Sarasota Architectural Foundation Inc
PO Box 2911
Sarasota FL 34230
The Sarasota Architectural Foundation  is dedicated to increasing awareness of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement, helping to preserve or rehabilitate its irreplaceable buildings and demonstrating its relevance to the contemporary built environment.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Christopher S. Wilson PhD
Board Chair Affiliation Ringling College of Art + Design
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2003
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes Apr 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
SAF 501(c)3.pdfView
Other Documents
SAF_Walker Guest House Replica_Feb2017View
SAF-Paul Rudolph ScholarshipView
SAF Programs_MembershipView
SHS Rehab Aug2012.pdfView
Tour Sarasota_web.pdfView
Impact Statement
SAF's Accomplishments
•    Awarded two scholarships totaling $6,000, providing financial assistance to two college students enrolled in a NAAB-accredited degree in architecture.
•    Constructed a full-scale Replica of the 1952 Paul Rudolph-designed Walker Guest House on the grounds of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, managing SAF docent-led tours daily until April 2017. Over 50,000 visitors have toured the Replica since its opening on November 6, 2015 during SAF's second annual SarasotaMOD midcentury modern architecture festival.
•    SAF, in partnership with the Sarasota Museum of Art (Ringling College of Art + Design), produced its highly successful third annual SarasotaMOD Weekend celebrating architect Victor Lundy with over 40 events. Featuring trolley, house and walking tours, Victor Lundy's Legacy Symposium with a film screening, keynote address and panel discussion about Lundy's career presented by scholars, architects and authors, a fundraising dinner at the restored Umbrella House designed by Paul Rudolph in 1953, and a special art exhibition of Lundy's artwork from the 1940's to the present day at the Art Center Sarasota. 93-year-old Lundy traveled from his home in Houston, Texas to receive SAF's first Art + Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award and the City of Sarasota officially proclaimed November 8-13, 2016 Victor Lundy Week.
•    SAF presented 6 lectures, 8 films, 3 members-only events, 4 house tours, 3 fundraising parties, increasing public awareness of SAF’s mission by reaching thousands directly in events attendance and through our public outreach program.
•    SAF has 382 annual members (7.3% increase from 2015); 2,496 email contacts (25% increase); 1,132 SAF Facebook Likes (13.3% increase); 598 SarasotaMOD Facebook Likes (29% increase); 571 SAF_Modern Twitter followers (20.4% increase); 641 SarasotaMOD Twitter followers (19% increase); 1,056 SarasotaMOD2016 Instagram followers (108% increase).

SAF's Goals for 2017:
•    Fund dedicated paid professional leadership to augment existing outstanding volunteer organization.

•    Continue to preserve and protect important Sarasota School of Architecture movement buildings. Special focus on Victor Lundy’s Blue Pagoda Building (Chamber of Commerce, 1957), partnering with architect Greg Hall, Hall Architects, who is donating his services on behalf of SAF.
•    Expand SAF's reach and impact by launching a GPS-enabled Mobile Application to provide users with history, architect bios, publication links and photos of Sarasota’s midcentury Sarasota School buildings; includes a redesign of SAF's popular membership website,
•    Build on prior success of SarasotaMOD weekends by continuing to provide highest quality of content, increasing numbers in attendance and expanding levels of financial support.  The fourth annual SarasotaMOD Weekend (November 10-12, 2017) will celebrate architect Edward "Tim" Seibert's legacy. 
•    Continue to grow the SAF-Paul Rudolph Scholarship Fund, now in its sixth year, to sustainability through 2019.
Needs Statement
1. Capacity Building $100,000
We are seeking funding to support a new professional management team and operational needs that will help to grow and sustain SAF into the future. We will purchase a donor management software called Donor Community to expand our fundraising efforts, provide Board governance training and transition our financial management system to Quickbooks and a bookeeping service.
2. Digital Products: $200,000
Funding is now in place for the programming and enhanced design of our websites and Mobile App. Additional resources are needed for the acquisition of content, including text, photographs and videos. With more funding, we would also be able to produce video recordings of SAF lectures and presentations, preserving them for future generations and making the content available on our website and App.

3. Paul Rudolph's Iconic "Walker Guest House": $100,000
This project is SAF's most ambitious project and the most costly. Funds are needed for architecture, engineering and contracting services, construction, furniture reproduction, docent training and collateral materials.

4. SAF - Paul Rudolph Scholarship: $10,000
SAF now awards two architecture scholarships to high school graduates of Florida Gulf Coast communities from Tampa to Naples.

5. Sarasota MOD Weekend 2017: $25,000
SAF's fourth annual Sarasota School midcentury architecture festival is planned for November 10-12, 2017 celebrating Sarasota School architect Tim Seibert's legacy. Many of our tours/events sold out. With additional funding, we can increase the number of tours we can offer and expand programming so that more people can experience them. 
Background Statement
The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) is the outgrowth of "An American Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture Tour and Symposium," a five-day showcase in 2001 of Sarasota County's unique mid-century modern architecture designed from 1941 to 1966 and known as the Sarasota School of Architecture (SSA).

SAF focuses on the ongoing preservation, education and celebration of the Sarasota School structures and the promotion of architectural excellence within the Sarasota community.

Since SAF's incorporation in 2002, the all-volunteer organization has presented architectural tours, film screenings, and educational lectures and events for design professionals and the general public.

SAF supports architectural excellence through education and advocacy, actively participating in discussions about design standards, history and relevance.

SAF's core membership is a diverse group of individuals, who share the vision that Sarasota is an epicenter of significant architectural design that needs to be preserved. Membership in SAF supports that vision and broadens its appeal, being part of Sarasota's future, while celebrating the richness of its past.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
FL- Hillsborough
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
This year, the SAF Board will be putting in place a multi-year strategic plan to ensure sustainability for the organization. With the hiring of our first Executive Director - - and with the continued dedication and support of our volunteers and board members - - we expect to carry out SAF's mission with more impact than at any time in the organization’s fourteen year history.  The Sarasota School of Architecture movement has given us a wealth of architectural treasures.  It is my pleasure and passion to direct SAF's stewardship of these wonderful midcentury jewels.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
SAF's mission is to create awareness and educate the community about the importance of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement and Sarasota's architectural heritage in Sarasota, Florida.
SAF presents lectures and films throughout the year with topics about design and architecture such as "Harry Bertoia, Midcentury Designer" presented by Bertoia's granddaughter, "Miami Modern Lost and Found" presented by the editor-in-chief of "Modern" magazine, "The Restoration of Villa Tugendhat in the Czech Republic" presented by the restoration architect, and "Architect Paul Rudolph's Sarasota Houses" presented by architect and author Joe King. Films, such as "Sketches of Frank Gehry" and the Sarasota premier "Gray Matters" - the documentary about architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray, include talks by design professionals and question and answer discussion.
Budget $3,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Architecture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults US& International
Short Term Success The lectures and Question and Answer sessions are followed by a wine reception to provide an opportunity for the audience to converse with the speaker(s), sponsor, and with each other.
Long Term Success Increase attendees knowledge of architecture and design, especially architecture in Sarasota, and demonstrates how the local architectural legacy relates to the international architecture community.
Program Success Monitoring New members enrolled with the net proceeds going towards SAF’s fund raising efforts for the SAF - Paul Rudolph Scholarship, iPhone Mobile App and other ongoing programs.
Program Success Examples The informal gatherings provide a rare opportunity to meet others with like-minded interests and allows SAF to grow membership.
Description Design of a GPS driven app that will allow both US and international architectural lovers to tour Sarasota and easily locate the midcentury buildings and learn about the importance of the Sarasota School of Architecture, the architects and the structures.
Budget $25,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Architecture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Drivers and walkers will easily be able to locate the important Sarasota School of Architecture buildings with this easy to use map-driven app for the iPhone, Droid or iPad.
Long Term Success People will be able to learn about the importance of preserving the Sarasota School of Architecture structures and understand how the building principles are relevant to architecture today. 
Program Success Monitoring People will be able to download the App online.
Program Success Examples To educate the national and international community about the Sarasota School of Architecture's important significance.
Description SAF house tours, featuring both midcentury Sarasota School of Architecture homes and contemporary homes, are scheduled throughout the year, including talks by the architects.
Budget $4,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults US& International
Short Term Success Attendees learn the importance of the Sarasota School of Architecture structures and how they can be respectfully adapted for 21st century living.
Long Term Success Attendees, sponsors and architects enjoy a casual environment that encourages interaction and conversation.
Program Success Monitoring New members enrolled and the net proceeds are an important element in SAF's fund raising efforts for the SAF-Rudolph Scholarship.
Program Success Examples Creating relationships with architects, preservationists and the community is crucial to maintaining this program.
Description The Paul Rudolph-designed Addition and Gym at Sarasota High School has been an important program for SAF, ensuring that the iconic structures are respectfully rehabilitated by the Sarasota County School Board. In 2016, SAF will raise community funds in order to restore the Paul Rudolph-designed Canopy Walkway, as deemed acceptable by the School Board.
Budget $40,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Architecture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Having the Sarasota County School Board and their architectural staff respectfully honor their stipulation to preserve and rehabilitate the most important buildings in Sarasota, Florida.
Long Term Success Successful rehabilitation of the Paul Rudolph designed Sarasota High School Addition, including the Canopy Walkway, Sarasota's most important Sarasota School of Architectural building and one of the most important midcentury buildings in the world.
Program Success Monitoring Students, teachers, architects, preservationists, historians and the SAF agree that the High School and Canopy Walkway is properly rehabilitated.
Program Success Examples The local, national and international community celebrates the successful rehabilitation of one of the most important buildings in Sarasota and the world.
Description SAF awards two annual scholarships providing financial assistance to students enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program. The $1000 scholarship is given to a high school student enrolling in a NAAB-accredited professional degree (5-year BA or BA + MA) in architecture. The $5000 scholarship is given to a student enrolled in a NAAB-accredited professional degree (5-year BA or BA + MA) in architecture. Both recipients must be graduates from a Sarasota County, Manatee County, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Charlotte County, Lee County or Collier County, Florida Public High School and have a 3.5 GPA.
Budget $7,000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Student will present a workshop about their academic studies to the SAF membership.
Long Term Success The student will graduate from a NAAB-accredited architectural program.
Program Success Monitoring Students continues with their architectural degree studies during the scholarship period.
Program Success Examples Student graduates with an architectural degree.
Program Comments by Organization

2016 was a watershed year for SAF. Programming expectations were achieved and exceeded as SAF presented a full schedule of films, lecture series and home tours. Our third presentation of SarasotaMOD weekend was tightly-focused in honoring Victor Lundy, who is one of the few Sarasota School of Architecture movement architects still living today. Our event was enriched by his decision to travel to Sarasota for MOD, which was accomplished by a well-organized SAF effort to show Lundy how much his work is still appreciated here. SAF’s Walker Guest House Replica, on exhibit at the Ringling Museum of Art, is helping to educate the public about midcentury modern architecture and is an example of one of its best practitioners, Paul Rudolph. By the time the Replica leaves the museum (in April 2017), it is estimated that over 50,000 people will have been inside for a tour - - and over 300,000 museum visitors will have had contact with it.

In 2017, we expect to achieve even more. With the launching of our mobile app and enhanced website, SAF will be able to eliminate physical geographical limitations and will put us in contact with countless people around the world. Our partnership with the City of Sarasota in rehabilitating Victor Lundy’s The Blue Pagoda will be our main preservation effort this year. As we close the Walker Guest House Replica, volunteers will be redeployed to help with mainstay programs such house tours and lectures, while others will work on a film series, discussion groups, and expansion of preservation efforts. With the hiring of our first Executive Director, we expect to expand our membership, scholarships and events, establishing strategic relationships with like-minded organizations. In order to accomplish these goals, SAF will require financial support from outside organizations as well as our membership, and the ongoing energy of the community.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
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 60
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
SAF has an ongoing relationship with the Ringling College of Art + Design for our lecture and film series and partnered with the Sarasota Museum of Art to produce the third annual SarasotaMOD Weekend midcentury architecture festival celebrating original Sarasota School architect Victor Lundy. SAF partnered with the Art Center Sarasota to exhibit a month-long show of architect Victor Lundy's artwork from the 1940's until present day during SarasotaMOD 2016. SAF developed an education program, "Architecture as a Career", for the Girl Scouts Gulf Coast chapter in partnership with AIA Florida Gulf Coast at SAF's Walker Guest House Replica on the grounds of The Ringling Museum.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Outstanding Preservation Education/Media AwardFlorida Trust for Historic Preservation2010
Bob Graham Architectural Awareness AwardThe Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects2017
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
The Sarasota Architectural Foundation's members and the worldwide design community are passionate about architecture in general and Sarasota's unique architectural legacy in particular. Marshalling this passion with a strategic focus is our challenge as an all-volunteer organization. In 2016, we worked with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation on a capacity building initiative to help SAF move from an all-volunteer organization to one with a paid professional staff. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Christopher S. Wilson PhD
Company Affiliation Ringling College of Art + Design
Board Term Aug 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Anne Marie Bergevin Community Volunteer
Michael Bush Home Resource
Carrie S. Cox Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Humacyte, Inc.
Anne Essner Community Volunteer
Elliott M. Himelfarb Community Volunteer
Michael A. Kalman M.D.Retired
Janet R. Minker Minker Design
Christopher Wilson PhDRingling College of Art + Design
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 86
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 75
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Governance Comments by Organization
With a strategic plan in place supported by the energy of volunteers, board members, and our new Executive Director, we expect to carry out the SAF mission with more impact than at any time in the organization’s thirteen year history. In the coming year, we expect to complete the transition from all-volunteer Board to one with a paid professional staff. We expect this process to help us define Board roles and responsibilities.
In addition, we expect to expand the Board from 8 to 12 members, provide Board governance training, establish our first governance committee, and expand our Board fundraising efforts.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Oct
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month Sept
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $220,000.00
Projected Expenses $180,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902008
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$88,971$70,328$89,902
Administration Expense$28,619$19,386$5,730
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.722.592.49
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%78%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$400,332$315,238$172,889
Current Assets$114,933$46,427$172,889
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$400,332$315,238$172,889
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $113,750Contributions, gifts, grants $169,012Contributions, gifts, grants $213,931
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSarasota MOD Program $63,027Fundraising $44,969Fundraising $13,180
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $15,455Membership Dues $13,399Membership Dues $10,457
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Moving from an all volunteer organization to one that is professionally managed has been our biggest financial challenge. To fund our new Executive Director position, SAF created the Paul Rudolph Leadership Circle Membership level ($10,000 commitment for three years). We continue to add to this Membership Circle group but have 6 couples who have already joined to underwrite the costs of this new necessary professional position. The next stage of our strategic planning is the development of a fundraising plan which will focus on new Membership Levels, an Annual Campaign, new sources of earned income, and event sponsorship. Our expanded fundraising efforts to be launched this fall will support new program growth over the next three years. With additional funding, we plan to expand educational programs. We also want to increase our preservation efforts and become more of a resource for preservationists around the country. We were delighted to see that our MOD Weekend event made three times as much money as in its first year due to increased support from private donors and sponsors and that most of our lectures, films and other educational events continue to sell out. We know there is great interest and passion among our members and the public for what SAF provides. With a stable management structure in place, we will leverage this passion to increase financial support for SAF's operations so that we can offer more and varied programming.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures prior to 2014 come from organization's financial compilations.  In subsequent years, financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Sarasota Architectural Foundation Inc
Address PO Box 2911
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone 941 364-2199