Scott Donates to First Responder Children’s Foundation
Tuesday, April 05, 2022 | Comments

The First Responders Children's Foundation received a donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The amount of the donation was not disclosed.

The First Responder Children’s Foundation was founded in the aftermath of 9/11 when more than 800 children lost a first responder parent. Scott’s donation will help further develop the foundation’s existing programs that support first responder families nationwide and help fund the launch of a new mental health program.

The donation recognizes First Responders Children's Foundation's impact on first responders and the first responder agencies that the foundation serves. The donation will directly support the first responder constituency in the following ways:
• Providing scholarships to the children of first responders who are pursuing studies at an accredited institution including trade schools and graduate studies,
• Expanding existing programs that have an immediate and powerful impact on first responder families and the communities they serve, and
• Expediting the launch of a new program that addresses mental health concerns of the children from first responder families.

“On behalf of the 6.5 million first responders and their children, we thank Mackenzie Scott for this truly transformational donation,” said Jillian Crane, president and CEO of the First Responders Children’s Foundation. “We will use this gift to maintain existing programs and expand into new areas crucial to support the children of first responders and first responder families. We will also continue the work to help first responder agencies around the country forge positive relationships with the children in the communities they serve. The past two years have been extraordinarily challenging for first responders and their families. And more than ever these everyday heroes and their families need support. Ms. Scott’s donation reinforces our ability to help those who sacrifice for us every day.”

Since its founding, the foundation has provided scholarships to children of first responders and financial aid to first responder families in need. During the COVID-19 pandemic, with the help of generous donors, the organization supported thousands of first responders and their families with emergency grants, personal protective equipment (PPE), hotel rooms and bereavement assistance. As the country continues to navigate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on first responder families, the foundation will continue to address the immediate and long-term needs of the first responder community.

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