Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

The Terry Farrell Firefighters Scholarship Fund Inc

  • Bethpage, NY
  • www.terryfund.org

Mission Statement

The Fund shall administer grants in an open fashion with awards being subject to review by any and all parties requesting such review. Grants shall be administered by the following terms and conditions:
• SCHOLARSHIPS: shall be awarded to children of firefighters who attend vocational or parochial school upon submission of a written application detailing parents duty status within the fire service, age of student, grade entering in fall of coming school year and contact information of family. All scholarships shall be awarded pursuant to a lottery drawing held at the office of the Fund on the first Sunday in August of each scholarship year. Scholarship amounts shall be made at the sole discretion of the Board.
• MEDICAL EMERGENCY GRANTS: in the event a firefighter or member of firefighter's family becomes ill, disabled or incapacitated the Fund shall, upon written request from the firefighter or firefighter's family member and supported by medical documentation, affect a financial grant to assist the requesting fire service member. Such grant amount shall be at the sole discretion of the Board and require a majority of voting members to agree.
• EQUIPMENT GRANTS: requests for assistance with the purchase of fire service equipment, apparatus, protective clothing or tools shall be made to the Fund by fire departments on department letterhead and signed by the chief of the requesting department. The amount of each grant award shall be at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors and require a majority of the vote eligible members
• TRAINING GRANTS: The Fund shall supply all training materials and instructors to any fire department that cannot otherwise afford to properly train and safely operate at fire and emergency scenes. There shall never be any cost to the receiving department or municipality.
• MENTAL HEALTH TRIANING & COUNSELING: the fund will provide licensed mental health professionals to train first responders and will provide confidential one on one counseling to any first responder or family member in need.

Main Programs

  1. TF FUND SURPLUS PROGRAM
  2. LINE OF DUTY DEATH & INJURY
  3. MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
  4. TRAINING PROGRAM
  5. LINE OF DUTY DEATH
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

TERRY FUND CHAPTERS AND ADDRESSES AS OF January 2016
NEW YORK Long Island www.terryfund@hotmail.com
Brian Farrell 516-840-8839 cell 631-846-2742 OFFICE
NEW JERSEY: Plainsboro www.terryfundpa.org
Rob Brown robbrown@terryfund.org
PENNSYLVANIA: New Hope & Conshohocken www.terryfundpa.org Tim Lohan 267-246-5268 cell timlohan@terryfund.org
FLORIDA: Sarasota www.terryfundfl.org Steve Pontious 941-720-0353 cell stevepontious@terryfund.org
DELAWARE: Lincoln DE www.terryfundde.org Ryan Knowles
302-242-4341 cell ryanknowles@terryfund.org
UPSTATE NEW YORK: Rochester Dave DeRoller davederoller@terryfund.org 585-298-8119
OHIO: WOODSVILLE OHIO SHANNYN & DAVE MILER
SHANNYNMILLER@terryfund.org 419-466-2259 cell
GEORGIA: Atlanta area Mike Korsch
mikekorsch@terryfund.org 404-606-4764 cell
ALABAMA: Briefield Spruce McRee sprucemcree@terryfund.org
205-908-3850
TEXAS: Houston Charles Salazar
CHARTERI@SBCGLOBAL.NET 713-204-7075 cell
CALIFORNIA: San Diego area Jim Colston jimcolston@terryfund.org or andrewyamamoto@terryfund.org in Los Angles area
COLORADO: Fort Collins Dan Santillianes www.terryfundco.org dansantillianes@terryfund.org 970-420-0188 cell
NEVADA LAS Vegas NV Derek Sutherland Derek.sutherland12@gmail.com 678-551-3718

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Mr BRIAN FARRELL Esq.

Keywords

Self-reported

"supporting firefighters who serve our communities"

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EIN

56-2512213

 Number

2508402190

Also Known As

terry Farrell Firefighters Fund

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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

Self-reported by organization

THE SERVES THE FIREFIGHTER COMMUNITY WITH GRANTS AND EQUIPMENT WHILE SAVING THE TAXPAYOR THROUGH OUR SURPLUSPROGRAMS. BY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT FROM ONE DEPTMENT TO ANOTHER, THE PUBLIC IS NOT REQUIRED TO RAISE TAXES TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT. TO DATE THE FUND HAS GIVEN OUT OVER $1,200,000.00 IN DIRECT FINANCIAL AID AND ANOTHER $2,100,000.00 IN SURPLUS FIRE GEAR, APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT.

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

TF FUND SURPLUS PROGRAM

THE TERRY FUND COLLECTS GOOD USABLE FIRE GEAR ANDAPPARATUS FROM DEPARTMENTS IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AND DONATES SUCH GEAR AND VEHICLES OUT TO RURAL DEPARTMENTS LACKING THE TAX BASE TO PROPERLY OUTFIT, TRAIN AND SUPPORT THE LOCAL FIRE SERVICE.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Budget

Program 2

LINE OF DUTY DEATH & INJURY

loine of duty death financial aid program

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

TRAINING FIRST RESPONDERS HOW TO DEAL WITH CRISIS AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

TRAINING PROGRAM

PROVIDING TRAINING TO FIRE DEPARTMENTS WHO OTHER WISE WOULD NOT HAVE THE MEANS TO PAY FOR AND HOLD NEEDED TRAINING

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 5

LINE OF DUTY DEATH

WHEN A FIREFIGHTER FALLS IN THE LINE OF DUTY THE FUND IS HERE TO HELP

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Budget

$100,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    the Fund seeks to open more chapters throughout the US. Curently having 17 at the end of 2015 with 2 more scheduled for 2016. THE GOAL IS TO OPEN 3 MORE CHAPTERS AND REACH THE $1,500,000.00 MARK IN DIRECT FINANCIAL AID. The Fund will seek to expand our area of giving to at least 5 more geographic areas of the US.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    keep the administration costs to a minimum and allow each chapter to focus on the local area needs. Ensuring that the National office supports all the local chapter programs through training and corporate support. Brining each chapter to National events so the local members may meet and learn about their counter parts across the Country.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Fund has expanded programs to include emergency response to natural disasters, more funding for line of duty death and illness, more funding for training programs to those in the rural communities, mental health training and one on one counseling
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    we measure success by the interest in each state to create a local chapter. The independence of each chapter to function without the need for paid staff and the continuous commitment of each chapter to get the needed programs to those communities who require them.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Terry Fund is the first not for profit non fire department who has received a SAFER grant to assist fire departments across the nation with recruitment and retention. We received a large grant to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy to help first responders and their families with emotional and mental health issue.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

TERRY FUND CHAPTERS AND ADDRESSES AS OF January 2016
NEW YORK Long Island www.terryfund@hotmail.com
Brian Farrell 516-840-8839 cell 631-846-2742 OFFICE
NEW JERSEY: Plainsboro www.terryfundpa.org
Rob Brown robbrown@terryfund.org
PENNSYLVANIA: New Hope & Conshohocken www.terryfundpa.org Tim Lohan 267-246-5268 cell timlohan@terryfund.org
FLORIDA: Sarasota www.terryfundfl.org Steve Pontious 941-720-0353 cell stevepontious@terryfund.org
DELAWARE: Lincoln DE www.terryfundde.org Ryan Knowles
302-242-4341 cell ryanknowles@terryfund.org
UPSTATE NEW YORK: Rochester Dave DeRoller davederoller@terryfund.org 585-298-8119
OHIO: WOODSVILLE OHIO SHANNYN & DAVE MILER
SHANNYNMILLER@terryfund.org 419-466-2259 cell
GEORGIA: Atlanta area Mike Korsch
mikekorsch@terryfund.org 404-606-4764 cell
ALABAMA: Briefield Spruce McRee sprucemcree@terryfund.org
205-908-3850
TEXAS: Houston Charles Salazar
CHARTERI@SBCGLOBAL.NET 713-204-7075 cell
CALIFORNIA: San Diego area Jim Colston jimcolston@terryfund.org or andrewyamamoto@terryfund.org in Los Angles area
COLORADO: Fort Collins Dan Santillianes www.terryfundco.org dansantillianes@terryfund.org 970-420-0188 cell
NEVADA LAS Vegas NV Derek Sutherland Derek.sutherland12@gmail.com 678-551-3718

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

OUR FUND NEVER SOLICITS FUNDING. WE DEPEND ON CORPORATE DONATIONS AND FRIENDS IN THE FIRE SERVICE WHO BELIEVE IN WHAT WE DO. WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR YOUR HELP.

Affiliations + Memberships

United Way Member Agency

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The Terry Farrell Firefighters ScholarshipFund Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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The Terry Farrell Firefighters Scholarship Fund Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr BRIAN FARRELL Esq.

BIO

Brian Farrell
Chairman, Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
After losing his brother Terry in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, Brian Farrell committed himself to carrying on Terry's legacy of helping others wherever there's a need. Impressed by the dedication, character and humility of Terry's firefighting “brothers" following Sept. 11, 2001 – and shocked that many fire departments lacked basic equipment – Farrell established the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund. The Fund helps firefighters and their families across the U.S. with educational, medical and equipment needs.
As chairman of the Fund, Farrell handles everything from financing and administrative duties to overseeing Fund chapters around the country. He also rolls up his sleeves to tackle hands-on tasks such as fundraising, coordinating equipment collection and donations, and making appearances at trade shows, county fairs and other events around the country. The Fund continues to be a family affair; Farrell's wife and his brothers also take on large roles within the Fund.
Prior to establishing the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, Farrell pursued a career in law enforcement. He served as a police officer for Nassau County, N.Y.; a federal agent for the Department of Defense; and an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. After retiring, he attended law school and became an attorney for Nassau County. Farrell has owned several restaurants and taverns, and continues to apply his business management expertise to the Fund.
As a combat Marine veteran, Farrell deeply respects real heroes who display courage, bravery and grit, and sees these same traits in firefighters. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps seeing action in Vietnam with the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines. During his tour of duty, then Sgt. Farrell received several combat awards including the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Purple Heart with cluster.
Farrell received his Bachelor of Science degree in labor relations from State University of New York at Old Westbury and his Juris Doctorate from St. John's University. He resides in Wantagh, N.Y. with his wife, Laura, and is the proud father to Erin, Christopher, Brian and Tara. In his spare time, Farrell volunteers as a firefighter for the Wantagh Fire Department.


STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"since our inception in 2002, I have had the pleasure of meeting thousands of firefighters across the nation. More importantly, it has been my honor to assist firefighters wheneverthe need arose. from 2002 to march 2009 we have donated over $1,550,000 in direct payments to the firefighters and their families. Additionally, through our surplus equipment program we have been able to donate another $2,250,000 in needed equipment and apparatus to fir departments acros the country.

We can only continue to grow and serve those who serve our communities everyday."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

MR BRIAN JOHN FARRELL ESQ.

WANTAGH FD & FAMILY MEMBER

Term: Jan 2004 - Dec 2012

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity