About

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DOWN SYNDROME WEST FLORIDA

Families Raising, Inspiring, Educating, and Networking for Down Syndrome (FDSWF) is a volunteer-based, non-profit 501C3, and was founded in 2007 by parents of children with Down Syndrome.  It has grown from a few families to well over 1,400+ families in the West Florida bay area.  With the help from friends, professionals, volunteers, and supporters, we serve Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties.  We are governed by a Board of Directors and Advisory Board. 

Our Motto is "I can and I will"
We are the leading voice for Down Syndrome in the West Florida area.  Thank you for supporting FDSWF and our Down Syndrome community.  

FDSWF is an affiliate or member of:

    BayCare
    BSAC - Brandon Swim and Aquatic Club
    USF Bay Area Early Steps
    The National Down Syndrome Society
    Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action
    Gigi’s Playhouse Tampa
    The Global Down Syndrome Foundation
    The Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce
    The Brandon Chamber of Commerce
    Pinellas Chamber of Commerce
    Livingstone Schools, Inc.
    Pepin Academy
    Buddy Cruises
    Buddy Up Tennis
    Suddenly Transportation

FDSWF has been awarded a 2018 Gold Seal of Transparency on GuideStar USA, Inc., an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. Our 990's and yearly budget are posted on our website. FRIENDS SUPPORT, INC is the original name, but we are DBA - FRIENDS DOWN SYNDROME WEST FLORIDA, our Tax EIN #651261646.