The Mark Wandall Foundation Inc
P.O. Box 21333
Bradenton FL 34204-1233
Mission

To facilitate support for children in grief.  Through our partnership with Comfort Zone Camp and Children First of Sarasota, as well as, The Mark Wandall Foundation College Scholarship Program, we trust that we can transform a child's broken spirit into a beautiful spark that will light the way to a happy, healthy and optimistic future.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Melissa Wandall
Board Chair Affiliation Director
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2005
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2017
State Registration Exempt May 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $57,475.00
Impact Statement

During the past year, The Mark Wandall Foundation was successful in partnering with both Comfort Zone Camp and Children First of Sarasota as well as assisting a local student through our college scholarship program.

Bringing a grief bereavement camp for youths to the Sarasota area has long been a goal of The Mark Wandall Foundation. The Foundation partnered with Comfort Zone Camp to bring a free one-day camp for children ages 5 to 17 to our area on October 24, 2015. This camp provided bereavement assistance to children who have lost a parent or guardian as well as offering a free concurrent parent component.  Our goal is to continue offering bereavement camps as well as organize yearly grief summits to help clergy, clinicians, teachers, and anyone involved with children on how to better understand and help.  Our next youth bereavement camp will be a 3-day camp for children ages 7-17 and is scheduled for September 16-18, 2016.
An additional goal is to enhance the camp program to include a follow up support group that interacts with the attendees on a monthly basis.
The Mark Wandall Foundation successfully supports The Sunshine Program, at Children's First, providing bereavement assistance to 3-4 year olds. We now wish to expand this program to include the siblings of these children.
The death of a parent or guardian often brings a financial burden to the family.  Through our scholarship program we help students reach their academic dreams.  
Needs Statement

1) Comfort Zone Camp: Partnership to continue bringing CZC to the Sarasota-Manatee area.  CZC is a FREE bereavement camp for children 7-17 years old. 

Volunteers in a variety of roles needed for camp weekend 
$25.00 - provides healing art projects, camp shirts and take home memories for one camper 
$50.00 - provides a therapeutic challenge course for two children 
$250.00 provides clinical intake and prep for one child  
$625.00 - provides full investment of a child for a 1-day camp experience
$1200.00 - provides full investment of a child for a 3-day weekend experience plus therapeutic services
2) Children First of Sarasota Partnership provides support to the Sunshine Program, aiding children 3-4 years old, who have experienced loss of a parent, family member or guardian.

The program utilizes the book, The Invisible String, and a huggable plush animal with a star covered pocket, a "WishKeeper", which will safely "hold" the wishes, hopes, and fears of each child as he/she learns to work through their grief. 

A donation of $35.00 provides one book and one Wishkeeper per child. The Mark Wandall Foundation supports up to 50 children per year
 
3) The Mark Wandall Foundation College Scholarship Program. Donations in any amount to reach a desired goal of 5 scholarships per year at $5,000 each.
Background Statement

Mark Wandall's dedication and love for family, friends and children, was truly inspirational and left a lasting impression on all who knew him.  Mark was a husband, a soon to be father, a son, a friend to all who met him, and above all, a humanitarian.  His compassion, intelligence, and love created a light in the lives of others that was a testimony to the size of his heart.  His laughter was big and contagious and his charisma could not be ignored.

 
In 2003, Mark's life was cut short by a red light runner, just one week after his first wedding anniversary and two weeks before the birth of his only child, Madisyn. His wife, Melissa, chose to turn her personal loss into a pathway to honor Mark's life, thus establishing The Mark Wandall Foundation.
 
The Mark Wandall Foundation is a 501 (c) 3, non profit organization, that provides support and assistance to grieving children who have lost a parent, family member, or guardian. 
 
Through The Mark Wandall Foundation College Scholarship Program, and our partnerships with Comfort Zone Camp and Children First of Sarasota, we trust that we can transform a child's broken spirit into a beautiful spark that will light the way to a happy, healthy, and optimistic future.

The positive impact Mark's life had on this community, and the world, will continue to be seen through the good works of The Mark Wandall Foundation.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL
Areas Served Comments The MarkWandall Foundation serves children in Sarasota-Manatee county areas, as well as, other counties throughout the state, with the expansion of the Comfort Zone Camp partnership.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

My vision for The Mark Wandall Foundation is to "move children through grief", as well as educate parents, guardians, clergy and teachers on how to aid children coping with loss. As a child, I experienced this type of loss in my own life, losing my sister.

Being a child, I felt isolated in terms of dealing with my own loss, as the world around me wasn't familiar with how to support me in coping with this loss.

Although my parents were loving and nurturing, I personally, did not want to burden them with my range of emotion at that time. Had a bereavement program been available to me, I would have had the opportunity to realize that I wasn't alone in facing these emotions.
As an adult, losing my husband two weeks before our daughter Madisyn Grace was born, it has become imperative to facilitate resources to aid, not only my daughter, but all other children experiencing similar situations.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


Programs
Description

Comfort Zone Camp is a FREE bereavement camp for 7-17 year old children who have lost a parent, guardian or sibling.  One day of healing can begin a lifetime of change.  The camp is designed to break the isolation children often feel after a death, introduce peers who can personally relate to their loss, provide mentorship and professional therapeutic services and identify healthy coping skills for managing grief.  

Budget $75,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success By the end of camp each child has formed unique and lasting bonds with other attendees who have experienced the same feelings of loss of a loved one.  These unique bonds are life long and feelings of isolation disappear and peer validation of emotions occur.  The camper is empowered by having learned healthy coping skills for managing their grief in the future.  
Long Term Success Children who attend camp are better able to stay on a positive track to adulthood without managing their grief in negative ways. 
Program Success Monitoring Over 8,000 children and teens have attended CZC camps since 1998. CZC has successfully monitored and supported each attendee through young adult hood. 
Program Success Examples About half the attendees return to camp for continued support. In 2011, approximately 100 of the volunteers were CZC alumni.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization


CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email melissa@melissawandall.com
Experience

Melissa Wandall holds a Bachelors degree from Concord College in Athens, West Virginia. Before meeting Mark, Melissa worked in senior sales and marketing positions in the tourism and hospitality industry.

 
In 2004, Melissa founded The Mark Wandall Foundation to facilitate support for children in grief, and in 2007 The STOP! Red Light Running Coalition of Florida.
 
In 2010, after four years of advocating and outreach, The Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act was passed to establish uniform standards for use of Red Light Safety Cameras in Florida to help combat red light running.
 
Today Melissa can be found traveling the country as an inspirational speaker, tireless advocate, and philanthropist, whose primary focus is to give back to her community and help others.
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 No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations

The Mark Wandall Foundation is proud to announce partnerships with both Comfort Zone Camp and Children First of Sarasota to aid and assist those children in our community, and the state, who have lost a parent or guardian.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Melissa Wandall
Company Affiliation Director
Board Term Aug 2004 to Dec 2100
Board Chair Email melissa@melissawandall.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Christopher Arreola Board Member
Gina M Babcock Secretary
Angel Birch Board Member
Kelly Fox Board Member
Christina Goldberg Board Member
Scott Lewis treasurer
Kim Miele Board Member
Steve Rinder Board Member
Joe St. Onge Board Member
Melissa Wandall Director
Kathy Westhoff Board Member
Patricia Wingenfield Board Member
Kristin Wolfrum Board Member
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 73
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 85
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $57,475.00
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
9902015
mWF9902014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$88,396$66,401$40,248
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.780.961.63
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$68,601$87,772$90,626
Current Assets$68,601$87,772$90,626
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$68,601$87,772$90,626
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $49,516Contributions, gifts, grants $63,281Contributions, gifts, grants $65,495
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $19,493Investment Income $266Investment Income $203
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $2160 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization In 2014 we began our partnership with Comfort Zone Camp.  As such our expenses have increased significantly as we are providing the funding for future camps. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit The Mark Wandall Foundation Inc
Address P.O. Box 21333
Bradenton, FL 34203 1233
Phone 941 545-3359

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.