Family Network On Disabilities Of Manatee Sarasota Inc
PO Box 110025
Lakewood Ranch FL 34211
Mission
FND Manasota's mission is to empower families of children with disabilities in Manatee and Sarasota counties through education, advocacy, and caregiver support so they can go "From Heartache to Hope - One Family At A Time".  We believe that children with disabilities thrive with strong and empowered families and these family members need ongoing support to reach their maximum potential.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Mary J Smith
Board Chair Mr Joseph Lasota III
Board Chair Affiliation Investment Broker
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
The Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee Sarasota, Inc.
Supported Organization
Former Names
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 2015
State Registration Yes Dec 2015
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $230,020.00
Projected Expenses $230,020.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
2014 Accomplishments
Participated in the 3rd Annual 36 Hour Giving Challenge
Held our 14th Annual Disability Conference
Held our second annual fundraising event, Boots & Buckles
Served 9,927 children in Manatee County through our More Alike Than Different program.
Provided 2,409 hours of Respite Services in Manatee and Sarasota County.
Implementation of the Parent Mentoring and Support Program.
 
2015 Goals
Continuation of all programs currently in operation.
Add new board members to our organization.
Conduct 15th Annual Disability Conference.
Hold our 3rd annual Boots and Buckles Fundraiser.
Host Feed the Pig Event and Break the Bank BBQ Fundraiser.
Collaborate with like organizations to provide services to families.
Increase our Donors, Volunteers, and Funders.
 
Needs Statement
  • A donation of $1,700.00 would support and provide respite services to a family of a child with a disability for one year.
  • A donation of $700.00 would provide supplies and materials for Tool Kits we use in our respite program for one year.
  • Individuals to serve on our Board of Directors.
  • A donation of $750.00 would provide 30 More Alike Than Different educational training classes to elementary students.
  • 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.
  • Volunteers to help with fundraising and special events.
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 disabiltiies and special needs by providing them with support, training, education, information, resources, and advocacy services through a variety of events, programs, and specialized services so they can go "From heartache to hope.....one family at at time".
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Keywords
education, support, disability, handicapped, mentally retarded, IEP, advocacy, developmental delay, disabled, FND Manasota, special education, intellectual disability, physical disability, respite, IDEA, children
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.

 
 
The biggest challenge in accomplishing all this is without a doubt funding – with more funding we could reach out to help more families and that is our ultimate goal. Right now, we’ve already got a waiting list of over 35 people in our respite program and we won’t be able to help most of them for at least a couple months. If we simply had more funding, we would be able to help that 35 and then 35 more after that and so on and so forth.

 
 
We still have a long way to go to accomplish our goals and chances are our work will never be done due to the fact that children with disabilities and special needs are being born or diagnosed every day. As long as we are able to help families of special needs children we will have a purpose and a reason to keep going. In order to grow our organization we have held many fundraisers over the past years. These have so far been very effective but we do not plan to stop there.

 
 
In the coming months we intend to start reaching out to the more affluent families and citizens of Manatee and Sarasota Counties – asking for their help and support in our mission to help families with children who have disabilities and special needs. We want to see more community involvement happening overall and not just the families we are trying to help, but other families that are interested in helping us to help others.

 
 
I originally got involved because I have a family member with a special needs trust that they were having trouble with. They came to me, because I’m a financial advisor. While I helped to sort out her problem I became aware that this was a common issue for families and individuals with special needs and no one is addressing the problem – or many other struggles that widely affect these families and special needs individuals.

 
 
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 families, especially in a way that nobody else is trying to do. These people 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 these struggles and I truly believe that with more funding and community involvement we will be able to help many families that would otherwise be left to their own devices.


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 work to help support the entire family in some way.  We do this 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 disaibility or special need.  This allows us the ability to work with families in a very close, relatable, and personal way.
Programs
Description
In-home respite care services are provided to families that have a child with a disability, behavioral and emotional disorder,and specific medical conditions.6 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 $117,849
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
Success of our program is measured by a 90% success rate from the data
that is collected. For the past 11 years all outcomes have met or exceeded the 90% success rate.

90% of Families participating in the respite program will indicate a decrease or will maintain a stress level score of 5 or less on the Stress Index Rating
Scale listed on the Family Satisfaction Survey issued every 3 months.

90% of Families participating in the respite program will indicate that since receiving respite services their family’s quality of life has improved.

100% of Families participating in the respite program will be able to attend special events and/or outings in the community.

85% of Families will indicate a decrease in isolation due to participating in respite services.

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.

Description
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 $22,000
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
90% of children that participate in the More Alike Than Different program will increase their knowledge about disabilities and the disabled.
 
75% of children that participate in the More Alike Than Different program will increase their acceptance and sensitivity of their fellow students and peers.
Long Term Success
Children that participate in the More Alike Than Different program will learn appropriate information about individuals with disabilities, their needs, and abilities thus fostering senstivity and acceptance of differences and reducing the likelihood of bullying.  
Program Success Monitoring
The program is monitored by a Pre and Post question concerning their level of knowledge present 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
The More Alike Than Different program has been providing the training for more than 10 years.  For the 2012-2013 school year we provided 10,800 students with the More Alike Than Different training.  We have multiple school principals that schedule their annual More Alike Than Different training at the beginning of every school year to make sure their school doesn't miss out. 
 
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.
Description
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.
Description
The purpose of Mom's Away is to offer mothers of children with a disability or special needs the opportunity to attend a 24-hour retreat where they could focus on their own need to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.
 
Studies have shown that mothers of children with disabilities have significantly more stress in their daily lives than mothers of typical  children. Mothers are typically the primary caregiver in the home and often fail to take care of themselves, both physically and emotionally, and to plan for their own futures. To improve their health and well-being it is important for moms to get away from their daily responsibilities of caring for their child with a disability and spend time focusing on themselves.

What is MOMS AWAY!?
  • A 24-hour retreat for mothers of children with disabilities and special needs hosted at a local resort and spa facility.
  • Mothers participate in presentations on stress management and anxiety. 
  • Participation in yoga, meditation, journaling, and other relaxation techniques are scheduled.
  • Development and creation of a personal vision board to start planning for each mothers future.
  • Opportunity to meet and make new friends, share their experiences, and find support.
  • Mothers will learn how to put balance back into their lives.
  • An opportunity for mothers to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate


Moms will leave the retreat with new tools to help them reduce and cope with daily stress, balance their hectic lives, and set aside time to focus on their own needs and wellness. Many friendships are strengthened, renewed, or made for the first time. 

Budget $21,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family Preservation
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

Mothers will indicate an understanding of stress and anxiety management techniques and be able to utilize them after attending Mom's Away.

Mothers will find a new outlet of stress relief such as yoga, meditation, journaling, or some other form of relaxation.

Mothers will start planning for their futures.
 
Mothers will have the opportunity to meet and make new friends, share their experiences, and find support.

Mothers will learn how to put balance back into their lives.
Long Term Success Moms will leave the retreat with new tools to help them reduce and cope with daily stress, balance their hectic lives, and set aside time to focus on their own needs and wellness. Many friendships are strengthened, renewed, or made for the first time.
Program Success Monitoring
A Mom's Away Satisfaction Survey is sent to mother's that attended the event one month after the event where they can report back changes that have taken place in their lives since attending Mom's Away. 
Program Success Examples
"Mom's Away was a turning point in the lives of many mom's who have children with disabilities.  It allowed us to recognize the need for peace and relaxation for ourselves.  Mom's Away provided time and tools to help all of us maintain stamina on a daily basis as well as during the more difficult times that we face while raising a child with a disability.  This event was life-changing and an immeasurable, positive influence for those who had the opportunity to attend."
 
Michelle S.
Description
Families of children with disabilities have the same hopes & dreams as other families.They want to see their children reach their full potential and enjoy time together as a family.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 support groups with up to a total of 8 individuals in each group will meet for 6 specially designed classes for a 12 week period of time. Parents,guardians,foster parents,grandparents,and primary caregivers of children with disabilities will make up each group.Daytime & evening classes are provided.
 
 




 



Budget $18,227
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
By the end of the 12 week period: 100% of Families participating in the Peer Support Group Classes will indicate an increase in their knowledge about Special Education and the Process.
 
By the end of the 12 week period: 100% of Families participating in the Peer Support Group Classes will indicate a decrease in their feelings of isolation.



Long Term Success

In order to break the cycle of isolation participants need to have contact with other families in a similar situation, and have somewhere to turn for information, advice, resources, and support. Bringing individuals together under the guidance of experienced and trained parent mentor will increase the likelihood that lasting relationships will be formed and the risk of isolation will be reduced. We are also hopeful that we will be able to build community capacity by identifying future parent mentors and support systems for other families.



Program Success Monitoring
A Pre/Post Test is completed by each participant at the beginning and end of the 12 week session.  The tests are used to determine changes in education knowledge, decreased isolation, and acquistion of skills to use in order to access community resources.
 
A Satisfaction Survey is also completed at the end of the 12 week session as well. 
Program Success Examples
The Parent Mentoring and Support Program is a new program implemented in 2014.  For the first quarter (October - December) all parents that participated in the program indicated that their knowledge and confidence level had increased and that their feelings of isolation were reduced because of the new friendships they had made through the program.
Comments
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.
 
Another goal of our organization in regards to programs is to bring a companion program to go with the More Alike Than Different program modeled after an Anti-Bullying program operated by the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council.  We hope to be able to implement "Stand Up To Bullying" for the 2015-2016 school year in both Manatee and Sarasota County schools.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Mary J Smith
CEO Term Start Jan 2002
CEO/Executive Director Email bsmith22@tampabay.rr.com
Experience

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 and Writing of Newsletters, Press Releases, Brochures, and Printed Materials
 
 
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
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 13
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 No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
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.
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Community Spirit AwardCommunity Foundations of Sarasota and Manatee Counties2007
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Comments
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.
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Joseph Lasota III
Company Affiliation Investment Broker
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2015
Board Chair Email joelasota@hotmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Scott Clark Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Mrs. Theresa Collins Manatee County School District-ESE Teacher
Mrs. Rose Dahn Tidwell and Parent of a Child with a Disability
Mr. Joseph Lasota IIIMerrill Lynch
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
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 7
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Executive
Education
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Comments
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 market 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 recently completed Strategic Plan.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $230,020.00
Projected Expenses $230,020.00
Endowment Value
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$98,448$83,125$138,696
Administration Expense$20,468$30,333$19,549
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.080.74
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%73%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$57,102$64,257$55,228
Current Assets$57,102$64,257$55,228
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$57,102$64,257$55,228
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $99,829Contributions, gifts, grants $98,472Contributions, gifts, grants $89,879
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $7,213Fundraising $17,999Fundraising $16,209
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Assets Other Than Inventory $145Program service revenue $6,006Program service revenue $11,727
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
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 person connections in the community that due to being a small grassroots organization with a small staff can be a challenge.
 
We are working on completing an informational video not only about Family Network on Disabilities but also addressing the issues and needs that families raising a child with a disability have and how our community can help.
 
At our annual retreat this year we will be working with the board on new approaches they can use when talking with not only people they have in their circle of influence but also to strangers about our 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 PO Box 110025
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
Primary Phone 941 928-0682

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