The Internet is an amazing tool for communication and has enabled people in need to seek and accept contributions from people they could never reach before. Unfortunately, this has also led to a considerable amount of fraud, particularly in the category of “first responders”. Claiming to be a first responder immediately gives you a level of attention and sympathy not afforded in more generic cases. As a result, many of the campaigns seen on large crowdfunding sites—upon closer examination—turn out to be duplicates and frauds. Fund the First is creating a platform and community to combat that fraud and provide actual First Responders a trusted and verified place to seek the assistance they deserve.
First responders put themselves in the middle of the worst moments in humanity to save the innocent; they are the ones who run toward danger, not away from it. Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, EMS, Military, and more risk it all with little to no support when it comes to their personal lives.