First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances. First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.
Each year, an average of 225 first responders die in the line of duty leaving behind an average of 2.3 children each, and thousands more become permanently disabled, rendering them unable to provide for their families. Since 2006, First Responders Children’s Foundation has spent $3 Million to help ensure that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow. The Foundation has awarded more than $925,000 through 368 college scholarships and emergency grants to first responder families and departments across 37 states.
$925,500 Total Funding
368 Scholarships & Grants
37 States Reached
First Responders Children’s Foundation was formed in 2002 as the National Law Enforcement & Firefighter Children’s Foundation. Founder Alfred R. Kahn hosted the first signature event, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast, in November, 2001 shortly after the 9/11 tragedy. His hope was to provide the families of New York’s first responders lost in the line of duty with a positive, supportive, and festive atmosphere as they entered what was certain to be a very difficult holiday season. There continues to be a clear need to help and support the families of first responders across the country with crucial assistance when disaster strikes. The Foundation awards scholarships and grants and works with departments, businesses, and local communities to reach children in need of assistance across the country.
83% of total expenses devoted directly to programs
2% of total expenses spent on fundraising efforts
15% of total expenses allocated to administrative costs