Reef Medics Foundation Inc
PO Box 110652
Lakewood Ranch FL 34211
To provide therapy and education through SCUBA diving while protecting the reefs
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Eric Austin
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Reef Medics
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

Our programs include sending out ambassadors to raise social consciousness about our cause, organizing fundraisers in order to raise capital, and connecting with donors, both individual and corporate. Funds raised are used to provide scholarships in addition to providing volunteers with the tools and resources necessary for them to survey, rescue and rehabilitate the ocean reefs.

Reef Medics provides education by giving free lectures in clubs, schools, libraries, and other public venues as well as utilizing social media channels and the foundation’s website to provide facts, statistics, and other related data on causes, current efforts and solutions to rescuing and rehabilitating the oceans reefs.

The five year plan includes the opening of a facility in the Sarasota area where aquatic physical therapy will be provided in addition to educational seminars and training. The facility will offer something to everyone of every age, including seniors, wounded warriors and disabled individuals. 

Needs Statement

1. 2 wave runners with trailer: This would provide a fast and low cost form of transportation out to near shore reefs for surveying and clean-ups 

2. Water Ready Dive Boat with GPS and Trailer: Getting out on the water is an essential part of what we do. Boats are used to transport divers to reef locations for surveying, lionfish removal and reef restoration & rehabilitation.
3. Land (2+ acres) near I-75: This land would be used to build our permanent facility.
4. Office Space:  A small office space in the Sarasota-Bradenton area where we could hold educational seminars and classes; meet with donors, volunteers, applicants and members and store donated items.
5. SCUBA & Snorkel Gear: Masks, goggles, snorkels, fins, tanks, snorkel vests, weights, regulators, BCD's, wet suits, dive computers, safety equipment, waterproof cameras, etc. All equipment would aide members (who may no longer own gear or have a damaged item) in achieving our goals and mission. Equipment may also be awarded to children who are interested in becoming SCUBA certified but their household is financially struggling. 
Background Statement

After getting scuba certified, local residents Wes and Kerri Carter along with their friend Eric Austin have created Reef Medics, Inc. They didn't realize how much help our ocean needed until they went below the surface.  Eric, Wes & Kerri want to rescue and preserve the natural beauties below sea level in addition to providing financial support to students wanting to engage in a career that involves marine based fields such as biology, ecology, conservation, research, photography and scuba diving. Their long term goal is to open a facility where therapy can be provided through SCUBA diving.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Charlotte
FL- Hardee
FL- Lee
State Wide
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Health Care
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

As a lover of the outdoors and the ocean, I have always been interested in ways to help conserve our oceans and reefs. After years of kayaking and snorkeling I started becoming involved in the reef aquarium hobby where I learned about the problem of the invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish. This invasive fish has done massive amounts of damage to our reefs and sport fishing industry. These fish can wipe out 75% of the juvenile fish on a reef in a matter of weeks. Kerri, Wes and I knew something had to be done to bring better attention to this and other reef damaging issues. Together we received our scuba certification and founded the Reef Medics Foundation. Recently we adopted four reefs to survey and clear of lionfish. We hope that with more members and donations we can adopt many more.  All of us at Reef Medics Foundation feel that education is the best way to shine more light on the danger our worldwide reefs are suffering. We know that we need to get young people interested in marine based fields in order to save our reefs for future generations. We offer scholarships to children interested in obtaining a career in a marine based education in addition to scholarships for children to become SCUBA certified. Donations to our organization go towards educational programs in our schools and communities, children’s scholarships and events to help remove lionfish from ocean waters. Please help us to help the environment and the future of our oceans.

Description We have adopted a shore in manatee county and will perform a quarterly beach clean up involving our members and volunteers. After cleaning up the segment of adopted gulf beach shoreline, we will have a group learning session going over the items that were collected from the beach and the effects the items would have on the reefs, oceans and marine life should the items make it into the water.
Budget $400
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
Short Term Success Participants can feel good about being able to take part in something that will help in saving our reefs and will leave the event with knowledge and tips of how they can make a difference at home.
Long Term Success You don't have to know how to swim to love the ocean or help to save it. Our beach clean up program gives everyone (non-swimmers, disabled individuals, families with small children, etc.) an opportunity to be part of the big picture. We will be educating the general public about the problems at hand and teaching them ways they can make a difference. Everyone can make a difference! We will be providing information and tips of what can be done both in the ocean and at home in order to work towards protecting, preserving and rehabilitating the oceans reefs.
Program Success Monitoring By watching the participation levels grow and seeing the knowledge provided being retained and shared
Program Success Examples

This event will promote the community to come together on a regular basis to help clean-up the beaches. Information will be provided giving families the knowledge of little changes they can make at home that will make a big difference to our Earth and environment. Currently we have a cub scout group wanting to involve their troop in our clean-ups as one of their community events. By making the event fun and educational we expect our volunteer numbers to grow with every clean-up, giving us the ability to adopt more shorelines.

Description Annual lion fish tournament where divers will compete to bring in the most lion fish
Budget $8,000
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Females Males
Short Term Success By actively removing this invasive species from its non-native territories we will decrease the amount of lion fish and allow the reefs to rehabilitate and the native marine life to repopulate. 
Long Term Success By actively removing this invasive species from its non-native territories we will decrease the amount of lion fish and allow the reefs to rehabilitate and the native marine life to repopulate. 
Program Success Monitoring By watching the numbers of lionfish sightings decrease, the amount of native marine life increasing and the reefs growing and flourishing
Program Success Examples

This program will promote divers to remove the invasive lionfish from infested reefs. It will also allow our organization the opportunity to track the areas that the lionfish are inhabiting and receive counts on the level of the infestation. The lionfish that are removed during the tournament will be measured, recorded and examined.

Description Organize clean-ups of local reefs that have been surveyed and are in need of cleaning due to trash in the ocean
Budget $600
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success Volunteers will be certified divers who after the event will be able to log a dive and have the gratification of knowing they participated in an event that helps save the ocean and all of its inhabitants by removing unnatural items
Long Term Success

Protecting and preserving the ocean and its reefs should be a priority for just these two simple facts:

1. Although coral reefs comprise less than .5% of the ocean floor, it is estimated that more than 90% of marine species are directly or indirectly dependent on them

2. More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of food and this number is continuously growing
Program Success Monitoring The amount of trash removed from the reef sites will be logged and compared to future reef clean-ups so a comparison can be made
Program Success Examples Our goal is to clean-up the reefs in addition to the beaches (in order to prevent items from entering the ocean). With the combination of the clean-ups and educational information provided to the general public, we will begin seeing less trash at times of the surveys and clean-ups
Description  Accept scholarship applications annually from children ages 12-21. In 2017 we awarded scholarships for open water scuba certifications in addition to mask, fin & snorkel kits. Each year as our donations and sponsorships grow, we will be able to increase the number of scholarships we provide in addition to the size of the scholarships.
Budget $3,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females Males
Short Term Success We received several applications last year and were able to grant 3 children in January 2017 with open water scuba certifications. In addition, we were also able to provide these children with the mask, fins & snorkel needed for the training.
Long Term Success Children that receive scuba scholarships are hoping to find jobs in the marine field. Our scholarships help them gain the tools necessary to increase their chances of securing a job in their loved field. When these children become employed in the marine field they will continue working towards cleaning our oceans and finding additional ways they can make a difference for our Earth. A very large percentage of certified divers are involved in coastal clean-ups and awareness projects, such as recycling and conservation.
Program Success Monitoring The children who have received benefits sign up with our organization as volunteers. We see or speak to them on a regular basis and help them get more involved in the marine field in order for them to reach their goals.
Program Success Examples Our 2017 scholarships will be delivered to the children in March of 2017
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
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 Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
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
None at this time
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 Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Other Document 2
COE & Whistleblower
Board Chair
Board Chair Eric Austin
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term June 2015 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Eric Austin Community Volunteer
Wes Carter Community Volunteer
Kerri Carter Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
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 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $8,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,500.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$756$1,058--
Administration Expense$156$174--
Fundraising Expense$97$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses3.770.32--
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%86%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,435$1,304--
Current Assets$4,435$1,304--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$2,472$2,142--
Total Net Assets$1,963($838)--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $2,899Contributions, gifts, grants $152--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $829Program Service Revenue $142--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $80Membership Dues $100--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.790.61--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations.
Nonprofit Reef Medics Foundation Inc
Address PO Box 110652
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34251
Phone 941 777-2568