North Port Art Center
5950 Sam Shapos Way
North Port FL 34287
Mandalas for World Peace - North Port Art Center

Inspiring and encouraging creative possibilities for everyone through the visual arts.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sandy Wood
Board Chair Mrs. Mary A. Alspaugh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Crossmark/Promoworks
History and Background
Organization DBA
North Port Art Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 1993
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $84,885.00
Projected Expenses $84,885.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2014
State Registration Yes Aug 2013
This is NPAC's 25th Anniversary year.  Not only are we proud of our longevity in North Port, but it was this year that the Art Center presented its first piece of public art to the City of North Port and County of Sarasota, entitled "Mandalas for World Peace."  It was installed in March 2013 in a prominent place at Warm Mineral Springs. 
The project was funded by the City of North Port, County of Sarasota, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Sarasota Tourist Development Taxes, and more than $5,000 in private donations.
The "Mandalas" is a 9 x 5 clay sculpture designed by Clay Artist John Cheer, a pottery instructor at NPAC, and 17 other clay artists from Southwest Florida and beyond.  Each artist submitted a circular design called a mandala which represented that artist's vision for peace in the world.  It is on display at  Warm Mineral Springs to be enjoyed by all who visit.  It was our intention that the designs on the individual mandalas would help inspire thoughts of peace among nations.
In 2012-13, we were able to expand our Free Saturdays art program for local children to every Saturday in the month, thanks in large measure to a supplies grant from the Woman's Exchange of Sarasota.  Another grant of $500 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County allowed us to upgrade our computer and merchant services equipment.  And we met our goal of increased membership:  Currently we have 320 members, up from 240 in 2011.  We did this through increased marketing to the public, setting up an improved Facebook page, an revamping our website.  We also initiated our First Annual Pottery Show, reaching out to potters and clay artists throughout both Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
Our goal this year is to increase our fundraising efforts to ensure that we have a solid cushion at year's end; increase our sponsorships in our summer camp program to permit more children of needy families to attend for at least one week; and to increase attendance at our artists workshops by attracting more well-known artists to our center. 
The North Port Area Art Guild, DBA the North Port Art Center, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in November of 2013.  It was begun in 1988 with a loosely formed band of local artists who met in private homes and public meeting rooms to hold classes, small art shows, and plan for growth in the community. 
The Guild was formally incorporated in 1993, and continued serving its small but growing membership in meeting rooms provided by the local library, the YMCA, and the city hall.  Finally, in 2007, the North Port City Commissioners agreed to lease one its unoccupied buildings to the Guild, and the Art Center was born.
Today the Art Center's main building holds an extensive art gallery, two large classrooms, a library, kitchen, and meeting and computer room.  In 2010, through a gift of a portable classroom from State College of Florida to the City of North Port, the Art Center added a separate Pottery Studio adjacent to the main building.
* Financial - Ensuring the Art Center is able to raise enough funds annually to cover operating costs, including salaries, to maintain its level of operation. This is an ongoing concern, and is currently being met through membership fees, class tuition, and center fundraising efforts. However, costs are rising faster than our ability to increase our funding sources, and consequently every year we face potential shortfalls.
* Programs -  As our Free Saturday Youth Classes continue to grow, we are in need of funds to purchase additional art supplies and continue to provide a small stipend to our  teachers. We are currently searching for a sponsor for the program so that we can continue offering free art classes to young students every Saturday.   Approximate cost is $4,500 per annum.
* Equipment - We are in need of what is called a pugmill, a device that recycles used clay from our pottery studio into reusable material, thus helping us to keep down the costs of clay for member potters.  We estimate that the machine will cost around $4,500.
* Staff - Currently our center is staffed by its operations manager, a youth director, and numerous dedicated volunteers.  Ideally we would like to add a development director to assist in short- and long-term fundraising goals, and a graphics manager to produce high-quality marketing materials for member artists. Each position would be part time.  We estimate an annual salary of $10,000 for each. Currently we do not have the additional funds to bring new staff on board.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities

Each summer NPAC sponsors an eight-week summer art camp for area students. Students may enroll for as many weeks as they wish. Tuition is $75 per week. Our members and others donate funds to provide tuition assistance to students from needy families who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Budget $13,425
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success
The 2011 program served 178 children, with 62 of them receiving scholarships. Our goal is to maintain or slightly increase the number of full tuition scholarships in 2012.
Long Term Success
When we began the scholarship program in 2009, we were able to offer only 23 scholarships that first summer.  In 2011, because of increased donations from members and others, that number climbed to 62.  Because of tight budgeting this year, our goal is to maintain or slightly increase the number of scholarships available in 2012.  Eventually we would hope to offer full one-week scholarships to around 80 deserving students.
How Program is Monitored
Executive director monitors donations and grant requests for scholarship assistance, comparing budgetary needs with recommendations for assistance directly from the public schools. 
Examples of Program Success
Thus far we have been able to provide at least one week of summer art camp to all students from needy families who have come recommended to us from the teachers and guidance counselors in the public schools.
Description Every Saturday morning during the public school calendar year, instructors here at the North Port Art Center provide art instruction at no cost to school-age children from North Port and surrounding communities. About 25-30 children participate in each Saturday session.
Budget $4,800
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success
When the art center initiated this program several years ago, it was held just one Saturday per month, with an average enrollment of 20 students.  Because of its growing popularity, we have expanded the program to three Saturdays per month, serving approximately 40 students at each session.
Long Term Success
the program aligns the art center's mission of promoting art and art appreciation in the community with providing at no cost art instruction to local students.  Art appreciation is difficult to measure; however, it is our goal to provide exposure to the arts to youngsters in order to foster in them a lifelong love and appreciation of art, and encouraging them to continue with more formal training.
How Program is Monitored
Executive Director monitors attendance and feedback from students, parents, and teachers.  Teachers review lesson plans and discuss modifications to make each art experience more effective and enjoyable.  Students must be enrolled prior to each Saturday's program.  We also monitor the number of requests for participation that cannot be granted because of limited number of seats available each week.
Examples of Program Success
If we had additional available funds, we could accommodate more children.  Popularity of the Free Saturdays program has been steadily growing; at times we are unable to meet requests for participation because our maximum number of students we can serve is 40. (Twenty per classroom)  Feedback from parents and students has been overwhelmingly positive.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Sandy Wood
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
Mrs. Sandy Wood is a retired teacher and volunteer at the Art Center.  Upon the sudden retirement of our previous art director, Mrs. Wood has taken a leave of absence from our board of directors to serve as interim art director until such time as the board of directors completes its search for a permanent art director.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 48
Contractors 13
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Former CEOs
Sandi Hilliard Apr 2012 - Dec
Mrs. Carol Neagles Feb 2008 - May 2012
Senior Staff
Mrs. Clare Harvey Youth Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No


  • Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (gallery exhibitions)
  • City of North Port, Department of Parks and Recreation (Art in the Park)
  • All Faiths Food Bank (Acts as co-sponsor and supplies pottery bowls for the food bank's "Bowls of Hope" annual fund drive)
  • Vision North Port -- creative art contests, logo designs
  • North Port Area Chamber of Commerce (Host informational and social events with the C of C; Was the chamber's 2011 Non-Profit of the Year)
  • City of North Port, Art Advisory Committee (Advises on art in public places, art exhibits in public buildings)


Non-Profit Business of the YearNorth Port Area Chamber of Commerce2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Mary A. Alspaugh
Company Affiliation Crossmark/Promoworks
Board Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2014
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Mary Alspaugh Suncoast Media
Mr. Peter Bartolotta North Port Economic Development Corporation
Mr. Larry Destine Student
Mr. Howard Hartke NPAC Pottery Instructor
Mrs. Mary Maples Community Volunteer
Ms Wendy Namack Namack Portfolio Investment Professionals LLC
Mrs. Carmen Sleeth Sarasota Public Schools
Mrs. Patsy Spencer Retired Manufacturing Instructor
Mrs. Chris Sylvester Community Volunteer
Mr. Bernard Theil Retired Engineer
Mr. Barry Thorne Retired Teacher
Mrs. Sheryl Unwin Graphic Artist
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
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 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $84,885.00
Projected Expenses $84,885.00
Endowment Value $14,461.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Audit/Financial Documents
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
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$18,924$59,565$57,671
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,575$2,263$342
Membership Dues$8,180$7,085$12,158
Special Events$6,578$4,985$3,122
Revenue In-Kind$824$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$27,238$63,083$97,421
Administration Expense$61,498$45,576$53,256
Fundraising Expense$3,448$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.190.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses30%58%65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$60,403$63,262$42,882
Current Assets$25,936$24,609$12,702
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$146$0$134
Total Net Assets$60,257$63,262$42,748
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $51,532Contributions, gifts, grants $59,565Contributions, gifts, grants $57,671
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $18,924Program service revenue $52,080Program service revenue $51,131
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $8,180Membership Dues $7,085Membership Dues $12,158
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities177.64--94.79
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Financials Comments
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. Organization includes value of in-kind contributions in its revenue computation.
Nonprofit North Port Art Center
Address 5950 Sam Shapos Way
North Port, FL 34287
Primary Phone 941 423-6460
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sandy Wood
Board Chair Mrs. Mary A. Alspaugh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Crossmark/Promoworks
Year of Incorporation 1993