Circus Arts Conservatory Inc
2075 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota FL 34239
The mission of The Circus Arts Conservatory is to engage and educate students using unique and innovative learning programs; to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals in care facilities; and to advance the extraordinary legacy and heritage of circus.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Pedro Reis
Board Chair Mr. Jack Brown
Board Chair Affiliation Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
The Circus Arts Conservatory
Former Names
The National Circus School of Performing Arts, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1998
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
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Impact Statement

Accomplishments of The Circus Arts Conservatory
1) CAC Co-Founder Dolly Jacobs became the first circus artist in history to receive a National Folk Heritage Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Recognized for her lifetime of circus artistry as “Queen of the Air”, Dolly was bestowed this award due in part to her passion for passing on the art of circus to future generations through teaching and stewardship of The Sailor Circus Academy, America’s longest running youth circus. This award heralded the arrival of Circus Arts as a national folk art.
2) In 2017 The Circus Arts Conservatory was invited by The Smithsonian Institution to present the 50th Anniversary Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. As a Presenting Partner for the Festival, the Circus Sarasota Big Top became the first circus tent in history to be erected on the National Mall in the shadow of the nation’s capital building. The CAC Big Top served as the Festival Main Stage and welcomed more than 2 million visitors during the 10 day celebration of American Circus Arts,  illuminating the growing future of circus arts and introducing the world to Florida as the cultural center of the American Circus.
3) The State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity awarded The CAC a $1 million dollar economic grant to renovate the historic and iconic Sailor Circus Arena. Built in 1986, The Arena is the first structure in the nation designed for youth circus arts training and performance. Today the Arena stands as a national circus arts facility dedicated to continuing the legacy of circus arts while service the community as a venue for inclusive and accessible human service outreach to all. With this grant The State of Florida recognizes the economic impact of The CAC, which generates more than $6 million in economic impact for Florida annually.
4) Measured economic impact of The Circus Arts Conservatory supports data that The CAC performances, programs and services creates an annual impact of more than $6 million  to Florida's economy. 
Goals of The Circus Arts Conservatory 
1) Raise the remaining $1.5 million funds by June 31, 2018 necessary to complete the $4 million renovation of The Sailor Circus Arena.  This renovation will add a new life/safety/fire suppression system, performance safety floor and structural flooring, expand restrooms, add retractable individual seating and add HVAC climate control to create a safe, ADA compliant and accessible training facility, performance venue and community outreach multi-purpose building.
2) Organizational Structure: In order to support increased performances and support future growth, the leaders recognized the need to reorganize the staffing and make a plans for future succession. Staff positions have been realigned to more efficiently assign duties and increase accountability. Some jobs have been sunset or merged. These changes have created a more well-organized, cost effective system for allocating human resources, as well as birthed a new synergy of team management.

3) Board Development: The Board of Directors recognizes that it needs to broaden the spheres of influence and affluence of its members to support its future growth and vision. A Cultivation committee has been approved and is forming to identify and seat new Board members and supporters of the Arena Improvement Campaign. The Task Force will help to identify, cultivate and recruit prospective Board and committee members through personal meetings and facility tours.  
Needs Statement
The new and permanent home for The Circus Arts Conservatory is the Arena campus on Bahia Vista in Sarasota. On this 2.5 acre site sits the heart of the youth training, outreach and performance programs and here is where the master plan for the future of international Circus Arts is being built.

Phase I, developed by Carlson and Associates, will transform the Arena into a safe and functional facility that meets the needs of over 43,000 individuals who visit, train or receive services at The Arena each year.  $1.5 million is remaining of the total $4 million cost to complete Phase I.  The renovation will allow an accessible, state-of-the art performance and training facility that can be safely and comfortably utilized 12 months of the year and become a source of self-sustaining revenue.
    1. Complete Phase I of the Arena (telescoping seating, flooring, life/safety/fire suppression system, ADA accessible restrooms, storage/office, sound and lighting and HVAC).  
    2. Sponsorship for Education Outreach Program which uses arts-integrated STEAM curriculum to teach science, math and language arts to over 5,000 elementary school students in Sarasota and Manatee counties each year - $80,000
    3. 10 Sailor Circus Academy Student need-based scholarships - $800 
    4. Program for area nursing home by human service outreach team - $250 each facility 
    5. Supplies for Title 1 Classroom circus-arts integrated STEAM education program - $100 per classroom
    Background Statement

    The Circus Arts Conservatory, Inc. was incorporated as The National Circus School of Performing Arts, a not-for-profit organization, under the laws of the state of Florida on September 27, 1997. The organization's name was later changed to Circus Sarasota before finally becoming The Circus Arts Conservatory in 2013.

    The CAC’s vision and current programming support the region’s growing reputation as a leading cultural, athletic and sports destination. This is achieved through performances, events, excellence in training and community outreach programs. Approximately 80% of ticket revenue supports CAC human service programs that promote accessible and inclusive outreach, education, healthcare and inter-generational connections through the circus arts.   It remains equally important to The CAC to preserve Sarasota's unique circus legacy through world-class circus arts performances and stewardship of America's longest running youth circus arts training and performance program.
    Today, The CAC is heralded as the only nonprofit organization in America offering circus performance, circus training, youth dfevelopment and community service programs through the circus arts.  The CAC is home to Circus Sarasota, The Sailor Circus Academy and the Summer Circus Spectacular at The Ringling.  Throughout the year, The CAC provides a unique circus experience for families of more than 700 children at Circus Summer Camp, promotes health and wellness through community circus arts classes, teaches STEAM based curriculum to over 5,000 elementary school students, collaborates with area education and cultural organizations and provides care and laughter to residents of more than 15 assisted living facilities.  
    Areas Served
    Areas Served
    FL- Sarasota
    FL- Manatee
    FL- Charlotte
    Areas Served Comments
    The only organization of its kind in The United States, The CAC provides over $6 million of annual economic impact to Florida's economy.  National and international visitors comprise our performance audiences and Circus Summer Camp families.  The CAC is nationally recognized for bringing focus to Florida as a circus arts cultural and performing arts center, particularly in light of the success of The Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the summer of 2017.  The CAC has become a destination for visitors.  In the past few years families from across North America and throughout the world have planned visits to Florida to train at Sailor Circus, enjoy world-class circus performances or enroll in Circus Camp.  In the Southwest Florida region, The CAC provides human services and arts-integrated education program to residents throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.
    Service Categories
    Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
    Secondary Org Type Education
    Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
    Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

    The qualities that distinguish The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) from other arts entities in Southwest Florida expand beyond the realm of the center ring. Engagement with the community is a primary focus of The CAC - through world-class performances, through education enrichment in area schools, through human services in care facilities and more. It is the dedication to the enrichment of circus heritage and current artistry that has allowed The CAC to maintain the organization (and the art form)’s legacy since 1997.

    CAC co-founder Dolly Jacobs is celebrated as the first circus artist in history to receive the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of The Arts Additionally, The CAC received national recognition as a presenting partner with The Smithsonian Institution at the 50th Anniversary Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.

    The Circus Arts Conservatory continues to increase its value to our community by offering great entertainment and providing unparalleled community outreach programming. Outreach includes professional training and life skill development for over 100 students at Sailor Circus Academy and summer programs for over 750 children. The staff and coaches of The Circus Arts Conservatory have elevated the almost 70-year-old program, training students at a higher level and producing quality performances that showcase incredible costumes and lighting.

    Our Humor Therapy Outreach program began 16 years ago and offers a compassionate human service to area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The program and its staff are beloved by its participants who develop a deep and personal connection to their regular visitors over time. Statistics show that humor heals, and this program brings joy to residents of over 15 facilities annually.

    Our Education Outreach program started more than a decade ago and is growing every year. In partnership with The University of South Florida’s Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT), we have expanded our arts-integrated education program to teach STEAM curriculum to over 5,000 students in Sarasota and Manatee counties. By working together, our education programs are becoming strengthened and expanded, resulting in a greater impact on students and creating a higher education program in the circus arts.

    This would not be possible without the community support, volunteer commitment and financial investment from people like you.

    Jack Brown
    Chairman of the Board

    Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

    Circus Sarasota realized that the most effective and impactful path to preserving the unique and rich history of circus that characterizes the community and the area, was to position the “art of giving” as the paramount objective of a nonprofit organization that annually serves thousands of individuals in need. 

    Therefore, The Circus Arts Conservatory is much more than a circus. It remains important to The CAC to retain the unique circus legacy the organization is honored to carry on. It is equally important to sustain its community outreach programs that give back to the community.

    In the 21stcentury,“circus” is recognized as a highly-respected art form. Originally, the Ringling Circus helped develop Sarasota and turn it into one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.  But Ringling, which was “winter-quartered” in Sarasota, eventually left its home city, taking its enterprise, its employment, its visitor attractions, and leaving a void and great need in the region.

    Now, through its extraordinary community outreach programs, The CAC touches more and more lives each year. Through the shows alone, including Circus Sarasota, Sailor Circus and the newly expanded summer camps, over 70,000 Sarasota residents and visitors help support the CAC's outreach programs annually through their ticket purchases. Their tickets, therefore, reconnect them to the history of the region and of circus through world class performances; and to helping those in need as 80% of the ticket revenue directly contributes to helping others through the outreach programs including: Humor Therapy, Sailor Circus and the Education Program.

    A distinctive difference in The CAC's programs is that all CAC community outreach programs include unique circus themes that produce visible results in program recipients and that can be customized to meet the needs of the clients.  Objective results have been documented that demonstrate compelling outcomes.  These programs, combined with The CAC's  experienced, skilled staff and serious training technique sare acknowledged as key factors in making a difference in the lives of individuals in the Southwest Florida region that The CAC continues to serve.

    Sailor Circus has evolved over 69 years into an internationally-recognized circus arts training program.  The unique curriculum melds athletics with performing arts, and molds spirited young persons into disciplined and skilled young adults and future leaders through rigorous training, youth development and summer circus programming. 
    A major tourist attraction for Florida's Gulf Coast, Sailor Circus now entering its 7th decade of operation has grown from a small high school gymnastics class in 1949 to the present spectacular 4 ring youth circus arts training and performance center known world wide as the Greatest "Little" Show on Earth. Students from the 4th through 12th grades in Southwest Florida have an opportunity to experience the performing arts and train in traditional circus skills. Our dedicated students practice 20-30 hours per week and are trained by a host of professional coaches, including CAC Co-Founders Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs.
    For almost 70 years, Sailor Circus has thrilled audiences around the globe with outstanding feats performed by students from Sarasota, Florida.  As performers in America's oldest youth circus, these students are recognized as major contributors to the circus legacy in Sarasota.  Through the discipline, skill and work ethic developed at the Sailor Circus, the students develop into leaders equipped with life skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
    Budget $400,000
    Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
    Short Term Success
    With the completion of the annual 8-month training season Sailor Circus Academy Students develop greater self-discipline, accountability, honor, respect, teamwork, self-confidence and sense of achievement.  They have a greater sense of achievement and develop the ability to interact with fellow students, members of the public and community leaders.
    Long Term Success
    The goal of Sailor Circus is to help youth develop life management skills, self-discipline and gain confidence through the circus arts training and performance program. Though rooted in the circus arts, the program boasts former students who credit their development of leadership and other key skills later used as adults as doctors, lawyers, engineers, a mayor, a Senator, entrepreneurs, and professional circus performers. The alumni connection to the program is exceptionally strong and many are involved in the program today as coaches, volunteers, parents, and donors.
    Program Success Monitoring
    • Coaches, volunteers and Sailor Circus staff continually monitor the students in this multigenerational program to ensure students are progressing with circus arts and socially comfortable.
    • Sailor Circus staff regularly review each student's academic progress and will institute peer tutoring when necessary
    Program Success Examples
    • Over 200 volunteers donate over 25,000 hours of their time each season to support training, performance and outreach
    • More than 11,000 students have performed to more than 1 million attendees since 1949
    • 100 students participate in the Sailor Circus program which currently has a wait list of interested students.
    • 90% of graduating senior students continue to higher education and receive academic scholarships from CAC Scholarship Fund to continue their education

    The CAC Human Service Program brings joy, stimulation and entertainment into hospitals, nursing homes, and care facilities to impact lives and improve the quality of life for everyone involved – from kids to seniors, patients, their families and staff. Medical studies consistently demonstrate that laughter reduces stress, eases anxiety and depression, decreases pain perception and has a positive, lasting effect on the body’s immune system, heart and brain. We have collaborated with over 65 agencies or organizations, bringing human service interaction to thousands. This program reaches far beyond simple entertainment to foster meaningful relationships that bring joy and improve the quality of life for those in need.

    This ongoing hallmark program using the age-old art of clowning. The program is a masterful blend of therapeutic interaction medicine we call “Humor Therapy”. It provides professional clowns, entertainers, musicians and trained volunteers to add a new dimension to the lives of those in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day care centers.
    In 2001, the program began at the Pines of Sarasota through a William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Innovative Partnership grant. The program continues to grow steadily and has served 71 facilities in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties. The program is currently active at:
    • Pines of Sarasota
    • J.H. Floyd
    • The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch
    • Pinebrook Nursing and Rehabilitation
    • Springwood Care and Rehabilitation Center
    • Sarasota Health and Rehabilitation
    • Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota & Venice
    • United Cerebral Palsy
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital
    • Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
    Budget $150,000
    Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Residential Facilities Programs
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
    Short Term Success

    Using Individual Care Plans and the specific needs of each facility, Humor therapy develops interventions that include: 

    Room-to-Room Visits

    Room-to-Room rounds are a most important component of the program. These one-on-one improvisational visitations are for children in hospitals and senior residents of nursing and assisted living facilities who are not able to join in activities because of physical limitations or the lack of desire to join in.

    Interactive Programs

    Entertainment based programs presenting a wide range of disciplines; music, magic, clowning and more. Memory stimulation through the use of familiar themes which draws on life memories of residents in interactive relationship building.

    Men’s Club

    Designed to create a working unit of men that will support and represent the facility internally while building a social relationship using common interests, activities and progressive interactive ideas developed by the residents involved.

    Comedy in Motion

    Designed to increase the range of motion of the resident through the use of comedy and clown skills.

    Memories...Lost & Found®

    Designed to address the memory challenged resident at all levels of impairment. This progressive program takes the resident through a series of interactions proven to increase sociability and awareness.

    Inter-generational Events

    Generating bonds between age groups, the inter-generational events are occasions during which we combine the gift of youth with the wisdom of experience.
    Long Term Success

    Studies consistently show that laughter reduces stress, eases anxiety and depressive symptoms, decreases pain perception and has a positive, lasting effect on the body’s immune system, heart and brain. The program is not designed as a one-time activity, or to be just entertainment. It is a vehicle by which loving persons establish relationships and who work to improve the quality of life for others. “Humor with a Serious Purpose” runs the gamut from one-on-one bedside visitation and conversations to engaging patients and residents in physical activities, and individual and group memory stimulation. In addition, the program also enhances the lives of family and staff. Our goal is to be a permanent, interactive part of the health-care and retirement communities and to elevate the quality and meaning of daily life for clients, caregivers and staff, through our on-going, relationship-building programs. 

    Program Success Monitoring CAC Human Services team members complete reports after each facility visit and document their short and long term observations. The team meets on a regular basis to develop new programming, discuss specific cases from past visits, and evaluate the existing programs and facility needs.
    Program Success Examples

    "I love these clowns. We enjoy them so much. It makes our day."  -Evelyn, 91 - Pines of Sarasota Resident

     "As soon as I heard the clowns were coming, I jumped right up out of my bed!"  -Levi (The King), 73 - Pines of Sarasota Resident


    This one-of-a-kind Education Outreach Program takes learning in the classroom to a new level. Our teaching artists partner with Sarasota and Manatee County schools to engage students in concepts of key academic subjects including Science, Math, Language Arts and Theater. These inquiry based lessons were developed to Next Generation State Standards with FCAT impact/awareness/results. Designed to include students that have difficulty responding to other traditional forms of instruction, the Education Program introduces students of all learning levels and learning styles to this unique curriculum. Measurements to date demonstrate consistent benefits to retention rates and test outcomes. We follow the Kennedy Center Arts Integration protocol because it is known that “when students learn through Arts Integration, they are engaged in experiences in which they actively build and demonstrate their understanding of both the art form and the other curriculum area”. This pst school year taught more than 5,000 students throughout the community.

    The CAC Education curriculum, developed in accordance with Sunshine State Standards and FCAT requirements, captures students’ interests and illustrates that learning can be fun. Taking place in local public schools K-8, the program helps academics come alive! For example, imagine the engaged enthusiasm when students learn and experience physics utilizing the circus arts of juggling (Newton’s Law) and wire walking (center of balance and gravity).
    Students experience a curriculum rich in Florida’s circus history and they are introduced to other art forms such as theater, music and dance all of which are closely interwoven with the circus. Beyond the academic base, the importance of discipline, teambuilding, trust and self-confidence is stressed throughout the lesson plans.
    Budget $89,000
    Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
    Short Term Success
    The Education outreach program began in 2007 at Rowlett Magnet Elementary School and has grown to include most public elementary schools and many private elementary schools in both Manatee County and Sarasota County.
    Teaching artists collaborate with educators to lead lesson plans at the schools which later culminate with a program presented by the students at the Big Top for their parents and the upcoming grade level.
    Pre- and Post-testing illustrates the success of the program for learning and retention, and state standardized test scores have increased in those schools where The CAC education program has focused on science. 
    Long Term Success

    An essential part of  The CAC's mission, the Education program has impacted more than 12,000 students and has helped many economically and developmentally challenged students improve their learning capabilities through creative, arts-integrated curriculum.  

    Program Success Monitoring The Education program teaching artists meet with the education advisory committee monthly (and more frequently as necessary) to discuss curriculum and the progress of the program. An education task force is under development to help guide, direct and advise the program as it is growing quickly.
    Program Success Examples

    Following a field trip to Circus Sarasota, 7th grade students shared their reactions:

    “I never knew science had so much to do with the circus arts”

    “I really enjoyed learning the physics behind the acts”

    “I learned that they use gravity, inertia, acceleration and force when juggling”

    “The Big Top Education program is wonderful for teaching children the real-world concept of teamwork as well as patience”  –Paula F. Karalis, First Grade Teacher, Rowlett Magnet Elementary School

    “Karen Bell & Robin Eurich provided our group of professional teachers an insightful, fun, and informative seminar on Physics and how to present it to our students in a playful and instructive way” 

    Program Comments by Organization
    On October 5, 2011, Circus Sarasota assumed full management of the legendary Sailor Circus, an acquisition that is proving beneficial for the students who participate in the 69-year old Sailor Circus, the longest-running youth circus in America.  The popularity of this program is growing and there has been an enrollment waiting list since 2011.  The Human Service outreach program continues to experience increased demand for service with our collaborative care facilities partners.  The Education Outreach program now has a waiting list of schools as word has spread about this successful educational program that fills needs schools otherwise struggle to provide due to budget cuts.
    Pedro Reis - Founder/CEO of The Circus Arts Conservatory
    CEO/Executive Director
    CEO/Executive Director Mr. Pedro Reis
    CEO Term Start July 1997
    CEO/Executive Director Email

    Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Pedro Reis began circus training at the age of 12 at a local YMCA, developing his skills on the flying trapeze. He later went on to help found the first circus school in South Africa.

    As an artist, in 1982, Pedro established The Survivors, a thrilling aerialist act that toured Europe and made its American debut with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1984. In 1987, Pedro became a solo artist, performing with The Big Apple Circus at Busch Gardens and The International Circus Festival of Monaco. Throughout his career, Reis has been invited to perform before a number of dignitaries including HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, HRH Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Royal Family of Monaco, and former United States President Ronald Regan.

    In 1997, Reis and his wife, world-renowned aerialist Dolly Jacobs, combined their experience, passion, and dreams to create Circus Sarasota, a one-ring European style circus that is the only professional, not-for-profit circus in the state of Florida. In the years since its founding, Circus Sarasota has become a worldwide attraction for both area and global audiences. Now rebranded alongside Sailor Circus as The Circus Arts Conservatory, Reis and Jacobs have continued to elevate the awareness and appreciation of circus artistry through performance and outreach programs that involve area schools, youth organizations and care facilities community wide.

    Reis is the recipient of a variety of leadership awards and positions in the art realm. In 2004, Reis received the Sarasota County Arts Council’s prestigious Arts Leadership Award. Recognized for its leadership in both artistic programming and sound management and fiscal practice, Circus Sarasota received the greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award in the Arts Organization of the Year category in 2005. In 2009, Reis was inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame on St. Armand’s Circle, and along with his wife, has been inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame at the John and Mable Ringling Museum.

    In 2014, Reis was appointed to serve on the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, a 15-member advisory council appointed to advise the Secretary of State regarding cultural grant funding and on matters pertaining to culture in Florida. Appointments to the Council are determined by the Governor, President of the Senate and Speaker of the House, in consultation with the Secretary of State and are based on geographic representation, as well as demonstrated history of community service in the arts.

    As a lifelong veteran of the profession, Reis strives to elevate circus artistry to new heights while preserving its integrity and history in both the local and worldwide arenas.

    Former CEOs/Executive Directors
    Senior Staff
    Mr. Henry Barragan Operations and Logistics Manager
    Ms. Karen Bell Program Manager, Big Top Education
    Mr. Joe DeCiantis Director of Arena Programming
    Ms. Beth Graves Marketing Manager
    Ms. Mary Jo Heider Manager of Development and Community Relations
    Ms. Dolly Jacobs Co-Founder, Associate Director
    Mr. Zoltan Karpathy Vice President of Philanthrophy
    Ms. Jennifer Mitchell Managing Director
    Mr. Chuck Sidlow Senior Program Manager, Laughter Unlimited
    Ms. Courtney Wyatt Circus Arts Manager
    Staff & Volunteer Statistics
    Full Time Staff 22
    Part Time Staff 30
    Staff Retention Rate % 95
    Professional Development Yes
    Contractors 100
    Volunteers 450
    Management Reports to Board Yes
    CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Arts & Health Alliance
    Arts Alliance
    Asolo Rep. Theatre
    Aviva Senior Life
    Bay Village
    Big Cat Habitat
    Boys and Girls Club
    Community Aids Network
    Canadaigua Nat'l. Bank
    Children First
    Children's Guardian Fund
    Children’s Haven
    Comm. Foundation of Sarasota
    Consulate Health Care
    Crossbreeze Care Center
    Florida Alliance for Arts Edu.
    Forty Carrots
    Girl Scouts
    Girls, Inc
    Goodwill Manasota
    Gulf Coast Comm. Foundation
    Harmony Health Care
    Heartland Nursing Home&Rehab.
    Key Chorale
    Laurel Oak Country Club
    Loveland Center
    Manatee County Schools: 15 elem./middle
    Michael's On East
    Mote Marine Lab
    Nathan Benderson Park/SANCA
    Observer Group
    Pinebrook Nursing&Rehab.
    Pines of Sarasota
    Sarasota Health&Rehab.
    Sarasota Holiday Parade
    Sarasota Magazine
    Sarasota Memorial Hospital
    Sarasota Opera
    Sarasota Orchestra
    Sarasota Yacht Club
    Sarasota County Schools: 25 elem./middle
    Scene Magazine
    Selby Gardens
    Senior Friendship Center (Sarasota/Venice)
    Showfolks Club of Sarasota
    Smithsonian Institution
    Springwood Care&Rehab. Center
    SRQ Magazine
    Sun Fiesta Parade
    Tarpon Point Nursing Home
    The Carroll Center at Glenridge
    The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch
    The Honda Foundation
    The Kennedy Center
    The Patterson Foundation
    The Ringling
    United Cerebral Palsy
    Van Wezel
    Venice Holiday Parade
    Venice Yacht Club
    Village on the Isles
    Visit Sarasota
    World Rowing Org.
    External Assessments and Accreditations
    Awards & Recognition
    Smithsonian Folklife Festival Presenting PartnerSmithsonian Institution2017
    Voice of Sarasota Award - Dolly JacobsVisit Sarasota2017
    NEA National Heritage Fellow - Dolly JacobsNational Endowment for the Arts2015
    Cultural Organization of The YearGreater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2016
    Nancy Roucher Arts Education AwardArts and Cultural Alliance2016
    Arts Leadership Award - Dolly JacobsArts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County2015
    Perfect Pitch Award (inaugural) - Dolly JacobsKey Chorale2015
    Best Cultural Organization in SarasotaChamber of Commerce2012
    Florida Folk Heritage Award - Dolly JacobsFlorida Department of State2012
    Circus Ring of Fame Inductee - Pedro ReisCircus Ring of Fame2009
    Circus Hall of Fame Inductees - Pedro Reis and Dolly JacobsThe Ringling2009
    Arts Organization of the YearGreater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2005
    Arts Leadership Award - Pedro ReisArts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County2004
    Circus Celebrity acclamation - Dolly JacobsThe Ringling1999
    Circus Ring of Fame Inductee - Dolly JacobsCircus Ring of Fame1998
    Risk Management Provisions
    Government Licenses
    Organization Licensed by the Government No
    Fundraising Plan No
    Communication Plan No
    Strategic Plan No
    Strategic Plan Years
    Strategic Plan Adopted 0
    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 No
    Policies and Procedures Yes
    Other Documents
    Other Document 2
    Document Destruction Policy
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Mr. Jack Brown
    Company Affiliation Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, Retired
    Board Term July 2015 to June 2018
    Board Chair Email
    Board Members
    Board Members
    Mr. Jack Brown Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, President
    Mrs. Linda Carson ABC 7
    Mr. Jack Dean Sales Director - G. Fried Flooring America
    Ms. Dolly Jacob The Circus Arts Conservatory
    Ms. Soumya Kona CYD STAR Leadership Program Student Board Member
    Mr. Barton Lowther Merrill Lynch
    Mr. Donald Malawsky Retired
    Mr. Pedro Reis Founder & CEO
    Mr.. Michael Salmon The Out-of-Door Academy
    Mrs. Colleen Thayer Legislative Affairs, SWFWMD
    Ms. Barbara Tye Tye Enterprises
    Mrs. Deborah Walk Archivist/Ringling Museum Curator
    Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
    Board Ethnicity
    African American/Black 0
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
    Caucasian 11
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0 0
    Board Gender
    Male 6
    Female 6
    Unspecified 0
    Board Term Lengths 2
    Board Term Limits 4
    Board Orientation Yes
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
    Board Meeting Attendance % 83
    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
    Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
    Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
    Board Governance
    Program / Program Planning
    Community Outreach / Community Relations
    Governance Comments by Organization The Board supports the work of The CAC and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by The CAC’s CEO/Founder and Managing Director, the Board-Executive staff relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include: Leadership, governance and oversight Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO and Managing Director as they develop and implement strategic plan Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by The CAC for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics Reviewing the agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings Approving The CAC’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the CEO Assisting the CEO and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members Partnering with the CEO and other board members to ensure that board resolutions and plans are carried out Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments Representing The CAC to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization Ensuring CAC’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities The CAC serves Fundraising and Support of Performances and Events Board Members consider The CAC a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts as well as contribute to capital and special projects that reflect that high priority. This will ensure that The CAC can credibly and effectively solicit contributions from foundations, organizations and individuals. The CAC expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. Board Members are expected to attend a minimum of one Sailor Circus and one Circus Sarasota performance annually and serve as ambassadors to encourage family, friends and colleagues to attend as patrons or guests. Board Members support The CAC special events including the annual Gala, Annual Luncheon and Golf Tournament through attendance and by bringing guests. Board members will also assist in corporate solicitation for auction items, in-kind gifts and underwriting sponsorships within the sphere of their business associations.
    Fiscal Year Projections
    Fiscal Year Start Month July
    Fiscal Year Start Day 01
    Fiscal Year Begins 2017
    Fiscal Year End Month June
    Fiscal Year End Day 30
    Fiscal Year Ends 2018
    Projected Revenue $3,468,500.00
    Projected Expenses $3,335,386.00
    Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
    Organization has Endowment No
    Endowment Spending Policy N/A
    Capital Campaign
    Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
    Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
    Campaign Purpose Through training, education, performance and community service over 45,000 people engage at the Sailor Circus Arena annually,  This capital campaign will fund a much-needed renovation to create an accessible, safe and state-of-the-art facility.
    Campaign Goal $4,000,000.00
    Campaign Dates Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
    Amount Raised To Date 2500000 as of Dec 2017
    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 Year201620152014
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$0$0$0
    Individual Contributions$474,751$854,691$579,285
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$38,229$6,201$0
    Membership Dues$0$0$0
    Special Events($561)$164,214$144,583
    Revenue In-Kind$308,818$306,589$311,833
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Program Expense$2,441,404$2,387,488$2,252,218
    Administration Expense$172,023$197,776$306,316
    Fundraising Expense$223,740$189,837$314,480
    Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.250.81
    Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%78%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue47%19%43%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Assets$4,828,855$5,072,362$4,466,471
    Current Assets$1,546,738$1,568,932$1,310,710
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$204,584$214,490$193,500
    Total Net Assets$4,624,271$4,857,872$4,272,971
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountPerforming Income $1,717,616Performing Income $1,851,063Performing Income $1,223,958
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $474,751Contributions, gifts, grants $854,691Contributions, gifts, grants $579,285
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEducation $331,655Education $303,067Education $218,917
    CEO/Executive Director Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
    Tax Credits No
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.567.316.77
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Financials Comments
    Financial Comments by Organization The CAC has a financial opportunity to receive a $1 million dollar award from The State of Florida in the form of an economic development grant.  After a successful silent major gift initiative, we have launched a public appeal to raise the remaining $1.5 million needed to complete the Sailor Circus Arena renovation by June 30, 2018 and receive the State grant.
    Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.  990s and audits reconcile.
    Nonprofit Circus Arts Conservatory Inc
    Address 2075 Bahia Vista Street
    Sarasota, FL 34239
    Phone 941 355-9335

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