Board Opportunity
Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation

Organization Profile

Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation supports the LAFD in protecting life, property, and the environment by providing essential equipment, training, and training programs to supplement city resources.
Approximately 97% of the fire department's budget is allocated to personnel expenses, leaving just 3% to cover the department’s other needs. The LAFD Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created by civic and corporate leaders in 2010 to supplement the fire department’s budget by providing first responders with essential equipment, new technology, and educational resources that would otherwise go unfunded.

Organization Description

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Foundation is a 501 c(3) that was created in 2010 after a group of corporate and civic leaders recognized that the LAFD had several equipment needs that were not able to be covered by the city's budget.

The organization has three main pillars of funding - large scale equipment and technology needs identified by LAFD leadership, an Adopt-A-Fire Station program which supports station needs, and training and youth programs that nurture the next generation of firefighters.

The organization's board of directors meets quarterly and the board members are encouraged to serve on at least one committee.

Service Area
Local: Los Angeles City

Staff Size
6 people

Board Size
30 people

Average Board Tenure
2 years

Programming Area(s)
Public Safety/Environment


1700 Stadium Way, #100
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Board Position

Term Length
3 years years

Position Description

The LAFD Foundation has an active board who provide oversight for the Foundation’s operations and ensure that the organization fulfills its mission. An ideal board candidate for the LAFD Foundation must have an interest in the fire department, public safety and/or disaster preparedness.
Board member responsibilities include the following:
• Agree to serve a three-year term of office.
• Raising or donating at least $10,000 annually, with the expectation of raising more funds for general operating and equipment needs.
• Attend four board meetings annually.
• Participate in at least one of the following committees – Development, Finance, Program, and Audit.
• Serve in an active capacity by introducing the Foundation to potential funders, partners and prospective donors.
• Attend at least one Foundation program annually.
• Attend at least one fundraising event annually.
• Review and monitor fiscal operations.
• Represent the Foundation and advocate for the Foundation and LAFD needs.
• Ensure that the proper procedures and policies are followed and in compliance with applicable law.

Estimated monthly time commitment
1 hours

Board charitable giving policy
Part of the requirements to serve as a Board member is to give or get a minimum of $10,000 annually. This fundraising goal can be achieved in a number of ways including making or seeking personal donations, obtaining corporate or foundation support, or attending special events.

Desired board member experience/expertise
Corporate Executive