Hope Floats Foundation Inc

Swim it Forward

aka Hope Floats, Swim It Forward (TM)   |   Woodbridge, VA   |  www.hopefloats.foundation.

Mission

Did You Know that Drowning is the Leading Cause of Accidental Death for Ages 5 & Under?
A child dies from drowning every minute across the globe. It's the silent epidemic that no one is talking about. The absolute blessing here is that drowning is preventable. Through pooling our resources and connecting underserved children with providers who can help educate families how to keep their children safe and who can give children the ability to save their own lives through learning to swim, community by community, we can reverse the tide of child drownings worldwide.

Hope Floats is the vehicle through which people like you, businesses, and government can pool together to do something extraordinary: Save the lives of children across the globe by giving them the life-saving skill of swimming. Hope Floats provides scholarships and tuition assistance to underprivileged children who might not otherwise be able to afford swim lessons.

Did You Know?

* Drowning is the Leading Cause of Accidental Death in the U.S. for Ages 4 & Under (CDC).
* Drowning is the 2nd Leading Cause of Accidental Death in the U.S. for Ages 14 & Under (CDC).
* Globally, the highest drowning rates are among children 1-4 years, followed by children 5-9 years (World Health Organization).
Lower socioeconomic status is associated with higher risk of drowning (WHO).
* African American children in the U.S. drown at rates 5.5 times higher than whites (CDC).

Scientific Benefits of Swimming for Children:

* Participation in formal swim lessons reduces risk of drowning by 88%! (National Institute of Health, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2009)
Children who learn to swim at a young age, not only are able to save their own life, but are reaching developmental milestones earlier than the norm.
* According to Griffith University research (2013), young children who participate in swim lessons at an early age boosts the development of the Whole Child and are:
- 20 months ahead in understanding directions
- 17 months ahead in story recall
- 10 months ahead in cognitive skills
- 7 months ahead in fine motor skills

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

Cindy Tonnesen

Main address

14531 Potomac Mills Rd

Woodbridge, VA 22192 USA

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EIN

81-2681890

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

IRS filing requirement

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Scholarships

Hope Floats provides financial need based scholarships for families in need to learn the life saving gift of swimming.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Financials

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Hope Floats Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/13/2021
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Board chair

Cindy Tonnesen

Christy Bostic

Leon Levine Foundation

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? 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