Charlotte Alliance For A Safe And Drug Free Community
Vision of DFCC is to prevent and reduce substance abuse in Charlotte County through increased education, services, and support in our community.
Mission of DFCC is to strengthen our community’s resolve to eliminate substance abuse (and at risk behavior) in persons of all ages in Charlotte County.
CEO/Executive Director Diane Ramseyer
Board Chair Sheriff Bill Prummell
Board Chair Affiliation Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2003
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Exempt Feb 2019
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $841,842.00
Projected Expenses $841,842.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Prevention License - Level 1 & 2View
Impact Statement


National Coalition of the Year: DFCC was recognized by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America as the 2012 Coalition of the Year, based upon its successful outcomes over a five year period.

Reducing Teen Substance Abuse: In 2002, Charlotte County’s Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS) rates were the highest in the state with 54% of high school students reporting 30 day alcohol use.   The 2012 FYSAS figures show the community has successfully reduced this rate by 37%.  Our most current data, the 2013 Teen Norms Survey (TeeNS), shows that 69% of high school teens in Charlotte County did not have alcohol in the past 30 days.  This data shows past 30 day use among high school teens decreased 8% from the 2012 TeeNS data rate. Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS) data shows lifetime marijuana use among Charlotte County teens decreased from 36% (middle and high school combined) in 2002 to 31% in 2012.  The FYSAS showed a high of 30% past 30 day use of marijuana in high school age in 2002, dropping to 22% in 2012.  

Coalition Partners: Charlotte County joined many other counties in Florida in addressing prescription drug abuse with a pain clinic ordinance and medication dropboxes conveniently placed throughout the county for the safe and proper disposal of medications.  Recently, the county passed a synthetic drug and paraphernalia ordinance - a valuable tool to help improve the health and safety of our community and reduce availability.

Community Campaigns: DFCC has developed an expertise in creating campaigns that reinforce the fact that most teens do not use alcohol, tobacco or drugs.  The coalition also successfully developed a campaign for Adults – Be the Wall.   Since 2006, the campaigns have won over 24 coveted ADDY Awards at the regional level, two progressing to national competition.  DFCC is able to successfully duplicate many of these strategies; brokering them and services to other communities as a source of sustainability.


Needs Statement


·         Update Computers for staff – we are utilizing computers that have been donated and aged beyond ability to utilize current operating systems and software (+5 years) necessary for productivity.  (Cost – 2 computer @ $500 each).

·         Volunteers to help with public events implementing Be the Wall and Friday Night Done Right campaigns (Cost – time and talent of volunteer)

·         Sponsor events and campaign materials (Cost – sponsor can determine level of involvement.  It costs $15,000-$20,000 annually to do one campaign aimed at either middle school or high school aged teens).

·         Based upon data that shows the average age of trying tobacco or alcohol is dropping to sixth grade or below, DFCC feels it is time to begin prevention efforts in 4-5 grade.  This will require an age appropriate campaign to be developed and implemented; and its impact monitored.    This will require approximately $25,000.  

Background Statement
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments We serve all parts of Charlotte County, FL.  
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Tertiary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Description Campaign aimed at Parents to help them reinforce their role in helping prevent their teens from using marijuana.  This includes providing free home drug test kits to parents who request them.
Budget $10,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse Prevention
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Provide information on Marijuana and tips for parents, including option for free drug test kits, will be given at 30 community events during the year.
Long Term Success
Increased percentage of teens reporting parental disapproval of use of marijuana on annual Teen Norms Survey.  And lowered rates of the risk factor of "parental attitudes favorable to alcohol, tobacco or drug use" as reported on the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (conducted every two year, on the even years, in Charlotte County).
Program Success Monitoring Increase in percentage of teens reporting parental disapproval of use of marijuana on annual Teen Norms Survey.
Program Success Examples
To date, over 10,000 home drug test kits have been distributed.  And the 2012 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey shows that the risk factor of "parental attitudes favorable to alcohol, tobacco or drug use" is lower in Charlotte County than the National norm for this risk factor.
Description Parent campaign to reinforce that parents are "the Wall" between teens and alcohol.  Tips for parents and training to build parents skills are part of this initiative.  It also provides community awareness to everyone's role as "the Wall" and that most of our youth do not use alcohol.  This is accomplished through bulk mailings, "Be the Wall" days held at area businesses; collection of pledge cards from parents at community events, and social marketing activities throughout the community.
Budget $15,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse Prevention
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults
Short Term Success 500 pledge cards will be collected annually from adults in Charlotte County who pledge to "Be the Wall" between teens and alcohol.
Long Term Success Percentage of teens reporting they obtained alcohol from their parents, or the parents of friends, will decrease annually as reported in the Teen Norms Survey.
Program Success Monitoring
Number of pledge cards collected
Data collected from annual Teen Norms Survey 
Data from the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (done every two years in Charlotte County). 
Program Success Examples 2012 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey data indicates that the risk factor of  "parental attitudes favorable to alcohol, tobacco or other drug use" is lower in Charlotte County than the National Norm for the same risk factor in both middle and high school aged teens.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Diane Ramseyer
CEO Term Start June 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
Educational Background – B.A. in Psychology, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio (1982) Currently working on Masters of Public Administration, American Public University
Prior Professional Experience:
Community Health Action Team (CHAT) Coordinator; Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP), Sarasota County Health Department, Sarasota, FL (2005 - 2013)
• Build and sustain membership of 4 Community Health Action Teams (CHATs)
• Lead strategic planning and create data-driven action plans
• Assist in implementation and evaluation of action plans
• Identify resources and build partnerships for action plan activities
• Provide leadership development training and resources
• Provide representation at two Tobacco-Free Partnerships, county-wide Substance Abuse Prevention Workgroup, and Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Diversion Task-Force
• Manage communication – email lists; social media, websites, and press releases
• Organize meetings and community functions
• Maintain documentation of organizational activities and meetings
Consultant; Healthy Start Coalition of Charlotte County, Port Charlotte, FL (2004 - Present)
• Develop marketing materials - brochures and website
• Write monthly articles for local newspaper
• Lead focus groups, conduct key informant surveys, research and collect data necessary for the development of 5-year service delivery plan
• Organize regional educational conference, including maintaining budget, establishing service contracts, engaging speakers, and marketing to medical community
Department Coordinator; Ravenwood Mental Health Center, Chardon, OH (1985-2004)
• Managed two departments through tenure – Residential and Psychiatric Services
• Hired, trained, and supervised departmental staff
• Responsible for strategic planning and outcome measurement activities for department
• Federal, state and local grant writing and management
• Founded and facilitated “Continuum of Care” community coalition with a mission to improve housing opportunities for county residents
• Provided ongoing services to agency from 2005-2008 as consultant for federal and state grant management, website development, and newsletter publishing
• Graduate Certificate Program for Nonprofit Management through The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Winchester Center for Management Development
• Charrette Planner Certification through NCI (National Charrette Institute)
• Part of Cohort 5 in 2012 National Coalition Academy
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Amity Chandler Jan 2003 - June 2013
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 83
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 80
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Charlotte County Public Schools
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
Punta Gorda Police Department
Punta Gorda Fire Department 
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care
Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County
Charlotte County Community Health Improvement Partnership
Charlotte County Healthy Start Coalition
Peace River Distributing
State Farm Insurance 
Hanley Center
Local Civic Groups
Community Residents
Teens throughout county in Drug Free Youth Leadership
Faith based organizations 
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
United Way Member Agency
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce2014
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
National Coalition of the YearCADCA - Community Anti Drug Coalition of America2012
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Sheriff Bill Prummell
Company Affiliation Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
Board Term Nov 2014 to Sept 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Faezeh Andrews PhDCharlotte County Human Services, 2-1-1
Ceres Austria Charlotte County Attorney Office
Shannon Doolity State Attorney's Office
Bill James Charlotte Behavioral Health Care CFO (Retired)
Chief Tom Lewis Punta Gorda Police Department
Kelly Louke Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Betty O'Hagan Fawcett Memorial Hospital
April Prestipino Charlotte County Public Schools System, Asst Superintendent
Sheriff Bill Prummell Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
Derek Rogers Charlotte Behavioral Health Care CFO
Terry W. Shambles BayFront Port Charlotte
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 55
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $841,842.00
Projected Expenses $841,842.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical 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$593,120$389,583$653,708
Individual Contributions$466,000$342,958$122,752
Investment Income, Net of Losses$331$231$177
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$170,328$187,140$249,952
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,117,467$894,304$879,973
Administration Expense$1,864$7,051$6,469
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.080.971.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$541,186$436,007$485,258
Current Assets$538,064$431,022$480,853
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$15,142$4,804$25,002
Total Net Assets$526,044$431,203$460,256
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $593,120Government Grants - Unspecified $389,583Government Grants - Federal $355,612
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $466,000Contributions, gifts, grants $342,958Government Grants - State $231,862
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLicense & Campaign Fees $154,223License & Campaign Fees $138,202License & Campaign Fees $228,416
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities35.5389.7219.23
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We are changing our Fiscal Year from October - September to July - June.  FY 14-15 will be nine months - ending June 30, 2015.  FY 15-16 will begin July 1, 2015.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal tax returns and audited financial statements.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Charlotte Alliance For A Safe And Drug Free Community
Address 1445 EDUCATION WAY
Phone 941 255-0808 3205