WHO WE ARE

Our Mission

The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow.

Understanding the sacrifice first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants, while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide.

Our Impact

Every year, an average of 200 first responders perish from fatal occupational injuries, and thousands become permanently disabled, rendering them unable to provide for their families.

Since 2006, FRCF has awarded more than $780,000 through 320 college scholarships and emergency grants to first responder families and departments across 37 states. 

$780,000 Total Funding

320 Scholarships & Grants

37 States Reached

Our History

The First Responders Children’s Foundation was formed in 2002 as the National Law Enforcement & Firefighter Children’s Foundation. Our Founder and Chairman, Alfred R. Kahn, hosted our first signature event, the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast, in November of 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 sure to be a very difficult holiday season. There was a clear need for an organization to support the families of first responders, and others responders across the country with crucial assistance when disaster strikes. The foundation was incorporated to provide aid to the line of duty families in which a parent had been killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Understanding the broader sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF has expanded to offer more holistic programs that benefit even more children through strategic scholarships and grants. FRCF now also works with departments, businesses, and local communities to reach children in need of assistance across the country. To date, we’ve awarded more than 320 college scholarships and emergency grants to individuals from the line of duty families and law enforcement and firefighter departments across 37 states.

OUR EXPENDITURES

To date, FRCF has spent $3 million to benefit our mission of ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow.

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83% of total expenses devoted directly to programs

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2% of total expenses spent on fundraising efforts

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15% of total expenses allocated to administrative costs

A Message From Our Founder

"I believe there is no more important mission than helping the children of our nation’s first responders, and educating all children through the programs offered by these heroic organizations. This is a long-term commitment, a promise to the people who defend and protect us, and a major investment in the future of this nation. It is our responsibility as a society to ensure that these children achieve their full potential as active citizens and thriving members of the community. We’re grateful for your support in putting the children of our first responders first."
Alfred R. Kahn
Founder & Chairman