Our Origins

In 1982, George Steinbrenner, the principal owner of the New York Yankees baseball franchise, while attending the funeral of a police officer killed in the line of duty, was deeply moved by the ceremony in which the American flag was folded military-style and presented to the officer’s surviving spouse and young children. “George could not forget the image of the children. He was concerned about their education and who would help with the cost, so he established the Silver Shield Foundation,” said Foundation’s Co-Founder James E. Fuchs, a close friend of Mr. Steinbrenner’s.

Who We Are… What We Do… How We Do It

Since that impressionable ceremony experienced by Mr. Steinbrenner, the Silver Shield Foundation has been helping children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty with the cost of their education. We set aside an education fund for each surviving child to assist with tuition payments for prep school, college and university undergraduate and graduate school, vocational and technical school, and tutoring services (see Benefits & Services page for a detailed look at education-related and many other vital benefits and services we provide to the families of line of duty death police officers and firefighters). We send payments directly to the schools and tutors, and we maintain contact with the families to follow the children’s education. Individual and corporate contributions are the source of our funding, so these surviving spouses and children depend on your generosity. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (tax ID number 13-3120746), all contributions we receive are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

  • The Silver Shield Foundation sincerely cares about its education fund recipients and their families. I will always remember the Foundation’s support.

    Jennifer Rowley scholarship recipient

Who We Cover

Our safety net covers the children and spouse of all members of the Fire Department of the City of New York; Police Department of the City of New York; Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Police Department; New York, New Jersey and Connecticut State Police; police departments of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and all police departments in Connecticut.

  • My husband's death was overwhelming, particularly with four young children. The Silver Shield Foundation pledged to help with the financial costs of their education, support not only promised, but delivered with consistency. Without them, the education opportunities afforded my children would have been out of reach.

    Susan Blackmore spouse of FDNY Lt. James W. Blackmore, killed on June 5, 1998

Our Vision… Our Mission… Their Future

We are charged with the responsibility of preserving the hopes, dreams and future that police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty had for their children. Our work and your contribution is an investment in the lives of these children whose mother or father heroically and selflessly made the supreme sacrifice, laying down their own life to save another. Let’s make sure their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your generosity enables the Silver Shield Foundation to carry out its mission of helping these children achieve a brighter tomorrow. After all, it’s the least we can do for their future.

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