Mutual/Membership Benefit Organizations, Other

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

2049 Airport Way

Boise, ID 83705 USA

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EIN

93-1266991

Cause area (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)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Firefighter Down

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
Budget
$25,000

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
Budget
$25,000

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
Budget
$5,000

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
Budget
$5,000

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
Budget
$60,000

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
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
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
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

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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.

*When funding increases. *As our yearly number of people increases that we've supported. *Our hotline response number is available and rings 24/7.

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

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 3/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve Gage

Retired-USFS

Julie Quigley

Firedawgs.net

Jan Gale

Michael Thompson

Pima Fire Agency

Diane Bauer

Renae Crippen

Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center

Mark DeGregorio

Todd Abel

Dale Bosworth

emeritus

John Henshaw

emeritus

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? No

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