Charlotte Alliance For A Safe And Drug Free Community
Improving the health and wellness of our community through our expertise in substance use prevention and our ability to build and sustain strong partnerships
CEO/Executive Director Diane Ramseyer
Board Chair Sheriff Bill Prummell
Board Chair Affiliation Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
General Info
Organization DBA
Drug Free Charlotte County
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2003
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Exempt Feb 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Prevention License - Level 1 & 2View
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
  1. Be a D-Fy (Drug- Free Youth) member sponsor - It costs approximately $25/member annually for their membership and we have a goal of 250 members in Charlotte County ($6250) 
  2. Sponsor Drug Free Activities, like D-Fy events and Friday Night Done Right (no alcohol, no dope) special events ($500 - $1500/event, depending on event type)
  3. Volunteers to help with public events implementing Be the Wall and Friday Night Done Right campaigns (Cost - time and talent of volunteer)
  4. Increase presence in Elementary and Middle Schools with evidenced based prevention programs. This will require approximately $25,000. Sponsor "storage" for DFCC supplies. 
  5. We work out of shared office space in the school system, and require separate storage area for all our supplies, archives and program materials. This costs us $7200/year.
Background Statement
Drug Free Charlotte County was formed in 2003 after data from the 2000 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey noted Charlotte County had one of the highest rates of underage alcohol use in the state. Dubbed ""Scarlett Charlotte"", the community realized action was needed. A group of local stakeholders, including the schools, law enforcement, providers and businesses, formed a coalition incorporated as Charlotte Alliance for a Safe and Drug Free Communities, which came to be known as Drug Free Charlotte County. Strong partnerships and community support fueled the coalition's action, providing a solid, effective, and research-based prevention framework. The coalition's success earned it the distinction of the 2011 National Coalition of the Year by the Community Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coalitions of America (CADCA). Through its dedication to build strong partnerships, DFCC helped form two ""sister coalitions"" in the County - in the Punta Gorda and Englewood communities. Both coalitions have gone on to become federally recognized and funded Drug Free Community Coalitions. This helps build capacity for the work of prevention with more community members focusing on issues in their neighborhoods and local community. Drug Free Charlotte County addresses substance abuse as both a community coalition and a prevention program provider. The coalition has spent over a decade successfully developing and implementing social norms marketing campaigns. These campaigns promote positive community norms related to substance use. Messages included the fact most teens do not use alcohol, tobacco or drugs and that parents are key to prevention. These successful marketing strategies have led to the development of a social enterprise strategy to sell the social marketing campaigns to other prevention organizations. This provides added resources for the work of the organization to promote wellness through substance abuse prevention. As a prevention service provider, Drug Free Charlotte County provides evidence-based programs for children and youth in the county. In 2016, the nonprofit expanded its services to include special programs for elementary, at-risk teens and parents.
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
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
D-Fy (Drug Free Youth) - D-Fy is our community's way to recognize and support healthy, drug free choices of teens. Teens join D-Fy by making a commitment to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free, validated through initial and random drug tests. Members are given a photo ID card, which, when presented to participating retailers and businesses, provides discounts and rewards. Social Norms Marketing Campaigns - an evidence based strategy to promote healthy perceptions and behaviors through marketing activities focused on youth and parents. Drug Free Charlotte County employs several campaigns we have developed through the years, as well as prevention messages developed by teens themselves. Tobacco Free Partnership Charlotte County - The Partnership works to educate our community on the risks of use of tobacco, build awareness of the impact of advertising and retail placement on teen use and promote tobacco free areas. Students Working Against Tobacco - Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is a youth led initiative that trains teens to be advocates for their peers and community. Drug-Free, Tobacco-Free Workplaces - Drug Free Charlotte County and the Tobacco Partnership work together with other community partners to help businesses develop drug-free and tobacco-free workplace policies.Community Education - educating our community on substance use issues and local trends. Alcohol Literacy Challenge® - an evidenced-based curriculum that challenges students' beliefs about the effects of drinking alcohol. LifeSkills Training® - an evidenced-based program for elementary through high school youth. Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to: build self-esteem, teach resiliency and resistance skills, deal more effectively with stress and anxiety, increase knowledge of consequences to substance use, and enhance competency in how to reduce health risk behaviors. Strengthening Families Program - an evidenced base program that teaches skills to parents and children which help strengthen bonds, build resiliency and support healthy parenting and family development. 2Smart 2Start - This is an application of the Alcohol Literacy Challenge® for fifth graders. The program uses critical thinking to dissect how media and advertising can impact our ideas about alcohol. Body Safety/Medication Safety - This program teaches elementary students body and medication safety skills.
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
Experience Educational Background - B.A. in Psychology, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio (1982) MPA, American Public UniversityPrior 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 meetingsConsultant; 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 communityDepartment 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 publishingOther:*Certified Prevention Professional - CPP - Florida Certification BoardGraduate 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
Cynthia King Prevention Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
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 May 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization We are working on a Fundraising, COOP and Communication Plan. Anticipate within 6 months.
Board Chair
Board Chair Sheriff Bill Prummell
Company Affiliation Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
Board Term Nov 2014 to Nov 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Faezeh Andrews PhDCharlotte County Human Services, 2-1-1
Ceres Austria Charlotte County Attorney Office
Dr. Michael Desjardins Charlotte County Public Schools
Shannon Doolity State Attorney's Office
Bill James Charlotte Behavioral Health Care CFO (Retired)
Kelly Louke Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Betty O'Hagan Fawcett Memorial Hospital
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 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 68
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 82
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $878,172.00
Projected Expenses $878,172.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
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$851,158$593,120$389,583
Individual Contributions$166,064$466,000$342,958
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$331$231
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$121,425$170,328$187,140
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,047,996$1,117,467$894,304
Administration Expense$2,360$1,864$7,051
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.080.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$576,582$541,186$436,007
Current Assets$575,820$538,064$431,022
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$17,081$15,142$4,804
Total Net Assets$559,501$526,044$431,203
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $851,158Government Grants - Unspecified $593,120Government Grants - Unspecified $389,583
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $166,064Contributions, gifts, grants $466,000Contributions, gifts, grants $342,958
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLicense & Campaign Fees $64,389License & Campaign Fees $154,223License & Campaign Fees $138,202
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities33.7135.5389.72
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We changed our Fiscal Year from October - September to July - June.  FY 14-15 will be nine months - ending June 30, 2015.  FY 15-16 began 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