United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida Inc
6915 15th St E Suite 202
Sarasota FL 34243
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida is an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy's National Organization whose mission is to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. UCP of SWFL is a proud member of the Sunrise Community, a network of not-for-profit organizations providing services to people with disabilities, and one of the largest not-for-profit networks serving individuals with disabilities in the United States. The mission of all Sunrise affiliates is to provide people with disabilities the support and assistance necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Leslie Steiner
Board Chair Ms. Gloria A Wetherington
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Broker
History and Background
Former Names
UCP of Sarasota-Manatee Inc.
Organization DBA
UCP Sarasota-Manatee
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1977
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $3,913,964.00
Projected Expenses $4,086,319.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2016
State Registration Yes 0
In 2012, United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc. began serving an additional 60 people who had previously been served by the ManasotaARC program. UCP of Southwest Florida's operations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties now provide services to over 100 people in a variety of settings, from group home living arrangements to supported employment and behavior services. UCP of SWFL strives to meet the highest standards of excellence and scored in the 90th percentile on its most recent annual external review. In 2012, UCP of Southwest Florida secured a beautiful new campus for its Adult Day Training program which offers exciting opportunities for future expansion on its 6 acre site. .
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc. (formerly, United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc.) was incorporated in October of 1977 to meet the growing need for services for adults with developmental disabilities in the local community. For more than 40 years UCP has been serving adults with disabilities such as Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Prader Willi syndrome, epilepsy, as well as "failure to thrive", and other risk factors. The majority of the people served by UCP have more than one diagnosed disability.   
Just as the general population of Sarasota and Manatee counties has increased dramatically since 1977, so has the population of disabled adults. To better meet the increased demand for services throughout the counties of Southwest Florida, UCP of Sarasota-Manatee changed its name to UCP of Southwest Florida in June of 2011. This change provides for better name recognition in some of our service areas outside of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, while continuing to allow for localized services in each of the geographical areas in which we operate, each of which are managed by a hands-on local director and supporting staff. 
Our new UCP of SWFL Adult Day Training Center location was chosen because it has great potential for growth and expansion. Our desire to add additional classrooms and expand our programs can be implemented once funds have been secured. Additional classroom space, in addition to volunteers to assist with teaching computer skills, gardening, and provide training in various arts classes and craft activities, would greatly enhance this program.
Physical plant challenges are also a top priority for many of our community group homes. Funding for kitchen appliances, new flooring and bathroom renovations are some of our more urgent areas of need. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
United Cerebral Palsy of SWFL, Inc prides itself on serving people with a variety of needs, including individuals whose needs may not have been met in other settings. Although a not-for-profit organization, UCP of Southwest Florida operates with sound business practices; employs high quality, dedicated staff; and enjoys the benefit of strong management as well as committed Boards of Directors and Boards of Trustees.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Lee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Employment
Tertiary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Description In the Sarasota-Manatee service area, there is one Adult Day training center that provides a variety of services including, but not limited to: education and training, recreational activities, employability skills training, behavior services and supports, transportation, health & wellness education, arts and crafts activites, personal hygiene care, and adult basic education services. There is a second Adult Day Training center located in Cape Coral, FL with similar services.
Budget $822,140
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
By the end of a participant's plan year, 70% of individuals served will have mastered one personal objective.
Long Term Success UCP is one of the nation's most efficient charities, with a systemwide average of 85% of all revenues going to programs.
Program Success Monitored By
United Cerebral Palsy uses the Personal Planning System to measure objective data and reports to external case managers quarterly and annually.
Examples of Program Success
Three (3) new participants have been hired as UCP employees and are learning on the job training skills for competitive employment.
In the Sarasota -Manatee area, United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc has 7 group homes licensed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and one Intermediate Care Facility licensed with the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Budget $2,700,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Residential Care for Individuals with Disabilities
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
Within the last year, 1 individual moved into a supported living program and 2 individuals stepped down from behavior focus group home living to standard group home living (a reduction of intense needs).
Long Term Success
Some individuals living in our group homes will go on to more indpendent living situations: supported living or independent living, while others will need long term care, but will improve their level of functioning through training of their personal goals.
Program Success Monitored By
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc is externally monitored by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Delmarva Foundation, and UCP also conducts an internal self-assessment and a consumer satisfaction survey.
Examples of Program Success
All homes passed licensing in July 2012. Our recent consumer satisfaction survey revealed revealed above a 90% satisfaction rate. Our Delmarva review of residential programs completed in December 2012 scored 100%.
Behavior Analysis services are provided to assist a person to learn new behaviors that are directly related to existing challenging behaviors. Assessments are completed to determine the function of a behavior and training is provided to all caregivers involved in the person's environment to increase success and minimize recurrence of challenging behaviors. Behavior services are currently provided in the residential homes and the Adult Day Training center.
Budget $230,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
In the last year, one (1) person moved from a behavior focus setting to a supported living setting and two (2) individuals have moved from behavior focus settings to standard group home settings
Long Term Success
Individuals with challenging behaviors will reduce those challenging behaviors and learn replacement behaviors that will enable the individual to live in lesser restrictive settings.
Program Success Monitored By
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc. is monitored by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Delmarva Foundation. Additionally, UCP conducts a self-assessment and consumer satisfaction surveys.
Examples of Program Success
The behavior focus homes were licensed  in July 2012. The satsifaction surveys and self-assessment are currently being conducted.
United Cerebral Pasly of Southwest Florida, Inc provides assistance in developing the skill sets necessary for meaningful employment, job development, hands on training in a vocational setting, as well as travel training, socialization skills, and coaching through the supported employment program.
This service is provided to individuals served at United Cerebral Palsy as well as clients referred to UCP by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The purpose of the program is to enable individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enter or re-enter the workforce. The staff in the Supported Employment program assist the individuals in job searches, training, job coaching, and job maintenance.
Budget $60,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
80% of individuals served in the program will obtain and 75%  of those individuals will maintain employment for at least one year.
Long Term Success
Indivivduals with disabilities will obtain job placement and maintain long term employment.
Program Success Monitored By
UCP receives payment from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) by achieving benchmarks. Without progress, the agency doesn't receive funding from VR. Other individuals are assessed by the Delmarva Foundation and UCP completes a satisfaction survey and self-assessment annually.
Examples of Program Success
The Delmarva review will occur in 2013. The self assessment process and satisfaction surveys will begin in January 2013.
Program Comments by Organization
Employment is an important facet of a person's self-image, disabled or not. UCP is looking for partners to assist with employing people with intellectual and/or developmental challenges. We will work with employers to provide training and support to individuals identified as "ready to work". We can also help employers with tasks they want to "out-source" at our day training facility, e.g. sorting, stuffing, assembling, etc.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Leslie Steiner
CEO Term Start Sept 2014
Email Lsteiner@sunrisegroup.org
Experience Leslie Steiner has more than 20 years experience in the field of Intellectual Disabilities as a Direct Care staff, A Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional, A Medicaid Waiver Support Coordinator and was most recently the Area Director for United Cerebral Palsy/Sunrise Community in Lee, Charlotte, Desoto, Hendry and Glade's counties.  Leslie is a native of Florida and earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach.    Leslie has dedicated her career to the service of people with intellectual and physical challenges.  Leslie is also an active member of her community and volunteers with Parent Teacher Organizations, Student Advisory Board,  Awana Children's program, and is a Sunday School teacher at her church.
Full Time Staff 96
Part Time Staff 20
Volunteers 1
Contractors 3
Staff Retention Rate % 75
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Senior Staff
Ms. Victoria DeWaters Director of Operations
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Samoor Grotto 
Sarasota Exotic Car Fest
Sarasota County Developmental Disabilities Commitee
Sarasota County Human Services agencies
United Way of Manatee County
Manatee County Community Services Department
United Way of Collier County
United Way Member Agency2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Gloria A Wetherington
Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Broker
Board Term July 2013 to June 2014
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. F. Joseph McMackin IIIBond, Schoeneck & King PA
Mr. Steven M. Weinger Esq.Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger & Tetzelli PA
Ms. Gloria A. Wetherington Commercial Real Estate Broker
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Self-Evaluation No
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 No
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Human Resources / Personnel
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $3,913,964.00
Projected Expenses $4,086,319.00
IRS Form 990s
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 Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$108,751$41,418$22,679
Individual Contributions$173,446$234,421$223,546
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$710$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$19,535$52,475$4,325
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$3,291,648$1,003,410$1,086,227
Administration Expense$168,298$637,330$595,281
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.150.960.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%61%65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$614,741$233,908$260,151
Current Assets$294,921$110,175$146,670
Long-Term Liabilities$40,072$0$0
Current Liabilities$443,557$148,628$159,929
Total Net Assets$131,112$85,280$100,222
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMedicaid $2,829,934Program service revenue $1,248,911Program service revenue $1,278,983
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountForgiveness of Debt $490,000Contributions, gifts, grants $234,421Contributions, gifts, grants $223,546
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContract Revenue $257,985Fundraising $52,475Government grants $22,679
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.660.740.92
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets7%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
We previously reported the Manasota portion of revenue and expense and going forward we are reporting the Sarasota and Manatee revenue and expenses combined.
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 United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida Inc
Address 6915 15th St E Suite 202
Sarasota, FL 34243
Primary Phone 941 251-4956
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Leslie Steiner
Board Chair Ms. Gloria A Wetherington
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Broker
Year of Incorporation 1977
Former Names
UCP of Sarasota-Manatee Inc.