Family Network On Disabilities Of Manatee Sarasota Inc
7361 Merchant Court
Sarasota FL 34240
FND Manasota's mission is to empower families of children with disabilities in Manatee and Sarasota counties through education, advocacy, and caregiver support.  We believe that children with disabilities thrive with strong and empowered families and these family members need ongoing support to reach their maximum potential.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Mary J Smith
Board Chair Mrs Kate Schau
Board Chair Affiliation Special Education Teacher-Dunn Preparatory School
General Info
Organization DBA
The Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1992
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
2017 Accomplishments
Held our 17th Annual Disability Conference
Served 4,335 children in Manatee County through our More Alike Than Different program.
Provided 2,456.75 hours of Respite Services in Manatee and Sarasota County.
Conducted 34 Parent Mentoring and Support Classes.
Held our 1st Back to School Supply Drive for Special Needs Students 
Conducted Multiple Fundraisers throughout the Year in Support of Programs and Services.
2018 Goals
Continuation of Respite Program even with a reduction in funding.
Add New Board Members to our Organization.
Conduct 18th Annual Disability Conference.
Update Our 3 Year Strategic Plan.
Review and Update By-Laws.
Create a Fund Development Plan
Create Earned Income Opportunities for the Organization. 
Consideration of Additional Staff Needs.
Collaborate with at Least One Agency on a Community Event/Fundraiser.
Needs Statement
  1. A donation of $1,700.00 would support and provide respite services to a family of a child with a disability for one year.
  2. A donation of $700.00 would provide supplies and materials for Tool Kits we use in our respite program for one year.
  3. A donation of $750.00 would provide 30 More Alike Than Different educational training classes to elementary students.
  4. A donation of $750.00 would provide 30 Stand Up To Bullying classes to elementary, middle, and high school students.
  5. A donation of $30.00 would cover the cost of the parent program fee for a parent participating in our Parent Mentoring and Support Program.
Background Statement
Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc., also referred to as FND Manasota, is a local non-profit organization that was established as a support group in 1986 and originally called Parent-To-Parent. The organization was formed by a group of concerned mothers of children with disabilities wanting to help and support other mothers dealing with the same every day concerns, worries and issues of raising and caring for their disabled child. 
In 1992 our name changed to Family Network on Disabilities and a renewed commitment and focus to provide more direct serves to families of children with disabilities, special needs, and the communities of Manatee and Sarasota County was established. 

Receiving the news that your child has a disability or special need can be devasting to a family.  Grief, anger, sadness, and a sense of loneliness are just a few of the emotions a family may experience, not just at the time of diagnosis, but throughout the lifetime of the child.  Caring for a loved one with a special need or disability can be a very stressful and demanding responsibility for parents, caregivers, and the entire family. 
Family Network on Disabilities (FND Manasota) assists families of children with disabilites and special needs by providing them with support, training, education, information, resources, and advocacy services through a variety of events, programs, and specialized services. We believe that children with disabilities thrive with strong and empowered families and all family members need ongoing support to reach their maximum potential.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
We provided services to all towns, neighborhoods, and zip codes within Manatee and Sarasota County upon request.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Since coming on board with this organization I have watched it build and grow from a small support group that made parents feel less alone in their struggles to an organization that is able to provide educational workshops for parents, disability awareness and education to the community, in-home respite care services for families, resources, information and support aimed at helping parents learn how to advocate for their child and overcome the inevitable struggles that can occur with raising a child with a disability.
One of the biggest challenges we face is not having substantial funding to be able to accomplish our goals.  With additional funding and community involvement we could reach out to assist more families.  Currently we have a waiting list of over 15 families for our respite program.  Most families have to wait 3-6 months to receive respite services.
I love the way our Board of Directors work together to be involved and support the staff and organization.  Chances are our work will never be done due to the fact that children with disabilities are being born or diagnosed every day. As long as we are able to help families of children with disabilities we will have a purpose to continue to provide the services and programs our community needs.  In order to continue to grow our organization we need to add new board members, increase our volunteers, engage our local community, conduct successful fundraisers, and collaborate with other agencies. 
I was a special education teacher for over 25 years and I wanted to continue to be involved with families of children with disabilities after I retired.  Now as a part of Family Network I am able to help make a difference in the community and in people’s lives. If I had to choose one reason that I love working with FND it is because I love to help this particular group of families and children.  Families of children with disabilities need assistance and it’s not always monetary – sometimes people just need guidance on how to handle a situation or a break from the stresses of raising a special needs child.
FND of Manasota is the answer to many families struggles and I truly believe that we are making a difference in our community.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
At the core of FND Manasota's mission is family.  We take family and their needs very seriously and that is why all of our programs and services address different aspects of a family raising a child with a disability in some way.  This is accomplished through an array of programs and specialized services that provide education, advocacy, and caregiver support.
Our well trained and experienced staff, not only help our families to access FND's programs and services, but they assist families to better navigate other community systems of care that are available to them.  Another unique aspect of FND is that all of our staff have a child or children with a disability or special need.  This allows us the ability to work with families in a very close, relatable, and personal way.
In-home respite care services are provided to families that have a child with a disability, behavioral and emotional disorder,and specific medical conditions.8 hours a month are provided to families and includes all siblings living in the home.
Respite is temporary,short-term relief provided to families to “give them a break” from the extraordinary demands of ongoing care for a child with a disability.An individual that has been specially trained or has experience provides the respite care services.Respite care allows families and caregivers to tend to their own personal needs and may be "planned" as a regularly scheduled break,or may be "unplanned" for times of crisis.
About 5% of school-age children,5- 17,in the United States have a disability,according to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau.Autism Spectrum Disorder is currently the most prevalent developmental disorder in young children and identification of this disorder is growing with 1 in 68 children being identified. 
Budget $134,700
Category Human Services, General/Other Respite Care
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Short Term Success

Of the 50 families we anticipate serving 49 will be comfortable and express no anxiety due to knowing their children are safe and supervised during their respite visit.

Of the 50 families we anticipate serving 49 will actively use their respite time for productive and relaxing activities.

Of the 50 families we anticipate serving 49 will feel they have recharged themselves and have a better understanding of the benefits of respite services.

Of the 50 families we anticipate serving 49 of the families will have their home appropriately and actively managed by their respite worker while they are away.

Long Term Success

Providing consistent respite care services to a family of a child with a disability can reduce the likelihood of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of all of the children in the home thus reducing the need for Child Protective services.

With higher than average divorce rates among families having a child with a disability, respite services assist parents in creating a stronger marital bond by providing them with time for each other, thus reducing the number of broken marriages and relationships.

The mental health, physical health, and stress related issues that parents and caregivers experience can significantly be reduced or diminished by providing consistent respite services thus reducing the need for medical or drug interventions and mental health services.

The bond between siblings in the household can be strengthened or repaired thus securing a caring future for the loved one with a disability after their parents are gone.

Finally families are less likely to consider an out-of-home or “institution like” placement for their child with a disability because they feel better equipped and educated, thus reducing the cost of placement support on both the family, community, and state.

Program Success Monitoring

Success of our outcomes for our program are measured monthly through our Respite Activity Reports and quarterly through our online Client/Family Satisfaction Survey and through the use of stress index surveys, home visits, internal logs, and documentation kept by the Family Liaison. 

Program Success Examples

In a letter of support written to Family Network from one of our respite families a mom expressed sincere gratitude:

“I have received respite services for many years for my Autistic son thru FND and have had a few different respite care providers over the years. Every new respite care provider we transitioned into over the years of my son growing up showed an understanding of his current age & the growing up process. Change is hard for our kids, but sometimes very beneficial for them to move on and not get stuck. I have been very happy with my respite care and honestly it has given my son his one & only friend he knows he can count on. Thank you.”

Another single mother of three wrote to us: “All I could ask for us is more hours based upon being a single parent with no other support.”

Finally, a family describes how their respite worker is, “the only person that has been here for our son and us when a break is needed! We wouldn’t want to change anything about her and our growing friendship. She is dependable and consistent! Thank you!”

All three of these stories are just examples of how Family Network’s mission of taking a family "From Heartache to Hope" can happen on a daily basis because of the respite services we provide.

More Alike Than Different (MATD) is a unique awareness and educational training program provided to typical, non-disabled children and students in elementary, middle, and high schools. 
The MATD program is a hands-on, interactive, awareness, education, sensitivity, and anti-bullying program promoting understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities.  It allows children of all ages, for a moment, to experience what a disability might feel like or to walk in the shoes of a person or child with a disability.  
Guided by a trained facilitator children work through a variety of different academic and social skills modules that are presented in such a way that the experience is similar to what an individual with a disability might experience on a daily basis.  Children are encouraged to share their feelings and to ask questions in order to promote a sense of "comfort and acceptance". 
The program has been designed to be fun and engaging so that chidlren will retain the information they have learned.  Most children are visual or hands-on learners.  This is why a program like this works so well.  It allows children to have a memorable experience, actively participate, and also have fun, which will lead to the retention of the information they have learned.
The goal of this program is to help foster a new understanding and acceptance of the unique differences and similarities of individuals with disabilities and special needs with the long term goal of creating new experiences and friendships while reducing the risk of bullying and exclusion. 
Budget $18,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success

Of the 8,800 students that will participate in the More Alike Than Different program 4,400 will be able to express new understanding and knowledge about individuals with disabilities.

Of the Post Training Teacher Survey’s for the More Alike Than Different program that are returned at least half of the teachers will indicate that their students continued to talk about the program after they returned to the classroom.

Long Term Success

Everybody is fighting stereotype and people with disabilities are no exception. The difference is that barriers people with disabilities face, begin with people’s attitudes. Attitudes are often rooted in misinformation and misunderstandings about what it is like to live with a disability. By providing disability awareness and education we will breakdown these barriers and create an atmosphere of inclusion for all.

Teaching students “Disability Etiquette” on how to specifically approach individuals with disabilities will promote “common courtesy” and more inclusive opportunities for all.

It is important for people to understand and learn about disabilities. For children, this is especially important because attitudes develop during childhood by watching and listening to peers, teachers, and family. The classroom is an ideal place to increase knowledge about individuals with disabilities and to foster positive attitudes about them.

Program Success Monitoring
The program is monitored by a Pre and Post question concerning their level of knowledge and understanding presented by the Program Facilitator at the time of the training and recorded on the Program Facilitators Report.
Teachers of students that participated in the program are surveyed through our Post Training Evaluation 3-4 weeks after completion of the training.
Program Success Examples
Children will increase their knowledge about the disabled based on their response to a Pre/Post question asked and recorded by the Program Facilitator at each training. Of the 5,905 students that received the More Alike Than Different program in 2015-2016, 58% or 3,448 students achieved this goal.
Children will demonstrate improved skills in acceptance or sensitivity of their fellow peers as observed and recorded by their teacher or instructor and indicated on the Post Training Evaluation Survey completed after each training session. Of the 130 teachers that completed the Post Training Evaluation Survey for 2015-2016, 87% or 113 teachers indicated that their children had reached this goal.
Some teacher responses from our Post Training Survey are as follows:
Freedom Elementary - "Right after the training a student in my class helped another student with their math.  The student she helped has a disability.  She was so kind and patient with him."
Williams Elementary - "I love any opportunity for my students to have experiences on how we can all work together."
Bashaw Elementary - "I know that students in my class talked about how to stop bullying after your presentation."
Many children with disabilities or special learning differences are too young or are unable to speak for themselves.  That is why it's critical that parents, guardians, and primary caregivers, who have their child's best interest at heart, become their child's first and best advocate.
The Family Network on Disabilities' HOPE Program (Helping Out Parents in Education) teaches parents, guardians, and primary caregivers how to advocate for their child so that they can feel assured and confident that their child's educational and medical needs will be met with the most appropriate services.
Once families request services and complete an intake form a trained Parent Advocate is assigned to work with and mentor each family.  Parent Advocates provide a minimum number of hours of both direct one on one and phone consultative services.  Parent Advocates are not lawyers or legal representation and will not offer legal advice.  They are educators and mentors in the "Art of Effective Advocacy".
Budget $31,000
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Short Term Success
Parent Advocates will provide families with a better understanding of what related services, accommodations, and modifications are and how to access these services for their child with a disability or special learning difference.
Families will learn how to communicate appropriately, both verbally and in writing, in order to be able to advocate for appropriate services in order to meet their child's educational or medical needs.
Families will be provided with local and national resources, information, and materials that will assist them with learning how to navigate the special education proceess and become a better advocate.
Long Term Success
Through the HOPE Program families will learn the "Art of Effective Advocacy" that will enable them to learn and navigate the special education process or access medical services for their child with a disabilities or special learning differences.
Program Success Monitoring
Families will complete the HOPE Satisfaction Survey which will track satisfaction with the services provided and skill acquisition after services have been provided by the Parent Advocate.
Program Success Examples
For the 2011-2012 school year more than 50 families were provided advocacy and mentoring services through the HOPE Program in Manatee and Sarasota County.
Families of children with disabilities have the same hopes & dreams as other families.However families of children with disabilities face an overwhelming combination of financial,emotional and practical pressures and without information,education,and support,find it difficult to cope and can become isolated.

This innovative program provides mentoring,education & support services to families to assist them with dealing with the impact on the family of their child's disability,become more stable,feel supported, take control and feel empowered,plan for the future,and feel less isolated.
Small educational and support group classes with up to 8 individuals in each group will meet for 6 specially designed classes.  Classes include Communication, How To Build a Support Network, ABC's of an IEP,Record Keeping and Problem Solving, All About IEP's, and Planning For the Future.Daytime & evening classes are provided.
Budget $24,840
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short Term Success

Of the 48 parents and caregivers that we anticipate participating in the Parent Mentoring and Support Program 36 will indicate they have been able to actively use something that they learned from each class.

Of the 48 parents and caregivers that we anticipate participating in the Parent Mentoring and Support Program 36 will be able to express what benefits they received from attending the program.

Of the 48 parents and caregivers that we anticipate participating in the Parent Mentoring and Support Program 36 will indicate feelings of being supported and less isolation.

Of the 20 parents and caregivers that we anticipate participating in the Parent Mentoring and Support Program Boot Camp 15 will be able to list 5 concepts and 5 new pieces of information they learned from participating in the Boot Camp.

Long Term Success

Parents and caregivers will realize they are an expert on their child and that becoming their child’s advocate will benefit them throughout their lifetime

Parents and caregivers will be able to express what they got out of the class.

Parents and caregivers will be able to report on social activities that they participated in to feel less isolated and supported.

Parents and caregivers that participated in a Boot Camp will indicate an increase in their knowledge about special education.

Parents and caregivers report that being put in touch with other parents that are in a similar situations or disability organizations helps reduce feelings of isolation. This can also provide a forum to share solutions to specific problems associated with their child’s disability.

Accurate knowledge and information are powerful coping tools and parents and caregivers benefit from educational program.

Advocacy is another powerful coping strategy for parents and caregivers.

Parents and caregivers can affect the quality of care, education, services, social experiences, and future for their child with a disability through advocacy.

Program Success Monitoring

Parents and caregivers will be actively using something that they learned from a class by the end of the classes, at 3 weeks after the classes, and at 6 weeks after the classes.

Parents and caregivers will return completed end of class, 3-week, and 6-week survey.

Parents and caregivers will attend and experience social activities with others.

Parents and caregivers that participated in a Boot Camp will attend a 6-week Parent Mentoring and Support class.

Program Success Examples
Since starting this program in 2014 we have had 57 parents complete the 6 week program. 
We keep in touch with a majority of the parents that went through the program and have provided additional programs, services, and assistance when needed.

Many students with disabilities are already addressing challenges in the academic environment. When they are bullied, it can directly impact their education. Bullying is not a harmless rite of childhood that everyone experiences. Research shows that bullying can negatively impact a child’s access to education and lead to school avoidance, decreases in grades, inability to concentrate, loss of interest in academic achievement, and increase in dropout rates.

Children who are bullied are more likely to have depression and anxiety. Feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed. Health complaints are more common and a decrease in GPA and standardized test scores can occur.

Most students don’t like to see bullying but they may not know what to do when it happens. Peer advocacy – students speaking out on behalf of others – empowers students to protect those targeted by bullying. Students are more likely than adults to see what is happening with their peers and peer influence is powerful. Also, when a student tells another student to stop bullying it has a much bigger impact than an adult giving the same advice. Providing an Anti-Bullying message to students will empower them and give them the confidence they need to become a peer advocate. 

Stand Up to Bullying (SUB) is a companion program to go with the More Alike Than Different program. It will present specific information on how children and students can identify the 4 types of bullying, learn what to do if they or someone they know are being bullied and understand the ramifications of bullying on an individual.

An interactive message using a PowerPoint presentation with Dr. Seus characters to deliver the anti-bullying message to children and students will be used. A question and answer time along with the use of specifically designed tools provided to each child and students to help remind them about what they have learned and what to do when they are involved in a bullying situation will be provided. This training is geared towards children in 3rd grade to 12th grade.

Budget $21,500
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short Term Success

Of the 4000 children that will participate in the Stand Up To Bullying program 2,000 will be able to identify the four types of bullying.

Of the Post Training Teacher Survey’s for the Stand Up To Bullying program that are returned at least half of the teachers will indicate that their students could tell them what to do if they or someone they know are bullied.

Long Term Success

Students will be able to tell their teacher what they remembered from the Stand Up To Bullying presentation.

Teachers will report that their students have increased telling them about bullying or harassment situations.

Students that participated in the Stand Up To Bullying program in previous years will be able to tell the Facilitator something they remember about the program.

Students that participate in the Stand Up To Bullying program will feel empowered and confident to tell an adult or their teacher about a bullying situation.

Students will have the opportunity to become a Peer Advocate after participating in the Stand Up To Bullying program.

Program Success Monitoring

A Program Facilitator Report is used to collect a variety of information that will allow us to gauge the level of success that our program presentation is having with students and the designated results that we are trying to achieve.

Contact and location information, demographic information, additional comments about the class, and specific responses from students are recorded on the report.

The Post Training Survey is distributed to every teacher approximately 2 weeks after the presentation. The survey is a set of 9 questions proposed to teachers regarding what their students experienced during the presentation and any feedback they may have provided in order to determine if milestones and a level of success is being achieved.

Program Success Examples
The Stand Up To Bullying Program is a new program for the 2016-2017 year and program successes are being gathered and will be reported on at the end of the program year.
Program Comments by Organization
Respite services is not a program that “fixes” the child with a disability, but it supports the family while they confront and work on their issues--issues that may not go away after a year.  Grant funders may be hesitant to fund a program that needs ongoing support.  Many children, due to their disabilities, may require lifelong care and attention and their families will continue to need caregiver support to keep their family healthy and intact.
The More Alike Than Diferent program has a hugh impact on a large number of children with a much needed message for our community.  The future for children with disabilities lies with their typical non-disabled peers.  They will be their employers, caregivers, and more importantly their friends as they become adults.  Knowing how to accept someone's differences unjudgementally will create better citizens in our community.
Providing advocacy services through our HOPE program will relieve some of the stress and overwhelming feelings many parents have when having to deal with acquiring an appropriate education for their child with a disability.  Teaching families how to become their child's best advocate will lead to better outcomes not only for the child but the entire family.
We are very excited about the potential impact that the Parent Mentoring and Support Program will have on the community.  Unfortunately right now we are only receiving funding for this program to be offered in Manatee County.  One of our long term goals is to be able to acquire funding to bring the program to Sarasota families.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Mary J Smith
CEO Term Start Jan 2002
CEO/Executive Director Email

Since 2002 the Executive Director has been responsible for the following administrative and daily operations of the organization, which includes the following, and reporting directly to the Board of Directors:

*  Development of Programs and Staff Objectives
*  Supervision and Monitoring of Programs and Staff
*  Budgeting, Financial Planning, and Audit Management
*  Grant Writing and Administration
*  Oversite of Fundraising Activities
*  Preparation of Special and Routine Operational Reports
*  Planning and Execution of an Annual Disability Conference
*  Service on Local and CommunityAdvisory Committees
*  Public Relations and Marketing
*  Provide Advocacy Services and Educational Trainings
*  Production of Press Releases, Brochures, and Printed Materials for the Organization
Positions: Volunteer Board of Director as President, Vice President, Secretary of organization from (1996 – 2002)

Director of Household Operations (1993 – 1996) Stay at home mother to her three children, two of which have significant disabilities and special needs during their toddler, pre-school, and early educational development.

Private Sector –(1983 – 1993) Business and Computer Management for a leading phosphate company in their agriculture division in Lakeland, FL

Business and Computer Management for an oil and gasoline company in Tampa, FL

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 16
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 50
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
We have several informal collaborations with other agencies in our community that have a similar mission to ours and serve children and individuals with disabilities and special needs.
We also have numerous collaborations incorporated within certain programs and services that we provide.  A strong collaboration exists between FND and both Manatee and Sarasota County Exceptional Student Education Departments and their Directors.
United Way Member Agency2009
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Community Spirit AwardCommunity Foundations of Sarasota and Manatee Counties2007
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2017
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 Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Being a small grassroots organization with only one full time management position it is at times challenging to make sure that all aspects of the organization and its mission continues to grow and leads to expansion of services and programs.
The board of directors eagerly steps in and works to meet these challenges when needed and is very supportive of our mission.
As we grow and expand we are planning to add appropriate management staff to not only meet program and service needs but also looking at fund development, volunteers, and public relations.  These areas will need appropriate management staff to develop and operate effectively.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization Our By-Laws are currently being reviewed and updated.  They will be presented to our Board at our January 23, 2018 Board Meeting.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Kate Schau
Company Affiliation Special Education Teacher-Dunn Preparatory School
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Judy Bayer Retired School Administrator
Mr. Kris Bayer Retired School Administrator
Mrs. Fran Padgett Retired Special Education Teacher and Administrator
Mrs Kim Ross Whol Child Manatee
Mrs. Kate Schau Retired and Woodland Pre-School
Mrs. Kim Williams Florida Center for Child Development
Mrs. Christie Zimmerman Nursing/Parent of a Child with a Disability
Mrs. Heather Zink Teacher/Reading Specialist
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 7
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 68
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 100
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Governance Comments by Organization
We have had trouble finding minority and male representation to serve on our board of directors.
Uncertainty regarding government funding and it's continuation.
Competition for funding will increase.
We need to increase our social media and marketing awareness in the community.
Demand for services will continue to grow and will increase among diverse populations.
Expand the use of volunteers to minimize cost impacts.
All of these challenges and opportunities are being addressed through our Strategic Plan which will also be updated in 2017.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $302,890.00
Projected Expenses $302,890.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
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
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$148,892$115,842$113,991
Administration Expense$14,534$21,440$26,009
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.930.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%84%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$51,563$46,115$55,842
Current Assets$50,123$46,115$54,414
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$2
Total Net Assets$51,563$46,115$55,840
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $155,406Contributions, gifts, grants $109,590Contributions, gifts, grants $121,864
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $7,703Fundraising $8,367Fundraising $12,126
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $5,755Program Service Revenue $6,807Program Service Revenue $4,715
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----27207.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
One of our biggest financial challenges is finding donors, funders, and sponsors of events that will continue to support us year after year.  This takes marketing and making those personal connections in the community. Due to being a small grassroots organization with a small staff this can be a challenge.
At our annual retreat this year (June 2017) we worked on specific goals listed in our updated Strategic Plan that focus on Earned Income for the organization. 
We apply to many local, state, and national grant funders throughout the year.  One of the biggest challenges with grant funding is that there are not a lot of opportunities for disability specific funding so we have to look at other catagories of funding.  This is usually funding for children's programs which there is a lot of grant funding available in this catagory but there is a lot of competition for these funds from larger more well know organizations. 
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures based on IRS Form 990s. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as provided in Form 990. Audit for 2011 reports $100,098 for total assets, $34,249 for total liabilities. Audit for 2010 reports $100,040 for total assets, $39,236 for total liabilities. 2009 audit not available.
Nonprofit Family Network On Disabilities Of Manatee Sarasota Inc
Address 7361 Merchant Court
Sarasota, FL 34211
Phone 941 928-0682