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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

10 Best Public Safety Charities



Supporting a firefighter fund or police memorial is a great way to show your appreciation for the commitment and sacrifice of the brave men and women who keep us safe. This week, Charity Navigator is featuring 10 highly-rated charities that are giving back and supporting our heroes. These organizations are dedicated to delivering excellent services while remaining committed to the highest standards for financial health and accountability.


National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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Honoring and remember America’s fallen fire heroes

The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. Their mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives.

Wildland Firefighter Foundation
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Compassion spreads like wildfire

Wildland Firefighter Foundation's vision is to honor, recognize, and support wildland firefighters, past, present, and future, and to provide resources to assist fallen and injured firefighters and their families. They are an organization capable of immediately responding to situations that involve the loss or injury of a wildland firefighter. They tell the stories of fallen wildland firefighters so that preventable deaths are limited. And, they partner with agencies and others to work toward preventing line of duty deaths and provide timely safety messages.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
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Helping our hometown heroes

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen, and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders as well as survivors. As they traveled back to Florida exhausted and exhilarated, they knew we could do more and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is dedicated to impacting the life-saving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities.

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
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Honoring our military and first responders

The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. They support the children and families of the other heroes who lost their lives on that day. The foundation also honors military members and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.

Concerns of Police Survivors
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Rebuilding shattered lives

Organized in 1984, Concerns of Police Survivors provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, the organization provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors. Their programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors' Conference, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, COPS Kids counseling reimbursement program, the COPS Kids Summer Camp, COPS Teens Outward Bound, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, and in-laws, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.

Police Unity Tour
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We ride for those who died

The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. In May 1997, the Police Unity Tour was organized by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department (NJ) with the hope of bringing public awareness of police officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices.

Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
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Defending the police

The mission of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund is benevolent and educational. They support and defend the law enforcement profession and those law enforcement officers who have devoted their lives to upholding the Constitution and serving the United States and its citizens while enforcing its laws. They also seek to educate the public about the many risks and threats to law enforcement personnel in order to build a more informed, respectful, and appreciative society.

Correctional Peace Officers Foundation
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Taking care of our own

The Correctional Peace Officers Foundation is a national organization, created in 1984. Its primary function is to preserve and support the surviving families of Correctional Officers who lose their lives in pursuit of their chosen profession of protecting the public from those remanded to correctional custody and supervision in the nation's prisons and jails. The Foundation operates and maintains a general fund for the perpetuation of the memory of those Correctional Peace Officers killed in the line of duty; to provide for their spouses, children or other beneficiaries; and to promote and project a positive image of the Corrections profession, both internally and to the general public.

New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation
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Dedicated to improving the criminal justice system in Orleans Parish

Founded in 1995, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation is dedicated to supporting the people and processes of the criminal justice system in New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally established to enhance the operations and capacities of the New Orleans Police Department, the Foundation has expanded its role to include other elements of the New Orleans criminal justice system. A significant role of the Foundation not foreseen at its inception was the reconstruction of the New Orleans criminal justice system following Hurricane Katrina. Since Katrina, three goals have defined their strategic vision of restoring faith in the Orleans Parish Justice System: retain and restore essential human capital; rebuild and restore critical infrastructure; and improve operational effectiveness and efficiency.

100 Club of Arizona
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Supporting families of public safety

Officially organized in 1968 as the Phoenix 100 Club, the 100 Club of Arizona is a volunteer, benevolent organization committed to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The mission of the 100 Club of Arizona is to provide financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities serving our firefighters and police officers and their families.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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