Sea To Shore Alliance
4411 Bee Ridge Rd. # 490
Sarasota FL 34233
Mission
Through research, education and conservation, Sea to Shore Alliance works to protect threatened marine species such as sea turtles, manatees and right whales, and to improve the health and productivity of coastal environments for the benefit of people and marine life. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. James A. Powell
Board Chair Mr. James White Esq.
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2017
State Registration Yes Mar 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,097,358.00
Projected Expenses $1,093,603.00
Impact Statement

While either teaching a child to snorkel on Sarasota Bay or tracking a manatee in one of St. Johns River springs, Sea to Shore Alliance (S2S) impacted both the coastal environment and community through our strategy of education and research last year. In 2015, our species and habitat programs have strengthened and expanded into new geographies. S2S has also created educational programming for children and adults to address issues affecting Florida’s coastal environments and communities.  

  • S2S’s newest program, H2O: Healthy Habitats and Oceans, tackles the rising threat of marine debris in Florida’s waterways. H2O combines education and direct action to prevent litter and abandoned fishing gear from reaching our waters. Over the summer, H2O organized and participated in 10 beach and reef clean-ups on both coasts, with 1,000 participants collecting more than 1,500 pounds of litter. Coming soon is our H2O Bus, an interactive mobile classroom, to visit schools and festivals to share lessons and organize beach clean-ups throughout Florida.

     

  • Also new in 2015 was our Eco-Explorers Camp held for the first time last June for 9 underprivileged students from Booker High School in Sarasota. Selected on academics, kids participated in our camp for free and to learn about marine science and conservation from S2S staff and volunteers. During their 5-day stay, campers were housed in Sarasota’s New College of Florida dorms, and enjoyed classroom lectures and field excursions.

     

  • Last year, a consortium of government agencies reviewed a proposal to expand protected habitat for the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale, a species which migrates annually into southeastern waters to calve. The proposal was made permanent this January and provides an additional 26,000 nautical miles of protected habitat along the eastern seaboard for this imperiled species. This measure was made in part as a result of aerial survey data collected by S2S researchers over a 10-year period. 

     

  • To safeguard manatee habitat, our team is monitoring Florida’s natural springs which provide sanctuaries for the species during the colder winter months in order to urge protections for these areas. S2S provides our data to government agencies so they may determine future management plans for these springs. Last year, our data led to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proclaiming Welaka Spring in Central Florida an area of importance for manatees. The Army Corps of Engineers must now receive USFWS’s permission for dredging or dock projects within the Welaka’s immediate area. At least one Corps project has been delayed until manatees could depart the region at winter’s end, allowing them use of the warm spring without major human disturbance.


Goals for 2016

Sea to Shore Alliance (S2S) is continuing to fulfill our three primary goals: protecting endangered aquatic species and habitats through solid science; increasing awareness of coastal issues through public outreach; and building the capacity of local conservationists through training and education. Specifically, we will work to accomplish the following this year:


  • Launch our H2O Mobile Classroom campaign in fall 2016 by visiting schools and festivals throughout the state to inform the public about the impact of marine debris.

  • Assess and map springs system of the Ocklawaha River that could provide a future warm water sanctuary for manatees if a dam was removed.

  • Lead manatee satellite tagging expeditions in Georgia, Florida and international sites to aid conservation.

  • Collect data on the endangered North Atlantic right whale through aerial surveys to aid their recovery.

  • Increase outreach through Neighbors Ensuring Sea Turtle Survival (NESTS) program through our attendance at festivals and visits to schools to reduce risks to sea turtles.

  • Hold our second annual EcoExplorers Camp this summer in Sarasota for underprivileged high school students to strengthen stewardship of Sarasota’s marine habitats.  

 

  


           
Needs Statement

  1. New or used pickup truck for manatee rescue/rehab to replace current one with over 330,000 miles: $20,000
  2. Outboard motor for EcoCamp: $10,000
  3. Satellite tag to monitor the health of rehabilitated and released manatee from South Florida Museum: $5,000
  4. Boat trailer for one of our donated boats: $3,000
  5. Fund Belize manatee research staff position for half-a-year: $10,000
 

 


Background Statement

Sea to Shore Alliance (S2S) is a Sarasota-based 501(c)(3) founded in 2008 by world-renowned manatee expert Dr. James “Buddy” Powell. S2S works to protect and conserve our world’s fragile coastal ecosystems and the endangered species that call them home. Our project areas are broad but focus on one of three key species: manatees, sea turtles and right whales. By focusing on the conservation of these flagship species, our work is ensuring greater protection for the sensitive aquatic habitats these charismatic animals frequent around the world. While international in scope, S2S conducts a large majority of our work in Florida because it contains many of the country’s most imperiled marine mammals, including the endangered manatee.   

 

Our research specialties range from satellite tagging and tracking of rehabilitated manatees to broad-scale assessment of critical marine habitats. Yet research alone cannot protect jeopardized species, habitats, and coastal communities. S2S ensures that the results of our studies educate policymakers, the general public, and the next generation of conservationists – children. Our results are proving that this is the ideal formula for conservation victories.

 

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
Internationally
FL- Sarasota
AL
FL
GA
National
SC
State Wide
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Keywords
animals, education, environment, marine, conservation
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Growing up along the coast of West Central Florida instilled in me a life-long fascination with the ocean.  I am fascinated with the life that calls it home as well as the ocean’s remarkable resilience to outside pressures.  However, over my relatively short lifetime I have witnessed many examples of the limits of that resilience.  Seeing a tangible decline in the health of this ecosystem has led to my belief that it is incumbent upon those of us who use and enjoy the marine environment to do what we can to help protect it for future generations. 

It was this belief which lead to my initial interest in Sea to Shore Alliance (“S2S”).  However, it is the outstanding people and programs of the organization which has kept me engaged now for almost four years.  Since its founding in 2008, S2S has quickly made a name for itself in the world of marine conservation.  It is widely viewed by those in the industry as an unbiased source of scientific data and expertise in dealing with multiple endangered marine and aquatic species like manatees, sea turtles and northern right whales.  S2S works closely with some of the most prominent names in the field of environmental science and its list of accomplishments is ever-growing. 

S2S has consciously kept its profile small to retain the agility of a leaner organization and our administrative expense ratio bears witness to the efficiency of the organization.  However, despite great success with raising program specific funds we must still raise the unrestricted funds necessary to pay for the administrative costs which are largely unfunded by our traditional sources.  While we are working hard to improve our record for raising unrestricted funds, this remains our greatest challenge and is further exacerbated by the geographic diversity of our board of directors.      

Sincerely,
Jimmy White 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
When I was about 5 or 6 years old, my father and I were fishing very early one morning in the clear, spring-fed headwaters of Crystal River on the west coast of Florida. We were sitting there very quietly when a slight movement and swirl on the surface of the water caught my father's attention. He told me to stay still and then to slowly look over the side of the boat. What I saw has stuck with me for nearly 50 years. Below our boat was a monster of gigantic proportions, its ghostly gray shape slowly and silently gliding through the cathedrals of waterweeds. My father had no need to tell me to be quiet, I'm not sure I was breathing. He told me it was a "sea cow" or manatee and that he had seen only a few in his life.
 
Since that day, these unique and mysterious creatures have held a tremendous fascination for me.  Learning about their biology and working for their conservation has been my life's work and I have traveled to some of the most remote places on Earth to further this work.
 
With a dedicated group of supporters and scientists, I started Sea to Shore Alliance to protect our world's coastal ecosystems and the endangered species that call them home. We do this not only for the benefit of the animals and their at-risk habitats but also the people who depend on those coastal resources for their livelihoods and recreation.
 
Each of our projects incorporates public outreach to bring our scientists together with local stakeholders to shape conservation initiatives, protections, and policies to protect the welfare, interests, and survival of all.
 
I hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about what we do and how you can help. 
 
Sincerely,  
Dr. James "Buddy" Powell
Programs
Description


S2S is a member of the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), a unique group of private, nonprofit, and governmental agencies that rehabilitate manatees and release them back into the wild. Each year many manatees are injured or sick and must be rescued and treated at critical care facilities such as SeaWorld Orlando, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, or Miami Seaquarium. Exposure to red tide, cold stress, and disease are all natural problems that can affect manatees. Man-made threats include boat strikes, crushing by flood gates or locks, and entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear. Once a rehabilitated manatee is cleared for release, S2S is responsible for tracking and monitoring it in the wild to ensure their well-being. This information is used to improve protocols and pre-release training of manatees to improve their survival chances. You can follow the movements and stay updated on the progress of the MRP released manatees by visiting Wildtracks.org.


Budget $135,000
Category Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Short-term success of the program is determined by an increase in the numbers of "successful" manatee releases (manatees that readapt to the wild and do not need to be returned to rehabilitation following release), decrease in tag loss, and a decrease in the number of "interventions" of rehabilitated and released manatees (relocation of animals, return to rehabilitation).
Long Term Success Post-release monitoring enables scientists and wildlife managers to track manatee locations and monitor behavior and health conditions following release. It also provides information needed to determine whether the manatee is adjusting to the wild. Monitoring also provides valuable information for planning future releases, improves the chances of each rehabilitated manatee’s survival, and allows researchers and managers to determine certain groups of rehabilitated manatees which no longer need to be monitored due to their ability to adapt quickly once released. Long-term program success is measured by the implementation of improved rehabilitation methods based on data gathered by Sea to Shore Alliance after manatees are released into the wild.
Program Success Monitoring 1. Evaluate and summarize time and cause for interventions to determine when monitoring efforts could be reduced or eliminated
2. Summarize and identify when tag loss rate is highest to give an idea when increased field efforts may be needed for retagging efforts
3. Evaluate if health assessments or behavioral observations initiated
intervention efforts
4. Determine components of behavioral monitoring and/or travel patterns which might indicate success or failure
5. Provide suggestions based on data results for reductions in monitoring efforts while considering the costs/benefits for animal success
Program Success Examples


The Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership has successfully rehabbed and released 80 manatees back into the wild over the past 15 years.



Description
Belize has the highest known density of Antillean manatees, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, in the world. Unfortunately, because of rapidly increasing coastal development, human related manatee deaths are rising quickly. Poaching, once the major threat to manatees in Belize, has been replaced by boat kills and destruction of habitat as the major concerns for the survival of the species. Sea to Shore Alliance scientists and collaborators provide the data, expertise and scientific exchange that are used by the Belize government to establish sanctuaries, speed zones, and other actions that help ensure the survival of manatees in this remarkable country.
 

In Cuba, Sea to Shore Alliance works in partnership with Enterprise for Fauna and Flora, Cuba’s agency responsible for manatee protection, and the University of Havana. Dr. Powell has worked in Cuba for nearly 15 years to study and protect manatees.

 
 
Budget $142,600
Category Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Short-term success of this program is determined by a reduction or elimination of manatee poaching, implementation of boat speed zones, implementation of marine protected areas, enforcement of existing manatee and habitat protections, and increased awareness of manatees and their importance to the economies of Cuba and Belize.
Long Term Success


The long-term success of this program is determined by policy and behavioral changes towards manatees and their habitats in Cuba and Belize. Our ultimate goal is to see an economic shift from the intentional or consequential killing of manatees to sustainable wildlife-based ecotourism.


Program Success Monitoring
Sea to Shore Alliance conducts surveys with boaters, residents, and fishermen in coastal communities of Cuba and Belize. The anecdotal evidence from these surveys gives us insight into behavioral changes in local areas. Ultimately, the success of our program will be monitored through an increase in manatee mortality from boat strikes, entanglement, and poaching and an increase in ecotourism-based businesses.
Program Success Examples

When we began our work in Belize, poaching was the number one threat to manatees; today, there are almost no incidences in the country. In 2010, a poaching incident was prosecuted, marking the first time in Belize’s history that someone was put on trial for killing a manatee. Our Belize team has implemented speed zones and installed no-wake zone signage in the waters off Belize City where incidences of boat collisions are high. 

 

Our manatee program in Cuba has led to victories in conservation including expanded marine protected areas; cessation of destructive inshore trawling in certain areas; the inclusion of manatees in management activities; and research on manatee distribution, threats and movements. In 2013, S2S and our local partners tagged a manatee for the first time in Cuba’s history.

 
Description

To aid recovery of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale, S2S scientists couple inventive scientific research and educational activities within several southeastern states. At the request of the United State’s federal oceanic agency, NOAA, our researchers have flown daily aerial surveys for the past decade to provide real-time reports of right whale locations to mariners operating commercial, military, and other vessels in Florida and Georgia’s port areas – the only known calving areas for this species. These reports reduce the likelihood of collisions with the whales, and enable our researchers to search for signs of entanglement and aid in recovery efforts if necessary.

S2S holds a Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville each November welcoming the migrating whales to the southeast. The Festival commemorates the whales as a source of pride for Florida, but focuses mainly on risks to the species, conservation need, and ways citizens can help.



Budget $120,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Marine Animals Preservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success  

Timing is essential in providing life-saving solutions for North Atlantic right whales. The daily aerial monitoring S2S conducts allows us to notify mariners of the presence of whales within their area with the goal of preventing collisions. Our flights also allow us to notify first-responders in real time of a whale entangled in fishing gear. Our annual Right Whale Festival grows larger each year, with greater attendance, visibility, and participation by the local community.

Long Term Success  

The recovery of a highly endangered species often requires the collection of years of solid data in order for management decisions to be implemented. Our data has assisted in the creation of protected areas that have eliminated mortality within the NARW calving grounds to date. Our long-term success is to continue the collection of key data that leads to additional protections for this highly endangered species.

Program Success Monitoring  

The greatest gauge of our success is whether our data is helping to implement conservation measures. Our research is doing so. S2S scientific data contributed to the decision to lower ship speeds in areas along the South Carolina and Georgia coastline. This measure resulted in zero right whale mortality from ship strikes during the 5-year trial period. The successful trial led to the decision to make the regulation permanent in 2015.

Program Success Examples





After nine years of monitoring by S2S staff along the northern Georgia and South Carolina coasts, our data were used to support a proposal for a critical habitat expansion in that regions. This proposal was made permanent in January 2016 and now the NARW has an extra 26,000 nautical miles of protected area along the eastern seaboard. S2S is currently building on our decade worth data on the NARW during its time in the southeast, and will continue to expand our knowledge of this species.




Description  

In Sarasota each summer, S2S hosts 10 low-income students from a local high school at our Eco-Explorer Camp where they learn about marine conservation. Campers enjoy classroom lectures and field excursions, including a pontoon trip on Sarasota Bay and a turtle walk on Casey Key.

 

Our Neighbors Ensuring Sea Turtle Survival (NESTS) encourages residents and students to engage in activities to conserve nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. We conduct lectures at Sarasota-based schools and organize educational walks, as well as attend festivals throughout the state.  

 

Our H2O: Healthy Habitats & Oceans Program addresses marine debris issues in Florida through educational outreach and direct intervention, such as cleanups. In fall 2016, the H2O team will be traveling throughout Florida in a mobile classroom visiting schools and festivals to coordinate cleanups and share lessons on how to reduce and prevent marine debris.


Budget $100,000
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success  


For EcoExplorers, our goal is hold a successful camp in summer 2016 for 10 disadvantaged youth from Booker High School. Students are currently being selected by teachers, and curriculum is being developed for the 5-day camp.


For NESTS, our team is attending nine festivals in 2016 to increase membership in the program, and visiting five schools in the Sarasota/Bradenton area to give talks. Walks on local beaches will coincide with school trips to reinforce lessons. An online public service announcement is in development to reach a larger audience.

 

In fall 2016, S2S will use a mobile marine debris classroom to visit schools in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and festivals throughout Florida. In addition, we will visit marinas and fishing tournaments to engage the fishing and boating community, spreading awareness of the direct impacts this group has on our marine environment. For our direct action component, we plan to organize hands-on beach cleanups on both coasts.

Long Term Success  

The long-term goal of all of our educational activities is to motivate students and the general public to become more aware of conservation issues in their community, instilling responsibility for Florida’s natural resources.

Program Success Monitoring  

The success of our educational activities are measured in a variety of way including number of schools visited, festivals attended, outreach materials distributed, and members being admitted to our programs. For our EcoExplorers Camp, we would measure achievement through the successful completion of the 2016 camp and through brief questionnaires completed by our campers at the end of their stay. For our NESTS program, our success is predicated on the number of events attended, schools visited, and most importantly, new members completing certification levels. The success of our H2O program is measured in the number of visits to schools and festivals made over the course of the year, and the amount of literature distributed about marine debris and its effect on the marine environment. For beach-clean-ups, we qualify accomplishments on the amount of participants and litter collected during our beach clean-ups.


Program Success Examples  

In June 2015, S2S our first EcoExplorer Camp with nine students from Booker High School. Students completed an evaluation survey rating their experiences in summer 2015, and all nine graded their time as “excellent”. A majority expressed a desire to attend the Camp again, and a few offered to return as a “Counselor in Training” in 2016 to help lead activities. In 2015, NESTS gained 160 new members, distributed 200 outreach materials, and began a new outreach program at Sarasota high schools. Since H2O began last spring, the team has organized and participated in 10 beach and reef clean-ups on the east and west coasts of Florida, with nearly 1,000 participants collecting more than 1,500 pounds of litter.

Description

In Florida, we conduct research and conservation activities which are resulting in positive impacts to manatees. Our team monitors manatees through satellite tagging and observation to understand where they go to find warm water habitats during the winter, their summer migration routes, shelter areas for resting and calving, and habitat use outside of Florida. In order to urge protections for these critical habitats, our team also monitors natural springs throughout Florida, which provide sanctuaries for manatees during the colder winter months, yet are unprotected under federal and state law. Our monitoring work involves recording both manatee and human usage of the springs, manatee abundance and distribution, as well as collection of environmental data. The data we collect will assist resource managers in making the most appropriate and adequate protection measures and actions to prove manatee access for valuable spring habitat.

Budget $350,000
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

The short-term success of our tagging program is based on the quantity and quality of the data collected during monitoring. Factors that would affect this include the number of manatees tagged and the length of time that they remain so. During our springs monitoring work, the data we collect will be analyzed and provided to local and state agencies to assist resource managers in making the most appropriate and adequate protection measures for valuable spring habitat.

Long Term Success

Approximately 6,000 manatees exist in Florida today with a slight rise each year in their population. Along with this incremental increase comes a consistent rise in threats to their recovery in the form of boat strikes, red tide events, habitat destruction, and cold stress. The data we collect is often requested by local, state, and federal authorities to inform decision-making regarding manatee protections across the state. Our research, which includes aerial surveys, satellite tracking, rescue and rehabilitation, photo-identification and new monitoring technologies, provides the data and activities that are critical to monitoring the manatee population and improving management. Sea to Shore Alliance will continue to collect and provide our data to ensure that safeguards remain in place to protect the Florida manatee.

Program Success Monitoring

Sea to Shore Alliance conducts annual surveys to monitor manatee populations and studies any mortality events to determine causes of death. Measurements of program success will be evaluated through successful manatee tagging expeditions and the collection of sufficient amounts of environmental data from Florida springs to produce a thorough and informed report for decision-makers. 

Program Success Examples

Sea to Shore Alliance is the only non-governmental organization allowed to tag and track manatees in the United States. Through our tracking program, our team has identified previously unknown warm water sanctuaries and has determined where manatees go when artificial sources of warm water such as power plants disappear. During monitoring at power plants, we have initiated rescues of manatees suffering from cold stress conditions.

 

While our team has been tracking manatees in Florida for many years, we also tag and track manatees in Alabama, and last year we expanded efforts to monitor manatees in Georgia for the first time in the history of the state. This is the first tag data ever collected on manatee movements in Georgia.

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Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. James A. Powell
CEO Term Start June 2008
CEO/Executive Director Email jpowell@sea2shore.org
Experience For more than 40 years, Dr. James A. Powell has worked to conserve manatees and other endangered species in Florida and around the world. His efforts have resulted in coastal protected areas in Florida, West Africa, Central America, and now Cuba. His approach integrates science and education to unlock solutions to conservation issues. Dr. Powell holds a bachelor of science from the University of Florida, a master’s of marine affairs from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Cambridge.

A native of Crystal River, Florida, Dr. Powell worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a biologist and manatee specialist in the 1970s. In 1986, he moved to West Africa where he studied manatees and forest elephants for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and was pivotal in establishing several coastal protected areas. In the 1990s, he began managing Belize's Glover’s Reef Marine Research Station for the Wildlife Conservation Society. He eventually returned to his home state to administer Florida’s research program on marine mammals and sea turtles for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In 2001, he became Vice President for Aquatic Programs at Wildlife Trust. In 2008, Dr. Powell founded Sea to Shore Alliance, a Florida-based 501(c)(3) that works to protect and conserve our world’s fragile coastal ecosystems and the endangered species that call them home.

Dr. Powell was the recipient of the prestigious Pew Award in Marine Conservation in 2000, has been featured on “Champions of the Wild” and National Geographic’s “Wild Chronicles” documentaries, and has been honored with numerous awards and certificates. Dr. Powell has authored two books - Manatees: Natural History & Conservation, published by Voyageur Press, and National Audubon Society’s Guide to Marine Mammals of the World - as well as scientific publications and popular articles. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Monica Ross MScBehavioral Ecologist
Cynthia Taylor Associate Research Scientist
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations

As an Alliance, our organization emphasizes collaborative partnerships to advance the conservation of coastal species, communities, and habitats. Since our founding in 2008, our achievements have been the culmination of generous technical, financial, administrative, programmatic, and conservation support from a network of experts in their field. Our partners include government agencies, NGOs, universities, scientists, businesses, and a variety of other stakeholders.

 

As an organization based in Sarasota, Sea to Shore Alliance (S2S) has built a close network of local partners that include schools such as Out of Door Academy, New College and Booker High School, and nonprofits, including Mote Marine Laboratory, South Florida Museum and the Sarasota Environmental Council. Our scientists are collecting research data that is assisting in the management decisions of government agencies that include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), US Geological Survey and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC).

 

S2S is a founding member of Florida’s Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), a unique group of private, non-governmental, and governmental agencies that pool resources to rehabilitate manatees and release them back into the wild. Through the MRP, we work collaboratively with USFWS, Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, the Miami Seaquarium, the South Florida Museum, the Columbus Zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo and Aquarium, and Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park.

 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
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 Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James White Esq.
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Apr 2013 to June 2017
Board Chair Email jwhite@sea2shore.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Archie Carr IIIWildlife Conservation Society
Rob Daly Stelligent Systems LLC
Colin Devine C. Devine & Associates
John Klein Yellowbird/JK Productions
Dr. Stephanie Lantry Animal Medicine Clinic in Sarasota
Bobbie Lindsay Palm Beach Town Council Member
Rosemary Mann Nature Conservancy
Steven Niemczyk Spencer House Partners
Steven Schaefer Esq.Retired
Brian Skerry National Geographic Magazine
Paige St. John Los Angeles Times
James White Esq.Professional Freelance Photographer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 60
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 83
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Nominating
Finance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

Upon our founding in 2008, Sea to Shore Alliance (S2S) quickly became recognized as a respected, objective, and valuable resource for wildlife managers, educators, stakeholders and agencies involved in protecting our coastal species. As a small yet nimble organization, S2S maintains focus on our mission by limiting the need for infrastructure and working with a dedicated, trained staff. Despite our relatively small size, S2S is able to achieve great progress with fewer resources than a larger nonprofit. As we continue to grow, S2S hopes to increase the public’s awareness of our work so that our reputation is as strong among general audiences as it is within scientific and governmental sectors. Our profile on the Giving Partner is an ideal step toward that goal.

 
Buddy Powell
Executive Director 
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $1,097,358.00
Projected Expenses $1,093,603.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years?
Historical Financial Review
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$2,500
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$2,500
Individual Contributions$1,094,532$538,513$668,176
$0$0$0
$133,756$384,143$707,697
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$2$62
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events($210)$3,482($464)
Revenue In-Kind$598,950$2,044$0
Other$0$2,474$2,249
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$706,162$627,084$1,126,678
Administration Expense$316,292$206,572$263,196
Fundraising Expense$103,607$27,237$29,851
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.080.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses63%73%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%5%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$390,246$205,982$237,412
Current Assets$176,053$193,076$216,643
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$341,164$258,917$358,069
Total Net Assets$49,082($52,935)($120,657)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,094,532Contributions, gifts, grants $538,513Contributions, gifts, grants $668,176
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRight Whale Conservation $119,988Right Whale Conservation $139,078Right Whale Conservation $487,486
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPort Everglades $102,533Port Everglades $92,421Port Everglades $90,112
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.520.750.61
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

As a new and growing organization we have faced a number of financial challenges. For the first two years of our operations, we kept our expenses less than our revenue. Between 2011 and 2013 our expenses exceeded our income as we invested in finding new funding opportunities. S2S is continuing to grow each year both programmatically and operationally. 

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.  Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990. 
Nonprofit Sea To Shore Alliance
Address 4411 Bee Ridge Rd. # 490
Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone 941 587-4510

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.