Women's Resource Center Of Manatee Inc
1926 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton FL 34205
Empowering women, changing lives and strengthening our community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ashley A Brown
Board Chair Ms. Marilynne Bolek
Board Chair Company Affiliation Najmy Thompson, PA
History and Background
Organization DBA
Women's Resource Center of Manatee
Women's Resource Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 1991
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $344,000.00
Projected Expenses $343,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
501 c 3
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2015
State Registration Exempt 0
Each and every month, 250 women come through the door of the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee. Just like all of us have experienced at one time or another, they have reached one of life’s turning points. Unsure or unable to determine a direction, they come to us seeking a fresh start. Whether coping with difficult family relationships, adjusting to a career change, concerned about financial security, grieving the loss of a loved one, or simply seeking opportunities for personal growth – the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee is here to help them on their personal journey.
86 cents of every dollar is spent on programming. The staff and Board ensure that every dollar is spent thoughtfully and with intention.
The need for a Women’s Resource Center has been well documented since it was founded in 1991 in Manatee County through a collaboration of leaders from local women’s civic organizations. Twenty-three years later, it is more needed and relevant in this time of change and economic hardship than ever before. The fact that more than 20,000 women have been served since our opening gives testament to fact that there was, and is, a need for our work.

The core of our mission is to provide counseling, education and training which leads to emotional and financial fulfillment. These are exactly the prescriptions necessary to turn around the lives of women who have been dramatically impacted by the recession or other life changing circumstances. We have traditionally served women during times of transitional experiences – the state of the economy has magnified the need.
The Women's Resource Center of Manatee has been at the forefront of forming collaborative service partnerships whenever possible to meet the full range of our clients’ needs. Examples of some these successful collaborations include WRC partnerships with: Hope Family Services, Career Source Suncoast (formerly Suncoast Workforce Board), Manatee Glens, Tidewell Hospice, Girl Scouts of the Gulfcoast, PACE Center for Girls.

We truly do believe that when you empower a woman, you change a life and strengthen our community.


Counseling Hours:

We have had 70% increase in the demand for counseling in 2013 and 88% of our counseling clients took advantage of the sliding scale that we offer.

$10,000 would enable us to provide 100 additional hours of counseling.

Program Manager:

We have 3 fulltime employees at the Women's Resource Center of Manatee. These employees are responsible for raising funds, operating the center and working with all of the clients that come through our doors. The addition of even a part time professional program
manager would enable us to grow our program outreach and enhance our
collaborations. The cost for a full time program manager would be $45-$55K and a part time would be $25-30K.

Branding Campaign:

Sharing what we are doing with the community in an effective and efficient manner is of vital importance. In order to create a successful branding campaign we would need services or monies donated to hire a professional advertising/public relations firm. Cost: $30-40K.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Everyone needs a place; and the place for those in transition is with us at the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee.

Whether coping with difficult family relationships, adjusting to a career change, concerned about financial security, grieving the loss of a loved one, or simply seeking opportunities for personal growth we are here to help you on your personal journey.

We believe women are the heart of the family and families are the backbone of our community. No matter what stage you are currently in at one point you have been a child, sister, mother, aunt, friend, employee or employer and what we know is: When the women of our community are strong, self-sufficient, and making good decisions the impact is far reaching.

We provide a safe, welcoming environment where you are met with understanding and information to help when you find yourself in a state of transition and not sure of your next steps and opportunities.

The Women’s Resource Center has been Empowering Women, Changing Lives and Strengthening our Community for over 20 Years!

Please join us in our efforts to change the lives of women in our community.

Ashley Brown, Executive Director 
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Each and every week, we each receive direct mail from a charity or an invitation to support a national or local nonprofit. I wish I could help them all, but I know with my time and money, a priority must be placed on just a few. I invite you to join me in choosing the WRC of Manatee County as the charity you select to support. Every month, the WRC will see 250 new women and help them on their personal journey to a new future. Whether that means enrolling them in a program at the center, connecting with another agency or service in our community, providing a fresh, new work wardrobe, or just someone to listen. I hope you will join me in the work we are doing at the WRC by empowering women, changing lives and strengthening our community. I feel confident you will enjoy a return of your investment!


Marilynne Bolek, Board Chair

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Employment
Tertiary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Employment Programs:

    • Career Coaching
    • Personality Assesment
    • Job Planning
    • Basic computer skills training
    • Developing interviewing skills 
    • Resume writing 
    • Dress for Success 
    • A Career Closet to provide clothing for a woman’s initial job interview
Budget $50,000
Category Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Females Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
Improved confidence and a goal for searching for and obtaining a job.
Long Term Success
85% of the women attending an employment program will have increased confidence in their job search and ultimately find gainful employment.
How Program is Monitored
The success is measured by completion of course work, deliverables such as a completed resume, counselors observations of attitude and behavioral changes and employment.
Examples of Program Success
A young mother and window came to the WRC for employment coaching. She was able to put together a resume and a successful job search. She found a job at Freedom Village and has worked there for the past 2 years, received 2 promotions and is now supporting herself and her family.
Description Mental Health Counseling which provides individual sessions with a
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Each session is $40 with a sliding fee scale based on income guidelines. Last year 1,752 women received mental health counseling sessions, through Individual sessions and in support groups. Of the women who have participated in our counseling services, 88% indicated in a pre and post survey, a positive change in behavior or attitude.

Budget $125,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Short Term Success
A change in attitude or behavior   
Long Term Success

The clients who participate in our counseling programs will gain the perspective and coping skills to meet challenges and work through them. Many of our clients have been through a difficult transition and are stuck in the victim mode. We want people to move through their transition and seek new opportunities.

How Program is Monitored
Pre and post surverys where clients indicate on a scale of 1-5 their level of coping, anxiety and ability to make decicions.
Examples of Program Success
Christina was a 32 year old mother of 3 in a failing marriage. She sought counseling at the Women's Resource Center to help her gain perspective. She and her husband participated in marriage counseling at the center, but ultimately decided to divorce. She connected with a parenting coach at the center to help her formulate a plan to discuss the divorce with her children.

She is now 4 years post divorce is running a successful business; her oldest son graduated high school and is in the marines. She has two younger daughters and interestingly enough her middle child had the
hardest time with the divorce and Christina reconnected with her counselor to meet with her and her daughter. Both daughters are now well adjusted and doing great at Palmetto High School.

Description Educational Seminars, Classes and Workshops – As a Resource Center our
mission is to offer classes and topical programs that will inspire, enrich, and
inform. We want the women who come to gain skills and knowledge to make
informed, healthy decisions for themselves and their families. Last year 1,698 people attended special program offerings. These included Book Clubs, Computer classes, Self-esteem,Parenting, Yoga and Meditation, Divorce Aspects, Legal, and other varied workshops based on interest.

Budget $50,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adults Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Minorities
Short Term Success
Long Term Success
Long term success is for attendees to have information they need to make healthy, informed decisions.
How Program is Monitored
Examples of Program Success
Women who need information specific to aspects of divorce are able to get objective, relevant facts so they can make informed decisions about their personal relationships.    
Program Comments by Organization

I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that 86 cents of EVERY dollar we raise goes directly to supporting the programs of the Women's Resource Center.

In addition to being good stewards of our funds, the fact that we have program attendance of over 4,000 people in a year tells us that we are serving a need in our community. Both Sarasota and Manatee Counties have wonderful programming for children. However, if we are not giving their parents the skills and tools they need to be successful we are not going to see systemic, generational change. We believe that the women of our community are the heart of the home. If the women of our community have the skills to make good decisions, be self
sufficient and the support system for their families: we ALL win.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Ashley A Brown
CEO Term Start May 2003
Email abrown@wrcmanatee.org
Ashley has been with the Women's Resource Center for 13 years and has served as the Executive Director for the past 11 years. Ashley started out as a volunteer computer teacher with the WRC before taking over a leadership role with the organization. Prior to this Ashley was a Production Manager with Ohio Transformer.
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 135
Contractors 5
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Former CEOs
Ms. Sylvia Giesler Jan 1999 - Sept 2002
Ms. Elizabeth Rees Nov 2002 - Apr 2003
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Hope Family Services
Career Source Suncoast
Career Edge
PACE Center for Girls Manatee
Visible Men's Academy  
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Leadership Comments by Organization

We are currently working on our strategic plan that includes the succession plan, communications plan, fundraising plan as well as a branding plan.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Marilynne Bolek
Company Affiliation Najmy Thompson, PA
Board Term Dec 2013 to Dec 2014
Email MBolek@najmythompson.com
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Marilynne Bolek Najmy-Thompson
Ms. Mary Bowden Iberia Bank
Ms. Edie Bustle SunCoast Rugs
Ms. Nancy Christian Community Volunteer
Ms. Suzanne Fugate SMR-Lakewood Ranch Development
Ms. Kitt Kearney Homes by Towne
Ms. Tara Poulton Southwest Florida Water Management
Mr. Michael Prohidney Tilden, Prohidney, DiPasquale P.L.
Ms. Mandy Quinones BMO Harris Bank
Ms. Reba Rogers CPA Secure Aging
Ms. Linda Singer Coldwell Banker
Mr. Mark Singer Manatee County 12th Circuit Judge
Ms. Jossie Zapata Tropicana
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
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
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Board development is an important part of a successful, healthy non profit. While we have a wonderful Board we are in search for well qualified male Board members. Several of our Board members who were male ended their term due to term limits and we have not found the right fit yet for their replacement.
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $344,000.00
Projected Expenses $343,000.00
Endowment Value $100,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
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
Government Contributions$24,345$24,345$25,306
Individual Contributions$224,437$116,587$108,443
Investment Income, Net of Losses$19,509$9,818($5,990)
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$62,917$75,325$35,835
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$230,252$258,849$239,522
Administration Expense$36,015$43,136$38,032
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.501.040.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$649,686$527,080$528,588
Current Assets$237,640$126,681$118,489
Long-Term Liabilities$224,898$235,715$235,796
Current Liabilities$45,910$46,106$59,279
Total Net Assets$378,878$245,259$233,513
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $224,437Contributions, gifts, grants $116,587Contributions, gifts, grants $108,443
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $62,917Fundraising $75,325Net income from sale of inventory $51,312
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $42,266Net income from sales of inventory $67,954Fundraising $35,835
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.182.752.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets35%45%45%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our current 990 and full audit are being worked on and will be uploaded as soon as available.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Women's Resource Center Of Manatee Inc
Address 1926 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Primary Phone 941 747-6797
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ashley A Brown
Board Chair Ms. Marilynne Bolek
Board Chair Company Affiliation Najmy Thompson, PA
Year of Incorporation 1991