Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Inc.
400 Palmetto Avenue
PO Box 902
Osprey FL 34229-0902
Mission

To Protect the Character, Natural Integrity and Biodiversity of the Bays, Beaches, Barrier Islands and watersheds of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christine Purvis Johnson
Board Chair Ms. Ann Charters
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Former Names
Sarasota Conservation Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 2003
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,111,142.00
Projected Expenses $1,075,724.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2015
State Registration 0
Statements
Needs
Land acquisition - While market forces have created an extraordinary opportunity to acquire land and conservation easements, Federal, State and local funding for land acquisition has all but disappeared. 
 
Stewardship - We save land forever. Stewardship funding is needed to defend the title on that land in perpetuity, ensure that invasive species are removed and native plants and animals return.
Education funding is an ongoing need. We host 10-12 programs annually ranging from Biology in the Bay to environmental art exhibits. Through these programs, we bring people closer to Florida’s flora and fauna and we increase appreciation for the need to conserve our fragile coast. Annual programming expenses are $40,000.
The Artist in Residence program welcomes visual, literary and performing artists whose work is inspired by the environment.  Expenses are $32,000 annually.

We have an operating budget of just over $3,000,000. The Foundation has protected more than 8, 500 acres on 30 properties so far and requires the expertise of a biologist, environmental attorney, program director and additional professional staff to ensure the protection of that land and the acquisition of more.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

When you really think about it, there are few things we can do that last “Forever.” Land lasts forever. We must be the guardians of the character and natural integrity of Florida’s Gulf Coast. I want every citizen in our region to understand the value of conservation and to know that Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is the best resource to ensure our bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds are protected.

 

Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has entered an exciting period of expansion. Nearly ten years ago, a small and dedicated group created Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to protect the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds of the Gulf Coast. Since then, the Conservation Foundation has become a go-to organization for land conservation in southwest Florida. The Foundation is a fully accredited land trust with ten professional staff members and a dedicated board of Directors, Board of Advisors and cadre of volunteers. 

 

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Programs
Description We host 10-12 programs annually ranging from Biology in the Bay to environmental art exhibits. Through these programs, we bring people closer to Florida’s flora and fauna and we increase appreciation for the need to conserve our fragile coast.
Budget $40,000
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success
100% of participants will experience the outdoors have a greater understanding of the natural environment of Florida's Gulf Coast. Hopefully, they will leave with a greater appreciation for the need to conserve it.
Long Term Success
The Educational Programing benefits approximately 6,500 visitors to Bay Preserve at Osprey. The preserve is open to everyone at no charge and offers opportunities for active and passive activities for all ages.
 
  • Sarasota Crew brings up to 100 youth rowers, their coaches and parents daily throughout the year.
  • In February, theUniversityofSouth Florida Sarasota-Manateeannounced their first athletic program - a rowing team that is training at Bay Preserve at Osprey. This is the first and only college rowing team inSarasotaCountyorManateeCounty.
  • Approximately 150 visitors annually use Bay Preserve to launch kayaks, skulls, canoes, paddle boards and other vessels. Bay Preserve's public dock and beach offer access to Little Sarasota Bay,PalmerPointPark, Jim Neville Marine Preserve and the surrounding environment.
  • Through a partnership with Art Center Sarasota, painters and instructors come to Bay Preserve throughout the year. They set-up outdoor easels and paint the historic structures and natural scenery in a practice known as plein-air painting.
  • Fall Family Festival draws more than 1000 people each November.
  • More than 1000 additional visitors attend educational programs and special events sponsored by the Conservation Foundation. These range from museum exhibit openings and The Palm Ball to nature photography classes and training classes to participate in the annual seagrass survey.
  • Free self-guided tours of Bay Preserve are available anytime during open hours and free guided tours are offered monthly.
 
Program Success Monitored By
Atttendace, Sponsorships, Surveys, Grant funding and reporting
Examples of Program Success
Fall family festival attracted 1200 people of all ages three years in a row. More than one hundred survey's were completed by attendees at the watershed awareness workshop. Internationally recognized artists like Clyde Butcher and  O.M. Braida have approached the Foundation to exhibit their work at Bay Preserve.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Christine Purvis Johnson
CEO Term Start Oct 2011
Email Christine@ConservationFoundation.com
Staff
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 211
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2010
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations

Sarasota County, Science and Environmental Council, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Sarasota Crew, Art Center Sarasota, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota County Government Extension, Stetson Law, Sarasota Bay Watch, START, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Around the Bend Tours   

External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Ann Charters
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Nov 2014 to Nov 2015
Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Ann Charters Community Volunteer
Ms. Mickey Davis Community Volunteer
Mr. Daniel DeLeo Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Dr. Harold L. Johnson Intercoastal Medical Group
Mr. Robert Patten Coastal Dunes, Inc.
Mr. Peter Scanlan Peter B. Scanlan and Associates, LLC
Ms. Eileen P. Scudder-Zimmerman Community Volunteer
Dr. Christopher Sforzo Orthopeadic Center of Southwest Florida
Mr. James Westman Octex, LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Constituency Includes Client Representation
Standing Committees
Audit
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization       
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $1,111,142.00
Projected Expenses $1,075,724.00
Endowment Value $3,491,867.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Spending Policy % 4
Historical Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$3,568,830$572,082$778,213
$0$0$0
$136,910$172,806$240,566
Investment Income, Net of Losses$49,837$42,883$35,701
Membership Dues$0$19,405$31,661
Special Events$290,922$266,186$319,757
Revenue In-Kind$23,474$106,168$14,509
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$3,716,650$880,257$956,778
Administration Expense$109,959$84,583$91,482
Fundraising Expense$88,341$41,135$44,924
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.071.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%88%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%5%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$28,870,018$28,354,912$27,941,341
Current Assets$446,200$370,952$1,044,796
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$175,046$100,944$126,125
Total Net Assets$28,694,972$28,253,968$27,815,216
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,568,830Contributions, gifts, grants $572,082Contributions, gifts, grants $778,213
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $290,922Fundraising $266,186Fundraising $319,757
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Income $69,524Sarasota County Partners $86,685Sarasota County Partners $190,224
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.553.678.28
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Inc.
Address 400 Palmetto Avenue
PO Box 902
Osprey, FL 342290902
Primary Phone 941 918-2100
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christine Purvis Johnson
Board Chair Ms. Ann Charters
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2003
Former Names
Sarasota Conservation Foundation

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.