Also for Gay Youth Inc dba Also Out Youth
1470 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota FL 34236

To provide Advocacy, Leadership, Support, and Outreach to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual 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 2016
State Registration Yes Apr 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $181,517.00
Projected Expenses $181,517.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments of 2015

• Over 1150 youth visited the Sarasota Drop In Center.

• Successfully held ALSO's second Alternative Prom with ~120 youth from at least 12 different schools.
• Presented a week long "Anti-bullying" message to over 1000 youth at various forums during Stand Up Sarasota week.
• Opened a satellite LGBTQIA support program in Venice, FL.
• Started an adult facilitated peer support group for transgender youth ages 18 and under.
• Re-started the mental health professional facilitated peer support group, by utilizing a volunteer Licensed Mental Health Counselor every week.
• Presented “Inclusion” and “Sensitivity” training to various adult groups.
Top Goals for 2016
• Continue to offer drop in hours and support groups for all youth ages 13 to 21.
• Activate a marketing campaign that will target key school personnel with literature and information regarding our programs and services.
• Reach out to more students during the full year versus a dedicated week.
• Continue to expand the center’s educational outreach and advocacy programs to feature presentations in the community; include youth speakers.
Needs Statement
• Continue drop-in hours, community outreach, and fund development at the Sarasota Center. Approximately $125,000 a year.

• Continue and enhance services in South Sarasota County (Venice): Approximately $40,000/year. $20,000 would continue to fund a part time coordinator/counselor that coordinates programming in South County (Englewood, Venice, North Port, Osprey). $20,000 would pay for rental fees for temporary spaces, educational materials, supplies, guest speakers, etc.

• Provide college scholarship and employee tuition assistance -$5,000.
• A capital campaign to rent or purchase a building of our own - anywhere from $100,000 to $400,000.
• Hire a full time staff with outreach and development expertise along with LGBTQIA youth programming experience - $40,000.
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, Queer, 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
ALSO Youth is a place where every day is different as the youth who spend time there. Where youth can go to learn about themselves and express themselves through innovative and creative programs. With the support of our staff, volunteers, donors, and friends we are able to provide the necessary tools for them to become responsible individuals and leaders of our community.
Our drop in center is a diverse and inclusive place that promotes equality for everyone. It is a place where youth can meet others and be themselves with no criticism from peers. Our programs provide youth with what they need to make that difference and to stand up and be proud for who they are and what they believe in.
We need to continue providing this service to our youth and need your help. We need your support and the support from community entities such as the Giving Partner to ensure ALSO remains available to current and future youth.
I invite you to join me in choosing ALSO Youth as the charity you select to support.
Cindy Kalligher
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
For the calendar year 2015, ALSO Youth had over 70 youth on the roster and experienced 1158 youth visits to the center. With the support of the Board, several grants, and generous donors, we were able to hire a new part time Youth Coordinator, open a satellite center in Venice, and start a support group for transgender youth 18 and under.
As the only place that LGBTQIA Youth in Sarasota County can go for support and advocacy services, we are thrilled to have served so many. At the same time, we would like to reach youth and families who may need our assistance but cannot come to our center because of transportation or timing issues. Our plan for 2016 Program Outreach includes the following:
• We will extend our hours on two days of the week at the Sarasota center to offer more opportunities for educational, social, emotional, and life-skill support and resources.
• In order to meet the needs of youth who cannot get to our center, we will be visiting area schools and other youth centered organizations to bring educational programming on inclusion, diversity, cultural humility, acceptance, anti-bullying, health, social and media literacy, and other topics relevant to today’s youth.
• Education and Outreach is not limited to the youth of the community. We have taken our Inclusion Training curriculum to various staff meetings /seminars, mental health professionals, volunteers groups, and trade organizations; with great response! We already have several requests to present in the next few months.
As much as 2015 was a fabulous year for ALSO Youth, we see 2016 being a stellar year for empowering everyone in the community to advocate for LGBTQIA youth and their allies!
ALSO offers a safe supportive environment for youth ages 13 - 21, that are looking for an place free of judgment. 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. Every day that the center is open, staff offer at least one structured activity that focuses on social, emotional, and personal growth. This is a drug, smoke, and alcohol-free zone.
Budget $126,000
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 nurturing 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 LGBT youth are at higher risk of experiencing  negative life experiences, not limited to: rejection, bullying, suicide, homelessness, depression, anxiety, runaway, and school drop out.
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
  • Number of youth reached; drop in and outreach
  • Number of outreach events or field trips
  • Number of community partners engaged
  • Number of requests for presentations / training
  • Triennial Youth Satisfaction Surveys 
Program Success Examples
  • In 2015 there were 1158 youth visits to the center.
  • Over 1000 students experienced our "Anti-Bullying" campaign in their schools.  Presented by ALSO's Program Coordinator, Molly Swift, and Patrick A. Jackson, Teaching Artist of Florida Studio Theater
  • Presented Inclusion / Diversity training to four adult organizations: Open to the Public at the Community Foundation for Sarasota County, the Girls Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Sarasota Court Mediators, and the Lower West Coast Florida Chapter of the American Psychological Association.
  • Over two dozen field trips to community venues: Florida Studio Theater, Sarasota Opera, Ringling Museum, the Health Dept, SPARCC, CAN, West Coast Theater, Planned Parenthood. 
  • Youth attended "Brundibar" Youth Opera, a Traditional Thai Dance Performance at the Ringling International Arts Festival, dress rehearsal of the opera "LaBoheme", and the play "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom".
  • Through an educational grant from the Community Foundation, we were able to award college financial scholarships to two youth.

ALSO Youth is gearing up for it's third Alternative Prom.  Over 120 youth attended each of the previous two proms.  It is a smoke, drug, 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 $3,500
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 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 over 120 youth attend and more than 20 educators volunteer to plan and chaperone the event is signals success to us.  Youth and family feedback also lets us know that the Prom has a positive impact. 

A parent posted on our Facebook page:  “Thank you for providing a wonderful evening for my son and his date. I’m fairly certain that he would never have gone to the prom at his own school, but this was a gift to have a place where he felt safe to be himself. My husband and I are grateful to the many people who made this evening possible.”
One youth commented after the Prom that when she was in the bathroom a girl she didn't know said "hello" to her.  She commented "that wouldn't have happened at my school's Prom".
Description In October 2015, ALSO Youth began offing a safe, supportive, environment for youth ages 13 to 21, once a week, in Venice, FL. Programming here is similar to the one at the Sarasota Center.  Many motivational activities are offered, as well, as peer support groups and projects.  This also a drug, smoke, and alcohol free zone.
Budget $25,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success In the short term, we hope to make sure that all youth in the southern part of Sarasota county are aware that LGBTQIA support services are now available in their area and to reach out into the community to offer sexual identity, gender orientation, and anti-discrimination inclusion training and consultation.
Long Term Success Long term success will be measured in terms of expansion of the program. We will look at both the growth of attendance at the program and by the frequency and type of outreach into the community.   
Program Success Monitoring
  • Number of youth reached by drop-in and outreach
  • Number of outreach events, field trips, guest speakers, etc
  • Number of Community Partners
  • Number of requests for presentations
  • Triennial Youth Satisfaction Surveys 
Program Success Examples We hope to see an increase in the numbers of youth both knowing about the Venice location and attending the program there.  We will be collecting satisfaction surveys and personal vignettes as testimony to the effects of the services.
Program Comments by Organization

ALSO’s Youth’s primary drop-in center in Sarasota offers programming and activities 4 afternoons each week. While the goals of each of these program components vary, the shared intention is to empower youth through social-emotional learning and education. This programming is determined by youth survey data, as well as availability of resources for staff and volunteers to actualize youth requests.
In the first half of the year, youth engaged in weekly Spoken Word activities, facilitated by Florida Studio Theatre teaching artists, as well as a Photovoice Collaborative, facilitated by Hilary Woodcum, MPH. New programming began in the second half of the year and have continued into 2016. This includes a Media Literacy program to improve critical thinking skills regarding media; Thoughtful Thursday to expand relevant, sociological dialog beyond media; a peer support group led by Jenn Elkins, LMHC; as well as a Trans Youth Support Group, which are led by staff and graduate social work interns. Well-attended, monthly youth socials occur on the last Friday of each month, and youth from Venice are offered transportation to join their Sarasota cohort. Because of the extended drop-in hours on party nights, this is the day of the month that the most youth from outside of Sarasota County visit and participate.
At least 2 guest speakers visited the Sarasota drop-in center each month in 2015, and a handful of guest speakers visited the Venice satellite since its opening. These guests visit for one hour, and can speak on a variety of professions--from attorneys to opera singers!
In 2015, ALSO Youth participants enjoyed 28 (non-fundraising) field trips, which included LGBTQIA activist events, such as a candlelight vigil in honor of India Clarke, a trans woman who was murdered in Tampa in the Summer; health service organizations, such as Community Aids Network; and institutions of arts and culture, such as the Ringling Museum.

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 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 20 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
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, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Community Youth Development, Sarasota County Health Department, Embracing Our Differences, the Sarasota Opera, West Coast Black Troupe Theater, 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
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
For the majority of 2015, ALSO Youth employed one full time and one part staff to run the programs and services the organization offers. Although small, we were able to realize great connections with both the youth and the adults in the community.
Our on-going success is due to the generosity of others and that support was evident in 2015. Our Board of Directors, interns, and volunteers assisted the staff at ALSO in keeping the drop-in center operating four days a week year round. They were guest speakers, chaperones, handy people, shoppers, cleaners, drivers, and all around “faux” staff.
Near the end of the year we were able to realize a dream on our wish list; to provide services in the southern part of Sarasota County. It was like the perfect storm of resources coming through our door. Our partnership with the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida opened up an opportunity to rent a transportation friendly space to provide programming. Grants with Our Sarasota Fund through the Community Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and the Gamma Mu Foundation made it possible for us to hire a Youth Coordinator and pay for the overhead costs associated with operating the satellite center.
The hours that the Youth Coordinator does not spend in Venice are a compliment to the services at the Sarasota Center. We have been able to expand that program by 2 more hours and have been able to start a Transgender Support group for youth age 18 and under.
At the same time that we have experienced some successful expansion, we also recognize that we are not reaching all of the youth in the area.  This is due to the smallness of the organization and also to the lack of connection with the schools in the district.  To that end, we hope to engage in a marketing campaign targeted to all key school district personnel.  To goal will be to increase their knowledge about our the services we provide so that any youth who needs us has the means to contact us.
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization ALSO Youth strives to be as connected as possible with our youth and the community.  As such, we have a Website, Facebook. Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr accounts.  These media connections are viewed, reviewed, and updated frequently. 
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
Cindy Kalligher Tropicana/ Pepisco
Grace Wickerson Community Youth Development
Heather Zangara Community Volunteer
Paul Zook Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
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
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
ALSO Youth's Governance Committee meets monthly to provide support and continuity to the Board and to the organization. In the past year, the committee has established timelines for strategic planning, officer nomination, committee chairpersonship, Bylaw revision, and Board recruitment. The committee has recently revised ALSO Youth's Bylaws to streamline committees and incorporate a Past President policy. Currently, the committee is assisting with the recruitment and orientation of new Board members for spring 2016 and planning for ALSO Youth's annual Board retreat in the summer of 2016.
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
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$115,967$83,391$77,076
Administration Expense$7,325$2,509$8,564
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.530.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%97%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$63,935$59,490$17,517
Current Assets$60,743$56,298$10,985
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$4,015$2,090$5,965
Total Net Assets$59,920$57,400$11,552
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $92,869Contributions, gifts, grants $134,918Contributions, gifts, grants $68,402
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $32,763Investment Income $248Fundraising $8,454
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $1800 $0Miscellaneous Income $100
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.1326.941.84
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
  “We exist through the generosity of others” is a response that is made frequently when asked how ALSO Youth is funded.  In 2015, 34% of our income comes from direct individual donations, 15% from business donations, 35% from fund raising events, and 16% from grants.
  Individual donations come in a variety of ways -- through our Inner Circle Program (donors who give between $10 & $50 through a monthly donation), personal annual giving, employer match programs, the Giving Challenge, Amazon Smile, and in-kind goods or services.
  Our largest single corporate donation was $10,000 with other businesses either donating directly or through sponsorship of events.
  We usually have 3 large fund raising events a year, with a few small intimate events scattered throughout the year. 1) The Spring Brunch, 2) The Gala, and 3) the Turkey Trot. Money is raised by these events by sponsorship opportunities, ticket purchases, and raffles. In 2016, we have decided to combine the Brunch and the Gala into one large event in the spring.
  ALSO Youth was awarded grants through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (McCauley-Brown, Our Sarasota Fund), Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Michael Saunders Charitable Foundation, and the Gamma Mu Foundation.
  Our Fund Development goal is to inform the community on the issues facing LGBTQIA youth and the human gain that is made by their financially supporting the organization in protecting, nurturing, educating, and empowering at risk youth.     
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 for Gay Youth Inc dba Also Out Youth
Address 1470 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone 941 951-2576