Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition

2 seconds is 2 long to turn your back on a child in water!

Fort Worth, TX   |  www.fwdpc.org

Mission

To prevent fatal and non-fatal drownings in the Fort Worth area and beyond.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Tara Reed

Main address

PO Box 11813

Fort Worth, TX 76110 USA

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EIN

47-3716924

NTEE code info

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every day, about 10 people die from accidental drowning in the US. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. North TX leads the state for pediatric drowning deaths. For every child who dies from drowning, another 6 receive emergency department care for non-fatal submersion injuries. More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for further care.

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children 0-4 years of age. Drowning ranks fifth among adults and second among children as the leading cause of accidental injury death in the United States. Per the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Texas leads the nation in pool drowning deaths. Also alarming are the numbers of drowning deaths in open water; open water being defined as a lake, river, creek, pond, bay, gulf, or other naturally occurring body of water. We are motivated by the fact that every drowning is preventable.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Swim Safe

The Swim Safe program offers water safety and drowning prevention lessons to at-risk community members in Fort Worth, TX, who do not know how to swim.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Swim Safe

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

52% Hispanic, 27% African-American, 15% Caucasian, 2% Asian, 4% Other

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Swim Safe

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Parent/caregiver education to 9602 community members who have now become our ambassadors for water safety within their own network of family & friends. 2012-2019

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Swim Safe

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

94 print, radio & television total interviews raising water safety awareness including the New York Times. 2012-2018

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Swim Safe

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

US Masters Swimming, USA Swimming, National Drowning Prevention Alliance, City of Fort Worth, FW Ind School Dist, YMCA Fort Worth, Fort Worth Fire Dpt, Team Ridglea, Junior League Fort Worth, and more

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Swim Safe

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Board takes as many opportunities as they can to share our unique model of community collaboration.

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Swim Safe

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

81% of students demonstrate comfort in the water by the conclusion of class.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Swim Safe

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Many of our volunteers log 50+ hours individually each summer, coming back to work with new students at all 4 of our Swim Safe programs

Number of participants reporting change in behavior or cessation of activity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Swim Safe

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2,292 life jackets distributed from 2012-2019. 6-month post survey with 29% response rate revealed 100% retention of PFDs and 90% of recipients had had reason to use the life jackets.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Swim Safe

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our grassroots efforts to date have engaged 665 volunteers for 10,000+ hours on deck and approximately 2900 board hours. 100% of vols reported in a post-survey the desire to volunteer in the future.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our mission is to prevent fatal and non-fatal drowning in the Fort Worth area and beyond. This mission is achieved through affordable drowning prevention and water safety instruction for children and adults combined with education for parents and caregivers. We also provide our replicable model and approach for others to use.

Program of Work: Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition members leverage expertise and resources to provide affordable drowning prevention events at various locations across Fort Worth. When the venue of the event is a pool, both drowning prevention and water safety instruction will be provided. When the venue is educational only, water safety instruction will be the emphasis, with encouragement to participate in a future event that includes practical in-water drowning prevention instruction.

The FWDPC is a community coalition of key stakeholders all driving to eliminate fatal and non-fatal drownings in our area through implementation of our USA Swimming-approved curriculum and programming. In partnership with the City of Fort Worth, the YMCA of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Fire Dept, the Junior League, high schools and triathlete clubs, we utilize hundreds of trained volunteers to act as our ambassadors for water safety each summer to equip and educate thousands of at-risk community members. However, our strength as a coalition lies outside of the confines of the pool deck and in the classrooms, special events, and community centers where we partner with neighborhood leaders and elected officials to deepen and broaden our message of water safety. Additionally, Directors of the FWDPC serve on national boards and speak at national conferences strengthening partnerships and facilitating formulation of local drowning prevention task forces across the country.

The FWDPC is led by an active and engaged board of directors, two contracted staff members to include an Executive Director and Lead Aquatics Trainer, multiple fully staffed and industrious committees and an army of more than 150 volunteers. Strategic coalition partnerships include the City of Fort Worth, YMCA of Fort Worth, MedStar, Junior League, the Fort Worth School District, private schools, swim clubs and triathlete teams, hospitals and medical schools, all of whom place resources and their networks of influence at our disposal. Organizational infrastructure includes a robust CRM built on the SalesForce platform integrated with our website utilizing communication, fundraising and volunteer management applications. The FWDPC is sponsored by and receives funds from USA Swimming Fdtn, United States Masters Swimming Fdtn and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Members of the coalition sit on the same national boards providing skills and expertise.

• 1879 non-swimmers now safer in and around water.
• Increased accessibility to water safety & swim lessons in Fort Worth. 52% Hispanic, 28% African-American, 16% Caucasian, 2% Asian, 2% Other
• 81% of students demonstrate comfort in the water.
• 861 learn-to-swim scholarships awarded following successful completion of drowning prevention classes
• 1880 life jackets distributed. 6-month post survey revealed 100% retention of PFDs and 90% of recipients had had reason to use the life jackets.
• Parent/caregiver education to 6072 community members who have now become our ambassadors for water safety within their own network of family & friends.
• Drowning is a community problem requiring a community response. Our grassroots efforts to date have engaged 538 volunteers for >9000 hours on deck and approximately 2400 board hours.
• Roughly 1/3 of the volunteers we have trained are young adults who have learned life-long teaching skills and were seen as role models by young students.

Financials

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Operations

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Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition

Board of directors
as of 04/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Fike

The Fort Worth Swim School

Term: 2019 - 2021

Cory Stuhmer

City of Fort Worth

Starrett Keele

City of Fort Worth Fire Dept

Julie Jackson

Team Ridglea

Jacquelyn Kotar

YMCA

Denise Ledbetter

Interbank

Moshira Lutes

Community Volunteer

Kevin MacMahon

TCC

Hakan Atay

Novartis

Pam Cannell

Boardbuild

Sarah Shelton

Community Volunteer

Aubrey Kettrick

TCU

Amanda Houdashell

UTA

Carol Boehnke

Texas Health

Jenny Davis

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes