Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc
3300 S Tamiami Trl Ste 3
Sarasota FL 34239
We are an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer
Board Chair Sarah Lodge
Board Chair Affiliation Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisor for RBC Wealth Management
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.
Former Names
Junior Welfare League of Sarasota
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1958
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Jan 2016
State Registration Yes May 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $136,012.00
Projected Expenses $135,041.00
Impact Statement
In the 2014-2015 Junior League year we had 450 women volunteers donate over 23,000 hours by partnering with 25 different organizations in the Sarasota Community to positively impact over 25,000 lives.  
   Always looking to better serve our community, we have spent the past two years establishing the JLS Menu for Nutrition Initiative.  The purpose is to provide awareness, education, leadership involvement, and direct service centered on improving nutrition in our community.  The JLS Menu for Nutrition initiative includes programs that are free and available to any group in the community. The Junior League of Sarasota made a financial commitment of $13,000 for the 2014-2015 League year to support this Initiative.  This includes Menu for Nutrition, the Kids in the Kitchen program and a Program Du’Jour with Dance – The Next Generation

Our vision: The Junior League of Sarasota, Inc. will be the leading force of training volunteers committed to improving the quality of life in Sarasota County.

The Junior League of Sarasota will:

  • Provide the best and most innovative leadership training for women in our community.

  • Make Sarasota County a healthier community through education and awareness

  • Continue our Menu for Nutrition Initiative, including our slow-cooker classes where we supply a slow cooker to all participants, as well as low-cost, but healthy ingredients and teach participants to prepare a meal.  This will promote healthy eating as well as family bonds while eating these meals.
Needs Statement
1) The Menu for Nutrition Initiative: Including such projects as our slow-cooker classes where we will provide slow-cookers and supplies to participants.  We will educate participants to meal-plan, and to prepare healthy meals on a budget. $13,525
2) We provide Done in a Day programs to various community groups throughout the year. A $1000 donation will fund one specific  Done in a Day project and help train our members as we partner with other  Sarasota Community Charities and non-profits. (4 projects x $1000 each =$4000)
3)  Attract more women who are interested in volunteering in their community and networking with other like-minded women to become members.  Training for each new-member class and budget for their new-member community project costs $2,400.
4) Develop a public service announcement explaining who we are as an organization and projects that have been accomplished in the community since 1957, such as Sarasota Day Nursery (now Children First), Teen Court, Historic Spanish Point, playground at Child Protection Center, PALS program, and the handicapped accessible playground at Twin Lakes Park.
5) Professional guidance to assess JLS financial planning. 
Background Statement
Since 1957, The Junior League of Sarasota has been a driving force behind many initiatives and projects that benefit our local community. Did you know that Children First, Historic Spanish Point, PALS Program, Teen Court and the playground at the Child Protection Center would not exist without our help? The Junior League's commitment to making a positive impact on the Sarasota community is evident by its many accomplishments through the work of its dedicated women volunteers. 
The Junior League is made up of women who reflect a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and professional pursuits. JLS provides a variety of training opportunities and helps members gain valuable skills in areas such as leadership, fundraising and project management, The organization encourages its members to take on new challenges and seek to fulfill their highest potential.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Tertiary Org Type Education
nutrition, hungry children, women volunteers, community improvement, project development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President


Dear Friends,

As I look at the Junior League of Sarasota, its members, and the projects we have accomplished, I am humbled to be part of this organization and thrilled to lead such a great group of women for the 2015-2016 year.  Each year we build a better organization and since 1976 the Junior League of Sarasota members have been making the Sarasota community a better place to live by promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  These ladies all BELIEVE they can make a difference and volunteer because they care! 
   At our Annual Dinner this year, I challenged our ladies to follow our local theme of the year and DREAM BIG, BELIEVE IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SARASOTA and STRIVE TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS.  With these things combined I have no doubt we will be successful and we will make a difference this year! 
   Each year we contribute thousands of volunteer hours to our community in order to create positive change.   Whether these ladies are fundraising, working on one of our many community projects, or working in a role that helps our Membership they are giving their time to build a better community!
   At the AJLI Annual conference this past spring we focused on the theme of the “Multiplier Effect.”  I wholeheartedly BELIEVE in this theme.  We are not just 1 person trying to make an impact but rather over 500 League members here in Sarasota, working to create a better community.  In addition to that, we are part of an organization that spans over 292 other leagues, in 4 countries and well over 150,000 women!  With that said, it takes the heart of each member to make a difference and for that we are grateful! 
   The past few years our league has focused on educating our community on Nutrition.  While our nutrition projects were good and important, we realized that hunger was the core issue.   Therefore, we are very excited to re-focus the initiative towards hunger this upcoming year.  Hunger in our community is a very real problem.  We BELIEVE that with the collaboration of our ladies and other local agencies, we WILL have a positive impact upon this issue in our community! 
   We are so excited to expand slow-cooker training throughout the community and empower local families to create meals with just a few ingredients.  One of last year’s guests made the tearful comment "I didn’t know what I was going to feed my family this week, but now I do." She was thankful for the training and the slow cooker she was able to take home. Another little boy remarked, "I haven't eaten a hot meal in the last month," but thanks to our Junior League of Sarasota, that little one's tummy went home full and warm. This is impactful and we are proud and excited to help many others in our community just like this. 
   We will certainly be continuing our other projects such as our Done in a Day and Kids in the Kitchen projects.  We encourage everyone in our community to attend one of our many fundraisers and support us so we can continue these great programs that help our community.  Without your support these amazing programs would not be doable! 
   Thank you for your support!  I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you all next year! 

 Yours Truly,

 Sarah B. Lodge

Junior League of Sarasota President 2015-2016.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
We do not have a CEO / Executive Director.

The Junior League of Sarasota is committed to building a healthier Sarasota, and a healthier Sarasota starts with good nutrition. The Junior League of Sarasota’s Menu for Nutrition initiative offers nutrition awareness to all ages through free education, community service and partnerships with local organizations. The MENU FOR NUTRITION includes: Appetizers including 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series, My Plate, and the celebration of National Nutrition Month in March. Entrees which include AJLI's Kids in the Kitchen program and our partnership program with Girls, Inc. Side Dishes which consist of Recipe Cards, Handouts and Snacks.

Budget $7,500
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success

§ Distribution of 500 copies of the Menu

§ Obtain 30 inquiries regarding the Menu from community agencies/members

§ Media recognition    

§ Completion of fifteen 10 Tips and/or MyPlate presentations throughout Sarasota County

§ Members will be more knowledgeable and comfortable with public speaking through having provided presentations

§ 75% of presentation evaluations show positive feedback

§ 75% of JLS members will be able to state 1 new nutrition fact or advise they are doing one healthier nutrition habit in their daily decisions


Provide 1,000 pieces of nutrition education information throughout Sarasota County

§ Provide 6 nutrition education presentations

§ Coordinate one Kids in the Kitchen event

§ Assist in coordination of at least one local farm field trip for active, hands-on learning

Build a Sustainable Garden which can provide usable items for the chef and the girls to utilize in their snacks and meals


Long Term Success The goal of the Junior League is over the next three years to educate not only our members as to the specific nutrition needs in our community but to develop and implement programs in partnership with existing organizations such as Girls Inc., Boys & Girls Club, and others.
Program Success Monitoring

This program is in it's first year of implementation. Thus far, we are on track to meet goals set forth in our action plan (measures listed above in short term outcomes section).

Program Success Examples
The community has responded favorably to our initiative by requesting presentations and free materials! On Wednesday, November 20 of teenagers at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club about adding more vegetables to their diet and drinking healthy beverages.
Junior League has also planted an edible garden with girls from Girls, Inc. and presented nutrition presentations to local Girl Scout Troops. 
Description Women joining the Junior League of Sarasota go through a training program and select their own project to benefit the community. They develop a project and then fund raise and donate their time to accomplish their goal. In 2013, this group partnered with Brides Against Breast Cancer. In the Spring of 2014, Junior League new members partnered with Easter Seals for a garden project.
Budget $1,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Gave homeless students money to cover their graduation fees and also enrich their high school experience by giving them access to clothing to attend prom.
Long Term Success Funded presentations to homeless students on how to effectively communicate and be positive achievers after graduation. 
Program Success Monitoring Receive follow up from program director at the YMCA of Sarasota on the number of students who utilized the services.
Program Success Examples 100 students were impacted by this program.
Description The purposes of the Done in a Day Community and Done in a Day Nutrition Committees are to plan and coordinate various projects that can be completed in one day, or an 8 hour time frame.
  • Ready, Set, Grow Family Fair (United Way) - provided 150 free helmets and a Kids In the Kitchen snack table.

  • The Early Center for Early Childhood in Venice - create a calming garden as a relaxing environment for children and adults.

  • Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County - create a playroom for children in their Sarasota facility.

  • The Sarasota Safe Children’s Coalition - this project will assist in painting, decorating and assisting with landscaping.

Budget $4,300
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success  The Done-in-a-Day (DIAD) program manages requests for volunteers to support the activities of non-profit organizations within the Sarasota community. DIAD volunteers are ideally suited to single day events or short-term projects involving our current community partners and other organizations that operate in the Sarasota community.
Long Term Success The Done-in-a-Day (DIAD) program focuses on single day events or short-term projects involving our current community partners and other organizations that operate in the Sarasota community. Although the targeted goals of this program are short-term, the program itself has served many non-profits in the community, allowing Junior League to reach many different organizations and their constituents.
Program Success Monitoring Project accomplishments of goals identified by the beneficiary organization, within the specified time-frame & budget.

We survey not only our volunteer members and to time spent and value of such but the return on our investment as well. All recipient agencies are surveyed and asked to fill out evaluations. We measure number of hours, impact, educational value to our members and project results and evaluate on a yearly basis.

Program Success Examples In spring 2013, JLS provided a two-day DIAD at the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council, which renovated the kitchen area and patio area into a 1950’s style kitchen. These areas will provide role play and sensory based activity areas which will allow the opportunity for dementia residents to feel safe, active and less anxious through familiar looking environments taken from an era that is the most remembered.
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 500
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

Currently collaborating with Girls, Inc. on Menu for Nutrition Initiative. Done in a Day project collaborations include: SPARCC, Cyesis, The Florida Center for Early Childhood, YMCA, Healthy Start Coalition, United Way Suncoast

External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Crime Coverage
Special Event Liability
Employment Practices Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization The Junior League of Sarasota's community focus for 2015-2016 is on nutrition for kids. Our members want to fight childhood obesity and hunger, and show kids how to make healthy eating choices for now and for life.
Board Chair
Board Chair Sarah Lodge
Company Affiliation Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisor for RBC Wealth Management
Board Term May 2015 to May 2016
Board Chair Email jlsarasotapresident@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Erin Christy community volunteer
Courtney Church community volunteer
Lea Graf community volunteer
Melissa Hembree community volunteer
Melissa Howard community volunteer
Andrea Hunt community volunteer
Natalie Lawry community volunteer
Sarah Lodgw Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisor for RBC Wealth Management
Amanda McCracken Community Volunteer
Britt Riner Liber Consulting
Cindy Rottkamp Banking
Debbie Shapiro community volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
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 0
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $136,012.00
Projected Expenses $135,041.00
Endowment Value $820,500.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902014
Form 990 2012-20132013
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
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$18,915$19,848$29,214
Investment Income, Net of Losses$15,074$25,119$20,238
Membership Dues$63,943$56,026$61,070
Special Events$34,068$47,348$23,485
Revenue In-Kind$2,520$26,920$79,400
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$75,633$70,656$98,197
Administration Expense$48,502$49,503$53,049
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$25,294$22,035$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.351.661.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%59%65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,060,329$966,506$853,384
Current Assets$141,698$155,006$700,769
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$21,189
Current Liabilities$80,319$97,881$103,340
Total Net Assets$980,010$868,625$728,855
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $63,943Membership Dues $56,026Membership dues $61,070
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $34,068Fundraising $47,348Federated Campaigns $39,933
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $18,915Federated Campaigns $32,752Contributions, gifts, grants $29,214
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.761.586.78
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%2%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the 990s or audits.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  The Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc
Address 3300 S Tamiami Trl Ste 3
Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone 941 953-5600