Ear Research Foundation, Inc.
1901 Floyd Street
Sarasota FL 34239
Mission
The Ear Research Foundation is dedicated to research, education and community service for hearing and balance disorders.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer Moss APR, CPRC
Board Chair Mr. Geoffrey Frazier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Global Financial Private Capital
History and Background
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1979
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $350,000.00
Projected Expenses $350,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2014
State Registration 0
Statements
Impact
ERF has 3 primary goals:
  1. Perform clinical research for the purpose of advancing treatment techniques for hearing, balance and dizziness problems;
  2. Train physicians through fellowships and CME conferences & educate the public on hearing and balance disorders;
  3. Provide free & discounted screenings, hearing aids and medical care for indigent patients, especially children. 
 
In 2013 our accomplishments included:

Research – Participation in 13 research projects. Presentation of recent study results at 7 national and international medical conferences. Topics of studies and presentations included bone anchored hearing devices, fully and partially implantable hearing devices, single-sided deafness, bimodal hearing and tinnitus.

Education – Hosted the Minimally Invasive Office ENT Course and Lab for 60 attending ENT physicians.

Graduated the 39th Fellow in June and our 40th Fellow began her year of intensive training in July.  

Over 15 community education seminars presented throughout the year on Meniere’s Disease, Tinnitus, Hearing Loss, Implantable Hearing Devices, and more.

Treatment – Provided hearing screenings to 829 pre-schoolers and at 4 Sarasota County charter schools. 

Received referrals from the SMH Community Medical Clinic, Vocational Rehab and the County Health Department for treatment of over 250 patients with ear conditions that were serviced though our community clinic. 

The Help Us Hear program provided 21 needy individuals with hearing aids from July 2012-December 2013.

Our focus for 2014 is to continue to expand our reach with all of the above programs; especially the Help Us Hear Program.   
Background
The Ear Research Foundation was started in 1979 by Dr. Herbert Silverstein to continue the research he had done previously in academic settings.  In 1983 the physician fellowship training program was added.  Shortly after, the indigent care clinic was started.  Thus the mission became 3-fold - research, education and community care.
Needs
  • A donation of $650 will help us to provide a needy individual with a hearing aid through our Help Us Hear program. 
  • A donation of $500 will help us to fund a research project.
  • A donation of $350 will help us to present a community lecture.
  • A donation of $200 will help us to screen a Pre-K class for hearing loss.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
Internationally
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Medical Research
Secondary Org Type Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines
Tertiary Org Type Health Care
Programs
Description
The mission of the Help Us Hear program is to educate the public on the various treatment options for hearing loss and to provide funds for hearing aids and implants for those who cannot afford them.

 

The goal of the campaign is to raise funds to:

 

  • Educate the public on the incidence and impact of hearing loss on the individual, the family, and society.
  • Educate the public on the prevention of and then treatment options for hearing loss. Because with today’s advanced technologies and the numerous options for help, living with deafness is a personal choice and not a must anymore.
  • Provide financially eligible candidates with hearing aids, surgical reconstructions, or implants, because the gift of hearing should be made available to all, not only to those who can afford it.
Budget $50,000
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Ear, Nose & Throat Diseases
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
We hope to fit 20 needy people with hearing aids in 2014 that they otherwise could not afford.
Long Term Success
Currently 16% of Manatee and Sarasota County residents have hearing loss and statistics show 4 out of 5 adults nationally do not get treatment. Our long term goal is to increase the number of local residents seeking help and treatment for hearing loss.
How Program is Monitored
  • Data from the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota
  • Number of applicants to the HUH program vs. number we are able to serve
Examples of Program Success
Valeria De Lello, 60, was our second recipient of a new hearing aid. 
She told us: "The worst of it was that I found myself becoming reclusive.  The self alienation made me an outsider to my own family and community.  All of the things I wanted to do, like volunteering in the neighborhood, or simply engaging in conversation, became fearful for me.  Being an asset and a good companion to those around me was next to impossible. Feeling sorry for myself became easy and that was road I did not want to take.  Now that I can hear, I can give back what I can to my fullest.  The ability to hear has re-opened a world that was gone for many years."
Description
In collaboration with the Early Learning Coalition, this program provides hearing screenings to Sarasota County Pre-K children to ensure they have no hearing or ear issues and will be ready to learn in Kindergarten. 
Budget $7,500
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short Term Success
Our short term goal is to increase the number of children screened and treated for ear and hearing issues by 10% each year until all children in the pre-K system have been screened and treated if necessary.
Long Term Success
Our long term goal is that 100% of children in the Pre-K system with ear or hearing issues will have had these issues addressed prior to entering kindergarten.
How Program is Monitored
We track the number of children that we screen against the enrollment numbers of the early learning coalition.  The Early Learning Coalition monitors the number of children with "refer" scores and follow-up with the schools to ensure the parents seek treatment. We also track the number of children seeking treatment at our facility (note: parents may seek treatment at any pediatrician or ENT office and do not have to get services at our Institute).
Examples of Program Success
We regularly get calls from parents asking to explain results of the screenings or seeking repeat screens at our Institute.  The Early Learning Coalition tracks the data of total children referred versus reported number seeking treatment.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Jennifer Moss APR, CPRC
CEO Term Start June 2006
Email jmoss@earsinus.com
Experience
Jennifer Moss, APR, CPRC, is the executive director for the Silverstein Institute’s non-profit division - the Ear Research Foundation. She is responsible for the Institute’s public relations, marketing and communications, as well as the daily operations, fundraising and programs of the Foundation.

 

Moss has more than 18 years of healthcare P.R. and marketing experience, including work in internal and external communications. She has worked in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, including two large hospital systems, a skilled nursing facility and a private physician practice.

 

Moss has a bachelor’s degree in communications from East Carolina University. She is Accredited in Public Relations and is also a Certified Public Relations Counselor. 
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 1
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Dr. Seth Rosenberg Vice President
Dr. Herbert Silverstein President
Dr. Jack Wazen VP/Director of Research
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
The Ear Research Foundation collaborates with numerous other community organizations to provide programs and services including but not limited to the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, SERTOMA Speech & Hearing Foundation, Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota, Sarasota Memorial Hosptial, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Audiology Management Group, Cochlear Americas, Oticon Medical, and the Florida Medical Association.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Geoffrey Frazier
Company Affiliation Global Financial Private Capital
Board Term Dec 2012 to Dec 2015
Email GAF@gf-pc.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Geoffrey Frazier Global Financial Private Capital
Mr. Charles Githler Intershow
Mrs. Eileen Hampshire Art to Walk On
Dr. Brad Lerner MDLerner/Cohen
Ms. Jennifer Moss APR, CPRCEar Research Foundation
Mr. Edward Ogiba HLAS
Dr. Seth Rosenberg MDSilverstein Institute
Dr. Herbert Silverstein MDSilverstein Institute
Mr. Raymond Suplee CPASuplee & Shea
Mr. Robert Tufts Retired
Dr. Jack Wazen MDSilverstein Institute
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 9
Female 2
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 72
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Finance
Scientific Advisory
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $350,000.00
Projected Expenses $350,000.00
Historical Financials
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$166,649$155,030$64,827
$0$0$0
$114,766$152,900$308,628
Investment Income, Net of Losses$64,658$111,555$152,720
Membership Dues$0$0$6,150
Special Events$430$4,584$614
Revenue In-Kind$147,754$147,754$0
Other$400($38,184)$169,248
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$333,042$338,452$586,491
Administration Expense$159,284$208,266$217,470
Fundraising Expense$54,392$44,074$5,417
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.910.900.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%57%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue33%28%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$2,384,444$2,457,933$2,513,125
Current Assets$509,168$517,220$429,093
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$973$25,903$2,403
Total Net Assets$2,383,471$2,432,030$2,510,722
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $166,649Contributions, gifts, grants $155,030Program service revenue $308,628
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind Donations $147,754In-Kind Services $147,754In-Kind Services $168,654
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEducational Programs $56,009Investment income $111,555Investment income $152,720
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities523.3019.97178.57
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
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.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile. Entity includes the value of in-kind donations in the revenue reported.
Nonprofit Ear Research Foundation, Inc.
Address 1901 Floyd Street
Sarasota, FL 34239
Primary Phone 941 365-0367
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer Moss APR, CPRC
Board Chair Mr. Geoffrey Frazier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Global Financial Private Capital
Year of Incorporation 1979

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