The SKY Family YMCA Inc
701 Center Rd
Venice FL 34285

The SKY Family YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body, and spirit for all.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Pat Ryan
Board Chair Sheriff Tom Knight
Board Chair Affiliation Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
General Info
Organization DBA
Venice YMCA - Michael & Georgia Miller Branch
Englewood YMCA - Warren Loranger Branch
Fort Myers YMCA - Paul Bush Branch
Bonita Springs YMCA
The SKY Family YMCA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1976
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Membership ApplicationView
Impact Statement
Our Sky Family YMCA continues to grow programs, services, and facilities in our service area. This area continues to expand, while we have always served the Venice and Englewood communities we have also acquired the Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs and most recently the areas of Charlotte County and North Port. All programs that are provided through our YMCA focus on three areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility:
Our Recent Accomplishments: Youth Development. Our Venice and Englewood SKY Academies are public, tuition-free charter middle schools based on strong academics and health and wellness. This past year, once again, our schools had “A” academic ratings. In our School Age Care Departments this past summer we had 17 camp locations serving over 2,300 youth each day. We will also have 15 before/after school care sites in the 2017/18 school year projecting to care for over 800 kindergarteners through fifth-grade students daily.

Healthy Living: Our YMCA has expanded its reach and now has six full facility health and wellness branch locations on the southwest Florida coast. We have also expanded our Health Innovation Department which has implemented medically preventative and rehabilitative programs. This includes our nationally recognized Diabetes Prevention Program which has reached over 850 participants since program implementation just four years ago. Other programs within this department are Livestrong, 12-week program for adult cancer survivors or those undergoing cancer treatment. Parkinson’s Exercise Programs (PEP), for those living with Parkinson’s. Classes based on the results of research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic which shows exercise does reduce symptoms up to 48 hours after the class sessions. Cardiac Rehabilitation is an ongoing program led by Exercise Physiologist for those with histories of cardiovascular disease.
Social Responsibility: Our Healthy Eating and Nutrition Education initiatives teach our youth the importance of healthy eating and how to lead healthier lives. Our dietician designed, chef-prepared meals are provided free of charge each day to children enrolled in our Pre-Schools, Afterschool Care and Day Camp programs. This past summer alone over 15,000 free meals and snacks were served to our children. Our children are also taught how to prepare meals and the importance of encouraging their families to eat healthy foods.
Needs Statement

  1. Youth Development $2,310,000: Expand afterschool care, camps, and other youth programs within our expanded service area specifically the North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda communities $40,000. Finalize construction of a new Pre-School on our Venice Campus $200,000 (to date $1.5 million has been raised). This will allow us to open the child care facility debt free. Expand Pre-School care in Laurel, North Port, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda areas. Three of these facilities have been acquired and the fourth (Laurel) is being constructed in partnership with PGT $70,000 for equipment. Continue our capital campaign to build a Pre-School in Bonita Springs expanding our Early Childhood Education Initiative at a minimum of $2.1 million.
  2. Healthy Living $361,570: Provide healthy breakfast and lunch at no cost to our Pre-School locations in Venice, PGT and North Port $200,250. Expand our healthy eating initiative by replacing the afternoon snack with a five component meal $161,320.
  3. Social Responsibility $776,968: Scholarship/Financial Assistance for pre-school, youth programs and aftercare association wide serving six weeks to 18 years $656,968. Safety Around Water program collaboration with local elementary and pre-schools to provide lessons and training utilizing materials provided by YUSA, we served over 2,100 kids last year $120,000 for staff and materials.


Background Statement
As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, our contributions are both far-reaching and intimate—from influencing our nation’s culture during times of profound social change to the individual support we provide families and adults every day.
By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
For more than 160 years, YMCAs have been at the heart of community life in neighborhoods and towns across the nation. We have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change.
Generally, a volunteer board sets policy for its executive, who manages the operation with full-time and part-time staff and volunteer leaders. Ys meet local community needs through organized activities called programs. These programs are tools for building the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Longtime leaders in community-based health, fitness, and aquatics, Ys teach kids to swim, offer exercise classes for people with disabilities and lead adult aerobics. We also respond to what each community needs, including child care (the Y movement is the nation's largest not-for-profit provider), teen clubs and leadership programs, youth sports, family nights, job training, and much more.
Each YMCA is a charitable nonprofit, qualifying under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code. Each is independent. YMCAs are required by the national constitution to pay annual dues, to refrain from discrimination and to support the YMCA mission.
The SKY Family YMCA was established in 1967. As the Venice community grew, so did the Y, adding buildings, a pool, preschool, gymnasium, and sports fields. The Englewood Y was founded in 1994, and during the last 12 years, our Y has constructed new buildings in Venice and Englewood and in 2011 we opened our public charter middle school located at our Venice campus. In 2011 we were joined by the Y in Fort Myers and in 2012 added another site in Bonita Springs. In 2015 we opened our second public charter middle school for our Englewood site. Most recently in 2017, we acquired the Charlotte County Y locations including two Y facilities, three preschools, a community pool, and event rental location. Throughout this time of growth, we're proud to share that we have provided more scholarships to families year after year.
Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Charlotte
FL- Lee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Serving South Sarasota County's cities of Venice, Englewood, North Port and their surrounding areas (Laurel, Osprey, and Nokomis), Charlotte County's cities of Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, as well as Lee County in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres and Cape Coral.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The YMCA is more than a facility, it’s a place for everyone of all ages and a place for families. Not only does the Y invest in opportunities, but it invests in our community and our youth. For many, the Y is home and that’s what makes it such a great organization.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
We envision our Y as an inter-generational community hub available to all people. We work in partnership with other community organizations to respond to the specific community needs that need to be addressed. This ranges from after-school enrichment programs for school-age children to medical and health education programs for seniors. We partner with more than 100 other organizations offering space, shared programs, referrals, education, training, and collaborations to cost-effectively reach and impact the most people we possibly can. 
Our core value of social responsibility dedicates us to providing help to individuals and families in need of financial assistance. Without scholarship assistance, these profoundly needy families would not be able to afford quality childcare or participate in our family-centered programs. We do not turn anyone away based on their financial ability.  
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y more young people are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. Programs that bring talents and opportunities to the forefront are: 
  • Infant Care, Pre-School, VPK
  • Before/After School Care
  • Camp
  • Literacy and Math Tutoring
  • Youth Leadership & Youth in Government
  • Youth Sports Leagues (Basketball, Fencing, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, T-Ball, Volleyball, Martial Arts)
  • Gymnastics, Dance & Cheer
  • Swim Lessons
  • SKY Academy, a tuition-free, public, charter middle school in Sarasota County. (Venice and Englewood)
Budget $6,697,200
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
Last year in Venice and Englewood our Y made a difference by serving: 
  • More than 2,000 children in youth sports who learned to play ball and the importance of good sportsmanship
  • At three literacy sites 150 K-3 graders improved their readings skills and comprehension in our data-driven, no-cost program.
  • The Y partnered with the local elementary schools providing our Safety Around Water (SAW) program to over 1300 second graders in Sarasota and Charlotte County.
  • 1900 Kids learned to swim through Y swim lessons.
  • More than 500 gymnasts visited the Y each week for classes and camaraderie. 
  • More then 40 cheerleaders have joined the new competitive cheer program.
  • 138 infants, toddler and children are enrolled in our pre-school; more than 52% of them receive some form of financial assistance.
  • SKY Academy in Venice enrolled 218 sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the tuition-free, public charter middle school for its sixth year, all receiving a free youth membership and free before and after school care. 
  • SKY Academy in Englewood enrolled 235 sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the tuition-free, public charter middle school for its third year, all receiving a free youth membership and free before and after school care.
Long Term Success We know that confident kids today become contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. By setting the stage for connected, caring children early in life, our communities will be better served by the next generation. 
Program Success Monitoring
We monitor the success of the programs in several ways:   
  • Parent and participant survey forms.
  • State-mandated testing of elementary school children in reading as well as independent evaluations such as iReady and Study Island.
  • Our staff and volunteers are properly screened to ensure that we have good role models for our children.  
  • Our coaches are trained in their various programs and we use program models designed by the Y of the USA, our national organization.
  • Students in SKY Academy are monitored throughout the year for their academic and physical progress with individual education plans (IEPs).
  • Quarterly review of program measurements for government funding.
Program Success Examples
 One of our children, Annabella, attended the YREADS program starting in October 2016 and could not read at all. She did not understand the names or sounds of the letters of the alphabet. Through the impact of the YREADS program, Annabella has excelled at her reading and now loves to read, one of her favorite books is If You Give a Moose a Muffin.
Annabella is always eager to participate in all activities in class, especially enjoying the individual daily reading which involves picking a book on a variety of topics and reading it allowed to their volunteers. Annabella's teacher said, "she is always reading and talking about what she has read."
The YREADS program was so successful for Annabelle that her sight words and reading scores are above grade level. 
Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. Opportunities for people to find that balance include: 
  • Fitness Centers (Teen - Seniors)
  • Health & Wellness (Group Exercise, Personal Training and Sports Therapy)
  • Chronic Disease Prevention (Diabetes Prevention, Cardiac Care Rehab)
  • Adult Sports & Recreation (Sports Leagues, Masters Swimming, Martial Arts, Racquetball, Volleyball, Triathlon Training)
  • Group Interests (Wellness seminars and speakers, community gatherings)
Budget $6,898,300
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success
In the previous year at our Venice and Englewood branches, we: 
  • Distributed nearly $240,000 in membership scholarships.
  • Welcomed more than 22,000 members as part of our YMCA.
  • An average of nearly 3,800 people a day visit our Ys .
  • Helped more 300 adults change their lifestyle through our Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Introduced almost 400 seniors to physical activity as part of their maintenance program following a cardiac event.
  • Provided opportunities for more than 2,500 adults to challenge their physical strengths in our triathlons and athletic events.
  • Motivated 200 individuals in our Parkinson's Exercise Program.
Long Term Success The Y is a place for each person to strive to be their healthiest, in spirit, mind and body. While immediate goals may be for a certain waistline, at the Y, it’s more about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. 
Program Success Monitoring
Personal goals for healthy living vary with each individual, however we monitor our services for healthy living with:
  • Monthly surveys of new and current members
  • A multi-touch, six-week "Ambassador" program that welcomes members to the Y
  • Regular communication with members through feedback forms, our website, email newsletters and social media  
Program Success Examples
Twice in the past five years, 86 year-old Al DiMartino faced the frightening diagnosis of lung cancer.  Al and his wife, Marie, are long time members of the Y utilizing the pool and several group exercise classes. Once Al was through his treatments and surgery he couldn't wait to get back to his normal activities.
"I was back swimming 18 to 20 meters in one breath" said Al. "the continued use of the Y has helped me to strengthen my lungs."
Al arrives at the Venice YMCA before 6:30 a.m., five days a week, to swim laps.
When AL and Marie are not at the Y, they maintain their own home and garden, and Al loves nature photography.
The generosity of others is at the core of the Y’s existence as a nonprofit. We engage YMCA members and volunteers in activities that strengthen our community and pave the way for future generations to thrive. Last year we gave out nearly $570,000 of membership and program scholarships to children and families in Englewood and Venice. Other ways we support our neighbors include:
  • Social Services (Licensed and contracted site for abused and at-risk children) 
  • Global Services (Special events, including community outreach events and participation)
  • Volunteerism & Giving (Scholarships and program support)
  • Advocacy - through partnerships with other organizations in the government, public and non-profit sectors, we work to support the community needs of our Y children, adults and families. 
Budget $6,724,100
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public Assistance
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
Last year at our SKY Family Y's:
  • More than 51% of children enrolled in our Venice pre-school received some form of financial assistance. 
  • We gave out thousands of scholarships for program participation and membership totaling upwards of $569,599. 
  • All 460 sixth, seventh and eighth graders enrolled at SKY Academy benefit from free youth memberships to the Y and free before/after school care.

Long Term Success Our goal is to have every person with a desire to be a part of the Y regardless of their ability to pay.  It is only through the support of our volunteers, and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage.  The investments we make in our communities and to the kids, youth and families living in those communities, result in a better standard of living.  We offer hope, encouragement and the tools to change themselves and their communities for the better. 
Program Success Monitoring
Our pre-school programs are monitored by the state of Florida's Department of Children and Families. We are a licensed, monitored child care site. 
All Y volunteers complete a background screening, including a criminal background check and personal references, as well as fingerprinting.
Our Board of Directors monitor success of  our volunteerism and fundraising efforts to support scholarships on a monthly basis. 
Y staff and volunteer leadership regularly attend programs and training on the latest and best practices for fundraising. 
Program Success Examples
Amy was concerned about having a safe place for her granddaughter, Sammy. She wanted a place where Sammy would be taken care of as if she was their own. Amy is raising Sammy due to unsettling home situations. 
"I knew at the Y Sammy was in a safe place and I had peace of mind," said Amy.
It was important that Amy knew her granddaughter had as much stability in school as she did when she was with Amy.  "I found this comfort at the Y," Amy stated. Sammy was enrolled in our preschool at 6 weeks old and is now in VPK.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Pat Ryan
CEO Term Start July 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Kenneth Modzelewski 2000 - 2017
Ms. Sharon Pesut 1997 - 1999
Senior Staff
Mrs. Michelle Butler Chief Development Officer
Mr. Pete Shattuck Chief Operating Officer
Mrs. Marcia Williams Vice President of Finance
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 134
Part Time Staff 584
Staff Retention Rate % 87
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 15
Volunteers 1093
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
Atwater Elementary School 
Boy Scouts
Chamber Of Commerce
Charlotte County Health Department
Children’s Therapy
Coastal Community Health Center
Cub Scouts
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce2016
Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce2016
Florida Public Relations Association2016
United Way Member Agency2016
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce2016
Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce2016
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Best After School ProgramVenice Gondolier Sun2015
Best Child CareVenice Gondolier Sun2015
Best Health Care CenterVenice Gondolier Sun2015
Best Charter SchoolVenice Gondolier Sun2015
Best Non-Profit OrganizationVenice Gondolier Sun2015
Best Summer CampVenice Gondolier Sun2015
Best Weight Loss ServicesVenice Gondolier Sun2015
Best Wellness FacilityHarbor Style Magazine2015
Best Weight Loss ClinicVenice Gondolier Sun2016
Best Health Fitness CenterVenice Gondolier Sun2016
Best Summer CampVenice Gondolier Sun2016
Best After School ProgramVenice Gondolier Sun2016
Best Child CareVenice Gondolier Sun2016
Best Non-Profit OrganizationVenice Gondolier Sun2016
Best Charter SchoolVenice Gondolier Sun2016
Best Health ClubHerald Tribune Media Group2016
Best Weight Loss CenterHerald Tribune Media Group2016
Best Place to WorkoutHarbor Style Magazine2016
Best Place to Play TennisHarbor Style Magazine2016
Best Child CareVenice Gondolier Sun2017
Best Charter SchoolVenice Gondolier Sun2017
Best Non-Profit OrganizationVenice Gondolier Sun2017
Best After School ProgramVenice Gondolier Sun2017
Best Fitness CenterVenice Gondolier Sun2017
Best Summer CampVenice Gondolier2017
Best Heath ClubHerald Tribune2017
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Boiler and Machinery
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Commercial General Liability and Medical Malpractice
Day Care Center/Nursery School
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Educators Errors and Omission Liability
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 4
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2017
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Sheriff Tom Knight
Company Affiliation Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Board Term July 2017 to July 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Rita Bicknell Volunteer
Nancy Blackstone Independent Contractor
Jeffery Boone Esq.The Boone Law Firm
Vanessa Carusone City of North Port
David Dignam Key Agency
Keith Farlow Farlow's on the Water
Jeannette Flokstra Lifetime Honorary Member
Jeffrey Fraser, D.O.Gulf Coast Medical Group
John Giglio Freedom Boat Club
Mike Horan Ajax Paving Ind. Of Florida
Lynn Juillerat Cheney Brothers Inc.
Tom Knight Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Dorothy Korszen Farr Law Firm
Bruce Laishley Smugglers Enterprises
Debbie LaPinska PGT Innovations
George Pickhardt Arrow Environmental Services, Inc.
Valerie Powell-Stafford Englewood Community Hospital
Wayne Roberts Roberts Insurance Group
Pat Ryan The SKY Family YMCA
David Wampler Wampler Insurance and Financial Group
Kim Whiteman HR Consultant
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 13
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 9
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 60
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2019
Projected Revenue $20,319,600.00
Projected Expenses $18,773,020.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $478,390.00
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Raise funds for the new state-of-the-art preschool at the Venice YMCA branch.
Campaign Goal $1,700,000.00
Campaign Dates 2016 to June 2018
Amount Raised To Date 1400000 as of July 2017
Financial Review
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$4,151,429$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,916,042$6,092,954$6,656,472
Investment Income, Net of Losses$15,967$10,780$6,100
Membership Dues$4,677,890$4,534,943$4,322,820
Special Events$421,929$380,377$518,477
Revenue In-Kind$198,311$172,886$25,283
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$13,589,178$13,289,800$11,885,023
Administration Expense$845,976$844,495$1,258,383
Fundraising Expense$460,762$443,783$689,949
Payments to Affiliates$206,535$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.021.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%91%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%7%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$29,015,442$28,725,791$28,922,241
Current Assets$4,458,836$3,755,692$3,541,123
Long-Term Liabilities$6,415,503$6,821,269$960,225
Current Liabilities$667,592$399,185$6,757,565
Total Net Assets$21,932,347$21,505,307$21,204,451
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $4,677,890Contributions, gifts, grants $6,092,954Contributions, gifts, grants $6,656,472
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $4,151,429Membership Dues $4,534,943Membership Dues $4,322,820
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,916,042Program Service Fees $3,847,894Program Service Revenue $3,537,667
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $125,001 - $150,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.689.410.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets22%24%3%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures were taken from IRS Form 990s.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile. The value of in-kind contributions is included in revenue in the audited financial statements.
Nonprofit The SKY Family YMCA Inc
Address 701 Center Rd
Venice, FL 34285
Phone 941 492-9622