Our Mission

Our mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

  • We are dedicated to serving the families of servicemembers from all branches of the armed forces who have died as a result of combat casualties, military training accidents, service-related illnesses, suicide, as well as other duty-related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that every child of a fallen patriot receives all necessary college funding.

  • We believe a college education is the single most important gift we can give these children.

  • We believe this is an important investment in the future of America.

  • We believe this is one of the best ways we can honor those who died defending our country.


History of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

In 1989, five days before Christmas, 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. Our Founder and CEO, David Kim, served with Sergeant Gibbs and was inspired by his sacrifice and never forgot about Sergeant Gibb’s or his daughter.

David Kim returned to the United States and founded Children of Fallen Patriots in 2002. Since 2002, Children of 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.

The Need

Research conducted by The Lucas Group on behalf of Children of Fallen Patriots found that nearly 20,000 dependents have been left behind by troops killed in the line of duty over the past 35 years. Many surviving families struggle to make ends meet with 63% of surviving spouses making less than $50,000 per year.

With no central repository of information from which to find these children, the organization works to find each and every one of these children to assist them in their growing success.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a family member or scholar looking for answers to questions regarding enrollment, please refer to our FAQs for family members in our Scholar Resource Center for more information.

Is Children of Fallen Patriots a tax-exempt organization?
Yes, Children of Fallen Patriots is registered under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code: tax ID# 47-0902295. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by U.S. law. Consult your tax advisor concerning the tax deductibility of your donation.

Where can I find more detailed financial information on Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation? 
Please click here for our most recent financials.

Is Children of Fallen Patriots part of another organization?
No, Children of Fallen Patriots is an independent charity. We do, however, promote collaboration with partner organizations that offer complimentary services to the families we work with. Please refer to our Partner Page to learn more about organizations we work with.

Why don’t your scholars get government funding?
Nearly 100% of our scholars do receive Department of Veteran’s Affairs benefits, most often The Fry Scholarship (Chapter 33) or Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) (Chapter 35). However, while generous, this does not cover all of the needs of any given scholar. 

Do you cover expenses other than tuition?
Because we understand that tuition is not the only expense related to college, Children of Fallen Patriots assists with various living expenses, including but not limited to room & board, transportation, health insurance, internet expenses, etc. Expenses are justified through the submission of receipts. Please reference our Scholar Resource Page for more information.


How much does Children of Fallen Patriots award to each student?
Annually, Children of Fallen Patriots awards $6,250 to each student. Please reference our Scholar Resource Page for more information.

Does Children of Fallen Patriots give scholarships to scholars whose parents are injured on active duty?
At this time Children of Fallen Patriots only supports scholars who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Please reference our Scholar Resource Page for more information.

Does Children of Fallen Patriots accept interns or volunteers?
On a case by case basis, Children of Fallen Patriots occasionally accepts interns and/or volunteers. Unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities are listed on our Career Page.

How do I apply for a job at Children of Fallen Patriots?
Children of Fallen Patriots is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All of our job opportunities are posted on our Career Page.

Does Children of Fallen Patriots accept in-kind contributions such as backpacks or clothing?
Occasionally Children of Fallen Patriots is able to accept in-kind contributions. Please email contact@fallenpatriots.org for information specific to your donation.

Who do I contact if I have not received a tax letter for my donation?
Please allow 2-3 weeks for your tax letter to arrive after your donation. If you have still not received it, please email development@fallenpatriots.org.

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Our Financials

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation prioritizes responsible financial stewardship.

We strive to use every donor dollar efficiently, ensuring that the greatest possible assistance — “college scholarships and education counseling services” — reaches the maximum number of Gold Star Families throughout the country.

Children of Fallen Patriots 990s as well as our complete, audited financial statements are available for your review. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation fiscal year is January 1 through December 30.

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