D.A.R.E. America is a permanently established not-for-profit public foundation with 501(c) (3) status from the IRS. Its purpose is the "developing, funding and implementing of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) programs throughout the world." It has a volunteer Board of Directors, which consists of prominent law enforcement, educational, and business leaders.
D.A.R.E. America is the owner of the D.A.R.E. name and copyright, and is fixed with the responsibility for providing communications, assistance and coordination to all D.A.R.E. entities and for the establishment of national program guidelines. The primary responsibility for coordinating local D.A.R.E. activities does, however, rest with state entities. The Regional Director is responsible for liaison with all D.A.R.E. entities with states from their assigned region.