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Stop Drowning Now

 100 W Main St Ste 4
 Tustin , CA 92780
[P] (714) 227-6000
[F] --
http://www.stopdrowningnow.org/
[email protected]
Johnny Johnson
FOUNDED: --
INCORPORATED: 2003
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Organization DBA Stop Drowning Now
Former Names Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation (2016)
Swim For Life Foundation Inc. (2003)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 87-0703620 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Our Mission: Save lives through water safety education.

Mission Statement

Our Mission: Save lives through water safety education.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $130,000.00
Projected Revenue $145,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Water Safety Curriculum
  • Water Safety Challenge

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Our Mission: Save lives through water safety education.

Background Statement

What is Stop Drowning Now?

Stop Drowning Now is a global nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to save lives through water safety education. Through a range of programs and events, we work with water safety advocates by providing them with educational tools to combat the epidemic of drowning. We specifically provide a drowning prevention curriculum designed for pre-kindergarten through second grade.

Learn More Our Programs:

  • Membership Program
  • Pre-School through Grade 2 in-classroom "dry side" curriculum
  • In-School presentations for children (puppet show, hands-on activities)
  • Water Safety Challenge event guide & materials for swim schools
  • Materials & Resources (ideas, flyers, downloads, parent presentations) for water safety advocates to use in their communities
  • Costume Loaner Program - Borrow the Safer 3 Water Pals for special events
  • Latest Stats & Facts from drowning prevention community partners
  • Annual Ocean Swim (Newport Beach, CA) & Golf Tournament (location varies)

Impact Statement

Our Vision: A world without drowning

 
Our Goals:
  • Raise awareness of drowning risks.

  • Educate the public about the three elements common to every drowning: Water, People, Response.

  • Develop and provide resources to reduce the risk.

  • Create a global network of partners and Safer 3 messengers.


Needs Statement

Every day, approximately 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children age 14 or younger. But we see a future in which no one drowns.

With your gift to STOP DROWNING NOW, you have the opportunity prevent drowning through SDN'S water safety outreach programs.

  • We educate children in schools through the Stop Drowning Now Water Safety Curriculum.
  • We educate parents and caregivers with information to prevent drowning incidents in their families.
  • We educate communities by providing educational materials for their residents so that their neighborhoods are safer.

Your gift will go to work right away. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.


CEO Statement



I need your help raising $100,000 to save kids from drowning. 

Swimming – and thus drowning prevention - is my life’s cornerstone.   I started swim lessons at 3.  My parents were concerned for my safety with Houston’s many community and neighborhood pools. 

My first instructor was Lucky.  He was the most amazing, coolest guy ever. He was a surfer dude with sun-bleached hair, radiant tan and the requisite puka shell necklace.

While my parents paid Lucky for swimming lessons, he really taught me water safety.  Lucky made sure I knew what to do if I were ever in a dangerous situation in a pool, lake or ocean.  I learned life and safety skills, and had a great time all at once.

3,500 people without their own Lucky drown in the US each year.  Think about that. 10 each day.   Why?  Because kids and families totally underestimate drowning. 

Drowning is not loud and splashy with heroic endings.  Drowning is a silent and sinister killer.  Virtually every drowning happens before the victim and their family is aware.  It can happen to your children.  It is far, far closer than you think.

The only way to stop drowning deaths is education. What kids learn today, they will use and pass on to their families.  It creates a cycle of virtue.  Education changes the world.

Stop Drowning Now has the drowning prevention education solution.  It starts in the classroom and prepares kids before they ever reach water.  The curriculum is fun, effective and memorable.  Kids will enjoy and retain it.  They can then help themselves – and maybe a brother or sister too.

The Stop Drowning Now Curriculum has pilot opportunities in Austin, Florida’s Collier and Hillsborough Counties and schools in New York’s Suffolk County.  They are amazing opportunities to save lives.

We must reach more kids.  SDN is developing a high-quality, web-based learning management platform. Any teacher with an internet connection can use the curriculum to teach their students about drowning prevention.

Technology costs money.  About $100,000.   Which is nothing when compared to a child’s life.

Give it some thought.  Give generously.  The child that learns to save themselves may be a friend or neighbor’s … or your own.  You can save a life.

Board Chair Statement

Stop Drowning Now’s mission is to save lives through water safety education.

We believe that effective education is the most successful way to produce meaningful multigenerational reductions in drowning deaths. Drowning has complex social, economic and cultural aspects that only education can address. We believe drowning is preventable.

Stop Drowning Now was founded in 2002 by a group of passionate aquatics professionals. The Foundation focuses on educating and engaging young children so they and their parents/caregivers can incorporate water safety skills into their daily lives.

We encourage families to ask, “Where is Your Risk?” when around water. This message highlights the ever-present reality that aquatic activities always carry drowning risk and that no one – no matter how skilled or experienced – is immune. Drowning can occur anywhere, anytime and to anybody and always when it is least expected. The Stop Drowning Now message of Safer Water, Safer Kids and Safer Response provides the context and information that can reduce fatal and nonfatal drownings.

Stop Drowning Now’s primary service to communities is the Stop Drowning Now Water Safety Curriculum. It is specifically designed for the most at-risk drowning demographic – children from pre-K to second grade. The curriculum’s tools, techniques and structure are specifically targeted to the needs and developmental patterns of young children.




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Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
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Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief - Safety Education
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Programs


Water Safety Curriculum

We know that effective education is the most successful way to produce meaningful multigenerational reductions in fatal and nonfatal drownings. The Stop Drowning Now Curriculum is the only comprehensive classroom-ready curriculum designed for full classroom implementation while meeting the learning and development needs of kids from pre-K to second grade.

The Foundation is now in a period of radical growth. After successfully launching the second edition of our Curriculum in March 2016, we quickly recognized that a sophisticated electronic delivery system for public and private schools was needed. We need to be able to offer a teacher and student experience that is clean, fast, and intuitive on desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. The plan is to build a powerful digital system to meet Stop Drowning Now educator’s needs with the common goal of saving lives through water safety education.


Budget  100,000
Category  Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success  Stop Drowning Now’s Water Safety Curriculum teaches kids how to recognize drowning risks and to protect themselves and others. The Curriculum is specifically designed for young kids’ learning needs. Through an experiential approach, kids participate in the discovery and identification process, and learn preventative measures as well as emergency responses.
Program Long-Term Success  We can end drowning in our lifetime. Public awareness and education focused on young children is the most powerful tool to prevent fatal and non-fatal drowning.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among children of all ages. It is a worldwide, tragic phenomenon. Yet we know from the success of other health programs that educate children early – smoking, seatbelts, fire safety, pedestrian safety – that once kids learn, they can truly lead social change and save lives.
Program Success Monitored By 
Reduction in number of drownings.
 


 
Examples of Program Success 

Over the past three years, the foundation has solidified a significant role in the water safety community; saving lives through water safety education. To date, more than 50,000 children throughout the United States have been taught water safety skills through the Stop Drowning Now Water Safety Curriculum.


Water Safety Challenge

A recent Red Cross survey finds 61% of children, including more than half of all teens, can't perform basic swim safety skills. The survey found that nearly all parents (94%) expect that their children will engage in some sort of water activity this summer. However, nearly two-thirds (61%) of these parents report that their child cannot demonstrate all five basic skills that could save their lives in the water. Of these, 65% are parents of children (ages 4-12) and 51% are parents of teens (ages 13-17).

These critical water safety skills, also known as "water competency," are the ability to, in this order: step or jump into the water over your head; return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute; turn around in a full circle and find an exit; swim 25 yards to the exit; and exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.

The Stop Drowning Now Water Safety Challenge is a great way to allow the community to assess their water competency. The annual event is typically held in the spring as a kick-off to the drowning prevention season, however, it can be held anytime during the year. The event serves as a way to promote the Safer 3 (Safer Water, Safer People, Safer Response) drowning prevention message to the greater community, showcase water competency skills, perform rescue techniques and practice emergency preparedness, involve local water safety groups (hospitals, fire department), and secure media coverage for all of the above.

We encourage any groups who use our event guide to add a fundraising component in support of Stop Drowning Now, a national 501C3 nonprofit foundation.

Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success  Stop Drowning Now encourages individuals, organizations and swim schools across the country to host water safety events. We will provide you the tools necessary for a successful event.
Program Long-Term Success  The Stop Drowning Now Water Safety Challenge is a great way to allow the community to assess their water competency. The annual event is typically held in the spring as a kick-off to the drowning prevention season, however, it can be held anytime during the year. The event serves as a way to promote the Safer 3 (Safer Water, Safer People, Safer Response) drowning prevention message to the greater community, showcase water competency skills, perform rescue techniques and practice emergency preparedness, involve local water safety groups (hospitals, fire department, and secure media coverage for all of the above.
Program Success Monitored By  Increased number of groups participating in Water Safety Challenge.
Examples of Program Success  Reduction in number of drownings.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Jim Spiers
CEO Term Start July 2002
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Jim is a consummate professional in all facets of instruction and teaching methods within the realm of swim and water safety. In collaboration with two-time Olympic Gold medalist Catherine Fox, he established the Underwater Schoolhouse for Swimming Programs and Teaching Methods. Jim is credited with the formation and development of multiple swim programs throughout the state of Texas, including the prestigious Phil Hansel Swim Academy in Houston.

A renowned and highly prized water safety expert, Jim welcomed the opportunity to repeat the successes of his Texas swim schools, and moved to New York in 1990. There, he embarked on a new challenge; operate a growing swim school program while introducing a children’s theater program. This initiative gave birth to SwimJim, Inc. in 1998. Soon, the notoriety and success of the SwimJim program resulted in feature articles in the New York Times, as well as requests for TV and radio appearances/interviews (NPR and Martha Stewart Radio and numerous children's magazines).

Jim has traveled around the globe on behalf of the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, presenting the Safer 3 program in Brazil and Ireland. In fall 2013, the United States Swim School Association presented Jim with the Humanitarian Award for his water safety efforts. Most recently, Jim was recognized in an elite group of aquatics professionals. In March 2015, Jim was recognized as an outstanding industry leader in Aquatics International The Power Issue: Aquatics Advocates. Jim was recognized for his commitment to water safety throughout the United States and internationally as well.

Additionally, Jim is an active member of numerous boards and organizations, including:World Aquatic Baby Congress
United States Swim School Association
National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

National Drowning Prevention Alliance
International Life Saving Federation
US Swim School Association

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Johnny Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Blue Buoy Swim School
Board Chair Term July 2012 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dan Berzansky Premier Aquatic Services Voting
Georgette Cutler Cal Elite Kids and Pro Swim Academy Voting
Leslie Daland Daland Swim School Voting
David Gorman SwimJim, Inc. Voting
Cindy Johnson Blue Boy Swim School Voting
Johnny Johnson Blue Boy Swim School Voting
Joe Oehme New Jersey Swim Schools, Inc. and the Njswim Companies Voting
Mary Reilly-Magee Love to Swim School Voting
Jim Spiers SwimJim, Inc. 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
Wayne Ziegler Aqua Culture Training Center and Swim School --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 25
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $145,000.00
Projected Expenses $130,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Current Balance Sheet

2017 Profit & Loss Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $85,667 $83,507 $93,178
Total Expenses $69,753 $103,917 $69,998

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$30,529 $20,759 $55,395
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $12,175 $7,828 $8,349
Investment Income, Net of Losses $117 $320 $157
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $42,846 $54,600 $29,277
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $66,837 $89,408 $58,858
Administration Expense $2,916 $14,509 $11,140
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.23 0.80 1.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses 96% 86% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $98,042 $81,945 $102,568
Current Assets $98,042 $81,945 $102,568
Long-Term Liabilities $430 $247 $460
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $97,612 $81,698 $102,108

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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? No

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Documents