Human Services

Free and the Brave Foundation

  • Coopersburg, PA
  • www.FreeAndTheBrave.org

This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.


This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission Statement

The Free and The Brave Foundation was organized exclusively for charitable purposes. The Free and The Brave Foundation is designed to enlist the help of schools and communities to show unity and support of emergency, rescue and militarypersonnel and victims of tragedy. Our focus is to encourage children and their families to take an active role in helping others, emotionally and financially. Emotional support can be provided by letters, cards and pictures. Our goals are to help our neighbors, our nation and to encourage values of sharing and caring.

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ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

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Karen Blum

Keywords

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Military, Emergency, Police, Rescue, Victims, US, national

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EIN

23-3095276

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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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

Programs include: Communication campaign - cards, letters and pictures of Military, Emergency and Rescue Personnel. - Collecting donations of items to send to Military Personnel deployed overseas - Phone Cards - collecting funds to purchase phone cards to send to military personnel, so they can stay in touch with friends and family. - Donations of Halloween Candy to be sent to sick and wounded soldiers - Books for Soldiers

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Free and the Brave Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Karen Blum

BIO

Karen Blum- Co-Founded The Free and The Brave Foundation with Kristina O'Donnell, Executive Vice President. Karen began her volunteer work in high school, working with disabled children. Her efforts continued through college, learning sign language to participate in a program for deaf awareness. She has helped with various volunteer programs including the ARC and Arura Club programs. Having school aged children, Karen and Kristina wanted to find a way to show children that they can help others. Karen received her bachelor's degree from Penn State University in 1985. She Co-Founded Eskie Enterprises and Fine Homes Realty in 1988. Karen earned several designations and has held several committee positions within the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors. She helped re-establish the PA chapter of Certified Residential Specialists. She served on the school board and was a chairperson for a local nursery school. Karen has been an active volunteer the local schools and various other organizations. Kristina O'Donnell also began an volunteering in high school with the Sebastian Program, helping disabled children. Kristina participated in the deaf awareness program and completed the deaf education courses at Penn State. She worked with the ARC program and continues volunteering. She graduated from Penn State in 1985. She is an Associate of the Health Insurance Association of America and received the CEBS designation in 1994. She has been re-elected Judge of Elections for another term. Kristina is a school board member and chair person for the local nursery school. She also serves as chairperson for the elementary school. Kristina is a Boy Scout Den Leader and has been an active volunteer for several organizations.

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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