The Children's Garden
1670 Tenth Way
Sarasota FL 34236
Mission
The Children's Garden mission is to keep kids connected to nature by providing a whimsical interactive garden to explore, wonder, imagine and learn the magic of gardening. We encourage playing in the dirt!
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Joan Marie Condon
Board Chair Mrs. Joan Marie Condon
Board Chair Affiliation CEO
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
The Childrens Garden
NODNOC, INC.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2009
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
Tax Exempt Status ApprovalView
Impact Statement

The demand to bring nature to our youth is more pressing now in the 21st century than ever before.

According to a recent national survey by the Kaiser Foundation, our youth spend more than 50 hours a week on media devices and 90% of their time indoors.


The impact that nature play has on early and middle childhood is priceless. According to a 2005 research study conducted by the American Medical Association, unstructured free play outdoors in nature brings cognitive, social and health benefits to children. When our youth is deprived of exposure to nature to such extremes, no one benefits.


Ultimately, this leads to nature-deficit disorder, a term coined by researcher Robert Louv. We believe all children need access to nature which is why we have built a safe community immersed in the Garden’s natural environment that fosters nature play, imagination and wonder as an alternative to media entertainment.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS


1) Four weekly programs have been implemented and successfully developed which promote our mission. These programs have gained momentum and run strong year-round, with regular attendance from Garden members, denizens of our West Coast community, and visitors from regional areas to abroad.These programs are titled "Art Rocks”;"Can You Dig It";“Step Into a Story” and “Magic Nature Box,” and are detailed in our programs section.


The Garden also promotes monthly weekend programs that allow our older school-bound children to attend. Each program has been designed to teach children the wonders of Mother Nature with immersive arts and educational curriculum.


2) In FY‘15-’16, The Garden won the Reader's Choice Award for “Best Children's Attraction" in SRQ Magazine and “Runner Up” for Best Children’s Attraction by The Sarasota Herald Tribune. These awards are extremely special to us to be recognized by our Community.


3) One of the Garden’s most valued annual accomplishments is giving back to others. The Children’s Garden and Art Center is a practicing public charitable organization, and works in concert with Garden members and families to raise money for our partnering organizations such as All Faith's Food Bank and Make-A-Wish Foundation.


4) Participation in a new pilot program in conjunction with the Selby Library and Arts Alliance of Sarasota called their "Cultural Pass" program for low income families to visit the garden in the summer months for free! The Garden hopes to encourage opportunities to get out in nature & play as a family.


5) Maintaining and cultivating the Education Garden that opened in 2014. This amazing urban green space allows us to teach children the "magic” of gardening. This hands on garden is a wonderful tool to educate families on composting, worm farming, kitchen scrap gardening & sustainability with edible fruits & vegetables. The Garden’s "Can You Dig It" program is held in this space.
 

GOALS


1) Incorporate an ongoing Arts Education Program as an extension of the "Arts Rocks" program. When implemented we will have the capacity to invite schools, home schooled children & daycare centers to create and produce art installations, along with participate in culminating events in the Garden’s "Painted Bird Art Gallery.”


2) Increase the Garden’s volunteer base by 25%, and in doing so create more opportunities for families to participate in projects and accomplish goals together in alignment with the Garden’s mission.


3) Increase the Garden’s development and marketing efforts.


4) Develop the Garden’s youth outreach initiatives to include subsidized funding for families in under-served communities or in economically stressed situations. This will allow the Garden to increase the impact of its mission by gaining the capacity to offer our programs to families in need.


5) Streamline administrative and sales protocol, and update office devices and equipment to create a more efficient & effective daily work environment for garden staff.

Needs Statement

Charitable funding will allow the Garden to work towards meeting the following needs:

1.   Painted Bird Art Studio building: UP TO $50,000.00 (new roof, windows, doors and AC)

2. Update the gardens within The Children’s Garden (excluding the Education Garden):  $10,000.00 (overhaul, landscape design)

3. PT Development & Marketing Associate:  $12,000.00

4. Updated the Education Garden:  $5,000.00 (overhaul, landscape design)

5. Updated Garden Shop:  $3,000.00 (new sales system)

Background Statement
Joan Condon, founder of Nodnoc, Inc. is the mastermind behind The Children's Garden and Art Center.  It was her vision to create a place where children of all ages could escape the grasp of today's electronics and high-tech gadgets and explore their world of imagination in a natural setting.  She enlisted the talents of her artistic children and the financial support of her husband and opened her enchanted garden to the public in 2003.  Since its opening the garden has captivated children with its whimsical creatures, hidden mazes, secret gardens and a pirate ship.  Condon established Nodnoc, Inc. in August 2009 to continue supporting the programs of The Children's Garden and Art Center as well as other charities within our community. Throughout the years, Condon has coordinated special events and fundraisers through the garden to benefit other charitable organizations including All Faith's Food Bank, The Humane Society of Sarasota County & Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sarasota & Manatee County. Condon also founded Children's Reading and Arts Day at the garden which benefits ongoing and annual community programs established through her efforts, which include a Summer Reading Camp, Painted Bird Art Gallery and Studio, Magic Nature Box, and other events focused on piquing children's interest, sparking their creativity and unleashing their imaginations.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments The Children's Garden and Art Center primarily serves Sarasota and Manatee counties but visitors come from all over the US and abroad.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
My wish when I started The Children's Garden was to create a magical & whimsical natural playground where kids could come and explore & imagine.  Adding all of our environmental and nature classes were just wonderful bonuses in keeping kids connected to Mother Nature.  Saving a green space in Sarasota was equally important so that a piece of old florida would be saved & enjoyed for generations to come.  Joan Condon CEO
Programs
Description
This weekly program has been developed to teach kids the "magic of gardening".  We learn about healthy soil, earthworms, learn about vegetables and their health benefits and then plant a seed for them to take home and watch grow. We have approximately 200 children per month attend this program.   
 
Monthly budget is:
Budget $200
Category Environment, General/Other
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 Getting kids outside in nature and unplugged by technology.  To understand that their food does not come from the grocery store.  Teaching them to respect Mother Nature and all the wonder she has to offer.
Long Term Success We are dedicated in teaching nature and garden classes to children in hopes they will understand where their food comes from and will have the excitement of growing their own food.  We hope that children will become good stewards of the earth.
Program Success Monitoring Success is monitored by how well the children enjoy the class and feedback from them and their parents.
Program Success Examples The success actually lies in the children who come back the next week and tell me that their seed sprouted or their tomato plant now has tomatoes and they are smiling ear to ear.
Description
This weekly program teaches the wonder of Mother Nature. From rainbows, to dragonflies, bugs and butterflies we have fun learning and exploring all the beauty nature has to offer.  Whether it is a nature walk to learn about trees or a visit to the rainforest this program offers a hands on learning approach with a craft to tie in the lesson.  We have approximately 300 kids per month attending this program. 
 
Budget per month is:
Budget $300
Category Environment, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success To teach kids about the earth so they can be informed and educated and use that knowledge to take care of plants and animals.  To have fun in the outdoors, get fresh air and be unplugged from the computer and TV.
Long Term Success To teach kids about their planet and why it is so magical in hopes they will learn to take care of it for future generations to come.  
Program Success Monitoring Success is monitored by the kids feedback as well as their parents.  If they like it then they ask questions with smiles.
Program Success Examples
Comments by parents and the kids themselves as they will willingly tell you how much fun it was.  The Westneats from Seattle wrote "Thanks so much for having us what creative fun"!  
Arabella age 6 wrote in our guest book after a program "Robin is the best teacher, she knows all about earthworms"!
Description
We offer a art program every tuesday morning from 10am - noon a child can drop into our Painted Bird Art Gallery and do a cool art project to take home.
Children of all ages can learn about the great artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gaudy and more.  Different mediums are used each week from collage art, to watercolor, oils and even recycled items turn into amazing one of a kind art pieces to take home.  This is a free program that is included in admission or free for garden members with two talented artists who teach this wonderful hands on art program. 
 
Budget below is per month:
Budget $300
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success To have a fun and interactive experience while learning about the great artists of the world in a hands on way while discovering nature.
Long Term Success To teach kids there is art in nature.  To learn about the great painters in history and the mediums they used.  To draw outside the box!
Program Success Monitoring This program was implemented 8 months ago and the response and attendance has been well received each tuesday. .
Program Success Examples All the feedback has been very positive with people returning each tuesday to do their amazing and fun art project.  
Description We are continually committed in teaching children sustainable living and our " Education Garden" will in fact teach vegetable gardening, worm farming, composting, how to raise chickens with our own flock and water conservation with rain barrels, water gathering stations and xeriscaping.  We hope to raise awareness of growing your own food without pesticides, sustainable living, water conservation and teaching children to be good stewards of the earth. We hope this green space will teach kids that planting one seed can turn into a lifetime of thousands of seeds.  This 500 square foot garden is a wonderful teaching tool for all of our programs at The Children's Garden.  
Budget $500
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success We hope in the short term kids can get out in nature and dig in the dirt!  
Long Term Success To teach children the magic of gardening!  Out in the "Education Garden" kids will be able to be out in nature playing in the dirt at the same time learning how to grow their own food from learning about healthy soil, how to compost at the compost station, how to conserve water by rain barrels and other water gathering stations, how to raise chickens, etc.  Not only is it giving them the tools to learn sustainable living it gives them a sense of accomplishment and pride to grow their own carrots, lettuces and tomatoes which in turns brings exercise, pride and hopefully healthy eating habits.
Program Success Monitoring How well our parents and children give us feedback.
Program Success Examples In any of our gardening programs like "Can You Dig It" or "Seed to Table" children always come back and are thrilled that their plants are growing and flourishing.  Parents tell us that they tend to continue wanting to plant at home and many times families will end up growing a little garden due to the children's excitement!  That is priceless success!
Description Reading beautiful little nature stories promotes literacy & the imagination in little ones.  We give handfuls of listening dust to help quiet restless ears.
Budget $20
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
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 The short term for this program is interacting with the story and storyteller. Engaging the imagination with whimsical stories results in future readers.
Long Term Success Learning to read and having fun while doing it is the long term goal.
Program Success Monitoring Compliments after each story.
Program Success Examples Parents and children enjoying the story by verbally saying so.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
"Our main challenge is to promote The Children's Garden and spread the word about all of our wonderful nature, art and gardening programs that we offer weekly and monthly.  We hear everyday that people did not know that we exist.  Marketing and advertising to the public is a big challenge we face with our limited funds."
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Joan Marie Condon
CEO Term Start Aug 2003
CEO/Executive Director Email robinatthechilrensgarden@yahoo.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
Collaborations are under development.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
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 Mrs. Joan Marie Condon
Company Affiliation CEO
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Joan Marie Condon CEO/Owner
Mr. Ted French Attorney
Mr. David Glosser Business Owner
Mr. Bob Stone Minuteman Press
Ms. Eva Talbert Community volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 5
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 90
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 90
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $97,000.00
Projected Expenses $92,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
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
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$86,177$88,331$46,752
Administration Expense$12,048$8,661$40,750
Fundraising Expense$952$2,128$576
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.291.011.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%89%53%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%16%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$35,643$7,003$6,468
Current Assets$35,643$7,003$6,468
Long-Term Liabilities$24,947$24,947$24,947
Current Liabilities$30,609$30,303$30,524
Total Net Assets($19,913)($48,247)($49,003)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGarden Entrance $43,855Program Service Revenue $73,427Garden Entrance $41,279
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $39,095Membership Dues $12,735Rentals $18,225
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRentals $20,104Contributions, gifts, grants $11,909Membership Dues $13,506
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.160.230.21
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets70%356%386%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the financial statements.  Financial figures were take solely from the financial statements.
Nonprofit The Children's Garden
Address 1670 Tenth Way
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone 941 330-1711

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