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. 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
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.
89 cents of every dollar is spent on programming. The staff and Board ensure that every dollar is spent thoughtfully and with intention.
Needs Statement

Project Uplift:

The Women’s Resource Center plans to launch a new pilot program in 2015/2016 entitled “Project UpLift” specifically targeting ALICE. We believe this demographic have the greatest potential to benefit from the WRC services which will help them be lifted from the educational and career restraints which limit their earning potential. WRC will provide intensive focus and case management for each participant, providing access to needed support and resources. Each participant will be guided and coached to establish career and personal goals to better their lives and improve their wage earning ability. In the pilot we plan to identify and enroll 30 women identified as ALICE. A Licensed Mental Health professional will be hired as a Case Manager to recruit and follow the women participating. The participants will meet regularly (individually and in groups) and receive educational resources, access to scholarships, life planning, goal setting, support, referral and encouragement. They will have access to the WRC’s trademark programs including Financial Empowerment, Employment Counseling, Legal Services, Wellness, Stress Reduction, and Parenting.


Counseling Hours:

We continued to have an increase in the demand for counseling. Last year 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.

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-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.
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
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

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:

    • 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.
Program Success Monitoring
The success is measured by completion of course work, deliverables such as a completed resume, counselors observations of attitude and behavioral changes and employment.
Program Success Examples
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.

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
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.
Program Success Monitoring
Program Success Examples
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 89 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 14 years and has served as the Executive Director for the past 12 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.
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 N/A
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 No
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.  
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
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
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.
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
Endowment Value $110,000.00
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
Audit 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$22,308$24,345$24,345
Individual Contributions$126,168$224,437$116,587
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,340$19,509$9,818
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$63,126$62,917$75,325
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$257,878$230,252$258,849
Administration Expense$40,554$36,015$43,136
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.501.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$620,747$649,686$527,080
Current Assets$103,842$237,640$126,681
Long-Term Liabilities$250,432$224,898$235,715
Current Liabilities$4,373$45,910$46,106
Total Net Assets$365,942$378,878$245,259
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $126,168Contributions, gifts, grants $224,437Contributions, gifts, grants $116,587
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $63,126Fundraising $62,917Fundraising $75,325
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $45,027Net Income from Sales of Inventory $42,266Net income from sales of inventory $67,954
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities23.755.182.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets40%35%45%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We are currently in our audit and anticipate a completed audit and 990 mid February. 
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