Human Services

ABBY GRACES HOPE INC

Quick Facts

Auburndale, FL

Mission

Abby Grace's Hope is to considerably reduced water related injury and death by raising awareness and providing access to water safety and survival resources while supporting children and families impacted by a water related injury and/or death.

Ruling Year

2014

Principal Officer

Rachel Warren

Main Address

319 Delon Ct

Auburndale, FL 33823 USA

Keywords

advocacy, survival swim, drowning prevention, water safety, medical and family support

EIN

46-5711321

 Number

5907005121

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Following a Memorial Day accident and non-fatal drowning event of then 2 year old Abby Grace, a new realization fell on the shoulders of parents, Michael and Rachel Warren. Abby's drowning was incredibly fast, it was completely silent, her parents were aware of drowning risks and took safety seriously. The alarm in understanding just how easily an even like this could happen had Abby's parents sharing their story with friends and families to get the word out and potentially save others from suffering a similar event - which the Warren's now realize has impacts long lasting and widespread. Soon, the Warren's would be approached with serious concerns: Where can we find CPR classes and Swimming Instructors? How can we afford these programs? Are there instructors for Special Needs? Eager to help answer these questions, they dug deeper into them and realized these were questions that weren't currently easily answered. Abby Grace's Hope was founded to provide resolution.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AGH Swim Voucher Program

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?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Abby Grace's Hope seeks to reduce drowning risks through better access to local survival swim programs, CPR classes and collaborative efforts with other community partners for advocacy other layers of prevention.

The strategies employed to tackle these serious problems were broken into multiple programs within Abby Grace's Hope: Survival Swim Scholarship, Abby's Friends and Family Annual CPR as well as family and medical support for families who had already suffered the unimaginable. **Swim Scholarship Program:

Through media (social and news) outlets, Abby Grace's Hope relentlessly shares first hand knowledge of drowning risks, engaging audiences with young children and those with special needs. AGH launched the first Swim Instructor Directory in Polk County, providing both online and paper copies during community events. Together with incredible community support, the primary program of Abby Grace's Hope is funded. Families in financial hardship with young children and those with special needs are encouraged to fill out a request for support through the Abby Grace's Hope website. This program is currently offered seasonally and pairs these families with appropriate instructors at a rolling cost break depending on family need and available funding.

There are so many factors involved in a drowning accident and therefore gauging success is not always easy. Risks increase exponentially and our population continues to grow around us. AGH and its donors know every minute and penny invested is worthwhile each time a scholarship family shares a survival story - there have been multiple over the years!! Less countable indicators is gauged through enrollment into local swim lessons and CPR lessons. Through personal stories shared the Abby's story spurred a family into action. AGH knows that every child and family equipped with multiple layers of protection will greatly reduce the risks of drowning. The more families equipped, the more children with increased chances of survival in and around water.

Abby Grace's Hope launched in 2013 at a very local level of impacts and through the years has continued to grow and involve reaching county, state, national and global levels of interaction. While most of the foundation's programs continue to operate at the local levels, the Warren's continue to invest in education and advocacy of water safety at all levels. The foundation is honored to have provided swim scholarships to hundreds of children over the years and looks forward to continuing this program providing a crucial line of defense equipping children with the skills they need to survive should other layers of prevention fail. Donors have specially donated allocated funds to help families with a loss of a child due to drowning, through burial costs, medical expenses, etc. The goal will forever remain to eliminate the need for funding in this category. Abby Grace's Hope was founded based on very specific goals based on certain needs. Drowning Prevention and Water Safety, while at same levels never changes, is also quickly evolving and as it does, Abby Grace's Hope continues to evolve with the needs of those it strives to protect and support.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

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

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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

No