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, Recreation and Natural Resource department and public lands by increasing awareness of the wide variety of recreational lands and activities through fundraising, activities, projects and volunteer efforts.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Andy Gerberich
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 $35,225.00
Projected Expenses $35,225.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
The Friends of Sarasota County Parks (FOSCP) coordinates the work of over 37 local Chapters whose membership perform over 20,000 volunteer hours annually.
 The top five of many accomplishments are
  • Helped the Friends Chapter for Adaptive Rowing raise necessary funds for new equipment, the Friends of the Legacy Trail raise funds for the feasibility study to extend the Legacy Trail into downtown Sarasota and the Friends of Phillippi Park raise funds for the restoration of the Phillippi Farmhouse.
  • helped upgrade the Venice Waterway Park project by developing a parking area under the Venice Avenue Bridge.
  • worked with the Florida Master Naturalist program on a gopher/tortoise/habit survey
  • ongoing working on tagging the scrub jays as the population has decreased significantly
  • completed a successful fundraising initiative - the Siesta Beach Paver project With over 225 memorial pavers sold to help off-set the cost of installing a shade structure over the Siesta Beach playground.
  • selected to participate in The Patterson's Foundation No Margin/No Mission Earned Income project
For the upcoming year, our top goals include:
  • Launching first phase of Shade is Good:Helping to Fight Skin Cancer with a social enterprise venture that sells sun protective and hydration products with net profit supporting the installation of shade structures at Sarasota County athletic fields and recreational areas with grants from the Patterson Foundation and other local Foundations and businesses.
  • beginning a multi year campaign to raise funds for the installation of shade structures over the bleachers, playgrounds and dugouts at County athletic fields and parks.   
  •  working with Sarasota County Departments of Transportation and Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources on initial steps for opening of a bike share program. 
  •  Board initiative focusing on organization branding, internal performance measures and identifying new revenue streams.
Needs Statement
1. Start-Up Marketing funding ($24,000) and underwriters for Shade Is Good products, a social enterprise venture that will sell sun protective items and hydration products at pop up stores at area community events, athletic fields, through partnerships with youth athletic leagues and area medial professionals, informational kiosks at County community centers/offices and on the Internet. The net profit from the sales of the items will help fund the shade structures over athletic fields and recreational areas in Sarasota County. The Patterson Foundation will match donations dollar-for-dollar given through the end of 2015 up to 50 percent of the startup costs.
2. Part time grant writer ($10,000) to research and write grants to support the shade structure project, equipment needed at various parks and scholarships for the Therapeutic Recreation department.  
3. Athletic Fields- There are children that want to play soccer and there is a shortage of fields. Estimated cost is  $400,000 to $800,000. 
4. Shade Structures for the Parks ($7,000 small and $16,000 large) for bleachers/dugouts at County athletic fields and County playgrounds.
5. Scholarships for children with Developmental Disabilities for supporting campers in the Therapeutic Recreation program (four scholarships of $500 each).
Background Statement
 In February of 2003,  meetings were held with the Board of County Commissioners 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 Urfer Family Park 
  •  produced  brochure on  benefits of  the ‘Wrack Line’ on the 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, the Master Gardeners program, the Phillippi and Englewood Farmer's Markets, and the VCC.
  • 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 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 and purchased motion cameras for Carlton
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
Community gathering, Parks, Recreation, community development, volunteers
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
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, 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 the 2014-2015, FOSCP and the Chapters raised and spent over $251,000 in our County parks and public lands. 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
Immediate Past President, FOSCP
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Friends (FOSCP) is an all volunteer organization and operates with a President who also fills the role of CEO/Executive Director. FOSCP is fortunate to have two part-time independent contractors with duties in the Shade is Good program and as an administrative assistant.  Each Board of Director member has a specific task for the betterment of the County Parks and Public Lands. Sarasota County is very fortunate to have a great group of dedicated/talented volunteers willing to spend their time, money and energy for our families and visitors recreational activities. FOSCP strives to bring participants and spectators into our parks while protecting the wildlife and environment. Please visit us at and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.
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 playgrounds and 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 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.
Shade Is Good, a social enterprise to provide shade structures over the aluminum bleachers at the athletic fields and playgrounds. 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. To raise funds for this project, FOSCP will be selling sun shade products.
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 Surveys, interviews with participants and players
Program Success Examples Increase in the number of observers as monitored by game coaches.
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Bruce Dillon Oct 2013 - Sept 2012
Mr. Terry Redman Oct 2014 - Sept
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 N/A
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
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2013
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization As all volunteer boards, Friends has leadership challenges. FOSCP has contracted with two part-time independent contractors; an administrator and a fund-raiser. 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
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Andy Gerberich
Company Affiliation Retired community volunteer
Board Term Oct 2015 to Sept 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Bruce Dillon Community Volunteer
Mr. Andy Gerberich Community Volunteer
Mr. Russell Johnson Retired
Mrs. Mary Mack Community Volunteer
Mr. Alex Moseley Generic
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? Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 62
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
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 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $35,225.00
Projected Expenses $35,225.00
Endowment Value $74,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose Installing shade structures over playgrounds and 18 athletic bleachers at the County Parks.
Campaign Goal $1,000,000.00
Campaign Dates Nov 2015 to Dec 2019
Amount Raised To Date 24000 as of Oct 2015
Anticipate Campaign within 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
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
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 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
Phone 941 275-9397