We Care Manatee Inc
300 Riverside Drive East
Suite 4500
Bradenton FL 34208-1025
To facilitate free medical care to low-income, uninsured residents of Manatee County, Florida
CEO/Executive Director Victoria Kasdan RN, MPH
Board Chair Thomas Morrish MD
Board Chair Affiliation ENT Assoc of Manatee PA
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2002
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes Oct 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

We Care Manatee promotes healthy living through our access to medical care for low income, uninsured  individuals in Manatee County. We currently offer a physician specialty referral program, breast health & wellness services, pharmaceutical assitance, and a primary clinic.. In the past year we were able to fund, and continue core  programs while meeting the growing need for  services by our patients. We continue to be the largest and most comprehensive primary resource to help uninsured women detect breast cancer in its early stages and get their respective treatments. Additionally, We Care Manatee has recruited new volunteer physician specialist, signed a 3 year contract with FSU nurse practitioner program, and initiated a mobile mammography community service, thus increasing our patient offerings and outreach. In May 2016, we moved into a bigger suite at our same location, to better accomodate the growing need for services in our community. The expanded clinical and administrative space assist in facilitating our goal of  serving more patients, more effectively, with better outcomes and empowered with the knowledge, access and resources to maintain their overall health.

Needs Statement
  1. MARKETING:We Care Manatee needs $ 3000 for education materials and grassroot marketing efforts to heighten awareness of health issues, inform about available free healthcare resources and educate  new/existing patients
  2. VOLUNTEER PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT: We Care Manatee needs $15,000 to assit in recruiting, engaging and recognizing volunteer physicians and other licensed healthcare providers to facilitate our mission and provide free medical care. This would include development of an ambassador recruitment kit; quarterly newsletters; recognition marketing; and database management.
  3. CLINICAL STAFF: We Care Manatee needs $45,000, annually for a  FT Clinic Nurse to assist with managing the expanding breast health program, increased need for care coordination and followup, assist in tracking outcomes, and provide overall patient care and management. 
  4. ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF: We Care needs $16,500, annaully for a PT bilingual Office Admin - 20 hrs week to assist with communication barriers that impact access, care delivery and outcomes: assist with data base management, record keeping, administrative duties, and development projects.
  5. MEDICAL  SUPPLIES & MODELS: We Care Manatee needs $5000 to repair broken clinc equipment ( 2 BP monitors); purchase emergency equipment- AED; and breast health models.
Background Statement
The Manatee County Medical Society initiated efforts in 1999 to bring the medical community together to address the increasing problem of medical services to low income, uninsured Manatee County residents in a structured, liability free environment.  The By-Laws were adopted in 2000 and We Care Manatee became incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in October 2002. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments The zip codes available for service through any of our 4 programs are as follows: 34201, 34202, 34203, 34204, 34205, 34206, 34207, 34208, 34209, 34210, 34211, 34212, 34215, 34216, 34217, 34218, 34219, 34220, 34221, 34222, 34228, 34243, 34250, 34251, 34260, 34264, 34270, 34280, 34281, 34282.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Health Care
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We envision Manatee County, as a healthy community, where all residents have access to medical care regardless of their ability to pay. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The We Care Manatee program is about providing access to healthcare to low-income uninsured Manatee County residents. By the time a patient ends up at the We Care Manatee office, they are in a very desperate place in their life. Most have a history of circumstances beyond their control and are feeling helpless. Our typical patient falls within the percentage of American’s that do not qualify for government programs, and because they are not well, are unable to work or hold a full time job. In the end, the impact We Care Manatee facilitates access to care for improved health,  that often leads to an  improvment in their overall way of life. We Care Manatee can track the type and value of care provided by our physican and clinical volunteers ( based on care codes and Medicare approved rates) and  extrapolate that to provide an estimated total savings and impact  to the community. Since inception in 1999, We Care providers have donated medical care valued at more than $7 million in free medical care. More importantly though is the difference we make in the lives of those we serve because often a patient treated through We Care Manatee is one less patient going to our local emergency rooms for care, one less patient getting sicker, and one less patient who may become sicker or even die because they did not have access to proper medical care due to their financial situation.

 We Care Manatee has a broad explanation of success, to provide medical care to an uninsured, low-income resident of Manatee County with hopes of making their lives healthier. We are a small, 2.5  person office that processes 120+ referrals per month, while managing a client data base of over 2,000 patients annually. 

Description The Specialty Physician Program connects patients with volunteer physicians who are willing to treat patients for free in their private offices.  We Care Manatee receives approximately 85-100 referrals a month from various area primary care facilities seeking assistance for their uninsured patients in need of a medical specialist.  Once referred, patients are brought in for an eligibility meeting and are accepted based on our ability to serve them with the requested specialist and their ability to meet the Florida Department of Health financial eligibility criteria.  All of our patients must be between 18-64 years of age, a permanent resident of Manatee County, at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines with the inability to pay for the requested service.  We Care Manatee then requests an appointment with a participating volunteer specialist for the patient.  Last year, we provided over $1.1 mil. worth of donated medical services to our patients with the help of more than 85 local physicians.
Budget $188,950
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient Care/Health Care Delivery
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
  • Patients will receive access to health care.
  • Patients will feel empowered to take control over their health.
Long Term Success
  • We Care Manatee will have at least one volunteer physician in every specialty.
  • We Care Manatee will not turn any patients away with the inability to serve them.
  • Local agencies and private healthcare institutions will all refer all uninsured adults to We Care Manatee for specialty medical assistance.
  • Manatee County will be a healthier community.
Program Success Monitoring

We track all referrals and status within the program through our patient database. Including, but not limited to when they are matched with a volunteer physician, when they are utilizing other facets of our programs (i.e. pharmaceutical assistance, or request for a medical device) and when they no longer require assistance through our program.  The benefits to our participants can be as simple as treating a nagging problem they couldn’t treat on their own, to assisting them with care of a chronic condition, to providing them life-saving care.Last year 583 patients participated in our speciality care program.

Program Success Examples
Breast Cancer
Neurosurgery/Vascular Surgery
Gynecology Oncology 

    Patients served by the Pharmaceutical Program are individuals who have been accepted and are currently being treated by one of the volunteer physicians through our Specialty Physician or Free Clinic Program.  The program operates under the same guidelines as the Specialty Physician and Free Clinic Programs.  The prescription must be written by one of our volunteer physicians then, if authorized, the patient is given a voucher to take to a local Wal-Mart Pharmacy to have filled and paid for through the We Care Manatee Line of Credit.  We Care Manatee does not pay for controlled substances, pain medications, sleep aids, anti-depressants, birth control or infertility drugs.   

    The Pharmaceutical Program allows the volunteer physicians in the Specialty Physician and Free Clinic Programs to better medically manage their patients. 
    Budget $20,000
    Category Health Care, General/Other Pharmaceuticals
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated General/Unspecified
    Short Term Success
    • All patients who see a volunteer physician through our program will be able to receive the medication to manage or treat their condition.
    Long Term Success
    • Patient's overall health will improve.
    Program Success Monitoring Program success is monitored by the number of eligible patients that have access to the pharmaceuticals that they need.  The Pharmaceutical Program provides 100% access to our patient base.   
    Program Success Examples
    Program success is defined as every patient found to be eligible receives access to the pharmaceuticals necessary to treat their condition.  An example of program success would be a patient who sees a volunteer cardiologist to treat her hypertension.  During the visit the cardiologist prescribes a medication to help with this condition.  The patient then requests and receives a voucher from We Care Manatee to cover the cost of the medication.Last year we provided over $18K in prescription vouchers for medication.
    Last year we also initiated a diabetic supplies program to facilitate self monitoring and managment for increased glucose control and reduced  complications
    The Free Primary Care Clinic operates various days throughout each month and provides free medical care, medications, laboratory services and diagnostic services for our patients.  The physicians, nurses and interpreters that work at the clinic are volunteers.
    Many people rely on our clinic to meet their primary care medical needs and /or as a resource for assessment and referral to an appropriate specialist.
    Budget $23,000
    Category Health Care, General/Other Patient Care/Health Care Delivery
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent General/Unspecified
    Short Term Success
    • Patient are given access to free medical care.
    • Increase the availability of medication, laboratory, diagnostic services provided to patients at no charge.
    Long Term Success
    • Educate public about options available to them.
    • Help establish a medical home for needy residents in Manatee County.
    Program Success Monitoring At each clinic visit the physician uses coding- CPT4 to identify the type of service rendered and Medicare allowed value of service. This information is tracked at the individual , provider, clinic day and fiscal year. We are able to see growing patient volume, repeat visits for followup, and value of service provided per clinican and in aggregate. All figures indicate a high level of satisfaction and growth.  Patient feedback on our providers has been positive with many agreeing to give testimonials.
    Program Success Examples
    • In 2017 the clinic had 111 scheduled appointments to provide free medical care to patients.

    This program provides free mammography and other breast diagnostic services to low income uninsured Manatee County residents.  After the referral is received and eligibility determined, patients gain free access to screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasound, MRI, biopsy and surgical consultations. Patients are also provided with education about the prevention of breast cancer.

    Budget $100,000
    Category Health Care, General/Other Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Adults Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent General/Unspecified
    Short Term Success
    • Eligible patients receive access to  comprehensive number of free breast health servcies including: preventive screening and diagnostic mammograms with ultrasound; breast MRI; Breast biopsy, breast consultation; and access to treatment with medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, general surgeons, and plastic surgeons. Care coordination and expanded access to services is facilitated by partnerships with imaging facilities, hospital  oncology nurse navigators, and other agencies such as FL Breast and Cervical Cancer Program associates.
    Long Term Success
    • Patient is free of breast cancer.
    • Patient continues to get regular screenings to stay cancer free.
    • Breast cancer is identified at earlier stage for better outcomes and reduced mortality
    • Manatee County has fewer instances of breast cancer and better breast cancer outcomes/survivorship
    Program Success Monitoring

    The success of this program is monitored by the patient database.

    Program Success Examples
    • Over 500 served in FY 2017 breast health program.
    • New FY 2017 mobile mammography unit, new limited Saturday and evening weekday hours reducs barriers to access
    CEO/Executive Director
    CEO/Executive Director Victoria Kasdan RN, MPH
    CEO Term Start Jan 2016
    CEO/Executive Director Email victoria@wecaremanatee.org
    RN, BSN, MPH
    Licensed health insurance agent
    Active FL RN license 
    10 + years clinical ICU experience and 2 yrs clinic experience 
    Experienced in market research, marketing, sales and development with measurable success.
    Award winning speaker, author and sales person of the year 
    Seasoned senior executive with excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
    Member: Junior League , Masala Giving Circle, ASALH, and legacy Jack & Jill
    Former CEOs/Executive Directors
    Senior Staff
    Staff & Volunteer Statistics
    Full Time Staff 2
    Part Time Staff 1
    Staff Retention Rate % 100
    Professional Development Yes
    Contractors 0
    Volunteers 100
    Management Reports to Board Yes
    CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    We are very conscientious to not duplicate services that are otherwise available in the community. We currently work with the Manatee County Health Department, Manatee County Medical Society, Epilepsy Foundation, Turning Points One Stop Center, Manatee County Rural Health Services,  and many others.
    External Assessments and Accreditations
    Risk Management Provisions
    Government Licenses
    Organization Licensed by the Government No
    Fundraising Plan Yes
    Communication Plan Yes
    Strategic Plan Yes
    Strategic Plan Years 2
    Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2017
    Management Succession Plan Yes
    Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
    Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
    Whistle Blower Policy Yes
    Document Destruction Policy Yes
    Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
    Policies and Procedures Yes
    Other Documents
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Thomas Morrish MD
    Company Affiliation ENT Assoc of Manatee PA
    Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2099
    Board Chair Email momanmd@aol.com
    Board Members
    Board Members
    Jodi Allen BMO Harris Bank
    Daniel Amoah M.D.Southwest Florida Medicine
    Alphonso Belsito M.D.Retired
    Bryan Boudreaux Regions Bank
    Ann Breitinger JDBlalock Walters
    Federico Frias M.D.APC Pediatrics
    Robert George M.D.LECOM
    David Lanni CPAShinn & Co.
    Brad Laudicina O.D.The Eye Center
    Darcy l. Lawn Iberiabank
    Jennifer McCullen M.D.OB/GYN Women's Centre
    Thomas Morrish M.D.Ear Nose & Throat Associates of Manatee, PA
    Jeffrey Myers Esq.LECOM
    Fabian Ramos M.D.Ramos Ctr for Interventional & Funct. Pain
    Kate Ross MDLA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
    Cornelius Turalba MDRetired
    Valerie Vale Manatee County Medical Society
    Constituency Includes Client Representation No
    Board Ethnicity
    African American/Black 1
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
    Caucasian 17
    Hispanic/Latino 1
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0 0
    Board Gender
    Male 13
    Female 7
    Unspecified 0
    Board Term Lengths 1
    Board Term Limits 99
    Board Orientation Yes
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
    Board Meeting Attendance % 70
    Board Self-Evaluation Yes
    Written Board Selection Criteria No
    Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
    % of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
    % of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 60
    Standing Committees
    Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
    Governance Comments by Organization
    Board Co- Chairs:
    Thomas Morrish, M.D.
    Jennifer McCullen, M.D.
    Governance Committee:
    Thomas Morrish, M.D : Jennifer McCullen, M.D.; Federico Frias, M.D.; Ann Breitinger, J.D.; Jeffrey Myers, J.D.;  Bryan Boudreaux
    Current Year Projections
    Tax Year Start Month Oct
    Tax Year Start Day 01
    Tax Year Begins 2017
    Tax Year End Month Sept
    Tax Year End Day 30
    Tax Year Ends 2018
    Projected Revenue $391,000.00
    Projected Expenses $391,000.00
    Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
    Organization has Endowment Yes
    Endowment Value $35,000.00
    Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
    Capital Campaign
    Currently In a Capital Campaign No
    Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
    Campaign Purpose
    Campaign Goal
    Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
    Financial Review
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$70,484$74,975$71,625
    Individual Contributions$80,157$183,349$256,287
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,788($727)$549
    Membership Dues$0$0$0
    Special Events$25,901$32,910$0
    Revenue In-Kind$484,363$871,318$626,358
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Program Expense$679,897$1,111,946$887,862
    Administration Expense$35,531$39,099$15,362
    Fundraising Expense$0$0$24,833
    Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.011.03
    Program Expense/Total Expenses95%97%96%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%8%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Assets$98,377$149,647$134,905
    Current Assets$39,356$89,198$112,293
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$3,427$3,962$0
    Total Net Assets$94,950$145,685$134,905
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind Contributions $484,363In-Kind Contributions $871,318In-Kind Contributions $626,358
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $80,157Contributions, gifts, grants $183,349Contributions, gifts, grants $256,287
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $70,484Government grants - Local $74,975Government grants - Local $71,625
    CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
    Tax Credits No
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.4822.51--
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Financials Comments
    Financial Comments by Organization The Board of Directors voted to start an endowment in 2014. The initial deposit into the endowment happened in March 2014. 
    Financial Comments by Foundation
    Financial figures based on audited financial statements. Revenue and expenses include significant in-kind contributions from physicians that make the program possible. IRS Form 990s and audits reconcile.
    Nonprofit We Care Manatee Inc
    Address 300 Riverside Drive East
    Suite 4500
    Bradenton, FL 34208 1025
    Phone 941 755-3952 2