Manasota Buds Inc
8374 Market St., #113
Lakewood Ranch FL 34202
Mission
To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director None None
Board Chair Michael Feduccia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gateway Bank/Raymond James
History and Background
Organization DBA
DBA
Manasota BUDS
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Supported Organization Manasota BUDS Inc.
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 2002
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $76,400.00
Projected Expenses $111,800.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
BUDS 501(c)(3) and Det Ltr
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2015
State Registration Yes July 2018
Statements
Impact Manasota BUDS provides programs and services for individuals with Down syndrome and their families from birth through the adult years.  Our core programs and services include new parent kits, monthly meetings, and an annual awareness event, the Buddy Walk.
Background Manasota BUDS was formed in May 2002 by a small group of families who wanted to network, compare notes, share stories, and support one another.  We held our first Buddy Walk in October 2002 and celebrated our 13th anniversary Buddy Walk on October 18, 2014.
Needs
  • Increase Manasota BUDS scholarship fund for summer camp and enrichment activities for individuals with Down syndrome; and family educational workshops and national Down syndrome conferences. $25 - $1,000
  • Provide sensory integration classes for children with Down syndrome - $1700
  • Provide partial hippotherapy scholarships for 10 children $4,000
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director Manasota BUDS is committed to serving people with Down syndrome and their families in our community. As an all volunteer organization with minimal overhead, our funds go directly to help children and adults with Down syndrome and their families.
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President Manasota BUDS is committed to serving people with Down syndrome and their families in our community. The current Board is comprised of parents who have a child with Down syndrome.  Many of our programs have been designed by parents who have found a void in the community or other services.  We are strong believers in supporting children and adults with Down syndrome, siblings, and parents to help strengthen families.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
FL-Pinellas
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines
Tertiary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Programs
Description New and expectant parent kits are available upon request.  Kits include books and inspirational essays, local contact names and phone numbers, and information about Manasota BUDS, NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society), and NDSC (National Down Syndrome Congress). All materials are compiled and approved by Manasota BUDS parents, with families in mind.

New Parent Kits are generally available at the following locations:
Sarasota Memorial
Manatee Memorial
Lakewood Ranch Hospital 
Early Steps
Healthy Start, Sarasota
Healthy Start, Manatee
USF Dept. of Genetics
Budget $1,500
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Less stress and fear of the unknown for parents of children with Down syndrome.
Long Term Success Well-informed, confident parents of children with Down syndrome.
Program Success Monitored By Number of families who reach out to Manasota BUDS after receiving a kit; and feedback from families and other agencies who distribute the new parent kits.
Examples of Program Success A letter to the editor, SRQ Magazine, September 2011:

When Mason's diagnosis of Down syndrome was confirmed, Katie (Katie Powers, Manatee Memorial, NICU) delivered a gift to us in the NICU that had a big impact on our lives.  It was a New Parent Kit from Manasota BUDS that was filled with many excellent resources.  It contained books and DVDs for us as parents and a contact person who I reached out to immediately."
 
Laura Kramer, Parent
Description Small group activities
Little Buddies - age birth to five
BUDS Kids - age 6 to 10
Teen BUDS - age 11 to 18
YADS - Young adults with Down syndrome, age 18+
DADS Manasota- Affiliates of DADS National Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 
Mothers support group and events
BUDS Book Club
Budget $6,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short Term Success Individuals with Down syndrome build friendships with other individuals with Down syndrome while also providing an opportunity for their parents/caregivers to network and build friendships.  Most small group activities also have a therapeutic goal.  Ex. Sensory integration, social skill building, community awareness.
Long Term Success Small group activities provide an opportunity for networking with other individuals with Down syndrome in the same age range.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance at events.  Recognized by Manatee and Sarasota School Boards as a resource for parents.  Partner with several other local nonprofit organizations.
Examples of Program Success Parents of YADS (young adults with Down syndrome) report appreciation of opportunities for social interaction.  Parents of Little Buddies (age birth to five) report appreciation of friendships and networking that takes place during events.
Description

Scholarships to Hope Haven Down Syndrome Clinic in Jacksonville, FL; summer camp and enrichment programs; state and national conferences.

Hippotherapy scholarship programs at any approved therapeutic riding program.

Budget $15,000
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Down Syndrome
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Families
Short Term Success
Our short term goals for the various scholarship programs:
  • Therapeutic horseback riding -- an important and proven method to improve physical strength for individuals with Down syndrome, most of whom experience a moderate level of low muscle tone.  Therapeutic riding is also an effective social skills therapy.  Short term success results in a stronger individual with Down syndrome.
  • Education conferences at the local, state and national level -- informed parents/families feel empowered and encouraged in making decisions for their loved ones with Down syndrome to help them reach their full potential.  Short term success results in confident and well-informed parents supporting their loved one with Down syndrome.
  • Summer camp and enrichment programs -- our goal is to encourage individuals with Down syndrome to be active members of our community and to pursue their individual talents.  Short term success results in happiness for an individual with Down syndrome, along with increased community inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and higher self-esteem.
Long Term Success
Our long term goals for the various scholarship programs:
  • Therapeutic horseback riding -- an important and proven method to improve physical strength for individuals with Down syndrome, most of whom experience a moderate level of low muscle tone.  Therapeutic riding is also an effective social skills therapy.  Long term success results in a stronger individual with Down syndrome.
  • Education conferences at the local, state and national level -- informed parents/families feel empowered and encouraged in making decisions for their loved ones with Down syndrome to help them reach their full potential.  Long term success results in confident and well-informed parents supporting one another in the community.
  • Summer camp and enrichment programs -- our goal is to encourage individuals with Down syndrome to be active members of our community and to pursue their individual talents.  Long term success results in increased inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and higher self-esteem.
Program Success Monitored By We monitor our programs closely for attendance and frequently ask for feedback from families about what is working, and what could be improved upon.
Examples of Program Success An example of our scholarship program success is when families return from a national conference eager to share what they learned with other families in the group at a monthly meeting, via social media, or at a BUDS social event.
Description Individuals with Down syndrome attend tennis lessons and clinics designed specifically for individuals with Down syndrome and led by professional tennis coaches.Every participant with Down syndrome is partnered with a Buddy, who volunteers his or her time.
Budget $2,500
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success Short term success is positive experience at the class. 
Long Term Success The long term success of this program is that the children with Down syndrome will have a positive body awareness and an opportunity to take part in a yoga class designed especially for them.
Program Success Monitored By Feedback from children, siblings and/or reports by parents.
Examples of Program Success Improved body awareness, confidence, balance, strength and concentration.
Description Group activities for families including Pathfinder Adventure Day, Year In Review Dinner Dance, 3-21 World Down Syndrome Awareness Day picnic, Big Cat Habitat, baseball games, and more!
Budget $10,000
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Down Syndrome
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Families Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success Families will report a positive experience in survey of event.
Long Term Success Families will feel connected to other families of individuals with Down syndrome.
Program Success Monitored By Family survey.
Examples of Program Success A family new to the area attended an event and was informed of services available for their child with Down syndrome in our community as a result.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization We strive to provide programs and services for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.  We are constantly modifying our programs and services based on expressed need from the families we serve.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director None None
CEO Term Start 0
Email info@manasotabuds.org
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board N/A
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mrs. Stacy Quaid July 2010 - July
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
We collaborate with other like-minded community organization to provide programs and services on a regular basis. BUDS is well known by most organizations that help persons with Down syndrome or intellectual disabilities.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Down Syndrome Congress2003
National Down Syndrome Society2003
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Point of Light in the area of disability awarenessFlorida2008
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Comments
Leadership Comments by Organization
We are looking to add an Advisory Board with the goal to receive more direction toward the future.  The intent is to receive input and help with governance, policy and direction.
Board Chair
Board Chair Michael Feduccia
Company Affiliation Gateway Bank/Raymond James
Board Term Aug 2012 to Aug 2015
Email mfeduccia@comcast.net
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. James Baar JMC Communities
Mrs. Kylee Barry Community Volunteer
Mrs. Mary Lou Bear BB&T
Mr. Michael Feduccia Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
Mrs. Paula Kester MGA Insurance
Mr. Aaron (AJ) Kramer Food Buy Inc.
Mr. Michael Lander Community Volunteer
Mrs. April Moschini Anchin Pavilion
Mrs. Brooke Olivieri Community Volunteer
Mrs. Caitlin West Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation No
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
The board continues to adapt our mission statement of networking and promoting understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome by providing a forum for families to connect and share information -- both in person at group activities and online via social media.
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $76,400.00
Projected Expenses $111,800.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Spending Policy % 100
IRS Form 990s
990 EZ2014
990 EZ2013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
Historical Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$40,528--$42,833
Administration Expense$11,757--$48,685
Fundraising Expense$29,913--$8,475
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.06--1.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses49%--43%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue34%--7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$220,134--$171,349
Current Assets$220,134--$171,349
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$0--$0
Total Net Assets$220,134--$171,349
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $87,149--Contributions, gifts, grants $121,412
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $341--Investment income $216
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0--0 $0
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from 990.
Nonprofit Manasota Buds Inc
Address 8374 Market St., #113
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Primary Phone 941 907-0499
CEO/Executive Director None None
Board Chair Michael Feduccia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gateway Bank/Raymond James
Year of Incorporation 2002

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