DanceSafe

Promoting health and safety in the nightlife communities.

Lakewood, CO   |  www.dancesafe.org

Mission

DanceSafe has two fundamental operating principles: harm reduction and peer-based, popular education. Combining these two principles has enabled us to create successful, peer-based educational programs to reduce drug misuse and empower young people to make healthy, informed lifestyle choices. We are known for bringing adulterant screening (a.k.a., “pill testing,” “drug checking”) to the rave and nightlife community in the U.S., and for distributing unbiased educational literature describing the effects and risks associated with the use of various drugs. We neither condone nor condemn drug use. Rather, we provide a non-judgmental perspective to help support people who use drugs in making informed decisions about their health and safety.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Mitchell Gomez

Main address

12081 W Alameda #442

Lakewood, CO 80228 USA

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EIN

94-3365608

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are diligently working to combat the often deadly consequences of failed drug policies and the War on Drugs. We are also helping bridge the gap in knowledge and honest education that exists around drug use and other stigmatized topics by sparking honest, peer-led dialogue and providing unbiased, factual information about how to mitigate harm when people choose to use drugs or engage in risky behaviors such as sex.

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?

Online DanceSafe Volunteer Training Course

DanceSafe has three distinct components. The National Chapter Network, with groups in 25 cities as of Oct. 2001, provides on-site peer education at clubs and raves. The Training program targets peer groups, parents, educators, and law enforcement. The focus of the program is to provide up to date information on drugs that are used by some members of the nightclub or rave communities. The National Office works with other Harm Reduction organizations to organize conferences and trainings. the focus is to provide the scientific and health communities with current information to assist in reducing drug related harm among youth.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

About EcstasyData.org

EcstasyData.org is an independent laboratory pill testing program
co-sponsored by Erowid, Dancesafe, and MAPS. Launched in July 2001, its
purpose is to collect, manage, review, and present laboratory pill
testing results from a variety of organizations. The information is
made publicly available to help harm-reduction efforts, medical
personnel, and researchers.
While some government agencies analyze pill contents, they choose to
restrict the data they collect and make it private to law enforcement
interests.

EcstasyData.org collects lab testing results from a variety of
organizations, but also commissions its own tests which are conducted
by Drug Detection Lab (DDL) in Sacramento. We are also interested in
helping other groups publish and manage their testing data. Please
contact [email protected](mailto:admin%40ecstasydata.org) for more information.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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DanceSafe's ultimate goals are to: (1) provide honest, science-based information on stigmatized topics to help educate the public about drug use, sex, consent, and other risks associated with nightlife recreation, such as hearing damage and heatstroke; (2) decrease risk, harm, and death associated with drug use; (3) provide widespread access to harm reduction tools, such as reagent drug checking kits and fentanyl test strips, which are available for the public to purchase at dancesafe.org/shop; (4) become the first US-based harm reduction nonprofit to offer advanced drug checking technology at music festivals and nightlife events; and (5) partner with state and local public health officials to offer advanced drug checking to the general public and problematic use populations.

DanceSafe operates multiple programs in order to reach it's stated goals. Our programs include (but are not limited to):
1. Reagent test kit program: we manufacture and sell online reagent test kits which help people who use drugs identify a sample to ensure they are not adulterated or misrepresented, thus reducing the risk associated with illicitly-purchased drugs.
2. Fentanyl test strip program: to help address the overdose crisis, DanceSafe sells fentanyl test strips online to the public, so people who use drugs can test their samples for fentanyl before ingesting. This reduces the likelihood of fentanyl overdose.
3. Field Outreach Program: Our chapters across the US set up booths at live music events and music festivals to provide in-the-field peer education and harm reduction services to nightlife attendees. DanceSafe often works with the medical team onsite to provide a comprehensive health services to those engaging in nightlife or festival recreation.
4. Online Outreach Program: DanceSafe is present across social media platforms, and has large audiences which engage daily with our online outreach initiatives, which include live drug Q&A's, Test It! Alerts which alert folks in a specific geographic region about potentially adulterated substances circulating in their area, and other educational content.
5. #WeLoveConsent Program: this's program's mission is to dismantle rape culture and help build a consent culture within the electronic music and nightlife communities. This program seeks to mobilize the community to build a consent culture and to reduce the incidence of sexual violence in nightlife settings through consent education and bystander intervention.
6. Advanced testing technology: we currently have successfully raised enough funds to purchase an FTIR spectrometry machine, which would improve our drug checking capabilities, and which will provide more accurate test results to service participants. We plan on implementing FTIR testing at events in 2022.

Our reagent test kit and fentanyl test strip programs provide the organization with up to 90% of the revenue for its operating budget. Since 2017, sales of its drug checking kits and fentanyl test strips have doubled. With consistent revenue, we are able to sufficiently fund and staff our programs to ensure they remain effectual and up-to-date with the best technology and training.

Since 2017, revenue made from the sales of our harm reduction tools (reagent test kits and fentanyl test strips) have doubled from grossing around $500,000 in FY2017 to $1.3 million in FY2019. We have also seen an increase in the number of volunteers we've trained in 2019, but have seen a lull since COVID and the canceling of the events we usually service every year.

However, because we didn't had a field outreach season in 2020, we have been able to allocate the expenses from that program to focus on other programs, such as our online outreach program, which has seen substantial increase in engagement after hiring a part time employee to focus on communications.

We are currently building out our #WeLoveConsent program, and have hired a contractor to oversee the creation of content and training who has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and who is working on her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Masters of Education in Human Sexuality, and Doctorate in Human Sexuality.

In 2019, we raised enough money to purchase and implement an advanced testing technology program. By 2022, we will have purchased an FTIR spectrometry machine, created a training for volunteers to operate the machine, and will have it for use at events across the US.

We are currently undergoing a brand refresh and website redesign in order to bring the organization current and to better reflect to community we serve.

Financials

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Operations

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DanceSafe

Board of directors
as of 11/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chalaina Connors

Bryan Oley

no affiliation

Chalaina Connors

DANCESAFE PDX

Dina Perrone

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/7/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx and Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data