Women's Resource Center Of Manatee Inc
1926 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton FL 34205
The WRC of Manatee is dedicated to providing direction to women of all generations by inspiring, educating and supporting them through life's transitions.  The core of our mission is to provide counseling, education and training which leads to emotional and financial fulfillment.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ashley A Brown
Board Chair Ms. Suzanne Fugate
Board Chair Affiliation LWR Development LLC Schroeder Manatee Ranch
General Info
Organization DBA
Women's Resource Center of Manatee
Women's Resource Center
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2016
State Registration Exempt 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $513,000.00
Projected Expenses $512,000.00
Impact Statement

The Women's Resource Center in Manatee and the Women's Resource Center in Sarasota are in final merger negotiations which will result in consolidating our organizations.  Through this merger we will increase our capacity to serve many more women through shared resources.

The WRC of Sarasota began in 1979 and Manatee followed 11 years later.  Operating independently, the two organizations reach more than 6,000 women each year and have collectively reached more than 100,000 through the years. Today, by joining together, we have the power to become stronger and reach increasingly greater numbers of women and their families in our region. 

Though separate, our missions have been the same, to help women navigate beyond difficult life transitions.  Whether coping with complicated family relationships or divorce, adjusting to a career change, concerned about financial security, grieving the loss of a loved one, or simply seeking opportunities for spiritual or emotional growth, WRC is there to help each woman on her personal journey.  When the women of a community are strong, self-sufficient, and making good decisions - their impact is far reaching.
Needs Statement

Programs without Borders:

Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice & Beyond
We are excited to report that the Boards of the WRC Manatee and WRC Sarasota County have seen the potential of creating a regional approach to providing services to our clients. We are blending the strongest programs of both organizations, the combination of these are exciting as we look at the quality and variety of programming that is now available to the women of our region.
$25,000: Expand Counseling Component to Sarasota County
WRC launched Project Uplift in 2015 to target the ALICE population.  This demographic have the greatest potential to benefit from our services which will help them be lifted from the educational/career restraints which limit their earning potential. WRC provides intensive focus and case management for the participants, providing access to needed support and resources. Each participant is guided and coached to establish career/ personal goals to better their lives and wage earning ability. A Case Manager has been hired to recruit and follow the participants. They receive educational resources, access to scholarships, life planning, goal setting, counseling, legal services, support, referral and encouragement.
$3,000 one year of case management & wrap around services for one client
Background Statement
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-six years later, it is more needed and relevant in this time of change and economic hardship than ever before. The fact that more than 25,000 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. We have traditionally served women during times of transitional experiences and these programs are exactly the prescriptions necessary to turn around the lives of women who have been dramatically impacted by life changing circumstances.
The WRC 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: WRC of Sarasota County, Hope Family Services, Visible Men Academy, Career Source Suncoast, Centerstone, Tidewell Hospice, Girl Scouts of the Gulfcoast, PACE Center for Girls, , Alzheimer's Association, Selah Freedom. We are currently establishing programming with 13th Avenue Dream Center.

We truly do believe that when you empower a woman, you change a life and strengthen our community.
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
women, counseling, WRC, career, transition, empowerment, employment, referal, information, two generation, self sufficiency, collaboration
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Would you be the one to help us bring a family from surviving to thriving? You personally have the power to change a life.

The WRC can only accomplish this with your financial investment, I do hope you are able to take the time to read about one such woman;
Jenna moved to the area with her boyfriend who soon left her.  All alone, jobless and with no support system of friends or family - she arrived at the doorstep of Women's Resource Center. In tears she said, “My hurt is so deep that I feel completely lost and hopeless.”

With a tissue in hand, the case manager hugged Jenna and new her journey began.  At the Women’s Resource Center, Jenna received mental health and career counseling.  The weekly yoga classes help her to relax and feel a deeper sense of her inner-self.

The Career Counselor helped Jenna identified an interest in fashion merchandising and established a goal to become a buyer for a department store.  Jenna started with a part-time job at a local department store chain four years ago.  After working hard and staying focused on her goal she works today as a full-time buyer.  Jenna said in her own words,

I didn't just find help at the Women's Resource Center, I found a family.  They helped me weather my personal storm. I truly do not know where I would be today without them."  

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 that you will enjoy a rewarding return on your investment, as I have.
Suzanne Fugate, Board Chair
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 

Employment Programs:

    • Employment CPR - Career Pathway Resources
    • Career Coaching
    • Personality Assessment
    • 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 $100,000
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
Giving the unemployed and underemployed a pathway to finding full employment through confidence that they have a plan and relevant skill sets to achieve their goals
Long Term Success
Our ultimate long term success is for our clients to find & retain employment and continue on a successful career path that enables them to support their family and their future goals.
Program Success Monitoring
The success is measured by both pre and post surveys that are administered to evaluate client feedback and outcomes, completion of course work, deliverables such as a completed resume, counselors observations of attitude and behavioral changes and employment.
Program Success Examples
Maria, a young single mother, arrived in Bradenton with her 2 sons after leaving her abusive husband in Puerto Rico. She moved in with a relative who lived locally who brought her to the Latina Empowerment Group at the WRC. She was unemployed and financially impoverished. Maria received employment counseling, coaching, career closet services and weekly support and friendship from the Latina Empowerment Group. As a result of receiving this variety of  services Maria is now employed by a local environmental technology company and able to support her family.
Description Mental Health Counseling 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.
Between October 2015 - June 2016  2,340 women received mental health counseling sessions, through individual sessions and in support groups.
Budget $175,000
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 behavior, attitude and the ability to cope with challenging situations.
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.

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. 
Program Success Monitoring
Pre and post surveys where clients indicate on a scale of 1-5 their level of coping, anxiety and ability to make decisions.
Program Success Examples
Marsha is a 30 year old woman with a Masters Degree who developed a mental disability that resulted in her inability to work. When she arrived at the WRC she was completely despondent and felt alone and hopeless. She began receiving regular Mental Health Counseling, attending educational programs and an open support group. Over the last six months she has had a total 360 degree turn around in her attitude and outlook and is now smiling, happy and has made her own social network with other women from the support group. Marsha is now volunteering locally and is now a productive member of our community.
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 us to gain skills and knowledge to make informed, healthy decisions for themselves and their families. This past year more than 2,000 people attended special program offerings both at the WRC and at outreach locations including public libraries, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and schools.
We realize that transportation may be a barrier to receiving needed services and aspire to reach a wider audience through expanded outreach locations.
Our services include:
  • Project Uplift
  • Navigating Divorce Series
  • Health & Wellness
  • Legal / Ask An Attorney in English & Spanish
  • Computer Classes
  • Financial Planning
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Referral Services - over 1,000 individual referrals to other local organizations
  • Specialized Support Groups
  • Social Networking Activities & Opportunities
Budget $75,000
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
Connecting and educating people who would not normally be inclined to seek out our services on a variety of diverse, specific topics.
The work we are doing through Project Uplift is connecting a new, diverse population to our services. We partner with Visible Men Academy, providing services onsite to the mothers of their students. We have seen amazing results from this partnership. Women, who would never have dreamed of seeking out counseling can now access this wellness service.  
Long Term Success
Long term success is for attendees to have the relevant, timely information they need to make healthy, informed decisions for themselves and their families.
When our clients have access to information and programs that empower them, they are able to build a strong sense of self and resiliency. These are the foundations of moving through the trails and obsttacles that come our way in life. 
Program Success Monitoring
Program Success Examples
Susie connected with the WRC at a difficult time in her life. Her parents were going through an ugly divorce situation and her father was suing her for visitation with his grandchild (Susie's daughter). Struggling financially she had no idea of where to turn. The WRC connected her with our Ask an Attorney program, walked her through her choices and helped her navigate the stressful legal system.   
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.

Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ashley A Brown
CEO Term Start May 2003
CEO/Executive Director Email abrown@wrcmanatee.org
Ashley has been with the Women's Resource Center for 15 years and has served as the Executive Director for the past 13 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.
Once the merger of the two organizations is complete, Ashley has been selected to serve as the President/CEO.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Sylvia Giesler Jan 1999 - Sept 2002
Ms. Elizabeth Rees Nov 2002 - Apr 2003
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 5
Volunteers 135
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Visible Men Academy 
Hope Family Services
Selah Freedom 
Career Source Suncoast
Women's Resource Center of Sarasota 
PACE Center for Girls Manatee
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
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 Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

We are so excited about the collaborative work we have been doing in our community and the potential of Project UpLift. 

Since launching Project UpLift we have 20 clients who are actively participating in taking their life in a new direction. It includes enrolling in GED classes, obtaining higher paying jobs and setting goals for their future.  
The merger with WRC of Sarasota gives us the ability to expand our programming regionally and serve more women in our communities. 
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization As the WRC Manatee and Sarasota merge we will be evaluating and consolidating our processes and procedures.
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Suzanne Fugate
Company Affiliation LWR Development LLC Schroeder Manatee Ranch
Board Term Dec 2015 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email suzanne.fugate@lakewoodranch.com
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Marilynne Bolek Najmy-Thompson
Ms. Mary Bowden Iberia Bank
Ms. Nancy Christian Community Volunteer
Ms. Suzanne Fugate SMR-Lakewood Ranch Development
Mrs. Pauldie Howrigan Avenue 365
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
Mr. Mark Singer Manatee County 12th Circuit Judge
Ms. Jossie Zapata Tropicana
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Board Self-Evaluation No
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
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
We have a Governance Committee and 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 as well as work of diversity of our Board. During the merger negotiations, neither Boards are adding any new members. The merged organization will have one Board. All Board members in good standing at the time of merger will be eligible to serve on the newly formed Board. We will set the terms as staggered terms.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $513,000.00
Projected Expenses $512,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations
Endowment Value $112,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy %
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?
IRS Form 990s
IRS Form 9902014
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$24,345$22,308$24,345
Individual Contributions$256,017$126,168$224,437
Investment Income, Net of Losses($1,319)$4,340$19,509
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$62,256$63,126$62,917
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$290,137$257,878$230,252
Administration Expense$46,172$40,554$36,015
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.230.961.50
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$685,042$620,747$649,686
Current Assets$279,535$103,842$237,640
Long-Term Liabilities$216,758$250,432$224,898
Current Liabilities$26,417$4,373$45,910
Total Net Assets$441,867$365,942$378,878
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $256,017Contributions, gifts, grants $126,168Contributions, gifts, grants $224,437
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $62,256Fundraising $63,126Fundraising $62,917
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $45,633Net Income from Sales of Inventory $45,027Net Income from Sales of Inventory $42,266
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.5823.755.18
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets32%40%35%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
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
Phone 941 747-6797