meant to be enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Families

Helps provide consistency and support for families who lose a wildland firefighter in the line of duty. Many times the agencies that lose a firefighter have never had to deal with the loss, helping the family through the process, or the impact on peers and survivors. Our expertise from being called upon when a tragedy occurs will provide consistency and ongoing comfort and assistance to the agency assigned liaison and to families as they begin to travel the path of loss, paperwork, and other issues associated with losing a wildland firefighter while on duty.

Population(s) Served
Families
Emergency responders

Where we work

Awards

Hero 2008

CNN

Mother Teresa Caring Award 2010

The Caring Institute

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 families served

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

Work status and occupations

Related Program

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since conception of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in 1999, Thousands of Families have been financially touched.

Total number of client suicides

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

Work status and occupations

Related Program

Firefighter Down

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Suicides have become more of a norm in the first responder world.

Number of death caused by cancer

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

Work status and occupations

Related Program

Firefighter Down

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As technology unfolds we are finding cancer causing issues are a bigger picture than ever thought of before.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our Facebook page is geared toward our families of fallen firefighters where we honor their firefighters.

Number of clients served

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

Work status and occupations

Related Program

Firefighter Down

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of firefighters and families served has steadily grown from year to year. We are able to touch so many lives in so many ways.

Number of wildland firefighters who have access to assistance

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

Work status and occupations

Related Program

Firefighter Down

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

The Board of Directors and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation is focused on developing realistic goals and objectives designed to guide the Foundation into the future. The following organizational goals have been identified:

1) Ensure the Foundation is fiscally viable to deliver financial assistance to families of fallen and injured firefighters.
2) Build partnerships among the wildland firefighting community to encourage stronger awareness of the Foundation and its services.
3) Continue to recognize and honor past, present, and future wildland firefighters.
4) Deliver programs and services that meet the needs of injured firefighters and fallen firefighter's families.

1. Continue to work with our Board of Directors
2. Keep courting Corporate Sponsors
3. Keeping in the face of the wildland community and telling our story
4. Facilitating our surviving family members to continue the networking with each other to further their healing process

*Our staff is professional and compassionate in every role they perform.
*Our funding is higher than ever as our reputation is at its peak in the wildland community.
*Our experience over the last 25 years puts us ahead of the game in an injury or fatality situation.

We've become the safety net for the entire wildland community of the United States.
Honoring Internationally will be next... stay tuned!

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve wildland firefighters and their families.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We don’t use any of these practices,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 6/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve Gage

Retired-USFS

Julie Quigley

Firedawgs.net

Mark DeGregorio

Semi Retired Park Services

Todd Abel

Central Arizona Fire

Dale Bosworth

emeritus

Vicki Minor

WFF Founder

Dina Pfeifer

Secretary

Burk Minor

Executive Director

Margaret Doherty

Retired USFS

David Crumb

Retired USFS

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/01/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability