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 Dec 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

We Care Manatee, Inc. (WCM) is a local nonprofit established in 1999 and incorporated as a charitable 501 (c) 3 in 2002. The organization’s mission is to facilitate free, medical care for low-income, uninsured adult residents of Manatee County, Florida.  Over the years, WCM has provided medical care at no cost to thousands of those in need, saving the patient’s served and taxpayers more than $7 million dollars’ worth of donated care.

WCM offers four coordinated care services: Specialty physician referrals, breast health and wellness, pharmaceutical assistance and a primary care clinic. A volunteer network of over 80 physicians, enable We Care to give patients the quality care they need, from local providers they trust.

Last year 79% of the 1100 low-income uninsured people requesting We Care Manatee services, received free quality medical care valued at over $1.1 million.

We Care is funded though individual and corporate donations, government and private grants, and in-kind contributions.

Our ongoing goal is to more patients, more effectively, with better outcomes and empowered with the knowledge, access and resources to maintain their overall health.

Needs Statement
  1. BREAST CANCER PREVENTION & DIAGNOSIS: :We Care Manatee needs $ 100,000 for  breast cancer screening and diagnosis including: initial and followup - preventive screening & diagnostic mammograms; breast ultrasound, breast MRI, breast biopsy, breast health education & support materials, and mobile mammography via community outreach.
  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 & ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF: We Care Manatee needs $70,000, 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. We Care needs r 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.
  4. MEDICAL  SUPPLIES & MODELS: We Care Manatee needs $10,000 to repair broken clinc equipment ( 2 BP monitors); purchase emergency equipment- AED; diabetic supplies, and breast health models.
  5. LANGUAGE TRANSLATION LINE: We Care needs $5,000 to support a language translation line for communication with patients where English is a second language..
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 Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines
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 however, 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 Homeless
Short Term Success
  • Eligible patients will receive access to free medical care.
  • Patients served will feel empowered to get treatment, manage, and 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 eligible patient away with the inability to serve them.
  • Local agencies and private healthcare institutions will all refer all uninsured eligible 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: Number of preventive screenings for breast cancer, number of diagnostic breast cancer services provided, number of women detected and treated for breast cancer, number of women in remission for breast cancer.
Specialty Physicians: number and specialty type of volunteer providers, number of patients referred to specialist.

    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 Adults Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
    Short Term Success
    • All patients who see a volunteer We Care provider through our program will be eligible to receive authorized medication on our formulary to manage or treat their condition at no cost. 
    • Free prescription value of $5 to $400 per Rx, with a max of 3 Rx per month- no controlled substances, birth control or antipsychotics provided.
    • Providers are able to treat patients and overcome barrier to treatment related to pharmaceutical cost.
    Long Term Success
    • Patient's overall health will improve.
    Program Success Monitoring
    Program success is monitored by the number of eligible patients that utilize the program and obtain prescribed medication that they need.
    The number of prescriptions filled by We Care patients.
    The cost savings to patients for their prescription medication.
    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 free prescription vouchers for medication prescribed by our volunteer providers.
    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 Adults Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Homeless
    Short Term Success
    • Eligible patients receive free primary medical care.
    • Eligible patients receive preventive and diagnostic diagnostic services at no charge.
    • Eligible patients receive authorized prescription medication on our formulary at no cost, up to 3 Rx per month, with a value of $5 to $400 per Rx.
    • Eligible patients are referred to volunteer provider specialist as needed at no cost.
    Long Term Success
    • Free Primary care facility and resource for at risk, low-income uninsured eligible residents. 
    • Assist and facilitate with health care navigation and access to other community resources.
    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 Females
    Short Term Success
    • Eligible patients receive access to  comprehensive number of free breast health services 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.

    Breast Cancer: Number of preventive screenings for breast cancer, number of diagnostic breast cancer services provided, number of women detected and treated for breast cancer, number of women in remission for breast cancer. 
    Program Success Examples
    • Over 500 served in FY 2017 breast health program.
    • New FY 2017 mobile mammography unit, a community outreach program making free preventive screening easier, more accessible and available on select Saturdays at convenient locations.
    Program Comments by Organization Last year 79% of the 1,100 request for We Care Manatee services resulted in over $1.1 million dollars in free donated medical care for low-income, uninsured residents in Manatee County, FL.
    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 N/A
    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
    General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
    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
    Multi-Media Comments by Organization See and learn about the experiences of  Kerry, Tom and Geraldine, three unique people with different  medical needs served by We Care Manatee and our volunteer providers.
    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
    Bryan Boudreaux Regions Bank
    Ann Breitinger JDBlalock Walters
    Scot Cranston Florida Surgical Specialist
    Karen DeSimone Manatee Memorial Hospital
    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
    Kate Ross MDLA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
    Valerie Vale Manatee County Medical Society
    Constituency Includes Client Representation No
    Board Ethnicity
    African American/Black 1
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 14
    Hispanic/Latino 1
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0
    Board Gender
    Male 9
    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 38
    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 $53,000.00
    Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
    Capital Campaign
    Currently In a Capital Campaign No
    Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
    Campaign Purpose
    Campaign Goal
    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 Year201720162015
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$178,547$70,484$74,975
    Individual Contributions$83,066$80,157$183,349
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,600$3,788($727)
    Membership Dues$0$0$0
    Special Events$54,783$25,901$32,910
    Revenue In-Kind$0$484,363$871,318
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Program Expense$271,491$679,897$1,111,946
    Administration Expense$18,280$35,531$39,099
    Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
    Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.110.931.01
    Program Expense/Total Expenses94%95%97%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Total Assets$126,518$98,377$149,647
    Current Assets$64,249$39,356$89,198
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$343$3,427$3,962
    Total Net Assets$126,175$94,950$145,685
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $112,779In-Kind Contributions $484,363In-Kind Contributions $871,318
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $83,066Contributions, gifts, grants $80,157Contributions, gifts, grants $183,349
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $65,768Government Grants - Local $70,484Government grants - Local $74,975
    CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
    Tax Credits No
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities187.3111.4822.51
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201720162015
    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