Anna Maria Island Community Center Inc dba The Center of Anna Maria Island
407 Magnolia Avenue
Anna Maria FL 34216-253


The Center is a charitable organization driven by its mission to facilitate and promote the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of individuals and to foster a sense of responsibility within the community.

CEO/Executive Director Kristen Lessig
Board Chair Bill Shuman
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
The Center
Island Community Center
The Center of Anna Maria Island
Former Names
The Teen Center / The Youth Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1964
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes Apr 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,094,600.00
Projected Expenses $1,092,600.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Other Documents
AMICC Child Protection PolicyView
Impact Statement





    Needs Statement

    1. Safe & secure facility access equipment to ensure safety & control of center environment (note: costs vary on degree of installation of technology)

    2. A volunteer workforce to include positions such as CDL driver for our 23 passenger bus to increase outings for all members and community partners 

    Background Statement
    The Center is a is a charitable organization that has been a gathering place for improving the health of the community for over 50 years. As the sole provider of community services on the island, we are committed to helping our members achieve a healthy mind, body and spirit so they can all reach their potential.
    George Bean and John Roser purchased the land in 1911 to begin developing the north end of Anna Maria Island. In 1913 they gave the land to the Manatee County School Board to build a one room school house. By 1950 school enrollment was up to 100 students, and the school was moved to Holmes Beach. The Lions Club began to offer activities for island youth out of the school house building, naming it The Island Teen Club. In the 1970s, the city of Anna Maria Island purchased the property from the school board and leased the building and land to the Anna Maria Island Community Center. In May 1983 fundraising efforts began to raise money to build a new center. The original building was demolished in June, and construction was completed on the new Center in November of 1983. The Center's continued growth and success prompted the need for more programmable space. In February 2003, the board began raising money for more renovations. The third and current Center building was completed in 2008.

    Whether you are a youth attending our afterschool program, or a active adult in our fitness & wellness programs, or even a senior participating in our pickle ball program, the Center serves as a place for all to come together and build relationships. Our amazing facilities meet the needs of our locals, as well as a seasonal guests, and vacationers. 

    Areas Served
    Areas Served
    FL- Manatee
    FL- Sarasota
    Areas Served Comments
    Located on the north end of Anna Maria Island, The Center serves both Manatee and Sarasota County residents and visitors to the region.
    Service Categories
    Primary Org Type Recreation & Sports
    Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
    Tertiary Org Type
    Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
    Creating potential isn’t an easy business. But it’s a fun and important one. As a social enterprise, we know that our community impact is only as strong as the support we receive. With many volunteers and donors running alongside us our potential now is stronger than ever.
    We’re growing, and fast. In the next few years, we will more than double our impact in the community. With the support of the City of Anna Maria Island, and a number of generous donors, The Center will be able to continue reaching the underserved areas of the community.
    Our potential is changing but our story is not. People are moving less, connecting less, and now more than ever, our community needs your help.
    With your support, more children, youth, adults, and seniors will have a place to belong, grow, thrive and lead. With your support, our community has the potential to be even stronger.
    Our story has always been about the people we serve – the true power of potential. And we want you to be a part of it.
    Our shoes are laced up. We’re moving fast.
    Are you ready to help get us to the finish line?
    Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
    A rapidly growing population and a growing child health crisis – both are hard to miss on Anna Maria Island, but they can also be easy to ignore. Not at The Center.
    We’re already seeing an increased demand for our programs and services. Obesity, inactivity, social issues, and a lack of connectivity are having a troubling effect on our community.
    So we’re now taking the greatest strides in our history to do more about these issues. We are a hard working charitable organization shaping the health of the community today and tomorrow. Our mission to develop healthy communities goes much deeper than the traditional health and wellness model.
    To The Center, building healthy communities also includes promoting the spiritual, mental, and social development of the community.
    The Center is committed to raising the funding needed to continue to help our community achieve a healthy mind, body and spirit so they can all reach their potential.
    Doing this costs a lot of money. Doing nothing costs more.
    Description Tone up, slim down or get ready for the game at our Fitness Center featuring state-of-the-art equipment. A place for people of all ages to work out, participate in group exercise classes, join a league or participate in a wellness program to achieve a healthier body, mind and spirit.
    Budget $32,250
    Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
    Short Term Success  The outcomes/benefits of the program are very good , 95% of participants report

    (1) that they have grown in the areas of self-esteem, autonomy, relationship skills, communication skills, parenting and daily living skills and therefore become more able to attend to the demands of parenting their children. And 95 % of families in therapy report (2) that the children in individual or family counseling and in the life skills groups have learned new communication and behavior skills that can be applied in all areas of their lives, and that they are developing new or improved coping skills, self-esteem and self-confidence.

    Long Term Success   The outcomes/benefits of the program are very good , 95% of participants report

    (1) that they have grown in the areas of self-esteem, autonomy, relationship skills, communication skills, parenting and daily living skills and therefore become more able to attend to the demands of parenting their children. And 95 % of families in therapy report (2) that the children in individual or family counseling and in the life skills groups have learned new communication and behavior skills that can be applied in all areas of their lives, and that they are developing new or improved coping skills, self-esteem and self-confidence.

    Program Success Monitoring
     ·        Parent Surveys
    ·        Staff observations
    ·        Skill checklists
    Program Success Examples  I am a single parent with sole custody of three children under the age of 10 and no insurance and no family support. Their father was abusive and we lived in fear, he suffers from addictions and has been in and out of the jail since our divorce. This Community Center provided me with parenting support and a family counseling program and the therapist has been here for me and my children, our family is so much stronger and happier thanks to you for your support through our darkest days. Thank you!
    Description Senior Services - Fulfilling our mission by educating minds, building healthy minds and bodies. The Center provides a wonderful array of educational, cultural, social and wellness programming to older adults.  Our programs are designed to keep seniors active and involved in the community through exercise programs such as yoga and dance as well as learning activities such as "How to use your cell phone: and "How to avoid scams and identity theft."  Additionally, we offer social opportunities, such as "coffee and conversations" and field trips in partnership with the Annie Silver Community Center, Senior Adventures Group.
    Budget $199,241
    Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens At-Risk Populations Families
    Short Term Success
    • 94% of seniors feel they improve the emotional and social well-being through active participation.
    • 96% of seniors increase friendships as a result of participation in Community Center programming.
    Long Term Success
    • 93% Report improved quality of life.
    • 90% report improved health due to health & fitness programs
    • 91% improved balance, less fear of falling
    Program Success Monitoring
    Program surveys and evaluations
    Instructor observations
    Pre-post test results
    Program Success Examples I often spend four to five days a week at the Center taking part in the activities. I moved to the Island two years ago and not knowing anyone and was lucky to meet a “pickleball player” a member of the group. I was warmly welcomed and immediately made to feel a part of a big Community Center family. This has been a life-changing experience for me. My kids can’t believe that their mom has become a “Pilate’s student” “pickleball player”, “artist” and a front desk /tour of homes volunteer!  Thank you from an “An active senior who loves the Center”
    Beyond the Classroom programming provides essential life skills and learning for children & teens after school and on school holidays and vacations.  We achieve our mission by providing learning opportunities that empower and inspire youth, strengthen families, build healthy bodies and minds and develop youth who are not drug or alcohol dependent.  BTC serves approximately 40 students for about a total of 15 hours per week during the school year, offering enrichment in education, art, dance, sports and socialization.  During the summer months and when schools are closed that serves approximately 65 students for about 50 hours per week.  BTC provides 280 days of service per year.  Financial aid applications available.   
    Budget $208,000
    Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
    Short Term Success Youth will improve their school and social interactions.
    Long Term Success Youth will become civically engaged healthy adults. 
    Program Success Monitoring Parent surveys and incident reports.
    Program Success Examples 98% of youth will have no behavior issues significant enough to warrant an incident report.
    Description Adventure Time for Teens achieves our mission by educating minds, building healthier bodies, strengthening families and fostering volunteerism.  Adventure Time  provides prevention, education, leadership development and fitness programs to youth 11-17.  Island teens are at risk for being victims of or perpetrators of youth crime, violence, substance abuse, poor academic performance, school dropout, etc.  Adventure Time builds in such areas as problem solving, conflict resolution, self-control, leadership and responsible decision-making.  Adventure Time teens provides teen opportunities for academic enrichment, career exploration, health awareness, recreation and socialization.  
    Budget $175,000
    Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
    Short Term Success The short term goals of our Teen program include programming that engages the bodies and minds of youth to create curious and compassionate learners.  
    Long Term Success The long term goals of the Teen Out of School program are youth who are substance free, participating in healthy activities, strong students and engaged in their communities.  
    Program Success Monitoring We will assess our success based on parent and youth opinion surveys, regular participation in programming, and increased leadership characteristics exhibited.  
    Program Success Examples Examples of program success will include youth taking on the organization and leadership of a field trip or presentation; community benefit event or volunteer opportunity.  
    The Center offers a wide variety of sports for youth and adults of all ages.  Youth:  We offer co-ed indoor soccer, flag football, basketball, and baseball.  In our attempt to serve the entire community we offer age ranges from 3 years of age to graduating high-school seniors.  What makes our program unique is the sportsmanship and values our volunteers pass down to the youth.  To promote fair play we implement a draft system to make sure all the teams are as equal as possible, with each individual getting to play an equal amount and reach his/her full potential.
     Adult:  We offer co-ed soccer, two different flag football leagues (30 and over and 18 and over), basketball, volleyball, kickball, softball and even corn hole.  We have a wide range of age groups from 18 to our oldest competitor at 76 - there is no maximum age limit!  Our program is unique in its focus on sportsmanship and comradery.  We have implemented a draft system to make sure that all teams are as equal as possible. 
    Budget $236,000
    Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Children Only (5 - 14 years)
    Short Term Success Our short term goals for the Youth and Adult Sports Programs are to encourage youth to become engaged in healthy activity and give them a safe place to be in the non-school hours.  For our adult teams our goals are to create a healthy atmosphere for competitive fun and comraderie and grow their social and support networks.
    Long Term Success Our long term goals for our Youth and Adults Sports Programs is to help develop healthy lifestyles and teach some of the important life lessons through the medium of sports (sportsmanship, following rules, teamwork,etc.).
    Program Success Monitoring We will measure our success by participant feedback, repeat participants and social interaction.
    Program Success Examples Examples of program success will be growth in the number of teams we have in each sport and league, good sportsman ship on and off the field and repeat participation from members.
    Program Comments by Organization Established over 50 years ago, The Center provides a broad range of enriching programs and services for individuals of all ages and abilities to meet the diverse needs of its members and the community at large. The Center promotes and enhances culture and values through educational, social, wellness and recreational programs. From preschool and summer camp, to teen and family activities, from athletics to cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming The Center offers something for everyone.
    CEO/Executive Director
    CEO/Executive Director Kristen Lessig
    CEO Term Start Dec 2015
    CEO/Executive Director Email
     Bachelors Degree in Recreation and Sports Management. Certification in Nonprofit Management, as well as completion in Emerging Nonprofit Leaders program. Founded and operated nonprofit organization in Richmond, Virginia in 2005  ( Sportable) and served as Executive Director until September 2014.

    Former CEOs/Executive Directors
    Pierrette Kelly Dec 1989 - Nov 2012
    Dawn Stiles Oct 2013 - Nov 2014
    Senior Staff
    Shay Coleman Fitness Director
    Christopher Culhane Operations Director
    Robyn Kinkopf Director of First Impressions
    Will Schenerlein Recreation Director
    Staff & Volunteer Statistics
    Full Time Staff 8
    Part Time Staff 2
    Staff Retention Rate % 45
    Professional Development Yes
    Contractors 4
    Volunteers 125
    Management Reports to Board Yes
    CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Anna Maria Elementary School
    King Middle School
    Manatee County Government
    Girl Scouts
    Manatee Community Foundation
    Manatee County School Board
    Manatee County School Board
    United Way of Manatee County
    St. Bernards Catholic Church
    Roser Church and All Island Denomination
    City of Anna Maria
    City of Holmes Beach
    Roser Church
    Crosspointe Church
    North End Merchants Organization
    Cortez Maritime Museum
    Cultural Connections
    City of Anna Maria
    Florida Department of Transportation
    United Way
    New College
    The Panda Foundation
    The Pittsburgh Pirates
    Street Merchants
    External Assessments and Accreditations
    Awards & Recognition
    H. Bunnell Humanitarian AwardAll Islands Denominations1990
    Be More Recognition for raising over $776,000.00 at the AffaireWEDU2005
    290 Best CharitiesSRQ Managzine2012
    Favorite CharityCommunity Poll by Sun Newspaper2012
    Favorite Retirement ProgramAnna Maria Island Sun Newspaper Readers Choice Awards2014
    Reader's Choice Award- favorite charityAnna Maria Island Sun2015
    Partnership of the Year AwardAnna Maria Elementary2016
    Post Hurrincane ShelterRed Cross2016
    Safe Place ShelterSafe Place2016
    Risk Management Provisions
    Risk Management Provisions
    Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
    Crime Coverage
    Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
    Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
    Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
    Special Event Liability
    Government Licenses
    Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
    Fundraising Plan No
    Communication Plan No
    Strategic Plan No
    Strategic Plan Years
    Strategic Plan Adopted 0
    Management Succession Plan Yes
    Continuity of Operations Plan No
    Nondiscrimination Policy No
    Whistle Blower Policy Yes
    Document Destruction Policy Yes
    Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
    Policies and Procedures Yes
    Management Comments by Organization Since its inception, The Center has been a hard working charitable organization that responds to the needs of our community. The Center has evolved into a vibrant charity where thousands of members are involved each year through health and wellness programs, leadership, and community outreach programs, child care, and day and overnight camps. Guided the core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility, The Center strives to offer quality programs and services that give children, youth and adults the opportunity to belong, grow, thrive and lead. The Center is a major health and wellness facility. This building and programs allow The Center to deliver programs, services and opportunities to help the community connect with others, build life-long skills, and keep active and healthy.
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Bill Shuman
    Company Affiliation Retired
    Board Term July 2015 to June 2017
    Board Chair Email
    Board Members
    Board Members
    Ed Chiles The Chiles Group
    Scott Dean IMG Academy
    Sean Flynn Director
    Jim Froeschle Former CFO Caterpillar Corp
    Rex Hagen Retired
    Karen Harllee Director
    Patty McBean Community Volunteer
    Pete Paciorek Director
    Sam Pakbaz Director
    Lindsay Sauls AME PTO President
    Bill Shuman Former Visa Exec.
    Mike Thrasher Business Owner
    Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
    Board Ethnicity
    African American/Black 0
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 12
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0 0
    Board Gender
    Male 9
    Female 3
    Unspecified 0
    Board Term Lengths 3
    Board Term Limits 3
    Board Orientation Yes
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
    Board Meeting Attendance % 73
    Board Self-Evaluation Yes
    Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
    Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
    % of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
    % of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
    Standing Committees
    Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
    Board Development / Board Orientation
    Governance Comments by Organization

    The greatest challenge is to attract true leaders, those who share our passion for our mission and have a generosity of spirit that they can make a positive contribution that will support the mission of the Center long after they are gone.  

    Fiscal Year Projections
    Fiscal Year Begins 2017
    Fiscal Year Ends 2018
    Projected Revenue $1,094,600.00
    Projected Expenses $1,092,600.00
    Organization has Endowment Yes
    Endowment Value $750,000.00
    Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
    Endowment Spending Policy % 4
    Capital Campaign
    Currently In a Capital Campaign No
    Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
    Campaign Purpose
    Campaign Goal
    Campaign Dates 0 to 0
    Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
    IRS Form 990s
    Audit/Financial Documents
    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 Year201620152014
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$112,166$118,228$111,750
    Individual Contributions$600,855$315,136$194,302
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$815,185$0$16
    Membership Dues$0$0$59,114
    Special Events$105,035$161,764$152,500
    Revenue In-Kind$55,000$55,000$55,000
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Program Expense$1,169,354$1,012,105$1,046,146
    Administration Expense$149,412$66,830$72,230
    Fundraising Expense$64,071$69,941$42,616
    Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.630.830.67
    Program Expense/Total Expenses85%88%90%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%12%9%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Assets$4,652,677$4,775,403$5,078,732
    Current Assets$343,466$89,372$244,390
    Long-Term Liabilities$50,000$1,070,799$1,234,796
    Current Liabilities$123,749$93,099$57,013
    Total Net Assets$4,478,928$3,611,505$3,786,923
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $815,185Contributions, gifts, grants $315,136Activity Fees $212,427
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $600,855Activity Fees $216,643Contributions, gifts, grants $194,302
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Fees $355,396Fundraising $161,764Fundraising $152,500
    CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
    Tax Credits No
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.780.964.29
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%22%24%
    Financials Comments
    Financial Comments by Foundation Financial data is provided using IRS Form 990s and audited financial statements. 990s and audits reconcile. Breakdown of individual contributions vs. foundations/ corporations provided by nonprofit. Financial information for 2016 taken solely from the audited financial statements as the Federal tax return was not available at time of review.
    Nonprofit Anna Maria Island Community Center Inc dba The Center of Anna Maria Island
    Address 407 Magnolia Avenue
    Anna Maria, FL 34216 253
    Phone 941 778-1908 9221