Also Out Youth
1470 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota FL 34236

To provide Advocacy, Leadership, Support, and Outreach to LGBTQIA youth and their allies.

CEO/Executive Director Donna E. Hanley MA
Board Chair Cindy Kalligher
Board Chair Affiliation Tropicana
General Info
Organization DBA
ALSO Youth
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1998
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2015
State Registration Yes Dec 2015
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $181,517.00
Projected Expenses $181,517.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Top Accomplishments of 2014

1.  Launched ALSO's first Alternative Prom with 137 youth from at least 12 different schools. 

2.  Obtained grant funding to provide scholarships for youth.

3. Made new or renewed connections with community partners: Equally Confident, Florida Studio Theatre, Ala-teen, Planned Parenthood, SPARRC, Equality Florida, New College, Community AIDS Network, Hedges, and Community Youth Development.

4. Joey Panek presented an "Anti-bullying" message to over 2000 youth at various forums during Stand Up Sarasota week.

Top Goals 

1. Continue to offer drop in hours for all youth ages 13 to 21.

2. Reach more students in more schools during our annual Stand Up Sarasota week

3.  Further expand the center’s educational outreach program to feature presentations in the community; include youth speakers.

4. Increase the number of drop in days specifically for internal individual development such as book club, college planning, money management, mentoring by community professionals, writing workshops, etc.

5. Expand services to distant parts of the area.
Needs Statement

1. Expand/Improve Services to South Sarasota County Youth: Approximately $40,000/year. $20,000 would pay for a part time coordinator/counselor that, ideally, would coordinate programming in South County (Englewood, Venice, North Port, Osprey). $20,000 would pay for rental fees for temporary spaces, educational materials, guest speakers, etc.

2. A capital campaign to rent or purchase a building of our own - anywhere from $100,000 to $400,000. 

3. Add programs that would attract more LGBTQIA youth and their allies to our center such as college planning, college scholarships, Finance 101, as well as field trips that would build a sense of belonging and community among the youth (ropes course, community development projects, horseback riding, civic field trips, theme park trips, etc.) - $5000.

4. Upgrade furniture in ALSO Youth Center - New desks/workspaces, book shelves, conference table - $5000.

5. Hire a staff with fundraising and development expertise along with LGBTQIA youth programming experience - $30,000.

Background Statement

ALSO Youth was created in 1992 by individuals who were alarmed at the statistics documenting high rates of suicide among gay and lesbian teens.  In cooperation with other local organizations such as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Planned Parenthood; and YMCA Youth and Family Services, volunteers were recruited to conduct a support group for Sarasota area youth.


Today, ALSO Youth is a non-profit charity that provides a drop-in center, peer support services, educational programs, advocacy, and referrals to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) youth and their allies, ages 13 to 21; their families and friends, and the community.  This safe space enables the empowerment of youth and brings people together to promote equality, diversity, and human rights.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
gay, lesbian, LGBT, youth, education,
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The past year built on the momentum that ALSO gained with the hiring of its outstanding Executive Director, Donna Hanley, and Program Coordinator, Molly Swift, in December of 2013. I pledge to maintain that continued momentum and with the help of a committed and talented Board there is no limit to how successful we can become.

Success, however, requires money and resources, and avenues such as the Giving Partner allows us to access and be accessed by donors and prospective donors that otherwise would not have been available. Last year's Giving Partner challenge results exceeded our expectations and provided the springboard from which we can better reinforce ALSO's mission of acceptance of all people regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

I have no greater passion than to help ALSO carry out that mission.

Jim Jablonski, President of the Board
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
This spring, we had a Needs Assessment and Youth Survey completed by a graduate intern, Hilary Woodcum. 
COMMUNITY - Community participants believed that ALSO is fulfilling its mission within the community, has great support from individuals and agencies who believe ALSO provides essential services, and is important to the community. ALSO is visible within the local LGBTQIA community and social service agencies, and these groups are knowledgeable of the programs and services offered by ALSO. Those who donate and volunteer with ALSO do so because of a belief in the mission and cause of the organization and in an effort to support the LGBT community and youth. 37% of community members surveyed reported that they learned about ALSO from a friend. 43% reported that they would be willing to receive information from ALSO once a month.

Recommendations included working more within schools, developing greater visibility and presence in the community, partnering with more community organizations, giving presentations and training, providing educational materials, partnering on events and programs, and ensuring consistency with staff and representatives.

YOUTH -Youth reported that they found out about ALSO from a friend or other youth. They listed the people, the environment, and having no judgment, as the top reasons for liking ALSO, and listed Spoken Word, movie/party days, the Prom, and sex education as some of their favorite activities.

Youth suggested having more presence in schools, posting flyers, partnering with business, holding events at other places, and doing a monthly newsletter. Suggestions for other activities were more dances, guest speakers, birthday parties, and speed dating. Youth listed transportation and counseling as other services that they would like to see.

Youth said that best way for them to receive information from ALSO was social media and email.  

OUR REACTION - We were pleased and not too surprised at the results. A lot of what was reported mirrors our current strategic plan. At the same time, it also gave us new ideas and strategies to strengthen our organization, its programs, and services.
ALSO offers a safe supportive environment for youth ages 13 - 21. Youth can come into the center to get assistance with homework, college and/or job applications, utilize the computers, play games read, watch movies, etc.  The center is staffed by positive role models who are always available for support and/or guidance. This is a drug, smoke, and alcohol-free zone.
Budget $45,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

Give marginalized or rejected youth a compassionate and nuturing environment to feel welcomed and safe.  

Provide educational, recreational, and social opportunities/ activities that will provide the basis for positive youth development. 

Assist marginalized youth in assessing, navigating, and accessing the community with exposure to diverse professionals with various careers and life interests.


Long Term Success
Current research reports that LGB youth are at higher risk of experiencing childhood maltreatment, have a higher risk of unintended pregnancy, and higher rates of risky sexual behavior.  LGBT youth are over represented among runaway and homeless youth, more likely to have poor mental health, be victimized, and engage in risky behaviors.                                                                                                                       The research also reports that these negative experiences and risk factors may be lowered or mitigated by protective factors.  Our organization provides many of the protective factors to the youth we serve.  
  • We offer caring adults with knowledge of LGBTQIA issues.  
  • Staff/volunteers representative of the LGBTQIA community.      
  • Positive peer groups where youth can disclose emotional material in a safe and non-threatening setting;  Youth can address the feelings of uniqueness (the feeling that no one else has the feelings that they do), increase self-confidence, insight, and self-awareness, and process / work through life issues in order to better manage their interactions with family and friends, at school, at work, and  any other interpersonal situation.  
Program Success Monitoring
  • Having over 1000 youth visits every year.  
  • Positive satisfaction reports from youth about one of the new support groups was 4.29 out of 5.  
  • Seeing an increase in youth ages 13 - 14.  So far, all of them have parental support.
  • Making presentations on current topics relevant to LGBTQIA youth, such as teen suicide and bullying; and collaborating with other youth organizations such as Sarasota County's Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee, Community Youth Development, SPARCC, Equally Confident,  Girls Scouts, Planned Parenthood, and the Community AIDS Network.       

Not Working: 

School District- not having strong connections with the school district beyond Stand Up Sarasota.                                                                       Transportation -  difficult for youth living outside of downtown Sarasota or not on a bus line.

We have taken a hiatus on the support group led b a mental health professional.   The group of youth who utilized this program have either aged out of the program, graduated high school and are attending college or working, or lost interest.  With newer youth coming to the center, we hope to revise this program in later 2015.
Program Success Examples
Youth visits are documented on a daily basis and complied monthly. In 2009 the number of youth visits was 312. In 2014 there were 1428 youth visits to the center.

In May 2014, ALSO held its first Alternative Prom.  It was a smoke-free, drug‐free, and alcohol-free dance for LGBTQIA students, allies and friends in Sarasota and surrounding counties. This event allows LGBTQIA youth to experience a traditional rite of passage with the same comfort and freedom as their straight counterparts. Its goal is to create a safe, supportive space where attendees can fully express themselves, bring the date of their choice, and dance with whomever they wish. We plan to hold this event every year.

Budget $4,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Short Term Success The short--‐term goal of the Alternative Prom is to create a fun, safe, and memorable night for 200 area youth. ALSO's youth have been asking for this event for many years, and ALSO is honored to be providing it.
Long Term Success

The long--‐term goal of Alternative Prom is to encourage high schools to create events that actively welcome all youth, no matter their real or perceived difference. Alternative Prom is an occasion for ALSO to make connections with schools and organizations and to create a model of inclusion for local dances and events.

Program Success Monitoring Success for this type of event can be measured by the number of youth attending, the number of volunteers becoming involved, and the amount of community support and donations.
Program Success Examples

Having 137 youth attend the inaugural prom felt like a big success to us. We will be better able to measure success as we continue to provide this event.


Stand Up Sarasota is a week--‐long series of events encouraging youth to stand up to bullying and fully express themselves in school and in sports. The week is built around a guest speaker sharing a message of personal responsibility, respect, and inclusion in area middle schools, high schools, and colleges. In the evening, the speaker traditionally addresses parents, educators, and the community at large in various venues and forums.

Budget $7,500
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Short Term Success

The goal of Stand Up Sarasota is to reach a wide audience in presenting a message in line with ALSO's mission of ending violence and harassment. In 2014, Joey Panek, promoted an "Anti-bullying" message to over 2000 students in multiple venues.  

Long Term Success

Our annual, week long, anti-bullying message is to educate, promote, and inspire a culture in schools that respects and protects all students, no matter their real or perceived differences.

Program Success Monitoring We will know that the program is successful by the increase in the number of schools and students that welcome our speakers each year. 
Program Success Examples

Program Comments by Organization

Due to expanded hours, staffing, and community partnerships, 2014 was a tremendous year in programming growth for ALSO Youth—both inside our drop-in center and in our community. ALSO’s programming has continued to develop, and we aspire to create exponential impact in our community in the years to come. Our center is currently open to youth 4 days a week to provide regular programming designed to promote youth empowerment, including Media Literacy discussions with SPARCC educators, a youth Photovoice collaborative, led by a Public Health graduate student/Department of Health Educator, as well as Spoken Word and Film Friday activities, led by volunteers and staff. ALSO hosts monthly youth socials and many guest speakers throughout the year, which supplement our activities with life skill and specialty discussions. Outside of our center’s walls, ALSO has made significant impact through an annual Stand Up Sarasota anti-bullying campaign, which reached approximately 2000 youth in 2014, as well as Alternative Prom, which has attracted nearly 150 youth each of the two years the event has been held.

ALSO’s increasing visibility in the community has resulted in invitations for our youth to participate in large community events, such as CYD’s No Hate Walk, Selby Library’s Fashion Dash, and events hosted by New College of Florida, WSLR, Tiger Bay Club, Rotary Club, and other non-LGBTQIA organizations. These events and partnerships with mainstream youth organizations have provided invaluable positive development opportunities for the youth of ALSO, which otherwise may have been perceived as intimidating or inaccessible. New LGBTQIA events, such as Empower Tampa, a LGBTQIA youth conference, as well as ALSO’s first Inspiring Inclusion community training and youth panel have meaningfully supplemented our regular programming to encourage youth to develop activism, advocacy, and public speaking skills on the issues which impact their lives and those of their peers.

Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Donna E. Hanley MA
CEO Term Start Dec 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email

Ms. Hanley holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.   She is currently a Provisional Mental Health Counselor Licensee in Florida and is fully licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State. 

Donna has worked as a therapist and an administrator with youth and families for more than 18 years. Her passion and commitment has been helping people who have undergone adverse life experiences to heal and enjoy life to the fullest.

As a therapist, clinical supervisor, and senior level administrator, Donna has solid knowledge and experience in systems of care, organization and management, quality improvement and program evaluation, budgeting, training, internal / external collaboration, and personnel management.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Candace Sorenson Feb 2004 - July 2009
Susan Westcott Dec 2009 - Aug 2013
Senior Staff
Sarah Rickner Youth Coordinator
Molly Swift Program Coordinator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 35
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
ALSO collaborates with the following agencies: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Community Youth Development, Sarasota County Health Department, Community AIDS Network,  Hedges Pharmacy, Pride Festival, Family Resources of Bradenton, New College, Florida Studio Theatre
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2014
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Most effective LGBT organizationWAVE Award (Watermark's Award for Variety and Excellence)Watermark2013
Most effective LGBT organizationWatermark2012
Sarasota's Most Effective Local LGBT OrganizationWatermark2011
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2014
Management Succession Plan No
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
ALSO Youth has traditionally been a small local charity.  On a positive note, this makes the interaction with youth and with the community a very personal one.  At the same time, staffing levels have risen and fallen in respond to the economic atmosphere of the time and the level of funding obtained.  In some years, there has only been one employee to manage both the business end of the organization, but also to provide the programming for youth.  These responsibilities would, at times, result in less than optimal management of the fundraising, donor maintenance, and outreach activities; being that the youth are priority.
Growth of the organization can become a catch-22 situation.  You need both funding and staff to grow but unless the circumstances are just right, you cannot get one without the other.  We plan to reach out to our partners in the community to attract funding with growth in mind.  We have also increased our partnerships with local colleges to have a professional cadre of interns.
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Cindy Kalligher
Company Affiliation Tropicana
Board Term Oct 2015 to Sept 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Chris Best Payroll Administrator
Tony Boothby Michael Saunders Realty
Tesla Gunderson Youth
Cindy Kalligher Tropicana/ Pepisco
Michael Martin Outreach Educator/ Tidewell Hospice
Grace Wickerson Community Youth Development
Heather Zangara Community Volunteer
Paul Zook Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 73
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
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
The Board and Staff of ALSO convened for a Strategic Planning retreat in June / September 2014.  One outcome of the retreat was the creation of a Governance Committee.  They have been meeting regularly since then and have updated, revised, and added new information to the Board Position Description, Policy Handbook, and current Bylaws,  We are lucky to have two members with previous Governance experience.
The Governance Committee designed a new Board Member Orientation and has held two sessions for four new Board members.   
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $181,517.00
Projected Expenses $181,517.00
Endowment Value $1,704.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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? No
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$83,391$77,076$84,250
Administration Expense$2,509$8,564$9,361
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.530.900.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%90%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$59,490$17,517$29,652
Current Assets$56,298$10,985$26,310
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,090$5,965$9,416
Total Net Assets$57,400$11,552$20,236
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $134,918Contributions, gifts, grants $68,402Contributions, gifts, grants $79,571
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $248Fundraising $8,454Fundraising $10,953
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Miscellaneous Income $100Investment income $190
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities26.941.842.79
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Unlike many non-profits, ALSO Youth has a client base aged 13-21 and thus cannot realistically expect to raise funds through that client base. It must rely upon the resources and contacts of its Board of Directors, fundraising events and effective outreach to the community. With its mission to provide advocacy, leadership, support and outreach to LGBTQIA youth and their allies, it can at times be difficult to gain approval and acceptance from some individuals let alone financial backing. Thus it is incumbent upon the organization to educate the community about acceptance and equality among all individuals. With the pendulum of public opinion swinging dramatically in favor of acceptance, it has made our job somewhat easier but still difficult. However the fact that ALSO Youth has survived for 23 years and is now stronger than ever is a testament to the strength of the organization and the work that it does.

Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990. Audits for 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2008 are not available.
Nonprofit Also Out Youth
Address 1470 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
Primary Phone 941 951-2576