Van Wezel Foundations Inc
777 N Tamiami Trail 3rd Floor
Sarasota FL 34236
Mission
To enrich the lives of members of the gulf coast community, with an emphasis on children, through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the Van Wezel - the region's premier performing arts hall.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Monica Van Buskirk
Board Chair Mr. Michael Martella
Board Chair Affiliation President, Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc.
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1987
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2016
State Registration Yes May 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,100,120.00
Projected Expenses $1,001,271.00
Impact Statement

Last year ending Sept 30, 2014 we increased our fundraising efforts by 32% over the previous year. This money was raised to help fund our Education programs as well as help the Van Wezel Hall with special projects like a new digital sign on Hwy 41 and Hall renovations such as the Founder's Lounge, the outside sails and patio furniture and the grand drape and liner. Our exciting news is that in the summer of 2015 we will be putting a new private restroom into the Founder's Lounge for our major donors.

 
We will continue to grow our extraordinary "Where Inspiration Takes Center Stage" program which to date has raised approximately $800.000. 
 
In January we hired AMS Consultants and formed a Board Task Force to study the needs and the sustainability of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall over the next 50 years.
 
Van Wezel's program achievements last year (2013/2014), as funded through the Van Wezel Foundation:
 
• Over 25000 students attended Schooltime Performances
• The Van Wezel Foundation funds Total Access, a program that provides a working low-income family the opportunity to bring their children to the theatre to attend first class symphony, ballet, pop concerts, jazz and modern dance performances. This program also includes a pre-show dinner which brings the family together before the show. in an intimate setting and prepares the family for the ultimate theatre experience  The  program concludes with a volunteer opportunity and end-of-the-year celebration.  
 
Three goals this year of Van Wezel's programs as funded through the Van Wezel Foundation:
  • Continue with Military/Senior Access program, to provide free tickets for low-income seniors and veterans.
  • Increase the number of families participating in Total Access.
  • Increase number of Title One schools in Manatee County we pay for transportation to attend Schooltime Performances.


 

Needs Statement

 

  1. Systems and infrastructure of the office. The Van Wezel Foundation offices are not configured for staff efficiency nor is there room for the additional staffing that the Foundation needs to grow. Current software needs to be upgraded, new software needs to be purchased, and several ageing computers and printers need to be replaced. Cost approx. $19,000.
  2. Many people do not realize that we operate independently of the city of Sarasota. We need to institute a stronger branding strategy including a cleaned up email list, marketing calendar of mailings, media campaign and social networking.
  3. We are in the process of initiating a new Planned Giving Campaign and we also launched  a new donor campaign called "Where Inspiration Takes Center Stage". We are also targeting Corporate Matching Gift Programs. Currently only 7% of corporate matches are used nationally. 
  4. We hope to launch a new Capital Campaign to help support specific needs for the Performing Arts Hall. They are in desperate need of carpeting in the Grand Foyer and other renovations.
  5. The Van Wezel's restrooms desperately need to be updated and a new restroom needs to be built in the Founders Lounge.
Background Statement
The Van Wezel Foundation, a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is the primary fundraising organization for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall which is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota.

The Foundation was established in 1987 to provide leadership and fundraising support for the capital needs of the Hall.  The founders were Annamae Sandegren, Harvey Rothenberg, and Curtis Haug, former managing director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.  Over the years, the Foundation has shifted its primary fundraising focus from capital projects to supporting the education programs of the Hall including: Schooltime Performances, school busing reimbursements, community engagement through ticket subsidies for area non-profits, and main stage sponsorships.
 
  • The Foundation supports education programs and busing reimbursements for more than 25,000 students annually from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto Counties.  The students attend Schooltime Performances for only $7 per person.  For every 10 paid admissions per school one student is free.  
  • Students’ experiences at the Van Wezel are supplemented in the classroom by arts integrative learning techniques provided by their teachers, most who have been trained to incorporate the arts into the instruction of core curriculum subjects.   
  • The Foundation subsidizes approximately 1,000 tickets to select main stage performances for non-profit organizations each year. 
  • The Van Wezel Foundation has also fulfilled its other mission of enhancing the Van Wezel itself, with gifts such as the two Steinway concert grand pianos, the Maurice L. Hirsch Memorial Circle statue, the purchase and maintenance of the sculpture “Applause” and by updating the artist meet and greet room, just to name a few. We recently provided a new stage curtain, funding for electronic signage on Hwy 41, and updated and furnished the Founders Lounge.
        

The Foundation exists through generous contributions by individuals, corporations, and foundations throughout the region.  The Foundation maintains an endowment fund for income to help support its mission.

 
Under the leadership of Board Chair Mike Martella, President & CEO Monica Van Buskirk, and the exemplary board, the Van Wezel Foundation is poised to set higher goals and exceed the remarkable achievements of its first 27 years.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Keywords
Arts Education, VWF, Van Wezel, Arts Foundation, Enriching Lives Through the Performing Arts, veterans, Schooltime Performance Program
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Foundation was established in 1987 to provide leadership and fund raising support for the capital needs of the Hall. The founders were Annamae Sandegren, Harvey Rothenberg, and Curtis Haug, former managing director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Over the years, the Foundation has shifted its primary fund raising focus from capital projects to supporting the education programs of the Hall: Schooltime Performances, school busing reimbursements, community engagement through ticket subsidies for area non-profits, and main stage sponsorships. However, we did not forget the capital needs of the Hall. I’m pleased to announce that we provided funding for the new burgundy velvet grand drape that covers the stage in the Performance Hall, electronic signage on Hwy 41, and also funds for current renovation of restrooms and new carpeting.

The 2014-15 season for the Foundation has started off well and we thank you for your continued support. Your generosity helps us support the Hall with its Schooltime performances and capital needs which serves the entire community. The Foundation will continue to work with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, City Manager, and the city staff to develop other exciting programs that will benefit our community. 
Our education program this past season focused on Title one Schools, especially in Manatee County. In addition we are writing grants for Teacher Artists to visit schools and work on curriculum enhancements and workshops prior to the each of the children's programs.
 
Thank you again for your generosity and support.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
I have been associated with the Van Wezel Foundation for over 10 years as a volunteer, patron, donor, Board Member, Vice-chairman of the Board and now President and CEO. What has kept me engaged at the Foundation and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is its history of excellence.

I am entering my 4th year as President and CEO with an excellent and experienced staff, and are working towards tripling contributions from where we started. Consistency and continuity with staff and donors has been and continues to be critical to the success of the Foundation. In recent years we have won two major awards; Cultural Organization of the Year in 2014 and Best Fundraising Gala 2015.
 
I’m grateful to all the volunteers, donors, sponsors, and community members that help to make the Van Wezel Foundation a great success. Together we are doing great things for the Van Wezel, our community and especially for all the children who will experience our school time performances, workshops, and Teaching Artists through the support provided by you.
 
Remember the Van Wezel Foundation inspires our audiences, our children, and our community!
Programs
Description
Children throughout our region experience the performing arts because  the Van Wezel Foundation supports our Schooltime Performances.  Approximately 25,000 school children and educators from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties attend live productions by world renowned artists at the Van Wezel.  Before performances, teachers receive and distribute study guides to students to prepare them for the experience. In 2015-16 specially created learning modules for Schooltime Performances will allow teachers to take arts and core curriculum to the next level. Students explore the subject area of the performances before seeing it live. The curriculum is brought to life expanding classroom learning through integrative arts education.   Ticket prices are $7 per person. One of every ten students per class attends free.  We make every effort to ensure that every student can attend with their class.  We fundraise  each year to provide underwriting for this worthwhile program.
Budget $320,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Children's Theater Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Short Term Success
 We receive many thank you letters and responses from  teachers who are eager to share the impact these programs have has on their students.
 
 "Many have never been more than a few miles from their homes, much less to a performance like this. They were all well behaved and proud to have been selected to attend."-Teacher, Rogers Garden Elementary
 
"Thank you so much for making our field trip experience to the Van Wezel such a positive and enjoyable experience! I really appreciated your organization's information and prompt assistance ever since we signed up for the trip. My co-workers and I were very impressed with the way everyone at the Van Wezel treated us. My students had an amazing time on their field trip. It was so wonderful to see how much they enjoyed and appreciated being in a theater and seeing a live performance.  Given most of my students' background, this is something most of them have never experienced. Now my students can't wait to come back to your theater.  I am so excited that they now love and appreciate live theater as much as I do!- Kimberly Rice, Second Grade Teacher, Blackburn Elementary
Long Term Success
The goal of Schooltime Performances, and the entire integrated arts program for children, is to improve the learning process.  By presenting productions for children that relate to various type of core curriculum subjects throughout the year we hope to enhance the students' learning.  Increased retention of the subject matter is one of many positive outcomes realized through this process.  
 
Students’ involvement with the arts increases performance in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills.”  Rand Corporation Study Report
Program Success Monitoring
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall education staff, educators who have participated with their students in the Schooltime Performance programs, and VWPAH management. 

School-time Evaluations are used to monitor the quality of programming, how teachers implement the content and integrate it into their classrooms and impact on students observed. More in depth program evaluations for 2015-2016 will be implemented to track the success of the learning modules on student and teacher learning. This will include a special teacher focus group.

Program Success Examples
“I want to thank you for inviting my children from the Children’s Academy to see ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’. All 104 children really enjoyed this wonderful outing. They talked about it endlessly all the way back to school yesterday and then again when their parents picked them up. 
 
This was a wonderful experience my children don’t often get and may never again. Ninety seven percent of my children live in poverty so live theater is not something in their world, yet now for these 104 children it was a reality.
 
"This was a fabulous show and I am so happy that all of our middle school students were able to attend. We are very fortunate to have these opportunities in Sarasota!"-Sarasota Academy of the Arts
 
"The show was amazing! The students were engaged and excited to compare the plays to the books that we have read in the classroom."-Venice Elementary 
 
'They were so excited about attending the 'Purple" building to see a show live. The look on their faces was priceless. They talked about it all the way back to school and told their peers about the show."-Orange-Ridge Elementary
 
Description

With the high cost of transportation, many schools have chosen to limit field trips for their students.  Many teachers and administrators note that without bus reimbursement, they would be unable to bring their students to Van Wezel. Public Schools unable to pay for transportation to Schooltime Performances are eligible to receive reimbursement for bus transportation to our performances. By providing bus reimbursement for school groups, we are helping to introduce many students to live theater for the very first time.  If not for the reimbursements Schooltime Performances would not sell enough tickets to be economically viable as attendance would be severely affected due to lack of transportation funding, limiting arts opportunities for students that is truly connected to the curriculum. 

Budget $55,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Several schools, particularly Title One facilities, have been able to attend programs that they would not normally afford.  The children buy their own tickets for $7 but because the busing cost is not charged to the children, the Van Wezel Foundation reimburses schools for their expense.  Classes from as far away as DeSoto and Charlotte counties, as well as North Port and Englewood have benefitted.  Most, if not all, schools would not attend if it weren't for this reimbursement.
Long Term Success
Since schools are limited by their financial capacity to bring students to the Van Wezel Peforming Arts Hall for Schooltime Performances, it is our hope that most, if not all, students from our region will experience the performing arts.  Busing reimbursements guarantee that all students have an opportunity to attend a Schooltime Performance at the Van Wezel, and to experience and embrace a comprehensive arts integration approach to learning.   By maximizing the impact of arts education, administrators will be more likely to nurture the arts in their own schools, making sure each continues to budget adequate resources for all their students to benefit.
Program Success Monitoring
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall education department staff and Van Wezel Foundation Chief Operating Officer.
Program Success Examples
“I can still remember the first time I found out that I could take my kids to the Van Wezel for performances.  I was thrilled to learn I could connect my curriculum with … the arts.  Over the past nine years my students and I have forged a relationship with the Van Wezel that has afforded us growth and created memories that have forever changed us.” Joanna Fox, Creative Writing Instructor at Booker Middle School
 
“Thank you so much for your efforts in securing funding assistance for our fourth and fifth grade classes that are attending performances at the Van Wezel next month. The last few years have been especially difficult for many of our students’ families. The funding assistance is enabling the attendance of students who would otherwise not be able to attend the performances. We look forward to working with you in the future.” - Sally Mancheno, Principal, Lamarque Elementary
Description

The goal is for teachers to know how they can effectively incorporate different art forms into the process of teaching core curriculum subjects, arts integration. Through an eighteen-year partnership with the Kennedy Center and the Sarasota County School District, the Van Wezel provides professional development workshops for local educators.  In 2014-2015 the Van Wezel expanded its Professional Development offerings by collaborating with Any Given Child to create the Arts Integration League. The League allows teacher to attend workshops to become experts in arts integration strategies which they can  bring back to their schools. This program will continue in 2015-2016. The workshops help train teachers to connect Schooltime Performances to classroom curriculum and all students’ learning styles. Taught by nationally renowned Kennedy Center educators, participants receive in-service credit from their District. Educational materials are given to the teachers for their classrooms.  .

Budget $18,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Other Named Groups K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Sarasota County School Board team have seen growth in number and depth of teachers served in its professional development program through recent expansions. As part of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program with Sarasota County Schools, along with Any Given Child Sarasota, the Van Wezel created the Arts Integration League. Over 80 teachers attended a summer intensive training in Arts Integration, followed by a series of 3 workshops during the School Year. Participants have noted they are gaining increased comfort using arts integration and have successfully integrated many of the strategies presented throughout the school year. The Van Wezel is currently planning the summer intensive and school year season for the 2015-2016 Season.

Long Term Success

Since 1997 the Van Wezel has been a part The John F. Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program with the Sarasota County School Board. This long term initiative has seen thousands of teachers receive knowledge and skill in integrating the arts in their classrooms.

 

The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center defines arts integration as: an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.  Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both. 

 

Teachers continue to recognize the importance of the arts for their students. The Van Wezel is a resource for providing superior teacher training when it comes to arts integration professional development for teachers

 

Throughout the program, teachers have seen the lasting benefits of these workshops on students. Over the years the Van Wezel has completed 7 national research grants that track the program’s success. Teachers have noted and observed the six traits of arts integration training as shared by students who have benefitted from their knowledge of arts integration education:

  • Use of Artistic Vocabulary

  • Demonstration of content knowledge through the arts

  • Use of imagination

  • Skilled in negotiating diverse viewpoints

  • Self-confidence

  • Active Engagement

     

    By providing a comprehensive education program that engages teachers, their administration, students and parents it is our hope that the children will face a future with limitless possibilities, regardless of their socioeconomic or ethnic background.  

Program Success Monitoring

The School District of Sarasota, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall education staff and the Kennedy Center Partners in Education administrators work together to monitor and track the success of the Professional Development Training Program. 


In 2015-2016 the Van Wezel and Sarasota County School Board will be monitoring and expanding teacher evaluations of the Professional Development workshops and material studied throughout the school year. This will allow the partnership to monitor how comfortable teachers are with the strategies, how they are using them in their classrooms and the benefit they see in their students as a result. Teachers participating, under guidance of the Van Wezel and Sarasota County School District Staff, are asked to document their arts integration teaching and student learning success. This will allow for even greater program success monitoring.

Program Success Examples

The Van Wezel has seen increased interest and demand to attend Teacher Workshops and be a part of the Arts Integration League. Additionally, participants are become more comfortable discussing arts integration and sharing strategies with their peers. In addition to implementing these strategies in their classrooms, to great benefit of their students, teachers have shared the strategies with the rest of their school through staff meetings and peer to peer professional development.

Teacher Evaluations illustrate the value of this program to teachers and the success they have had bringing the work into their classrooms. Responses from teachers who have participated in the 2014-2015 School Year highlight the lasting benefit of these trainings:

 

The sessions I've attended have opened my mind to all the possibilities we can share with the students. Through MUCH dedicated practice, we can integrate the arts with our content EVERY DAY.

 

Yes, just keep doing what you have been doing. This is by far, the best professional development I've ever attended. Keep the integrity of the program! Thank you so much!!!

 

I have learned how to implement arts integration in the classroom and how to be a resource for the teachers in my school.

 

I've learned that integrating the arts in the classroom doesn't have to be a difficult or arduous task. I've witnessed that it really engages students in the lesson and increases learning.

 

I have learned that Arts Integration is the way to teach. It covers all learning styles and students remember the information much longer when taught in this manner. It makes the subject matter interesting to those who would otherwise have no interest.

 

I have LOVED this program and it has revitalized my teaching. Powerful stuff. I use AI in every area of the curriculum (2nd grade- reg ed.) and try to incorporate it a few times a week at the least. I am hoping to pursue a Master's (continuing it) in AI. I am sold!

Description

Military Access is a new program building on the success of the Van Wezel’s Total and Senior Access programs. Military Access honors current and past members of our military. The program allows for the arts to provide opportunities for a therapeutic and engaging experience. Social and mental engagement and participation in extracurricular activities within the community, such as arts events, can help provide a relief from stress and encourage dialogue among families and Veterans. In an effort to honor those affected by military deployment, Military Access will show appreciation and enhance well-being by giving these individuals and families the experience of attending a professional live performance. The Van Wezel will work with service organizations to identify families and Veterans for whom this would be a worthwhile activity. Identified participants will receive free tickets to a Van Wezel show, providing a truly special opportunity.  

Budget $30,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success

Help Organizations describe near term achievements that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

New additions to the Van Wezel's Access programs serves Seniors and Veterans/Active Military and their Families who might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience live performing arts. This program will allow for military and seniors to be honored, while providing engaging and therapeutic activities. Short term success will include:
  • Honoring veterans and families of active military by this special opportunity;
  • Creating special family memories of  the arts, which allow for increased family and peer communication and well-being;
  • Increasing the sense of pride and improving quality of life of Veterans and Seniors;
  • Providing one-in-a-lifetime experiences for families of deployed soldiers and Veterans and Seniors;
  • Strengthening community ties and awareness;
  • Establishing a love of the arts within NEW audiences
Long Term Success This yearly program will allow for the Van Wezel and Van Wezel Foundation to form strong relationships with organizations who serve the Veterans, active military and their families and seniors on a limited income. Through the program, these individuals will feel support from their community and increased appreciation of the arts. It is expected that increased family and peer dialogue, socialization, and sense of pride will be achieved as part of the program.
Program Success Monitoring Van Wezel staff will communicate with partner organizations to monitor benefits and outcomes. Participants will fill out post-show questionnaires. Some will be interviewed to collect detailed representation of benefits and program results.
Program Success Examples

The Van Wezel has a history of working with organizations that serve the population  being reached through this program. In 2014-215, over 230 people participated in the Van Wezel's Access to the Arts Program for Seniors and Military

Description Total Access provides a working, low-income family the opportunity to bring their children to the theater to attend first class symphony, ballet, pop concerts, jazz and modern dance performances.  The program also includes a pre-show dinner, which brings the family together before the show in an intimate setting, and prepares the family for the ultimate theater experience.  The program concludes with a volunteer opportunity and end-of-the-year celebration.
Budget $20,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
Short Term Success

Help Organizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

 

Through the program, families will attend 3-4 Van Wezel performances, including a pre-show dinner at Mattison’s Bayside. Short term success will include:

 

  • Establish a love of the arts within NEW arts audiences;
  • Increased dialogue among family members;
  • Create special family memories of experiencing the arts as a family;
  • Introduce children to new cultural experiences through live theater performances; and
  • Achieve diversity and inclusiveness at the Van Wezel and in the greater Sarasota arts community.

 

Long Term Success

The program is entering its fifth year, and continues to provide arts opportunities to families that would otherwise not have the opportunities to attend professional productions at the Van Wezel. Additionally, the program has allowed for the Van Wezel to deepen relationships with organizations that serve families within our community.

 

Families have cited that the program allows for an increase in dialogue amongst members, and that it has served as both an artistic and social motivator for family members. Parents comment that their children show an increased appreciation of art, often talking about the experience for days or months following the performance.
 
The program has also allowed for the Van Wezel to develop lasting relationships with organizations that serve families in need. Partnering organizations return year after year with families excited to be a part of the program. Additionally, new partners are added as the program has been able to grow to accommodate additional families.
Program Success Monitoring

Van Wezel staff will communicate with partner organizations to monitor benefits and outcomes. Participants will fill out post-show questionnaires.  

Program Success Examples

Families have noted many benefits to the program through evaluations and surveys, from bringing the family together to inspiring careers in the arts.

It was rewarding to see my family enjoying, laughing and talking about this experience.  We are so thankful for this program.  We would never be able to experience this.
 
This was our first theater performance with the kids and it was wonderful watching their reactions.  I fear they may be spoiled now - because it is not every show you get to meet, get autographs and photos with the performers.

 

This performance brought our family closer as there was no TV, no games, cell phones, our children interacted with each other and us and enjoyed it all… The time we spent with each other will always make a lasting impression on our family, the joy and laughter always brings us closer.

 

It was rewarding to get dressed up, have dinner & see a show.  This was our first time doing this we laughed, talked, took pictures, just really nice.

 

Comments
Program Comments by Organization
New Programs: 

In our efforts to ensure teachers, students and our community are engaged in the arts, our programs have been steadily growing in numbers served and depth of experience. We are particularly excited about Van Wezel enhanced learning modules for the 2015-2016 school year which will provide arts-based lesson plans specifically created to tie to Florida Standards. More information will be available about these enhancements in Summer 2015.

The Foundation is in it's second year of it's "Where Inspiration Takes center Stage" campaign. This exciting campaign honors donors at levels of $25,000 or above with special perks and recognition.

We initiated a Refer-A-Friend campaign which honors those Friends Society members with special perks for referring their friends.
 
We initiated a Legacy Society and established a Planned Giving program for the Van Wezel Foundation  to secure it's future and it's good work for the Community as well as for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Monica Van Buskirk
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email msvanbuskirk@vwfoundation.org
Experience
Monica Van Buskirk, President and CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation, had been on the Board of Directors for three years at time of appointment.  Monica has been involved with the Foundation for eight years. She is also the Principal of Monica Consults, a Florida corporation.
 
Monica has been actively involved in many charitable organizations in Sarasota and was a property consultant and senior realtor for high net worth individuals and groups for a number of years. Prior to coming to Sarasota, Monica was the President and CEO of Monica's Best Foods, a multi-line chocolate company in New York City and Boston.  Prior to that, she had been the Vice President and General Manager for Godiva Chocolatier and a Vice President at Brentano's Book Stores and MacMillan Publishing, New York City.
 
Monica has a BA in Marketing from Columbia University New York City and a MS Economics C.U.N.Y Graduate Center New York City.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Mrs. Sandra Dietrich June 2009 - Mar 2010
Mr. Norman Olshansky Mar 2010 - Jan 2012
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Barbara A. Brosius
Ms. Michele M. Strauss Director of Development
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 115
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
We are partners with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in providing the private, non-profit, fundraising efforts needed to continue the legacy of excellence in programming and accessibility for all our region's citizens.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Best Cultural Organization of the YearSarasota Chamber of Commerce2014
Best GalaSarasota Magazine2014
Salute to Business "Hiring our Neighbors" AwardSarasota Chamber of Commerce2013
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael Martella
Company Affiliation President, Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Board Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Chair Email mike.martella@boarshead.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Ali Bahaj Retired
Ms. Mary Bensel Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Ms. Joan Bradbury Kayser Director, Trust & Estate Services: Harris Private Bank
Mr. Philip A. Delaney Jr.President, Northern trust
Mrs. Sandra Dietrich Principal, Dietrich Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Mark P. Famiglio C0-Founder, Copy Talk
Mr. Darrell Huntley Retired
Ms. Jacqueline Lewis retired
Mr. Michael Martella President, Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Mr. Shaun Merriman President and CEO of Gateway Bank
Ms. Margie Nellum Lee Community Volunteer
Mr. Karl Newkirk Director, Ariba, Inc.
Ms. Camber Pecor CYD Star Student
Mr. Martin Rappaport Commercial Property Developer and Manager
Ms. Delia Smith-Orth Community Volunteer
Ms. Sharyn Weiner Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael J. Wilson Williams Parker
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 60
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 10
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Marketing
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $1,100,120.00
Projected Expenses $1,001,271.00
Endowment Value $1,549,862.00
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$581,484$402,038$359,953
Administration Expense$156,587$137,449$124,081
Fundraising Expense$336,460$309,182$237,510
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.261.571.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses54%47%50%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue26%30%29%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$3,923,805$3,520,371$3,109,004
Current Assets$3,911,505$3,503,835$3,093,939
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$27,417$23,724$25,286
Total Net Assets$3,896,388$3,496,647$3,083,718
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,141,060Contributions, gifts, grants $870,341Contributions, gifts, grants $688,580
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $131,162Investment income $299,451Fundraising $124,106
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $79,156Fundraising $163,472Investment income $55,764
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities142.67147.69122.36
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

 1.Systems and infrastructure of the office. The Van Wezel Foundation offices are not configured for staff efficiency nor is there room for the additional staffing that the Foundation needs to grow. Current software needs to be upgraded, new software needs to be purchased, and several ageing computers and printers need to be replaced. Cost approx. $19,000.

 
Many people do not realize that we operate independently of the city of Sarasota. We need to institute a stronger branding strategy including a cleaned up email list, marketing calendar of mailings, media campaign and social networking. 
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 990.  990 and audit are reconciled.
Nonprofit Van Wezel Foundations Inc
Address 777 N Tamiami Trail 3rd Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236
Primary Phone 941 366-5578

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