Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) was founded in 2002 by David and Cynthia Kim to provide college scholarships, supplemental grants, and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. In 1989, Sergeant William Delaney Gibbs from the 7th Infantry Division was killed in action during Operation Just Cause in Panama, leaving behind a young wife and an unborn daughter. David Kim served with Sergeant Gibbs and, inspired by his sacrifice, co-founded Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.
Fallen Patriots believes that a college education is the single most important gift it can provide to these children, and that education is an important investment in the future of America. The vision of Fallen Patriots is to ensure that every child of a fallen patriot receives the college funding they need, and it believes that this is one of the best ways we can honor those who died defending our country. Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has grown in its mission and vision to extend peace of mind through college scholarships to Gold Star families in all 50 states, in all branches of the military.
Fallen Patriots estimates that nearly 20,000 Gold Star children have lost a parent in the line of duty over the past 35 years. Currently there is no centralized system to track the children who have lost a parent in the Armed Forces. Without a centralized tracking system, families cannot find organizations that could provide resources, and organizations cannot find families who need support. Fallen Patriots has worked hard to identify these children and has identified about 40% so far. Fallen Patriots is committed to finding each and every child and providing the education and support they deserve.
To learn more about Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and who it serves, please click this link to watch their video “Who We Serve”: https://youtu.be/l3E9FlrfYGw
Fallen Patriots provides scholarships and educational counseling assistance to Scholars, the children of service people lost in the line of duty.
Many surviving families struggle to make ends meet, with 63% of surviving spouses making less than $50,000 per year. This presents a challenge for students who wish to attend college but are faced with financial barriers. Even after every other source of aid is considered, a persistent gap of about $8,000 per year remains, totaling on average $32,000 per child. That is where Fallen Patriots can make a real difference.
Corporate Career Services
As Fallen Patriots has grown, their corporate sponsors have committed to growing their support as well. With this support, Fallen Patriots also helps provide their Scholars with internship and career opportunities, which helps prepare the students for their chosen career paths.
Operating costs are almost fully covered by a generous and committed Board, so that approximately 96% of the philanthropic revenue raised goes directly to programming and Scholar support. As a result, Fallen Patriots has been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and a Platinum GuideStar rating.
Also, Fallen Patriots receives substantial support from corporate donors and national sponsors, including: Citigroup, Clark Foundation, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, IHOP, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, Royal Bank of Canada, Military Times, and PepsiCo.
The Fallen Patriots’ Board includes many accomplished executives who are passionately dedicated to serving military families. Board members come from the military (they have 15 veterans or military family members), media, operating companies, and finance and are united in their desire to give back to those who gave all for their country.
The Board-driven fundraising has been leveraged by a development operations staff located at Fallen Patriot’s headquarters in Northern Virginia. To date, more than $48.7 million has been raised, including $12.9 million in 2018.
The goal of Fallen Patriots is to take philanthropy to the next stage by doubling the amount raised in the next three years to $25 million in annual revenue. Conditions are in place to make this ambitious goal a reality, including a compelling case for support, a growing and engaged high potential prospect base, a nimble operations team, and a supportive Board. In this context, the leadership of Fallen Patriots has decided to invest in the creation of a new Senior Director of Major and Principal Gifts position, one of two new strategic front-line fundraisers to be added to the senior team.
The Senior Director of Major and Principal Gifts will report to Chief Executive Officer David Kim, and will be responsible for significantly increasing individual giving, donor engagement and the new prospect pipeline. The Children of Fallen Patriots’ development team is fast paced, unconventional, and growing rapidly. The new Senior Director will have the unique opportunity to strategically interact with donors and high-net worth prospects to achieve the goals and impact the mission of Fallen Patriots. The position requires a professional with a strong track record, an outgoing personality, a desire to learn, and the ability and enthusiasm to make connections to broaden the base of support.
Qualifications of added value may include but are not limited to:
Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to: FallenPatriots@developmentguild.com
Fallen Patriots is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
Development Guild DDI
Senior Vice President
Development Guild DDI
For more information about Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, please visit https://www.fallenpatriots.org.