Habitat For Humanity Sarasota Inc
1757 N East Ave
Sarasota FL 34234
To partner with God and community to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families. 
CEO/Executive Director Renee Snyder
Board Chair John Peshkin
Board Chair Affiliation Vanguard Land, LLC
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1985
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
501c3 IRS LetterView
Impact Statement


  • The impact Habitat for Humanity Sarasota (HFHS) makes on the community and the families we serve is profound. Our mission of providing affordable housing is also an economic engine for our community. HFHS homeowners pay property tax and homeowners insurance. We support the local economy by purchasing supplies here in our community. We provide approximately 20 jobs in our ReStore. We participate in job training through the AARP placement programs. Through donations to our ReStores, we are able to sell gently used household items to fuel our mission and keep thousands of pounds of unwanted material out of landfills.
  • In FY2018 HFHS will provide 14 homes to qualified families.
  • HFHS provide the necessary education, guidance and support required to ensure our homeowners' success and have the life skills necessary to build a brighter financial future.
  • We honor our donor commitment that 100% of all donated funds will go to providing a home for a working family, unless specified by the donor.


Needs Statement
1. Matching funds for the acquisition and development of 41 affordable homes in Hammock Place. HFHS has a $3,000,000 commitment and seeks matching funds of $3,000,000 to complete the Hammock Place Development by June 2020.
2. Tools: As we grow, the demand for tools increases. Help us purchase new tools to keep our volunteers safe and meet the demand. Examples of tools we can use are: saw blades ($25); cordless circular saw ($200); cordless finish nailer ($400); portable table saw ($600); rebar cutter ($1,500); generator ($2,500). As well as ladders, saw horses, hammers, shovels, paint brushes/rollers, sledge hammers, etc.
3. Land: In order to fulfill our mission to provide safe affordable housing, we are continuously in need of donated land. We are also in need of existing homes in a condition that we can rehabilitate. Another way to help is through funding the purchase of land, the average cost per building lot in our area is $45,000.
Background Statement


The mission of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc. (HFHS) is to partner with God and community to provide decent affordable housing for people in need so they can build better lives for their families.

The agency incorporates the following principles to ensure successful homeownership: a) household income measures 30%-80% of the area median to qualify for our homeownership program; b) demonstrate the need for improved and affordable housing; c) be willing to partner with Habitat for a minimum of 300 sweat equity hours; and d) able to pay a 30-year, interest-free mortgage. Qualified applicants are also required to participate in a series of homebuyer classes and provide a down payment of $1,650 prior to closing on their home. A typical Habitat homeowner completes this process within one year.

HFHS has provided safe, affordable homes to working families since 1985. The affiliate has a dedicated, volunteer workforce that provides about 2,500 hours on each new build site. The organization builds new homes (and renovates purchased properties) with an emphasis on energy efficient features using building materials and techniques for sustainability, culminating in lower monthly expenses for homeowners. Beginning in 2016, all new construction is Certified Florida Green by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

Because of our proven model, this affiliate services more than 165 Habitat mortgages, and regularly provides counseling to ensure homeowners stay current on their mortgage payments.

Between FY2017 and FY2020, HFHS will expand its services to directly assist 66 families locally to improve their housing situation. HFHS will develop services, financing, policies and procedures to prepare for increased build schedules and to serve more families. HFHS will also mobilize volunteers and serve as a leading voice in affordable housing.

Our ReStore operation is consistently ranked in the Top 5 in state of Florida. The ReStore sells donated furniture and home improvement materials to support our mission. Our ReStore locations produce enough revenue to cover all the agency’s G&A. Therefore, approximately four years ago, our board of directors incorporated a policy to restrict 100% of all monetary gifts from donors to be allocated to our building fund, unless specified by the donor.


Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Our affiliate boundary service area begins at the Manatee/Sarasota county line (University Parkway) south to Highway 681, often referred to north Sarasota County.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

I continue to be proud of my association with Habitat Sarasota and the goals we have accomplished. This year we will provide 11 homes for working families in Sarasota. One of my greatest concerns is the rising cost of land and building materials during this construction boom – again – and how it impacts our mission.


Partner families are hard working and contribute at minimum 300 sweat equity hours alongside our volunteers. They are truly vested in their home. Habitat Sarasota continues to provide an ongoing system of support, which enables homeowners to reach out for advice or assistance when necessary. We make a conscious decision to collect mortgage payments directly from our homeowners; through this system we can closely monitor their financial trends and not allow them to slip through the cracks into default.


Habitat Sarasota constantly monitors housing trends and seeks partnerships to keep costs down, while still providing eco-friendly, affordable and sustainable homes. From energy efficient air conditioners and hot water heaters to high impact hurricane windows, we see long-term benefit in these building investments. Our rehabilitated homes have seen an upwards of 50 percent reduction on utility bills, thanks to our use of high efficiency lighting and appliances, along with Florida-friendly landscaping.


The same is true for our ReStore business model; we are the ultimate recycling program. We clean, we recycle and re-sell donated goods. Proceeds are then recycled to provide more Habitat homes. It's a great situation.


I have the honor and privilege to learn from the work and be involved in the work of amazingly talented, smart, dedicated caring and diverse individuals that make up our organization. I have the pleasure of working with a dedicated and passionate board who are committed to our mission and who provide the necessary guidance and direction to make this organization a success. Our Habitat staff are “top notch” dedicated and adaptable. It’s clear we work for the same cause, the same goals and together, we look to celebrate the next homeowner dedication. 

I am a part of something bigger than me and I thank the community, our terrific volunteers and our staff for making Habitat Sarasota a vital part of the community.

Description Habitat Sarasota provides affordable homes with energy efficient features to maximize affordability with emphasis on building techniques and materials for suitability. We build new homes as well as purchase existing homes for rehabilitation. Local low-income working families whose income level is between 30% - 70% of the average median income may qualify for our program. Applicants must demonstrate the need for improved and affordable housing, be willing to partner with Habitat for a minimum of 300 sweat equity hours and be able to pay a 30 year interest-free mortgage. Applicants that qualify must participate in the required financial education classes and provide a minimum of $1,650 as a down payment. It typically takes a partner family one year to complete the steps to home ownership.
Budget $531,174
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Economic Level Families At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success Individuals who qualify for the Sarasota Habitat Homeowner Program attend classes to learn budgeting and homeowner skills that will be useful throughout their lives.  They also are required to complete sweat equity hours helping construct their own homes, other homes or by utilizing skills handling other responsibilities at Habitat, resulting in a true feeling of achievement.
Long Term Success

Our program is a "hand-up" and not a "hand-out" program designed for successful home ownership.  In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowner partner families (before becoming a home owner) invest hundreds of hours of their own labor "sweat equity" building their Habitat home and the homes of others. Habitat Sarasota currently services more than 165 mortgages which also contributes to the success of our program by building long lasting relationships until their mortgage is paid in full.

Program Success Monitoring The success of Habitat Sarasota's homeowner program is monitored through the ability of our family partners to maintain their homes, remain current in their mortgage payments, and  improve their over-all financial future.
Program Success Examples
There are many ways in which to pay for a house – for example, one can take on a mortgage, or pay cash for a dwelling. But how about asking the entire world for funds to construct a house? It seems complicated, right?

Maybe... maybe not and essentially that is what Habitat for Humanity Sarasota did in the Spring of 2013 during the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s 36-Hour Giving Challenge. The fundraising adventure – conducted online – raised enough dollars to build a house.

More than 50 donors gave to this day-and-a-half effort. Habitat Sarasota donors from Minnesota to Florida gave in ranges from $25 to $14,000 and at the conclusion, an anonymous donor matched all of Habitat’s gifts equaling $50,000 to reach the total of $100,000 – enough to build a house for a working family in Sarasota.

Construction is now complete on the three bedroom, two bath home on a lot which was donated through a special partnership program. “None of this would have been possible were it not for the Giving Partner Challenge and our local foundations,” said Ms. Snyder. “A great deal of gratitude has to be extended to the Community Foundation of Sarasota, along with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The Patterson Foundation and The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.  The excitement of the 36 hour challenge spurred our supporters to new heights.”

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota partners with organizations such as Our Mother's House, Sarasota Housing Authority and the Salvation Army FAITH program to provide affordable housing in our 12 unit apartment complex. This program turns almost homeless families into successful ownership of a safe and affordable home.
Budget $10,000
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Females Males
Short Term Success
We currently have two families living in the apartments that have completed our program and are ready to move in to their new home when construction is complete in May and June 2015.
Long Term Success
Through our transitional housing program we offer hope to families that are one crisis away from being homeless.
Program Success Monitoring
Successful completion of home repairs.
Program Success Examples

Soon-to-be Habitat Sarasota homeowner Ms. Hunter has something in common with the main character of a well-loved children’s book, The Little Engine That Could. The reason? Because when it came to being a homeowner, Ms. Hunter like the train going up that steep hill, thought she would accomplish her goal of homeownership. And in a few weeks she will!

Ms. Hunter, who has a seven-year-old daughter, would be the first to tell you that things haven’t always been easy for her. She went through some rough times and found herself in the Salvation Army’s FAITH program, where she and her daughter were given a chance to start over.

“What do I need to get approved?” was the first question that popped in her mind, she remembers. Ms Hunter, a resilient and determined mother, and a dedicated employee at University Park Country Club will reach her ultimate goal of closing on her new Habitat home in May 2015, then it’s move in time!

It’s the backyard she is looking forward to the most, with a place – finally – for her daughter to play and be able to ride her bike in her new, safe neighborhood!

Description Pathways to Homeownership is an extensive series of workshops for prospective homeowners that focuses on preparation for owning a home. Habitat potential homeowners are low-income families and the knowledge gained through Pathways helps ensure successful purchase of a home, and, perhaps more importantly, to keep the home once bought. Such homeownership provides stability to families, including the children of Habitat's families. Numerous studies show that children who reside in an owned home do better in school and have a more stable life, thus allowing them the keys to a productive future.
Budget $16,000
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults
Short Term Success    
Long Term Success Participants will learn the skills to successful long-term homeownership.
Program Success Monitoring Sign in sheets quantify attendees; program progress leads to full acceptance into Habitat program with overall goal of home ownership.
Program Success Examples Annually, a minimum of ten heads of households who attend the workshops become Habitat homeowners.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Renee Snyder
CEO Term Start Mar 2010
CEO/Executive Director Email rsnyder@habitatsrq.org

Since March 2010 Renee has led the organization’s affordable housing and ReStore operations. Under her leadership the organization is able to restrict 100% of every dollar gifted by a donor to the Habitat Sarasota restricted building fund unless otherwise directed by the donor.


ReStore operations elevated to one of the top 10 recognized ReStore operations in the nation, since 2010. The ReStore provides the affiliate much needed revenue to sustain our operations financially. Overall gross sales have doubled since June 30, 2010. Under her leadership the ReStore gross sales increased 43% from June 30, 2011 – June 30, 2014.


Renee has developed a quality experience leadership team with emphasis on staff retention and a quality workplace environment. Overall staff retention rate has increased to 2.9 years for administrative staff and 1.8 years for ReStore retail staff.


Other organizational accomplishments include debt reduction, increasing our efficiency of staff capacity, and increased safety awareness.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Jim Keperling Director of Finance
Rhonda Leiberick Program Director
Ben Weger Homeowner Services Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 11
Part Time Staff 18
Staff Retention Rate % 85.7
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 817
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Stabil Concrete Pavers LLC (ReStore partner, board member support, committee members, volunteers); Realtor Association of Sarasota-Manatee (members provide resources); Wells Fargo (volunteers and funding); Publix Super Markets Charities (volunteers and funding); Voigt Construction (building blitz partner); Church of the Palms; Salvation Army (homowner resource, homeless prevention partner); AARP Foundation (workforce placement & training program for our ReStore); and many other civic, faith-based and community groups.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Aurora AwardHome Builders Association2008
Aurora AwardHome Builders Association2009
Suncoast Workforce Community Partner AwardSuncoast Workforce2011
Top rated list of non-profitsGreat Non-Profits2011
Salute to BusinessGreater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2014
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 Liability
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 4
Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair John Peshkin
Company Affiliation Vanguard Land, LLC
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email jpeshkin@vanguardland.com
Board Members
Board Members
Michael Bruno Director
Michelle Crabtree Michael Saunders & Company
Bonnie Dezii Director
Sherry Edwards CEO The Edwards Law Firm
Mary Ann Gates Retired Execute Assistant
Jeffrey Grebe Williams, Parker Harrison Dietz and Getzen
Lynn Kisser Director
David Langhout Kolter Land Partners LLC
Alan Maio County Commissioner District 4
Carolyn Mason Director
Frank Minore Retired Government Accountablity Office
John Peshkin Principal, Vanguard Land, LLC
Renee Snyder Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc
Stephen Sutter Sutter Roofing Company
Carl Watkins Director
Brian Watson Real Estate Team of West Florida LLC
Stephen Wilbur Stirling & Wilbur Engineering Group
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 10
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $8,627,620.00
Projected Expenses $7,439,310.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Raising funds for the acquisition and development of 41 affordable homes in Hammock Place. HFHS has a $3,000,000 commitment and seeks matching funds of $3,000,000 to complete the Hammock Place Development by June 2020.
Campaign Goal $7,000,000.00
Campaign Dates Sept 2017 to June 2020
Amount Raised To Date 1000000 as of June 2017
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$923,324$986,257$524,377
Investment Income, Net of Losses$14,714$14,449$15,851
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$100,628$90,443$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$583$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,600,291$2,857,439$2,496,254
Administration Expense$283,450$328,447$321,833
Fundraising Expense$300,173$310,614$247,311
Payments to Affiliates$21,000$14,000$7,000
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.151.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%82%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue29%29%47%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,713,052$6,707,486$6,189,021
Current Assets$6,138,265$4,706,436$5,623,951
Long-Term Liabilities$1,029,445$2,793,231$2,593,433
Current Liabilities$1,680,481$245,998$387,284
Total Net Assets$4,003,126$3,668,257$3,208,304
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountReStore $2,019,237ReStore - net $2,023,538ReStore - Net $2,226,503
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $923,325Contributions, gifts, grants $986,257Contributions, gifts, grants $524,377
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHome Sales - Rehabilitated $674,000Home Sales - New $590,000Home Sales - Rehabilitated $355,000
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.6519.1314.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets15%42%42%
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 990s and audits are reconciled.
Nonprofit Habitat For Humanity Sarasota Inc
Address 1757 N East Ave
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone 941 365-0700