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 2016
State Registration Yes Mar 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $84,000.00
Projected Expenses $78,000.00
Impact Statement
1.  In partnership with WSLR, we hosted the 2015 National Homelessness Marathon, an 18-hour broadcast carried by over 200 radio stations across the country and on Free Speech TV. Many homeless individuals spent the rainy night at Fogartyville with us, taking part in the broadcast and sharing food provided by the Salvation Army Mobile Kitchen.  Five New College students completed their Independent Study Projects in conjunction with the Homelessness Marathon and one worked directly with the PEACenter to organize the event, schedule guests and publicize the event.
2. We served as a fiscal sponsor for our local Move to Amend affiliate. In July 2015 they were able to get the Sarasota City Commission to support a resolution declaring that “corporations are not people and money is not speech”.
3. We joined a coalition of Florida organizations to support the Iran nuclear deal, participated in numerous conference calls, submitted a letter of support from the Board, and coordinated a rally in front of Vern Buchanan’s office.
4.  We received an MLK Day of Service grant to support our Downside Upside Down Art Exhibit which included art classes for the homeless, a display of art exposing income inequality, and the building of a demonstration Tiny House (now on display at Fogartyville).
5.  We continued to operate the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center providing low cost space for like-minded non-profits. We improved the space with the addition of new lighting, a new AC and a new projector for films and special events.

Goals for 2016:
1.  Expand the diversity and build the capacity of our Board.
2.  Host quarterly movement building events with grassroots community leaders.
3.  Establish a trainer’s network to help build the capacity of local grassroots organizations.
4. Develop new tools for communicating our message to a wider audience.
Needs Statement
1. New integrated website - $1080/year
2.  Sponsorship for our first annual Speaker Series.  $500 - $2500
3.  Graphic design assistance to develop a marketing brochure for the PEACenter and Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.  $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, promote events on social media)  and assist with outreach. (10 hours week @ $12/hour)  $6000
5.   Funding to host a Campaign Nonviolence Training.  $2000 
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 Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The PEACenter is the only organization in the area focused on building a culture of peace - not an easy task when violence is so pervasive in our society.  Sometimes it's even hard to know where to start. But we have chosen to start with building relationships, bringing people together to share food, music and ideas.  We offer a diversity of events so that we can appeal to all segments of the community and we keep our ticket prices affordable.  We also offer student pricing and give away complementary tickets to encourage people that might not otherwise attend.  We have partnered with a number of nonprofit organizations in the community - UnidosNow, NAACP, ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Center for Religious Tolerance, Women's Interfaith Network, Florida Veterans for Common Sense, Planned Parenthood, Peace Jam, PLATO, the Asolo, and more.  Through continuing education events and study groups we hope to increase awareness about systemic violence in our political and economic systems and work towards positive social change.
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.
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 will be expanding our facility to include a kitchen and a box office.  Other programs we are considering: Art classes, Dance classes, Songwriting workshops, Open Mic nights, and Book discussion groups.
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 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % n/a
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, Trinity Without Borders, Suncoast Waterkeeper, Newtown Nation, the Nation Group, Transition Sarasota, Food and Water Watch, and more.
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
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 4
Strategic Plan Adopted July 2016
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 2017
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 % 88
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 We expanded our Board this year to include 4 new members.  The four new members bring an added diversity to the board:  2 are millenials, 2 are women, 2 are from Manatee County, and one is African American.  Trying to integrate the new members into the organization, we started the year off with a Board retreat to review our mission, vision and strategic plan.  That is a process we will be wrapping up at our next Board meeting in July. We will then begin to focus on implementation.  One idea under consideration is to reduce the number of full Board meetings to 4-6 year and assign Board members to working committees that will meet in the months the full Board is not meeting.  
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $84,000.00
Projected Expenses $78,000.00
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
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$78,923$57,128$52,410
Administration Expense$2,700$1,026$759
Fundraising Expense$2,678$775$273
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.171.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%97%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%2%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$38,017$43,015$33,219
Current Assets$38,017$43,015$33,219
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$202$0$0
Total Net Assets$37,815$43,015$33,219
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFogartyville Event $34,439Contributions, gifts, grants $38,627Fogartyville Events $23,461
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $18,144Fogartyville events $14,572Contributions, gifts, grants $20,566
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPEAC Program $11,191Net Income from Sales of Inventory $10,327Transition Programs $9,213
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities188.20----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Core members of our team have just completed four labs with the No Mission, No Margin initiative sponsored by the Patterson Foundation.  We have brainstormed ways to increase our earned income revenue.  We will be developing a business plan to expand our space to include a kitchen and a box office in the coming year.  We will also be starting a Speakers Series in 2017.  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for 2011 and 2012 (P&L only) was taken from financial compilations.  For 2013 and 2014, the data was taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Peace Education And Action Center Inc
Address 525 Kumquat Court
Suite C
Phone 941 545-5635