Beyond The Spectrum Inc
7333 International Drive
Donna Donnelly
Sarasota FL 34240
Our mission at Beyond the Spectrum is to serve the children and families in our community affected by autism and related disorders.  By providing individualized therapeutic and educational services and utilizing the expertise of our professionally trained staff, our goal is for each child to achieve their highest potential in a safe, caring and family friendly environment. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Donna Donnelly
Board Chair Mrs. Lora Carpenter
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2007
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes May 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $860,470.00
Projected Expenses $857,967.00
Impact Statement

The percentage of children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is on the rise both in America and internationally. The demand for services is at an all time high, and the Sarasota/ Manatee communities are no exception. In 2007, Beyond the Spectrum was founded as a Therapy Clinic by Catherine Peabody, a mom living in Manatee County, who was shocked at the limited options she had to help her son who had been diagnosed with Autism. She soon learned, by speaking with other mothers of children affected by ASD, that many other families were feeling the effects of the limited choices and programs in our area for these children. Seeing and experiencing this problem first hand, Mrs. Peabody decided to create a therapy clinic to help solve this issue. After the therapy clinic had been up and running for three years, Mrs. Peabody and the team behind Beyond the Spectrum realized there was a bigger need for another school in the area, so in 2010, Beyond the Spectrum transitioned from therapy clinic, to a school. The school has given over forty families in both the Sarasota & Manatee counties a safe, loving, environment to learn and grow on a daily basis. Beyond the Spectrum strives to embrace the whole child and help them through many different kinds of therapy. Each student receives Speech Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, and Horse Riding Therapy. This enables each student to grow in countless ways and reach their full potential. At the very heart of Beyond the Spectrum is unconditional love for many of the area’s children who need it the most.

Needs Statement
1. Scholarships for students whose parents cannot pay tuition balance after McKay Scholarship ($500 - $2500 per student)
2. Curriculum geared for students with autism and related disabilities ($5000)
3. 20 IPads to enhance communication for students who are nonverbal or who have limited verbal skills in their daily activities ($500 per iPad)
4. Funding for individual therapeutic services (Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Music Therapy and Behavioral Therapy) $500 per month)
5. Summer Program Sponsors- Total 20K to cover Summer Program expenses for children with special needs who need a camp or extended school year.
Background Statement

In 2007, the Peabody family was struggling to find the help they needed for their child on the Autism Spectrum. Realizing that there were very few options in the Sarasota/Manatee area, they decided they would open up a therapy clinic to help serve the families and children affected by Autism in our area; they called it Beyond the Spectrum.

Beyond the Spectrum started out as a therapy clinic that offered reasonable therapeutic rates for families with children in need of behavior and academic therapies. After three years, clients requested the organization take their family friendly culture & loving approach and open a school. Beyond the Spectrum Education Center opened in 2010 with just 2 students enrolled.

Fast forward six years. The school has grown by demand and has 70 students enrolled for the Fall of 2016 and has a waiting list full of children and families in our community who want to call Beyond the Spectrum their home away from home. Beyond the Spectrum Education and Therapeutic Center has a unique approach to educating children with special needs. By focusing on each child individually, making great efforts to reduce the anxiety and fears in each child, and respecting the families that care for these children, we have seen tremendous growth in each child that has enrolled in our school.

Since the beginning, the heart of Beyond the Spectrum has been with this community. The Peabody family wanted to create a place for the children and families of this community affected by Autism to reach their own social, academic and behavioral goals, but also to care for them in a way that no other organization in our area does.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type Education
Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Special Education, Emotional and Behavioral disorders, Social Skills
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
As a long time parent of a student at Beyond the Spectrum, I'd like to briefly explain why I feel compelled to be a member of it's Board of Directors.  The rapid growth that BTS has experienced since it's inception has created the opportunity for the school and the Board to "learn as we grow".  There really hasn't been any other choice with the tremendous need in our community for Special Needs education and therapeutic services.  Each year we are faced with numerous new families in need of services and have rapidly outgrown every building we have occupied.  Maintaining the specialized services each student receives is a very expensive endeavor.  With especially low teacher to student ratios, therapists, behaviorists, assistants; who are all necessary to maintain the welcome, respectful nature, Beyond the Spectrum struggles to find the recognition within our community for it's fantastic work and it's on-going need for financial donors.  With every professional in the building providing time consuming attention to the students and their families, our community outreach for funds has suffered. These funds are necessary for us to provide summer camps, construction for needed additional square footage to expand our school and programs.   The heart of the organization is a miracle in our midst.  BTS is tirelessly cared for by many qualified professionals who always put the needs of each student and their family first.  Autism and related disorders are very costly emotionally and financially for each family affected.  The level of compassion shown for the children and their families is an amazing feat to wonder.  I don't know how they do it, but I am thankful every day they do.  Being a part of this Board has been a privilege as I try to serve this organization in any way I can.  It has been a tremendously moving experience to learn how much it takes to support each family. It has also been a great education in the difficulties facing a small, non-profit organization in raising the necessary funds, getting our name out into the community all the while growing and maintaining it's wonderful educational program.  Our goal for the 2015-16 year is to re-structure our organizational chart to allow for more community outreach and more public awareness of our work.  BTS has always prided itself on being transparent to the community and will continue to do so in the future.  As a parent and to any potential donor that should be a very important factor in an organization you choose to support.  Beyond the Spectrum's mission is to "enable each student to go beyond their diagnosis" and become the very best person they can be.  The devoted staff puts that mission statement into action every day and deserve every dollar and community recognition necessary to allow them to continue to change the lives of our community's families living with Autism and related disorders.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
As the Executive Director and Founder of Beyond the Spectrum, I am amazed at the incredible success that our organization has had in just 8 years.  Starting in 2007 in a one room office, we served families of children who were being challenged with the diagnosis of autism.  At that time, we offered individualized behavior therapy in homes.  Autism has reached epidemic proportions in the last decade and still there is no known cause and no known cure.  The most successful approaches to helping children affected by autism is through individualized therapeutic and educational programs.  This can serve as a financial challenge and after 8 years, it still is.  BTS has grown tremendously and we currently serve families that typically have not had success in other environments.  We pride ourselves on being parent friendly, always listening to the goals and dreams of each parent and caregiver.  We offer a low ratio educational environment that allows each child to get their needs met emotionally, behaviorally, academically and socially.  Our environment is welcoming and warm and our staff is not only dedicated to the career but they are caring and accepting of each individual child that enters the building.  It truly is a special place.  As the Executive Director, my main priority is that each child is happy when they enter our facility in the morning and that they feel loved and safe. 
Description Beyond the Spectrum Education Center is a day school for children with autism and related disabilities from the ages of 2 to 18 years.  Our school is designed to educate each child based on individual needs and learning style.  Our Little Caterpillars classroom is for children at the preschool and kindergarten level who are in need of communication skills, behavioral programs, social skills and kindergarten readiness. The ratio for this program never exceeds a 3:1.  Our Monarch classroom is designed as a traditional classroom for children with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome, and works on social skills and behavioral issues throughout the course of the day's instruction.  The Monarch class uses a traditional curriculum and follows the Sunshine State standards for academic excellence. Classrooms in this program vary from a 4;1 ratio to a 7:1 ratio. Our Mariposa class is specifically designed for children diagnosed with autism.  This program focuses on enhancing communication, individualized education, and life skills for both home and in the community. Classrooms in this program never exceed a 4:1 ratio.
Budget $350,000
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success By the end of each school year, our goal is for 100% of our children to make gains in the areas of education, social skills, and life skills.  
Long Term Success Our Little Caterpillars class is designed to assist children as early as possible following a diagnosis and provide individualized early intervention to improve each child's abilities.  The goal is for each child to move on to a traditional school and be successful in a mainstream classroom.  Our Monarch classroom is designed as a short term program with the goal for each child to learn appropriate social skills and master the abilities needed to attend a traditional school and mainstream classroom for long term success.  The Mariposa classroom is designed to assist children with long term independence and vocational skills.  Enhancing the ability to communicate increases the opportunities for these children to find employment be self sufficient and to ultimately live lives independently.  Our staff creates individualized goals for each child attending our school.  Data is collected daily and goals are reviewed and updated quarterly.  
Program Success Monitoring Each child is has an individualized education plan with specific goals in the areas of academics, social skills, behaviors, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.  Each child is assigned a binder for daily data collection that is reviewed monthly by a board certified behavior analyst.  Goals are updated monthly and again quarterly at a parent attended meeting.  Education goals are designed by our lead teacher/curriculum specialist and data is collected daily and reviewed quarterly.  Occupational therapy and Speech therapy goals are collected weekly and are reviewed and updated quarterly by the child's team of teachers, therapists and parents/guardians.  
Program Success Examples The Beyond the Spectrum Education Center program has been a part of our organization for 2 years  We have successfully mainstreamed 3 children from our Little Caterpillars class into traditional kindergarten settings.  We have also successfully transitioned 2 students from our Monarch classroom to traditional private schools in the Sarasota area.  We have had great success in the use of the iPad for our children in our Mariposa classroom.  This new technology has given a voice to many children with limited or no verbal skills.  For example, we have one boy who can now tell us his address, phone # and birthday by scrolling through an app on his iPad and he has even ordered his own pizza at Pizza Hut using the iPad.  We feel this is just the beginning in what can be accomplished in the areas of communication and education.  

Beyond the Spectrum Summer Camps are designed for children in grades K through 12 diagnosed with Autism and related disabilities. Multiple methodologies that will be used in a fun and relaxing environment are Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, Discrete Trial, Natural environment training and Sensory Based Interventions.

Program components include highly structured, individualized programming, intensive communication and language training, social skills training, utilization of natural environments for instruction, positive behavioral programming, educationally-based sensory activities, as appropriate, and inclusion with mainstream peers and activities when appropriate.

Budget $30,000
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success Social Butterflies Camp Program
This camp is specifically designed for children ages 6 through 13 years of age struggling with the social issues associated with Aspergers and High functioning Autism,
The Social Butterfly program is an elementary program designed utilizing the We implementing Social Thinking strategies by Michelle Garcia for children with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, Emotional Handicap, ADD, ADHD and Anxiety Disorders.
Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people: we think about them. And how we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions.

The goal of this program is to provide sensory friendly  activities with a focus on Social Skills development and emotional wellness. Our trained staff will utilize team building exercises.. OT and Behavioral Therapeutic approaches to social skill and emotional development will be implemented throughout the camp day.

Long Term Success

Program components include highly structured, individualized programming, intensive communication and language training, social skills training, utilization of natural environments for instruction, positive behavioral programming, educationally-based sensory activities, as appropriate, and inclusion with mainstream peers and activities when appropriate.

Program Success Monitoring The Beyond the Spectrum camp Program was designed to help students retain the skills they achieved in the regular school year setting .An extended school year summer program is needed whenever a student would experience unacceptable regression and recoupment
Program Success Examples

Research has found that most students experience some regression over the summer months. Students in regular education regressed by about 4% as measured by standardized tests. The study also found that students with mild handicaps, serious behavior disorders, and hearing impairments regressed at about the same rate as regular education students. Students with moderate and severe handicaps showed a faster rate of regression and a slower rate of recoupment. Regression occurs in language, gross motor, fine motor, and self-help skills as well as in academic areas.

Program Comments by Organization

Whether we are with friends, sending an email, in a classroom or at the grocery store, we take in the thoughts, emotions and intentions of the people we are interacting with.

Most of us have developed our communications sense from birth onwards, steadily observing and acquiring social information and learning how to respond to people. Because social thinking is an intuitive process, we usually take it for granted.

But for many individuals, this process is anything but natural. And this often has nothing to do with conventional measures of intelligence.

In fact, many people score high on IQ and standardized tests, yet do not intuitively learn the nuances of social communication and interaction.

While these challenges are commonly experienced by individuals with autism spectrum disorders (high-functioning), social communication disorder, Asperger's, ADHD, nonverbal learning disability (NLD) and similar diagnoses, children and adults experiencing social learning difficulties often have received no diagnosis.

A treatment framework and curriculum targets improving individual social thinking abilities, regardless of diagnostic label..

Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Donna Donnelly
CEO Term Start July 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email
Bachelor's of Administration
James Madison University, 1987
20 years of business experience with an emphasis in sales and marketing.  5 years in product sales and 15 years in medical sales.  Extensive experience in assisting families affected by autism and emotional and behavioral disorders through personal experience. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mrs. Catherine Peabody Jan 2014 - July 2016
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 23
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 80
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 60
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Beyond the Spectrum collaborates with several organizations.  
Currently in 2013, we are collaborating with SMART (Sarasota-Manatee Assoc of Riding Therapy) to raise funds for our students and clients to participate in riding therapy as well.
Sensory Solutions of Sarasota offers discounted services to our students several times throughout the school year for field trips.  
Positive Behavior Interventions- Lewis Weber, BCBA is by BTS for Board Certified oversight of all programs and staff affiliated with behavior plans.
The Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch offers an informal collaboration that allows our children to visit the Humane society on a regular basis.  
Other consistent field trip locations include the Sarasota County Library, GWiz in Sarasota, Mote Marine as well as Mixon Farms.
Positive Behavior Support, Corp handles our insurance processing and ensures that qualifications and standards are met and maintained to offer 1:1 Behavior Therapeutic services both on site and in clients homes.  
Olive Branch, a local tree removal and trimming company has wrapped a large truck from their fleet to bring awareness and to raise funds for the autism cause.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Viewers Choice Hero of the YearBay News 9 Every Day Hero2009
Charity of the MonthSalt and Light Productions/Stuart Roth2015
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Professional Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2015
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization All new organizations have challenges and Beyond the Spectrum is no exception.  Providing low ratio education and therapeutic services to children with special needs is a challenge daily.  Our children have challenging behaviors, physical limitations and emotional struggles.  The cost of giving them the individual needs they all require is high.  Cutting back on staff is not an option, as the system falls apart and the children are left behind.  Daily management of the finances requires us to count on donors to ensure we can provide each child with the education they deserve.  Our current board realizes these daily struggles and have developed a plan to shift our organizational chart to allow for directorship of school operations to be separate from the Executive Director duties to allow for the Executive Director to focus on community outreach, grant researching and fundraising.  The addition of an Educational Director will allow more efficiency in the daily operations with the expertise of a special education specialist as well. 
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Lora Carpenter
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Feb 2014 to Dec 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Lora Carpenter Harvest UMC Sprouts Preschool
Mrs. Nathalie DeWolf Community Volunteer
Mr. Christopher Peabody Genetech
Mrs. Catherine Peabody Beyond the Spectrum
Mr. Joseph Sweeney Sysco
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
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
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization Beyond the Spectrum is a young organization that has grown rapidly in our community to serve children with disabilities.  Our current Board of Directors is aware of the responsibility of growing and developing our governance procedures and growing our board representation and it is reflected in our Strategic Plan for 2015. 
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $860,470.00
Projected Expenses $857,967.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose To purchase our own building
Campaign Goal $100,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$616,818$469,247$356,507
Administration Expense$24,844$11,346$24,296
Fundraising Expense$2,918$165$5,375
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.301.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%98%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$147,724$234,024$112,752
Current Assets$146,895$234,024$112,752
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$2,500
Total Net Assets$147,724$234,024$110,252
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountServices $569,539Program Service Revenue $484,653BTS School $334,785
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $55,046BTS School $64,211Contributions, gifts, grants $174,167
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $32,917Contributions, gifts, grants $42,4210 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----45.10
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization At Beyond the Spectrum, we feel we have a responsibility to manage every dollar very carefully and wisely.  When people in our community make a decision to donate to our organization, they put their trust in us and we take that very seriously.  We operate a debt free organization and have systems in place to follow every dollar to ensure an ethical and honest monetary system. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the IRS Form 990.  Financial figures were taken from the IRS Form 990s. Audit only conducted for FY 2011 and FY2013.  Federal 990 and audited financial statements for 2011 reconcile. For 2014, financial information was taken solely from the unaudited compilations as the Federal 990 was not available at time of review.
Nonprofit Beyond The Spectrum Inc
Address 7333 International Drive
Donna Donnelly
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone 941 907-3443