Donations and Support
YFIRES was developed through the generous donation of time by dozens of subject matter experts and professionals in the field of youth firesetting intervention and data collection. Grants were also acquired to provide the necessary funding to develop YFIRES.
The following donors have made YFIRES possible.
International Association of Fire Fighters - Charitable Burn Fund
The most significant contributor to YFIRES is, without a doubt, the IAFF Charitable Burn Fund. Through their support as a fiscal sponsor for the acquisition of the grants that made YFIRES possible, their contribution has been immeasurable. Staffing and administrative support have provided the initial foundation for YFIRES to launch and move toward independent operation.
DHS/FEMA’s Grant Program Directorate for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - Fire Prevention and Safety Grants
DHS/FEMA have provided three different grants that allowed the executive committee, steering committee, and stakeholders to move YFIRES from concept to reality.
SOS FIRES: Youth Intervention Programs
SOS FIRES became a non-profit organization in 1995. Their mission was to provide services in the field of youth firesetting intervention that were not being provided for by national, state, or local organizations. For 21 years, they hosted a web site exclusive to youth firesetting, conducted dozens of trainings, and participated in all levels of program development for youth firesetting intervention services. The organization would dissolve in 2016 but donate their accumulated funds to the YFIRES effort, allowing three years of baseline budget for guaranteed operation by YFIRES and a set amount of funding for the first national report on the accummulated data, in 2019. As a legacy donor, their contribution will always be recognized as a launching point for YFIRES as a business entity.