Who We Are

More than 35 Years of Supporting Burn Survivors

Founded in 1977, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury. Our name comes from the legendary bird that lives 500 years and is consumed by flame, but rises again—reborn from its ashes—more brilliant than it was before.

Who We Are

Our Mission

Phoenix Society | Building a Community for Transformational Healing


Uniting the voice of the burn community across the globe to profoundly advance lifelong healing, optimal recovery, and burn prevention.

Our Approach

The good news is that medical advances have made survival a real possibility for more people with a burn injury. The survival rate for burn injuries is approaching 96% in the United States burn centers. While we celebrate this achievement, we also know that survival is not enough.

Healing from physical burn injuries has its unique challenges, yet healing from the emotional trauma can be overwhelming. True recovery requires care and compassion for the body, mind, and spirit.

That’s why we work with burn survivors, their loved ones, firefighters, and medical teams across the country to care for the whole person after a burn injury. Our educational programs, peer-to-peer support, online community, in-person events, and more provide essential support to the burn community. Learn more about the programs we offer to meet the needs of this special community.

Our Results

Each year, 40,000 people are hospitalized with a burn injury. In 2015 alone, we reached over 94,000 people, including burn survivors, their loved ones, medical professionals, and firefighters.

  • Peer support through Phoenix SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) is more accessible than ever before. This groundbreaking program is currently available in 64 burn centers, offering over 12,000 people access to Phoenix SOAR at hospitals across North America.
  • Over 950 attendees, including burn survivors, their families, burn care professionals, and firefighters, came together at our 27th annual Phoenix World Burn Congress. This continues to be a powerful forum to share stories, provide support, and offer education on burn recovery.
  • Sixteen burn survivor students benefited from the Phoenix Education Grants in 2015 to further their post-secondary education.
  • Eighty-nine thousand people found resources and support, such as online peer support chat, blog, survivor stories, and resource library, through Phoenix Society's website...a 187% increase in unique visitors!

It takes a collective effort to achieve results like this. Read the stories of people who have been involved with the Phoenix Society, or learn more about our corporate partners, collaborators, and colleagues in the fire service who join us in supporting the burn community. Our annual report shares even more stories and details on how we put financial gifts to work effectively.

Our History

The Phoenix Society was founded by Alan Breslau, who was extensively burned in the crash of a commercial airliner in 1963. Following a visit to a young boy in a burn center, Alan realized the importance of peer support for those with burn injuries, and was inspired to establish one of the first burn support organizations in the United States. 

After many years of working with burn survivors, Alan officially incorporated The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors in 1977.   Read more about our history.