CAROLINA SWIMS FOUNDATION

Giving the Gift of Swim

Chapel Hill, NC   |  www.carolinaswimsfoundation.org

Mission

Carolina Swims Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) health organization that provides sponsored swim lessons and aqua-therapy to underserved children and children in foster care to prevent drownings. Vision: To prevent fatal and non fatal drownings by "Giving the Gift of Swim" to all children. Mission: To safeguard underserved children and children in foster care from drowning by equipping children with the survival life skill of swimming, and through the medium of swim lessons help children build mastery in their own lives for preservation and actualization both mentally and physically.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder & President

Mrs Sarah Chaires

Main address

924 Pinehurst Dr

Chapel Hill, NC 27517 USA

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EIN

81-3732331

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Health Support Services (E60)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Carolina Swims Foundation (CSF) sponsor the gift of swim lessons and water safety instruction to children in foster care. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children 0-4 years, second leading cause of unintentional death in children 4-15 years, and fifth leading cause of unintentional death in a lifetime. CSF’s mission is to combat the rates of drowning in our community by giving the gift of swim and water safety instruction to children in foster care. According to the CDC, one in five people who die from drowning are younger than 14 years. For every child that dies from drowning, eigh additional children receive emergency department services for nonfatal drowning. Half of those children go on to need hospitalization and long-term medical care. Foster care children are especially at risk of drowning, by giving the gift of swim to children in foster care we are giving them the survival life skill that will protect them from drowning their entire life.

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?

Free Monthly Swim Lessons

Free monthly swim lessons for children in foster care. All children receive a "survival pack" that contains the necessary equipment to learn how to swim (backpack, cozy towel, bathing suit, goggles and cap)

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Free Monthly Swim Lessons

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since the inception of the non profit we have taught this number of foster care children how to swim

Number of children served

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

Children and youth, Multiracial people, Indigenous peoples, People of African descent, People of Asian descent

Related Program

Free Monthly Swim Lessons

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Carolina Swims Foundation aims to give the gift of swim & water safety instruction to all underserved children and children in foster care. Additionally, to prevent drowning Carolina Swims Foundation wants to train older foster care children on how to be certified lifeguards by giving them an employable skill that will save lives.

Partnering with aquatic facilities, stakeholders, and foster care systems to deliver safe & fun swim lessons for children in foster care.

Carolina Swims Foundation has taught over 300 children in foster care how to swim coming from 15 different counties in North Carolina. Carolina Swims Foundation gives all children in the program a "survival pack" that contains the necessary equipment to learn how to swim (goggles, swim cap, bathing suits, cozy towel, pool toy and water bottle). The children are celebrated and made to be like a valued member on the Carolina Swims Foundation team. We do intake and outtake interviews of the Foster families to ensure that any barriers to learning are sensitively cared so that the children have a wonderful experience. The swim lessons are more than a lesson, the help children develop mastery in their own lives through relations, physical activity and connectivity.

Carolina Swims Foundation has letters of endorsement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Red Cross for efforts of drowning prevention. Founder & President, Sarah Chaires has given expert presentations to General Assembly in North Carolina, Local new stations, National City and County Health Department Officials and to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

Financials

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CAROLINA SWIMS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 3/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Sarah Chaires

Carolina Swims Foundation

Term: 2016 - 2024

Ben Colley

Chip Peterson

Robyn Terry

Kara Henderson

Christy Garth

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability