Junior League Of Manatee County Inc
1001 3rd Ave W
Suite #308
Bradenton FL 34205

Junior League of Manatee County is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and  improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Amanda Marello
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Junior League of Manatee County ("JLMC")
Supported Organization Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.
Former Names
Manatee Community Service League
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1980
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement

Women building better communities -- that’s the Junior League of Manatee County! 

Junior League of Manatee County is an all-volunteer women's civic organization. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  In furtherance of our mission, we create and organize community projects to meet the needs of women and children in need, and we do this through hosting our own fundraisers while training our volunteers and providing leadership opportunities for our members to flourish and become civic leaders.  Our members donated thousands of hours of community service to Manatee County. These hours were accumulated by volunteering at local schools, churches, various community outreach events, and JLMC programs. This contribution shows the continued dedication and commitment of the women in our organization to Manatee County and furthering our mission! 

Current Goals:

 1. Kids in the Kitchen is a healthy kids initiative and wellness program for children to help fight obesity.  Our premier event with Kids in the Kitchen is Get Your Fit On, an event we host on a fall afternoon that provides opportunities for children to interact with many local sports and athletic activities and promote healthy eating.  Our goal is to educate children on healthy lifestyles.  We would like to continue to expand our current community projects "Get Your Fit On!" and "Kids in the Kitchen" while reaching more children in Manatee County. 

2. Junior League Gives Back is an honor-roll incentive program whereby members host quarterly parties for those children who achieve honor-roll status, and along with the party, each student receives a certificate and take-home gift as a reminder of how important their education is in their lives.  This program started several years ago with third graders.  We have since expanded it to fourth graders and aspire to expand to the fifth grade as well.  We would like to maintain and improve the mentoring relationship with third and fourth graders at a local Title I school in Manatee County. We want to continue to encourage and reward successes to break the cycle of poverty and encourage good grades and pursuing an excellent education.

3. Increase awareness of our organization and our contributions to the community by implementing a new public-facing website.  Junior League of Manatee County does amazing work in the community, and we want to increase the community's knowledge of our work.  We want to continue to expand our presence and the awareness of our organization in Manatee County. 
4. Junior League of Manatee County offers our members training, mentoring and volunteering opportunities to become active leaders and role models in the community.  We would like to continue to raise up leaders in Manatee County by providing more educational and training opportunities for members that will not only help our organization but help improve our community as well. 


Needs Statement

 1.Website and Member Management System.  Our current website and member portal are outdated, clunky, and require a third party service provider to update and maintain.  We would like to engage a service contractor used by our parent organization (AJLI) and 146 other Junior Leagues from across the country to revamp our website and member portal.  A $9500 donation for implementation of these new tools will enable us to more effectively reach out and support more children and families who will benefit from our community projects.

2. We currently send members who are interested in expanding their leadership potential to Junior League conferences. A $5,000 donation would help our organization promote leadership, training and the education necessary for our future community leaders.

3. JLMC would like to increase awareness of our organization by developing new marketing materials that promote our accomplishments and impact. A donation of $3,000 would assist in getting the word out to potential recruits and donors about the great community programs and fundraisers offered by JLMC.

4. The Junior League of Manatee County encourages exercise and fitness through our “Get Your Fit On!” event. It is a free fun-filled fitness day where children are exposed to various fitness activities. A $5,000 donation would help us expand our event by partnering with additional local vendors and business owners to promote physical fitness.

5. We would like to continue to expand our honor roll incentive program, Junior League Gives Back, promoting education and academic success among elementary students. A donation of $4,000 would allow us to expand our program to other grades and potentially other schools. 

Background Statement
In the Spring of 1978, Pat Carrington (Mrs. Charles) attended the Conference on Children and Youth in Tallahassee.  She was so impressed by the quality of input of the delegates who were members of the various Junior Leagues that she returned home determined to organize such a group in Manatee County. 
In August 1978, a large group of civically active women met at the Bradenton Public Library and began the process of forming a Service League.  By December 1978, bylaws were written, membership established, and Manatee Community Service League (MCSL) became a reality. 
In March 1986, the Manatee County Service League became the Junior League of Manatee County and joined the Association of Junior Leagues, Inc. (AJLI) as its 264th member. 
Today, the Junior League of Manatee County is comprised of many women who are civic minded and looking to continue to give back to the citizens of Manatee County.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments All areas of Manatee County, Florida and portions of Sarasota County, Florida.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Welcome to the Junior League of Manatee County. We are an organization committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving our communities through the effective action of trained volunteers. I encourage you to explore our website, support our community programs, attend our fundraiser and engage with our members to learn more about our organization and the mission we proudly support every day. 

Our members come from all walks of life, however all have a heart for our community. 
Some members just moved here from college while others have lived here their whole lifetime. 


It is truly an honor to service this organization as their president. Each year I look forward to serving the community, making memories, and gaining friendships. 


Amanda Marello


President 2017-2018


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Junior League of Manatee County is an all-volunteer charity.  We have no paid staff and do not have a CEO/executive director at this time. All of our programs are created and run by our volunteers. We pride ourselves as being a distinct charity that not only focuses on the needs in the community but places a high importance of training our volunteers, not only for our organization, but for their future in our community.
Description To raise awareness of childhood obesity in Manatee County. We teach children healthy eating habits and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through our Junior League’s “Kids in the Kitchen” initiative. Last year we spread nutrition information at various events throughout the year including the Junior League's Get Your Fit On event and the Manatee YMCA's Healthy Kids Day.  Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic and now affects more than 33% of children and adolescents in the state of Florida.
Budget $6,000
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success Presenting active lifestyle options and healthier eating habits to children in our community.
Long Term Success To lower the childhood obesity rate in Manatee County.
Program Success Monitoring We listen to our community advisory members and our lead association for guidance.
Program Success Examples We visit local schools, markets, festivals and various other events to spread information to children on living a healthy lifestyle.

To encourage children from lower-income backgrounds to understand the importance of getting good grades, staying in school, and pursuing their education beyond high school.  This will lead to higher levels of success rate in overcoming their circumstances and providing stability and opportunities in their lives.  The incentives will further encourage children to embrace the gift of education and to feel pride in their work.  Members of the Junior League of Manatee County will work with these students on a quarterly basis to encourage growth and development through activities geared to education and learning.  At the end of each meeting, the students will receive certificates and an educational based incentive to encourage their continued achievement in the academic arena for years to come.

Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

This committee will work with a local Title I elementary school to encourage their third and fourth graders to achieve honor roll. Fun but educational awards would be given each quarter, and students who achieve all four quarters will receive a larger award at the end of the school year. Members of this committee will be responsible for choosing and purchasing the awards, presenting the program in some format to the children, and then planning and executing four “Junior League Gives Back” events for giving the awards. These events would take place at the end of each quarter at the school; the hope is that the excitement of the children who participate helps to spread the word to their classmates about how much fun these events are and it will continue to facilitate further academic and behavioral growth in the classroom.    

Long Term Success


The Junior League Gives Back program provides mentoring and tutoring for third and fourth graders at Orange Ridge Bullock Elementary school to help them achieve honor roll status, and we would love to extend the program to other grade levels. The children in the mentoring program have large dreams to become doctors, nurses, teachers, and firemen but do not have the opportunities to gain the skills currently needed to attain a regular education. To help accomplish this goal, Junior League members take time to teach and help the children understand their homework, give them incentives to help further encourage the children to embrace the gift of education, help them feel pride in their work, and then hopefully at the end of the year, teach them that excelling in school will help them further in life. Funding for this program will help pay for the after school supplies, provide snacks to the children who might not have the means for nourishment, learning packets for the children and family, an opportunity for us to offer incentives for the children throughout the school year to engage them to think positive about school work,and end of the school year awards after they complete the program.


Program Success Monitoring

Success of this program will be monitored by the project chair and her committee by evaluating the number of children participating each quarter.  The number of children who participate is based on their academic and behavioral achievements in the classroom.

Program Success Examples
After the end of the first quarter, there were 26 students who participated out of 110 students in the third grade.  This number has increased slightly over last year. Our goal at the end of the 4th quarter is to see the number of third grade students who participated increased to 30.
According to Jenna Polise, a school counselor, "The third-grade students as well as the Orange Ridge Bullock community really appreciate this program initiative. Since the third grade is such a vital academic year due to FCAT testing, it is important to recognize student achievement and motivation to make academic gains."
Doug Dupouy, the school Principal agrees, "Any student recognition helps to build their self esteem and their eagerness to learn new things."
Program Comments by Organization
Someone said years ago that there would never cease to be poor in the land: therefore, open your hand to the needy. Junior League of Manatee County has been doing just that for over 30 years! Since our very humble beginnings, we have been women in Manatee County building a better community! We truly believe in our mission that we develop the potential of women, improve communities, and promote volunteerism.
Thank you very much for considering our organization.  We exist to make a positive impact and change the lives of women and children in Manatee County!  As our tagline says, we are women building better communities!! We believe that we are a unique charity in the sense that not only are we based entirely on volunteers and meet the needs of women and children in our community, but we train our volunteers, not only for the work or our organization, but in the hopes of them moving on in the future to become civic leaders in our community.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 188
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
External Assessments and Accreditations
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 No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Amanda Marello
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term June 2017 to May 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Lauren Geraldson Community Volunteer
Calaina Green Independent
Julie Jensvold CPA
Erika Lisch CPA
Amanda Marello First American Bank
Kara McAllister The Eye Associates
Lauren Taylor Community Volunteer
Sierra Tomlinson Florida Cancer Specialists
Bobbi Jayne Vitale Florida Virtual Schools
Brittany Wentzell Independent
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization Our organization is structured by council: executive, finance, membership, and community.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month June
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month May
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$40,739$38,717$62,315
Administration Expense$17,314$6,333$19,959
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.581.020.61
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%86%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$98,182$115,943$118,677
Current Assets$98,182$115,943$118,677
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$18,779$12,445$15,998
Total Net Assets$79,403$103,498$102,679
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembershp Dues $17,400Fundraising $15,603Fundraising $24,349
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $9,046Meal Payments $15,253Membership Dues $19,047
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $7,512Contributions, gifts, grants $15,013Contributions, gifts, grants $6,485
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.239.327.42
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Financial statements provided for 2010 and 2011 are unaudited.
Nonprofit Junior League Of Manatee County Inc
Address 1001 3rd Ave W
Suite #308
Bradenton, FL 34280
Phone 941 748-0101