Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc
3300 S Tamiami Trl Ste 3
Sarasota FL 34239
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 Jessica Hays
Board Chair Company Affiliation Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
History and Background
Former Names
Junior Welfare League of Sarasota
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Supported Organization Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1958
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $140,871.00
Projected Expenses $140,871.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
JLS IRS Letter of Determination
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Permit? Yes Jan 2015
Registration Yes May 2017
In the 2012-13 fiscal year, Junior League year we had more than 476 women volunteers donate over 1,000 hours by partnering with 18 different organizations in the Sarasota Community to positively impact over 25,000 lives.

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

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.
1) Updated entry/security system at JLS headquarters to ensure safety and access to our volunteer members as they conduct their community service activities. (Approximate cost $2,000)
2) We provide Done in a Day programs to various community groups throughout the year. A $500 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.
3)  Attract more women who are interested in volunteering in their community and networking with other like-minded women to become members.
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. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director We do not have a CEO / Executive Director.
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

What an exciting time it is to be a member of the Junior League of Sarasota! At the annual dinner last May, I challenged our members to embrace this year's theme, "Aspire to Inspire." I am so inspired by the work that is being accomplished! All of our committees have been working hard to lay the ground work for another successful year of training, fundraising, and community impact. In June, our Board of Directors developed a new strategic plan that will guide our work in the coming years towards the vision of being the leading force of training for volunteers committed to improving the quality of life in Sarasota County. 

I am honored to serve as your President this year, as I find myself inspired by the women in this organization each and every day. We have an amazing Board of Directors, and our Chairs and Co-Chairs have embarked on this League season with great excitement about their projects. We welcome our largest new member class in several years, with more than 50 amazing and talented women who want to become a part of our organization. This year also marks a turning point as we hone our skills and learn more about our important role in making Sarasota a healthier community through our focus on nutrition. 

As we embark on our 57th year as an organization, we will continue to celebrate the legacy created by the amazing women who came before us. We will pour our time and energy into supporting each other and our goals as we serve together, and we will invest ourselves in making our community and our organization an amazing place for everyone who follows in our footsteps.

I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead such a dynamic group of women and I thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Junior League of Sarasota.

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

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.
How Program is Monitored

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).

Examples of Program Success
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 will be partnering with Easter Seals for a garden project.
Budget $0
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. 
How Program is Monitored Receive follow up from program director at the YMCA of Sarasota on the number of students who utilized the services.
Examples of Program Success 100 students were impacted by this program.

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.

  • Assist teenage parents with the supplies and wrapping of their holiday presents for their children through a program at Riverview High School. 

  • The Florida 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.

  • Joining Our Youth - organizing and providing supplies needed to create a better shopping experience for the foster youth.

  • SPARCC - providing healthy food baskets for women impacted by domestic violence.

Budget $2,500
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.
How Program is Monitored 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.

Examples of Program Success 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.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director All Volunteer
CEO Term Start 0
Email jlsarasota@verizon.net
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 500
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Management Reports to Board N/A
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement 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

Risk Management Provisions
Crime Coverage
Special Event Liability
Employment Practices Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Jessica Hays
Company Affiliation Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
Term May 2013 to May 2014
Email jhaysjls@sparcc.net
Board Members
Board Members
Cheryl Burstein Community Volunteer
Alicia Chalmers Patterson Foundation
Concetta Hollinger Sarasota Sheriff's Department
Daniela Kirvin Crown Castle
Amanda McCracken Community Volunteer
Silvanna Medina Sabadell - Private Banking
Barbara Nilsen Nilsen Interior Design
Elizabeth Reuth Neil Homes
Cindy Rottkamp Banking
Brigid Saah Tile Market Sarasota
Shane Smith lawyer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $140,871.00
Projected Expenses $140,871.00
Endowment Value $650,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Detailed 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
Government Contributions$0$0$3,500
Individual Contributions$19,848$29,214$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$25,119$20,238$12,343
Membership Dues$56,026$61,070$64,523
Special Events$47,348$23,485$41,934
Revenue In-Kind$26,920$79,400$19,350
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$70,656$98,197$82,887
Administration Expense$49,503$53,049$54,666
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$22,035$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.661.281.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%65%60%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$966,506$853,384$821,192
Current Assets$155,006$700,769$130,791
Long-Term Liabilities$0$21,189$21,392
Current Liabilities$97,881$103,340$92,097
Total Net Assets$868,625$728,855$707,703
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $56,026Membership dues $61,070Gain on sale of assets other than inventory $73,108
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $47,348Federated Campaigns $39,933Membership dues and assessments $64,523
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFederated Campaigns $32,752Contributions, gifts, grants $29,214Fundraising $41,934
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.586.781.42
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%2%3%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Financials Comments
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
Primary Phone 941 953-5600
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer
Board Chair Jessica Hays
Board Chair Company Affiliation Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
Year of Incorporation 1958
Former Names
Junior Welfare League of Sarasota

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