Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

The Friends of Rigby Foundation Inc

  • Paramus, NJ
  • www.friendsofrigby.org

Mission Statement

The Friends of Rigby Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity whose purpose is to further the memory of Daniel H. Rigby, specifically as it relates to promoting fire safety, education, and community activism.

Main Programs

  1. Georgetown University
  2. Bergen Catholic High School
  3. Fire Department Partnerships

ruling year

2007

President

Self-reported

Jay Tedino

Keywords

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fire safety, fire awareness, fire equipment, campus safety, fire safety education, fire awareness education, fire equipment education, campus safety education, home safety, home safety education

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Also Known As

Friends of Rigby

EIN

20-5853014

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Safety Education (M40)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Friends of Rigby Foundation is one of the United States’ leading supporters of fire safety prevention, education, and awareness. Due to the personal nature of the tragedy from October 17, 2004 we focus on the high school and college aged population niche. In particular, this demographic has been found to be at high risk. Young adults leaving their parents for the first time, living on their own, discover the responsibility of growing up includes taking necessary safety measures for their well-being.

To date more than fifty thousand dollars in direct public assistance has been given to students through fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights, and educational materials. Through such outreach, The Friends of Rigby have reached every graduating class at Georgetown University and Bergen Catholic High School since 2007, positively impacting approximately 1,700 lives per year.

Learn more about where your donation goes. See how we make impactful investments in our communities:

http://friendsofrigby.org/where-your-donation-goes
http://friendsofrigby.org/safety-resources

The Friends of Rigby also provides money for educational scholarships at Bergen Catholic and Georgetown, having donated $2,000 towards each every year since 2007.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Georgetown University

Leader and partner with Georgetown University's Office of Neighborhood Life, assisting students with their safety and tenants rights specifically fire safety prevention and education

Category

Fire Prevention

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 2

Bergen Catholic High School

Annual workshops and information seminars at the school.

Category

Fire Prevention

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 3

Fire Department Partnerships

Hells Kitchen Fire House
Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department

Category

Fire Prevention

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$1,000.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The need for fire safety and awareness on college campuses across the country has become more apparent in the past decade with numerous instances of preventable loss. According to FEMA, most college related fires are due to lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. Using the passing of Daniel H. Rigby in such an accident as motivation, The Friends of Rigby Foundation seeks to bring together networks of financial and organizational support to educate and assist students at colleges and universities across the country.

    Our ultimate goal is to advance the cause of fire safety such that every house and building in the United States sets the international standard for excellence, minimizing the annual death toll from fires into the single digits. To achieve this lofty goal, connections need to be built at numerous levels - personal, business, institutional, government, etc - among students, university administrators, firefighters, housing inspectors, and lawyers to provide such necessities as fire safety equipment, fire safety education, fire/housing inspections, and pro-bono legal counsel to students living off-campus.

    After perfecting the student niche, we will expand our reach to embrace all housing and buildings.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To achieve our long term goals we have begun the groundwork through our pilot program at Georgetown University, bringing together all of the stakeholders - students, parents, homeowners, neighbors, university officials, firefighters, local government, pro bono lawyers - to create a clear, organized, and transparent process involving education, fire inspections, collecting and measuring data, providing free resources such as fire inspection information and tenant rights' legal counsel. This self-sustaining student-led group is the model for us to expand to other schools and work in a preventive, as opposed to reactive, manner.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Financially, our fundraising events currently provide the bulk of our annual receipts. Through this and in the very near future, grants, we hope to hire an Executive Director and staff to handle the day to day. Right now all of our work is done by volunteers.

    It is this same team of volunteers who represent our greatest assets: people and how we empower them to succeed in a challenging charity culture on a strict volunteer basis. All of our Board members represent various factions of the business community - marketing, investment, accounting, public relations, etc.

    We also look forward to partnering with additional stakeholders such as Home Depot, Lowe's, and Kidde where the Friends of Rigby can leverage its expertise and legwork on the ground with larger benefactors providing the impetus to expand and reach new, under-served demographics.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Explain key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which your organization assesses your progress toward your intended impact. In addition to describing what you measure, identify key milestones – what your interim targets are, and when you want to reach them – that signal progress and success. Include a description of your assessment and improvement process: the qualitative and quantitative methods you use as you monitor key indicators and how your organization uses and will use that information to refine your efforts.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Demonstrate recent progress toward your long-term goals by describing how your near-term objectives are propelling your organization toward your ultimate intended impact. Go beyond the outputs of your work to make clear how these outcomes contribute to fulfilling long-term goals. In describing both outcomes achieved and those not yet realized, include what your organization has learned about what does and doesn’t work, what risks and obstacles exist, and what adjustments to goals, strategies, or objectives have been made along the way.

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THE FRIENDS OF RIGBY FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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The Friends of Rigby Foundation Inc

Leadership

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President

Jay Tedino

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"The Friends of Rigby Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity whose purpose is to further the memory of Daniel H. Rigby, specifically as it relates to promoting fire safety, education, and community activism.

The need for fire safety and awareness among college students has become more apparent in the past decade with numerous instances of preventable loss. According to FEMA, most college related fires are due to lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention.

The Friends of Rigby Foundation was formed in October 2006 after Daniel H. Rigby passed away in an off-campus fire at Georgetown University on October 17, 2004. The Foundation establishes networks of financial and organizational support to educate and assist students at colleges and universities by providing free necessities such as fire safety equipment and education in order to avoid future preventable tragedy."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jay Tedino

Friends of Rigby Foundation

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2014

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?