All Star Childrens Foundation Inc
1221 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL 34239
The mission of the All Star Children's Foundation is to create a safe place to heal the trauma of child abuse.
CEO/Executive Director Lucia Branton
Board Chair Graci McGillicuddy
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2006
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
2016 was a very important year for the foundation. After much thought, discussion, and research, a strategic direction for the organization was solidified. This would not only guide how the All Star Children's Foundation would move forward, but it also defined the unique value it would bring to the foster care community and concluded that the laser focus of its service would be trauma treatment and the reversal of the impact of adverse childhood experiences has on the brain. The foundation formally accepted and adopted this method of clinical treatment for children in the child welfare system. The foundation recognized this was the innovative piece that was missing and that would allow us to change the trajectory for these children. 
In 2017, the All Star Children's Foundation continued to grow its infrastructure and partnerships:
  • Solidify collaboration with Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital -  Completed and formal agreement signed.
  • Hire a Director of Programs and a Vice President of Philanthropy - Completed
  • Conduct groundbreaking for new ASCF campus in Sarasota - Site identified, land purchased, closing occurred in November and a groundbreaking was held on November 15.
Goals for 2018 include:
  • Construction of 12,000 sf treatment center to deliver trauma-informed therapy and care to children in the foster care system from throughout the region
  • Development of research outcome measurements to prove efficacy of trauma-informed care for children who have suffered from  childhood trauma
  • Develop a community-wide, trauma-informed education campaign
Needs Statement
  1. Capital Campaign - A capital campaign is underway. The cost for the clinical building, community center, and residences totals $13 million. $7 million has been raised.
  2. Trauma-Informed Training - Paid and volunteer staff will be trained in the competency of trauma-informed care. The cost is $25,000. With additional funds, the organization will launch a community wide trauma-informed initiative geared toward all individuals, groups, and organizations who care for children.
  3. Technology - Technology needs include clinical, financial development, legacy gift program, matching gifts, and digital donor recognition systems; there will also be screens and presentation equipment needed throughout the campus. The cost is $100,000.
  4. Volunteer Management - A comprehensive volunteer program will support all aspects of operations and programs. This includes recruitment, onboarding, retention, evaluation, and recognition. This budget is $10,000.
  5. Youth Programs - It is important for the youth staying on the ASCF campus to be immersed in the community, sports programs, and other activities. These children will need soccer uniforms, bicycles, tutoring, transportation, and other support. Onsite clinical enhancements such as art and pet therapies and holistic health services will be offered. Costs range from $10 to $1000 per child.
Background Statement
Founders Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy contributed the funds to launch a foundation that would transform the foster care system.  In March of 2016, the hiring process began and a team was gathered to strategically build an organization dedicated to identifying gaps in the child welfare system and creating a safe haven where children could receive nurturing and critical services.  Later that year, additional funds came from an anonymous donor.
Shortly thereafter, regular meetings began with Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital to discuss the creation of a clinical program that would treat trauma in children in the child welfare system. These are children who have suffered from many forms of abuse and neglect. Throughout the remainder of 2016, the staff networked, created other partnerships, and learned as much as possible about trauma-informed care. Staff reviewed literature and research, became certified in several trauma courses through the University of Buffalo's Institute on Trauma, and visited other organizations that had implemented components of trauma-informed care. With the field research, education and knowledge obtained, the team then created the model which is representative of what is going to be operational in 2018 - a fully embedded trauma-informed culture among all aspects of the organization's programs and services.
In 2017, Lucia Branton was promoted to Executive Director. The McGillicuddy's then hired Lindsey Mullett as the Director of Programs and Beth Bush as Vice President of Philanthropy. The team is currently housed in an office at 1221 S Tamiami Trail in Sarasota as they await the building of the new campus. A groundbreaking was held on November 15, 2017. Construction will begin in early 2018.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments The All-Star Children's Foundation campus will be located in Sarasota, but will serve children from Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto Counties. As resources allow, the Foundation will also serve children and families from other areas who would benefit from trauma-informed therapy.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

It should never hurt to be a child. In 1986, I read the story of Shannon Nicole, an 18 month-old toddler tortured and murdered by her mother and step-father. This ignited a passion within me that has continued to grow and strengthen. For the last 30 + years, I have committed myself and my resources to advocating for children who have been abused and neglected. I knew some day, I would create a place where children could come, heal from their pain, and feel loved and valued.

We are now building that place! In collaboration with Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, our foundation is utilizing trauma-informed care and the latest research in brain science and neuroplasticity to heal children from trauma and change their trajectory in this world. We are creating a unique campus with a dynamic environment that enables children, parents, therapists, and researchers to learn from each other. We will teach foster parents, families, community organizations, and other partners in the child welfare system to utilize trauma-informed care. We will develop best practices and impact care and legislative policy.

This is where children can come to be protected. This is where children will heal from the situations they have had to endure through no fault of their own. This is where children will become empowered and will learn the skills they need to excel, be happy, and be successful in life. This is their place.

Graci McGillicuddy
Board Chair

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Based on 20 years of experience with at risk and abused children, the ability to work on the root cause of a child's issues is a critical missing piece. Often, a band aid is applied that temporarily addresses the behavior exhibited by a child. There is no deeper, meaningful work done to find the true root cause of their behavior - usually caused by some form of trauma. By treating the trauma and teaching the brain how to think differently, you then get different results with how children cope with external stressors and how they react to those stressors. This is the piece our foundation has chosen to tackle. We are not only implementing a system of trauma-informed care, we are collaborating with the best experts in the field to transform children's lives and offer them the best possible outcomes.
Lucia Branton
Executive Director 
Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. It emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. One of the goals of our foundation is to help parents, foster parents, caregivers, organizations, and the community as a whole to be able to identify when a child has been traumatized and to respond in a manner that best supports the child and begins the process of healing. All Star will send a qualified facilitator to organizations and train their paid and/or volunteer staff in "trauma informed care" and adverse childhood experiences. Training is also available for parents, foster parents, groups, and others in the community who interact with children.
Budget $100,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families US
Short Term Success
All Star will work to educate those involved in the child welfare system about trauma and how it impacts the system and affects the child and the family. This includes organizations delivering services or that have some piece of a family’s case, as well as foster parents and others who are responsible for children. All Star will also launch a campaign to educate the community as a whole in the importance of trauma-informed care and how it can change how we all relate to children. Short term success would be 100% of course participants gaining the skills to recognize trauma in children who have been abused and understanding how to react appropriately. 
Long Term Success
The ultimate long-term success would be a world where children are valued and empowered.  To get there, long-term success in our local community is the development of a trauma-informed system in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto Counties. A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:
  • Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
  • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in children, as well as in families, staff, and others involved with the system;
  • Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
  • Seeks to actively prevent re-traumatization.
In addition, this program will result in a higher percentage of children in the foster care system who graduate high school and attend college or learn a trade.
Program Success Monitoring Understanding our program’s impact on the children and families we serve is essential to effectively supporting and fulfilling our mission of healing children. All course participants receive a survey upon completion of training. All Star (in collaboration with John Hopkins All Children's Hospital) is currently developing the means to follow children long-term and document the impact of a trauma-informed system of care. Children, foster parents, and family members will also be surveyed and interviewed.
Program Success Examples
CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences Study produced findings showing childhood trauma as a major risk factor for the leading causes of illness and death, and poor quality of life in the USA. According to the CDC, "it is critical to understand how some of the worst health and social problems in our nation can arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences. Realizing these connections is likely to improve efforts towards prevention and recovery.”
There are currently 1600 children in the Circuit #12 within Sarasota, Desoto, and Manatee Counties. There was a 200% increase in the removal of children from homes from 2013-2016. Children in the foster care system are currently 7x more likely to be involved in crime; 80% have mental health issues by the age of 21; 25% are homeless by 21; 50% will not finish high school by 18. 
Success looks like: 
  • Improved quality of care
  • Improved health outcomes
  • Improved mental health
  • Reduced post-traumatic stress
  • Reduced substance abuse
Program Comments by Organization We are beyond humbled and excited to lead a trauma informed initiative in our local community. We are building partnerships and collaborations and facilitating training that has the potential to change the lives of children and empower our youth like never before.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lucia Branton
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Lucia Branton is a child welfare expert with 18 years' experience working in this field. She served as spokesperson and lead child advocate for the Safe Children's Coalition and is well known and respected within the local child welfare community. Lucia is a trauma informed systems specialist and is leading our organization in its efforts to impact children and youth in Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto Counties.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Beth Bush Vice President, Philanthropy
Lindsey Mullett Director of Programs
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 25
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
The All Star Children's Foundation has established the following collaborations:
Researchers from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital will be housed on our campus. They will design the clinical trauma treatment program, conduct research, collect and interpret data, measure outcomes on the effectives and efficacy of trauma treatment on children who have been abused and neglected. 
The Sarasota YMCA/Safe Children Coalition is the lead child welfare agency in the tri-county district where our foundation delivers service.
The Department of Children and Families will conduct child protective investigations and we will work with the Circuit 12 Judicial Dependency System.
In addition, we are forming partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Inc and other nonprofit organizations who can supplement our programs and services. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
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 Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization This is an amazing time for the All Star Children's Foundation. We are creating and strengthening collaborations with community partners.  Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital formalized their collaboration with us and have committed to their involvement with trauma research and treatment. We have raised $7 million of a $13 million capital campaign. Individuals in the community are reaching out to us with interest in volunteering. We also hired two full-time staff members to head our financial development efforts and programs and services. We are looking forward to the day we open the doors of our new trauma treatment center and start helping children who have been abused to heal.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization Our goal is to finish all remaining plans by December 31, 2018. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Graci McGillicuddy
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term June 2016 to June 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Elaine Crouse Retired
Brett Hutchins CASTO Southeast Realty Services
Shawna Machado Pathways Health Services
Jeffrey McCurdy Guardsman Wealth Management
Graci McGillicuddy All Star Children's Foundation
Dennis McGillicuddy McGillicuddy Investments
Veronica Miller Goodwill
Michael Shelton Embracing Our Differences
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 93
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 80
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
This is an exciting time for the organization as board members work together to build tools and resources for board governance. 
Please note: Our board did not begin formally meeting until 2017. Given this, we have attached a Board Attendance Worksheet for meetings to date in 2017.  
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $12,900,000.00
Projected Expenses $10,815,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose 5-acre campus for trauma therapy clinic, community clubhouse and foster homes
Campaign Goal $13,000,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Amount Raised To Date 7000000 as of Jan 2018
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$0$0$0
Administration Expense$256,078$28,116$3,113
Fundraising Expense$51,009$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.841.70
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%0%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$48,300$413$5,024
Current Assets$33,342$413$5,024
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$9,668$0$0
Total Net Assets$38,632$413$5,024
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $345,306Contributions, gifts, grants $23,505Contributions, gifts, grants $5,282
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.45----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We are encouraged by the financial support the organization has received to date. Due to the generosity of the McGillicuddy family, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, the Eldon and Marge Herrig Family Foundation Fund, and various other donors, All Star has already raised $7 million of a $13 million campaign. Staff was recently hired to lead the organization's fundraising efforts and we look forward to meeting our goals and exceeding expectations.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the Federal 990s and compilations, where available.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated on the tax return.  The value of in-kind donations is included in revenue on the compilations.
Nonprofit All Star Childrens Foundation Inc
Address 1221 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone 941 349-2770 242