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.

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. In United States burn centers, patients have a 96% chance of surviving a burn injury. 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. Burn survivors face a lifetime of physical, emotional, and social healing.

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. Each year, we strive to reach everyone impacted by a burn injury — because no one should be forced to recover alone.

It takes a collective effort to achieve results like this. 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.