First Step of Sarasota Inc
4579 Northgate Court
Sarasota FL 34234
First Step of Sarasota, Inc. prevents and treats alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders. We foster fully functioning, productive individuals by offering a full array of services in partnership with our community.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David J. Beesley
Board Chair Mr. Jack Cox
Board Chair Affiliation Halfacre Construction Company
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1968
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2016
State Registration Yes Dec 2015
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $8,855,055.00
Projected Expenses $9,034,470.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement


Serving Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties with substance abuse treatment programs, First Step consistently treats approximately 5,000 people each year and reaches close to 10,000 more through prevention efforts.

Earlier this year, we received special, one-time funding to support the Drug Free Sarasota (DFS) coalition. DFS held several presentations, including a town hall meeting; a SafeRX program for the medical community; diversion training for law enforcement and a Drug Endangered Children program for social service and law enforcement professionals. DFS also worked on the Clean Start program, to educate pregnant women about the dangers of drinking or using drugs while pregnant, and participated in an awareness campaign for the national “Drug Take Back Day.”

First Step has worked with community partners on two new initiatives. In a project with Sarasota High School, First Step has a member of our prevention staff that works with students at risk of drug and alcohol issues on campus in need of support. These students are assisted in finding resources needed to address their behavioral health needs, which may include accessing First Step’s Youth Outpatient program. This staff member ensures they are engaged in services and provides support so that their issues do not hinder academic success. The program is one of the main reasons why Sarasota High has reported a 60% reduction in suspensions and expulsions.

At Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a First Step licensed clinician is integrated within the hospital to provide outreach and intervention with patients who have a history of chronic drug use and related medical conditions and engage them in treatment in hopes of reducing further medical complications. This clinician also provides onsite education and support to the medical staff to better prepare them for working with this very challenging population. This program began in February, 2016. As of June 15, 20 referrals to treatment have been made.


Needs Statement

First Step of Sarasota has consistent needs for certain basic items that support our residential treatment facilities. Several of our programs treat those who are homeless or have come directly from jail. We have other individual who have nothing except the clothing they are wearing at admission.

First Step provides linens to clients when they arrive, however, due to the frequency of use/laundering, these items tend to wear quickly. First Step is always grateful to receive donations of towels and twin-size bed sheets. Items can be either new or used, as long as they are in good condition.

Personal hygiene items – deodorant, liquid soap, tooth brush, tooth paste, hair brushes, shampoo and razors are always needed. Please make certain that these products are alchol-free.

We currently (summer 2016) need to replace all of the chairs in the residential campus group room. Our old chairs are worn and torn, exposing the foam padding under the upholstery. While we want all of the chair to stack and match, monetary donations toward the chairs will be accepted.

Like many area non-profits, we rely heavily on government funding to sustain our programs. While we’ve adapted well to the strategy of “do more with less,” monetary donations of any size are always welcome.

Background Statement


First Step of Sarasota has been treating individuals with substance abuse issues since 1968. Starting out as a store front help line for alcoholics, First Step has grown over the years to meet the changing needs of the community.

First Step expanded in 1976, opening both a Detoxification facility in Sarasota and an outpatient office in Arcadia. As cocaine became the “popular” and “trendy” drug of the 80’s, First Step adapted and opened a residential facility on North Washington Blvd.

In the 1990’s, as a response to the high infant mortality rate, the Mothers & Infants program was created in an effort to rehabilitate pregnant women and help them deliver healthy, drug-free babies and break the cycle of addiction. This program has seen the success of more than 380 healthy births (100%) and saved tax payers in the community millions of dollars when compared to treat both neo-natal and lifelong medical expenses associated with pre-natal exposure to drugs and alcohol. This is the only program of its kind in the State.

New services were offered in 2002 with the opening of a youth outpatient treatment program began in 2002.  In 2006,, First Step expanded its detox unit from 15 beds to 30 and was awarded a County contract for the creation of an Addictions Receiving Facility, one of just three in the State of Florida that accept involuntary admissions under the State of Florida’s Marchman Act.

Currently, as we face an epidemic number of overdoses from heroin, First Step is involved with several other community partners to provide prevention and education programs to the public, as well as treatment options.

First Step has grown to serve nearly 15,000 individuals annually through treatment and prevention programs. The agency offers affordable residential and outpatient treatment options.


Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Health Care
substance abuse, treatment, prevention, caring and compassionate, FSOS
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

First Step of Sarasota (FSOS) is the region’s leader for serving people suffering from addictions and their family members, who need first-rate care and support at an affordable cost. Our challenge is to maintain high-quality services in the face of funding reductions, increasing costs and uncertainty in state and external processes. FSOS faces these challenges through innovation, collaboration, fiscal conservation and expanded funding sources. Additionally, the organization engages in ongoing discussions with regional providers in an effort to mutually strengthen organizational practices, minimize overlap and ensure sustainability.

Just about three years ago, I gained a unique perspective on the programs offered by this organization when Halfacre Construction Company was fortunate to be chosen to construct the new First Step administration building. It was during this time that I saw the direct results of its extraordinary programming and services.

This includes programs like the Addiction Receiving Facility (ARF) at FSOS – a realistic alternative to jail, which is less intrusive to those caught in the grip of addiction and less expensive for taxpayers.

At FSOS, services are offered to mothers and infants, which assist addicted, pregnant women by providing job and parenting skills, giving them a better chance of raising their own child. Testimonies shared by these women are heart wrenching and heartbreaking; but their hope for a future is heartwarming.

Then, there’s the bottom line. As a business owner and a taxpayer, I am pleased with the tangible benefits First Step provides to our community. Neo-natal intensive care costs for treating drug-addicted newborns customarily start at $250,000 and rise quickly – depending on the extent of exposure and damage. Given the program’s 300+ drug-free births at an estimated cost of $500,000 per baby, this program has saved Sarasota taxpayers roughly $150 million. These figures do not include the cost of treating other disabilities throughout the child’s life or the burden on the state, if the child is taken from its mother at the hospital.

While you may or may not have been touched personally by the pain of addiction, most likely someone you know has. Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict; but impacts family, employers, friends and children who never asked to be born from addicted mothers. The services offered at First Step are life altering and life saving for so many people who would otherwise be collateral damage of one person’s addiction. The organization also offers enormous benefits to the community at large. That is why I serve.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The past few years have been an eye opener for many people in the community who never thought twice about substance abuse. The prescription drug epidemic made front page news on a regular basis. Families who once believed they were immune to such possibilities struggled to grasp how an addiction to a prescribed medication could create such turmoil in their lives. As these medications became more challenging to acquire, we began to see less misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, but, heroin crept to the forefront of drug abuse. Often laced with other deadly chemicals, it is now heroin that is stealing the media headlines. A new drug, Naloxone, was created to reverse the effects of overdose and is administered by first responders. However, Naloxone is a short, temporary solution for a much bigger problem.

For almost 50 years, First Step has been a constant in the community. We adapt to the changing trends and offer evidence based, long-term solutions for those ready and willing to live a life of recovery. We continue to leverage our long-standing community partnerships, to prevent and treat substance abuse and associated disorders.

We know every story does not have a happy ending, but we provide our clients with the recovery skills and community links to create a happy ending. Each year, we hold the Caring Hearts Luncheon, a fundraising event to support our Mothers & Infants program. Our most recent event featured a speaker, a young woman, who entered our program 12 years ago addicted to methamphetamines. With pride, she spoke about how since entering the program, her life has changed. Now a mother of two, she is a nursing student who volunteers her spare time to a recovery center near her home, mentoring women as they emerge from treatment. Soon, she will graduate and hopes to work in a hospital labor and delivery department. She has embraced the life of recovery and all that it offers, especially providing a stable, loving environment for her children. This is the hope we offer in our treatment programs.


Since 1995, Mothers & Infants has provided pregnant women with a safe, supportive environment to overcome their substance abuse disorders. The program goals are the birth of a healthy, drug-free baby and long-term abstinence from drugs and/or alcohol for the mothers. In February 2013, we celebrated the milestone birth of our 300th healthy, drug-free baby. As of January 2016, we have exceeded 375 healthy, drug-free births.

Many of the women treated are dependent on prescription pain medications. While all of their backgrounds are different, more and more report that they began using prescription drugs for legitimate pain purposes, such as a car accident or sports injury, and have developed a dependency on these medications. Sometimes, that leads to the use of illegal drugs, which can be less expensive and easier to obtain. Our clients could be your neighbor, the daughter of your friend, a relative…this is an issue that truly affects all of us.

Budget $622,173
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females Adults Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short Term Success

Program Outcomes

As a whole, the Mothers & Infants program has a set of goals, or outcome measures, to meet each year. The outcomes for the firs three quarters of the 2015 calendar year are as follows:





40 clients will be served



34 unduplicated clients served



100% of babies to be born alcohol/drug free



90% clients completing program will report reduced frequency of use or no use if drug free at admission



75% of clients will successfully complete the program with no substance abuse within 30 days of discharge



90% of participants indicate that they are satisfied with services provided by the program.


Long Term Success
The ultimate goal for this program is for the women to live clean and sober lives, in recovery and to break the cycle of addiction as they raise their children.
Program Success Monitoring
On February 22, 2013, First Step celebrated the birth of the 300th healthy, drug-free baby into the Mothers & Infant program.  We are fast approaching the milestone of 400 healthy, drug-free babies born since that time.  Each healthy, drug-free baby is an example of the success of this program.
Program Success Examples

Client testimony:

After giving birth, I became dependent on the painkillers prescribed for me.  My life unravels and by the time my daughter was one, I was no longer able to take care of her. My life spiraled downward. I tried to get off drugs, but never with lasting success.  Eventually, I was arrested and learned in jail that I was pregnant.  I heard about a place called First Step and a special residential unit for women who are pregnant with substance abuse problems. After an evaluation, First Step helped me work with the courts so I could go to this program. I am so grateful for Mothers & Infants. The staff made sure my baby received pre-natal care, provided parenting classes and counseling for my substance abuse issues. I learned about addiction, to know myself and how to make better decisions; the types that make my parents proud and me a better mother to my children. I learned I am a good person, even though I have the disease of addiction.  Now, I have a wonderful life! 


Peer pressure, stress to succeed in school or sports and the desire to be popular. Everyday life can be overwhelming for teenagers. While many teens never experiment with drugs or alcohol, others do. Regardless if the experimentation is done to simply to fit in, or if drugs are used as a coping mechanism, First Step has a special outpatient program for adolescents.

At First Step, adolescents are treated differently than adults because of developmental issues, differences in values and beliefs, as well as environmental considerations such as peer influence. First Step is dedicated to providing the highest quality professional care to adolescents struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.

This program includes group and individual counseling and requires family participation.

Budget $45,744
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success

First Step expects the following outcomes for its adolescents served by this program:

  • 70% of adolescents in intensive substance abuse treatment and psycho-educational services will demonstrate at least one month of sobriety prior to discharge
  • 70% of adolescents referred to treatment because of substance abuse related school issues will maintain or improve overall attendance compared to their entry level
  • 65% of adolescents with legal sanctions will maintain or improve their juvenile legal status
Long Term Success

In simple terms, First Step’s goal for this program is the long term abstinence from drugs/alcohol. The benefits from accomplishing that goal are listed below.

· Youth clients who maintain long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol do not develop chronic substance abuser disorders requiring repeated treatment

· Youth clients who are successful in substance abuse treatment program have a better chance of completing college or vocational school or entering the military

· Youth clients who maintain long-term abstinence from drugs or alcohol are less likely to develop chronic medical issues often caused by long-time substance abuse

· Youth clients who maintain long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol begin developing and/or improving quality family and intimate relationships.

Program Success Monitoring
First Step keeps detailed notes in the charts of each client and daily activity logs, that include progress and setbacks.  Clients are subject to random drug testing.  Displays of gradual and expected behavioral changes, negative drug tests and achievement of goals show that the program is working for the individual client.  Not all clients will be successful, but achievement of program outcome goals shows that most clients are benefiting from the program.
Program Success Examples
A quote from one of our counselors:  "Being involved in youths' lives has been challenging yet, the reward of watching changes and maturation occur are indescribable.  I have received phone calls, cards and emails from previous clients who have graduated high school, gone on to college, followed their dreams and/or maintained employment.  I have been fortunate to witness families in total discord become united at the completion of the Comprehensive Teen Outpatient Program.

First Step has a 30-bed medically-supervised detoxification unit. With emphasis on good nutrition and vitamins, links to self-help support groups and planning for continuing care, First Step guides clients through the physical and emotional crisis of withdrawal. During the average stay of three to 10 days, clients participate in structured, daily activities including educational groups, AA/NA groups and discharge planning.

Both voluntary and involuntary admissions are accepted. Involuntary admissions are initiated through the Florida Marchman Act.


Budget $2,270,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Social Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Adults At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
When people enter First Step's Detox unit, either voluntary or involuntary (State of Florida Marchman Act), the goal is to provide a safe, medically supervised detox and as their condition improves, educate them on available treatment alternatives.
Long Term Success
First Step's Detox unit offers short-term solutions for a long-term problem.  If you compared First Step and its programs to a hospital, the Detox unit would be comparable to the ER and our other programs would function more similar to other hospital departments.  Some of our clients are treated and released from Detox, others may do follow-up with their own doctors, others may enter into a residential or outpatient treatment program.  Another category will chose to do nothing, and become a repeat customer.
Regardless of which pattern each client may follow, First Step strives to provide the best possible care for each individual admitted to detox. 
Program Success Monitoring

The Detox unit is split into two parts. One is for voluntary clients and the second for involuntary clients. Each accommodates 15 clients at one time, for a total of 30. Clients receive the same treatment regardless of admission status. Monitoring reports only include the involuntary admissions, as that portion is funded and monitored by Sarasota County. Outcomes from the last fiscal year are below.



95% of involuntary participants admitted to the ARF will successfully complete medically-supervised detoxification.


70% of involuntary participants discharged from the ARF will not be readmitted on an involuntary basis to the ARF within 12 months of discharge


100% of involuntary participants discharged from the AR identified as needing continuing care will be referred to appropriate services in the community


90% of participants indicate that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the services provided by the program


Program Success Examples

Ten years ago, I was pregnant, scared and using drugs. My mother, an alcoholic herself, recognized the path my life was taking. One day, she told me to pack my bags and dropped me off at First Step’s Detox Unit. As the door closed behind me, she sped away so I could not argue with her to take me home. That moment changed my life forever. The staff at Detox took good care of me, making sure my vital signs were stable, that I was detoxing safely and that there was no harm to my baby. They referred me to another First Step program called Mothers & Infants. This is a program for women like me, pregnant, scared and addicted to drugs. I completed that program and went home a changed woman, and the mother of a healthy baby girl. Life hasn’t always been easy since I left First Step, but I they taught me how to take charge of my life and that is what I have done. I’ve married, expanded my family and soon will be a college graduate embarking on a new career.


The Voluntary Interim Placement-Enhanced Recovery (VIP-ER) program is a collaboration between several Sarasota County agencies. The primary goal of the program is to assist individuals who are homeless so that they may be productive members of society. While housing is handled by The Salvation Army, First Step provides 10 weeks of substance abuse treatment. Additional partner agencies focus on workforce readiness, mental health and family reunification.

To be eligible for the VIP-ER program, one must be at least 18 years of age, a Sarasota County resident and homeless with a substance abuse disorder.
Budget $129,544
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

The short-term goal of this program is for the clients to complete the entire program and graduate. First Step is not the lead agency on this project. Overall program outcomes are tracked by the lead agency and reported to the County.

Long Term Success
As clients complete the VIP-ER program, they are surveyed on different aspects of the treatment they received.  During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, 90% of participants indicated they are more prepared for recovery after completing the comprehensive substance abuse treatment curriculum.  First Step is no longer the "lead" agency on this project, therefore does not track total program outcomes.
Program Success Monitoring

Sarasota County monitors the success of this program by reviewing the outcomes prepared by the lead agency. These are a combination of client satisfaction survey outcomes, program completion outcomes, drug test results, as well as factors outside of First Step's control such as the percentage of clients securing housing and employment.

Program Success Examples
Anonymous client testimony:
After using heroine for 10 years, I am clean and sober.  I also work full time in sales, own my car and my home.  If it weren't for the VIP-ER program, I would not be in this situation.  I learned in the program how to remove my obsessions, my addictions and lead a normal life.  The best part, is after all this time, I've been able to reconcile with my family.
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David J. Beesley
CEO Term Start Sept 2000
CEO/Executive Director Email

David Beesley was named President/CEO of First Step of Sarasota, Inc. in March 2001. With more than 25 years experience in health care management and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, David has dedicated his career to working for not-for-profit healthcare organizations. He has previously held senior management positions at a federally qualified health center and a 400-bed private hospital.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Larry Birch 1991 - 2000
Senior Staff
Phillip Brooks Vice President, Outpatient
Marlene Minzey Vice President, Special Services
Dr. David Panting Medical Director
Robert Piper Vice President, Residential
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 110
Part Time Staff 70
Staff Retention Rate % 75
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 80
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

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Cocaine Anonymous
Community Aids Network
Department of Children and Families – Food Stamps
Doctor's Hospital
Ex-Offender Program –Sarasota– Job search support for those with legal history
Father Jim Nylon/Pete Ross – Transportation to ARCs in Tampa/St. Pete
Florida Center for Child and Family Development
Forty Carrots
Healthy Start of Sarasota Co.
Jewish Family and Children Serv.
Lighthouse Addictions Serv.
Manatee County Health Department
Mental Health Community Center, Inc.
Narcotics Anonymous
North County Health Center
One Stop
Operation PAR
Renaissance Manor
Safe Children’s Coalition
Sarasota County Health Department
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Police Department
Selah Freedom
Senior Friendship Center–Sarasota– (Must be 50 yrs old +)
St. Martha’s Caritas
State College of Florida Traffic Safety Institute
Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
The Salvation Army
Tidewell Hospice – Grief Counseling (Free)
Venice Regional Medical Center
YMCA Triad

External Assessments and Accreditations
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Behavioral Health - 3 Year Accreditation2014
Awards & Recognition
John J Cox Community Partner of the Year AwardEDC2011
Best BossBiz 9412011
Central Florida 5-Star Perfomance AwardCentral Florida Behavioral Health Network2014
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Builders Risk
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Directors and Officers Policy
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability
Renter's Insurance
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2011
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
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. Jack Cox
Company Affiliation Halfacre Construction Company
Board Term Aug 2015 to July 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Denis Baker Retired, former CIO of Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Jack Cox Halfacre Construction Company
Mr. Eric Hoonhout Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A
Ms. Dana Keane Keane & Keane
Ms. Elizabeth LaBoone Merrill Lynch
Capt. Wade McVay Sarasota Police Department
Jay Miller Suplee and Shea
Dr. Kevin O'Neil Brookdale Senior Living
Deputy Chief Patrick Robinson Sarasota Police Department
Ms. Brena Slater The Sarasota Y
Mr. William Spitler Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Ron Turner Sarasota County Government
Ms. Pepper Wakeland Davidson Drugs
Dr. John Walker Jr.Bethel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 10
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 67
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization
For clarification, Board members sign on for an initial one-year term, then renew for a two-year term.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $8,855,055.00
Projected Expenses $9,034,470.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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? No
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
Government Contributions$5,928,110$5,751,726$5,638,572
Individual Contributions$208,428$123,355$136,378
Investment Income, Net of Losses$631$3,058$2,462
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$36,300$31,571$47,398
Revenue In-Kind$51,612$53,672$57,295
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$7,500,659$7,033,896$7,163,011
Administration Expense$897,224$845,131$877,333
Fundraising Expense$79,349$77,077$63,552
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.020.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%88%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$7,140,710$6,952,237$6,823,664
Current Assets$2,456,405$2,410,791$2,023,759
Long-Term Liabilities$601,888$532,025$609,855
Current Liabilities$478,611$547,057$537,359
Total Net Assets$6,060,211$5,873,155$5,676,450
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $4,128,932Government Grants - State $3,898,292Government Grants - Unspecified $5,368,572
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountClient Fees $2,417,810Client Fees $2,130,524Client Fees $1,716,889
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment grants - Local $1,691,422Government grants - Local $1,807,768Contributions, gifts, grants $136,378
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $125,001 - $150,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.134.413.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%8%9%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financials provided based on IRS Form 990 and audit documents. 2011 audit reports revenue of $7,944,410. 2009 audit reports revenue of $9,019,251 and expenses of $9,313,130. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as reflected on Form 990.
Nonprofit First Step of Sarasota Inc
Address 4579 Northgate Court
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone 941 366-5333