Embracing Our Differences - Coexistence Inc
PO Box 2559
c/o Michael J. Shelton
Sarasota FL 34230-2559
Mission
Through the transformative power of the Arts, we educate and inspire to create a better world.
 
We envision a world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael J. Shelton
Board Chair Mr. Dennis McGillicuddy
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Embracing Our Differences
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2005
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2017
State Registration Yes Jan 2017
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $837,150.00
Projected Expenses $837,150.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination - Coexistence, Inc.View
Other Documents
Annual Teacher SurveyView
Annual Teacher SurveyView
Annual Teacher SurveyView
Annual Teacher SurveyView
Impact Statement

The top five accomplishments of Embracing Our Differences from the past year are:

1. Embracing Our Differences hosted 212,000 visitors to its Sarasota and Bradenton displays during April & May 2017.

2. The 2017 exhibit featured art and quotations selected from 810,761 submissions representing 115 countries and 48 states. More than 65% of the submissions were made by students from 204 schools from around the world.

3. 42,537 students from 229 schools participated in the Embracing Our Differences education initiative. Embracing Our Differences continues to be one of the largest education programs in Southwest Florida.

4. 270 teachers surveyed in 2017 overwhelmingly consider our education initiative as meaningful and relevant to their students with 96% rating the experience as “outstanding” or “very good.”

5. Our partnership with Riverview High School’s IB Program continued to grow with 200 students participating. Through this program, student lead docent tours were provided to 5,578 K-8 students visiting the exhibit. The Riverview Co-Existence Club continues to be, for the eighth year in a row, the school’s largest student organization.

 Our goals for 2018 are:

1. Continue and grow our annual exhibit in downtown Sarasota's Island Park.

2. Expand the bullying prevention component of our education program through educator workshops and curriculum.

3. Increase the number of students participating in our education initiative by 2,000 students.

4. Offer a two-day art teacher retreat in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design with the goal to reinvigorate educators’ teaching practices while inspiring their art and art integration skills in the area of character building and diversity education.

5. Expand our innovative "Make-A-Day of It!" collaboration which encourages teachers and their students visiting the Embracing Our Differences exhibits to use our school buses to visit one of our partners: Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Film Festival, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Selby Gardens, Mote Marine Laboratory and Ringling Museum. This asset sharing program is unique in Southwest Florida with 12,703 students benefiting in 2017.

Needs Statement

Embracing Our Differences will have the following needs in 2017/2018:

1. Financial support for its free field trip program which benefited more than 42,000 area students in 2017. A contribution of $500 will allow an entire elementary school class to visit the exhibit and participate in our education program.

2. Financial support to grow our education initiatives, including expanding and advancing our Summer Diversity Institute, Lesson Plan Workshops, Creative Writing Workshops and Art Teacher Retreats.

3. Financial support to expand our Coexistence Clubs at local high schools. Riverview High, North Port High and Booker High all have Coexistence Clubs working throughout the year; we want to grow these clubs as well as create new clubs at additional high schools.
 
4. Financial support to continue and strengthen our Embracing Dr. Seuss' Differences Day in Sarasota and Manatee counties. This program is designed to stimulate conversations regarding bullying, diversity, character education and respect for others.
Background Statement

During April and May of every year, Embracing Our Differences presents an international outdoor art exhibit intended to demonstrate in a positive way that diversity enriches our lives. The exhibit is displayed in Island Park along Sarasota’s bay front. 2017 was the organization’s 14th season.

First displayed in 2004, the exhibit focuses on artist locally, nationally and internationally with the intent of each exhibit to spark community-wide discussions regarding the importance of diversity, acceptance and peaceful coexistence. The Embracing Our Differences exhibit features 45 billboard size images (12 ½ feet by 16 feet) reflecting the artist’s interpretation of our message of "enriching lives through diversity.” The 2017 exhibit featured selections from 10,761 submissions representing 115 countries and 48 states including such distant places as China, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Romania, and Thailand. More than 65% of the submissions were made by students from 204 schools from around the world.

Admission is free and annual attendance has increased to 209,000 bringing total visitors, since 2004, to more than 2,300,000.

Of great importance to furthering the mission of Embracing Our Differences is the impact of our education initiative which, in 2016, served 37,877 students from 201 different schools. More than 235,000 students have participated since 2004.

Compliments of our generous financial supporters, most of the participating students received free field trips to the exhibit. Many teachers, especially those from Title I schools, state that Embracing Our Differences is the only field trip available to their students each year.

Embracing Our Differences continues to be one of the largest education programs in Southwest Florida.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments

Since the inception of Embracing Our Differences, the outdoor art exhibit has been displayed at Island Park, downtown Sarasota attracting visitors from nearby communities as well as serving students from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Our ongoing growth and awareness has allowed more visitors and residents from nearby communities to take advantage of this cultural program.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

When the well-known cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead stated "[n}ever doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has,” there is little doubt she must have had a premonition of Embracing Our Differences. In the spirit of Ms. Mead’s belief, a small group of committed Sarasotans came together more a decade ago with the idea of making our community a welcoming and inclusive place for all. In the early years, I could never have imagined how a small, newly created not-for-profit would so profoundly change, not only our community, but my own life. As the organization’s first and only Executive Director, I am honored to be a part of this small, but noble effort to change the world.

As Embracing Our Differences celebrated its 10th anniversary recently, reflecting on its successes of the past decade seems most appropriate.

Since our first exhibit, annual attendance has steadily grown from 95,000 to 212,000 in 2017 during which time the display was expanded to two months – April and May. To date, Embracing Our Differences has hosted more than two million visitors to Sarasota’s bay front to experience the varied interpretations of our message: “enriching lives through diversity.”

Submissions to the annual exhibit have grown from 124 our first year to a 10,761 entries representing 115 countries and 48 states. Since 2004, we have received more than 53,000 entries from every corner of the world.

Our education initiative continues to represent the most important aspect of our efforts – reaching and impacting the lives of the children in our community. Our effort began with a very modest 1,200 students and has grown to more than 42,000 during the 2016-2017 school year. In total, more than 279,000 public, private and charter school children have participated in our in our art appreciation, diversity education and character development programs. Most of these students have received free transportation to and from the exhibit where they gain not only significant cultural awareness, but also a deeper appreciation of the value of diversity and respect for others as well as the importance of standing up against hatred and prejudice.

Embracing Our Differences has become one of the largest education programs in Southwest Florida.

We are very proud of our accomplishments and it is a privilege to continue to provide this opportunity for our community to reflect upon and deepen its awareness that embracing our differences, respecting the beliefs of others and standing up against hatred and prejudice will lead to a better world for everyone. Respecting others is not only a way of thinking and feeling – but most importantly, of acting.

Please consider helping us continue to make a difference, one child at a time.

Programs
Description

The goal of the Embracing Our Differences Education Initiative is to improve the lives of our children by teaching the negative impact of hatred and prejudice while helping them to become "up-standers", not "by-standers.”

The program offers a variety of resources to teachers including free field trips to the exhibit. Working with the Sarasota School District, the program also provides a variety of teacher resources including workshops and lesson plans relating to art appreciation, character development and diversity education.

Teachers who participate in our education initiative overwhelmingly rate it as a meaning and relevant educational experience.  Of 270 teachers surveyed in 2017, 96% felt the experience was either "outstanding" or "very good."

As a result of these efforts, students have a great field trip, but also a well planned educational experience involving art appreciation, character building and diversity education that is presented before, during and after the field trip.

Budget $206,500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short Term Success

Embracing Our Differences has become one of the largest education programs on Florida’s Gulf Coast impacting 42,537 students in 2017 (an increase of 12.3% over 2016) and more than 279,000 students since 2004.

Our free field trip and Make-A-Day of It! programs are unique in Sarasota. Many teachers, especially those from Title 1 schools, state it is the only field trip available to their students each year.

A perfect example of the program’s wide spread impact involves Taylor Ranch Elementary School. After the entire student body visited the exhibit, every student was assigned the task of designing a pinwheel with a three word message of “love and acceptance.” All 685 of them were twirling in the wind at their annual hoe down several days later. This powerful "Pinwheels for Peace" project was their unique way of spreading the Embracing Our Differences message.

 
Our free field trip program is unique in Sarasota.  Many teachers, especially those from Title 1 schools, state it is the only field trip available to their students each year.
Long Term Success
The long-term goal of the program is to provide a meaningful and effective educational experience involving art appreciation, character development and diversity education. Every child participating in our program is provided the opportunity to gain not only valuable cultural awareness but also a deeper appreciation of the value of diversity, respect for others and the importance of standing up against hatred and prejudice. The results of our efforts are now becoming crystal clear with an entire generation of children having completed the program.
Program Success Monitoring

National studies have repeatedly shown the value of comprehensive art education and its association with gains in math, reading and verbal skills while helping "connect people more deeply to the world" creating a foundation for social bonds and community cohesion.

Our program is regularly evaluated by an independent outcome measurement professional and has consistently shown to positively impact learning by helping students: (1) make sense of their world; (2) recognize the value of diversity; (3) improve self-esteem; and (4) experience new ways to learn and succeed.

Teachers repeatedly report their student demonstrate reduced prejudices, improved relations and a more equitable school environment. Of 270 participating teachers surveyed in 2017, they overwhelmingly rate the program as a meaningful and relevant educational experience. Specifically:

* 96% stated the educational experience was "outstanding" or "very good.”

* 99% of teachers availing themselves of our teacher resources felt they were meaningful and beneficial tools.

Program Success Examples

There is an abundance of feedback from teachers and students evidencing the impact the program has on our youth. A few examples are:

“My students realized that even as children, they can make a difference in our world.” Sarasota MS Teacher

“My students learned how to respect one another in a new and unique way.” Manatee ES Teacher

“Many of my students understanding of diversity was based on skin color alone. This experience allowed them to see diversity across multiple platforms.” Manatee Kindergarten Teacher

Perhaps the importance of our program was best described by a bullied 7th grade middle school student who said, "I never knew how much words hurt until they are aimed at me." Another middle school student wrote "Bullying hurts, hurts badly."

Description

Embracing Our Differences annually presents an international outdoor art exhibit featuring 45 billboard size images created by artists locally, nationally and around the world. The art is a reflection of our theme "enriching lives through diversity." The 2017 exhibit drew 10,761 submissions representing 115 countries and 48 states including such distant places as China, Greece, Israel, India, Iran, Kuwait, Romania, and Thailand.

Hatred and discrimination are all too common occurrences on the Gulf Coast. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, in 2016 Florida ranked third in the nation for the number of active hate groups. The project helps facilitate a community-wide discussion regarding the negative impact of hatred and prejudice and the importance of becoming an "upstander." We believe there is a genuine need for this conversation in our community.

Budget $300,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

Since 2004, the Embracing Our Differences exhibit has been viewed by more than 2,300,000 visitors including 209,000 in 2016.

Long Term Success

The long-term goal of the Embracing Our Differences project is to create a vibrant community that is safe and inclusive for all.

Program Success Monitoring

Program evaluation is achieved through a variety of qualitative and quantitative activities. The primary tool is a manual survey of visitors which, most recently, revealed that 95%  of visitors rated the exhibit as excellent or very good. Visitors were almost unanimous in their feelings that the exhibit positively influenced their thoughts on the importance of diversity. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 5%.

Program Success Examples

The following are a sampling of comments by visitors to the exhibit:

“Very relevant in today’s world.”

“My girlfriend made me come. I loved it!!!”

“Extraordinary – profound – moving. Thank you for making us think!”

“I’m here as part of my employer’s diversity training program. A wonderful experience.”

Description

The Embracing Our Differences partnership with Riverview High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and Coexistence Club continues to a be great success.

The IB Program aims to develop caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The overlap in our two missions is undeniable and the relationship continues to grow exponentially each year.

Under our Student Docent Program, students from the IB program and Coexistence Club serve as docents and mentors to young visitors participating in our education initiative. Student docents work in the park daily leading groups and inspiring youngsters to recognize the messages delivered through art. With their guided questions and planted seeds of inquiry, our young visitors are led to make realizations of their own regarding diversity and acceptance of others, including those different from themselves.

Budget $7,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural Heritage
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
During the past school year, the number of student docents participating in the program has grown by 40% to a total of 200. Another 6,820 student visitors benefited by learning from the "older" students. 97% of teachers using a docent felt the program enhanced the educational experience for their students.
 
Long Term Success

The long-term goal of the program is to have our youth, docents and students alike, develop a deep understanding of the negative impact of prejudice and discrimination and the importance of being an "up-stander", not a "bystander."  Through this program, Embracing Our Differences is working to create a vibrant community that is safe and inclusive for all.

Program Success Monitoring

Program evaluation is achieved through a variety of qualitative and quantitative activities. The primary tool is a survey of participating teachers. For 2016, the survey involved 290 teachers and a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.

Program Success Examples

The following are comments by three teachers whose students benefited from student docent tours:

"They [the docents] were awesome!!!"

"In the 5-6 years I've been bringing students, the docents were the best I've experienced - engaging - informative."

"Parent chaperones were very moved by the instant bond/relationship between the docents and the students."

One of our student docents stated, "[s]eeing so many caring individuals working to shape the world for the better has been one of the most treasured and profitable experiences in my life."

Description
Embracing Our Differences is very proud of its many collaborates and especially with local educational organizations through its "Make-A-Day of It!" Program. Intended to maximize community assets, teachers and their students who attend the exhibit are afforded the opportunity, using the same buses provided by Embracing Our Differences, to visit any one of our nine partners: Florida Studio Theater, Sarasota Film Festival, Van Wezel, Ringling Museum, Selby Gardens, and Mote Marine Laboratory.
 
Partners use this opportunity to relate their programs to the Embracing Our Differences experience thereby providing a full day of character education. For example, Mote Marine and Selby Gardens demonstrate diversity in the sea and gardens while Van Wezel School-time performances focus on bullying and diversity.  While the expense is minimal, the additional educational experience is priceless.

This asset sharing program is unique in Southwest Florida with 12,469 students benefiting in 2016.

Budget $65,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success

This unique asset sharing program has been very successful with 12,703 students benefiting in 2017.

At a time of severe budget limitations, students are receiving two free field trips and access to learning experiences which would otherwise be unavailable.

Long Term Success
The long-term goal of the Partners-in-Educations program is three-fold:
 
(1) to have our youth develop a deep understanding of the negative impact of prejudice and discrimination and the importance of being an "up-stander", not a "bystander;"
 
(2) to provide new and related educational experiences for our youth through collaborations, while helping "connect children more deeply to the world" creating a foundation for social bonds and community cohesion; and
 
(3) maximize the use of our very scarce community resources.
 
Through this program, we believe the natural outcome will be a vibrant community that is safe and inclusive for all.
Program Success Monitoring

Program evaluation is achieved through a variety of qualitative and quantitative activities. The primary tool is a survey of 270 participating teachers and a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.

Participating teachers consistently state the "Make-A-Day of It!" Program is “a meaningful and worthwhile educational experience for the students.”

Program Success Examples

Teachers provided the following comments regarding the value of our Partners-in-Education program:

“Our students' families would not have been able to afford the Mote Marine field trip if they were required to pay for the bus, so it allowed us to give those children exposure to two important learning experiences.”

“My students are from a Title 1 school, Palmetto and are low income. Embracing Our Differences and Mote Marine were experiences of a life time for some of them. They were totally in the moment and no one wanted to leave.”

Comments
Program Comments by Organization

Embracing Our Differences is very proud of all its programming. However, we are especially proud of having built one of the largest totally free educational programs in Southwest Florida as well as our very unique "Make-A-Day of It!" Program which benefits our youth, our fellow organizations and ultimately, the community as a whole.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael J. Shelton
CEO Term Start Sept 2005
CEO/Executive Director Email MJS@EmbracingOurDifferences.org
Experience

Michael J. Shelton, a resident of Sarasota for over 20 years, has been active in a number of charitable organizations. He currently devotes his full time efforts to the Embracing Our Differences project. He has recently finished a two year project of successfully stabilizing and reorganizing the failing Sarasota Ballet of Florida and was instrumental in restoring the financial health of the the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. He was a founding member of the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Inc. and has served on many other non-profit boards in the community. Mr. Shelton is a founding member of Coexistence, Inc.  A retired attorney, Mr. Shelton has served as Chair of the City of Sarasota Planning Board and is a member of the Sarasota County Board of Zoning Appeals. He is the co-author of the City of Sarasota Human Rights Ordinance and was instrumental in the creation of its Human Relations Board.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Sarah Wertheimer Associate Executive Director
Brenna Wilhm Education Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 400
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
 Since inception, Embracing Our Differences has maintained a “Community Partners” program involving Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art + Design and Sarasota Sister Cities, each of which plays an integral role in the overall effectiveness and longevity of our programs. Long standing collaborations which are also essential to our programs involve the School Boards of Sarasota and Manatee counties and the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton. 
  
Through our Partners-in-Education program, Embracing Our Differences regularly collaborates with Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Film Festival, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Ringling Museum of Art, Selby Gardens and Mote Marine Laboratory. This asset sharing program is unique on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Collaboration Innovator for its "Make-A-Day of It" ProgramThe Patterson Foundation2013
One World AwardSister Cities Association of Sarasota2014
The President's Volunteer Service AwardCorporation for National & Community Service2013
2014 Community Service AwardMartin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee2014
Be More Enriched - Arts & Culture AwardWEDU2015
Diversity & Inclusion AwardFlorida Division of Cultural Affairs2016
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Employment Practices Liability
Internet Liability Insurance
Fiduciary Liability
Renter's Insurance
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Please check out more Embracing Our Differences videos on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/EODSarasotaFL
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dennis McGillicuddy
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email dmcsnook@hotmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Richard Bergman Consultant
Ms. Carol Buchanan Community Volunteer
Mr. Dennis McGillicuddy Retired
Ms. Graci McGillicuddy Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael J. Shelton Coexistence, Inc.
Mr. John Weber The Zenith
Chief Judge Charles E. Williams Chief Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 33
Standing Committees
Executive
Audit
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Education
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
As part of a two year sustainability review, Embracing Our Differences has substantially reorganized and updated its governance policies and procedures.
 .
Having completed our 10th Anniversary season, our by-laws have undergone a complete review and amended where appropriate. Four news members have been added to our Board of Directors bringing the total number to six.
 
Our Board has always benefited from the advice and guidance of a very active and diverse 30 member Steering Committee which is responsible for all program operations. New members were added to this committee during 2015-2016.
 
2012 also saw the creation of a 29 member Advisory Council consisting of individuals who bring diverse and unique knowledge and skills which complement and enhance those of the Board of Directors, Steering Committee and organization staff.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $837,150.00
Projected Expenses $837,150.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $300,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 4.75
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
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$73,306$77,743$39,332
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$73,306$77,743$39,332
Individual Contributions$799,625$812,768$708,302
$0$0$0
$1,524$1,470$1,037
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$151,647$254,920$275,000
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$798,724$709,129$698,278
Administration Expense$53,975$42,728$49,243
Fundraising Expense$37,675$54,989$16,026
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.110.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%88%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%6%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$123,824$139,743$54,608
Current Assets$97,731$111,445$25,169
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$123,824$139,743$54,608
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $799,625Contributions, gifts, grants $812,768Contributions, gifts, grants $703,302
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $73,306Govertnment Grants - Unspecified $77,743Govertnment Grants - Unspecified $39,332
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRetail Merchandise Sales $1,524Sale of Merchandise $1,470Merchandise Sales $1,037
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
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
Despite having no income from admission or art submission fees, Embracing Our Differences has developed a very successful business model for the continued sustainability of its programs. The organization has no debt nor are there any special circumstances that would negatively impact the organization's ability to continue to fund its programs into the future.
While expanding services offered, Embracing Our Differences has completed every fiscal year with a surplus. From FY 2007 thru FY 2012, the organization's operating budget increased by 50% while the number of students served in its education program has increased by 195%. The length of the display and yearly attendance has doubled.
 
The organization has a very active Board of Directors which is responsible for large portions of fundraising. Corporate funding and foundation support has increased every year. Community support for the project is growing substantially driven by an 11% increase in the total number of donors in 2013 over 2012. This increase followed a 109% increase from 2010 to 2012.
 
The organization has been very successful in utilizing its annual outcome measurement evaluations to grow program support. The evaluations were key to the organization's financial growth over the past several years, a period when many other organizations struggled.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundation and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990s or audited financial statements.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  The Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.  The value of in-kind contributions is included in revenue on the financial statements.
Nonprofit Embracing Our Differences - Coexistence Inc
Address PO Box 2559
c/o Michael J. Shelton
Sarasota, FL 2559
Phone 941 404-5710

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