SMART DRIVE FOUNDATION

Saving Teen Lives - EVERY DAY

aka SmartDrive   |   New Castle, DE   |  www.smartdriveusa.org

Mission

The mission of the Smart Drive Foundation is to reduce loss of life and property in senseless motor vehicle crashes through avoidance of risky behavior and intensive and interactive defensive driving skill development. The number one cause of death of teens in our country is injuries in motor vehicle crashes, many more teens suffer life long pain and disability from crash related injuries. The vast majority of these crashes can be prevented! Smart Drive offers FREE and incentive based safe and defensive driving programs in participating schools and community organizations in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder

Mr. Julian H. "Pete" Booker

Program Coordinator

Mr. Guy VanderLek

Main address

2 Penn's Way #201

New Castle, DE 19720 USA

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EIN

20-8818548

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Automotive Safety (M42)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SmartDrive continuously innovates and upgrades its programs to reflect best practices and address the needs of new young drivers as characterized to us by the drivers themselves as well as their parents, educators, police and public safety organizations and government officials. We feel good about where we are and what we do, especially given the budget restrictions under which we operate. We accomplish an amazing amount of good with one full-time paid staff member and several highly committed volunteers. Our biggest limitation in getting to all of the the population that we serve. SmartDrive is severely hampered by budget limitations. We serve several thousand teens each year thanks to our hardworking people, effective collaboration with schools, partner organizations and public safety professionals. However, we could reach thousands more with additional staff, more educational materials and broad proactive outreach to schools and parents in a larger geography.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

"SmartDrive Classic"

SmartDrive Classic is an online defensive driving course certified by the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicle. It is a 6 hour course written specifically for young drivers, in a multiple choice question and answer format that uses a fun interactive approach including games and videos that enhance learning and retention of information. Prizes and contests, including a scholarship competition, are used as incentives for participation in and completion of the program.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

SmartDrive PROMise is a signed pledge to adhere to nine safe driving and safe passenger rules such as always wearing a seatbelt, promoting safe driving habits in your family and more! This program is now available in a safe, no-contact video-based online format.

Population(s) Served

"DWI" is an assembly program for schools that includes a safe driving presentation, video, simulated traffic stop and impaired driving test demonstration presented in partnership with law enforcement professionals, and a Q & A session for students. This program is now available in a safe, no-contact video-based online format.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

We collaborate with a school club to conduct visual seat belt checks and mobile phone usage at area high schools as students drive into the school parking lot in the morning. Upon entering school students are asked to complete a short questionnaire and receive safe driving and riding information. They also receive a coupon for free food from Texas Roadhouse as an incentive for participating in the survey. This program is now available in a safe, no-contact video-based online format.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

This is a mixed-media interactive program that has taken the place of a previous vehicle-based program. It employs 5 learning stations to physically demonstrate to students the various types of driver impairment and their effects. It is now being revised to add a contactless online presentation.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Teens today are busier than ever, with more expectations of all sorts placed upon them. Their time is limited; families, schools and other organizations serving this population continually struggle with the task of fitting everything in. Our consistent experience has been that when we are given the opportunity to present our program to decision makers, they are persuaded to try it, and when they do try us, they find that we are effective and we truly change minds and habits among new teen drivers.

SmartDrive is currently at its limit in time and staffing. Real growth for us can only come through more knowledgeable and persuasive staff members spending more time proactively reaching out to teens, families, schools and communities. This can only be accomplished by our ability to generate significantly more revenue to hire more qualified and committed staff.

1. Continue to successfully serve our existing areas and populations with effective curriculum and innovative approaches to the ever-changing environment for teen drivers. The is our best tool for expansion.

2. Pursue a targeted fundraising plan to provide two years of funding to move the executive Director position form volunteer to paid status, to hire a half-time to full-time grant writer/ fundraiser and to add one or two additional operations personnel.

3. identify a logical strategy for growth in programming and expansion to contiguous geographies, building relationships and implementing programs with schools and additional partner organizations.

4. Set a target date of September 1, 2022 to double to number of "customers served".

SmartDrive can continue providing the programming and service we currently have indefinitely. However, we cannot achieve our goal of growth in the ways stated without finding a few large grants from organizations clearly dedicated to our mission and to the outcomes we can provide. SmartDrive operates on a little less than $200,000 per year. We need to find an additional $150,000 per year to enact the programming described and, ultimately, another $150,000 beyond that to sustain a larger operation. In other words, we need to grow our fundraising achievement from $180,000 per year as it currently is to about $500,000 if we are going to achieve our goals.

It is a tall order and it can only be achieved through the acquisition of significant seed funding from funders with the capacity and motivations to help.

We have created the plan, the job descriptions for the additional positions and we have identified funders that we believe have the capacity and interest to get us started on this route. Importantly, we have received new funding from some influential local foundations that we can point to when going to others.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SMART DRIVE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 12/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jesse Reeves

IMPACT Search

Term: 2014 - 2020

Susan Booker

Ursuline Academy

M. Jane Brady

State of Delaware

LaBarre Everette

Generations Home Care, Inc.

Gloria Johnson

Wilmington University

Maria Mockbee

Bancroft Construction

Gary Ulrich

Financial House

Jeffrey Weaver

Delaware River and Bauy Authority Police Department

Denise Baroski

Delaware Dreams Foundation

Organizational demographics

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