The Friends of Rigby Foundation Inc

aka Friends of Rigby   |   Paramus, NJ   |  www.friendsofrigby.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Jay Tedino

Main address

139 Emerald Ct.

Paramus, NJ 07652 USA

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EIN

20-5853014

NTEE code info

Safety Education (M40)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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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

Population(s) Served

Annual workshops and information seminars at the school.

Population(s) Served

Hells Kitchen Fire House
Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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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.

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.

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.

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Financials

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The Friends of Rigby Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2019
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Board co-chair

Jay Tedino

Friends of Rigby Foundation

Term: 2012 - 2014


Board co-chair

Patrick Rigby

Friends of Rigby Foundation

Term: 2012 - 2014

Jerry Tedino

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Patrick Rigby

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Jay Tedino

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Vincent Bianco

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Doyle Flaherty

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes