Hearing Impaired Persons of Charlotte County Inc.
21450 Gibralter Drive
Suite 8
Port Charlotte FL 33952

Our Mission is to connect people to people. We work towards improving the quality of life for persons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, Deaf-Blind, or Speech Impaired by providing communication assistance, and we educate to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. 

CEO/Executive Director Kim M Gaut
Board Chair Sharon Poje
Board Chair Affiliation D&S Management
General Info
Supported Organization Hearing Impaired Persons
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes Apr 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement
Our agency provides assistance to people with a hearing loss through presentations, seminars, and individual consultations. 
  • With presentations, we reach an average of 400 people yearly to educate them about hearing health and how to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.
  • Our advocacy seminars help to educate business owners and other service providers about their responsibility to provide effective communication for their clients, consumers, or employees who have a hearing loss.  
  • We distribute free amplified telephone equipment to 800-900 Florida residents on a yearly basis.
  • We serve approximately 450 people a year with our Information and Referral program that includes training on how to use assistive equipment for people who have a hearing or speech loss.
Our goals for the coming years are:
  • To provide seminars/presentations to 3rd grade music class students in the County's elementary schools about the prevention of hearing loss and the dangers of loud noise. 
  • To provide training to the County's music teachers to continue the hearing loss prevention program using hands-on classroom activities that dovetail with their curriculum.
  • To increase our funding to allow us to hire the staff required to serve the increasing numbers of people who are deaf or hard of hearing who need our program services.
Needs Statement
  1. We want to attract motivated and diversified volunteers to become Board members.
  2. We want to attract qualified volunteers to help us with Marketing/PR to raise awareness of our organization and our mission. 
  3. We will be looking for funding in the amount of $15,000 to hire an additional staff person for the next two years. We have only one full time employee, and two employees who work on an occasional/commission basis. To continue our programs at this level of need, we need to hire an additional person to work in the office part time.
  4. We need volunteers to help us increase our fundraising efforts to not only help fund our programs, but to raise money for a reserve fund of $12,000. 
Background Statement
Hearing Impaired Persons was founded in 1989 as a grassroots organization that provided communication and advocacy services to people who were deaf and who used American Sign Language. During that first year of operation, we served 16 clients.
In 1991, we were incorporated as a nonprofit organization and our client numbers for the year had risen to 113.
In 1995, we became a Deaf Service Center, providing core programs of Advocacy, Education, Case Management, and Information and Referral.
Today, Hearing Impaired Persons is Service and Resource Center for Communication Connections. Every year since 2000, we have helped an average of 1,200 people with a hearing or speech loss, improved the quality of their lives, and empowered them to live independently.
  • We teach communication and coping skills 
  • We provide case management services to people who use 
    American Sign Language to communicate
  • We advocate for people who are discriminated against because they are deaf or hard of hearing, or who are refused accommodations under the various civil rights laws.
  • We educate about the importance of protecting one's hearing against noise-induced hearing loss. 
  • We provide free telephone equipment to Florida residents with a hearing or speech loss.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Areas Served Comments Serving Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and Highland counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Description We are a Regional Distribution Center for Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc who distributes specialized telephone equipment --at no cost--to Florida residents who have a hearing or a speech loss.
Budget $41,200
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Other Health/Disability General/Unspecified
Short Term Success After receiving an amplified telephone, a resident with a hearing or speech loss will be able to use that equipment to stay in touch with family/friends, communicate well enough to do business over the phone, have equal access to goods and services.
Long Term Success Residents of Florida with a hearing or speech loss will have equal access to telecommunication services and be able to communicate effectively.
Program Success Monitoring Surveys are used to gauge satisfaction with the equipment, their training on the use of the equipment, and the interaction with staff that provided the equipment.
Program Success Examples After surveys, clients indicate a 78% satisfaction rate with the equipment and how well it works to allow them to hear/speak more effectively.

Most hearing loss is caused by noise. 100% of noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented! This program seeks to change behavior and prevent hearing loss caused by things that we can control. For example: headphones that are too loud or worn for too long can cause hearing loss, but this risk can be mitigated by turning down the volume, and alternating listening with and without the headphones.

The targeted beneficiaries of this program are children, teens, and adults who do not know or who do not appreciate the impact of hearing loss and the resulting disability.

Budget $8,100
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Ear, Nose & Throat Diseases
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Health/Disability Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Program participants will understand the impacts of hearing loss and agree to change their behavior that puts them at risk of noise-induced loss.
For example, by:
  • wearing ear protection around loud noise 
  • turning down the volume when listening to loud music, etc
  • lowering the volume when using earbuds or headphones and wearing them for shorter periods of time.
Long Term Success After program presentations, participants will always protect their hearing against noise-induced loss.
Program Success Monitoring Pre- and post-presentation quizzes, surveys, and interviews are used to measure information learned. 
Program Success Examples In post-presentation surveys and interviews, 91% of participants indicate that the information and simulations during the presentations drive home the impact of how hearing loss negatively impacts the quality of life. Participants indicate a willingness to change their behavior to protect their hearing against noise-induced loss.
This program is a core group of services provided by all member agencies of the Florida Deaf Service Center Association: 
  • Advocacy: Seminars, presentations, and one-on-one consultations about disability or discrimination issues; assisting our clients with compliance issues with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Sec 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Fair Housing Act, and other civil rights legislation; helping our clients receive accommodations for effective communication.
  • Case Management: Assisting our clients who communicate using American Sign Language and need help understanding/accessing English-based paperwork, websites, etc. For example, we help explain/interpret job applications, medical information questionnaires, Department of Justice complaint forms, and other paperwork. We are a Community Partner for the Department of Children and Families and help any of our clients navigate the DCF website for SNAP or Medicaid applications. 
  • Education: We provide periodic accessible workshops on community issues, teach American Sign Language, and teach communication/coping skills to people with a hearing loss. 
  • Information and Referral: We provide information about hearing loss, hearing aids, assistive equipment, and other resources in the community available to help our clients.
Budget $1,200
Category Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Named Groups People/Families with of People with Disabilities General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Our clients will have equal access to services and resources in the community, healthcare, and employment opportunities and will be able to receive accommodations for effective communication when requested.
Long Term Success
Hearing loss cannot be cured, it can only be managed. Hearing loss/deafness impacts a person's ability to communicate with other people, and our clients use our services on a long term basis--again and again. The long term success of our programs will be proven if they improve the quality of life for our clients, empower them to make choices equal to any person without a disability, and afford them equal access and opportunity to services and resources.
Program Success Monitoring We monitor our program efforts with interviews, satisfaction surveys, and pre-and post-presentation surveys. 
Program Success Examples Our advocacy efforts result in a 98% success rate. We've helped our deaf clients receive interpreters when they have been denied that request, keep their service animals when threatened with eviction, and receive healthcare when refused an appointment because they are deaf. Only 2% of our efforts have resulted in clients filing lawsuits. We have helped families learn sign language together to communicate better with each other, and we have provided important community information to our clients through accessible presentations that are captioned and interpreted for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  We help to bridge communication barriers and empower our clients to live independently.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kim M Gaut
CEO Term Start Apr 2006
CEO/Executive Director Email hipkgaut@yahoo.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Kenneth Lewis Jan 1989 - June 1996
Carol Moyer Aug 1996 - Mar 2006
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 11
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.
Charlotte Community Foundation
NuHope Eldercare Services 
Visually Impaired Person of Charlotte County
Cultural Center of Charlotte County 
Healthy Families (Charlotte County)
North Port Public Library
Englewood Community Hospital 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
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 Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Sharon Poje
Company Affiliation D&S Management
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email smpoje@embarqmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Claudette Baines Community Volunteer
Roland Ferguson Business Owner
Paul Froeschle Suncoast Vacuum
Carole Mitchell Retired
Sharon Poje D & S Property Management
Joy Ruhe PowerPlan, Inc
Margaret Thomas Charlotte Hearing Center
Bethany Walden Au.D.Charlotte Hearing Center
Velma Wright Retired Educator
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
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 88
Governance Comments by Organization
We have a serious need to recruit qualified and experienced Board members who can help our organization grow and prosper.
We face an unusual situation when recruiting Board members--we experience a lack of empathy for our mission and sometimes a direct avoidance of our agency. If a person does not have any experience with hearing loss (whether having a loss themselves, or knowing/living with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing), it is difficult for that person to understand hearing loss and the impact it has on every aspect of a person's life and why our services may be necessary. For someone with no experience with this disability, they may not give our mission any thought or think it unimportant. Or, the opposite may be true--they will avoid our agency because in society today, hearing loss is a disability that still has a stigma attached to it. People who are deaf or hard of hearing are seen as "less than", and are still labeled "dumb" or considered less intelligent. (People with a hearing loss often refuse to self-identify for this very reason). Hearing loss is sometimes seen as funny and is used as the basis of many jokes.
We find that our fundraising efforts are impacted by this very reason, also--the general public do not involve themselves when they have no experience with hearing loss and they assume our events are only attended by people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Our recruitment efforts are further hampered because we are a small agency that is reorganizing and rebuilding and we are sometimes seen as too "needy" and/or not having sufficient capacity.
Our current Board members work diligently to be ambassadors for our agency, to raise funds, and to recruit volunteers---but we need help!
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 $48,000.00
Projected Expenses $54,500.00
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
IRS Form 990s
990 2015
990 20142014
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$41,729$43,542$41,207
Administration Expense$6,596$2,596$7,651
Fundraising Expense$0$396$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.131.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%94%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$21,244$16,480$9,026
Current Assets$20,968$15,262$8,121
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$660$655$577
Total Net Assets$20,584$15,825$8,449
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $31,335Program Service Revenue $23,452Program Service Revenue $31,153
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $21,208Contributions, gifts, grants $15,741Fundraising $10,012
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $2,160Fundraising $5,763Contributions, gifts, grants $3,827
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities31.7723.3014.07
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
2015 990 will not be ready until July/August 2016.
Financial information taken from IRS Forms 990 and 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Hearing Impaired Persons of Charlotte County Inc.
Address 21450 Gibralter Drive
Suite 8
Port Charlotte, FL
Phone 941 743-8347