Friends of Sarasota County Parks Inc
234 Nippino Trail East
Unit 101
Nokomis FL 34275
Mission
To promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks, recreation and natural resource department and public lands by increasing awareness of the wide variety of recreational lands and activities through fund raising, activities, projects and volunteer efforts.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Terry Redman
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2003
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Exempt Aug 2020
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
FOSCP Tax Exempt LetterView
Other Documents
FOSCP Risk Management PlanView
Impact Statement

Have provided the opportunity for over 200 people to honor significant events, friends and family by placing pavers in their name at Siesta Beach.

 Partnered with the Sarasota Sun Devils (youth football organization), Apollo Sunguard, Inc. and Sarasota County to purchase and install shade structures over bleachers at Twin Lakes Park.
 
We are administrating three Farmer Markets (Phillippi, Englewood and Venice) and using the net proceeds to improve community resources. Historical preservation is important to us and we have relocated four historical buildings in the County.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Needs Statement

1. Purchase and install shade structures at an athletic field, playground and/or recreational area throughout Sarasota County parks.  $30,000 (+/-)

2. Provide scholarships to 10 children with developmental disabilities to participate in summer camp. $2,000

3. Purchase and install dog drinking fountains at Sarasota County Paw Parks. $10,000

4. Complete the historic renovation of the Phillippi Edson Farmhouse. $50,000

Background Statement
The Friends of Sarasota County Parks was formed in 2003 to allow individuals and groups to fund raise to support their neighborhood parks, projects or programs.  Many county parks have 'chapters' who coordinate work days, support the county staff and raise funds for needed county programs and projects. Currently there are over 20 active chapters who provide thousands of hours of volunteer labor and raise funds for County approved projects and for our County's public lands.  We are presently in charge of the Phillippi, Venice and Englewood Farmer's Markets plus working on six community gardens plus Master Gardeners.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments The Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Inc. (Friends) supports volunteer efforts and fund raising for events, activities and projects on Sarasota County property. Friends has donated thousands of volunteer hours and has around $3 million in expenses over the past 9 years.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Sarasota County residents love their parks and public spaces!  Many years ago, this community recognized parks, recreation, natural resources and public areas were critical to the quality of life in our area. Our County park system offers a wide range of recreational opportunities from kayak trips through the pristine mangrove tunnels of South Lido Beach to a power walk on one of the many walking trails to a pick up tennis/pickleball match at a neighborhood park.  We invite you to join us to support our incredible park system by volunteering, contributing funds or getting involved in a neighborhood chapter.  Visit our website at www.foscp.org to learn more. FOSCP is a 100% all volunteer organization.
 
Terry Redman
President
Programs
Description
A volunteer driven program installs engraved fish plaques and/or pavers designed by individuals as a tribute to/in memory of others.  FOSCP has established installation locations in many county parks providing opportunities for community participants and visitors to remember their positive PARK experiences. 

Budget $10,000
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success This program brings people into the parks and gives an opportunity for a person/family to honor a loved one. Many of our trees are placed to provide shade and are an environmental resource for our park visitors and climate. We are presently starting new ones at North Jetty Park and Siesta Key Park. By the end of the 2016-2017 program year, engraved message units (pavers or fish) will increase 65% bringing the number of positive experiences related through messages to over 500. 
Long Term Success The long term benefits of the messaging program is it provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life and geographic areas to share their or their families/friends "joy of Parks".  It underlines the important role the parks play and that the participants over 500 different individuals want to publicly share their how they feel about our Parks. 
Program Success Monitoring As we place more benches/trees in the parks, more individuals are aware of the opportunity and want to take advantage of what the County is offering. We always meet with the park director in selecting the site and follow all permitting rules and regulations. Due to the specific location, some benches are two leg (we install in the ground) and others are four legs. We do not introduce a new tree species in the park, we compliment what is already in the park. The demand for the memorial areas are great so the County is designing new facilities with memorial areas built into the new facility.The method by which this program will be measured will be the number of memorials placed in our recreational sites (which is averaging 6 per month currently).
Program Success Examples The memorial program is extremely successful. The Board of County Commissioners in 2010 gave FOSCP the Sponsorship/Naming Rights to all park facilities in the County. We have now expanded the program to ball fields, nature trails, tennis courts, building, entire parks, etc. Mr. Abraham, the Urfer and Benderson families and other individuals have made significant donations to our County park system.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 500
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, U.F. Cooperative Extension Center, Florida Master Gardeners, Florida Master Naturalist, Leadership Sarasota, Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County, Apollo Sunguard, Inc. Sarasota Sun Devils, FOSCP Chapters.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization  Friends relies on volunteers for all management concerns.
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Whistleblower Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Terry Redman
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Oct 2017 to Sept 2018
Board Chair Email president@foscp.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms Caitland Blanchard Star Student
Ms. Kelsey Blanchard Community Volunteer
Ms. Sondra Guffey Community Volunteer
Mr. Russell Johnson Retired
Mr. Lee Perron Community Volunteer
Mr. Terry Redman Community Volunteer
Mr. Fred Whitehouse Retired Community Volunteer
Ms. Grace Whitehouse Community Volunteer
Mrs. Roxanne Williamson Retired Sarasota County
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Finance
Audit
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization Please note: The Friends treasurer of eight years lived outside of the United States. He was a Board Member before moving and continued on as the treasurer. This lowered our percentage of board members attending the Board meetings. He has left this position and a new treasurer has been appointed.  FOSCP has an approved Memorandum of Understanding (policies and procedures MOU) with Sarasota County which helps in day-to-day operations of FOSCP.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $25,300.00
Projected Expenses $25,300.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Installing shade structures over playgrounds and athletic field bleachers in Sarasota County parks. Restoration of the Phillippi Edson Farmhouse. 
Campaign Goal $150,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2018 to Dec 2021
Amount Raised To Date 70000 as of Jan 2018
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$233,088$398,783$229,523
Administration Expense$37,490$32,313$21,767
Fundraising Expense$0$6,156$16,156
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.880.731.35
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%91%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%2%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$313,157$345,077$462,154
Current Assets$313,157$263,013$462,154
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$313,157$345,077$462,154
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $228,927Contributions, gifts, grants $312,209Contributions, gifts, grants $354,218
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $9,731Investment Income $7,966Investment Income $6,346
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Sarasota County has numerous volunteers (Chapters) through the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Inc. in the community raising funds. The $25,000 FOSCP annual budget does not include the funds the Chapters raise in support of their events/projects and those funds change daily.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures taken from 990.  990 and audit are reconciled.
Nonprofit Friends of Sarasota County Parks Inc
Address 234 Nippino Trail East
Unit 101
Nokomis, FL
Phone 941 468-2222

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-2471.