Youth Development


aka SmartDrive

Wilmington, DE


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


Executive Director

Mr. Julian H. "Pete" Booker

Program Coordinator

Mr. Guy VanderLek

Main Address

P.O. Box 8336

Wilmington, DE 19803 USA


FREE Defensive and safe driving programs for students ages 14 - 22.





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Automotive Safety (M42)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

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

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"SmartDrive Classic"

"Distraction and Reaction"

"SmartDrive PROMise"

"SmartDrive DWI" (Driving With Intelligence)

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Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

It will be very clear to us: is our revenue increasing at an acceptable rate and in a sustainable way? if so, then growth will follow. If not, we can continue to operate as we do now, but with more limited impact than we would ideallymlike.

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.

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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