Fred Lang Foundation Inc
1700 Education Ave
Punta Gorda FL 33950-6222
The Fred Lang Foundation seeks to aid individuals to find the “hope for a brighter tomorrow” through effective behavioral health and addiction treatment.  Funds raised by the Foundation will be used by Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to provide grants and underwrite services for low income residents of Charlotte County.
CEO/Executive Director No CEO
Board Chair Miranda Fields
Board Chair Affiliation Interior Resources
General Info
Organization DBA
Fred Lang Foundation, Inc.
Supported Organization Charlotte Behavioral Health Care
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2001
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2019
State Registration Yes Jan 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

Accomplishments from the Past Year

1. "14th Annual Fred Lang Foundation Summer Ball" event raised over $61,000.00; nearly $28,000 of which was designated specifically to provide .5 FTE Crisis Stabilization Unit adolescent therapist.

2. "Dine with a Star at the Burg’r Bar" event raised nearly $10,000 to fund youth school-based suicide prevention, suicide awareness and education materials, and suicide survivor counseling.

3. "Fred Lang Back Nine" event raised nearly $8,000 to fund suicide survivor counseling and the children’s CSU/teen suicide survivors & cutters group therapy program.

Current Year Goals

1. Support the expansion of mental health services within Charlotte County.

2. Increase awareness of the local and state political and governmental communities to the importance of providing mental health services to family and children so that the limited funding from the county and state continue.

3. Utilizing monies raised through various fundraising activities sponsored by the Fred Lang Foundation to continue and create more mental health services to families and children of Charlotte County including substance abuse; crisis stabilization; suicide education, prevention, and postvention; behavioral problems; bulling; and other related mental health and behavioral issues.


Needs Statement

1. Suicide Prevention Interventions. This includes providing 1) the evidence-based signs of suicide program to all 7th & 8th graders as well as starting a high school program via all Charlotte County Public Schools, including Charlotte Harbor and the Academy; 2) high school parent nights regarding signs of suicide; 3) suicide education and prevention materials to teens, parents, & adults who are at risk; 4) the Purple Packet to all first responders for survivors of suicide; 5) free survivor counseling to those affected directly by a suicide; 6) local workplace same-day counseling to those present & affected by suicide; 7) inpatient services to approximately 200 children and teens at risk of suicide via our Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU); 8) intensive group and individual therapy by a Master’s Level therapist to children & teens in the CSU. Approximate Cost: $38,000 annually

2. Summer Camp for Kids with Mental Illnesses. Each year, we provide support for the families of those affected by mental illness by creating a fun outlet for the kids in our care to attend the Art & Soul Summer Camp. This past year, 40 children participated in the camp, learning dance and art skills as therapy. Approximate Cost: $2500 annually

Background Statement

Rev. Dr. Lang was born in Portland, Oregon.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, the institution to which he would later return both for his master’s and doctoral degrees in Church History.  His ministerial ordination followed his initial graduation from Harvard. 

Dr. Lang served as a pastor in the civilian community for 10 years before joining the US Air Force.  After serving 23 years as a Military Chaplain, he retired in 1977.  That same year, the Lang family moved to Port Charlotte where Dr. Lang served as Rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church from 1982 – 1993.  Dr. Lang was also an active member of the Charlotte County Chapter of Military Officers Association of America.

In addition to his clergy vocation, Dr. Lang had a wide spectrum of avocations.  Perhaps greatest interest was in the area of mental health.  He recognized the relationship between mental health and a person’s ability to meet the challenges of life.

Dr. Fred Lang maintained a deep, lifelong concern for mental health issues.  This personal interest was intensified over the years as many individuals sought his pastoral and counseling skills.  He attended as many workshops and seminars related to mental health as his schedule would permit in order to continually refine and update his counseling skills.

A man of many interests, Dr. Lang was always open to new experiences.  He enjoyed travel and especially the opportunity to visit different cultures.  A student of comparative religion, Dr. Lang was well versed in many of the world’s major faith systems.  Music was another interest of Dr. Lang, and he wrote church related music and lyrics. 

Following a relatively brief period of ill health, Dr. Lang passed away in the fall of 1999.  During his life, Dr. Lang brought hope and comfort to others – and through the Fred Lang Foundation, that service to others can continue.

Dr. Lang’s interest in mental health was shared by his wife, Margaret.  After receiving her Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance and her Ed.D. in Educational Psychology, Mrs. Lang worked for the Charlotte County School system as a School Psychologist.  From 1992-2013, Mrs. Lang served as a member of the Board of Directors for Charlotte Behavioral Health Care and served two terms as Board President.

In 2001, Fred Lang Foundation was initiated by Margaret Lang from a donation made in his honor for Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (then Charlotte Community Mental Health Center).  She realized that without the Foundation’s assistance, some individuals and families may not be able to get the help they need.  

The Fred Lang Foundation’s mission is to aid individuals find the hope for a brighter tomorrow through effective mental health and substance abuse treatment. Funds from the Foundation are donated to the nonprofit Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to underwrite services for low income residents of Charlotte County. Without the Fred Lang Foundation’s assistance, some children, teens, adults and families might not be able to get the help they need.

The Fred Lang Foundation Board of Directors membership is comprised of our community’s leaders from various professional backgrounds who are committed and dedicated to following the Foundation’s mission.  They strive to bring “hope for a brighter tomorrow” through fundraising, donations and endowments to provide treatment at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care for Charlotte County’s children, adolescents, adults and families. 

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments Southwest Florida including; Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Englewood, Sarasota, Northport; as well as Lee and DeSoto Counties
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

When I was asked to serve on the Fred Lang Foundation, I gladly and enthusiastically agreed. I am passionate about the mental health needs in our community, as especially the plight of those underserved. The treatment that is offered by the caring staff at CBHC has an incredibly positive effect on our Charlotte County families, as well as all of society.


The success of the Fred Lang Foundation has been that, even in a down economy , we have been able to continue to raise monies to assist Charlotte behavioral Health Care.  Our Foundation is challenged by operating and competing in a small community where fund raising is quite competitive and every nonprofit in the community has a need for financial assistance.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


Description a group therapy program designed specially for children and their parents.  It’s based on the Strengthening Families Program (SFP), a nationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program.  SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and substance abuse in children, and to improve social skills and school performance. Through participation, parents can strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills while their children learn healthy coping skills. 

Services are available for families with children and adolescents ages 4-12 who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. 


Budget $10,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success The short term outcomes of the program are improved family relationships and improved school functioning and attendance. 
Long Term Success
-Reduce delinquency
-Reduce problem behaviors
-Improve school preformance
-Improve social competetencies 
Program Success Monitoring
Parents are surveyed formally and informally to determine if the family is satisfied and seeing improvement.  Additionally, CBHC collects data on a quarterly basis to see if school attendance and overall child functioning is improved.  This data is tracked and compiled by CBHC and used to make changes in the program as necessary.    Additionally, funders such as Central Florida Behavioral Health Network monitor the program effectiveness. 
Program Success Examples

11y/o – Mother:“BRAG has been a wonderful experience with my son. We have learned both how to deal with each other and heal. This BRAG program has brought my son and I back from a very sad place and we both are leaving with love and happiness towards each other. We had totally lost that! The Staff make this program Special for both the child and the parent. They care and that’s what makes the difference. They both are amazing and words canneverexpress my thankfulness forallthat they have done for my son and I.”

Description CAST is geared for teens who may be struggling with depression and anxiety who would benefit from learning life skills in a small group positive peer context.  CAST is a prevention program for teens that provides life-skills training utilizing peer and group support. The goal of the CAST program is to assist teens with learning life skills in a positive peer supported setting.  
Budget $2,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success

·      Peer/Group support

·      Goal setting and monitoring

·      Improving self-esteem

·      Problem solving & decision-making skills

·      Personal control & better management of anger, anxiety, and depression

·       “school smarts”

·      Drug prevention

Long Term Success

·      Depression

·      Worry

·      Family relationships

·      Peer & dating relationships

·      Coping with the effects of bullying

Program Success Monitoring

This program was suggested and started by a children’s therapist already working at the center.     According to a CBHC LMFT, “It became apparent to me after starting at CBHC that there is an inordinate amount of both male and female adolescents in this community who struggle with anxiety and depression related to bullying. There was a need to address this in a supportive group setting. These are kids from all walks of life that appear to be ok but lack the confidence needed to reach their potential. These are not the stereotypical kids you would imagine are victims of bullying.”  

   Children’s therapists at CBHC recommend that parents make bullying an open topic for discussion.  

Program Success Examples Excerpt from Session 8-Drug Use Control: Saying No With Style and Other Stuff That Works.  Members discussed their acclimation to high school.  In lieu of discussing drug use control, as it is not an issue for group members, processed dating relationships and making good choices.  Applied the STEPS to make healthy decisions (stop, think, evaluate, perform, and self-praise) to dating relationships.  Group members went through the STEPS using the example of a group member who reported she took pills and ended up in the hospital with the trigger of her boyfriend not returning her calls after they broke up.  Group members went through the STEPS identifying healthy alternatives she could have taken for a better outcome.  Processed how role modeling by parents impacts how we approach relationships.  Some members shared how their mothers were in abusive relationships and they felt like their mother chose the man over the safety and well being of her children.  Discussed the importance of breaking that pattern.  
Program Comments by Organization

Paul Lioon, Independent Trust Services of SWFL, Board Member, "I have an interest helping build a strong community where I live that includes people in need.  I believe that to strengthen our community, one has to help in building the foundation.  Helping our residents who suffer from behavioral health issues, addictions, and disorders is one way to foster a caring community.  The Fred Lang Foundation, as part of the Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, is a path to accomplishing my passion!" 

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No CEO
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 16
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A

The Fred Lang Foundation’s mission is to aid individuals find the hope for a brighter tomorrow through effective mental health and substance abuse treatment.  Funds from the Foundation are donated to non profit Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to underwrite services for low income residents of Charlotte County.  Without the Fred Lang Foundation’s assistance, some children, teens, adults and families might not be able to get the help they need.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Harbors Hottest 1st Place Best Fundraising GalaHarbor Style2012
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
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 No
Management Comments by Organization

Liz Green, Harbor Style Magazine quotes "I chose to volunteer for the Fred Lang Foundation board after learning about it and Charlotte Behavioral Health Care through my job at a local community magazine. My first exposure to CHBC was at the grand opening of their inpatient detox facility, and I was blown away by the level of care and treatment their patients would be receiving there along with the warm, home-like environment they had created for all those they would help. I quickly decided that I wanted to learn more about the organization and have been equally impressed by the entire range of services they offer to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford them, particularly their programs for children and families. I feel it is so crucial for children to have all the help, guidance and support they can while growing up, and when I learned that the Fred Lang Foundation targeted its fundraising towards these particular services, I knew it was an organization I needed to be involved with."

Multi-Media Comments by Organization

Paul and Denise Andrews tell the story of son Dave, who died by suicide. One death by suicide is one too many.

Board Chair
Board Chair Miranda Fields
Company Affiliation Interior Resources
Board Term Feb 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Jacqueline Benjamin Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Marjorie Benson Friendly Floors
Keith Callaghan Lee Memorial Health Systems
Sherri Dennis Charlotte Sun
Cathi Dryburgh Volunteer
Jill Ferguson Allegiant Air
Miranda Fields Sharp Development
Liz Green Harbor Style Magazine
Patti Guerzo Guerzo Business Consulting, LLC
Paul Lioon Independent Trust Services of SWFL
Ed Wotitzky Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & McKinley
Colleen Wright Strang, Olsen & Lynch CPAs
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 77
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $130,000.00
Projected Expenses $118,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $220,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 4
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
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$34,232$2,471$28,055
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.6925.131.59
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$274,139$239,962$192,341
Current Assets$274,139$239,962$192,341
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$274,139$239,962$192,341
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $57,617Fundraising $55,105Fundraising $28,841
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $73Investment Income $4,707Contributions, gifts, grants $5,510
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $65Gain from Sale of Assets other than Inventory $2,289Net gain from sale of assets $5,178
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Fred Lang Foundation Inc
Address 1700 Education Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950 6222
Phone 941 639-8300 2275