UnidosNow Inc dba Unidos Now
The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center
1750 17th Street, Building D
Sarasota FL 34234
Mission

To elevate the quality of life of the growing Latino community in Manatee and Sarasota counties through education, integration, and civic engagement.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Luz Corcuera
Board Chair Mr. Kelly Kirschner
Board Chair Affiliation Eckerd College
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
UnidosNow
UnidosNow.org
Unidos Now
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2018
State Registration Yes Jan 2019
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
IRS Determination Letter - UNIDOSNOWView
Other Documents
College Prep Success Metrics & TestimonialsView
Florida State of ProgramView
Partnership KitView
Annual ReportView
Impact Statement

2017 Accomplishments

  1. Of the 22 seniors participating in the Future Leaders Academy class of 2017, all were accepted into college, with total financial aid exceeding $1,000,000.
  2. Actively engaged in the recruitment of students and volunteers to improve FAFSA completion rates within the region. Both Manatee and Sarasota counties demonstrated impressive year-on-year gains, with Sarasota County being recognized as the #1 performer in the entire state.
  3. After successful pilot programs in prior years at Sarasota High and Palmetto High, launched the UnidosNow Club at an additional seven high schools in the region. These clubs offer students of all levels the opportunity to receive post-secondary education guidance, while also offering opportunities for leadership and community service to club members.
  4. Successfully piloted the 2Gen Families Together Program at Gocio Elementary School and Tuttle Elementary School, teaching parents life skills, addressing integration matters, giving them English-as-a-second-language tools, and providing information on post-secondary opportunities as well as how to navigate the school system in the United States.
  5. Exceeded prior-year funding by more than 100%, while also increasing the diversity of funding sources.

2018 Goals

  1. Each of the graduating seniors in our Future Leaders Academy class of 2018 will be accepted into college and receive the financial aid necessary for them to attend college.
  2. Recruit and support a new cohort of raising seniors high school students for the Future Leaders Academy. 
  3. Continue to work with Talent4Tomorrow in Sarasota County and Reach Manatee College Access Network to improve FAFSA completion rates in our regions.
  4. Build on the success of our elementary school programs for girls at Gocio, Tuttle, and Wakeland, all with a strong emphasis on a two-generation approach. as well as the high school club program. In addition, we are piloting the GANAS (Grit) Program for at-risk students who aspire to continue their education beyond high school - technical colleges, two-year colleges or four-year colleges. We are also piloting a middle school program at McIntosh and The Sarasota School for the Arts and Sciences.
  5. Ensure organizational stability by continuing to build our financial strength, systems and processes, and volunteer network.

 

Needs Statement
  1. UnidosNow now has a full-time staff of four, two part-time, one consultant, and two interns. Additional funding of $60,000 would allow us to expand our high-quality programming to broader audiences, while also managing the increasing administrative responsibilities brought on by our growth.
  2. The estimated cost of sponsoring one student in the Future Leaders Academy is $5,000. This would allow a student to participate in a comprehensive full-year program that includes self-awareness assessments, career exploration, college selection, essay and résumé writing, interviewing, financial aid, college tours, ACT prep, life skills, and mentoring.
  3. Most low-income students have never visited a college, nor have their parents. A college tour for 40-50 students in the Tampa or Orlando area would cost approximately $5,000. Our goal is to conduct a minimum of three tours during the year.
  4. Many first-generation students have the grades to get into college but do poorly on a standardized test. A 15-hour test prep course for 20 students would cost approximately $3,000, including materials. We would like to offer test prep at least twice per year.
  5. Students who are transitioning to college often need additional financial support to pay for books, supplies, materials, and transportation to and from college. A sponsorship of $1,000 per student would help alleviate these costs significantly. 
Background Statement

 In the fall of 2010, UnidosNow was founded to represent the integration needs of the region's fastest growing and most under-represented demographic: the Hispanic population. In the last 20 years, in Sarasota/Manatee counties, the Latino population has grown by 300%. However, integration of this community into the larger community's education, civic, economic, and cultural spheres has lagged significantly.

In the very foreseeable future, the ability of Latinos to secure a good education will have major ramifications on the safety and economic stability for both communities to prosper locally, statewide, and nationally.

According to the Chronical of Higher Education, 43.5% of graduating seniors will be Hispanic, within the next 14 years. Currently, 66% of the adult Hispanic population in Manatee County and 60% of the adult Hispanic population in Sarasota County either dropped out of high school or only have a high school education (Florida Department of Education, 2013).

At UnidosNow we recognized this challenge, and we work to bring meaningful impact to our students, families, and community through our ability to provide cultural and linguistic appropriate services.

 

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments

UnidosNow's work is concentrated in the Sarasota-Manatee area, home to nearly 80,000 Hispanics. There are no other organizations in the region with the strategic and culturally competent expertise in education access and integration work that UnidosNow has.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
If you look at the state of Florida and recognize the fact that a quarter of our population is now Hispanic, you should also quickly appreciate that there is a tremendous gulf in how our State is embracing this dramatic demographic shift. This is particularly true for southwest Florida and the Manasota region, where Latinos now number 80,000, representing the region's largest minority group. When speaking before groups in the area, we frequently use the analogy, "If you are a business, a government body, an arts organization, or a non-profit organization and you do not have a strategy to engage the exploding Hispanic population, it is akin to General Motors telling their shareholders they have no interest to invest or capture any market share in China or the emerging markets of Asia." In other words, the survival of vibrant communities and organizations over the next two to three decades will depend on this effort.
 
UnidosNow is looking to get ahead of such an erosion and lead this conversation now. As our name suggests, we lead the discussion in both Spanish and English - believing that the rapprochement is a two-way street, or indeed, a two-way obligation. We are a convening body, looking to bring together faith based-leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, students, government officials, and aligned communities that push for the greater integration of Hispanic and mainstream communities in southwest Florida, that will ultimately benefit the stability and prosperity of the region for all. Over the last four years, UnidosNow has narrowed its focus on higher education as the most effective vehicle of integration for the Hispanic/Latino community.  
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The American Dream of higher education is more important than ever. I am very proud and excited about UnidosNow's capacity to empower our growing Hispanic/Latino community to fulfill its dreams. Our multicultural and multigenerational approach to foster a culture of higher education for all ages is gaining momentum and support from our volunteers and community partners.
 
We realize the importance of starting early and, at the same time, responding to the needs of the growing number of Hispanic/Latino residents in our region. Our recent pilot programs in elementary and middle schools are a great addition to our existing high school programs. Our focus remains on low-income, first-generation students, and their families. We have made a significant investment in our parental engagement component to all our programs and increased our volunteer network to provide mentors across all our various services.
 
After a year of successfully launching our 2Gen Families Together Program, we've seen an increase in parental participation in the pilot site elementary and middle schools. The impact of this initiative on participating parents has resulted in increased awareness of the value of investing in higher education, understanding options and the process of applying to college, accessing financial aid, and gaining knowledge regarding in-demand careers, among others. Families are better equipped to support their children's college and career choices.
 
We look forward to expanding our reach, hopefully, to more elementary and middle schools to create a pipeline that empowers students and families to #Dream Big and #ReachHigh.

  UnidosNow is extremely fortunate to count on a community that understands and values the unique role we fill and is committed to engaging with us to help lift families out of poverty. Our impact would not be achievable without the critical and invaluable support of our community partners, volunteers, and donors who believe in our mission; nor would our efforts be successful without the competent and skilled team that carries out the work every day, supported by the talents and commitment of our volunteers. It takes just one adult in the life of a child to make a meaningful difference in that child’s life. One of our participating students sent us this sentiment in a thank you note: “Thank you so very much for taking the time and effort to talk with me and to encourage me to work for my dreams of higher education. Thank you for believing in me when I didn't even believe in myself and for the kindness and support you've given me."

 Additionally, we’re very proud of institutional efforts to diversify our funding sources and commitment to long-term sustainability, including leadership and active participation from our board of directors.
 
Programs
Description
UnidosNow launched the Future Leaders Academy (FLA) in the summer of 2013 to identify and support high-performing Latino students with the potential to gain admission to, and graduate from, selective colleges (schools that go beyond grades and test scores as part of a holistic admissions process).
 
Since its launch, high school students from Sarasota and Manatee have participated in the summer program, hosted at USF Sarasota Manatee, annually. The FLA has since expanded into a full-year program that provides a wide range of college prep services, including career exploration, college selection, college applications, college essays, résumés, financial aid, college tours, ACT prep, and individual mentoring.
 
Also, several parent workshops are conducted in English and Spanish on topics such as college selection, financial aid, and financial literacy. The parent workshops included panels with recent Latino graduates and parents who share their college journey experience.
Budget $45,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short Term Success
  • 90% of seniors in the FLA will be accepted into at least one college
  • 90% of seniors in FLA will complete their FAFSA (federal financial aid)
  • 70% of students will apply for at least one local, state, or national scholarship
  • 90% of members will participate in at least one college tour
  • 90% of graduating seniors will take either the ACT or SAT
  • 80% of members will become engaged in community service and volunteering activities, with a particular focus on college prep. Several of these students will take on leadership positions with the UnidosNow high school clubs or other school clubs.
  • 90% of students will complete an action plan detailing the next steps students will take upon  high school graduation
Long Term Success
  • 80% of members will gain a post-secondary degree/certificate
  • Through collaboration with community partners (school districts, local colleges, other youth-serving organizations), we are working towards more sustainable solutions to closing achievement gaps
  • By involving parents, and being able to communicate in Spanish, we are working to change the college-going culture among Latinos
  •  Participants are being exposed to local career opportunities, which will help train the region’s workforce of the future
  • It is an expectation that participants that benefitted from the Future Leaders Academy will become role models for younger students in their high school and community.
Program Success Monitoring Over the past five years, the Future Leaders Academy program has improved significantly as a result of feedback received from all stakeholders. Participating students will complete surveys through SurveyMonkey after key workshops/activities and feedback will be used to improve programming. These surveys will also capture key data such as # of college applications, # of college acceptances, # and amount of scholarships, ACT/SAT scores, and grades. In addition, we will conduct a focus panel with students, parents, and mentors at the end of the program to gain further insight.
Program Success Examples
  • Over the past few years FLA scholars have been accepted into colleges such as Johns Hopkins, Amherst College, Haverford College, Vassar College, Boston University, Colgate University, Bucknell University, George Washington University, University of Virginia, Georgia Tech, Syracuse University, New York University, University of Miami, University of Florida, and Florida State University, among others.
  • FLA scholars received in excess of $1 million in financial aid in 2017. 
Testimonial 
“I am ecstatic to inform you that I was matched to Amherst College on a full ride through QuestBridge! Thank you so much for all of your help in my college applications process, I could not have done any of it without you! It's hard to believe that the first time we met, it was hard for me to picture myself leaving Florida, and now I have the opportunity to go to one of the highest ranked liberal arts colleges in the nation for less money!Thank you again, for showing me my potential.” D.S.
Description UnidosNow GANAS (Grit) Program was recently launched as a pilot initiative, to help vulnerable Latino youth graduate from high school and make informed plans for their career by helping them access various entry points to economic mobility:  4-year colleges, 2-year colleges, technical colleges, military service, and frontline positions at growing and dynamic local employers.
Budget $45,000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short Term Success
There are currently 3 high schools in Manatee County participating in GANAS pilot programs, with a total target of 80 students in 12th grade. These vulnerable, but promising, students are at risk of not pursuing higher education without community intervention.
  • 75% of participants will attend at least three life skills workshops that will include interviewing, money management, résumé writing, and time management.
  • 90% of students will complete a career plan upon completion of the program
  • 90% of graduating seniors will complete their FAFSA (federal financial aid)
  • 50% of members will participate in at least one college tour (most never take a tour) 50% of graduating seniors will take either the ACT or SAT
Long Term Success
  • At least 80% of participants will graduate from high school
  • 70% of participants will pursue higher education upon graduation: 2-year, 4-year, technical
  • Through collaboration with community partners (school districts, local colleges, other youth-serving organizations), we are working towards more sustainable solutions to closing achievement gaps
  • By involving parents, and being able to communicate in Spanish, we are working to change the post-secondary-going culture among Latinos
  • Participants are being exposed to local career opportunities, which will help train the region’s work force of the future
Program Success Monitoring Participating students will complete surveys through SurveyMonkey after key workshops/activities and feedback will be used to improve programming. These surveys will also capture key data such as # of college applications, # of college acceptances, # and amount of scholarships and financial aid, ACT/SAT scores, and grades.
Program Success Examples
This is the first year of the GANAS pilot programs, but there are already signs of project success/potential:
  • Extensive research is being conducted among stakeholders (students, parents, faculty and staff) and preliminary results indicate a need for supportive services such as those provided by the GANAS Program.
  • One of our community partners, SCOPE, has indicated that they will be seeking grants to conduct research on this population in Sarasota County.
  • Senior administration at Manatee School for the Arts has expressed strong interest in participating in the GANAS Program.
  • One of the principals at Manatee High has attended some of our workshops and strongly endorses the program
  • Participants of the program have already visited three colleges in the region.
Description
UnidosNow high school clubs support guidance counselors by delivering essential college selection, college application, and financial aid information to students who are more likely to pursue post-secondary options such as technical colleges, two-year colleges, and four-year colleges. This represents the vast majority of students in the public school system. A key component of the series are FAFSA workshops delivered in conjunction with other community organizations in the Sarasota and Manatee region. 
The high school clubs will ultimately serve as the trusted forum, and a safe space for Latino students and their parents to feel accepted, included, engaged, and be able to ask any type of questions even in Spanish. 
Budget $30,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Financial Counseling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short Term Success
There are currently eight UnidosNow clubs in high schools throughout the region, with membership of approximately 150 students in total. Club members will participate in a wide range of activities and workshops that will improve their chances of going to college, including:
  • 75% of members will attend at least three workshops that will assist them in selecting and gaining admission into best-fit colleges
  • 90% of graduating seniors will complete their FAFSA (federal financial aid)
  • 75% of members will participate in at least one college tour
  • 90% of graduating seniors will take either the ACT or SAT
  • 75% of members will participate in community service relating to college prep
Through the efforts of club members, it is expected that hundreds more students will gain awareness and understanding of college and career choices.
Long Term Success
  • 90% of club members will graduate from high school
  • 80% of club members will pursue higher education upon graduation: 2-year, 4-year, technical
  • 70% of members will gain a post-secondary degree/certificate
  • Through collaboration with community partners (school districts, local colleges, other youth-serving organizations), we are working towards more sustainable solutions to closing achievement gaps
  • By involving parents, and being able to communicate in Spanish, we are working to change the college-going culture among Latinos
  • Club members are being exposed to local career opportunities, which will help train the region’s work force of the future
Program Success Monitoring Participating students will complete surveys through SurveyMonkey after key workshops/activities and feedback will be used to improve programming. These surveys will also capture key data such as # of college applications, # of college acceptances, # and amount of scholarships, ACT/SAT scores, and grades.
Program Success Examples
  • Upon completion of pilot programs at Sarasota High and Palmetto High two years ago, the program has now expanded to six other high schools.
  • From a total of approximately 20 members in pilot programs, participation now exceeds 150, due in large from the endorsement and support of school staffs and faculty. 
  • Through the active support of UnidosNow clubs, the FAFSA completion rates in Manatee and Sarasota counties have increased dramatically over the past two years, with Sarasota County winning the 2017 award for top school district in the State. 
Recent feedback from the organizer of a college fair at Riverview High, an event that reached hundreds of students:
“The UnidosNow Ambassadors at Riverview HS were enormously impressive! I spent time with Vanessa and Lexi - and if I have their names correct, that's a miracle in itself because I don't easily remember names. That's how strong of an impression was left. Truly exceptional! They provided a unique and special welcome to the colleges.”
Description First-generation Latino students often lack a college, post-secondary -going culture in their families and communities; as a result, they are not given the early exposure and direction required to ensure post-secondary readiness. UnidosNow is currently piloting middle and elementary school programs designed to address barriers that many low-income, first-generation students face in pursuing a post-secondary education. Using a multi-generational model, we have developed a comprehensive, age-appropriate, and culturally/linguistically relevant framework that engages both students and their parents. Initiatives include, for example, our 2Gen Families Together program and FLAG (Future Leaders Academy for Girls), offered at elementary schools in Sarasota and Manatee, as well as our middle-school based Future Leaders Academy, also offered in Sarasota.
Budget $60,000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage Families
Short Term Success
Successful outcomes of the 2Gen Families Together program resulted in parents' increased knowledge of the education system, post-secondary opportunities for parents and children, life skills, and improved English language skills.  30 families received services and 100% reported gains after completing the program.
 
The middle school program has focused on helping students identify their own areas of interest and explore potential career options.  Parents are equal participants in the workshops, career exploration, and college tours offered to the students throughout the program.  20 families are participating in the program and 100% reported gains in knowledge of post-secondary education.  In addition, the students and their parents are learning to map out a plan of minimum requirements to have a successful transition into high school. 
Long Term Success
100% of parents increased their school engagement and use of school and community resources to support their children's education.  Children increased their self-confidence and their enthusiasm to attend school and improved their academic performance after participating in the Families Together Program.
 
80% of the middle school students participating in the program will successfully transition into high school having a peer mentor in the high school of their choice. 
 
Program Success Monitoring
Participants in all programs in the elementary, middle, and high school programs receive a survey after each component that demonstrates their knowledge gained and an opportunity to provide feedback on the program.
We are developing a  system in collaboration with the hosting schools to track student's academic performance and attendance. 
Program Success Examples
Testimonials: 
Mari Tere is a single parent of four children.  She works two jobs to provide for her children.  For the very first time, she began participating in the Families Together program and realized the value of investing in her own learning.    She is right now supporting her high school child to pursue a post-secondary education and exploring options to obtain a certification program for her.  Mari Tere has never missed a session even when she works night shifts.
 
Participants of the Future Leaders Academy for Elementary School Girls accepted a proclamation at the School Board designating FLAG as a college-bound program.  Two students in 4th grade shared their personal statement and their aspirations for post-secondary education in front of the school board. This experience has increased their self-confidence and their desire to improve their reading and writing skills.  
 
Nicholas, a participant in the middle school program, took advantage of the ACT prep being offered and now as a 9th grader he has already taken the test with an impressive 32 ACT score.  He credits his success to the middle school program that UnidosNow offered. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description UnidosNow actively partners with other youth-serving organizations to deliver programming for our students. Of particular note is the leadership and engagement we have demonstrated with the Manatee College Access Network, known as REACH Manatee, and Talent4Tomorrow in Sarasota, networks with the mission of increasing community collaboration to achieve sustainable impact. Among the early successes of these consortia is the FAFSA initiative, for which our region has gained recognition as a leader within the state. Further collaboration is anticipated with career exploration and ACT/Sat prep.
Budget $50,000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Short Term Success UnidosNow worked in 2016 Talent 4 Tomorrow in Sarasota and REACH Manatee, the local college access network in Manatee, with the goal of increasing FAFSA completion rates.  UnidosNow was instrumental in recruiting students to complete their FAFSA application and also  recruited bilingual volunteers that were trained to assist students and their parents with their FAFSA applications.   As a result, Riverview High school in Sarasota was awarded the most improved designation and the school district was named the most improved in the state of Florida that resulted in earnings over $550,000 in Pell grants.   Manatee County increased significantly its FAFSA performance beyond its original goal of 5% to 11%  earning over $650,000 in Pell grant money.
Long Term Success By increasing the number of completed FAFSA applications students are more likely to consider pursuing an application to a post-secondary institution since their low-income status will make them eligible for free money reducing the gap that a college tuition demands.  Students with an instant pell grant are also more likely to apply for other scholarships and grants to increase their financial package and narrow down their college costs and improve accessibility to more selective colleges. 
Program Success Monitoring
UnidosNow uses the data provided by the Department of Education and the Florida College Access Network to track the number of FAFSA applications that were completed in each county, later translated into a dollar amount.
UnidosNow also follows up with participants in the high school clubs and other programs to ensure their successful college application. 
Program Success Examples
Testimonial: 
Joana is a low-income Latina who is the first one in her family to pursue higher education.  Initially, she was not considering applying to college due to financial constraints.  Once she completed the FAFSA application and realized that she had $5,500 free money that she could use to pay for her tuition, she became motivated and pursued her college application and scholarships.  She just completed her first semester at USF- Saint Pete campus and is very motivated to work hard to go into the nursing field.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization

I am a proud UnidosNow Board member and self-appointed Fan Club President of the organization’s staff for the incredible amount of education and training they provide for the Hispanic community in Sarasota/Manatee Counties. Beginning with elementary school children, through the middle and high school levels, each group receives intense instruction on planning and attaining a college education. Parents are not left behind; workshops focus on their role in helping their children, regardless of English proficiency. The tagline of UnidosNow is: Educate, Elevate, Integrate. I support this statement and I see it being implemented successfully so that Hispanic youth can meet the challenges and fulfill their dreams and those of their parents.

A non-profit that attracts volunteers must demonstrate an appreciation for the volunteers’ time and skills, and, must train them to help meet the needs of the organization. Because UnidosNow has mastered these principles, it has multiple volunteers in different areas. They serve as instructors, mentors, counselors, and fundraisers. This support encourages and engages our Hispanic youth and helps them achieve their full potential. --- Kathy Schersten, UnidosNow Board Member

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Luz Corcuera
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email luz@unidosnow.org
Experience Luz has a proven track record in community-building and engagement.  She served as Program Director for Healthy Start Manatee and as a Community Health Director for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.  Luz is passionate about education, health, cultural competency, and understanding the social determinants influencing socio-economic wellbeing.  Her significant work includes developing and overseeing diverse community-based initiatives to empower underserved and at-risk communities.  Luz moved from Toronto, Canada in  2000 where she practiced family therapy and remains a member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists.  As an immigrant woman, Luz knows firsthand the challenges of integrating into a new community and sees education as the path out of poverty- values that she instilled in her own children early on.  She is committed to working with any individual and organization that promotes opportunities for our young population.  Luz has been recognized with numerous awards for building strong relationships in the Manasota region with private, public, faith-based, and civic organizations to close the education achievement gap, reverse negative health and education trends and empower people to take a proactive role in civic life.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Frankie Soriano -
Hector Tejeda Jan 2014 - Dec 2015
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Lisa Ramirez Strategic Initiatives
Hector Tejeda Director, Education Initiatives
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 60
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
UnidosNow collaborates with civic and faith-based organizations in Sarasota and Manatee as well as the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, New College, Catholic Charities, Gulf Coast Legal Services, the Asolo Repertory Theater, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Sarasota and Manatee County school districts, NAACP-Manatee, Sarasota Sheriff's Office, Sarasota Police Department, Talent for Tomorrow, Community Youth Development, Reach Manatee (Local college access network), Take Stock in Children and other youth development organizations.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate2015
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
2011 Non-Profit Organization of the Year7Dias Newspaper2011
20 People to Watch for our Executive DirectorBiz9412012
Content of Character Award for Frankie SorianoTriPath Media of Sarasota2013
Nominee in the category of Be More InformedWEDU Be More Awards2014
Education Award941CEO Magazine2017
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization

At UnidosNow we are very proud of our staff who are culturally competent and understand many of the experiences of our student and adult program participants. This bicultural understanding equips our organization to bridge the gap that currently exists between much of the Latino community and mainstream society. Through our programming, we are working to grow/groom local talent who will help transform our community and improve our economy.

Our greatest challenge, as with all newer, small non-profits, is building financial growth and sustainability. One of our strengths, however, is our flexibility, which will help us in the area, since the “only constant is change.” We also see great opportunities in our current (and future) relationships with national, regional, and local organizations, such as NCLR, institutions of higher education, and foundations, for example.

Multi-Media Comments by Organization Nothing speaks louder than the testimonials of our students and families. Please enjoy!
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kelly Kirschner
Company Affiliation Eckerd College
Board Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Board Chair Email kirschkm@eckerd.edu
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Luis Eduardo Baron TV Net Media Group
Mr Cristobal J Czaia Czaia Law
Ms. Amy Kenyon Kenyon Law
Mr. Kelly Kirschner Dearn at Eckerd College
Ms. Kathy Schersten St. Jude Catholic Church
Mr Francisco Soriano Neoform Construction
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 91
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
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

The organization's current board of directors is working to fill a vacancy on the board.  Every effort will be made to have diverse representation.  In addition, the board is working on establishing and renewing the advisory committees needed at this juncture of the organization. 


Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $375,000.00
Projected Expenses $375,000.00
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
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$224,908$146,649$103,872
Administration Expense$32,448$23,973$18,289
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.052.001.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$287,108$288,324$104,902
Current Assets$272,228$276,800$104,179
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,048$17,270$3,858
Total Net Assets$284,060$271,054$101,044
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $244,569Contributions, gifts, grants $334,272Contributions, gifts, grants $172,843
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $19,130College Prep $3,525Govertnment Grants - Unspecified $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $3,926DACA $1,872Fundraising $5,188
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities89.3116.0327.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

UnidosNow is scheduled to complete its financial audit for 2017 financials no later that March 2017. UnidosNow understands the need to diversify our revenue sources and create a viable revenue model that does not rely solely on donations. 

Through a Collaborative partnership, UnidosNow will seek to fund collaborative programming and will explore income generating efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information is taken from IRS Form 990-EZ/990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit UnidosNow Inc dba Unidos Now
Address The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center
1750 17th Street, Building D
Sarasota, FL
Phone 941 256-0625

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