Friends of Arts & Humanities Inc dba Designing Women Boutique
SARASOTA FL 34236-2461
The mission of Friends of Arts and Humanities, Inc. D/B/A Designing Women Boutique is to meaningfully grow funding for Sarasota’s Arts and Human Services.
CEO/Executive Director No Director
Board Chair Mrs. Ida Zito
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Designing Women Boutique
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2002
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2020
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

Top 3 Accomplishments:

1)   A revised Strategic Plan was made, creating GroundWorks, a partnership with six area non-profits to acquire & donate luxury goods to the boutique for resale, and receive 60% of the proceeds.  This money is disbursed in Dec. and recipients are selected to receive scholarships or other helping initiatives. 

2)  2018 brings continued upgrades to our technological capabilities and online sales.   Our Salon Series continues & affords an opportunity to share our story & DWB’s philanthropic role in the community.

3)  Designing Women Boutique joins Asolo Rep’s Diamond Society by donating more than $500,000 to their endowment since 2004.  In 2017, DWB granted over $100,000, half of which supported programs specifically targeting children in Sarasota County. 

Top 3 goals:

1)  To increase the amount of grants given to the arts and human services organizations in Sarasota County, using DWB’s Strategic Plan.

2)  A new Development Associate is working with DWB to craft a concrete plan for sustainability, with short and long-term options.  Periodic review and adjustment and frequent evaluation from DWB ensures up-to-date approach to the challenges of maintaining donor support.

3)  To nurture and grow the GroundWorks program for our partners.   

Needs Statement

1)     Donor management software integrating multiple current databases for more efficient donor, volunteer and supporter tracking and communication.  Installation, customization and first year subscription costs: $5,400.

2)     Computer hardware and software replacement of outdated 6-8 year old CPUs used to track inventory and management organization: $8,000

3)     Marketing and advertising, graphics design (logo, posters and printing) for GroundWorks initiative. $11,000

Background Statement

Designing women Boutique’s story is oft-told.  The concept originated with Jean Weidner Goldstein, Margaret Wise and Diane Roskamp, when they, along with other board members of Asolo Rep on retreat in Pennsylvania, found themselves grounded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.   To return to Sarasota, they took to the road, and along the way, reminded themselves of the value of life, family and friends, they considered how to give more back to Sarasota, and DWB was born.  Senator Bob Johnson, whose commitment to the arts and education was well known during his illustrious career, served as DWB’s third President of the Board and who, along with many prominent Sarasotans, gave weight and momentum to the project.

Sixteen years later, DWB is proud of its place in the philanthropic circle of Sarasota.  From humble beginnings on Fruitville Road to our current location on Tamiami Trail, we have been building, year after year, on successful consignment shop business and particularly on the commitment to and excitement of giving in meaningful ways to our community.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Designing Women Boutique exists to serve the community of Sarasota County.  Arts and Human Services non-profit organizations registered within the county are eligible to be considered to receive DWB grants.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Designing Women Boutique has carved a niche in Sarasota by curating luxury consignment items for our boutique, and we provide a destination experience with “white glove” shopping services. DWB continues to face the same challenges and opportunities as retail and resale organizations in the 21st century, with shifts from traditional “bricks and mortar” operations to e-commerce, while maintaining our level of excellence in service, goods and grant awards.

We refuse, however, to rest on our laurels, and in 2017 expanded the scope of our Estate Sales Division to offer skilled, confidential and compassionate assistance when lifestyles change or clients must deal with a loved one’s estate.   Strategic Planning saw the 2017 creation of GroundWorks, which launched in January of 2018, and partners GW with six prominent organizations for whom funds will be generated for scholarships or helping initiatives for local recipients.  Simultaneously with DWB’s annual grant award announcements, GW program recipients will be announced.

To meet 21st century challenges, DWB is expanding their website and operating systems to offer Online Sales.  Adding dedicated staff in anticipation of demand in every area completes the picture and plants us squarely in the competitive race.  New or expanded programs will reap benefits from online shopping, and altogether higher annual revenues will be realized – which equals higher annual giving to fulfill our and our partners’ missions, expand DWB’s customer base and create new jobs.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


Grants are awarded annually to non-profit arts and human services organizations registered in Sarasota County. Our granting program directly impacts the grantee organization’s abilities to provide their services to thousands of people annually. The grants generally fall into three categories:

· Foundational support fundamental to delivering the grantee mission

· Investments in tools for the future

· Support of existing and new program needs

The vision of Designing Women’s Boutique is to enrich the quality of life for Sarasota County’s residents and visitors alike through inspirational and educational programs generated by our arts and cultural institutions, and to support local health and human services organizations addressing the needs of our diverse population.  Grant applications are evaluated on artistic merit, community service involvement (including accessibility and diversity), administrative competence, and need.

Budget $100,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success To award a minimum of $100,000 in grants for the Designing Women Boutique's 2016 fiscal year.
Long Term Success For foundational support, grant contributions are made to help sustain and grow endowment funds, i.e. for the Asolo Repertory Theatre, which over the past 14 years of giving helped the organization attract major donor matching funds.  For tools for the future, grants enable robust educational tools, as in the case of the Child Protection Center iPad Project for their Personal Safety and Community Awareness Program.  Existing and new program support enables organizations to sustain activities, such as summertime programming for the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and school children transportation to Sarasota Ballet performances. For calendar year 2015,  DWB awarded 9 Sarasota non-profits a total of $60,000 in grants, given in April, 2016.
Program Success Monitoring Each grantee is required to report on program progress with a final report 45 days after completion.  DWB personnel traditionally also conduct grantee site visits during the course of the year.  Each program carries different tracking tools, i.e. attendance numbers, incident reduction rates, number of students pursuing higher education in the discipline, attraction of new and expanded patron bases.
Program Success Examples Since 2002, Designing Women Boutique has given over $1.75M to over 70 charities in Sarasota County.
Description Every year, Designing Women plans and produces a series of six luncheon lectures, inviting local, accomplished people of the community to speak about their work and passions. The lectures are held at the Center for the Arts and Humanities, with audiences of about 60 people each, and are accompanied by deli lunches and a style show of coordinated outfits from our Boutique, modeled by volunteers. These programs attract long- time and new shoppers and supporters to our Boutique, while also sharing with them the knowledge and passions of our speakers, who have included many of Sarasota’s most interesting and influential citizens from every walk of life.  Upcoming Salon Series feature a varied slate, from Nate Jacobs, Founder and Artistic Director of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, to Linda Watterworth, Development Manager, Goodwill Manasota and inspirational Hall of Fame Speaker Barbara Glanz
Budget $3,000
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

We have seen increased community engagement in the causes andissues covered by our speakers. A truly outstanding success story is the response to All Faiths Food Bank’s lecture titled "The Hub of Hunger". When Denise Cotler shared that 50% of our local school children go hungry in the summertime, the audience responded by contributing 3x the expected volume of canned and boxed food for a "pop-up" food drive accompanying the lecture, which had been advertised via DWB social media ahead of time.

Long Term Success

Awareness of the causes and organizations DWB supports can drivedirect, increased, or new, engagement with the arts or human services organizations to whom we grant. We also see an increased volume of sales within the Boutique on Salon days, along with new volunteers becoming meaningfully engaged.

Program Success Monitoring

With new donor software from our needs list, we will be able to capture post-event feedback data via surveys.

The Salon Series creates relationships, offers thought provoking discussions, entertains, affords companionship and sparks ideas.  In the past, ideas have turned into new events for DWB and our customers and our excellent volunteer staff have grown.  Our guests learn about the many services we offer, and about our grant programs, inspiring every visitor to consider supporting our mission. As trust is built, they look to us as a recycling resource for liquidating valued possessions combined with a conduit to support the arts and human services causes they care about.

Program Success Examples Sell-out Salon Series programs in 2017 affirms our success.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Pamela Day Apr 2006 - Jan 2015
Susan Jackewicz Jan 2015 - June 2016
Senior Staff
Marisa Fowler Volunteer Coordinator & Executive Assistant
Nancy Johnson
Carol Ripper Operations Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 66
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 30
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

New College of Florida - internships.

Ringling College of Art and Design - Graphic Design Senior Project Photo Shoot

GroundWorks – This new endeavor partners Designing Women Boutique with 6 of our community’s most respected and beloved non-profit organizations, to create a relationship between us and them, and between them and their patrons and supporters, all working together to propel this program forward.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
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 Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization To meet 21st century challenges of our non-profit, we are planning to update the business model used by DWB. With the current combination in Sarasota of demographics and economic expansion reflected in the growth of residential and commercial building projects, there is much opportunity to expand and capture new streams of revenue, while improving community outreach. 
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Designing Women Boutique originated as a response to our nation's tragedy of 9/11.  Hear co-Founder and Philanthropist Jean Weidner Goldstein tell the organization's story and describe what we do today.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Ida Zito
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Rosenda Calloway AAA Sarasita
Dennis Campagnone Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors
Barbara Epperson Community Volunteer
Melissa Furman community volunteer
Janet Gale Hammer A Retired Collection
Barbara Glanz Hall of Fame Speaker
Rita Greenbaum Philanthropist
Linda Gross Advice, Inc.
Mitchell Helton Northern Trust Company
Barbara Jones Kerkering Barberio
Carolyn Michel Asolo Repertory Theatre; Florida Studio Theatre
Lynn Robbins Coldwell Banker
Judith Skornicka Schwartzbaum Morgan Stanley
Joan H. Wood Retired
Janice Zarro Retired
Ida Zito Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $750,261.00
Projected Expenses $733,481.00
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
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$629,781$593,033$603,798
Administration Expense$27,428$26,171$47,117
Fundraising Expense$64,121$50,278$64,299
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.001.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%89%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue34%29%27%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$906,633$889,867$854,839
Current Assets$286,176$240,030$182,427
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$125,388$115,935$78,738
Total Net Assets$781,245$773,932$776,101
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $537,814Program Service Revenue $492,257Consignment Sales $344,343
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $143,835Fundraising $136,849Fundraising $161,987
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $46,993Contributions, gifts, grants $38,425Donated Items $89,810
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.282.072.32
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

In 2017 the Board of Trustees completed their Strategic Plan.  Financial trends continue to be positive, with nearly a 10% increase in boutique sales overall through 2017.  Efforts to expand the Estates Division contributed to the boutique’s increased sales, and we continue to emphasize this vital service to our community.  With the new GroundWorks initiative, 2018 should continue to see increases in sales due to online expansion. The 2016 year-end grant award process was completed with $105,000 in grants awarded in April, 2017.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures were taken from compilations and reflect gross consignment purchases as revenue.  Consignment payouts are included as program expense.
Nonprofit Friends of Arts & Humanities Inc dba Designing Women Boutique
Address 1226 NORTH TAMIAMI TRAIL Suite 101
SARASOTA, FL 34236 2461
Phone 941 366-5293