Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and promote burn prevention education. Our vision is to positively impact the lives of every burn survivor in California and make serious burn injuries a thing of the past.
The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) has been dedicated to serving children and adults who have been treated in a California burn unit and to preventing burns and fires since 1971. We have grown into an $849,250 agency with offices in San Francisco, Fresno, and Burbank. We serve with 110 fire departments and are in constant contact with the burn units of six hospitals statewide. We work side-by-side at community events with fire departments and at open houses, schools, hospitals, and other organizations. AARBF is a member of Safe Kids, a safety coalition that hosts monthly meetings for safety-related organizations to connect and share information about community events and health fairs.
To fulfill our mission, we have developed programs that focus on burn prevention education and burn survivor services.
Burn Prevention Education:
Our desire is that our prevention education activities would become so effective and widespread that there would no longer be a need for burn survivor services.
- The Firefighters in Safety Education Program teaches burn prevention in public schools
- Scald Prevention and Fire Safety Material Distribution provides prevention and safety materials to the general public at events throughout California
- Outreach Programs help other agencies develop customized prevention programs for their specific audiences
Burn Survivor Services:
Burn injuries can have a lifelong effect on a burn-injured person and his or her loved ones. Burn survivors need unique and ongoing psychological support long after their medical treatments are complete. Building self-esteem is particularly important to children and young adults so they can develop healthy behaviors and attitudes. We offer many healing opportunities for our burn survivors.
- Champ Camp is for children and youth, ages 5 – 16.
- The Young Adult Summit is for young adults, ages 16 – 20.
- The Getaway Family Camp is for adult survivors and their loved ones.
- The Retreat is for single adults, ages 21+.
- Recreational Events and Holiday Parties are therapeutic opportunities to strengthen friendships made at camps and retreats and to build up the burn survivor community.
- School Re-entry Program helps classmates of returning burn-injured students to understand burn injuries and build acceptance.
- In-Hospital Support helps burn survivors begin the physical healing process.
- Peer Support Groups provide burn survivors with on-going support from other burn survivors as they work through their mental and emotional healing process.
In 2014, we served more than 800 survivors through 57 hospital visits, 32 support group meetings, and numerous camps, retreats, and trips throughout the state. We also provided 75 individuals with emergency financial assistance. Through our survivor services, we brought joy to 124 young campers at Champ Camp, 34 teens at Young Adult Summit, and 85 adult survivors at The Getaway. In addition, more than 30,000 students became more fire safe through our burn prevention education programs and outreach efforts.
The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation was created in 1971 out of the tragic death of an 8-year-old girl, Alisa Ann Ruch. Her clothing caught fire during a backyard barbeque accident. Unfortunately, she ran to her mother for help instead of putting out the fire herself because she had not been taught how to “Stop, Drop, & Roll.” Alisa Ann’s parents and the Southern California fire service created AARBF to provide burn survivor services and fire prevention education so accidents like this would never happen again.
We are proud of our history of effective service:
- In 1972, AARBF created the Stop, Drop and Roll marketing campaign, now a life-saving technique taught in schools worldwide;
- In the early 1980s, AARBF introduced Champ Camp, which is the largest residential summer camp in California for burn impacted children;
- In 2006, Senator Barbara Boxer honored AARBF with the Health Care Champion Award in recognition of our exemplary service in California;
- In 2009, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recognized us nationally for our scald prevention campaign, Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire;
- In April 2012, the American Burn Association’s Journal of Burn Care and Research published an abstract describing our San Francisco Firefighters in Safety Education (FISE) program and
- In April 2015, the American Burn Association invited AARBF to present an abstract describing the efficacy of the FISE program in Selma, CA at the 47th Annual Conference in Chicago.
We have helped thousands of burn survivors recover from their physical and emotional injuries. We have taught burn prevention skills to hundreds of thousands of Californians and the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique has reached millions of people worldwide. Our vision is to positively affect the lives of every burn survivor in California and make serious burn injuries obsolete.
- Year established:1971
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
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IRS Business Master File Information
- Organization Name:ALISA ANN RUCH CALIFORNIA BURN FOUNDATIO
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- Organization Address:50 N HILL AVE STE 305
- Organization City:PASADENA
- Organization State:CA
- Organization Zip:91106-1949
- Group Exemption Number:0000
- Subsection Code:03
- Classification Code(s):1
- Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
- Affiliation Code:3
- Ruling Date:December, 1969
- Deductibility Code:1
- Foundation Code:15
- Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
- Activity Code(s):160, 179
- Activity Code Desc.(s):Aid to the handicapped (see also 031), Other health services
- Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
- Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
- Tax Period:December, 2015
- Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
- Accounting Period:December
- NTEE Code:E38P
- Asset Amount:$975,065
- Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
- Income Amount:$931,131
- Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
- 990 Revenue Amount:$913,452
- Last Updated:3/1/2017 1:52:25 pm
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