Sarasota Architectural Foundation Inc
PO Box 2911
Sarasota FL 34230
SAF 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
The SAF's 2017 Accomplishments
•    Awarded four scholarships totaling $7,000, providing financial assistance to college students enrolled in an NAAB-accredited architecture degree program.
•    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 it closed, April 30, 2017. Over 58,000 visitors toured the Replica since its opening on November 6, 2015.
•    Produced its highly successful fourth annual SarasotaMOD Weekend celebrating "Sarasota-School"architect Tim Seibert with over 30 events. Featuring trolley, house and walking tours, a Seibert Legacy Symposium (with film screening, keynote address and panel discussion about Seibert's career presented by scholars, architects and authors), and a special art exhibition of Seibert's architecture and yacht designs at "The Blue Pagoda."  The SAF awarded Seibert a Lifetime Achievement Award and the City of Sarasota officially proclaimed November 6-12, 2017 as "SarasotaMOD Week."
•    The SAF presented lectures, films, house tours, fundraisers, and members-only events, increasing public awareness of its mission by reaching thousands directly in event attendance and through public outreach programs.

The SAF's 2018 Goals:
•    Fund dedicated paid operational director to augment its existing outstanding volunteer organization.

•    Continue to preserve and protect important Sarasota School of Architecture movement buildings, with special focus on Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph's "Cocoon House" (1950).
•    Expand the 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 the SAF's popular members website,
•    Build on prior success of previous SarasotaMOD Weekends by continuing to provide highest quality of content, increasing number of attendees and expanding levels of financial support.  The fifth annual SarasotaMOD Weekend (November 9-11, 2018) will celebrate architect Paul Rudolph's 100th Birthday and his architectural legacy. 
•    Continue to grow the SAF-Paul Rudolph Scholarship Fund, now in its seventh year.
Needs Statement
1. Capacity Building $100,000
We are seeking funding to support operational needs that will help to grow and sustain the SAF's growth into the future.

2. The SAF's "Walker Guest House Replica": $100,000
The Replica has been dismantled and is currently in storage. The plan is to reassemble the Replica at other locations to continue its educational mission. Funds are needed for architecture, engineering services, contracting services, construction materials, and collaterals.

3. The SAF - Paul Rudolph Scholarship: $10,000
The SAF awards architecture scholarships to high school graduates of Florida Gulf Coast communities who are attending NAAB-accredited architecture schools.

4. SarasotaMOD Weekend 2018: $50,000
The SAF's fifth annual Sarasota School mid-century architecture festival is planned for November 9-11, 2018 celebrating "Sarasota School" architect Paul Rudolph's legacy. Many of our tours/events sell out quickly. 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 (approx. 1940 to 1970) and known as the Sarasota School of Architecture (SSA).

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

Since the SAF's incorporation in 2002, the all-volunteer organization has presented architectural tours, film screenings, and educational lectures and events for anyone interested in architecture (That is, The SAF does not cater just to design professionals).

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

The 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 the 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 continuity for the organization. We expect to carry out the SAF's mission with increasing impact in the community it serves and beyond.  The "Sarasota School of Architecture" movement has given us a wealth of architectural treasures.  It is my pleasure and passion to carry out SAF's mission with regard to these mid-century structures.
The SAF presents lectures and films throughout the year on topics of design and architecture.

Films presented in 2017 included: "The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day," "Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs," "Eero Saarinen - The Architect Who Saw the Future," and "Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker" (which was only the second time that film had been shown in the USA).

Lectures presented in 2017 included: Lynda Waggoner, Director of frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater;" Architect Max Strang, FAIA; "The New Generation of Architecture and Design in Sarasota" (Gwen Kelly, Joe Kelly, Chris Leader, Punit Patel); Dylan Turk, Architecture Curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; and SAF Board Chair Christopher Wilson, PhD, presented his research in the Victor Lundy archives at the Library of Congress.
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 mobile phone app that will allow both US and international architectural lovers to tour Sarasota and easily locate its mid-century buildings and learn about the importance of the "Sarasota School of Architecture," the architects involved and its relevance to today.
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.
SAF house tours, featuring both mid-century "Sarasota School of Architecture" and contemporary homes, are scheduled throughout the year, including talks by the architects, historians, and other experts.
2017 house tours included: Wabi Sabi House, Sarasota, with Glenn Darling, AIA (Hall Architects); Phillipi Residence, Sarasota, with Michael Halflants, AIA, and David Morrison, AIA (Haflants+Pichette Architects); Villa Cedro, Sarasota, with Carl Abbott, FAIA; Milam House (architect: Paul Rudolph, 1960), Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; Morgan House (architect: William Morgan, 1973), Atlantic Beach, FL; and the Palmer House (architect: Dan Duckham, 1971).
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 Sarasota High School Addition and Gymnasium (1960) has been an important program for the SAF, ensuring that the iconic structures were respectfully rehabilitated by the Sarasota County 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.

The 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 BArch or BA+MA) in architecture. The $5000 scholarship is given to a student enrolled in a NAAB-accredited professional degree (5-year BArch or BA+MA) in architecture. All 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

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 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
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
The SAF has an ongoing relationship with the Ringling College of Art + Design for our lecture and film series. The SAF partnered with the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center to present an exhibition on the work of Sarasota School Architect Jack West and the City of Sarasota to present an exhibition on the work of Sarasota School Architect Tim Seibert during SarasotaMOD 2017 at the "Blue Pagoda."
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.  Marshaling this passion with a strategic focus is our challenge as an all-volunteer organization. 
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 MDRetired
Christopher S. Wilson PhDRingling College of Art + Design
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 50
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Governance Comments by Organization
In the coming year, we expect to expand the Board from 7 to 9 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 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Sept
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
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
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$184,978$88,971$70,328
Administration Expense$92,444$28,619$19,386
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.722.59
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%76%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$430,597$400,332$315,238
Current Assets$165,555$114,933$46,427
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$430,597$400,332$315,238
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $221,101Contributions, gifts, grants $113,750Contributions, gifts, grants $169,012
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSarasota MOD Program $62,255Sarasota MOD Program $63,027Fundraising $44,969
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $18,085Membership Dues $15,455Membership Dues $13,399
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
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 Operations Director position, the 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 7 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 will support new program growth over the next three years. With additional funding, the SAF plans to expand educational programs. We also want to increase our preservation efforts and become more of a resource for preservationists around the country. Our SarasotaMOD Weekend event made three times as much money as in its first year due to increased support from private donors and sponsors and most of our lectures, films and other educational events continue to sell out. The SAF knows there is great interest and passion among our members and the public for what it provides. With a stable management structure in place, the SAF will leverage this passion to increase financial support for its operations so that it can continue to offer 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