Lighthouse of Manasota
7318 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL 34243-1401
The Lighthouse of Manasota exists to advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss.   
CEO/Executive Director Andy Reeves
Board Chair Ms. Linda Brown
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Lighthouse of Manasota
Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1985
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2016
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,333,005.00
Projected Expenses $1,330,900.00
Impact Statement

Accomplishments from the past year:

  • Recruited and trained new members to the Board of Directors bringing our number up to 11 members.
  • Participated in The Patterson Foundation's Margin & Mission Ignition initiative to re-brand and remodel our low vision store and open it to the public.
  • Celebrated the organization's 30th anniversary!
Goals for the Current Year:
  • Launch annual signature fund raising event called Art in the Dark.
  • Begin new programming for 6 to 13 year old school children.
  • Initiate re-branding of organization.
  • Conduct strategic planning sessions with Board of Directors.
  • Implement outreach and awareness campaign.
Needs Statement
1. Replace aging desktop computers and printers.
2. Funding for marketing/communications campaign.
3. Funding for branding fleet of vehicles.
Background Statement
The Manasota Lighthouse for the Blind was established as a not for profit in 1985 and was run by volunteers until 1988 when the first executive director was hired.  Since its inception, the Lighthouse has provided quality education and specialized services to children and adults with vision loss. The Lighthouse does not charge clients or their families for these services, and does not bill Medicare or private insurance. Lighthouse programs are funded in part by the Florida Department of Education Division of Blind Services, the Manatee Board of County Commissioners, private contributions, bequests and fundraising efforts by the Lighthouse.
Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
blindness, vision, eyes, visually impaired, blind, low vision, blind education and training, rehabilitation, children, babies, seniors, independent living, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, orientation, mobility
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The way in which we fulfill our mission each year is truly a love story between the Lighthouse staff and our clients. It is my belief every staff member feels it is their calling to meet the needs of our ever-growing visually impaired community.  No obstacle is too small to ensure that our clients have access to the resources necessary to recapture their independence and confidence. It is the positive spirit of our clients and staff that makes us successful. Since becoming involved with the Lighthouse in 2008, I have met several sighted individuals in our community that have not heard of our organization. So how can a 29-year old organization with so much impact go unnoticed to so many? Good question! Community outreach is certainly on the mind of the organization's leadership and staff as we look forward. Perhaps you would like a tour of the Lighthouse to see for yourself how we change lives?  
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


The Independent Living Adult Program serves non-vocational adults who have a bilateral visual impairment. The goal of the Independent Living Program is to maximize the individual's ability to live independently by providing training in the skills and resources necessary to help manage his or her activities of daily living with confidence.Specific areas of training include adaptive strategies for performing activities of daily living such as home management, reading and writing, money management, and personal management; orientation and mobility training for safe, independent travel using appropriate mobility devices and public transportation; and assistive technology training on accessible software and devices including screen readers, screen magnifiers, and accessibility features of iPads and iPhones. 

Budget $698,850
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Health/Disability Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success The client successfully achieves at least one planned goal, as determined by the client and his or her instructor and documented in the instructor's end-of-service report. Customer Service Satisfaction Surveys conducted annually while case is open and at case closure indicate at least 80% affirmative response to each of the three survey questions. The most recent survey results indicate an average 94% affirmative response rate.


Long Term Success

Clients continue to maintain ties to the visually impaired community by staying active in Lighthouse support and leisure groups and/or community advocacy groups and providing community support.

Program Success Monitoring Clients provide feedback via written exit evaluations, client satisfaction telephone surveys, and face-to-face post-assessments. Clients may also comment via email on the Lighthouse website or post comments on our Facebook page. A consumer support group meets twice a month and provides a forum for consumers to make suggestions to Lighthouse management. A Program Committee consisting of Board members, staff, and clients addresses the overall rehabilitation program and implementation of new programs and services.
Program Success Examples

An 88-year-old community dwelling man said of his mobility training and instructor: "It could not have been a better, more helpful, and more pleasant experience! I was so happy with her professionalism, knowledge, and kindness. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me!"

 A 79-year-old-woman who lives alone in a senior living apartment dwelling stated "I was feeling so bad and I didn't even want to consider going to the Lighthouse, but thank God I did because it's made such a difference in my life. I've changed!"  

The Lighthouse vocational services are provided to adult clients of all ages with a goal towards employment. The purpose of the Vocational Rehabilitation program is to provide services that enable persons with vision loss to reach their employment outcome. Training is based on the client's individualized plan for employment , as well as on assessments completed by Lighthouse rehab instructors. Services may include computer training using access software, orientation and mobility, independent living skills, low vision devices, Braille, and job readiness.

Budget $166,390
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Health/Disability Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success Instructors document progress and end services when client's instructional goals have been met as agreed upon by client, instructor, and vocational rehab counselor.
Long Term Success

Client successfully achieves desired employment outcome. Vocational Rehab Counselors of Florida's Division of Blind Services are responsible for job development and job placement.

Program Success Monitoring Initial Comprehensive Developmental Assessment and comparison to annual updates while client is receiving services. Monthly progress notes document client's progress toward goals. Clients and services are monitored through monthly client staffing attended by members of the vocational rehab team and the client when appropriate. Customer Service Satisfaction Surveys conducted annually while case is open and at case closure indicate at least an 80% affirmative response to each of five survey questions. The most recent survey results indicate an average 84% affirmative response rate.
Program Success Examples

A postsecondary teacher who lost vision due to a stroke received assistive technology training and orientation and mobility training that enabled him to travel independently around campus and maintain his employment. He is happily working again and was pleased with all the services he received.

A former transition student who didn't know what direction to take decided to attend college as a result of a positive work experience. He is now in the Vocational Rehabilitation program attending State College of Florida with a goal of becoming a music therapist, and says the Lighthouse and Division of Blind Services have been very helpful to him. 
The Early Intervention Blind Babies Program covers services for eligible children from birth through age five. The program focuses on itinerant-based instruction on the home, community, or preschool. The program services are delivered by university-trained Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI's). The goal of the program is to provide information and training to families and their children with visual impairments who are at risk of developmental delays, in order for the child to reach his or her full potential.
Budget $173,540
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Other Health/Disability
Short Term Success The child is making progress toward stated goals and developmental milestones.
Long Term Success 94% of children served achieve at least one planned goal or successfully transition to the next educational level. Families are able to assist their child through all stages of development and to advocate for them.
Program Success Monitoring Initial Comprehensive Developmental Assessment and Functional Vision Assessment and comparison to annual updates while child is receiving services. Monthly progress notes document child's progress toward goals. Customer Service Satisfaction Surveys conducted annually while case is open and at case closure indicate at least an 80% affirmative response to each of three survey questions. The most recent survey results indicate an average 92% affirmative response rate.
Program Success Examples The parents of a child receiving services were so impressed by the program that they sponsored an event to raise funds for the Lighthouse.
Transition services are provided to eligible visually-impaired high school students ages 14 to 22, to facilitate their movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, independent living, community participation, and entry into the workforce. Instruction addresses the expanded core curriculum (compensatory skills including communication modes; self-advocacy; independent living skills; orientation and mobility; social interaction skills; recreation and leisure; career education; use of assistive technology; and visual efficiency skills), community integration activities, job readiness, independent living objectives, and vocational objectives.
Budget $237,920
Category Employment, General/Other Vocational Rehabilitation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Health/Disability Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Other Named Groups
Short Term Success

Student is making progress toward stated goals and demonstrates proficiency in skills addressed by the expanded core curriculum.

Long Term Success 74% of students served graduate or receive the certificate noted on their individualized plans and successfully transition to post-school objectives.
Program Success Monitoring
Initial Transition Comprehensive Developmental Assessment and comparison to annual updates while student is receiving services. Monthly progress notes document student's participation in program and progress toward goals. Customer Service Satisfaction Surveys conducted annually while case is open and at case closure indicate at least an 80% affirmative response to each of five survey questions. The most recent survey results indicate an average 92% affirmative response rate.


Program Success Examples As a result of his work experience at Publix, a student was hired by Publix and worked there during high school. After he graduated, he moved into his own apartment and is now working at Publix in the managerial track.
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Andy Reeves
CEO Term Start Dec 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Janice Felski Sept 1998 - May 2012
Senior Staff
Lisa J. Howard CFREDirector of Development
Sally Meyers Program Director
Tina Smith Administrative Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % 83
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 56
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
The following agencies and professionals in our community collaborate in the Independent Living Program:• Manatee County Sheriff’s Department: personal and home safety.• A Horticultural Therapist: Therapeutic container gardening.• A Certified Diabetes Educator: Self-care and management.• Low Vision Optometrists: Information on optical and non-optical devices and diseases of the eye.• Ringling Museum of Art: Docents lead an accessibility tour of select paintings using visual and tactile media.• The Art Center of Sarasota: Special programs and tours, including hands-on opportunities to experience art through touch.• Community Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: Provides amplified big button phones at no cost to clients with dual hearing/visual impairment.• Sarasota and Manatee County Public Library: Establish and maintain low vision resources and host low vision and health fairs.• Sarasota and Manatee Voter Services: Training with accessible voting machines.• Senior residential facilities: Provide training on-site, establish low vision support groups, and presentations.• Various churches provide satellite locations for training.• Local chapters Florida Council of the Blind collaborate with Lighthouse on special events and advocacy efforts.
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation2014
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Linda Brown
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term June 2016 to June 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Angela Abrams Community Volunteer
Ms. Ana V. Betancourt Rivera Children First
Linda Brown Retired Division of Blind Services Director
David Cruikshank Retired
Richard Draper Lighthouse Client
Scott Han O.D.Eye Associates
Josh Kitchner K & P Benefits Consulting Group
Arysol Soltero Niffenegger M.D.Community Volunteer
Robert S Stroud Blalock Walters, Esq.
Michelle Tarullo Hyatt Sarasota
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 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 73
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $1,333,005.00
Projected Expenses $1,330,900.00
Endowment Value $3,184,349.00
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?
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$928,723$886,888$883,067
Individual Contributions$245,942$240,725$580,126
Investment Income, Net of Losses$205,998$168,152$84,715
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$50,274$72,832$156,629
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,267,883$1,202,325$1,119,256
Administration Expense$102,662$88,686$85,091
Fundraising Expense$37,868$35,668$33,645
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.031.38
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%91%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%3%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,802,651$4,030,521$3,858,134
Current Assets$355,629$584,726$589,061
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$111,593$123,886$113,591
Total Net Assets$3,691,058$3,906,635$3,744,543
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Federal & State $912,473Government Grants - Unspecified $886,888Government Grants - Unspecified $883,067
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $245,942Contributions, gifts, grants $240,725Contributions, gifts, grants $580,126
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $205,998Investment Income $168,152Fundraising $156,629
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.194.725.19
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financials provided based on IRS Form 990 and audit documents. 990s and audits reconcile.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as provided in 990s. 
Nonprofit Lighthouse of Manasota
Address 7318 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 342431401
Phone 941 359-1404