Girls Incorporated Of Sarasota County
201 S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota FL 34237
Girls Inc. Girls
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County is a nonprofit youth organization that equips girls in grades K –12 with the skills and knowledge they need to be “Strong, Smart and Bold” in 3 key areas:
  • Academic Achievement
  • Health and Fitness
  • Life Skills

The Girls Inc. educational experience focuses on the development of the “whole girl” to help them successfully navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and economically independent adults, prepared employees, and strong and ethical leaders.

CEO/Executive Director Robin Rose
Board Chair Jennifer Compton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shumaker,Loop & Kendrick
History and Background
Former Names
Girls Club
Organization DBA
Girls Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Supported Organization Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 1979
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,206,620.00
Projected Expenses $1,099,726.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2014
State Registration Yes Dec 2013
 Moments of Pride 
  • 2010 - Girls Inc. receives, for the second year in a row, the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Only 20% of all charities throughout the United States receive the award two years in a row. Girls Inc. received the highest level rating for the agency based on the most recent financial information and Girls Inc.’s “ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.”
  • 2010 - Girls Inc. receives the WEDU “Unstoppable” Best Non-profit Award out of all non-profits in the Tampa Bay region.
  • 2008 - Girls Inc. of Sarasota receives national recognition as the first recipient of the “Excellence in Action Award – Outstanding Affiliate of 2008”.  Girls Incorporated of Sarasota is the only agency to achieve this award from among 83 Girls Incorporated member organizations.
Goals for 2013-2014
We seek to improve serving the groups of girls ages 15-18. 

We want to make sure that girls who complete our center based programs at age 14 don’t feel as if they are no longer a part of the Girls Inc. family. To do this we are committed to provided services and programs that encourage middle and high school girls to attend. Topics range from job preparation and career exploration to investing and financial management.


We seek to reach more girls

We want to touch the greatest number of girls’ live we can throughout Sarasota County. To do this we are committed to providing our services and support to many more girls through our outreach programs. 


We seek to serve each girl over many years.

We recognized the importance of our long-term involvement in a girl’s life. To encourage a strong sense of self, to break cycles of abuse, to allow a girl the time to explore the many avenues available to her, we need to have ongoing relationship with girls as they navigate their path to adulthood. The longer we can be a part of a girl’s life, the great our impact on her future.

Develop/Refine assessment tools to demonstrate girls' progress
In 1973, Girls Clubs of Sarasota County was formed through the initiative of community leaders in order to provide a safe place for girls to receive afterschool enrichment programs. Community support allowed the organization to create a multi-use facility on Tuttle Avenue complete with a pool, gymnasium, tennis courts, classrooms and computer lab. During the 1980s, Girls Incorporated established a foundation to manage endowment funds and backed the creation of Coquille, an auxiliary, volunteer-based fundraising branch that attracted significant attention and participation from the community. During this time the agency began to implement the new research-based programs that were being disseminated by the Girls Incorporated National Resource Center. In 1989, following the lead of our national organization, Girls Club of Sarasota County became Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County, a local affiliate of the national nonprofit youth organization.


During the 1990s, Girls Incorporated undertook several outreach initiatives made possible by grant-making organizations, private donors and community support. In 1991, the Newtown Project was implemented to provide the girls and parents of the Newtown community access to the agency's programs. In 1996, Educational Talent Search (ETS) was initiated to assist high school girls in career counseling, educational counseling and financial aid awareness. In 1997, Girls Incorporated launched services into south Sarasota County. Girls Inc. delivered prevention-based programs in collaboration with school officials, community leaders and local families.


In September 2007, Girls Incorporated became the only afterschool program in Sarasota County to implement a unique curriculum model called MicroSociety® AfterSchool. MicroSociety is an innovative program design in which students build and run a miniature society within their afterschool and summer programs. Young entrepreneurs produce goods and services, and elected officials establish laws. PeaceKeepers maintain order in the halls and reporters track down stories. All citizens earn wages, invest in products, deposit and borrow money from “Micro” banks, and pay taxes, tuition and rent. Certified and trained teachers take the role of facilitators, enabling their students to effectively run their own businesses and government agencies. Each child has a role in running that world with student achievement as the ultimate goal. Partnerships with local businesses and agencies show the girls the connection to the real world and create learning opportunities.


  1. $16,000 for one part time STEM/Computer Instructor.
  2. $16,000 for one PT Wellness/Fitness Instructor.
  3. $50,000 to fund our pilot for our new high school initiative to ensure girls are able to make successful middle/high school and post-secondary transitions into college, technical/trade schools, or the workplace.
  4. $4,000 to conduct a 3 month strategic thinking and planning process to re-examine our business model based on the “new normal” of a post-recessionary economy.  We would like to use the knowledge and skills of Dr. Sandra Hughes to support this process to help ensure long-term sustainability of our mission and organization in the Sarasota community.
  5. $25,000 to fund one PT staff member to support data collection and measurement and evaluation of our programs.
  6. $5,000 to cover costs for staff development and training for curriculum transition.


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Whether you are a young girl interested in making new friends and learning how to become "strong, smart, and bold", a parent investigating a safe and educational place for your daughter, or a community member looking for an organization where you can invest your time and talents, we encourage you to take a close look at Girls Inc. of Sarasota County.


As a nationally-recognized award-winning non-profit, Girls Inc. prides itself in providing exemplary programs for girls ranging in age from 5-14. Our programs are ever-evolving to meet the constantly-changing needs of our young girls.


You can instantly identify a Girls Inc. girl with her self-confidence, her determination to dream big dreams and her solid belief that she can someday realize those aspirations. She is Sarasota's future.
We invite you to become a member of the Girls Inc. family, become a part of the Girls Inc. legacy. We promise you it will be a life-changing experience.
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

It is without a doubt that Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County changes girls’ lives. By instilling in girls 5-14 years of age the importance of literacy, math and science, career and life planning, health and sexuality, leadership and community action, sports and adventure, self-reliance and life skills, and culture and heritage, Girls Inc. is able to grow great girls. 


So often I hear that Girls Inc. is just for girls at-risk.  Our philosophy is that every girl is at risk regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or home environment.  Too often we assume that by providing the basics of food, shelter and education a girl will possess the tools to thrive.  This is not always the case and at Girls Inc. we believe that girls need to be encouraged, enriched and prompted to take risks.  We believe that by surrounding girls with good mentors and role models, providing them with conflict resolution skills and the ability to make good choices in life, the girls will become our future business leader, providers and community activists. 


The Girls Inc. Board of Directors is dedicated and passionate about our mission to “inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.”  And although girl’s issues tend to get secondary consideration on funding priorities, it is our mission to push Girls Inc. into the forefront and to gain consensus amongst all to understand that by growing a great girl you are investing in a community. 


If you have any doubt about the power and impact of Girls Inc. I urge you to visit the facility on Tuttle Ave. and experience what it is like to be surrounded by strong, smart and bold girls.  It will change your life forever.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Education
  • Through National Girls Inc. programs, our girls learn about literacy, math and science, careers, health and sexuality, leadership and community action, sports, self-reliance and life skills, and culture and heritage.
  • At Girls Inc. Sarasota, all girls also participate in a city called DreamHarbor, their very own all-girls community where each girl has a job, earns a pay check, votes and pays taxes. Girls participate in business ventures including banking, government, science museum, retail, catering, and TV production.
  • Girls can receive individual and small group counseling on site as needed.
  • Girls also receive a healthy snack on a daily basis.
Budget $1,000,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Females K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
  • 92% of girls demonstrated improvement in mathematical skills
  • 89% of girls improved reading skills

Engage a larger percentage of girls throughout Sarasota County to try the programs. 

Long Term Success
  • 85% of girls will rate as “Accomplished” in the areas of Employability, Economic Literacy and Leadership Skills.
  • 85% of girls will improve mathematical skills
  • 90% of girls will recognize the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related skills in everyday activities and careers
How Program is Monitored
  • MicroSociety- Employee Rubric, Self- Evaluations, Girl Manager and staff administered evaluation of employees, Products produced, TV Shows produced
  • Satisfaction- Parent quarterly and monthly reviews, girl review at end of school year and end of summer
  • Curriculum specific post tests
  • SuccessMaker Scores (Reading and Mathematics)
Examples of Program Success
  • 100% voter participation in Dream Harbor Election
  • 100% parent satisfaction gathered from surveys
  • 100% of parents refer friends to Girls Inc
  • 92% of girls demonstrated improvement in mathematical skills
  • 89% of girls improved reading skills
  • Highlights from Employee Evaluation given by instructor 


  • Skylei – Fitness Fanatics – Stretch Leader

    Accomplished employee and role model in customer service.  Greets guests in a professional manner.  Initiates greeting, speaks name clearly and shakes hands with good technique.  “She loves to take the lead and share her ideas.”

  • Annette  - Fitness Fanatics - Advertisement

    Accomplished employee.  Good productivity and quality of work.  “Annette stays on task and completes assignments.”

  • Michelle – Fitness Fanatics – Office/Sports Organizer

    Role model in business acumen and group skills.  Can explain why girls have different pay rates and can explain other ventures.  Also teaches skills to other girls, mentors younger girls and helps other girls solve their problems.

  • Anida – Fitness Fanatics – Set Up/Clean Up Helper

    Accomplished employee.  She has learned to use the bank to keep her money safe and knows her approximate bank balance.

  • Sa’Riyah – Shabby Chic Boutique – Design Team

    Accomplished employee.  Good productivity.  Work is quick or early.  Work is carefully made, area is clean and organized and work can be sold at market day with no changes or corrections.

  • Asiyah – Shabby Chic Boutique – Greeter

    Accomplished employee and role model in customer service.  Greets guests in a professional manner.  Initiates greeting, speaks name clearly and shakes hands with good technique.

  • Desiree – WSSB Girl TV – Production Team

    Desiree is an accomplished employee and role model in communication.  She explains her ideas clearly and creatively.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Robin Rose
CEO Term Start July 2013
Ms. Rose has an extensive career in marketing, training, program direction and executive leadership including experience with 21st Century Cultural Leadership programs and collaborations with community schools, businesses and other non-profit agencies. She has also been the Executive Director of OneCommunity, inc., a non-profit organization committed to eradicating bias, bigotry and racism, and the Executive Director for A Season for Nonviolence, a non-profit organization founded by her friend and mentor Arun Gandhi, the 5th grandson of Mahatma K. Gandhi.
Ms. Rose received her B.S. in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University and then her Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver. She is in the final stages of completing her PhD in Conflict Resolution and Analysis from Nova Southeastern University.
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 300
Contractors 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Former CEOs
Sue Ann Albers Jan 2001 - Mar 2003
Stephania Feltz Mar 2003 - Apr 2012
Senior Staff
Patti Eisemann Development Coordinator
Kay Mathers Director of Community Affairs
Julie Sullivan Assistant Progam Director
Dawn Wiley Director of Outreach
Mary Zig
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
National Girls Incorporated, MicroSociety, All Faiths Food Bank, All Star Foundation, American Association of University Women, Asolo Theatre, Audubon Society, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the SunCoast, Bealls, Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County, Central American Imports, Child Protection Center, INC, CircusSarasota, City of Sarasota, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Florida Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Community Youth Development Project, Crowley Museum and Nature Center, Dolphin Aviation, Early Learning Coaliton, Florida Archaeology Network, FloridaCenter, Florida Studio Theater, FriendshipVolunteerCenter, Girl Scouts of Gulf coast Florida, Inc., Gulfcoast South AHEC, GWiz Hands on Science Musuem, Habitat for Humanity, Instinct Matters, Junior Achievement, Junior League of Sarasota, Inc., Lowes, Mattison’s, Mote Marine, National Association Women in Construction, NewGate School, Publix Supermarkets Charities, Red Cross, Salvation Army/ FAITH, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sarasota Council for Concerned Citizens, Sarasota County Health Department, Sarasota County Libraries – Fruitville Library,North Sarasota Library, Selby Library, Sarasota County School Board, Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota Opera, Sierra Club, SPARCC, Society of Women Engineers, Stein Mart, Sun Trust Bank, Take Stock in Children, Target, University of SouthFlorida, United Way, WEDU, Whole Foods, WWSB-TV, ABC 7, YPG, YoungBiz, Zonta
External Assessments and Accreditations
Charity Navigator2009
Charity Navigator2010
Be More AwardWEDU2010
4-star AccreditationCharity Navigator2009
4-Star AccreditationCharity Navigator2009
National Girls Inc. Standards of ExcellenceGirls Incorporated2008
National Family Stregthening AwardAnnie E. Casey Foundation2009
National Family Stregthening AwardAnnie E. Casey Foundation2010
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
General Property Coverage
Crime Coverage
Commercial General Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Dishonesty
General Property Coverage
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Jennifer Compton
Company Affiliation Shumaker,Loop & Kendrick
Board Term Oct 2014 to Sept 2016
Board Members
Board Members
Claudia Cardillo Community Volunteer
Jennifer Compton Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Kim Davis Sarasota Magazine
Max Hannum JCI Chemical
Dennis McLean Suntrust
Chris Pinckney Merrill Lynch
Jim Schell Community Volunteer
Doug Torretta Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Sherry Watts Renewal Point
Patricia Wunderlin Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 28
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2013
Projected Revenue $1,206,620.00
Projected Expenses $1,099,726.00
Endowment Value $353,109.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$308,269$117,987$186,819
Individual Contributions$698,351$461,338$400,193
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,021$62$795
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$198,299$120,705$179,534
Revenue In-Kind$0$52,778$104,174
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,012,919$987,809$1,143,766
Administration Expense$156,925$158,977$80,231
Fundraising Expense$148,614$183,310$143,283
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.140.740.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%74%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%26%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$3,020,122$3,145,214$3,579,979
Current Assets$288,721$243,895$417,524
Long-Term Liabilities$150,298$242,826$241,637
Current Liabilities$120,231$361,716$489,285
Total Net Assets$2,749,593$2,540,672$2,849,057
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $698,351Contributions, gifts, grants $461,338Contributions, gifts, grants $400,193
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $308,269Fundraising $120,705Government grants $186,819
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $198,299After School Programs $113,734Fundraising $179,534
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.400.670.85
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets5%8%7%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
  • Awareness: Our National office is creating a five year communication plan which we will be able to utilize once it is completed. However we need to continue our efforts in branding Girls Inc. as a high achieving agency in all aspects, now. However, due to a limited budget, we are forced to search for avenues with little associated costs. We are moving forward in our social media efforts and also creative partnerships with various media outlets. We continue to host our weekly television program hosted by our young girls and will identify additional methods to encourage the girls to make their own messages through other platforms.
  • Advocates/Supporters: We are working with our National office to develop a full program to identify community members who can play a role in furthering our mission. Those individuals can serve in a myriad of ways including; board membership, committee membership, mentors, volunteers, advocates in their spheres of influence, donors, etc. 
  • Our building sits empty during the school year days. We are searching for a possible renter who would occupy the building during the day and provide us with additional revenues.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Girls Incorporated Of Sarasota County
Address 201 S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, FL 34237
Primary Phone 941 366-6646
CEO/Executive Director Robin Rose
Board Chair Jennifer Compton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shumaker,Loop & Kendrick
Year of Incorporation 1979
Former Names
Girls Club