Friends of Sarasota County Parks Inc
234 Nippino Trl East
Unit 101
Nokomis FL 34275
To promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks and public recreational lands through marketing, fundraising, activities, projects and volunteer efforts.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Terry Redman
Board Chair Mr. Terry Lee Redman Sr.
Board Chair Affiliation Retired community volunteer
General Info
Organization 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
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 20 local Chapters whose membership perform nearly 23,000 volunteer hours annually.
We held three successful fundraising events at Snook Haven Park, Sarasota Counties authentic old Florida roadhouse on the Myakka River raising over $3000 for the Adopt-a-Camper program sending underpriveleged children to camp.  FOSCP is active in the oversite of a project to install security lights at Urfer Family Park. presently working on funding a playground, numerous children's activities and many maintenance projects. FOSCP became fiscal agents for all community gardens 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. Employing a part time contract staff person to handle the daily operations of FOSCP, coordinated memorials program, and coordinate the volunteers. This requires $30,000 annually.

2. We are presently in a capital campaign to raise $75,000 for the feasibility study for the extension of the Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota.

3. We have children in Sarasota County that want to play soccer but there is a shortage of fields. FOSCP 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.

4. 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.

 5. FOSCP presently has over 20 chapters/projects and it would be very beneficial to have a long term funding stream based on an endowment. Such an endowment would require community and business contributions.  
Background Statement
 In February of 2003, individual meetings were held with the BCC. We want to bring more participants, volunteers and wildlife into our parks. FOSCP needs to raise $36,000 to cover the audit, insurance, independent contractor, and other FOSCP expenses – the Chapters keep all the funds they raise.
FOSCP has relocated the Dr. Wilson House to Urfer Family Park and started Chapters at Woodmere Park, Shamrock Park and Nature Center, Challenger Park, Carlton Reserve, Newtown Estates, Knights Trail, The Legacy Trail, Nokomis Park, Arlington Park, Urfer Family Park, North Port Parks and Phillippi Estate Park plus over 20 others.
FOSCP has 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 and constructed a volunteer garage at Shamrock Park and Nature Center. Also 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, FOSCP completed a gopher tortoise/habitat survey at Shamrock Park and an environmental survey at the new Urfer Family Park. FOSCP researched and produced a brochure on the benefits of the ‘Wrack Line’ that exists on our local beaches and was involved with the exotic animal trapping at Shamrock and Lemon Bay Parks. FOSCP moved the “Cookie House” – the first Mote Marine facility – Bass Laboratory – to Cedar Point park. FOSCP has donated money for the sidewalks at Bee Ridge Park, for the Legacy Trail Extension feasibility study and produced a donor brochure, endowment brochure, a FOSCP newsletter and a membership brochure.
Endowment accounts have been established at both the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. FOSCP has been 100% successful in its first five grant applications bringing over $100,000 into the park system.
FOSCP members have staffed numerous information booths at trade shows, art festivals and other civic/community events. FOSCP members have been actively involved in the design and completion of the Skip Stasko Park, the Arlington Playground and the Hopewell Memorial Park (Cemetery) amenities/improvements projects.
FOSCP has sponsored an auction for the summer “Adopt a Camper” program at the Jazz Festival at Phillippi Estates Park and three events at Snook Haven.
We have helped in building two community gardens and are now fiscal agent for 6 community gardens and the Master Gardeners program, the Phillippi Farmhouse Market, we have constructed two neighborhood playgrounds, received a gift of a van from the County and had it wrapped with our logo and new phone number. We now harvest the casings at the gun range for revenue to pay our expenses plus have concession tents at County Parks activities. We have a total of 29 Chapters now and placed over 24,000 volunteer hours in County parks last year and are a sponsor of the Ringling College Student Volunteer Day twice a year. We are or have been the fiscal managers for the events at Benderson Park, the Cal Ripen Baseball field improvements, a CRA sponsored after school program in Newtown, Sarasota Adaptive Rowing and a new lighting system at Urfer Family Park. FOSCP has an agreement with the County to be the Donor/Sponsorship Agency for County Parks. We have helped in starting and are the fiscal managers for the Englewood Community Garden, Englewood Farmers Market and the Englewood Center for Sustainability Chapter. We have been asked to be one of the 30 initial groups involved in the new Giving Partners program through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. We are listed with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation's (GCCF) Invest in the Incredible, Gulf Coast Gives and youdbeperfectforthis programs. We are now on GroupShare for all the FOSCP policies and documents.
We provide tools, the van, tents, tables, etc. to the Chapters for their events and are participating in various volunteer programs. We presently have over $400,000 on our books as fiscal managers for the various Chapters. And, we recently started a Chapter called the Friends of the Paw Parks.

We have a $25,000 grant from GCCF for the community gardens, plus a $75,000 pledge from the County Commissioners for the feasibility study for the extension of the Legacy Trail to Payne Park. We are starting a new memorial site at the North Jetty Park to go along with our memorial program. If you are standing on the Venice Avenue Bridge, looking towards that historic RR Depot, you will be able to look at the Osprey in the platform we designed and installed.
FOSCP is now working on social media signs for the parks. The signs will have QR codes for volunteering, web-sties, donations and the Siesta Beach web-cam. FOSCP and their Chapters purchased GPS units for gopher tortoise surveys, purchased a boombox for scrub jay surveys and purchased motion cameras for Carlton wildlife.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Bicycling, Parks, Recreation, civic, community development, volunteers, beaches, rowing, sports, hiking, trails
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 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    

Terry Redman
President, FOSCP
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
FOSCP is an all volunteer organization and operates with a President who also fills the role of CEO/Executive Director.  
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 25+ Chapters. In addition to supporting Chapter initiatives FOSCP areas of focus in 2014 -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 We are attempting a large project by extending the Legacy Trail another 8 miles north to downtown Sarasota by Payne Park. We need to raise over $80,000 for our share of the feasibility study. This will include how to cross roads, engineering, permits, type of signage, surface material and legal documents for the use of the land.
Budget $80,000
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Cycling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families US Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success We will start by hiring a firm to complete the feasibility/environmental study.
Long Term Success We will know we are successful when a person can run from Culverhouse Nature Park to Payne Park.
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.
Program Comments by Organization As there are many "projects" FOSCP can assist the County with, have hired a part-time grant writer/sponsorship agent to help bring funds into the county for specific projects. The County has recently hired a "volunteer coordinator" who will help in county and FOSCP volunteers. FOSCP is seeking a professional to help with volunteer scheduling and memorial tracking.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Terry Redman
CEO Term Start Oct 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Mr. Terry Redman is a volunteer holding the office of President and action 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
Mr. Bruce Dillon Oct 2012 - Sept 2013
Mr. Terry Redman Oct 2011 - Sept 2012
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 2
Volunteers 500
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
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.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
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
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization As all volunteer boards, FOSCP has leadership challenges and is presently discussing the employment of a part-time administrator. The public and County professional staff have been excellent to work with and we enjoy their support. FOSCP 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
Board Members
Board Members
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
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
Governance Comments by Organization FOSCP has been in existence for 11 years and is presently going through 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 FOSCP 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!
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 Feasibility study for the extension of the Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota to Payne Park creating an economic/tourism benefit to our community.
Campaign Goal $80,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2014 to Dec 2014
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 Year201320122011
Program Expense$226,713$234,360$135,542
Administration Expense$27,738$35,856$55,722
Fundraising Expense$11,613$3,570$10,222
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.080.981.74
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%86%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%1%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$351,830$329,592$335,413
Current Assets$351,336$328,769$334,041
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$351,830$329,592$335,413
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountRelated Organizations $237,418Foundations and Corporations $198,025Contributions, gifts, grants $186,547
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $28,721Contributions, gifts, grants $40,700Foundations, corporations $134,067
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $21,340Fundraising $26,675Fundraising $28,776
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization FOSCP 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 FOSCP.
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