Friends Of The Sarasota County History Center Inc
701 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL 34236
Mission
The mission of the Corporation is to assist Sarasota County Historical Resources through the support of programs, services, and activities that promote and enhance the use and enjoyment of Sarasota County's cultural and historical heritage. 
 
Its primary goals are to assist in promoting the use and enjoyment of Historical Resources facilities and services, further efforts to assemble historical exhibits, preserve a constantly growing collection of artifacts and materials from our past, promote research for our future, based on the heritage of Sarasota County, actively direct activities that will develop funding for the facilities, and to design and implement policies and procedures to ensure its vision in perpetuity. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Bill Goetz
Board Chair Mrs. Margaret Borrows
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Supported Organization Sarasota County Historical Resources
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2007
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes Apr 2018
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
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Impact Statement
Accomplishments: 
1) The formal ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Historical Exhibits and Education Center located in the Historic Chidsey Library Building at 701 North Tamiami Trail - December 2015.
2) Educational programs for children  have included "How Florida pioneers decorated for the holidays" and "Bio Blitz" with photographer Drew fulton 
3) Received a grant from the Florida Humanities Council for a speaker series that was very popular with the public 
4) Raise funds for the operation of the Historical Exhibits and Education Center through fundraisers and new earned income projects.
5) In addition to the gift shop, open and operate a used book nook in the Chidsey Library Building.
Needs Statement
1) Funds to finance the salary for a Manager to handle the day-to-day operations at the Historic Chidsey Library Building. $1,000/month 
2) Funds to install historical artifacts currently housed at the Sarasota County Historical Resources to be displayed at the Historical Exhibits and Education Center $2000
3) Operating funds to support a Lecture Series which will feature local and national experts speaking on subjects of local, state, and national historical importance. $5000
4)  Acquire funds for traveling exhibits (such as exhibits available through the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee) and original exhibits developed through Historical Resources - $3000 
5) Funds to support a project dedicated to the research and development of  History Museum. $50,000.
Background Statement
In 2005, the FOSCHC was formed by the late Pete Esthus to promote programs and services on behalf of the Sarasota County History Center, (now known as Historical Resources) and further its efforts to assemble historical exhibits and preserve a growing collection of artifacts.  These collections are housed at the Sarasota County Historical Resources 6062 Porter Way, Sarasota, where they are made available for public research.  Additionally, we have dedicated ourselves to increasing the reach of Historical Resources by operating the Historical Exhibits and Education Center located in the historic Chidsey Library Building.  Here we have rotating exhibits approximately every four months that feature different aspects of Sarasota County and Florida history.  We also operate a gift shop that features artwork by local artists and books that focus on Sarasota County and Florida history.  Recent exhibits have included "Paul Rudolph's Florida Homes", "John Nolen, city Planner of Venice and Sarasota in the 1920s", and "Florida's Lost Tribes" - original art by local artist Theodore Morris.  Upcoming exhibits will include Florida's Citrus Industry, Golf in Sarasota County, Baseball, and World War I.  We will continue to offer children's programs and will develop a partnership with the Sarasota County schools.  We will also continue to offer interesting speaker events.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments We serve the entire Sarasota County,  ie: from North Sarasota to Englewood.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
As a board member of the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center, Inc., I first served as Vice-president and in March 2017 became the president.  I believe in the work of the Historical Resources and wish to sustain, protect, and display its archives along with providing creative programs and exhibits for all ages.  On August 15, 2015, the FOSCHC Board completed their negotiations with the Sarasota County Library Systems & Historical Resources on a sub-lease agreement which enables the FOSCHC to occupy approximately 2700 sq. ft. of the historic Chidsey Library Building.  Since I've been on the board, the Friends have supported several interesting exhibits in the large exhibit hall of the Historical Exhibits and Education Center; hosted interesting programs presented by local historian Jeff LaHurd, Florida Public Archaeology Network, reenactors (Bertha Palmer and Mable Ringling), and a speakers series through a Florida Humanities Council Grant; created and delivered children's programs; and established a used book nook made possible primarily through a donation by Doctors Allen and Mary Jelks.  We are excited about our plans for future exhibits.

An on-going challenge will be "membership recruitment" through special events, new exhibits, and a lecture series that will attract guests to the Historical Exhibits and Education Center.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The Friends of Sarasota County History Center,Inc assists the Sarasota County Historical Resources department through the support of programs, services and activities and the management of the Historical Exhibits and Education Center in order to promote and enhance the use and enjoyment of Sarasota County's cultural and historical heritage. Our primary goals are to assist in the promotion of the use of Sarasota Historical Resources facilities and services, promote efforts to assemble historical exhibits and the preservation of the county's growing archives and artifact collection. In addition, the Friends of Sarasota County History Center actively promotes the research initiatives and activities that will aid in the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure the vision of the Historical Resources department and to develop funding for the county's historical resources facilities.
Programs
Description

Beginning in 2016,  FOSCHC will organize a series of events that will take place at the Historic Chidsey Library Building. These events will be designed to inform our members and the public about Sarasota County's history, Historical Resources and its archival collections, and the importance of Historical Resources. We'll collaborate with the local academic community, other historic preservation organizations within the county, and the general public. 

Budget $2,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families
Short Term Success Short-term success for the first and second programs would be set at 20-50 attendees, with at least two new memberships for the FOSCHC from each event. This result will indicate that attendees are eager to support our cause and learn more about Sarasota and its history. 
Long Term Success Long-term success would be set at 30 - 75 attendees, with 5-10 new memberships, each, at the third and fourth programs. Sarasota's history and its artifacts can only be appreciated and protected if the community becomes passionate about them. Events such as these will increase awareness and ensure that the irreplaceable is saved for future generations.
Program Success Monitoring Success will be monitored by the number of attendees to our events and the number who become members so that they, too, can strive to protect our heritage and cultural artifacts.  Success will also be noted by responses of the attendees through comments and surveys.
Program Success Examples As stated above, success will be monitored by the number of attendees who become involved in protecting our heritage and cultural artifacts.
Description We plan to have a keynote speaker with each opening reception for new exhibits which will be approximately every four months.  Joe King, local architect and Paul Rudolph expert, spoke at the opening reception of the "Paul Rudolph Florida Homes" exhibit.  Our current exhibit is "Florida's Lost Tribes" by artist Theodore Morris who spoke at the opening reception and again as part of a panel discussion that included county archaeologist Steve Koski. Future exhibits will include Florida's Citrus Industry, Baseball in Sarasota, Sarasota County During World War I.
Budget $1,500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success The public will gain knowledge about Paul Rudolph, one of the founders of the Sarasota School of Architecture, and the Florida homes he designed.  Future exhibits and lectures will provide in-depth knowledge of not only Sarasota County history, but also Florida's history.
Long Term Success New interest in the Sarasota School of Architecture will be generated; information will be shared by the visitors to the exhibit.  Future exhibits and lectures will generate interest and knowledge of Florida's early history up to present history and events.
Program Success Monitoring We know the exhibit is successful through visitor comments and the sale of Joe King's book Paul Rudolph and His Florida Homes.  The success of all exhibits and lectures will be assessed through attendees' comments, attendance at future events, return visits to the Historical Exhibits and Education Center, and purchases in the gift shop.  The same is true for the "Florida's Lost Tribes" exhibit, which has generated not only interest but also publicity for Florida's native tribes.
Program Success Examples We received very positive feedback from the visitors and the exhibit links well with the current exhibit of Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House currently at the Ringling Museum.  We have also received positive comments from visitors to the Historical Exhibits and Education Center such as "You are a hidden gem."  Visitors have been astounded at the original artwork of Theodore Morris, not only for the quality of his work, but also the painstaking detail of each painting.
Description Through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center, Inc. was able to host four speaker events January through April 2017.  The speakers and topics were:  Dr. Michael Francis "Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in LaFlorida"; Gary Monroe "The Highwaymen" Florida's African-American Painters"; Dr. Roger Smith "The American Revolution's Best Kept Secret: Why East and West Florida Mattered"; and Eliot Kleinberg "Florida's Amazing History and Why You Should Care".  We plan to apply for a grant for the 2018 season.
Budget $5,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Short-term success is determined by those who attend 75% of the programs; sign-in sheets are kept for each event.
Long Term Success Long-term success is based on comments from the attendees, the increase in membership, and surveys provided.
Program Success Monitoring Monitoring is through surveys, comments from attendees, and the sign-in sheets.  
Program Success Examples We were pleased that for the 2017 season we averaged 70 people per event, and would hope to meet that standard in 2018.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization The Board sincerely believes that these  events,lectures, and programs are an ideal way to showcase Historical Resources (HR) collections and archival material to the public, in a user-friendly way.  The sad truth is that the HR has a treasure-trove of collections which have been graciously donated to Sarasota County put are hidden away and rarely shown to anyone.  On several occasions, we have had the pleasure to showcase some of the archival material to the public, and they have been amazed and very thankful.  We are working closely with Historical Resources to make these collections more available to the public.  What's more,once the public views these collections, they will have an greater appreciation for their historical value, and our membership levels and fundraising abilities will increase accordingly . This, in turn, will enable us to create more programs to showcase these irreplaceable artifacts.  We also host local speakers, Florida Humanities Council speakers, and Florida Public Archaeology Network speakers who often utilize PowerPoint and other visual materials during their presentations.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Bill Goetz
CEO Term Start Feb 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email schcfriends@verizon.net
Experience
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
FOSCHC has collaborated with the following individuals or agencies to fund exhibits, receptions, books on the history of Sarasota, or provide materials and expertise: 
  • Jeff LaHurd, Author - partial funding of six books on the history of Sarasota
  • Joe King, Architect - "Paul Rudolph and His Florida Homes" exhibit on site from October 2015 - April 2016
  • Historical Marker Program - funding of receptions for the Dedications and support of the Sarasota County Historical Commission
  • Sarasota County Historical Commission - a steering committee has been formed to meld our members' efforts and preserve and promote the historical treasures housed at Historical Resources
  • Center for Architecture Foundation - hosting a joint reception to promote a video biography of noted architect, Tim Seibert.
  • Speakers through Florida Humanities Council grants
  • FPAN - Florida Public Archaeology Network - "Tampa Bay Shipwrecks of the Civil War"
  • Work with the Historical and Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County to develop, plan, and host an awards program.
  • Sarasota Garden Club and the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County0
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Individual Distinguished Service Award for lifetime dedication to historic preservation to Betty Intagliata, president. tFlorida Trust for Historic Preservation2015
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Margaret Borrows
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Mar 2017 to Mar 2018
Board Chair Email puzzlegrammy@hotmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Margaret Borrows Retired
Ms. Cindy Eley Community Volunteer
Ms. Ruthmary Williams Retired; Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 13
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
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 100
Standing Committees
Membership
Audit
Board Governance
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Program / Program Planning
Education
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Finance
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization The Friends is now operating the Historic Chidsey Library Building as the Historical Exhibits and Educational Center.  We completed a one-year lease with the county and city in August 2015 and had the grand opening reception with the Paul Rudolph Florida Homes Exhibit on October 23 with Joe King as the keynote speaker.  Our temporary exhibits rotate approximately every four month; the current exhibit is Theodore Morris's "Florida's Lost Tribes" and the next exhibit will be Florida's Citrus Industry with a focus on citrus labels.  The front lobby has a rotating exhibit of "Dreamers of the Past", which highlights individuals and groups that have had a significant influence on Sarasota County.  Our second fundraiser, "Filming Florida", was on May 20, 2016, and featured environmental photographer Drew Fulton.  
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $33,830.00
Projected Expenses $33,830.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,440$1,225$16,071
Administration Expense$16,436$3,184$1,724
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.684.861.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses17%28%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$37,274$43,299$27,719
Current Assets$37,274$43,299$27,719
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$335$4,149$0
Total Net Assets$36,939$39,150$27,719
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $9,758Contributions, gifts, grants $17,800Selby Grant $14,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $1,740Fundraising $1,504VS Gift Shop $1,709
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $1,583Membership Dues $1,400Contributions, gifts, grants $1,565
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities111.2710.44--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization As lessees of the historic Chidsey Library Building , we have many challenges and opportunities. We employ a part-time manager, have expanded the gift shop, and created a used book store.  With this endeavor, it's necessary to work very diligently and creatively to attract visitors and donors alike to our new exhibits, lectures, and tours.  We are a small organization with a dedicated, working board.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations, as organization files a 990-N with the IRS.  No balance sheet information has been provided. For 2015 and 2016, financial information taken from the Federal 990-EZ as no compilations were available at time of review.
Nonprofit Friends Of The Sarasota County History Center Inc
Address 701 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone 941 361-2453

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