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STOP THE ADDICTION FATALITY EPIDEMIC (SAFE) PROJECT US

Stopping the addiction epidemic one person, one community and one campus at a time.

aka SAFE Project   |   ARLINGTON, VA   |  http://www.safeproject.us

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Mission

SAFE Project is a national nonprofit working through a collaborative, multi-pronged and non-partisan approach to end the nation’s catastrophic addiction epidemic.

Ruling year info

2018

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Horwitz

Executive Director, Substance Use and Behavioral Health

Leslie Plaia

Main address

3118 WASHINGTON BLVD BOX 101734

ARLINGTON, VA 22201 USA

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EIN

83-0781172

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 20 million American struggle with substance use disorder. In fact, every single day, over 2,500 children in our country abuse prescription drugs for the first time. As a result, over 70,000 Americans of lost their lives annually due to drug overdoses and the number of nonfatal overdoses continues to rise. Addiction is a disease. Substance use disorder and the mental health challenges that may lead to this disorder are treatable. However, our country continues to struggle with the stigma of addiction – shaming those that struggle as individuals who are weak or have made bad decisions – and the resources to overcome this disease have not been consistent or coordinated. SAFE Project addresses addiction in a collaborative and nonpartisan way. SAFE Project coordinates within individual communities; post-secondary institutions, businesses and our military forces and their families to ensure that six individual yet interrelated areas are addressed in unison to help our country

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?

SAFE Communities

SAFE Communities works with communities across the nation to create comprehensive ways to respond to the addiction epidemic and identify the tools they need to convert intent into action.

Population(s) Served

SAFE Project has developed programs to connect veterans, active-duty service members, and their families to the resources they need to address mental health challenges and substance use disorders.

Population(s) Served

SAFE Workplaces supports businesses in developing and maintaining a healthy business environment that promotes employee wellness and, most importantly, saves lives. Our programs, with a focus on substance misuse/disorder and mental health, will provide opportunities for employees to engage in a variety of employer activities. We offer a suite of training, policy development, and technical assistance services — such as survey tools, resources, and Supervisor and Employee training — to assist in creating a wellness culture that offers supportive environments where safety is ensured, and holistic health continues to emerge for employees and their families.

Population(s) Served

Providing developmental assistance to support the needs of students in recovery and collegiate recovery communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Veterans
Military personnel
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Veterans
Military personnel
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Veterans
Military personnel

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 volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SAFE Project’s Volunteer Program gives community members, families, friends, and others a way to serve, contribute their skills and experiences to a meaningful cause.

Number of drug deactivation pouches distributed nationally.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our 2022 “Gone for Good” campaign resulted in nearly 50,000 drug deactivation systems distributed nationally, raising our campaign total to more than 115,000 since inception in April 2020.

Number of people trained

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

SAFE Veterans

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Veteran Wellness program, educates service members and veterans to combat mental health and substance use challenges, and empowers them to thrive in their transition, through training sessions.

Number of website pageviews

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

SAFE Communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

8 million daily views through the MLB website related to the SAFE Gone for Good Campaign.

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 organization provides tools and resources to individual communities, campuses, businesses and military members and their families to overcome addiction. Working in six distinct areas public awareness; family outreach and support, prescription drugs and medical response; law enforcement and criminal justice; prevention and treatment and recovery SAFE Project assists each of our stakeholders to find the solution that best supports them and helps facilitates their success.

Through collaboration and leadership by our team of experts, SAFE works directly with each of our stakeholders to highlight and scale successful program, develop creative solutions to address important gaps in the overall programming within the addiction and behavior health programming and eliminate redundancies. This work is done hands on in direct support as well as in remote or virtual settings to do whatever can be done to support an individual community, campus, business, a member of the military or a veteran and their families.

SAFE Project continues to collaborate with individual partners and grow to meet the increased demands. In 2020 alone, our SAFE Communities division provided training, resources and tools to support multiple communities with a cumulative excess of over a million citizens. Our SAFE Campuses portfolio has engaged directly with more than 100 post-secondary institutions and successfully trained nearly 150 students in recovery in leadership and program management skills to assist them in becoming dedicated servant leaders in the recovery arena. With the assistance of the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as others, our SAFE Veterans program has established a number of pilot programs which are leading to the development of wellness training for all veterans, their caretakers and their families.

SAFE Project has already executed several programs and delivered new and innovative training. In 2020 alone, SAFE Project in partnership with Deterra Systems has delivered enough free drug deactivation packages to destroy over 3 million unused prescription drugs. SAFE has provided tools, resources, and some hands-on training for multiple communities in over 30 states, provided public awareness signage in hospitals across the country, as well as in one major metropolitan international airport. In addition to those efforts, SAFE Project has:

• Directly engaged with over 150 post-secondary institutions to build or improve their current collegiate recovery programs;
• Piloted and delivered an innovative community prevention program that breaks down silos and coordinates the work of Prevention and Recovery professionals for the first time ever.
• Supported three pilot programs to establish training for veterans in wellness and self-help to reduce the number of veteran overdoses.
• Established a software application to reconnect college students in recovery upon leaving their academic institutions;
• Establish a simple treatment locator which can better assist families in quickly finding the treatment they require by answering a few simple questions;
• Trained over 100 student leaders in recovery with leadership and program management skills to assist them in become servant leaders in recovery.
• Created a workplace program that adapts resources and training to the individual needs of businesses nationwide, reducing absenteeism, illnesses and workplace injuries and increasing morale and productivity.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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STOP THE ADDICTION FATALITY EPIDEMIC (SAFE) PROJECT US

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

James Winnefeld


Board co-chair

Mary Winnefeld

Peter L. Corsell

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Thomas J. Donohue, Jr.

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Kelly Darin Rainko

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Chuck Rosenberg

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Bill Sternberg

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Brian Dooner

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Joseph Hynds

Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, p.c.

Hansel Tookes, MD, MPH

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Sarah Werner, DDS

Philanthropy

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/26/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.