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NFFF Receives 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator for Second Year

NFFF Receives 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator for Second Year


For the public and firefighters it’s important to know their generous donations to fire service charities are having an impact and making a difference. To ensure that happens, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has made sound fiscal management a priority and has long been committed to accountability and transparency. That’s why NFFF is pleased to announce that Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier charity evaluator, awarded their coveted 4 out of 4-Star rating to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for the second consecutive year. Only 19 percent of the organizations rated by Charity Navigator have received at least two consecutive 4-Star evaluations.

“The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is conscientious about using our financial resources to honor the nation’s fallen firefighters. We do so by providing important services such as conferences, workshops and scholarships to the survivors,” said Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “We are thrilled to receive this designation from Charity Navigators for the second year in a row.”

A 4-Star rating reassures potential donors that an organization adheres to good governance and other best practices. It shows that a charity consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

The news media in recent years has pointed out that an increasing number of firefighter charities are under scrutiny. Siarnicki explained, “This year NFFF was contacted by reporters after line-of-duty deaths in major cities and small towns with questions on how the public can make sure their donations in honor of the fallen go to reputable organizations.” One of those tips is to check out the organization through Charity Navigator.

In addition, the NFFF has worked with several fire service charities and other organizations to ensure their fundraising meets the highest standards. For more information about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and how to support the mission, go to