Reflections Of Manatee Inc
1302 4TH AVE E
BRADENTON FL 34208-1316
Mission
To preserve the area around the Manatee Mineral Springs and educate the community about the diverse peoples who used the spring over the centuries, including Native Americans, the maroon community of Angola, and the first settlers who built the Village of Manatee around the site.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Trudy Williams
Board Chair Robin Moreland
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1997
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2015
State Registration Yes Apr 2014
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
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Impact Statement
2014 Accomplishments: 
  • Successfully completed the $122,000 restoration of the 1860's Sam G. Curry house under a  Florida Division of Historic Resources grant.
  • Ranked #6 in the state for a new Florida Division of Historic Resources grant. The $166,000 project will complete the restorations of the historic Amelia Curry House and Amanda Curry House and open the three Curry houses as a museum and educational complex.
  • Received over $50,000 of in-kind donations from historic preservation specialists.
  • Installed "The History of Manatee Flows from this Spring" interpretive walkway around the Manatee Mineral Springs site with the help from a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
 
2015 Goals: 
  • Increase membership in Reflections to support our educational and preservation goals.
  • Raise $10,000 in matching funds for the Florida DHR grant. 
  • Nominate the Curry houses and the Manatee Mineral Spring as a National Historic District.
Needs Statement
  1. Provide matching funds for Division of Historic Resources grant to finish restoration and open houses as a museum and educational complex. $10,000
  2. Purchase crushed shell so "History of Manatee Flows from this Spring" interpretive walkway can be made accessible to disabled. $7,000
  3. New laptop computer is needed for our volunteer Executive Director.  $1000
  4. Board members needed who are interested in historic preservation, local history, or museums.
Background Statement

Reflections of Manatee, Inc., a Florida 501 (c)3 corporation, was founded in 1997 for the purpose of conservation of historical resources that benefit the general public. Our mission is to protect historically significant sites, and environmentally sensitive and archaeologically important properties in the area of the original village of Manatee in order to conserve the historical fabric of our community and enrich the lives of its residents. Our goal is to educate the general public about Florida’s history and how it relates to the development of our nation, and specifically about Manatee’s rich and diverse histories, many of which are unknown to area residents.

In furtherance of our mission and goals, we purchased more than three acres in downtown Bradenton along with three historical homes on their original site. The three historic houses are being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Curry Homestead Historic District; we are restoring these homes to use as museums. We educate the public without charge through historical tours, brochures, educational lectures, and school field trips. We also participate with other non-profits and museums as Living History exhibitors, harvesting and processing sugar cane and portraying a Florida settler’s camp at numerous local and regional events and the Florida State Fair.

Reflections of Manatee is an all-volunteer organization. Advisors to the board include Dr. Uzi Baram of New College Public Archaeology Lab, curator Valerie Jackson Bell, and educator and naturalist Karen Fraley of Around the Bend Nature Tours. We have current working relationships with the Florida Division of Historic Resources, New College of Florida, Time Sifters Archaeology Society, and Around the Bend Nature Tours to research, preserve, protect, and educate both children and adults.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
Areas Served Comments Reflections of Manatee is located in the City of Bradenton. Its historic properties are part of the historic village of Manatee. Currently, this neighborhood in zip code 34208, is a diverse, disadvantaged neighborhood. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Reflections of Manatee is located in the City of Bradenton. Its historic properties are part of the historic village of Manatee, the site of the first Anglo-American settlement south of Tampa Bay. Currently, this neighborhood in zip code 34208, is a diverse, disadvantaged neighborhood. Part of our goal is to use historic preservation both as an economic engine for the neighborhood, but also as a way to develop community pride and sense of place.
Programs
Description
To raise awareness of the history of Manatee County and preservation of historical and archaeological resources, Reflections of Manatee hosts an annual celebration and public outreach event.
 
Held at Manatee Mineral Springs, the site of the first settlement south of Tampa Bay, volunteers demonstrate cane grinding and making molasses and serve a picnic that celebrates the foods of Manatee’s early pioneers including smoked mullet and turkey, homemade cornbread, fruit cobbler, and much more.
 
Participants include: 
  • Dr. Uzi Baram of the New College Public Archaeology Lab shares insights about the archaeology around Manatee Mineral Springs including what excavations have already shown and what may still be beneath the surface.
  • Time Sifters Archaeology Society displays research from past excavations at De Soto National Memorial and at Gamble Plantation.
  • Florida Public Archaeology Network brings fun explorations and activities aimed to get you thinking like an archaeologist.
  • Activities include traditional games and skills for both adults and children including coins in the haystack, frying pan toss, and atlatl throwing.
Budget $1,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Blacks, African Heritage Adults
Short Term Success Volunteers will join Reflections of Manatee in preserving the historic Curry homes.
Long Term Success Local citizens will be inspired to support preservation of historic and archaeological sites.
Program Success Monitoring Participants are surveyed about program success.
Program Success Examples Adults who attended previous Pioneer Party events learned more about Manatee's early history.
Description Save historic homes in the original village of Manatee. Dedicated volunteers work with skilled preservation specialists to restore the significant Curry family houses to open them as a museum and educational complex.
Budget $200,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Blacks, African Heritage
Short Term Success By mid-2015, a historic preservation architect will be contracted to begin designs for the Museum and Educational Complex.
Long Term Success
  • The Curry Houses museum and educational complex will be an important link along an expanded Riverwalk recreational trail.
  • Residents and tourists will recognize the diverse histories of the Manatee River communities.
  • Reflections of Manatee will connect the Manatee River walking/biking/kayaking trails with Manatee County's Historic Village.
Program Success Monitoring Meeting the timetables spelled out in our Florida Division of Historic Resources grant.
Program Success Examples
Previous restoration success:
Samuel G. Curry House was restored over the course of one year with $80,000 in volunteer and in-kind services combined with a $42,000 FL DHR grant.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Trudy Williams
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email reflectionsofmanatee@msn.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 35
Management Reports to Board
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
New College Public Archaeology Lab
Time Sifters Archaeology Society
Gamble Plantation
Collier County History Fair 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Robin Moreland
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Sept 2011 to Aug 2014
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Missy Harlander Community Volunteer
Celeste Lyon Community Volunteer
Robin Moreland Community Volunteer
Sherry Robinson Svekis Traces of Our Past Heritage Education
Jeff Williams Retired
Roger Williams Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 86
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Sept
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year End Month Aug
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $58,000.00
Projected Expenses $50,000.00
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
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$4,114$47,803$4,804
Administration Expense$1,043$26,396$3,434
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses3.530.671.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%64%58%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$402,063$389,362$410,824
Current Assets$46,656$33,955$32,254
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$17,118$17,118$22,118
Total Net Assets$384,945$372,244$388,706
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $17,599Program Service Revenue $47,803Program Service Revenue $13,314
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $575Contributions, gifts, grants $1,810Contributions, gifts, grants $2,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $47Membership Dues $122Membership Dues $12
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.731.981.46
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ.  Organization is exempt from audit requirements.
Nonprofit Reflections Of Manatee Inc
Address 1302 4TH AVE E
BRADENTON , FL 1316
Phone 941 746-2035

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