Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc
PO BOX 1432
SARASOTA FL 34230-1432
Mission
The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota is dedicated to supporting and stimulating the arts in Sarasota County. To encourage a greater understanding of the arts: Painting, Sculpture, Literature, Theater, Music, Dance, Architecture and all other branches of the fine arts. To establish a permanent collection of qualified works of Florida artists, which will be placed on public exhibition for the enjoyment of Sarasota residents and visitors. To provide scholarships for talented and qualified residents of Sarasota County in the field of fine art.  To provide grants to local organizations that are congruent with the Fine Arts Society mission.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Vern Livingston-Weitz
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Fine Arts Society Sarasota
FASS
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1969
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
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Impact Statement
Fine Arts Society hosted the Creator and Collectors tour (our major fundraiser), to support our scholarship, awards, and art acquisition programs.  Over 1600 attendees toured artist studios and Galleria Artists. Our annual Celebrate the Arts fundraiser held in December recognized Sarasota Opera Artistic Director and principal Conductor Maestro Victor DeRenzi with the Fine Arts Luminaire Award which recognizes a creative, educationally inspiring and philanthropic Sarasotan. In May 2016 we awarded $58,500 for scholarships to 16students. We also awarded financial grants to many community organizations. Our Fine Arts Docent team gave art tours of the fine arts art collection displayed in the Van Wezel. The tours are given as part of the Art and Backstage tours and are held from October to May.
Needs Statement
Local art students scholarships awards for college 
Awards for Sarasota area arts organizations
Art programs for high school and lower school students as well as student Education exhibitions and activities
Art exhibited in Van Wezel loaned by Fine Arts Society
Background Statement
The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota was organized and chartered in 1969 to promote and stimulate appreciation of the arts. Our mission is demonstrated in many avenues. Our Creators and Collectors tour features exciting up close artist studio tours that gives visitors the ability to interact with working artists, and enjoy many styles of artistic expression.

Our art collection consists of a variety of fifty-one art forms is displayed in the Van Wezel Halls and represents the history of Sarasota area Florida art from 1935 to the present.

We honor outstanding individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership to the Sarasota community at our annual Celebrate the Arts luncheon.

Each year we award financial scholarships to Sarasota County art students. To date we have given $850,560 in grants, awards and scholarships!
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
How proud we are that The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota reached the milestone of donating more than $1 million in scholarships and grants this year!

As a creative group, we are always challenging ourselves to invent new activities and fundraisers. I enjoy being involved with others who value creativity – in all areas of the ARTS.

Starting this September, we developed a new twist on the Creators & Collectors Tour – the Creators & Collectors Salons. Private collections, tantalizing refreshments, and a premiere of a new Youth Opera, kicked off this active and stimulating season. Rave reviews for all!

What an enjoyable way for our members, both old and new, to get to know each other better, in small, intimate group settings, while fulfilling our mission to support and stimulate the arts in Sarasota County.

Upcoming Salons include Tiffany and Tea (private tour of a Tiffany Glass collection from the ‘20s to ‘40s), Picnic en Plein Air (tour of an artist’s studio and farm); Sculpture, Savories, and Sunset (tour of a sculptor’s home studio on the Bay); Ballet and Bon-Bons (private rehearsal of The Cuban Ballet); and the Creators and Collectors at The Glenridge (tour of artists’ and collectors’ homes in a retirement community). Ten small, intimate opportunities for members and their friends.

New fundraising ideas are in the planning and development stage as we approach our upcoming 50th Anniversary. Under consideration are an Invitational Art Show and/or a collaborative effort with other not-for-profit organizations to create a Festival of Fine Arts. Additional suggestions are being explored – as always, dedicated to supporting and stimulating the ARTS.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Programs
Description Art Tours led by Fine Arts Society Docents once each month who volunteer from October to May.  Private tours for organizations are given throughout as well. Cost for each visitor is only $5.00.  The tours are usually held from nine to ten to accommodate the Van Wezel performance requirements.
Budget $900
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Collections Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults US& International General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The program attracts many visitors that are learning about the development of Art in Sarasota since 1969.  The visitors also learn about the Van Wezel performance. The program is an entree into the Sarasota art world!
Long Term Success The program attracts many visitors who are interested in art and the Van Wezel activities. The Art Exhibit was instituted in 1939.  The exhibit reflects the development of art in Sarasota as Fine Arts has added paintings and art objects to the exhibit.  The tours also attract "would be " theater lovers.
Program Success Monitoring The Docent Committee oversees the attendance, and works to publicize the tours.
Program Success Examples Each year, more visitors are attracted to our tours.
Many visitors discuss the art with the docents who ask to join Fine Arts, and want to learn to be docents!
Comments
Program Comments by Organization Fine Arts Society Art Exhibit tours at the Van Wezel.
A collaboration of the arts!
Our tours for the public are given throughout the months of October to May.
The Art has been collected and exhibited by Fine Arts since 1969 for the enjoyment of visitors
from many states.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Experience
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 0
Volunteers 196
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
Collaborations
Since the inception in 1969 of the Fine Arts Society and the Van Wezel, we have exhibited a permanent display of Florida based art at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The collection has grown to 51 works, several of national importance. The collection represents the Histor of Art in Sarasota. Fine Arts docents collaborate with Van Wezel docents to conduct Art and Backstage tours from Oct. to May for visitors.
The Society uses the Ula Searing building of Ringling College of Art and Design exhibit space each year during the week of March Spring Break for our Creators and Collectors Galleria artist's tour. The spacious hall accommodates 13 area artists, and includes the RCAD Madeby student artists.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota2013
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
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
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Vern Livingston-Weitz
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term May 2017 to Apr 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Alice Allen Community Volunteer
Susan Andrae Community Volunteer
Nancy Andrews Community Volunteer
Martha Ballard Community Volunteer
Barbara Blackburn Community Volunteer
Kristine Bundrant Community volunteer
Ms. Linda Burke Community Volunteer
Carole Crosby Community Volunterr
Marsha Eisenberg Community Volunteer
Kathy Elias Community Volunteer
Judy Fiala Community Volunterr
Kathleen France Community Volunteer
Anne Jones Community volunteer
Penny Mathews Community Volunteer
Donna Maythem Community Volunteer
Ms. Patricia Ondrick Community Volunteer
Patti Reskin Community Volunteer
Bobbye Schott Community Volunteer
Barbara Smith Community Volunteer
Ms Eleanor Stoddard Community Volunteer
Vern Weitz Community Volunteer
Suzanne Weitz Community Vlunteer
Ms Peggy Williams Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 22
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 79
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 100
Standing Committees
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Collections
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Education
Finance
Membership
Program / Program Planning
Scholarship
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Human Resources / Personnel and Finance and Marketing and Nominating and By-laws
Nominating
Program / Program Planning
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month May
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month Apr
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $144,565.00
Projected Expenses $138,415.00
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
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$42,500$60,977$54,019
Administration Expense$33,587$10,234$24,995
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.141.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses56%86%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$385,471$404,365$398,058
Current Assets$215,276$236,562$229,154
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$56,066$63,004$55,398
Total Net Assets$329,405$341,361$342,660
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $53,463Fundraising $43,728Fundraising $46,571
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $12,818Contributions, gifts, grants $26,169Contributions, gifts, grants $28,213
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $7,825Membership Dues $11,002Membership Dues $11,830
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.843.754.14
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal Form 990-EZ. Tax returns and financial compilations reconcile. Contributions include foundation and corporate support. 
Nonprofit Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc
Address PO BOX 1432
SARASOTA , FL 34236 1432
Phone 941 330-0680

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