Peace Education And Action Center Inc
525 Kumquat Court
Suite C

The Peace Education and Action Center connects and empowers people to build a socially just, non-violent and sustainable community and world.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Arlene Sweeting
Board Chair Mr. David Beaton
Board Chair Affiliation WSLR, Inc.
General Info
Organization DBA
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2007
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes Mar 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
1. Maintained an activist calendar of events on our website and distributed it by other methods - bi-weekly e-newsletter and radio broadcasts.
2. Formed working groups on the top three issues that emerged from our People's Assembly - climate change, election reform and getting the money out of politics.
3. Sponsored our third annual VDAY Celebration to end violence against women and girls. Monies raised were donated to Selah Freedom to help them in their fight against human trafficking.
4. Raised $5900 to support the indigenous people leading the fight at Standing Rock.
5. Continued to host a diverse lineup of cultural events - music, art and dance.
Top 3-5 Goals for 2017:
1. Publish a quarterly newspaper, Critical Times, to help keep people informed.
2. Foster Cooperation and Collaboration among existing groups.
3. Recommit to building a people-powered grassroots democracy movement. The PEACenter will be open every Tuesday from 5-9pm starting in January for Activist Nights. Programming will include films, speakers, workshops, panel discussions, strategy sessions, and issue-based conversations.
4. Operationalize our newly purchased food truck.
Needs Statement
1. Funding to support the publication of Critical Times. The first edition of our quarterly newspaper was very well received. We printed 3500 copies and also distributed the paper digitally. With staff coordination and 3 more editions to print this year, we need to raise an additional $6000.
2. Graphic design assistance to develop a marketing brochure for the PEACenter and Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. $500
3. Upgrade lighting at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Our current LED lighting has fans that run while the lights are on, producing extraneous noise which is not ideal for our listening room environment. $800
4. Part-time Administrative Assistant. A part-time Administrative Assistant would enable us to make more effective use of current volunteers, improve public communications (prepare e-newsletter, update website, maintain calendar) and increase our community outreach. (10 hours week @ $12/hour) $6000
5. Funding to raise our WBPV antenna. Currently the antenna is only 40 feet above ground and we have a very limited broadcast area. We would like to raise the antenna to 80-100 feet which would require the purchase and installation of a free-standing radio tower. $10,000
Background Statement
The Peace Education and Action Center was founded in 2007 with the goal of getting more peace education in the schools.  We sponsored several Teach Peace Conferences and brought in nationally-recognized speakers, but were not effectively reaching our targeted audience.  We shifted our focus to community education and became fiscal sponsors for Transition Sarasota and the Suncoast Network for Compassion Communication.  We have been very active over the past five years in supporting the work of the very dedicated people that are involved in both of these endeavors.  The one event that we have consistently sponsored is a Celebration and Recognition of Elders in our community that have made significant contributions to peace.  Since 2013 we have developed our own space - the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center - and are starting to offer our own programming.  We partner frequently with WSLR, our community radio station, to offer concerts with independent musicians in a listening room atmosphere.  We also offer educational programming - film screenings, workshops, lectures, study groups, book talks and theater performances. This year we have partnered with Campaign Nonviolence to mainstream nonviolence and to rebuild a support network of groups around the state that are working on similar issues.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments We work with organizations located in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and are working to form a statewide coalition of Peace and Justice organizations.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Our board members believe deeply in the mission of the PEACenter and are there to provide an overall vision and financial oversight for the organization. However, they do not have the time to provide hands-on assistance. We are actually working to reduce the frequency of our Board meetings to 4x/year plus an annual retreat. The PEACenter depends heavily on volunteers and we would like to develop some of these volunteers into leadership roles at the Center. The Board has approved the implementation of a new governance structure this year to see if we can relieve some of the pressure from our Director and get people more actively involved in leadership roles in the organization. We plan to set up a Steering Committee that will consist of 5-11 people that have the time to actively engage in the work of the PEACenter. The Director will be flushing out the role of the Steering Committee and the expectations of members in the first few months of 2017. She will then identify potential members of the Steering Committee, meeting with them one-on-one to explore their willingness to serve in this capacity. Members of the Steering Committee will be approved by the Board of Directors. The Steering Committee will meet monthly to discuss programming, staffing and fundraising at the PEACenter. Each Steering Committee member will take responsibility for a certain area – eg. Volunteer Coordination; Grant Writing; Activist Tuesdays; Critical Times. A Steering Committee Report will be filed monthly with the Board.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

I am excited about establishing a Steering Committee for the PEACenter. We have a number of groups that are active working under our umbrella and I would like to involve some of these individuals more deeply in the work of the PEACenter. We have been lucky over the past year to have a number of student interns work with us and that has allowed me to keep my head above water, but the demand for our services and our space is increasing – and I need additional help. I have had a number of individuals step forward already and express interest in being involved on an ongoing basis. I need to take some time to flush out the different roles and expectations for Steering Committee members, then reach out to some of these folks to see if they are willing to make this type of commitment. I am working with an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant to help the implementation go smoothly. We are also going to establish and market a membership program this year that includes both individual memberships and organizational membership. This will allow us to generate additional revenue to increase our staffing levels.

Description Fogartyville is a special gathering place for those who truly appreciate music and community. Nothing draws people together like a shared musical experience, and nowhere is there a more welcoming environment for audiences and musicians than the vibrant and diverse community that is the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.  Aside from musical events, we offer educational events that further the mission of the PEACenter to build a culture of peace in Sarasota.  We support other nonprofit and community groups by offering space for events at an affordable rate.
Budget $41,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
We continue to expand the number and diversity of events that we offer at Fogartyville.  Over the past year, we presented world music from Ireland, Scotland, India, and Cuba; we added a monthly jazz event; hosted blues, Americana, and a capella groups; and continued to present singer/songwriters in a listening room atmosphere.   This year we hope to add a Open Mic for local performers that will be broadcast live on WSLR.  We will be continuing our Storytellers Open Mic every other month which is an opportunity for authors to share their prose/stories.  Last year with the help of curator Pam Callender we started to host rotating art exhibits - giving local and regional artists more exposure.   We look forward to continuing this project in the coming year. We will continue  to offer educational programming - films, workshops, book talks, and guest speakers.
Long Term Success
Ultimately a stronger, more caring and more engaged community is what we hope to achieve.  Areas where we see room for growth:
* Stimulate discussion on local issues by hosting community conversations.
*  Have more activist groups use the space for regular meetings or special events. 
* Support the free expression and exchange of ideas through regular Open Mic events.
* Get to the point where we can maintain regular operating hours, rather than being open solely for events. 
Program Success Monitoring Customer feedback is very important to Fogartyville.  We are trying to build community so we work to get to know the people that frequent our venue and we listen to them.  We frequently get recommendations for shows and often people volunteer to help staff the venue and also to take on special projects to enhance the venue.  Because it is a community space, it is great when people step up and take ownership of it.  Our events committee gives monthly feedback on events held at the space.
Program Success Examples Fogartyville was voted the Best New Music Venue by Sarasota Magazine in May 2013.  It is one of the rare venues where people come to appreciate and actually listen to music.  We charge a cover for events and thus are able to pay independent and touring musicians a respectable amount for their performances.  We have expanded the diversity of our offerings to try to build a more inclusive community. 

The Peace Education and Action Center provides education, resources and action for those working for positive social change and a world free from oppression.

We strengthen the impact of peace and justice movements by:

1. Fostering greater collaboration among activist groups

2. Bridging the gap between global, national, and local issues and communities

3. Providing space and resources for local activist groups.
Budget $12,000
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

PEACenter E-newsletter

We distribute a bi-weekly e-newsletter highlighting upcoming events in order to build collaboration and communication among local peace and justice groups.

Educational Programs

We host regular events to educate the public on important issues. These include our Films for a Future Series focused on transitioning to a more sustainable way of living; our ‘Finding a Path to Peace’ series on the Middle East; book talks by visiting authors; study groups on nonviolence; etc.

Collaboration Building

Hold regular events to coordinate the work of members of the local activist community, build collaboration among local groups and strengthen the movement as a whole.

Resource Clearinghouse

We serve as a hub for activists providing resources, advice and connections. We provide tangible resources, such as sound systems, essential knowledge for organizing, a database of local contacts and fiscal sponsorship for Transition Sarasota, the Commonwealth Time Bank and the Suncoast Network for Compassionate Communication.

Long Term Success Long-term success will mean strengthening and expanding our current programs, creating more opportunities to deepen the political education, analysis and collaboration of area activists, intentionally reaching out to build relationships with marginalized communities, and strengthening our organization internally.   Host an annual assembly to bring together area activists and changemakers to deepen connections, help with strategic collaboration, and build the skills of those working for peace and justice.  Set up listening meetings with those we want to build relationships with and intentionally support their organizing.  Enhance intern and volunteer opportunities and experiences.  Explore alternative leadership models and prioritize professional development for staff, Board, interns and volunteers.
Program Success Monitoring This year the PEACenter will be assuming responsibility for overseeing a coalition of area peace and justice groups.  We will start by assessing the needs of these organizations and how we can best support each other.  We will conduct annual surveys of the organizations involved to see if we are improving the effectiveness of the coalition.
Program Success Examples This past year we were able to provide leadership and coordination to assist local resident Rhana Bazzini with her project to walk from Sarasota to Tallahassee in support of campaign finance reform.  We helped schedule talks to local organizations, raise money, print t-shirts, organized a kickoff event at New College with Jim Hightower (over 200 in attendance), helped to plan her route and organize supporters to walk with Rhana each day, organized a bus of supporters to travel to Tallahassee to walk with Rhana on the final day of her journey, and hosted a Welcome Home party on her return to Sarasota.  It was a great collaborative effort and many local organizations came together to support the walk.

We published our first quarterly edition of Critical Times in January 2017. The quote on the masthead is “Democracy is not a spectator sport” and the idea behind the publication is to give people the information they need to be active and engaged citizens. The first issue focused mainly on groups that are active in the community, highlighting the upcoming City Elections, and providing a calendar of upcoming events. We printed 3500 copies of the first edition and they were distributed directly to the consumer. They disappeared like hotcakes. We also distributed the newspaper digitally. We have now added a website, an e-newsletter, and a facebook page where we can provide more frequent information to Sarasota residents.

Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success The newspaper and supporting distribution avenues are designed to give people information they need to become more active, engaged citizens.  As we have just gotten the program off the ground we have no information on the success of the initiative at this time.
Long Term Success

It is hard to show a causal link between the effects of this publication and people becoming more informed or engaged  - but that is the ultimate goal. We have noted an increase in people subscribing to our e-newsletter and visiting our website. We have upgraded our activist calendar on the website and are slowly getting people trained to submit their own events to the calendar, so that we can become the go-to place for information on opportunities for citizens to engage on issues of concern.

Program Success Monitoring

The program is brand new and we have not had time to implement a tracking program. 

Program Success Examples

Some examples of feedback we have received:

“Critical Times is Awesome! If you are considering taking advertising in subsequent issues let me know.” – Mike Shlasko

I'm so excited and honored to be a part of this forward movement. This is the dialogue we need.” – Renette Richard

Program Comments by Organization

As a grassroots organization, the PEACenter faces the same challenges that other small non-profits face - a lack of resources. We have an extremely ambitious agenda when you look at the all of the programs we support and at this point we do it with only two part-time staff and many volunteers. This year we have expanded our operational hours. We are open every Tuesday night from 5-9pm for Activist Tuesdays. In conjunction with our West African Art Exhibit we are offering an 8-week beginning Djembe class on Wednesdays and two 7-week West African dance classes on Thursday nights. Community groups are also requesting to use the space more frequently for meetings, film screenings and workshops. Most of our music events are selling out. We recently purchased a food truck and look forward to being able to offer a varied, healthy menu at our events and also offer the space for breakfast or lunch meetings.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Arlene Sweeting
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Sweeting is the former Station Manager at WSLR, Sarasota's Community radio station.  She co-founded the station and managed it for 9 years before stepping down to pursue her interest in building a peace and justice network in Florida.  Prior to WSLR, Sweeting operated the Fogartyville Cafe in Manatee County, was a middle school science teacher, and a volunteer leader with the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club.  
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 30
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
We work with a number of nonprofits in the area including the North County Library, the Pine View Peace Jam Club, Slow Food, Sierra Club, Florida Veterans for Common Sense, the ACLU, the Asolo Rep, Suncoast Waterkeeper, Newtown Nation, the Nation Group, Transition Sarasota, Food and Water Watch, and more.
This year we sponsored the first local summit bringing together 17 local community groups to priortize issues. We also examined what strategies were working, what wasn’t working and where we needed to focus more energy.  Groups involved in this effort included Control Growth Now, Bicycle/Pedestrian Advocates, Manasota88, Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections, Sierra Club, STOP, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Stand Up Fight Back SRQ, Action Together Suncoast, Transition Sarasota and more. We plan continue developing tools to help these organizations communicate more effectively.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Local Hero Award for Best NonProfit to Transition SarasotaEdible Sarasota2013
Best New Music Venue to Fogartyville Community Media & Arts CenterSarasota Magazine2013
Transition Sarasota's Don Hall recognized as one of the “10 People Behind Local Food”Sarasota Herald Tribune2012
Transition Sarasota's Don Hall recognized as one of “SRQ Millennial 6.”Sarasota Magazine2015
Thomas Paine Award for commitment to democratic principlesFlorida Veterans for Common Sense2016
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 No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Multi-Media Comments by Organization This video captures one of the work days for our Tiny House Project.  This project was part of an MLK Day of Service grant awarded to the PEACenter for our "Downside, Upside Down" Art Exhibit and Homeless Outreach project.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Beaton
Company Affiliation WSLR, Inc.
Board Term May 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. David Beaton WSLR, Inc.
Ms. Terry Binder Home Health Care
Mr. Bob Connors Independent Real Estate Sales
Mr. John Dickman retired
Mr. Bryan Ellis Hausburg and Ellis
Mr. James McCloud Genesis Health Services
Ms. Juliana Musheyev Center for Religious Tolerance/SCOPE
Ms. Arlene Sweeting PEACenter
Mr. Billy Wetherington Independent CPA
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 87
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

This year we will reduce the number of full Board meetings to 4-6 per year and appoint a Steering Committee that will be more engaged with the programming and day-to-day activities of the PEACenter.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Aug
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month July
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $84,000.00
Projected Expenses $78,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$75,121$69,488$78,923
Administration Expense$1,019$9,873$2,700
Fundraising Expense$0$0$2,678
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.080.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%88%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$56,709$44,038$38,017
Current Assets$49,209$44,038$38,017
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$177$252$202
Total Net Assets$56,532$43,786$37,815
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $54,706Program Service Revenue $53,314Fogartyville Event $34,439
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $32,943Contributions, gifts, grants $31,576Contributions, gifts, grants $18,144
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $1,126Investment Income $32PEAC Program $11,191
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities278.02174.75188.20
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

We are considering a capital campaign starting in the Fall of 2017 to raise funds to purchase the building we currently occupy. The Rosemary District is growing by leaps and bounds and we do not want to be forced out. We will work on developing a plan in the first part of the year and determining whether we are ready to take this step.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for 2011 and 2012 (P&L only) was taken from financial compilations.  For 2013 - 2017, the data was taken from IRS Form 990/990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Peace Education And Action Center Inc
Address 525 Kumquat Court
Suite C
Phone 941 545-5635