Just For Girls
1011 21ST St E
Bradenton FL 34208
Mission
Mission:
 
To provide the framework within which girls can aspire to more successful lifestyles, to seek a better education, to secure meaningful and financially-equitable employment, and to become responsible and caring members of our society.
 
Just for Girls provides the educational and emotional foundation to help girls achieve their full potential.

Our vision is to enable all girls to rise above their circumstances and become inspirational leaders in their community by helping girls grow up feeling safe, capable, and smart; with respect for themselves and others. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Becky Canesse
Board Chair Leah Stuart
Board Chair Company Affiliation Northern Trust Bank
History and Background
Organization DBA
DBA
Just for Girls
Manatee County Girls Club, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 1969
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,504,230.00
Projected Expenses $1,504,230.00
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2015
State Registration Yes Dec 2015
Statements
Impact

Three Building Blocks, One Mission

-- Before and After School: Girls stay safe and benefit from programs focused on academics, leadership skills, character development, and life skills.

-- Just for Girls Academy: Girls love coming to school at this innovative charter school; student achievement attained through program design, parental involvement, STEM focus with science, technology and math, SMART GIRLS Equine Experiential Learning, service learning, animal therapy, creative and fine arts, and the school environment.

-- Jane B. Pratt Middle School Alternative Education Program: Caring educators and gender-specific environment help middle-school girls struggling with emotional trauma, academic challenges, truancy, delinquency or violence to discover success and triumph over adversity.

 

Major Accomplishments 2013/2014
  • 75% of students below target level in reading or math were at or above target after the 1st quarter at Just for Girls Academy.
  • 79% of students at the Alternative School Just for Girls increased their FCAT scores; 90% improved their attendance.
  • 93% of girls in JFG after-school program improved their knowledge of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
  • JFG’s after school program received the top ranking by Children’s Services Advisory Board measuring need, methods, accountability, efficiency and stewardship.
  • Just for Girls was also recognized with 'Promising Programs and Strategies' by the US Department of Juvenile Justice and Prevention, 'Shining Stars: Prevention Programs That Work' by the US Department of Education's Drug-Free Schools Recognition Program, 'Top Ranked Agency Providing Child Care Services in Manatee County' by University of South Florida's Department of Education, 'Governor's Substance Abuse Best Practices Award' from the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, and named in the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 'Nonprofit of the Year' Awards, finishing top in our category of Youth and Children's Services.
  • We have also expanded collaborations with SMART GIRLS (Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Girls Inspiring Relationships, Leadership and Service) for improved emotional, leadership and character development, and HOPE Family Services to support children and families experiencing domestic abuse.

 

Goals 2014
  • Meet growing enrollment / facility / technology / transportation needs of Just for Girls and JFG Academy through Smart Growth Initiatives capital campaign.
  • Improve access for any student wanting to attend JFG with scholarships and enhanced transportation accommodations.
  • Improve community partnerships with small businesses and increase cooperative efforts with other community organizations and charities.
  • Diversified resource development including securing venture capital funding to launch Just for Girls product development initiative and building of the endowment.
Background
Spearheaded by educator Ida Stewart and community leader Sarah Tomberlin, the Manatee County Girls Club was created to provide local girls an educational program designed for their needs in an environment that fosters success. In December 1968, the Manatee County Girls Club, Inc. received its charter; it opened its doors in Bradenton on January 6, 1969.
 
The organization flourished, and with the assistance of community leader Sara Alice Harllee, opened a Palmetto center just two years later. In 1979, the Bradenton Kiwanis Club generously deeded land to Just for Girls on 59th Street, where the west Bradenton center stands today. In 1981, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation funded retiring the mortgage on that facility. A few years later, after a successful capital campaign led by Dan S. Blalock, Jr., both the east Bradenton and Palmetto centers relocated to brand-new facilities.
 
The name Just for Girls was adopted in 1992, and in 1993, the Just for Girls Alternative Education Program was established to serve the educational needs of middle school girls who have not been able to succeed in a traditional school setting. In 2009, this program was renamed the Jane B. Pratt Alternative School for Girls.
 
For over 40 years, Just for Girls has met and exceeded the highest standards for excellence in programming, stewardship and accountability. Currently serving over 600 girls ages 5 through 17 annually, Just for Girls provides comprehensive before school, after school, and summer services, a K-5th Grade Charter School, and the Jane B. Pratt Middle School Alternative Education Program. Providing hope for those in need, we are making a difference in this community – one girl at a time.
Needs

Just for Girls has identified immediate and planned needs over the next five years. This assessment addresses client needs, facilities, land, playgrounds, buses, technology, safety, sustainability and capacity building for self-sufficiency.

 
  1. Remedial education and tutoring after school and through the summer for students needing extra help at all 3 centers and both schools - $2500 per girl per year or $150,000
  2. Playground equipment and safe surfacing at the Palmetto Just for Girls Leadership and Learning Campus - $30,000. Playground restoration at Just for Girls Academy (East Bradenton Center) to provide safe surfacing and perform needed maintenance - $30,000
  3. Expand a& upgrade student transportation; add mini busses at 3 centers and 2 schools for $125,000; include 3 newer buses with wheelchair access for $225,000.
  4. JFG west Bradenton Leadership and Learning Center multi-purpose, durable and energy-efficient “green” facility that will be shared between the Just for Girls Before and After School Programs, Just for Girls Academy, the Y, and the Red Cross to serve as an operations center for first responders and a shelter for displaced families in the event of a natural disaster. Naming opportunities range from $5,000 for engraved bricks, $50,000 for a classroom, $250,000 for the multi-purpose room and shelter, to $1,000,000 for the building.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

we are continuously focused on meeting the needs of girls and providing program quality with increased staff training and careful hiring. With programming quality assured and funding secured, we will move forward on marketing plans for membership development. 

Our plans for the redevelopment of our West Bradenton Center have been approved with great enthusiasm by the City of Bradenton's Planning Commission, and Just for Girls was recognized as "one of the finest organizations we have dealt with." (Tim Polk, Director of Planning and Community Development) We are collaborating with the Red Cross to share our facility for use as an operations center for first responders and a post-disaster shelter for displaced families in the event of a natural disaster. 

 Community collaboration and sharing our facilities has helped provide unparalleled efficiency, and shared staff between our foundation, schools and centers keeps administrative expenses well below industry standards.
 
As you explore our profile, you will see the short-range (financial and human resource development), mid-range (Smart Growth Initiatives Capital Campaign, program, and membership development), and long-range (product development and charter school expansion to K-8) plans. Throughout, we will be working to grow our foundation, which has stretched itself to stabilize and continue our services through this economic downturn.
 
The financial, organizational and educational enhancements from these initiatives will impact our future and future generations of girls in a profound and powerful way. Working together, we will create a brighter future for girls! 
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I have been a supporter of Just for Girls for over 20 years. I first got involved because I saw the negative impact that poverty, lack of enriching experiences, and low academic expectations had on the potential for young women in our community. I believe that if we reach girls while they are young we can help them to develop intrinsic strengths and crucial skills that will significantly improve their chances to better their lives. Girls who are strong, confident, and emotionally intelligent are well-equipped for dealing with what life brings, be it success or challenges. Through learning the value of education, conflict-resolution and problem-solving skills, and understanding the impact of their choices, girls are better able to chart a career or a life plan.
This is my second time serving as president of Just for Girls. I find being involved on the board level to be very rewarding; I am always gratified to see the change that we affect on girls and to hear the success stories of girls who participate in our programs.  Although the opportunities for girls and women have expanded in the last several decades, stereotypes, social pressures, and media representations still have the power to impact girls’ imaginations of their value and their horizons. Just for Girls works every day to counter these forces and empower girls to become our community’s future leaders and policy makers.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
FL-Pinellas
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Programs
Description

Girls develop resiliency through physical safety, a structured environment, academic skill building, high quality homework help, engaging activities, conflict resolution skills, positive social experiences, and supportive relationships with adults. Elements of the program include:

--KidzLit, a research-based literacy program specifically designed for the afterschool environment.

--Enrichment activities such as creative and performing arts, health and fitness, life skills, games, and free play.

Protective factors are built through group settings that provide supportive relationships, opportunities to belong, and activities that promote skill building.

Positive social norms are built through rules, expectations, and experiences that promote decision making, problem solving, and peaceful conflict resolution.

Budget $756,135
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Females K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Outcome 1: 
Students will retain or improve attitudes and behavior leading to improved quality of life, health, and safety.
Indicator:
Intent to implement at least 3 behaviors relating to good habits, better nutrition, hygiene, fitness, and others.
Outcome 2
Students will retain or improve knowledge that supports academic achievement and healthy adolescent development
Indicator:
Demonstrate understanding of decision making, teamwork, respect, and responsibility
Long Term Success
The ultimate goal of this program is to build the protective factors and reduce the risk factors that are critical in helping local at-risk girls make better life choices vital to their individual successes, their future families, employers, and their community as a whole. We intend for our members to become successful adults. We want them to pursue a college education and have a career, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty within our community.
 
Working hand in hand with these girls and their families – most who are of the working poor – Just for Girls is making a positive impact on this community now and through future generations as our members grow to become agents of change.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Just for Girls conducts pre and post testing twice a year for each of its programs.
  • Parent surveys are given at the end of each school year to determine our clients' opinion of our program's overall success.
  • Tutoring surveys are given to students to determine their satisfaction with progress achieved.
Examples of Program Success
Goal: Learning to make healthy and positive decisions
Measure: "I can name 4 things on food packages that provide info on healthy eating"
Clients: Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Positive response Pre-test: 43% Post test: 74%
31% increase in knowledge
 
Goal: To treat others with respect and to make positive contributions to a team
Measure: Students demonstrated teamwork, respect, and responsibility
Clients: Kindergarten - Sixth Grade
96% achieved this goal
Description

Excerpt from a client’s letter: “When I first started at JFG Alternative Middle School, I had so much anger I didn’t care about anything or anyone. I began with a low D, but now I am an A/B student. I learned I had courage, and the ability to change my ways.”

The Girls Alternative Program for Success (GAPS) serves high-risk, middle-school-aged girls who are referred to Just for Girls after struggling in a traditional school – often being truant, delinquent, hostile or even violent to their peers and teachers. An unacceptable number of girls come to us expressing suicidal thoughts; some have attempted suicide. The GAPS program helps girls turn F’s into A’s and overcome life circumstances and challenges that no child should ever have to face. The continuation of this program saves lives.

Last year:

79% - Students who increased their FCAT score

71% - Students who increased their grade point average

90% - Students who improved their attendance

Excerpted from a father’s letter, shared with permission:

“My daughter had quite a rocky start at Just for Girls. Her knowledge levels were well below the grade level she was in and her attitude toward school, authority, and learning was deplorable. But in the last two years, her attitude has gone from deplorable to quite delightful, and her thirst for learning has increased one hundred fold. I attribute all of this to the teachers and staff at Just for Girls. Their hearts of compassion, encouragement, and patience have put my daughter on a path that she would never have been able to achieve without Just for Girls. They awakened her curiosity and opened her mind to a whole new world. Now she can see the potential and vitality in herself. I am so proud of her academic achievement in the last two years and owe it all to the teachers and staff at Just for Girls.”

Budget $475,090
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Females Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Outcome 1
Girls who regularly attend the Girls Alternative Program for Success (GAPS) will increase skills, attitudes, behavior, and knowledge and gain awareness of healthy life choices with emphasis on pregnancy prevention.
 
Indicator:
Students will demonstrate improved attitudes, behavior, and skills, and knowledge of the real-life hardships and consequences of teen pregnancy and the developmental skill needed to make healthier life choices as measured by student pre and post-tests and tracked by staff observation.
 
Outcome 2:
Girls do not become pregnant while in the GAPS program or in the year that they transition to a traditional high school.
 
Indicator:
Girls are not pregnant as determined by staff report, school counselors’ reports, self reporting
Long Term Success

The ultimate goal of the Girls Alternative for Success is that girls do not choose to become pregnant while they are still adolescents, and that they are empowered to understand choices and consequences; that there are rewards in life worth working for; and that restraint and responsibility are positive values that reap their own rewards.

Program Success Monitored By
  • Gaps conducts pre and post testing on all programs
  • Baby Think it Over has pre and post surveys as well as electronic monitoring
  • Progress is charted through use of daily agendas and behavior reports, copies of which go home to parents every day.
Examples of Program Success

95% - Students who increased their FCAT score

72% - Students who increased their grade point average

83% - Students who improved their attendance
 

Excerpted from a father’s letter, with permission:

My daughter had quite a rocky start at Just for Girls. Her knowledge levels were well below the grade level she was in and her attitude towards school, authority, and learning was deplorable. But in the last two years, her attitude has gone from deplorable to quite delightful, and her thirst for learning has increased one hundred fold. I attribute all of this to the teachers and staff at Just for Girls. Their hearts of compassion, encouragement, and patience have put my daughter on a path that she would never have been able to achieve without Just for Girls. They awakened her curiosity and opened her mind to a whole new world. Now she can see the potential and vitality in herself. I am so proud of her academic achievement in the last two years and owe it all to the teachers and staff at the Just for Girls.
Description

Girls love coming to school and are learning how to achieve at the highest levels.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Girls excel in an all-girls classroom where they are inspired to achieve at the highest level.
  • Character development and leadership development build emotional intelligence, empathy, courage and confidence.
  • Service-learning opportunities strengthen girls’ ties to their peers, families and the community.
  • Animal therapy helps girls recover from trauma, build empathy, and develop a culture of caring.

It is the goal of Just for Girls Academy to promote the health of the whole child, with structures, curriculum, and instruction that help each girl grow academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and ethically. By fostering a wide range of skills and character traits, Just for Girls Academy’s over-arching goal is to prepare its students for the future by outfitting them with tools such as thinking skills, social competencies, coping skills, problem solving skills, and positive character traits. Intermediate goals include the successful development of intellectual skills such as self-regulation, pro-social skills such as mutual responsibility, trust, and empathy, and the development of strong ties to family, school, and community.

Budget $1,066,663
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Females Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
  1. At least 70% of the Just for Girls Academy’s student body will advance at least 1.1 grade level each year.
  2. There will be an annual increase in the percentage of students at Just for Girls Academy scoring at Level 3 or higher on the FCAT 2.0.
  3. Underperformers whose baseline test is at or below grade level in reading will achieve more than one grade level improvement during that year of education in the JFG Academy.
Long Term Success It is the goal of Just for Girls Academy to promote the health of the whole child, with structures,curriculum, and instruction that help each girl grow academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and ethically. By fostering a wide range of skills and characteristics, Just for Girls Academy’s overarching goal is to prepare its students for the future by outfitting them with tools such as thinking skills, social competencies, coping skills, problem solving skills, and positive character traits. Intermediate goals include the successful development of intellectual skills such as self-regulation, pro-social skills such as mutual responsibility, trust, and empathy, and the development of strong ties to family, school, and community.
Program Success Monitored By
Success is measured objectively by recognized measurement tools aligned with state and national standards of achievement. These include FAIR and STAR monitoring tools and Florida's FCAT test.
Examples of Program Success

We are already seeing short term success with 75% of students who were below target in Reading or Math (or both) are at or above target level after just one quarter at Just for Girls Academy.

Description

Resiliency, Education, And Prevention (REAP)

Age-appropriate alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention education where girls learn to recognize substance abuse and its harmful effects, and develop character, decision-making skills, and healthy life choices.

Abuse Prevention

Children who live with the fear and burden of domestic violence receive counseling services through collaboration with HOPE Family Services. Teens and Tweens also participate in a Dating Violence Prevention Program where they learn to recognize warning signs of dating violence and develop skills to protect themselves.

Budget $69,552
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Females K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

Outcome 1:

80% of students participating in Just for Girls’ Resiliency Education and Prevention Program will demonstrate increased or improved knowledge on the prevention of drug, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use including the harmful short and long-term effects and the consequences of substance use.

Indicator

Students participating in this class will retain or improve their prevention-based knowledge in topics relating to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco over the school year as measured by pre and post testing. 

Outcome 2:

80% of the students participating in Just for Girls’ Resiliency Education and Prevention Program will increase or maintain skills, knowledge, attitudes, or behavior regarding decision making skills, controlling impulses, positive peer norms, and a healthy self-concept - all critical to the prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use as measured by student pre and post-tests and/or surveys.

Indicator

Students participating in this program will retain or improve positive attitudes and behaviors as demonstrated by intent to control impulses and use decision making skills, and measured by self-reporting on pre and post tests.

Long Term Success

Through Resiliency, Education, and Prevention (REAP), girls will strengthen positive values and learn social competencies, coping skills, and the importance of sound decision making; they will practice resistance skills; and they will develop a positive identity so that they have a sense of purpose and worth. Prepared with these internal assets and the external assets of support, boundaries, and constructive use of time, girls will gain the knowledge and capability to achieve their full potential. They will make better life choices vital to their individual successes.

Program Success Monitored By
  • Just for Girls conducts pre and post testing twice a year for each of its programs.
  • Parent surveys are given at the end of each school year to determine our clients' opinion of our program's overall success.
Examples of Program Success
Goal: Maintain or increase prevention based knowledge
Measure: "Cigarettes, snuff, and chewing tobacco are all harmful to someone's health"
Clients: Third Grade
Positive response Pre-test: 74% Post test: 93%
19% increase in knowledge
 
Goal: Students will retain or improve attitudes and behaviors conducive to resisting peer pressure to use alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs
Measure: "Skills I learned at Just for Girls will help me resist peer pressure to use alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs"
Clients: Fourth grade and older
Positive response Pre-test: 73% Post test: 88%
15% increase in knowledge
Comments
Program Comments by Organization

We achieved many program goals this year that we set at the organizational level.

 

  • We sought training from the Early Learning Coalition on after-school standards and the environmental rating scale in order to improve quality and standards of care in all of our centers.
  • We started safety-related renovations and improvements to our playgrounds.
  • We laid the groundwork with extensive outreach to upgrade our transportation services.

 

We took opportunities to set ourselves and our mission apart.

 

  • We targeted program improvement and clearer marketing of the benefits of our all-girl mission.  
  • Alternative school press coverage and extensive coverage on our annual meeting and SGI campaign, along with the charter school press this year positioned us with greater visibility and clearer distinction from other co-ed recreational programs.

 

We also worked on beneficial collaborations with other agencies.

 

  • We secured commitments from Manatee Glens for drug prevention
  • 13th Avenue for transportation sharing 
  • SMART for equine assisted learning in the charter school
  • ELC for staff development and program improvement. 
  • We continue to cultivate a long-term relationship with the church which utilizes our east center and sponsors the Unity in the Community event there helping thousands of underprivileged children and families with school readiness and wellness services. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Becky Canesse
CEO Term Start Nov 1987
Email bcanesse@myjfg.org
Experience

Becky Canesse has been the Executive Director of the Manatee County Girls Club, Inc., now known as Just for Girls, since 1987. In her 27 years of directing youth programs, she has received numerous national, regional and local awards and has been a speaker and trainer for national conferences on prevention and human services. Her leadership in community service has included serving as Chairman of the United Way Agency Council, President of the Manatee Community Council for Children, and Founding Chairman of the Mayor’s Drug Free Communities Committee.

QUALIFICATIONS: Twenty-seven years comprehensive involvement in all phases of organizational development and community partnerships with a proven record of ethical stewardship and principle-centered leadership, with extensive experience in business development, writing and administering grants, coordinating programs and services, analyzing budgets and program effectiveness, strategic planning, public speaking, innovative collaboration, human resources, personnel administration, leadership and training.

As Chief Executive Officer Ms. Canesse oversees three Leadership and Learning Centers and two schools as well as the administrative offices, coordinates and monitors educational and developmental programs for approximately 600 children and their families, develops and manages annual budgets of $2.3million combined, and provides proper stewardship of assets exceeding $4million.  

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Tampa Bay Business Journal's Nonprofit of the Year Award for Youth and Children's Services
  • U. S. Department of Education’sShining Stars: Prevention Programs That Work
  • U. S. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’sPromising Programs and Strategies
  • Governor’s Best Practices Award, Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Top-ranked agency providing child care services in Manatee County - University of South Florida Department of Education
  • Held leadership role in establishing local children’s services referendum and drug free communities partnership

      

Staff
Full Time Staff 14
Part Time Staff 22
Volunteers 63
Contractors 1
Staff Retention Rate % 85
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 10
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Cynthia Handrick CPAFinance Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Just for Girls collaborates with many organizations to provide services, volunteers, and educational opportunities in support of its  programs. These include: 
AAUW (provides lending library, reading tutors, and mentors) 
Junior Achievement (provides curriculum and training)
Experience Works
Retired Senior Volunteer Program 
Manatee Health Department
Children’s Community Action Treatment Team
Safe Children Coalition
Manatee Glens
Manatee Glens Rape Crisis
Family Resource Center Runaway Shelter
Palmetto Art Center (art enrichment activities)
Manatee Sail and Power Squadron (fishing trips for Alternative School girls)
M & I Bank (work and service opportunities)
Family Resources Counseling Center
University Park Women's Club (volunteer and enrichment)
Family Partnership Center
HOPE Family Services
SMART GIRLS (Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy)
13th Avenue Dream Center (Transportation)
Manatee Players and The Sarasota Ballet (fine arts and cultural enrichment) 
 
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Promising Programs and StrategiesUS Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention
Shining Stars: Prevention Programs that WorkUS Department of Education Drug Free Schools Recognition Program
Top-Ranked Agency Providing Child Care Services in Manatee CountyUniversity of South Florida, Department of Education1999
Governor's Substance Abuse Best Practices AwardFlorida Dept of Children and Families and the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association2001
Nonprofit of the Year - Youth and Children's ServicesTampa Bay Business Journal2014
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Dishonesty
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Comments
Leadership Comments by Organization

The staff of Just for Girls has been identified by evaluations and strategic planners as one of its greatest strengths. We have developed and implemented pay equity initiatives to retain quality staff and compensate our professionals consistent within the industry average as reported by the Non-Profit Resource Center.

 As CEO, I am responsible to the Just for Girls Board of Directors to implement its policies and oversee the agency finances, human resources, and operations of the organization. I also hire and supervise a great team of program directors, principals, teachers, support staff and the finance, development and administrative staff.

I am an advocate of Daniel Pink’s, /Drive - The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us', which uses 50 years of behavior science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation. Pink shows that carrot and stick motivators have been oversold and that high performance depends much more on the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things and to do better by ourselves and the world. The philosophy of Drive is taken into consideration as Just for Girls employees take part in establishing goals and objectives for their personal and professional growth, and help chart the course for the classes, programs, school and students, staff and organization. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Leah Stuart
Company Affiliation Northern Trust Bank
Board Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Email lstuart@myjfg.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Becky Canesse CEO, Just for Girls
Dr. Barbara Chadsey Retired
Maureen Chiofalo Peebles & Moriarty, P.A., Attorney
Nanette Dizney Retired Educator
Johanna Eccles Health & Wellness Coach
Sandra Holley Retired Educator
Cherri Kessler M&I Bank, Vice President
Donna Landolfi Shear Color Salon
Col Kathleen D. Lesjak USAF, Retired
Stefanie Overturf Overturf's Cleaning
Patricia Petruff Dye, Deitrich, Petruff & St. Paul, PL; Attorney
Leah Stuart Northern Trust Bank
Debbie Vogler Michael Saunders & Company
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 6
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Finance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Nominating
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

During a previous organizational assessment, a self-evaluation conducted by the Board of Directors identified Board Development as an opportunity. Just for Girls addressed this with Government in the Sunshine training, nonprofit organization board training, parliamentary procedures and Robert's Rules of Order training and engaging ongoing consultative support and board meeting participation by registered parliamentarian Shirley Brodbeck of the Bradenton Unit of Parliamentarians. Board members also attend various working lunches provided by AFP and other local partners. The nominating committee uses community networking sources including the Leadership Manatee membership directory, Chamber directory, and JFG board alumbi to keep its board diverse and representative of the community. After new board members are elected by the Board of Directors, orientation is conducted by the nominating committee and the CEO.

Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $1,504,230.00
Projected Expenses $1,504,230.00
Endowment Value $87,280.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Form 990s
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
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$875,713$946,174$1,059,160
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$875,713$946,174$1,059,160
Individual Contributions$445,021$954,742$224,791
$0$0$0
$144,426$142,294$111,762
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,297$2,489$2,963
Membership Dues$5,420$11,405$6,185
Special Events$15,260$24,870$23,213
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,288,041$1,307,799$1,271,342
Administration Expense$98,790$103,737$163,857
Fundraising Expense$45,459$42,341$104,329
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.430.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%90%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%2%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$4,151,609$4,262,476$3,513,395
Current Assets$484,887$740,828$297,491
Long-Term Liabilities$10,711$129,989$116,989
Current Liabilities$404,506$514,376$422,164
Total Net Assets$3,736,392$3,618,111$2,974,242
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $87,713Contributions, gifts, grants $954,742Government grants $1,059,160
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $445,021Government Grants - Unspecified $946,174Contributions, gifts, grants $224,791
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $15,260Daily Program Fees $88,877Daily Program Fees $83,474
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.201.440.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%3%3%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Strengthen existing buildings to ensure a longer lifespan and safety; increase transportation services to reach more students and replace aging vehicles; enhance technology at each of the three computer learning centers; land purchase, new hardened, energy efficient, multi purpose educational center and shelter; playgrounds; Endowment for growth of foundation to sustain programs in perpetuity.
Goal $7,000,000.00
Dates Jan 2003 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 2852896 as of Feb 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Every organization faces challenges and the nature of the challenges change as the company matures. Just for Girls has always had passionate supporters and many of its major donors are still those related to some of our founders. We get regular funding from Manatee County, the United Way, and some foundations. We write strong grants and compete for state and federal dollars. But the last few years of funding cuts has accentuated something we already knew: relying on a limited pool of revenue sources is a challenge to our development. Just for Girls has been working tirelessly to diversify its funding sources.

•               We have expanded our efforts with our foundation and produced a new foundation planned giving brochure.  

•               In the last year we have secured commitments from Acosta and lawyer William Weller to help build our product development initiative. We secured the domain name, and are working with trademark and patent attorney Wyatt Pratt to secure the licensing to further move this initiative forward to launch in the next 12-24 months.

•               The Giving Partner and Gulf Coast Gives are initiatives we were privileged to be invited to join and which are taking our resource development to another level. They are putting us in touch with new donors and giving us exposure to a wider community.

•               The Board of Directors added an extra fundraising event in 2011, the Gospel Extravaganza, which is especially a friendraising event that will help in our outreach to the church community.  These events will be hosted by various churches and church choirs throughout the upcoming year.

 

Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as listed on Form 990s. Total revenue on audit for 2010 is $1,429,160 and for 2009 is $1,548,900.  The in-kind contribution revenue includes non-cash contributions and donated services and use of facilities as reported on the IRS Form 990.  Donated services and facilities are not included in total revenue on the IRS Form 990.
 
Nonprofit Just For Girls
Address 1011 21ST St E
Bradenton, FL 34208
Primary Phone 941 747-5757
CEO/Executive Director Becky Canesse
Board Chair Leah Stuart
Board Chair Company Affiliation Northern Trust Bank
Year of Incorporation 1969

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