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

To facilitate support for children and teens in grief.  Through our partnership with Comfort Zone Camp and the Sarasota Manatee Area Riding Therapy (SMART), 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.

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 2019
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

During the past year, The Mark Wandall Foundation was successful in partnering with both Comfort Zone Camp and the Sarasota Manatee Area Riding Therapy (SMART) 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 has 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.  This program was expanded in September 2016 and April 2017 with the addition of two 3-day camps. Our goal is to continue offering bereavement camps as well as organize connection activities for children and teens in grief.   A camp is scheduled for April 2018 along with a volunteer training scheduled for March 2018.
December 2017 we began a partnership with SMART servicing up to 25 children once a month along with their families.  This program fills up within a week of registration opening.  We hope to add another program with SMART so we can service more children and families.  Our programs not only empower the children and teens participating but impact the entire family.
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
$1090.00 - provides full investment of a child for a 3-day weekend experience plus therapeutic services
2. SMART Program 
Once a month we hold a program accommodating up to 25 children at a cost of $50 per child.   Sponsorship of this monthly program at $1250 per month or $7500 for entire 6-month contracted program is needed.
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
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
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


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.
The Mark Wandall Program has partnered with Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART). SMART's Equine Assisted Learning program is a ground based program held on their 23 acre horse farm that focuses on promoting leadership skills, social skills and relationships based on empathy, respect and compassion. The two hour program (from 1-3) on the first Saturday of each month will give the kids and teens an opportunity to interact up close and personal with our equine partners. We will transition through stations, where each participant will get the opportunity to learn all about our horses and have many different horse related experiences. This program is designed to build relationships with the horses and with each other. Children will get the opportunity to connect with other children in grief while building on important life skills. While the children and teens are attending the program, parents will have the opportunity to join a support group on-site.
Budget $12,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success This program will begin in December of 2017.  Immediately 100% children and teens in the program will identify with others in loss.  Connection is a powerful tool towards healing.  
Long Term Success Children and teens attending this program will improve their leadership and social skills.  Parents attending the parent component will find support and coping strategies to deal with their own loss while also raising a child in grief.  
Program Success Monitoring Surveys will be used to measure growth throughout the program.  
Program Success Examples This is a new program; examples will be coming soon.
Program Comments by Organization

Comfort Zone Camp program -   Our camp has now reached capacity.  Our hope is to be able to offer a second yearly 1-day camp in addition to our 3-day camp.  

SMART program- this monthly program began in December 2017 and immediately our community embraced the opportunity.  We now have to put interested families on a waiting list as the program fills up.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email

As President of the National Coalition of Safer Roads (NCSR) Melissa has set out to change highway safety and reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by traffic collisions. NCSR’s mission is “To Connect and Empower Survivor Advocates of traffic related tragedies with the tools and resources needed to take actions supporting an end to road violence.”

In addition to her commitment to NCSR’s mission Melissa is dedicated to facilitating support for children in grief. She is the Founder and Director of The Mark Wandall Foundation, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization.

The initial focus affords provisions and assistance to grieving children & teens who have lost a primary family member or guardian.

Furthermore Melissa is an active Coalition member of Alert Today Florida an organization that works to implement Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan. She is also a Ft. Lauderdale Vision Zero Champion. The goal of Vision Zero is to eliminate all road deaths and serious injuries.

Consistent and focused and with a natural ability to engage others, she utilizes her personal life story as a springboard to effect postitive change. Known as a passionate presenter by numerous insurance companies, government agencies and business leaders, Melissa’s genuine spirit influences the hearts of her listeners inpiring motivation and purpose.

Melissa was instrumental in the passage of legislation know as the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety act in 2010 which allows city’s and counties to utilize Red Light Safety Cameras in the sate of Florida to curb the behavior of Red Light Runing and save lives. Melissa’s efforts were recognized by The National Safety Council as a 2016 Distinguished Service to Safety Award winner. The Distinguished Service to Safety Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to the field of safety, and it is the most prestigious award given to individuals by the National Safety Council.

As an Advocacy Consultant Melissa actively travels the U.S. and Internationally, participating in speaking engagements,workshops and shares her message by encouraging authentic leadership, inspiration and resolution.

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 150
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 Mark Wandall Foundation is proud to announce partnerships with both Comfort Zone Camp and SMART to aid and assist those children in our community, and the state, who have lost a parent or guardian.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
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 No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Melissa Wandall
Company Affiliation Director
Board Term Aug 2004 to Dec 2100
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Gina M Babcock Secretary
Kelly Fox Board Member
Christina Goldberg Board Member
Scott Lewis treasurer
Kim Miele Board Member
Emily Pantelis Academy of the Holy Name
Steve Rinder Board Member
Joe St. Onge Board Member
Melissa Wandall Director
Patricia Wingenfield Board Member
Kristin Wolfrum Board Member
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
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 Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $99,981.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
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
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$67,808$88,396$66,401
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.460.780.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$97,180$68,601$87,772
Current Assets$97,180$68,601$87,772
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$97,180$68,601$87,772
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $55,013Fundraising $49,516Contributions, gifts, grants $63,281
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $44,143Contributions, gifts, grants $19,493Investment Income $266
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $151Investment Income $2160 $0
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 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