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Firefighters Charitable Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
September 2018

CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Firefighters Charitable Foundation
1 West Street
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To provide financial assistance for medical care, sustenance, housing, medical supplies, equipment and educational scholarships to individuals, families and children who have been affected by a fire or disaster.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 8%

The percentage of Firefighters Charitable Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $86

How many dollars Firefighters Charitable Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Firefighters Charitable Foundation IRS Form 990 65-0258322
Firefighters Charitable Foundation Audited Financial Statements 65-0258322
Entity: Firefighters Charitable Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 65-0258322
Entity: Firefighters Charitable Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 65-0258322

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
Firefighters Charitable Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Firefighters Charitable Foundation
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Frank Tepedino President $127,700
Name: Frank Tepedino
Title: President
Compensation: $127,700

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the Firefighters Charitable Foundation (FCF) 2017 tax filing, FCF reports that its President, Frank Tepedino, and Secretary/Treasurer, Lori Tepedino, are husband and wife; both are also members of the 10-person board of directors in 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule O & Part VII, Section A).
According to the Firefighters Charitable Foundation audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 5, Related party transactions):

"The Foundation's administrative office is located in Farmingdale, New York. The office is rented from two individuals, one of whom also provides legal services to the Foundation. Total payments made for this rental were $26,740 in 2017 and $25,960 in 2016. The lease agreement expired on April 30, 2018. The lease was renewed for an additional three-year term expiring on April 30, 2021...

"Legal fees paid to this individual were $9,900 in 2017 and $11,700 in 2016."

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