Sarasota Chinese Academy Incorporation
7091 Proctor Rd
Sarasota FL 34238
Sarasota Chinese Academy is a non-profit, non-religious, non-political, cultural, and educational institution. The school offers Chinese language classes and cultural programs to all individuals regardless of race, color, faith, sex or ethnic origin. The mission of the school is to:

•  Provide quality Chinese language instructions in a safe environment to local community members in Sarasota and surrounding counties;

•  Promote understanding and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture, history and philosophy;

•  Promote friendship and serve as a liaison between the American Chinese community and the non-Chinese speaking community.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Shuman Bruinius
Board Chair Affiliation Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Sarasota Chinese Academy
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2010
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Impact Statement
 Board Meeting on 12/7/2017 Wenli You accepted the position of Principal for 2018
also a study group/immersion class was approved for 2018
Accomplishments:In 2015 we relocated to our current space and formed a new relationship with Sarasota Baptist Church. Our class rooms became more consistent and better WIFI is in use today

Formed a partnership with Imagine School and co-located the Sarasota Chinese Academy within Imagine School Palmer Ranch.

Recruited new Chinese language teachers to expand our school.

Obtained our official registration from the Florida Department of Agriculture regarding Florida State Statue 496, the Solicitation of Contributions Act.


Obtain funding to begin paying our teachers, as we are a 100% volunteer organization.

Formalize a relationship with the Sarasota County School Board to offer a feeder program for Chinese Language courses currently taught in the school system.

Expand our community services within the Sarasota and Bradenton area.
Needs Statement
1. Eight Teachers: $7200 total per semester. Funding to pay teachers. Our teachers are working hard and spend a lot of time preparing lesson plans and work as volunteers. In order to retain our good teachers and grow, we need to start providing a level of compensation.

2. Staffing: $2250 total per semester. Our staffing is 100% volunteers and with our time demands for running the school and weekly operation, it has become necessary to commit more time to accomplish these goals. With this, we needing funding to provide some compensation for our staff as their time and skills are an essential part of the school. We would like to ask more of their time and in return be able to compensate them.
3. Programs (in school): $2000 total per semester. We have several Chinese culture events with which we celebrate and use as a language and culture learning vehicle for our students. These funds would help greatly in providing the supplies for our students to use in a learning environment.

4. Programs (out of school): $2000 total per semester. We have several  events with which we also celebrate and use as a language and culture learning vehicle for sharing within our community. These funds would help greatly in providing the supplies for use out side of school with other Asian organizations. We also are proposing a Summer Camp program that would include exercise and martial arts.

5. Capital: $25 - $2500 donations. We are seeking funds to purchase equipment for our school. We need a new copy machine, printer, large screen monitors, and speakers. Also, we are seeking funds to provide school tee-shirts to our students, teachers, and staff.
Background Statement
The Sarasota Chinese Academy was born after a visit to Huaxia Chinese School in White Plain, NY in 2002. Jinbo Yin, who later founded The Sarasota Chinese Academy, was deeply moved by the students’ enjoyment, teachers’ dedication and curriculum the school offered. Jinbo’s dream was to provide a similar learning environment for his two daughters and all children in the Sarasota-Bradenton area who wanted to learn about Chinese language and culture. After years of hard work and dedication from many people, the Sarasota Chinese Academy finally opened to the public in the Fall of 2006.

Since its inception the Sarasota Chinese Academy has grown in enrollment and community involvement. Our school is active through language classes and cultural events. There are approximately fifty to sixty students enrolled on a semester basis. We have ten teachers who teach pre-k through adult.
All our Teachers, Officers and Board of Directors are very dedicated and work on a volunteer basis.

Our school strives to provide the highest quality of instruction for Chinese language, culture and history. In doing so, we are exploring ways to further the growth and longevity of the Sarasota Chinese Academy.

(Shu De Zhong Wen Xue Yuan) is the Chinese name of The Sarasota Chinese Academy. "Shu" means tree, which symbolizes how education fosters one's ability or talent(s). "De" means virtue or morals. Our Chinese name was based on the principle that education helps students to develop moral integrity of heart and mind, in order to become contributing members of our society and world at large.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Sarasota County and Manatee County.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Shuman Bruinius
Principal Sarasota Chinese Academy.

I grew up in Taiwan and moved to FL when I was 25. Both of my children were born in the USA, but it does not mean they should forget their roots. It is very important for my children to learn Chinese language and culture. Keeping in touch with other Chinese families in the community makes a child feel comfortable with his or her identity. I would encourage all Chinese families to keep connected to Sarasota Chinese Academy because we are building a strong Chinese community which gives kids a warm, stable environment to learn and appreciate their own original culture.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The Sarasota Chinese Academy is a wonderful organization that works hard to provide Chinese language skills and Asian cultural experiences to families in our community at the most affordable price possible. Everyone at the Sarasota Chinese Academy is there with a purpose to help traverse cultural divides and bring the best of American and Chinese culture together.

We provide a niche for families who wish to experience Chinese culture who have, for the most part, never been exposed to China. Our school is one of the best places for families to experience their first look at China and then become prepared to start a lifetime of learning and growth throughout their educational life.
Description The Sarasota Chinese Academy provides beginning, intermediate, and advanced Chinese language instruction. The three main areas covered are speech, reading, and writing.
Budget $10,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families
Short Term Success Students are able to hold basic conversations with Chinese language speakers.
Long Term Success Students who first study at the Sarasota Chinese Academy are better prepared to handle the learning curve when they enter into a full-time high school or college level Chinese language class.
Program Success Monitoring Teachers have student assessments and tests that include practical exams.
Program Success Examples Many of our students have gone onto full-time Chinese language classes with a higher level of successful completion.
Description The Sarasota Chinese Academy provides several activities designed to expose Sarasota-Bradenton area families with authentic Chinese historical and cultural activities. These activities are specifically for the purpose sharing Chinese language and culture with our community.
Budget $2,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural Heritage
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families US& International K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success Families have specific opportunities for direct social interaction with cross-cultural events; which otherwise, may not have as many opportunities.
Long Term Success These programs bring together different demographics that otherwise may not interact socially or culturally. Providing activities for socialization which bridge these different cultures not only breaks down social barriers but also supports our community through education and growth.
Program Success Monitoring Feedback from attendees is solicited.
Program Success Examples Attendance levels for these events shows that the quality and depth of the events is in demand. Also, there are several different demographics of families which attend these events.
Description Our school is actively contacted by domestic and international organizations for the purpose of references to facilitate American business and Asian business relations. Our services also include translations and screenings.
Budget $1,000
Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Development
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International Other Economic Level General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Multiple positive outcomes from almost daily requests through email and telephone.
Long Term Success Businesses have provided positive feedback stating that without the Sarasota Chinese Academy, the assistance needs would have taken much longer and would have negatively affected the desired outcome.
Program Success Monitoring Not currently monitored; although, the level and depth of requests are going to be tracked with funding.
Program Success Examples There are several business organizations which have successful outcomes.
Program Comments by Organization Jeff Harris: Board Member Sarasota Chinese Academy. We provide a niche for families who wish to experience Chinese culture who have, for the most part, never been exposed to China. Our school is one of the best places for families to experience their first look at China and then become prepared to start a lifetime of learning and growth throughout their educational life.

Lyle Bullock: Board Secretary. We provide Chinese/Mandarin  language and culture to Sarasota and Manatee for numerous reasons. Immigrant's can connect and network. Businesses  benefit as we purchase goods for  activities throughout the year. Adults have taken classes to prepare for Chinese travel. Our team is very  committed to the Arts and Children's activities all year as well.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
We work closely with the Gulf Coast Asian America Association (GCAA) to sponsor community and cultural events within our geographical area of service.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Student Handbook
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Shuman Bruinius
Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2010 to May 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Shuman Bruinius Community Volunteer
Mrs. Julie Brum Volunteer
Mr. Lyle Bullock Volunteer
Mr. Craig Georgiades Community Volunteer
Mr. Jeffrey Peter Harris Volunteer
Mr Yajie Jiang Volunteer
Ms Tong Wu Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 4
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 63
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization 1. One challenge we face is with retaining trained teaching staff. Many school programs are offering full Chinese program curriculum, so there is a great demand in the community for Chinese Language instructors. We believe our best way to attract teachers is to shift from a volunteer format to a pay format. In order to support paying our teachers on a salary or contract basis, we need to mobilize fundraising efforts. Currently the board of directors is actively working on a comprehensive fundraising plan for the upcoming year.

2. A second challenge we face is our limited teaching time on Sundays. This is primarily related to having volunteer administrators who maintain other full time jobs during the week. Currently we meet for two hours each Sunday. The board has decided to continue to market our school as both an introduction to Chinese study for younger students and an adjunctive resource for students who may study Chinese at school or have Chinese speaking families. One plan we have is to collaborate more with Chinese language programs in the public and private schools.

3. We have a very dedicated board with diverse talent. However, we need to broaden our board. Currently each board member is exploring contacts with other community members who can round out our board and provide expertise in areas such as fundraising and curriculum development.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Board attendance rate was based on 1 meeting in 2015.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $3,600.00
Projected Expenses $2,900.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$7,774$9,781$9,258
Administration Expense$933$52$137
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.480.641.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%--0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$13,648$0$21,830
Current Assets$10,223$0$18,404
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$13,648$0$21,830
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition Fee $2,888Tuition Fees $4,990Tuition $7,400
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $663Registration Fee $875Registration $1,275
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRegistration Fee $450Textbooks $435Textbooks $740
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits Yes
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Our organization has a small reserve which with we have had to start drawing from in order to keep the school open. We do not want to raise our fees to increase revenue. Funding for our school is in great need if we are to continue to provide services to the Sarasota and Bradenton areas. With funding we will be able to expand our services which should then expand our student base and balance out our long-term operating expenses.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information was taken from the unaudited financial compilations provided by the organization, as it files a 990-N. No financial information has been provided for calendar 2012.
Nonprofit Sarasota Chinese Academy Incorporation
Address 7091 Proctor Rd
Sarasota, FL 34242
Phone 941 315-8178