The Jewish Federation Of Sarasota-Manatee
Klingenstein Jewish Center
580 McIntosh Road
Sarasota FL 34232
The mission of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee, in Israel and around the world. The Federation's vision is a vibrant and caring Jewish community.   
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Howard Tevlowitz
Board Chair Mrs. Nancy Swart
Board Chair Affiliation None
General Info
Organization DBA
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
United Jewish Appeal
United Jewish Communities
Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation
Supported Organization Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, Inc.
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1970
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2015
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $4,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,000,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
Accomplishments last year:
Raised a total of $5 million through various financial resource development efforts to address Jewish and general community needs locally and around the world. Federation focused its attention in three areas: Preserving our Jewish heritage through cultural, educational and social programming as well as Holocaust and genocide awareness; Providing help for those in need and at risk through direct funding and local community partnerships; and Protecting the people of Israel and Jews worldwide through direct funding overseas and through community partnerships. Built an extensive team of community partners which include: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Embracing our Differences, Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Florida Hillels, the United Way, the Sarasota Ministerial Association, Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS), Jewish Housing Council, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Van Wezel Foundation, Youth Experiencing Arts, Inc., Florida Studio Theatre, Ringling College, and the Sarasota Film Festival.  Overseas partners include the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, World ORT and many more.Worked to ensure the future of our Jewish community by more than doubling the Federation's endowment funds during the past 9 years.Reached 10,000+ Jewish households in Sarasota-Manatee monthly via the Federation's in house publication - The Jewish News and through our annual publication - Connections Magazine.Reached out to the Jewish and general communities and engaged individuals and families in meaningful programs that enrich lives and strengthen both the local community and our two-county area.Sarasota-Manatee was one of the 6 Federations honored to receive the Fedovation Award from The Jewish Federations of North America. The award was given for its groundbreaking Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative, which was established in 2007 to serve as an advocate for peace and security in Israel through education, information and community awareness. The Fedovation Award recognizes Federations that offer new and innovative programs that set an example for other federations to follow.Goals for the current year:
• Continue our role as a good community partner with
organizations and businesses throughout Sarasota-Manatee.
• Implement the components from a recent Strategic Plan across all of The Jewish Federation’s operations.

• Work effectively to thwart anti-Semitism and bring awareness locally and globally.

• Advocate for and present positive highlights of The State of Israel and her people.
Needs Statement
$115 - Provide basic needs for a child in the Ukraine.$300 - Support life saving measures for a person in treatment at the cardiology center at the Western Galilee Hospital in Israel.$1,200 - Provide services and continuing support for a Lone Soldier in Israel. $2,500 - Provide a "housepital" hospital room at home.$5,000 - Support a scientist's vital research through the Mote Marine Laboratory-Israel Cooperative Marine Research Program.$15,000 - A new automated produce sorting machine provides 22,000 people with a pound of fresh produce at Israel's national food bank. 
Background Statement
· The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is the center for Jewish Philanthropy for the Sarasota-Manatee community.
· For over 55 years, the Jewish Federation has coordinated a wide range of programs and worked with partners locally and around the world to address needs in the areas of health, education and social welfare. The Federation's efforts have touched - and continue to touch - the lives of countless individuals in every stage of life at home and overseas.
· More than 500 volunteers, representing all ideologies and geographic areas in Sarasota-Manatee, participate in every aspect of the Federation's operation. Volunteers sit on the Federation's governing boards, plan and participate in events and carry out the fundraising that ensures the continued vitality of our community.
· Founded in 1959, the Jewish Federation began as the Sarasota Jewish Community Council. With increased fundraising and service needs, the organization was changed to the Sarasota Jewish Federation in 1980 and then the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation in 1982.
· Over the years, Federation leadership and Jewish community donors helped to found three partner agencies: Jewish Family and Children’s Service (1984), the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council (1988) and the Flanzer Jewish Community Center (1989-2007).
· Federation moved to a Granting Model meaning no unrestricted allocations – all monies are disbursed through granting processes, ensuring that programs support and advance the Federation’s mission and annual priorities. In addition, all granted programs, including Federation implemented programs, are subject to an evaluation process to verify that programs meet stated goals.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Jewish, Community Building, Education, Israel, Outreach, Teens, Holocaust, Coexistence, Interfaith,
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Numbers tell a story. More than
$5 million was raised through Federation’s development efforts to support
human, educational and social services in Sarasota-Manatee, Israel, and around
the world.  In addition, the Federation has grown its Foundation to more
than $11 million to position us for a vibrant future.
All good news. But this is only half the story.
Along with raising the necessary funds, the Federation strives to assure our generous donors that financial resources are used most efficiently and effectively. We take great pride in a wide range of partnerships that we have established. Those relationships have resulted in programmatic and partnership successes that make our Federation a leader among nonprofits and a model Federation for other communities in North America.
Chief among our partnerships are the ones we have with our donors and volunteers, without whom we could not begin to dream of our many achievements, let along bring them to fruition. The Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative – raising the visibility and awareness of Israel, beyond the conflict; our Interfaith Missions to Israel, funded by our Federation, which have included 21 faith leaders from Venice, Sarasota, and Bradenton; The Young Ambassadors Program, March of the Living and the Schiff Send-A-Kid to Israel Fund which enable Jewish teens from Sarasota-Manatee to participate in Israel programs; our Federation Foundation’s College Scholarship Program; and the STEP (Shapiro Teen Engagement Program), are some of the many partnerships that have significantly impacted our community.
Through the Federation’s many partnerships in the performing and visual arts community in Sarasota, the Federation is able to bring Jewish themes, Judaism and Israel to life for thousands of Jews and members of the general community.
Description The Federation honors its commitment to Holocaust awareness and education through the following programs: The Generations After Group - an organization of descendants of Holocaust survivors who wish to educate current and future generations; The Holocaust Speakers Bureau - Holocaust survivors and Generation After members who speak in public and private schools throughout our area; the Annual Holocaust Survivors Luncheon; the Annual Community Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Program; the annual March of the Living trip to Poland and Israel; and sponsorship of such community programs as Embracing Our Differences.
Budget $81,624
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Liberties
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Families
Short Term Success
Holocaust Speakers Bureau:
  • Through our Holocaust Speakers Bureau, the program provided speakers to more than 20 public and private schools throughout the two county area, exposing approximately thousands of classroom and assembly setting
  • Training the Next Generation to speak on behalf of those who no longer can speak about the atrocities perpetrated on the European Jewish Community.  
Holocaust Survivors Luncheon
  • Attracted close to 150 survivors and their descendants to this important program, designed to increase awareness of the needs of this aging population.
Long Term Success Heightening community awareness of the Holocaust and worldwide genocide.  Teaching school age children from Elementary through High School about the importance of tolerance and acceptance.
Program Success Monitoring Generation After Steering Committee will monitor the success of the programs.
Program Success Examples
Excerpts from a high school graduation speech from one of this year's March of the Living mission participants, indicating the impact this trip made on her:
  • When I saw the Holocaust survivors and the numbers of those killed, I could only think that they had no opportunity for the future. We do. Each of us can excitedly live each day to its fullest. As you leave this school of great diversity, remember to accept, not just merely tolerate, others for who they ARE, not who they AREN’T.
Another participant's testimony:
  • We were all thrilled to have that shared experience and as we left Poland behind and traveled to Israel I feel, we all felt great pride that we had honored and remembered those who could not be there with us and will always try to carry on their memories by making sure their stories and history will be continuously told and never forgotten. 

The Bob and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative was created to deal with a number of efforts both locally and abroad.

These efforts include:
● Advocate for peace and security in Israel through education, information and community awareness.

● Raise awareness of and actively confront anti-Semitism and radical Islam on a global level.

● Directly address anti-Israel activities in Sarasota-Manatee.

IAI will make these efforts through: Educational programs, community outreach and partnerships with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and public officials.

IAI hopes to engage Jews and non-Jews in Israel 3-D: Demonization, Double Standards & Delegitimization.
Budget $100,000
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Intergroup Relations
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
  • Increased participation on the ongoing Interfaith Missions to Israel.
  • Large attendance at all programs representing all faiths and backgrounds.
  • Brought close to 6,000 community members of all faiths together in support of Israel for Israel's 65th birthday.
  • Increased relationships between faith-based groups and organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Long Term Success Heightened awareness of Israel beyond the conflict.  Enhanced relationships with general community organizations.  Ability to bring together people from all faiths and backgrounds who support the State of Israel.
Program Success Monitoring Success of the programs will be monitored by the Federation staff and the Heller IAI Executive Committee, comprised of seven Jewish and seven non-Jewish leaders in the community.
Program Success Examples
  • Raised over $180,000 in sponsorships for Israel@65
  • Close to 6,000 members of our community attended our "We Love Israel" Interfaith Street Fair at Robarts Arena on January 27,2013.
  • Collaborative fundraising for a project in Israel and hands-on volunteering for an interfaith project in our community.
Description The Fighting Anti-Semitism Today program ( F.A.S.T.) will be the tactical answer to SJP and the MSA’s hostile and often destructive strategies that they implement on college campuses around the nation. F.A.S.T. aims to provide several positive experiences connected to Israel for all students to live and learn what it means to be pro-Israel. By taking the power away from the aggressive policies of SJP and MSA we flip their narrative to its rightful position: Being pro-Israel does not automatically mean anti-Palestinian, rather anti-Hamas.
Budget $50,000
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) US
Short Term Success We've formed a task force with committee chairs and members who work in cooperation with college students to address anti-Semitism on college campuses.
Long Term Success For the college students involved in FAST, they will be able to have positive associations with Israel, have qualified facts as talking points, and be able to 100% of the time have a conversation about Israel. 
Program Success Monitoring FAST will have a Fall and Spring event in 2016 with college students and high school students. After these events, we will gauge the successes of the efforts.
Program Success Examples FAST will have a Fall and Spring event in 2016 with college students and high school students. After these events, we will gauge the successes of the efforts. 

Inspired by the local successes of Embracing Our Differences, the Federation developed a similar exhibit in Israel. In 2014, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee engaged a partner in The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism in Israel and created a program named Shonim B’Yachad/Different Together. The Municipality of Tel Aviv/Jaffa joined this initiative with support from its Mayor, the Deputy Mayor overseeing Education, and other municipality department heads. As a result, more than 20 schools and community centers throughout Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Holon, and Tel Mond participated in this inaugural project. Students from every facet of Israeli society, including Muslims, Christians, and Jews, submitted hundreds of artwork pieces. A panel of 3 leading Israeli artists selected 35 of the most meaningful submissions. Artwork was enlarged to billboard size and presented at the Shonim B’Yachad/Different Together exhibit, which opened in the Port of Jaffa on March 19, 2015.

Budget $36,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success

The powerful images of Shonim B’Yachad/Different Together have been in the public eye for only a short time. But the impact is profound. To date, the exhibition has received a commendation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and visits from the elected leadership of Tel Aviv/Jaffa, multiple members of the Israeli Knesset, along with Jewish, Muslim and Christian clergy. An estimated 250,000 Israelis and visitors to Israel will experience the project.

Long Term Success

If the first year of our success with Shonim B’Yachad/Different Together is any indication, we are about to embark on a life changing educational tool that will impact the next generation of all creed, religion and orientation in Israel. The acceptance of the program in Israel has been remarkable. At no extra cost, we have been asked to extend the exhibit at the Jaffa Port; a smaller, traveling version of the exhibit will be shown at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv. We are already planning for next year, while exploring additional partnerships and sponsors that will help us perpetuate this vital endeavor.

Program Success Monitoring The "likes" on Facebook grow daily, as does the amount of views on the You Tube Channel. 
Program Success Examples As we enter into the second year of planning, we are generating a lot of interest both locally, nationally and internationally. An estimated 250,000 Israelis and visitors to Israel will experience the project. As the initiative expands and the exhibit moves to multiple locations, the numbers of people who will experience the project will grow.
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Howard Tevlowitz
CEO Term Start June 2001
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Howard has served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee since 2001.  Prior to assuming this role, he served as the Young Leadership Director for the Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service; the Campaign Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County; and the Director of Suburban Regions for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Mrs. Ilene Fox
Ms. Inna Sideman CFO
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 16
Part Time Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 78
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 500
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
The Federation partners with a number of area organizations to provide programming and services to the community, including: JFCS, Jewish Housing Council, BBYO, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, the Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch, Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota Film Festival, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Asolo Rep Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Perlman Music Program, Youth Experiencing Arts, Inc., Mote Marine Laboratory, Embracing our Differences and area synagogues and Jewish membership organizations.  In addition, the Federation serves as host for staff from the American Society for Technion and provides meeting space for Jewish and general community organizations.
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Manatee Chamber of Commerce
External Assessments and Accreditations
Charity Navigator
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Business Income
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Fiduciary Liability
Fine Arts and Collectibles
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
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
 The Jewish Federation completed a Jewish Population Study in 2001.  Following the Study, the Federation spent 2 years developing a comprehensive Strategic Plan which was implemented from 2003 - 2006.  The Plan was amended in the Fall of 2011 - the Spring of 2012.
The Federation is currently developing new strategic endeavors and will release a new plan in 2013. 
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Nancy Swart
Company Affiliation None
Board Term Nov 2012 to Nov 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Barbara Ackerman Coldwell Banker Preview
Mr. Alan Ades Retired
Mr. Dan Barwick Community Volunteer
Mrs. Susan Benson-Steenbarger Retired
Mr. Thomas Bernstein Retired
Mr. Ian Black Ian Black Real Estate
Mrs. Fran Braverman Community Volunteer
Mr. Randon Carvel Community Volunteer
Mr. David Chaifetz Retired
Mr. Gerard Daniel Retired
Mrs. Helen Glaser Community Volunteer
Mrs. Roz Goldberg Retired
Mr. Scott Gordon Self Employed Attorney
Dr. Joshua Green Urology Treatment Center
Mr. David Gruber Floors by Design
Dr. Lewis Hanan Sarasota Periodontal Associates
Mrs. Stacy Hanan Community Volunteer
Mr. Jeff Hoffman Community Volunteer
Dr. Robert Katz Community Volunteer
Mrs. Simone Knego Community Volunteer
Mrs. Claire Levin Retired
Mrs. Linda Lipson Retired
Mrs. Roslyn Mazur Community Volunteer
Ms. Nelle Miller Community Vounteer
Mr. Michael Ritter Retired
Mrs. Irene Ross Retired
Mr. Mark Schlanger Self Employed
Mrs. Betty Schoenbaum Communty Volunteer
Mr. Sam Shapiro Retired
Mr. Stanley Siegel Community Vounteer
Mrs. Bunny Skirboll Retired
Mrs. Lois Stulberg Retired
Mrs. Nancy Swart Community Volunteer
Mr. Bruce Udell Udell & Associates
Mrs. Judy Weinstein Community Volunteer
Mrs. Patti Wertheimer Community Volunteer
Mrs. Cynthia Wright Community Volunteer
Mr. Merrill Wynn Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 38
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 19
Female 19
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 55
Standing Committees
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $4,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,000,000.00
Endowment Value $18,417,838.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
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? No
IRS Form 990s
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$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$5,670,262$5,320,661$3,217,475
Investment Income, Net of Losses$289,337$32,939$69,352
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events($41,328)$90,974($789)
Revenue In-Kind$0$130,804$437,965
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,554,381$4,646,970$4,268,943
Administration Expense$542,852$371,544$201,403
Fundraising Expense$508,794$583,452$327,121
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.070.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses25%83%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%11%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$25,787,067$25,199,601$22,871,909
Current Assets$21,491,250$20,769,834$18,357,840
Long-Term Liabilities$508,622$583,134$618,929
Current Liabilities$785,232$513,164$497,426
Total Net Assets$24,493,213$24,103,303$21,755,554
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $5,670,262Contributions, gifts, grants $5,320,661Contributions, gifts, grants $3,217,475
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $289,337Net Rental Income $250,049Advertising $197,959
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRental Income $274,680Advertising Income $211,766Net rental income $174,886
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $175,001 - $200,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities27.3740.4736.91
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%2%3%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization An integral part of the current Federation strategic plan in outreach to baby boomers, gen x, gen y, as well as teens.  The younger generation of donors have a different relationship with philanthropy.  The challenge is to engage these younger donors in non-traditional ways engagement and philanthropic vehicles.
Financial Comments by Foundation NOTE: Nonprofit has an investment in a fund that issues k-1. The fund sends them an estimated k-1 in June but the final usually comes out in September.  Foundations and corporations were separated from individual contributions based on information provided by the nonprofit for fiscal years 2009 and 2010.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  The Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.  For 2014, financial information was taken solely from the audited financial statements as only the Federal extension request was available at time of review.
Nonprofit The Jewish Federation Of Sarasota-Manatee
Address Klingenstein Jewish Center
580 McIntosh Road
Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone 941 371-4546