Friends Of The Sarasota County History Center Inc
701 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL 34236
The mission of the Corporation is to assist the Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources (DHR) 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 the DHR 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. 
CEO/Executive Director Bill Goetz
Board Chair Mrs. Margaret Borrows
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Supported Organization Sarasota County Department of 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
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $33,830.00
Projected Expenses $33,830.00
Impact Statement
1) On  August 15, 2015, we reached an agreement with Sarasota County to become the custodians of the Historic Chidsey Library Building.  For the first time, we have a venue in which to hold events; display historical artifacts, provide a Florida studies research library, develop educational programs for grades K-8, and  provide a  gift shop for the historical community.
2) Financed, promoted, and held a reception  for the following events: gallery talk for the Florida Portraits, 1977-2005, an exhibition of photographs by J. B. MCCourtney; an event to showcase an interview video, entitled "The Seibert Effect, Tim Seibert, the Sarasota modernist architect tells the story of his life and career". The video was produced by former Vice President Larry Reinebach, and the following interview with Mr. Seibert was very well-received; and the opening of the exhibit "Paul Rudolph and His Florida Homes" and Joe King's presentation on October 23, 2015.
3) 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.
4) We had our first educational program for children titled "How Florida pioneers decorated for the holidays"; the children who participated made ornaments from natural materials found in Florida. 
5) Updated our website and increased our presence on Facebook. 
Goals for 2016:
1) Continue lecture series focusing on Sarasota County history and Florida history with the support of grants from the Florida Humanities Council.
2) Develop a partnership with Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN)  for additional lectures and presentations such as "Tampa Bay Shipwrecks from the Civil War."
3) Raise funds for the operation of the Historical Exhibits and Education Center through fundraisers and new earned income projects.
4) In addition to the gift shop, open and operate a used book nook in the Chidsey Library Building.
5) Install and promote new exhibits acquired through different sources including other local historical organizations and the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee in addition to creating new exhibits.  An exhibit on John Nolen, city planner of Venice, will follow the Paul Rudolph exhibit.
6) Continue to support Sarasota County's Historical Marker Program. 
Needs Statement
1) Acquire funds through grants and other sources for a laptop to be used for guest speakers and programs both on site and off site.
 2) Funds to finance the salary for a Manager to handle the day-to-day operations at the Historic Chidsey Library Building. $1,000/month 
 3) Funds to install historical artifacts currently housed at the Sarasota County Historical Resources Department on a semi-annual basis.
 4) Operating funds to support a Lecture Series which will feature local and national experts speaking on subjects of local, state, and national historical importance. $4000
 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 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 Department, 6062 Porter Way, Sarasota, where they are made available for public research. The MacKinlay Kantor Room which contains books and other objects from the library of the Sarasota resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning author is also located in the DHR. Additionally, we have dedicated ourselves to increasing the reach of the DHR by funding books by local historian, Jeff LaHurd, promoting  historical markers which increase public awareness of historical sites, and participating in events such as the Florida Portraits Event, which featured J. B. McCourtney photographs (1977-2005) of various Sarasota residents from all walks of life, the Tim Seibert Event, featuring a video of the Sarasota modernist architect telling the story of his life and career.  
Now that we are custodians of the Historic Chidsey Library Building, there is no limit to our potential for growth.  The wonders of the artifacts housed at the Sarasota County Department of Historic Resources have been hidden from the public for far too long.  The acquisition of the Chidsey Building offers us an opportunity to take them out of storage and put them on display for residents and locals alike to enjoy.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
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
Four years ago, I chose to volunteer with the Friends of Sarasota County History Center Inc. (FOSCHC) because I believe in the work of the countywide Department of Historical Resources and wish to sustain, protect, and display its archives.

On August 15, 2015, the FOSCHC Board completed their negotiations with the Sarasota County Library Systems & Department of Historical Resources on a sub-lease agreement which will enable the FOSCHC to occupy approximately 2700 sq. ft. of the historic Chidsey Library Building. We are currently diligently working to we create a volunteer force (primarily from the History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County (HPCSC)) who will give tours of the exhibits created by the Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources who will occupy the remainder of the building. These volunteers will also tell visitors about the many historical or history-related groups in the county and hand-out information on same. The FOSCHC will manage a gift shop where any member of the HPCSC may also display their wares. 

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

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.

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's history, the Department of Historical Resources and its archival collections, and the importance of the Department of Historical Resources. We'll collaborate with the local academic community, other historic preservation organizations within the county, and the general public. 

Budget $1,000
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.
Beginning in October, 2015, educational classes/projects for grades K-8 will held once a month on Saturday between 10 AM and 2 PM at the Historical Exhibits and Education Center.  For the younger students, craft projects and show-and-tell presentations will focus on the history of Sarasota.  Each student will be presented with a fabrication of a piece of Sarasota history to remind them of their heritage. 
Budget $1,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families
Short Term Success
Because the history of Sarasota is not taught in our local schools, many of our children have no knowledge of their past or that of their city.
Without this knowledge, the likelihood of them treasuring their past or working for its preservation is very small.  We must do everything possible to education and instill the importance of place to our children, for without it, who will be our gatekeepers going forward. 
Long Term Success The success of this program can only be measured by the number of children and parents who return to the Chidey time and time again, as exhibits change.  We will be maintaining an attendance log, and thus, will be able to measure the success of that program.
Program Success Monitoring See above.
Program Success Examples See above.
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 will speak on a couple of occasions during the exhibition.  Future exhibits will include Florida's Citrus Industry, Spring Training in Sarasota, Sarasota County During World War II.
Budget $1,500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
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.  
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."
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.  For this, an AV projector that can interface with newer computer technologies is necessary; we currently have an old projector that overheats and is not compatible with some of the newer laptops and tablets.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Bill Goetz
CEO Term Start Feb 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
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 N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
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 in the DHR.
  • Center for Architecture Foundation - hosting a joint reception to promote a video biography of noted architect, Tim Seibert.
  • Speakers through Florida Humanities Council grants:  Dr. Leslee Keys (Hotel Ponce De Leon) and Dr. Mike Denham ("Florida During the Civil War")
  • 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
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
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
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
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
Board Members
Board Members
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
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
Board Governance
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
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.  The next temporary exhibit, which will open in May and continue for six months, will be about John Nolen, city planner of Venice.  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 and featured environmental photographer Drew Fulton.  
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
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
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
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
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 We have recently become the custodians of the Historic Chidsey Library Building.  Becoming lessees of this building will present many challenges and opportunities. Although, the building and exhibits will be mainly handled by volunteers, it will be necessary to hire an office manager.  In addition, the gift shop will need to be embellished, educational supplies for all ages, will need to be purchased, In the past, our revenues have more than met our expenses, but with this new endeavor, it will be necessary to work very diligently and creatively to attract visitors and donors alike to our new exhibits, lectures, and tours.
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