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 Affiliation Global Financial Private Capital
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1979
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2016
State Registration Yes Jan 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $550,000.00
Projected Expenses $550,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
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 disorder treatment options;
  3. Provide free & discounted screenings, hearing aids and medical care for indigent patients, especially children. 
 
In 2015 our accomplishments included:

Research – Participation in 14 research projects. Presentation of recent study results at 11 national and international medical conferences. Topics of studies and presentations included hyperacusis, Meniere's disease, tinnitus, eustachian tube dysfunction, and state-of-the-art hearing devices including bone anchored, fully and partially implantable hearing devices.

Education – Hosted the Minimally Invasive Office ENT Course and Lab for 60 attending ENT physicians. Hosted the SERF's UP conference for former Fellowship graduates.

Graduated the 41st Fellow in June and our 42nd Fellow began her year of intensive training in July.  

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

Treatment – Provided hearing screenings to over 1,000 children at area pre-schools and 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 44 needy individuals with hearing aids from July 2012-March 2016.

Our focus for 2016 is to continue to expand our reach with all of the above programs; especially the Help Us Hear Program.   
Needs Statement
  • A donation of $1,000 will help us to provide a needy individual with a hearing aid and care through our Help Us Hear program. 
  • A donation of $500 will help us to fund a research project participant.
  • 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.
  • A donation of any amount will contribute to helping us with the above programs.
Background Statement
The Ear Research Foundation was founded 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 began.  Thus the mission became 3-fold - research, education and community care.
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
Keywords
Ear, Research, Cochlear Implant, Education, Hearing Loss
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
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
In 2015, we hope to fit 15 needy people with hearing aids 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.
Program Success Monitoring
  • Data from the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota
  • Number of applicants to the HUH program vs. number we are able to serve
Program Success Examples
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
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. We have expanded in recent years to also provide screenings to Sarasota County Charter Schools.  Over 1,000 children are screened each year.
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.
Program Success Monitoring
We track the number of children that we screen against the enrollment numbers of the individual centers.  The Centers monitor the number of children with "refer" scores and follow-up with the parents to ensure they 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).
Program Success Examples
We regularly get calls from parents asking to explain results of the screenings or seeking repeat screens at our Institute.  The individual centers track the data of total children referred versus reported number seeking treatment.
Description We offer a one-year clinical fellowship in Otology-Neurotology featuring extensive hands-on surgery, patient care and research. Fellows gain valuable clinical experience in treating all types of ear and balance disorders. A temporal bone lab and extensive research library are available. Fellows are also able to publish and potentially present research results. The Ear Research Foundation has trained 42 physicians since 1983 - many who are recognized as some of the top ENT practitioners in the field.
Budget $40,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success Our short-term goal is that by the end of their one-year fellowship, 98% of Fellows in training will graduate and will go on to lead successful careers in the ENT field, treating and caring for those with hearing and balance disorders.
Long Term Success
Our long term goals are for graduate Fellows to "give back" to the program: 
75% of the graduate Fellows will regularly give back to the Ear Research Foundation program to enable future physicians to be trained.
20% of the graduate Fellows will attend and/or help teach our annual physician education courses. 
Program Success Monitoring We regularly communicate with our Fellowship graduates through email, e-newsletters, event and course invitations. Many of them interact with us at the physician courses we host and at the annual American Association of Otolaryngology conference.  Some participate with us in multi-institutional research studies and co-author published papers and books.  Many have also referred Fellowship candidates to us. We also specifically track donations to ERF from Fellows. 
Program Success Examples
Since 1983, only 2 Fellows have not completed the program (graduated) due to lack of skills or inability to complete the program.  
Over the last five years, 65% have make contributions to the Ear Research Foundation annually.  
Over the last 10 years, 61 have returned to attend and/or help teach our annual physician education courses (about 15%).
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer Moss APR, CPRC
CEO Term Start June 2006
CEO/Executive Director 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 public relations, marketing and communications, as well as the daily operations, fundraising and programs of the Foundation.

 

Moss has more than 20 years of healthcare operations, 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. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Julie Daugherty Ph.D.Assistant Director of Research
Dr. Seth Rosenberg MDVice President
Dr. Herbert Silverstein MDPresident
Dr. Jack Wazen MDVP/Director of Research
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 1
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management 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/Manatee, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Audiology Management Group, Cochlear Americas, Oticon Medical, and the Florida Medical Association.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
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. Geoffrey Frazier
Company Affiliation Global Financial Private Capital
Board Term Dec 2015 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email GAF@gf-pc.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Steve Buckley Rooms to Go
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
Mr. Ty Wilkinson Net Impact Consultants
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 11
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
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 72
Standing Committees
Finance
Scientific Advisory
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $550,000.00
Projected Expenses $550,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
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?
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 Year201420132012
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$62,259$166,649$155,030
$0$0$0
$167,490$114,766$152,900
Investment Income, Net of Losses$42,138$64,658$111,555
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$302$430$4,584
Revenue In-Kind$157,654$147,754$147,754
Other($17,531)$400($38,184)
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$382,867$333,042$338,452
Administration Expense$143,951$159,284$208,266
Fundraising Expense$18,114$54,392$44,074
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.760.910.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%61%57%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue29%33%28%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$2,261,843$2,384,444$2,457,933
Current Assets$1,369,617$509,168$517,220
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$6,668$973$25,903
Total Net Assets$2,255,175$2,383,471$2,432,030
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind Services $157,654Contributions, gifts, grants $166,649Contributions, gifts, grants $155,030
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountResearch Programs $112,715In-Kind Donations $147,754In-Kind Services $147,754
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $62,259Educational Programs $56,009Investment income $111,555
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities205.40523.3019.97
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
We work off a zero based budget.
Our annual audit typically takes place in June.  Audit results are shared at the September board meeting and our 990 is filed in November for the previous year. I have attached the IRS extension letter for 2015.
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
Phone 941 365-0367

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