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Get Safe Choice Personal Safety, Inc.

 3053 Edinger Avenue
 Tustin, CA 92780
[P] (714) 834-0050
[F] (714) 834-0070
www.getsafeusa.com
www.getsafeusa.com/pgs
[email protected]
Brenda Gomez
FOUNDED: 1993
INCORPORATED: 1998
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Organization DBA GET SAFE
Project Get Safe
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0772477 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

GET SAFE is committed to empowering people from all walks of life to be “free from fear” through its fun, innovative and proven training, and personal safety and awareness programs.

Mission Statement

GET SAFE is committed to empowering people from all walks of life to be “free from fear” through its fun, innovative and proven training, and personal safety and awareness programs.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Expenses $175,600.00
Projected Revenue $165,462.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • First Responder Training
  • BACKOFF! Buddy Bullying Prevention & Personal Safety
  • Warrior Spirit Project: Physical/Sexual Assault Recovery Program
  • Character Academy (For At-Risk Youth)
  • Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

GET SAFE is committed to empowering people from all walks of life to be “free from fear” through its fun, innovative and proven training, and personal safety and awareness programs.

Background Statement

At GET SAFE, we believe everyone deserves the right to a safe, violence-free life.  That's why our family of clients, donors, trainers, staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping people from all walks of life by providing safety education and resources to live "free from fear."

GET SAFE provides interactive and entertaining campus, corporate and community programs for people of all ages and abilities, including: 
By reaching students not only on the physical level, but also the emotional and mental levels, GET SAFE Living Skills Systems generates a positive shift in personal awareness and safety that empowers our students and stays with them for the rest of their lives.

Impact Statement

For many, life is fraught with fear. 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime; 90% of persons with developmental disabilities will be abused; and more than 160,000 students will miss school today for fear of being bullied. 

For the past 30 years, GET SAFE helped more than 100,000 people of all ages and abilities around the world build stronger, safer lives through its simple and powerful Living Skills Systems™ programs. We help our students find and use their own inner strength and awareness to take back control of their lives. By approaching the often-sensitive subject in an entertaining, highly interactive manner, the GET SAFE Team breaks down communication barriers typically associated with the topics of violence prevention, crisis intervention, and recovery to create a life-changing shift in personal safety and awareness in its students.

Needs Statement

  1. GET SAFE Community Center ($200,000 for 3-year lease) This will be a safe and welcoming environment where people from all walks of life can come together and receive safety training, counseling services, and other vital resources.
  2. Ongoing staff development ($110,000 annually) To provide ongoing training to strengthen the skills of our staff and provide increased staffing for the Center.
  3. Autism Awareness Train-the-Trainer Program ($150,000) We want to put 300 people through a certification course so they can then teach their local communities about individuals with developmental disabilities to increase awareness and decrease unnecessary violence toward this often-misunderstood population.
  4. Development of Safety Training Technology ($50,000) Creating instructive apps and other mobile training tools will allow us to not only reach people who would otherwise not have the time or opportunity to access our services, but also to better instruct our clients with diverse learning/communication styles.
  5. Warrior Spirit Project for a local women's shelter ($2,000) Due to budget cuts, OC shelters can't afford this comprehensive recovery program without your help. WSP encourages participants to confront their trauma so they may view themselves as survivors rather than victims.


CEO Statement

Over the past 30 years, GET SAFE has helped more than 100,000 people of all ages and abilities around the world build stronger, safer lives through its violence prevention, intervention and recovery programs. When you contribute to Project GET SAFE, your gift will make an immediate impact in the life of someone who desperately needs our help. Your donation may provide counseling/hands on training to a survivor of sexual or physical assault, prevent a future violent crime through prevention education, or help break the cycle of abuse in a child and or parents life. In each case, you are providing a chance for transformation in the lives of those who need it most.

We have made it our life goal to educate and raise awareness because as any us, we don’t want any child, woman or man to have to experience violence in their lifetime and if they do we want them to have tools on their journey of recovery. We are honored to help other survivors take back control of their lives feel safe and embrace life again. With your generosity and support, Project GET SAFE can continue to work towards its goal of creating safer communities for all.

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

  • To donate safely and easily by paypal, credit or debit card, go to http://www.getsafeusa.com/pgs

Geographic Area Served

Throughout the United States
Project Get Safe is based in Tustin, CA and provides services throughout the state of California and across the United States.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Victims' Services
  2. Education - Special Education
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Public & Societal Benefit NEC

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Programs


First Responder Training

Did you know:

  • 1 in 48 people are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
  • 1 in 6 people in the U.S. has developmental disability
At GET SAFE, we believe everyone is a first responder, as statistics show we will all encounter a colleague, peer or customer who has a developmental disability. First Responder Training (FRT) heightens your “disability awareness” by providing the information and tools needed to recognize and understand certain behaviors persons with autism and other developmental disabilities may demonstrate, as well as proven strategies for de-escalating high-stress situations, so everyone can happily and safely live, play and work together.
Budget  $175,000.00
Category  Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of one training session (typically 90 mins. in length): 100% of participants will demonstrate an increased understanding of several developmental disabilities, how to recognize their symptoms, and how to effectively deal with common behaviors and communication styles. 85% of participants will indicate that they feel better prepared to recognize and interact with individuals with developmental disabilities while on duty, and will use the training information and tools while in the field serving the community, as well as in their personal lives.
Program Long-Term Success 
First Responder Training will provide highly-targeted information, tools and strategies to help professionals more effectively recognize and assist individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities on the job, in the community, and most importantly, in emergency situations. This will:
  • Increase understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities that will help create safer and more inclusive communities for everyone
  • Ultimately decrease the amount of unnecessary high-risk encounters between individuals with developmental disabilities and law enforcement officers that has occurred with greater frequency in recent years due to a lack of awareness and/or proven communication tools.
Program Success Monitored By 
All participants are required to take a pretest at the beginning of a training session, which tests their general knowledge and comfort-level with individuals with developmental disabilities. At the end of the training session, participants are re-tested to gauge an increase in knowledge about developmental disabilities, their symptoms, and how to effectively communicate with individuals with developmental disabilities who may be in a stressed state.
 
After the training session, participants are also encouraged to complete a training evaluation form, which includes comment areas for participants to share what information stood out the most from the training, how/if they will use this new information in their daily life/on the job, and if they'd like additional training on this topic.
Examples of Program Success 

“I know that our department, along with other law enforcement and first responding agencies will greatly benefit from the information relayed through Get Safe’s training, as it gave us practical tools and strategies that our officers and personnel could begin using the moment they stepped out of the training.”

Mono County Sheriff’s Office, PIO

“I learned that the ability to communicate with a person with developmental disabilities is slower, but still possible. Excellent training that should be mandatory.”

Irvine Police Department officer

“This class made me more aware of people with disabilities. This [training] should be mandatory for all first responders and should include training every couple years.”

Orange County Sheriff’s Department sergeant

“Instructors were upbeat, friendly and funny and facilitated information in a fun and productive manner. Will apply learned knowledge in the field.”

Long Beach Police Department officer

BACKOFF! Buddy Bullying Prevention & Personal Safety

The GET SAFE BACKOFF! Buddy Bullying Prevention & Personal Safety Program is comprised of three distinct segments:

  1. Bullying Prevention
  2. Personal Safety
  3. Inclusion Training 
The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to reduce and prevent violence and abuse at home, school and in the community. The program educates both young men and women on the causes and effects of violent behavior and provides them with the tools to help stop the “cycle of violence” before it starts, or to help prevent the likelihood of re-victimization or perpetration.
 
*Safety Squad Puppets are available upon request to help tackle sensitive topics with young children.
Budget  $165,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Program Short-Term Success 
After program completion: 100% of students will have:
  • Demonstrated a better understanding of bullying behavior and how to prevent it
  • Earned a Certificate of Completion
  • Taken the BACKOFF! Buddy pledge and agreed to help increase inclusion and prevent/respond to bullying behavior at their school
Program Long-Term Success  By educating students (as early as possible) about bullying prevention, inclusion, GET SAFE hopes to create a safer, more compassionate school environment where each child feels safe so they are free to learn and grow to their full potential. After a school completes a training series or continued program, it is our goal to eradicate bullying behavior from that campus and to have participants indicate they feel safer and more involved at school.
Program Success Monitored By 
A pre-test will assess students’ safety and inclusion knowledge prior to the program, which will then be paired with a concluding post-test to assess gained knowledge. Success will also be indicated by how many students choose to take the BACKOFF! Buddy pledge and how many students graduate from the program (graduation eligibility based on attendance, test scores and ability to demonstrated learned safety strategies.)
 
Final survey assessment to be completed by appropriate staff (teachers, staff, parents, etc.) to measure level of students’ retention, record any changes in behavior, and review/discuss any inquiries/issues that may have developed during or after the program.
Examples of Program Success 

Warrior Spirit Project: Physical/Sexual Assault Recovery Program

This training has been carefully designed for survivors of violence from many walks of life, including survivors of:

  • Domestic violence
  • Rape, sexual assault/abuse
  • Human exploitation and trafficking
  • Military/law enforcement survivors of rape/sexual assault
  • Crime/violence survivors
Our unique approach combines counseling and group processing with personal safety education and self-defense training that encourages participants to confront their trauma in a way that pushes their recovery to new levels and empowers them to truly view themselves as survivors, rather than as victims.
Budget  $180,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Victims At-Risk Populations Females
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of the training series, survivors will exhibit changed behavior that reflects increased confidence and sense of empowerment. 
Program Long-Term Success  The goal of the Warrior Spirit Project is to encourage survivors of domestic violence to confront their trauma in a way that pushes their recovery to new levels and empowers them to truly view themselves as survivors, rather than as victims. To this end, the primary objectives of the Warrior Spirit Project are to provide training and instruction that will increase participants’ awareness of safety and violence prevention strategies, as well as foster an environment that allows for group discussion and processing that can increase participants’ perceptions of empowerment and self-worth.
Program Success Monitored By 
  • Pretest to assess previous safety knowledge paired with concluding posttest to assess gained knowledge.
  • Qualitative pre and post tests and the Self-Efficacy Scale of Perceived Competence derived from Measures for Clinical Practice (Corcoran & Fischer)
  • GET SAFE also relies on anecdotal, qualitative feedback received from the referring agencies and their continued contact with program participants to gain additional perspective on the effectiveness of the program
Examples of Program Success 

“I came to you nervous, timid and scared of one person in particular. You listened when I was not talking, you gained my trust, and you helped me learn how to protect myself and regain some of the self-confidence that I had lost long ago.”

GET SAFE Warrior Spirit Project Participant

“I was abducted from her home at the age of 12. I was subjected to unthinkable violence and forced to perform sex acts. I was fragile and broken; I couldn't even look the trainers in their eyes, let alone move forward with my life. But, with the knowledge, kindness and skill of the GET SAFE trainers, I have learned to live again. Even though my past will always be a part of me, it does not dictate who I am.”

GET SAFE Warrior Spirit Project Participant (Human Trafficking Survivor)


Character Academy (For At-Risk Youth)

GET SAFE’s Personal Safety, Bullying Prevention and Inclusion Program for at-risk youth is a comprehensive violence prevention program for students (4th-8th grade), which empowers participants with self-confidence, focus, and a sense of community. By training students on not only the physical level, but also the mental and emotional levels, GET SAFE creates an empowering shift in personal awareness and safety that will last a lifetime.

This program is specifically designed for "at-risk" youth, which can include:
  • Students who have been targets of bullying behavior
  • Children growing up in neighborhoods with high gang and/or drug activity
  • Children who have experienced sexual and/or physical abuse
  • Children who have demonstrated "at-risk" behaviors in regard to their personal safety and well-being
This program is ideal and most effective as a continuous training series, summer camp, all-day conference, and after-school programs.
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of the program: 90% of children will indicate an increased understanding of general safety strategies. 100% of children will have pledged to be a BACKOFF! Buddy and promote inclusion and bullying prevention at their school. 85% of students will exhibit changed behavior that minimizes risk factors leading to truancy or involvement in illegal or dangerous activities, including bullying.
Program Long-Term Success  GET SAFE’s comprehensive program will increase participants’ awareness of safety and violence prevention strategies, as well as their sense of self-worth and school/community involvement, which will ultimately increase their school attendance and discourage participation in at-risk behaviors/activities, such as drugs, alcohol or gang activity.
Program Success Monitored By 
A pre-test will assess students’ safety and character knowledge prior to the program, which will then be paired with a concluding post-test to assess gained knowledge.
 
Final survey assessment to be completed by appropriate staff (teachers, staff, parents, etc.) to measure level of students’ retention, record any changes in behavior, and review/discuss any inquiries/issues that may have developed during or after the program.
Examples of Program Success 

Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

Given the frequency of victimization of individuals with developmental disabilities, personal safety and self-advocacy training is crucial. GET SAFE’s Self-Determination & Personal Safety Programs help prevent and respond to many of the issues that often lead to the physical, emotional, mental, sexual and/or financial abuse of persons with developmental disabilities by informing and instructing students on how to speak up and advocate for their safety, rights, and needs.
 
GET SAFE provides training, assessment and advocacy services tailored to people with developmental disabilities, their families and staff regarding violence prevention, intervention and self-determination. Rather than viewing disabilities as impairments, GET SAFE’s experienced trainers encourage their students to work with their abilities to help them find their voices and learn how to become their own self-determining advocates.
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with of People with Disabilities At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of training session or series: More than 90% of participants (or their caregiver) will indicate that that training increased clients' safety communication, as well as their understanding of the safety tools provided. More than 95% of clients will believe they can apply what they learned in real life.
Program Long-Term Success  The program goal is to create safer, more independent and productive citizens. Individuals with developmental disabilities will have the information and tools to prevent or stop the cycle of abuse physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Program participants will better understand appropriate behaviors, personal safety skills, how to speak up for their rights, wants and needs, and how to be a more independent individual. 100% of participants will demonstrate an increased knowledge of basic safety strategies (based on level of cognitive function) and will indicate they feel an increase in their quality of life.
Program Success Monitored By 
For individual cases, case managers document participant's training success in monthly reports, which are then compared against the initial intake assessment by the program director and client representative to monitor improvements. At the end of the contract, reports are compiled into a final report detailing the success of participant retention and/or improved behaviors.
 
For group programs, surveys and training evaluation forms are distributed to measure client satisfaction and ability to retain safety knowledge. 
Examples of Program Success 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Stuart Haskin
CEO Term Start Jan 1997
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Stuart “Safety Stu” Haskin is the founder and executive director of GET SAFE, a Southern California-based organization that provides violence prevention, response and recovery programs to help people live safer, violence-free lives. From his work with survivors of violence and sexual assaults, to children and adults with developmental disabilities, Stuart uses humor combined with innovative teaching, counseling and martial arts techniques to make it possible for his students to find and use their own inner strength and awareness to take control of their lives.

Stuart has worked closely with law enforcement officers, military personnel, teachers, students and men and women of all ages and abilities, to help them achieve freedom from fear in their lives. His work with persons with developmental disabilities and their caregivers includes individual and group personal safety training and the innovative GET SAFE Consumer Advocacy Team; programs that have helped thousands of people navigate day-to-day life and our complex legal system.

Stuart is also an Orange County Sergeant Reserve Deputy Sheriff with specialized training from the FBI, California Department of Justice Diplomatic Security Service, and OCSD. He has earned black belts in four different martial arts (Kung Fu, Judo, Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido) and is a certified Krav Maga instructor; he is a State Certified Sexual Assault Victim and Domestic Violence Counselor, a nationally-sought after guest speaker, and the author of The Gift of Freedom: A Stronger, Safer You. Most recently, he was awarded the “Above and Beyond” Award at the 2012 Crime Survivors Awards Banquet for his advocacy and dedication to empower victims of crime to regain their confidence and find their voice again.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jennifer Schnabl Director, Human Resources and Development --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Spotlight Award: Best Vendor Organization Regional Center of Orange County 2014
Above and Beyond Award for Victim Advocacy Crime Survivors, Inc. 2012

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Project GET SAFE strongly believes in collaborative efforts with other community agencies, as well as government agencies. Some recent collaborations include:
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • Santa Ana Police Department Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (GRIP)
  • City of Lake Forest
  • Orange Unified School District
  • Beyond the Bell
  • Disney VoluntEARS
  • CSP, Inc. 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 12
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 2
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 6
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Kyle P Chavez
Board Chair Company Affiliation NASA
Board Chair Term Jan 2013 - Jan 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Kyle Chavez NASA Voting
Mr. Ray Dominguez U.S. Department of Justice --
Jacqueline Goodman Goodman and Associates Voting
Mr. Stuart Haskin Project Get Safe --
Barbara Murphy Retired Sheriff Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Heidi Campbell ITT Autism --
Jacqueline Goodman Defense Attorney --
Barbara Murphy Orange County Sheriff Department --
Carlos Perez Santa Ana Unified School District --
Sandra Perez Child Protective Services --
Mariano Sanz California Department of Education --
Howard Shane Boston Children's Autism Language Program and Harvard Medical School --
Cameron Talley Orange County District Attorney --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $165,462.00
Projected Expenses $175,600.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 2013 Form 990

2012 2012 Form 990

2011 2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $102,441 $55,399 $6,178
Total Expenses $42,823 $53,608 $114,435

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$80,496 $37,691 $6,178
Government Contributions $21,945 $17,708 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $21,945 $17,708 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $36,395 $50,130 $74,681
Administration Expense $6,428 $3,478 $39,754
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.39 1.03 0.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses 85% 94% 65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $114,621 $55,003 $25,860
Current Assets $114,621 $55,003 $25,860
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $114,621 $55,003 $25,860

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

Get Safe does a lot of in-kind donations which offsets its expenses. 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


Other Documents

About Project GET SAFE (2015)

2013 Annual Report Card (2013)

No Other Documents currently available.