Our mission is to prevent the pain and trauma of burn injuries to children, and to heal and give children who have suffered severe burns the opportunity to reach their full potential, physically, psychologically and socially.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Why Our Work Matters
Children’s Burn Foundation is concerned with the Full Recovery of a child burn survivor, addressing not only their physical needs, but their psychological, emotional, and social recovery as well. CBF provided services for 84,644 children and families during fiscal year 2018-19.
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Children’s Burn Foundation was founded in 1985 by the late Dr. A. Richard Grossman, renowned plastic surgeon and burn specialist, and the late McLean Stevenson, concerned child advocate and actor. These men were both so profoundly impacted by firsthand observations of the devastating consequences that serious burn injuries can have on a child, that they joined forces to provide resources and support for burned children who would otherwise be unable to benefit from state-of-the-art medical treatments and post-acute burn care services.
The Foundation was restructured in 1995 to be governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees . In 1996, a volunteer group was established called The Council . The Council works to support the Foundation’s fundraising and community outreach initiatives and hosts the annual Giving New Hope Benefit .
In the years since its inception, the Foundation’s mission has grown to include support for the psychological recovery from burn trauma and the short term emergency needs of families, as well as fire safety and prevention education programs for children, parents and other caregivers. In 2006, the Foundation began its International Outreach Program, in partnership with the American Burn Association, to provide burn care education and training at teaching hospitals in developing countries.
Today, the Foundation provides state-of-the-art reconstructive treatment, emergency family assistance, survivor and family camps, counseling, a teen support program, and prevention and education programs that reach more than 86,644 children and families annually.
We are extremely grateful for the legacy of Dr. Richard Grossman, which continues with the Grossman Foundation gift, supporting our Full Recovery Program.
Chief Program Officer
Communications & Creative Content Manager
Director of Development
Children’s Burn Foundation is governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees comprised of business and community leaders, philanthropists and child advocates.
Douglas Mancino, Chair Emeritus
Attorney, Seyfarth Shaw
Kathleen Toppino, Chair
Lynda Fadel, Vice Chair
Attorney, Community Leader
Barbara Pratt, Secretary
Board of Trustees
Senior Real Estate Investment Consultant
Chief William R. Bamattre
Fire Chief LA City, Retired
Global Real Estate
Barnes and Company Investment Council
William Barrett, Jr.
Fiduciary Trust International of California
Chief Gregory Barton
Beverly Hills Fire Department
Attorney, Butler and Dodge, LLP
Fiduciary Trust International
Southern California Counseling Center
Interim Executive Director
Kara Lew Larew
Vice President of Investments Community
Wedbush Morgan Securities, Inc.
Attorney, Epstein, Becker & Green
Dana Kraft Kitaj
The Council President
Managing Director, Private Wealth Management Advisor
The Marti Group
Rockefeller Capital Management
Ann Marie Mortimer
Managing Partner, Hunton & Williams
Managing Director & Co Founder
California Real Estate Regional Center “CaRE”
John F. Nickoll
Charles A. Pratt, Jr.
Writer, Television Producer
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP
Senior Vice President
The mission of Children’s Burn Foundation is furthered by the efforts of The Council, a dynamic volunteer group of 73 dedicated members who work to support the Foundation’s fundraising and community outreach initiatives. Founded in 1996, The Council hosts the annual Giving New Hope Benefit, where they bestow the Giving New Hope Award to a community leader who has demonstrated significant commitment to improving the lives of children. Through the Giving New Hope Benefit, The Council has raised more than $18 million since 1996.
One of The Council’s annual activities is the Holiday Party, where Council Members invite our CBF families to come together for a day of festivities at Fire Station 84. This day is filled with music, treats, games, gifts and of course community.
Lily Fukuda Crummy
Mary Nguyen Kayne
Dana Kraft Kitaj
Tracy Berliner Smith