Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.
1960 Landings Blvd, Suite 120
Sarasota FL 34231



We invest in the success of every student and teacher through high impact initiatives supported by our community partners and donors


Our VISION is that every student will be prepared for tomorrow's world.



o Programs and initiatives that are responsive to community expectations of an exceptional public education

o Compelling and results oriented opportunities for donors to express their passion for education


o Innovative programs and technology

o Rigorous and relevant learning environments

o Exceptional and engaging instruction

o Support for Teachers and their professional development


o Programs that promote college and career readiness

o Classroom environments that model the 21st Century workplace

o Student and teacher experiences that connect learning to lifelong success

o Opportunities that stimulate curiosity and career aspirations

o Initiatives that develop involved, responsible citizens

Our CORE VALUES guide our work, our standards for how we treat one another and our constituents.  Our constituents include students and their families, teachers, administrators and other district personnel, school board members, donors, future donors and volunteers.

* We value excellence in education, serving as good listeners who are responsive to the needs of students, educators and the community.

* We believe that private philanthropy is essential for the success of our public schools, now and in the future.

* We are dedicated to providing equal access to educational opportunities for all students in our community’s public schools.

* We conduct ourselves with integrity and honesty and adhere to the highest standards of transparency and accountability to safeguard the public’s trust in our work.

* We manage our relationships with respect and compassion.

* We continually develop our knowledge and skills so that our achievements will better serve others.
CEO/Executive Director Susan M. Scott
Board Chair Kimberly Walker
Board Chair Affiliation Williams Parker
General Info
Organization DBA
Education Foundation of Sarasota County
Supported Organization
Former Names
Sarasota Public Schools Foundation, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1988
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2015
State Registration Yes Apr 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,306,900.00
Projected Expenses $1,083,400.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Here are examples of how donors are helping Sarasota County students succeed, in the classroom and in life:


“I cannot take this smile off my face!”  That was eighth grade student Manny Davila’s reaction when he learned he was finally going to get a computer of his very own.  Manny and his brother are two of over 5,400 students who have brought home their families’ very first computer thanks to Texcellence, an innovative collaboration between the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, the school district and generous donors. 

Students who are eligible for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program attend training sessions with family members, where they learn how to set up and use their new technology.  They receive a nicely refurbished computer, educational and productivity software, flash drives and a phone number to call for ongoing tech support.  Texcellence, which now offers expanded training and internet access, is gaining national attention and serving as a model for other school districts around the country.


In the past three years, an 82% of teachers who received 791 classroom mini-grants realized the learning objectives they had established for their students. Individual teachers and teams secured a total $532,028 for projects, materials, supplies and experiences that classroom budgets could not possibly cover.  A whopping 98.5% of teachers reported that they had increased their effectiveness in teaching the designated subject through use of their Education Foundation grant award. 

Each award is sponsored by a local family, business, foundation or civic group.  Donors have the chance to join community grant reading sessions every fall to score and rank teacher’s proposals.  Donors present their grants to the winning teachers and are invited to see their investments at work in the classroom, first-hand.
Needs Statement
1. Texcellence Computer and Digital Learning Lab
Provide basic technology, training and support for students who do not have computers at home.  Your gift of $250 provides a refurbished computer for a family in need.
2. Literacy for Life
Your gift starting at $100 gives struggling students what they need to master reading and writing skills.  Special materials and training help teachers incorporate literacy in all subject areas, increasing scores dramatically.
3. Student Achievement -- your gift of $50 or more can:
Support every child’s participation in the Regional Science, Engineering and Technology Fair.  Inspire all young people to explore their world and spark the careers of our future inventors, manufacturers, physicians, engineers and scientists.
Celebrate the scholastic achievements of the best and the brightest area students from nine area high schools whose teams compete in the annual Academic Olympics. 
Celebrate the artistic achievements of the most talented young artists in Sarasota County's high schools through the Evening of Excellence Student Art program.
4. Teacher Recognition and Awards
Edge of Excellence Classroom Grants, up to $500 each Exploration Grants, up to $1,500 and $5,000

5. Donor Funds
Make your own philanthropic dream come true for Sarasota County's students!
Background Statement
The Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. was incorporated in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in support of public education, independent of the Sarasota County School Board.  Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $16 million in direct support to Sarasota schools.  We are now investing one million dollars each year to benefit teachers and students, beyond what tax dollars can be stretched to fund.
We ENGAGE the entire community in support of its public schools through collaborations, volunteerism, sponsorships and private philanthropy. There are no other agencies that publicly award teacher achievement or offer these avenues for broad community involvement in Sarasota County schools. In an area with a large proportion of retirees and part-time residents, just 18% of households have ever had children enrolled in the local public schools.
We SERVE over 41,400 students of varied races, ethnicity, physical ability, languages, and socio-economic status from voluntary pre-Kindergarten to adult education in 57 public schools, charter schools and alternative education programs.  We work with 2,800 teachers, 1,750 support personnel and more than 9,000 volunteers.

We GENERATE ENTHUSIASM for teaching among teachers at all grade levels, incorporate parent involvement into many of our projects, and benefit the community at large by encouraging excellence in our public schools.

Programs and services include:

* PALS Volunteers in Education: Tutors and Mentors Programs
* Texcellence Home Computers and Digital Learning Labs
* Regional Science, Engineering and Technology Fair
* Edge of Excellence Classroom Grants for Teachers
* Evening of Excellence Student Art Program
* License for Learning AutomobileTags
* Teacher of The Year Program
* Literacy for Life Initiative
* Academic Olympics
* Mentorships
* Scholarships
* Awards

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Education
Education, Sarasota, public schools, K-12, students, graduation, high school, elementary school, middle school, schools, Florida, Venice, North Port, Booker, Riverview, literacy, technology, computers, reading, teachers
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The Texcellence Program is designed to ensure that every student in Sarasota County public schools has access to computers and internet outside of the classroom. Over 4,000 students and their families benefit each year from technology that they would not otherwise have access to. Without these basic resources, students cannot complete homework, research projects or access their schools’ websites. Through the Texcellence Program, students have the opportunity to master 21st Century skills so they can be successful in the classroom and beyond.

The Home Computer Program provides refurbished computers to qualified and deserving students. Digital Learning Labs have been developed with youth-serving organizations and Title I schools with after-care programs to provide computer and internet access to underserved students in a safe and supportive environment. Each lab is equipped with a digital literacy training program to help both students and parents become digitally proficient.

There are currently 20 Texcellence Digital Learning Labs open in Sarasota County, and 10 more are scheduled to open by Fall 2015.

The support of individuals, businesses, foundations and groups makes possible:

* Identification of eligible students – those who qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program and have internet access at home
* Acquisition and storage of recycled hardware and software,
* Refurbishment of CPUs and monitors and installation of educational software and ongoing tech support
* Referral to Comcast’s low-cost internet program for families in need
* Increased access to technology through establishment of additional Digital Learning Labs
* After-school digital learning sessions for students and their families
* Measures of student progress and impact on learning
* After-school and weekend classes on Programming, Coding, Microsoft Digital Literacy, etc.
* Student internships at Digital Learning Labs to provide real world job experience to high school students

Budget $175,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

By December 2014, 20 Texcellence Digital learning labs will be open throughout Sarasota County. These DLLs will provide students with a safe and supportive after school environment to build the digital literacy skills they need to succeed in school. The home computer program will also provide an up-to-date home computer, software, training and support to another 600 students and families in need. 

 “What can I say?  It’s a fantastic program that has helped my son.  He is speech-handicapped and the computer has helped him with not only improving his speech, but his reading as well.  Brent goes to websites recommended by his teachers where he has to do his spelling not only by sound but by sight as well.  The computer, along with the help of his teachers during and after school, has brought Brent’s spelling score up from a D and a C to a B.  My younger son was having problems with math (addition), and his teacher told me he was going to be tested at the end of the week.  She recommended a website for me to go on with him, and after practicing on the site every day, he wound up getting a 100% on the test!” 

-- Tom Ellis, father of Blake and Brent Ellis, Glenallen Elementary School

Long Term Success

Every child enrolled in Sarasota County’s public schools -- including charter schools, magnet schools, special programs, home school, and virtual school -- will have access to the basic technology they need at home and in safe after school environments to keep up with their classmates and prepare for success in the workplace and global economy.

Every family will be able to support their students’ learning with easy access to affordable and reliable Internet service, ongoing training, technical support and future hardware and software upgrades.

Program Success Monitoring

We conduct continuous staff-led evaluation to measure the Texcellence Program’s impact on student learning and achievement and to assess the effectiveness of the delivery model.  Student progress is tracked by completion of digital learning modules and monitored time spent on digital learning activities. Improvement in Math and Reading grades is tracked and measured quarterly.

Program Success Examples

The Texcellence program has exploded this year, opening up 12 Digital learning labs at locations all over Sarasota County! Safe, supportive after school environments like Alta Vista elementary, Laurel Civic Association, The Boys and Girls Club, YMCA Triad, North Port Library, the Sarasota Housing Authority, and more. The program will open 8 more labs by the end of the year, and reach thousands more students.

Students AND their parents receive digital literacy training so they can properly use their computers and the pre-installed educational software.  Families are also trained on internet safety and useful internet resources.  Parents are able to take an active role in their child's education.

 “I thought it was a wonderful program and was of much benefit to us as I am a single parent and could not afford a computer for my son. With technology being the way it is today all of my son’s teachers just assumed he had a computer at home & would give him assignments to do on the computer or research. It was embarrassing for my son & I to say we didn’t have a computer and couldn’t afford one. My son is leaving for college next week and your program truly helped him get there! Thank you so much!”

 – Kim Lappin, mother of Aaron Lappin, Booker High School


A multi-year Education Foundation initiative, Literacy for Life gives teachers in every subject area the training and age-appropriate materials they need to advance literacy with every lesson, not just in English class.  Our goal is to improve student achievement and post-secondary success.  Objectives:

1.  Give specialized literacy training to high school teachers, with a focus on innovative strategies and proven methods to improve all students’ critical thinking skills;
2.  Ensure that new instructional methods and knowledge are applied in all high school classrooms, across all subject areas; and
3.  Improve student achievement in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Results from the trainings are impressive.  Administrators and teachers credit this program for recent FCAT writing and reading score gains.  Educators are tremendously excited to have new literacy materials and professional development experiences at a time when budgets for both have been cut to zero.

Budget $115,000
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

In the first two years of the Literacy for Life initiative, all ninth and tenth grade English and Fusion (English + Reading) teachers were trained in professional skill development related to demand and essay writing as well as critical analysis of literature.  Other content-area teachers were trained in content-area literacy strategies.

10th grade students showed the following gains by June 2011:

* Mean Essay Score increased from a 4.0 to a 4.2
* 10th grade students scoring at a 3.5 or above increased from 84% to 86%
* 10th grade students scoring at a 4.0 increased from 73% to 77%
* Sarasota High School had a nine point gain in the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level of 4.0 and above as compared to last school year. 
* Riverview High School had a seven point gain in the percentage of students scoring at the proficient levels compared to last school year.
* Content-Area Literacy Strategies were being developed through trainings by district staff.

Long Term Success

Every student will graduate from Sarasota County’s high schools with the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills they need to succeed in continuing education, the workplace and the global economy.

To sustain the positive impact of the Literacy for Life initiative, Literacy LeadershipTeams (LLTs) have been formed at Sarasota County’s five comprehensive high schools as well as Phoenix Academy, Suncoat Polytechnical High School, Oak Park and Pine View.   Each team has one administrator and at least three other members.   Annual workshops build the collaborative learning community and set a course of action for meeting this initiative’s mission and goals over the long term.

Team success is based on the foundational elements of improving student achievement for ALL students, research in order to make informed decisions, and professional development for implementing change in instructional practices.  Modeling and peer coaching are also essential components of the LLTs.  Each team has developed a LLTAP – Literacy Leadership Team Action Plan which will be implemented in each future school year.
Program Success Monitoring

Assessment of the initiative’s progress and results include

* Evaluations conducted among teachers, pre- and post-trainings.
* Analysis completed by the district’s K-12 Reading Curriculum Specialists, the office of the Executive Director of High Schools, and the Research/Assessment/Accountability department.
* FCAT Writing, FCAT Reading, Florida Writes, and other standardized test scores in targeted student populations.

In addition, data is collected to assess the cumulative benefit students are receiving over multiple years of exposure, as well as the benefits for succeeding generations of students.

In future years, Sarasota County Schools will evaluate the effectiveness of the Literacy Leadership Teams by documenting growth in the use of literacy strategies in content-areas through classroom walkthroughs and collaborative planning session documentation. 

Program Success Examples

“The 2010 FCAT writing scores are evidence of the positive support your training provided our staff; 97% scoring 3 or above and 82% scoring at a 4 or above are beyond my expectations.”
-- Candace Millington, Principal, Venice High School

“Prior to 2009-2010, the percent of 10th grade students in each annual cohort who scored 3.5 and above on the 10th grade writing assessment has been fairly consistent, with minor fluctuations.   Between 2001 and 2009, the total population decreased by three percentage points…Conversely, the total and most subpopulations made substantial increases in the writing scores from 2009 to 2010.  Booker High School students demonstrated marked gains in writing.  Staff at this school received two years of training from Ms. Capitano.  This increase provides additional evidence for the success of this type of professional development.”
-- Dr. Denise Cantalupo, Supervisor of Assessment and Accountability, Sarasota County Schools


Since 1995, the Education Foundation’s annual Evening of Excellence has showcased the most accomplished high school artists in town.  Art teachers from every public high school submit their best student work.  Over 300 pieces are juried by a distinguished panel of art professionals and displayed in a public gallery at the Ringling College of Art and Design.  The twenty-five top scoring pieces are framed by local galleries, professionally photographed and featured in a full page ad in the Herald-Tribune’s Sunday edition. 

Ultimately, art patrons and business and community leaders gather for the Evening of Excellence gala on the last Friday in February - a hugely popular, sold-out event with a lively social hour, elegant dinner and brisk auction of the student work.  As our guests of honor that evening, the Best of the Best student artists and teachers are recognized for their talents and contributions.
Budget $225,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Instruction
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success

By the end of each Evening of Excellence season, student artists placing in the Top 25 will have received cash awards, a portfolio boost and recognition from peers, family members, arts professionals and patrons about the value of their work.   All 200-250 participating students will grow in understanding of career options, their talents and skills, and what it takes to imagine, create and promote original works of art that will compete effectively in one kind of marketplace.
Long Term Success

The Evening of Excellence Student Art Program reaffirms the importance of the arts curricula in our schools -- classes that have been in jeopardy in this county and around the country due to limited funds.
In recognition for their participation, the art departments receive monetary awards for much needed supplies and materials.  Participating students benefit as they showcase their work in a professional setting and vie for scholarships and awards presented in conjunction with the program. The advantage continues when they apply for other college scholarships that reward their talent.  Individually, their self-confidence receives a boost; their portfolios and resumes reflect a major new accomplishment.  Together, they are employing their considerable talents to support public education and build community awareness about the far-reaching benefits of the arts in our schools.
Program Success Monitoring

High school art teachers employ evaluative measures to determine which pieces are to be entered in the competition.  The students also receive these criteria before they produce work for the program.  The judges who jury the art show also use the same evaluative rubric to determine the Top 25 works of art.


1. Imaginative and creative thinking and expression
2. Freshness of conception and interpretation
3. Distinct sense of order and form
4. Application of the fundamentals of design
5. Technical skill
6. Mastery of materials
7. Clear visual intent/Ability of communication
8. Market appeal
9. Sense of style and personal direction.

Committee members and staff complete comprehensive debriefing sessions at the program's conclusion to assess the effectiveness of each program element: art competition, art show, event production, community relations, numbers and diversity of participants, contributions raised and distributed to students, teachers and schools.

Program Success Examples

Since 1995, Evening of Excellence has raised over two million dollars for the public schools while raising awareness about the vital role the arts play in learning.  It is a recognized component of our high schools’ art programs, providing a powerful incentive for students to create their very best work and test the water for professional careers.  It also generates scholarships for the students and monetary awards for art teachers and departments.

Alums include Mark Jones, a two-time winner in 2001 and 2002.  Mark graduated with honors from Manhattan's School of Visual Arts and is now an accomplished children’s book illustrator living and working in London.  Recent alums include Mariah Marshall, a 2010 winner.  Mariah’s work landed her the Omar Y. Cooper Art Award, including a $2,000 scholarship and a year-long mentorship with an arts education professional.  Today, Mariah is enrolled at Florida State University and preparing for a career in art therapy … her dream come true!

Since 1990, the Education Foundation has awarded over $2.5 million through competitive teacher grant programs.  Awards of up to $1,000 are available for materials, equipment, supplies and experiences through the Classroom Grants program, helping teachers implement innovative new techniques to keep students motivated and engaged.

The 2014-15 Classrrom grant application cycle had a record breaking 456 applications submitted from Sarasota County teachers. This increase in the 25th year of the Classroom Grants Program reinforces the continued and growing need for support that goes beyond what tax dollars can provide.

Budget $250,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
Short Term Success

Great teachers feel empowered when the community understands and supports what it takes to help ALL of their students learn and achieve.  Education Foundation classroom grants provide that support in the most direct and personal manner possible.  Grant award-winning teachers

- Gain the respect of their peers and supervisors,
- Influence other teachers to raise their game,
- Enjoy higher morale and job satisfaction,
- Are more likely to pursue professional development opportunities,
- Are more likely to stay in the field, and
- Are more likely to stay enthusiastic about teaching, inspiring a life-long love of learning in their students.

Of the 175-200 teachers who win classroom grant awards this year, at least 85% will report realizing the qualitative and quantitative learning objectives they set for their students.  Also, at least 95% of teachers will report increasing their effectiveness in teaching through use of their grant awards.
Long Term Success

Substantial cuts in Sarasota County’s school funding threatens the progress the district has made in giving teachers the tools they need to (1) address the achievement gap and (2) educate our children for success in the 21st Century. 

Our most dedicated and entrepreneurial teachers incur significant out-of-pocket expenses to buy the things they need to reach students at all levels of motivation and styles of learning.  Classroom grants give them the freedom to design and deploy learning adventures that directly impact students, above and beyond what tax dollars can be stretched to fund, especially when money is so tight.

Enhanced educational efforts like those funded through Classroom Grants have a significant impact on all students, but especially on younger students, who have not yet fully formed their personal attitudes and behaviors; unmotivated students, who often become low achievers; and special needs students, who require the “extras” to achieve success.

Program Success Monitoring

Impact is assessed by quantitative and qualitative measures that are outlined in advance in each teacher's proposal.  Evaluative measures include pre- and post-intervention tests, FCAT scores, reading fluencies, data collection sheets, journals and other final projects.

A Teacher Summary Report is required at the end of each project.  Reports include:

1.  Detailed proof of expenditures;
2.  Project description: outputs/outcomes achieved against those proposed; student response, learning, and achievement;
3.  Description of evaluation methods;
4.  Number and special needs of students directly impacted, and program replication plans;
5.  Teacher response to effectiveness of classroom project, suggestions for change; and
6.  Principal's comments and signature.

Teachers invite sponsors to see the projects they are funding in the classroom and in the field.  The Education Foundation compiles the evaluative data gathered from each teacher into a final report for major sponsors.
Program Success Examples

This program enhanced my instruction which was already geared towards meeting county objectives.  The grant made it so much easier.     
– Liz Kinsinger, Gulf Gate Elementary

Students became more interested in reading when they were researching which books to purchase and then they really anticipated getting them in the class.  There were a few scuffles over who got to read certain books first.  That's what I like -kids fighting over books!
– Linda Lyons, Brookside Middle

I had no idea the incredible poems that would result from the Math Poetry book. We can't wait to write some more.
– Shannon Cannon, Lamarque Elementary

There are several wonderful things that happened as a result of this grant, one concerns a young fifth grader with a severe learning disability. He was one of the first students to use the reading stylist that we purchased. It provides him with a level of independence that he has never before known.
– Barbara Pelc, Oak Park South


The Education Foundation has been sponsoring the Sarasota Regional Science, Engineering & Technology (RSET) since 1988. A regional competition and awards ceremony are produced in collaboration with Sarasota County Schools. Students participate by completing research in science, engineering, math or technology using the scientific or engineering method, and then submit their projects for judging in late January. The Education Foundation underwrites the regional fair, the county’s participation in the Intel ISEF international competition, and cash prizes provided through the generosity of community sponsors.

In 2014, 822 Sarasota County students from 49 public, private and home schools submitted 657 individual and team projects to the regional competition. More than 160 volunteer judges evaluated submissions and interviewed students. Their score determined the overall winners and winners in each of the categories. An awards ceremony was held on April 10 in the auditorium at SCTI.

Previous local winners supported by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County have gone on to succeed at INTEL and GOOGLE competitions, and have garnered  numerous scholoarships and grants to continue their research at the college level.

The 2015 Fair is scheduled January 27 for elementary school students and January 29 for middle and high school students. The awards ceremony will be held in the spring.
Budget $28,500
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success The RSET will provide students from 57 Schools in Sarasota County an opportunity to share their projects with peers and professionals in the community. The two overall winners will be sent to INTEL to compete on the international circuit. The top 3 winners in each grade level will receive monetary scholarships, prizes, and mentorships.
Long Term Success The RSET promotes the importance of STEM realted fields while giving children of all ages an opportunity to apply the scientific method to real life problems. Ultimately, students are able to coorelate what they are learning in the classroom with the world around them. The Science Fair Judges are comprised of  local engineers, healthcare workers, lawyers, architects, business and technology proffessionals, etc. giving the students access to valuable career insight and experience. Increasingly, the number of girls participating in the Science Fair and winning top honors grows each year. 
Program Success Monitoring Criteria for judging is set and revieiwed by curriculum experts, and anomolous results are reviewed by representatives from the Sarasota County School District and the Education Foundation. 
Program Success Examples In 2013, Brittany Wenger received top honors at the RSET and went on to compete at Google and INTEL, and present her project- Cloud4Cancer- at the Whitehouse. She is continuing her research at Duke University,  has been featured on "Made With Code" and has even given a TED talk!
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Susan M. Scott
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email
ESarasota, FL – January 5, 2012 –The Education Foundation of Sarasota County announced the appointment of Susan Scott as the nonprofit’s new executive director. The long-time community leader was selected at a special meeting of the organization’s board of directors this week and starts January 9.

Board chairman Mike Bryant headed the search, following Cindy Kaiser’s departure to deal with family health issues at the end of October.  Citing Scott’s record of success in government, education and business, Bryant said she was the unanimous choice of the group’s search committee, which received over sixty applications for the position.
Scott was Sarasota County government’s deputy administrator from 2003 to 2010, overseeing financial planning, human resources and technology, then communications director until July 2011. At the county, she developed and implemented a series of initiatives that received national attention, including a collaboration of nonprofits that allocated millions of dollars in federal funding for housing.  
From 1998 to 2003, Scott served as vice president of institutional advancement for Ringling College of Art and Design. There she led communications and marketing, development, admissions, financial aid and career services. She established a development operation that raised millions of dollars for the school, including a major Kresge Foundation challenge campaign. 
From 1988 to 1998 Scott was market area president for First Union Bank in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, relocating to the area after seventeen years as a bank manager in Louisville, Kentucky.  Scott is a graduate of the University of Louisville, with additional certification from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Cindy L. Kaiser June 2007 - Oct 2011
Ms. Dorothy Stuart Feb 2000 - June 2007
Senior Staff
Ms. Michelle Frau Texcellence Program Manager
Ms. Karissa Mayer Donor and Program Services
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 80
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 512
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Sarasota County Schools
PALS and PALS Community Advisory Board
American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Venice and Sarasota Branches
Sarasota Technology Users Group
Sarasota Housing Authority
Boys and Girls Clubs
Sarasota County Public Libraries
Embracing Our Differences
Florida Studio Theater 
Ringling College of Art and Design 
Florida Public Relations Association
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Management Comments by Organization D&O policy 2014-2017
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Kimberly Walker
Company Affiliation Williams Parker
Board Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Gregory Banach Bank of America - Merrill Lynch
Mike Bryant Fawley-Bryant Architects
Taylor Collins Professional Benefits, Inc.
Ariane Dart Dart Foundation
Louis Decongelio Community Volunteer- retired educator
Ping Faulhaber Faulhaber Foundation
Tricia Fulton Sun Hydraulics
Cheryl Gordon Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP
Philip Hammersley Norton Hammersley Lopez & Skokos
Peter Hayes Tandem Construction
Tom Koski Koski Family Foundation
John LaCivita Willis A. Smith Construction
John McIntyre McIntyre, Elwell & Strammer
Alix Morin Community Volunteer- retired educator
Susan Morris NOW I, llc
Jason Swift Jon F. Swift, Inc.
Kimberly P. Walker Esq.Williams Parker
Caitlin Williams Student Representative
Margaret Wise Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 64
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 84
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $1,306,900.00
Projected Expenses $1,083,400.00
Endowment Value $832,663.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$25,652$0$15,002
Individual Contributions$554,712$681,224$561,613
Investment Income, Net of Losses$34,732$11,325$23,652
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$164,357$174,508$256,066
Revenue In-Kind$93,017$61,370$34,446
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$706,378$631,385$737,004
Administration Expense$85,063$119,446$95,808
Fundraising Expense$51,210$41,760$77,419
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.130.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%80%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%5%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,130,573$1,173,243$1,067,596
Current Assets$1,035,196$1,104,492$1,062,233
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,098$17,536$9,368
Total Net Assets$1,127,475$1,155,707$1,058,228
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $554,712Contributions, gifts, grants $681,224Contributions, gifts, grants $561,613
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $164,357Fundraising $174,508Fundraising $256,066
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $34,732Miscellaneous Income $23,883Investment income $23,652
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities334.1562.98113.39
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization 2014 990 and Audit of Fiscal year ending 6/30/2014 is currently in progress and expected in 1st quarter of 2015.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financials taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents. 990s and audits reconcile. Individual contributions include foundation/ corporate support. 
Nonprofit Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.
Address 1960 Landings Blvd, Suite 120
Sarasota, FL 34231
Primary Phone 941 927-0965