Cultural Center Of Charlotte County Inc
2280 Aaron Street
Port Charlotte FL 33952

The mission of the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, Inc. is to enhance the educational, recreational, physical and mental well being of the citizens of Charlotte County and beyond.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Kenneth Stephen Carter
Board Chair Mr. Ken Schultz
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Former Names
Port Charlotte Adult Educational Association, Inc.
Adult Education Association of Charlotte County, Inc.
Port Charlotte Cultural Center, Inc.
Cultural Center of Charlotte County Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1965
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS LetterView
Impact Statement
The Cultural Center of Charlotte County has served the community for over fifty years. The lively nature of the Center has long been a determining factor in bringing new residents into the county.  The Cultural Center continues to serve approximately 500,000 residents and visitors each year with live performances, classes, a fitness salon, daily meals, meeting space, and special events. 
Needs Statement

Like many non-profit organizations, the Cultural Center has a number of needs that are not met within its limited budget. Meeting these needs would enhance the offerings of the Center but a lack of funds mandates that they be left on the backburner from year to year unless a grant can be captured to fund them. The following are just a few of the concerns that require attention:

1.  The Cultural Center Theater was devastated in 2004 by Hurricane Charley.  It was cleaned up and reopened after the storm and has been operating at full speed ever since.  Now, almost ten years later, much of the technical equipment is in need of an update, the lobby floors need to be recovered, and the specific needs include monitor wedges (estimate $1,600), lobby flooring replacement (estimate $9,000) .


2.  In the Conference/Banquet facility the audio system needs an update.  Our diversifying community has a more advanced technical requirement when it coms to sound and, though our current system is adequate, we sometimes have to bring in a support system.  A more complete in house system would enable us to offer a higher level of service to our clients while they would be able to offer a higher quality presentation to their guests.

 3.  In the Fitness Salon much of the equipment is very old and in need of replacement, specifically treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights and exercise bikes.

 4.  In The Learning Place a subsidy for Summer Programs for Children and Youth is needed (estimate $5,000 annually).  Carpeting replacement is needed in some of the classrooms and the office area (estimate $12,000).

Background Statement
In the past fifty years the Cultural Center evolved from a 750 square foot facility to a 90,000 square foot facility. It has been expanded thirteen times over the years despite the fact that it has remained a non-profit corporation, receiving no operational funds from government agencies at any level. It has been able to achieve this because of the support it has received from its community members. Funding for its operation is garnered through user fees, contributions and the support of over 500 volunteers in any given year. User fees are generally collected through the theater, The Learning Place, the Fitness Salon, activities, events, and food services. Contributions come in the form of goods contributed for sale in the Center’s shops.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
FL- Lee
Areas Served Comments

North Port, Charlotte County, Englewood, South Venice, North Fort Myers and Arcadia

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The Cultural Center of Charlotte County is a unique, multi-generational facility serving numerous educational, recreational and social needs of the Charlotte Community. We welcome any help we can get in meeting the needs of this diverse community.   
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The Cultural Center of Charlotte County is very pleased to be included in the Giving Partner program and will be most grateful for any funds that can be made available to the Center through this program.

The Learning Place of the Cultural Center provides classes and workshops year round in various fields including art, crafts, humanities, dance, exercise, computers, fitness and special interest. Generally classes serve the adults in the community; however, during summer months classes and camps are available for children and youth.  A music program for children and youth is now being offered and a community youth chorus is currently being developed. Approximately 1,000 classes and 150 workshops are offered each year. Every attempt is made to keep the registration fees and instructor fees as low as possible.

Budget $170,100
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success

Despite the unhealthy economy in Charlotte County, the adult classes at The Learning Place have managed to maintain a good enrollment during the Winter Terms. This is due to the “snow bird” population that is at its height in this season. The addition of short-term workshops have also brought in increased enrollment during this season.

Long Term Success The educational arm of the Cultural Center has been in existence for over fifty years and continues to be the recognized continuing education center of the Charlotte community. The program offerings at The Learning Place have continued to grow and change to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse county.
Program Success Monitoring

Enrollments are measured each term against the enrollments of the previous year. And the registration procedures, classes and instructors are evaluated by the students in the high enrollment terms each year. In general the Instructors are rated very highly. Rarely is there an instructor who receives less than a “very good” rating.

Program Success Examples
Recently, the Computer Classes at the Cultural Center won the accolade of being the "Best" by the Sun Media Group's readers two years in a row. In general program success can be measured by the filled to capacity classes.

The Cultural Center is a place where many come to meet new friends and stay active. An array of recreational activities are offered for people of all ages. Over 20 card games are offered each week, as well as BINGO, chess and Mah Jongg. A woodturners club, a stamp corner, a woodcarvers club, a two piano group, and a dulcimer group (just to name a few) meet at the Center regularly. Dances are provided for all ages, from teens to seniors on a regular basis, and an afternoon Karaoke group keeps some oldtimers singing.

Budget $198,900
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Hobbies
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success

All of the recreational programs offered have a core of participants who happily participate in the programs.

Long Term Success

These recreational programs give participants a chance to get out, be active and continue to enjoy time with those who share their interests.

Program Success Monitoring

The success is monitored by attendance. Currently over 250 people come each week for the many card games offered at the Center. There are over 180 people who meet weekly for the woodcarvers, and countless numbers of our community who stop by to meet our retired postmasters to discuss stamps. Concerts provided by the Two Piano Group are overflowing and the Bingo has a very large turnout. The teen dances average approximately 300 and the Friday night adult dances about the same.

Program Success Examples
The Center has moved groups to different areas because of the capacity of players.
For 6 years in a row, the reader of the Charlotte Sun Newspaper has recognized us as one of the Best BINGO halls in Charlotte County.
New friends of the Cultural Center have volunteered to be moderators and we now offer new games, such as free Scrabble.

When a local non-profit hospital sold to a for-profit hospital, it closed and gave its exercise equipment to the Cultural Center, and the Center opened the Fitness Salon. The Salon operates six days each week from 6am until 7pm, Monday through Friday and from 6am until 2pm on Saturday. A personal trainer is on duty to assist clients during all hours of operation. During this year the Salon became certified for the Silver Sneakers Program, which provides free fitness memberships through some insurance programs. Theww or four times each year the Fitness Salon conducts a Weight Loss Challenge for the community.


In addition to the exercise programs offered through the Fitness Salon, The Learning Place offers numerous classes that are related to fitness.

Budget $60,040
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Families
Short Term Success

The memberships and visits to the Fitness Salon have continued to grow.

Long Term Success

The Center’s involvement in this program is relatively new and  it is only this past year that the operation has been under the current management. The general atmosphere and comfort in the Salon has improved greatly in the past year, and there is a growing interest in incorporating classes into the operation, since the Salon has become under the management of The Learning Place.

Program Success Monitoring

As in most of the Center’s programs, the success of the program is monitored by attendance and by the ability of the program to “pay its own way.”

Program Success Examples

The Fitness Salon has been certified during this past year for the Healthways Silver Sneakers Program.


The center for Arts programming at the Cultural Center is our 500 seat  Theater, which has been in operation for over forty four years and has been a major venue for local and traveling performers and organizations. It is home to several local performance groups including  Charlotte Players, Cul-Cen Productions, Charlotte County Concert Band, Charlotte County Big Band and Charlotte County Jazz Society. In addition, it serves as the venue for the Charlotte Players for their larger productions. Over 50,000 patrons attend over 200 performances at the Theater each year.

Budget $470,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

The Theater calendar has grown each year, and the price that has been maintained has kept the patron numbers increasing each year. Volunteers who handle the Box Office and usher continue to schedule themselves.

Long Term Success

The number of Theater goers and productions have continued to increase to the extent that this year the Cultural Center has initiated an on-line ticket sales option that is proving very helpful in reducing paper work, making record-keeping a bit easier for the volunteers, and giving easier access to the patrons who don’t have to come to the Box Office to purchase reserved seats for performances.

Program Success Monitoring
Ticket Sales and Theater Rentals
Program Success Examples
Sold out shows and  art and humanities classes that are filled to capacity
Program Comments by Organization
For over 50 years, the Cultural Center has implemented cultural activities for the community. Prices are kept to no or low charge in an effort to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to attend. The Cultural Center has over 15 different departments, and 12,000 activities on the property each year. We are the hub of activity in southwest Florida, and support many nonprofits in Southwest Florida through usage of our campus for their meetings, classes and events.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Kenneth Stephen Carter
CEO Term Start Sept 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Jim Hageman Sept 2005 - Sept 2014
Marcus Johnson Dec 1991 - Sept 2005
Senior Staff
Mr. Daniel Nero Operations Manager
Ms. Velma Plummer E.A.Accounting Manager
Ms. Amanda Joy Segur Marketing & Development Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 27
Part Time Staff 14
Staff Retention Rate % 77
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 90
Volunteers 497
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Charlotte County Government
United Way of Charlotte County
Charlotte County Public Schools
Charlotte County Computer Group Corporation
Charlotte Players
Charlotte County Concert Band
Charlotte County Big Band
Charlotte County Jazz Society
Sun Coast Media Group
Team Port Charlotte
Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce1971
Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce
North Port Chamber of Commerce
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce2005
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Community Service AwardCharlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau2010
Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Charlotte CountyArts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County2011
Best Place to play CribbageFlorida Weekly2010
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2003
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2004
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2005
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2006
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2007
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2008
best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2009
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2010
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte SUn2011
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2012
Best BINGO HallSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2007
Best BINGO HallSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2008
Best BINGO HallSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2009
Best BINGO HallSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2010
Best BINGO HallSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2011
Best BINGO HallSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2012
Best Computer Service/InstructionSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2009
Best Computer Service/InstructionSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2011
Best Computer Service/InstructionSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2012
Best Theater Production CompanySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2010
Best Theater Production CompanySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2011
Best Theater Production CompanySun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2012
Best Live EntertainmentSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2011
Best Live EntertainmentSun Media Group- Charlotte Sun2012
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group - Charlotte Sun2013
Best BINGO HallSun Media Group - Charlotte Sun2013
Best Theater Production CompanySun Media Group - Charlotte Sun2013
Best Live EntertainmentSun Coast Media Group - Charlotte Sun2013
Best Banquet FacilitySun Media Group-Charlotte Sun2014
Best BINGO HallSun Media Group-Charlotte Sun2014
Best Theater Production CompanySun Media Group-Charlotte sun2014
Best Live EntertainmentSun Media Group-Charlotte Sun2014
Best Computer InstructionSun Media Group2016
Risk Management Provisions
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 No
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 Yes
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ken Schultz
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Jose Basilio Community Volunteer
Mr. Brian Brunderman Brunderman Construction
Mrs. Carmen Ferris Community Volunteer
Dr. Pierre J. Fisher Retired
Mr. Don Gasgarth Don Gasgarth Charlotte County Ford
Mr. Jan-Erik Hustrulid Owen-Ames-Kimball Company
Mr. Darryl Keys Zypha
Mr. Geoffrey Lorah Webb, Lorah & Co. P.L
Ms. Linda Pizarro Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors
Mr. Dave Powell Retired
Mr. Raymond Rose Retired
Mr. Ken Schultz Schultz Financial Services
Captain Norman Wilson Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
Mr. John Wright Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 12
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
The Cultural Center Board is comprised of members of the community who support the artistic, educational, and recreational needs of our community.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $1,800,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,850,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
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$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$300,366$71,239$188,870
Investment Income, Net of Losses$114$41,203$27,930
Membership Dues$113,065$121,676$107,604
Special Events$74,925$71,137$69,309
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,153,441$1,275,877$1,361,119
Administration Expense$438,971$413,570$435,173
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.100.950.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%76%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$944,204$804,977$885,190
Current Assets$566,038$400,919$378,749
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$92,849$116,404$106,880
Total Net Assets$851,355$688,573$778,310
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $466,561Net Income from Sales of Inventory $445,896Net income from sales of inventory $449,946
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $300,366Class Fee Income $255,942Net Rental Income $233,869
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTheater Income $236,887Theater Income $213,994Class Fee Income $212,987
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.103.443.54
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.  990 and audit are reconciled.
Nonprofit Cultural Center Of Charlotte County Inc
Address 2280 Aaron Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33949
Phone 941 625-4175