Friends of Sarasota County Parks Inc
234 Nippino Trl East
Unit 101
Nokomis FL 34275
Mission
To promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks and public recreational lands through marketing, fundraising, activities, projects and volunteer efforts.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Terry Lee Redman Sr.
Board Chair Affiliation Retired community volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
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
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $21,650.00
Projected Expenses $21,900.00
Impact Statement
The Friends of Sarasota County Parks (FOSCP) coordinates the work of over 37 local Chapters whose membership perform nearly 23,000 volunteer hours annually.
Friends is presently working on funding shade structures on athletic bleachers in the County, just completed the feasibility study for the Legacy trail, working with County on a bike share program, a Siesta Beach paver recognition program, numerous children's activities and many maintenance projects. Friends became fiscal agents for all community gardens and the Master Gardener program in Sarasota County parks. 

Additionally, the organization undertook a strategic planning exercise and is implementing the plan to move the organization along a more focused direction with emphasis on organization branding, internal performance measurements, and diversification of revenue streams.
Needs Statement
1. Part time staff to support programs- Contracting with  part-time independent consultants for fund-raising, for grants and for administration of Friends/Chapter activities is our top priority. This requires $30,000 annually. 
2. -Additional Athletic Fields- We have children in Sarasota County that want to play soccer but there is a shortage of fields. Friends would like to add multi-use fields in various locations. Estimated cost is approximately $400,000 to $800,000, though donations for partial support are welcomed.

3. Shade Structures for Athletic Fields- The majority of the bleachers at the athletic fields lack shade coverage. This limits the number of individuals and opportunities for family interactions during play.


4.Improvements in Park facilities - The county's 115+ parks are an economic driver for the region. Improvements including parking areas, concession areas, playgrounds, picnic shelters, etc. with costs ranging from $10,000 to more than a $1 million over available County budget.

5. Funding for the Parks of Tomorrow - Friends presently has over 37 chapters/projects need to actively plan for the ongoing future needs of the parks. A endowment that spins off interest would ensure tomorrow.  Identifying individuals who would include County Parks in their legacy giving.    
 
 
Background Statement
 In February of 2003,  meetings were held with the Board of County Commissoners to discuss how more participants, volunteers and wildlife could use our  parks. Friends Of Sarasota County Parks was incorporated and charged with  raising $36,000 to cover operating expenses – the Chapters keep all the funds they raise.
 
In the past 13 years, the Friends has 
  •  relocated the Dr. Wilson House to Urfer Family Park 
  • started Chapters at Woodmere Park, Shamrock Park and Nature Center, Challenger Park, Carlton Reserve, Newtown Estates, Knight Trail, The Legacy Trail, Nokomis Park, Arlington Park, Urfer Family Park, North Port Parks and Phillippi Estate Park
  •  relocated the Decagon Houses from Manasota Key to Buchan Community Park (some residents refer to it as Kiwanis Park),
  • installed numerous memorial benches and trees in a variety of parks 
  • constructed a volunteer garage at Shamrock Park and Nature Center. 
  • at Shamrock Park, FOSCP wrote grants and built the first Community Demonstration Butterfly Garden with a facility brochure. 
  • Working with the Florida Master Naturalist program, completed a gopher tortoise/habitat survey at Shamrock Park 
  • an environmental survey at the new Urfer Family Park 
  •  produced  brochure on  benefits of  ‘Wrack Line’ that exists on our local beaches 
  • involved with  exotic animal trapping at Shamrock and Lemon Bay Parks. 
  •  moved the “Cookie House” –  first Mote Marine facility – Bass Laboratory – to Cedar Point park. 
  •  donated money for  sidewalks at Bee Ridge Park and for Legacy Trail Extension feasibility study
  • staffed information booths at trade shows, art festivals and other community events to increase community awareness of County parks 
  • actively involved in the design,completion of the Skip Stasko Park, the Arlington Playground and the Hopewell Memorial Park (Cemetery) amenities/improvements projects.
  • sponsored an auction for the summer “Adopt a Camper”
  • helped in building two community gardens
  • fiscal agent for 6 community gardens and the Master Gardeners program, the Phillippi Farmhouse Market,
  • a sponsor of the Ringling College Student Volunteer Day twice a year.
  • harvest the casings at the gun range for earned income to pay our expenses
  • listed with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation's (GCCF) Invest in the Incredible, Gulf Coast Gives and you'd be perfect Volunteer program.
  • new memorial fish site at the North Jetty Park
  • chapters purchased GPS units for gopher tortoise surveys,
  • purchased a boombox for scrub jay surveys, purchased motion cameras for Carlton
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Keywords
Community gathering, Parks, Recreation, community development, volunteers
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
President’s Statement:
It Starts In Parks!
How many communities can you think of that have voluntarily taxed themselves for parkland acquisition? When asked to vote on a citizen initiated referendum to fund more parks the results were clear; the residents recognized parks are a part of the fabric of our community and play an important role in making Sarasota County a wonderful place to live, work, visit and play. 
Our parks system offers a wide range of recreational opportunities from kayak trips through the pristine mangrove tunnels of South Lido Beach to a visit the next day to Siesta Beach, named America’s Number One Beach for 2011, or a canoe trip on the Wild & Scenic Myakka River to see turtles and alligators. Destinations like those and others like the world class rowing facility under construction at Nathan Benderson Park and the renown bird watching opportunities at Celery Fields Park also show the vital role our parks play in fueling the economic engine of our community. 
The “Great Recession” presented hard choices to our elected officials when it came to the allocation of public dollars. Basic infrastructure needs and funding for law enforcement and fire safety had to be weighed against amenities like libraries and parks with the bottom line for parks and recreation dropping creating an even greater need for organizations like Friends of Sarasota County Parks (FOSCP) and our network of volunteers helping to fill the gap to make our park system be the best it can be. 
 Whether it’s building an information kiosk, maintaining a trail, raising funds for an amenity, creating a Chapter website, or organizing a birding tour FOSCP offers a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Email us at volunteer@foscp.org for more information. While we know filling the department ‘s budget gap is not likely an attainable goal, philanthropic opportunities abound at FOSCP. For information on funding a picnic pavilion, purchasing the naming rights to a community room at your favorite park or even funding an entire park, please contact me at president@foscp.org.    

Terry Redman
President, FOSCP
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Friends is an all volunteer organization and operates with a President who also fills the role of CEO/Executive Director.  
Programs
Description
A volunteer driven, revenue generating program; benches, trees, engraved fish plaques and/or pavers may be funded by individuals as a tribute to/in memory of others.  FOSCP has established installation locations in many county parks. Funds support enhancements to parks throughout Sarasota County and the work of our 30+ Chapters. In addition to supporting Chapter initiatives FOSCP areas of focus in 2015 include: Memorial wall at the North Jetty in Nokomis, Paw Park Improvements, Siesta Beach Paver Tribute, and Shade awnings over  ballfield bleachers throughout Sarasota County.

Budget below varies depending on the item.
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.
Long Term Success This program is a memorial in perpetuity and it provides an amenity for our community residents and guests. As we place benches by showers or at the end of a walkway towards the beach, it allows for the user to sit, clean, dress or just relax and take in the view.
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 ballfields, 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.
Description To provide shade structures over the aluminum bleachers at the athletic fields. This project will minimize the suns exposure during outdoor recreational time by creating shade at 18 sporting facilities. ADA seating is also planned for shading. This will provide safety and protection year round.
Budget $80,000
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families US Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success We will start by meeting with Apollo Sun-Guard of Sarasota, contracting with a part-time grant writer and meeting with County staff in charge of the athletic programs.
Long Term Success We will know we are successful when a person can sit in the bleachers during an event and not have to stand under trees. Many parents are dropping off the players and sitting in their cars to watch the events. The bleachers and sun are hot!
Program Success Monitoring Friends of the Legacy Trail and The Board of Directors of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks.
Program Success Examples Miles of the Legacy Trail have been completed along with the Venetian Waterway Park.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization The Friends has hired an independent contractor to serve as a grant writer/sponsorship agent to help secure funds for County designated projects. The County hired a "volunteer Coordinator" to help both the County and Friends identify, assign and thank volunteers for helping make park projects successful.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email President@foscp.org
Experience Mr. Terry Redman is a volunteer holding the office of President and acting as CEO/Executive Director of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Inc. All other Board members also serve as a volunteer. Mr. Redman is a retired school administrator and also on the County's Park Advisory and Recreation Council. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Sertoma Club of Venice and is an advisory member of the Venice Area Beautification Inc. He enjoys volunteering with other civic organizations throughout Sarasota County.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Mr. Bruce Dillon Oct 2012 - Sept 2013
Mr. Terry Redman Oct 2011 - Sept 2012
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 3
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, Sarasota County Sheriff, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, Audubon (Venice and Sarasota), Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau, local foundations, Senior Friendship Center, Venice Area Beautification, Inc., Leadership Sarasota, local schools, neighborhood park Chapters, National Wildlife Federation, Chamber of Commerce and many local businesses.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2013
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization As all volunteer boards, Friends has leadership challenges and has contracted with part-time independent contractor administrator. The public and County professional staff have been excellent to work with and we enjoy their support. Friends has recently decided that our mission shall consist of projects, branding/marketing, fundraising and Chapter/volunteers. FOSCP is fortunate to have an agreement with the County that FOSCP can obtain sponsorship/naming opportunities for County amenities.
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Terry Lee Redman Sr.
Company Affiliation Retired community volunteer
Board Term Oct 2013 to Sept 2015
Board Chair Email president@foscp.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Tara Booker Jewish Family and Children Services
Mr. Bruce Dillon Community Volunteer
Mr. Andy Gerberich Community Volunteer
Mr. Russell Johnson Retired
Mr. Alex Moseley Generic
Dr. Sue Nielsen Community Volunteer
Mrs. Susan Noah Michael Saunders and Company
Mr. Marcello Paolini Community Volunteer
Mr. Terry Redman Community Volunteer
Mr. Fred Whitehouse Community Volunteer
Mrs. Roxanne Williamson Retired Sarasota County
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 64
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Finance
Audit
Project Oversight
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization Friends has been in existence for 13 years and has recently finished a review of the mission/vision/goals with a grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation's Invest in the Incredible program. Please note that our Friends Treasurer has moved to Italy but wanted to continue on as our Treasurer. His move was due to his wife's health. Since he is on the Board of Directors, we will never have 100% attendance but we do not want to lose him -- he is GREAT! FOSCP is presently participating in the Patterson Foundation's No Margin No Mission earned Income program.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $21,650.00
Projected Expenses $21,900.00
Endowment Value $69,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose Installing shade structures over 18 athletic bleachers at the County Parks.
Campaign Goal $145,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2014 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date 60000 as of Dec 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$325,332$226,713$234,360
Administration Expense$21,549$27,738$35,856
Fundraising Expense$0$11,613$3,570
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.080.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%4%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$377,074$351,830$329,592
Current Assets$337,074$351,336$328,769
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$377,074$351,830$329,592
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $365,688Related Organizations $237,418Foundations and Corporations $198,025
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $6,765Fundraising $28,721Contributions, gifts, grants $40,700
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Contributions, gifts, grants $21,340Fundraising $26,675
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director 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%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Friends is the fiscal agent for all its 30+ chapters and projects. Our Treasurer is a volunteer we are very fortunate to have. Mr. Paolini provides a very timely and accurate accounting function and immediate check disbursement. He provides monthly reporting of operational budget, financial statement of position, fund balances, and check register for all chapters and Friends.
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 Trl East
Unit 101
Nokomis, FL 34275
Primary Phone 941 275-9397

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.