Manatee Technical Institute Foundation Inc (MTI)
PO Box 15239
c/o Virginia Sirocky
Bradenton FL 34280
To identify, solicit and acquire restricted and unrestricted resources to support the programs, educational services, teachers and students of Manatee Technical College.
CEO/Executive Director Ms Virginia L. Sirocky
Board Chair Mr. John Ziemnicki
Board Chair Affiliation World Design Inc.
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization Manatee Technical College
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2002
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2017
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $23,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
MTI IRS Determination letterView
Other Documents
MTI Donor BoardView
Impact Statement
1. Providing student scholarships in emergency situations as well as provided funding for up-to-date equipment and replacement materials for MTC training and educational programs.
2. In collaboration with the School District of Manatee County, established a program for refurbishing unused computers by MTC networking science students as part of their training. These refurbished computers are then distributed to students throughout the district who would normally not be able to afford them. 
3.Provided physical rehabilitation funding for a critically injured student. The rehab sessions were performed as educational demonstrations as part of the MTC Massage Therapy curriculum.
4. Provided funding to allow the MTC to host the Florida Department of Education's  statewide conference on Farmworker Education.
5.Successfully host the Foundation's Tour of Kitchens fundraising event.  
1. Create and execute a new five-year long range business plan. 
2. Create and begin execution of a planned giving intiative in order to establish an endowment for the Foundation.
3. Enhance, strengthen and solidify the number of active members of the Foundation's Board of Directors. 
4. Continue to sponsor fundraising opportunities including Donor Directed Funding, the Tour of Kitchens, Donor Mural, Giving Partner Challenge, Naming Opportunities at MTC's various campuses, and Planned Giving in order to build an endowment among others.
5. Utilize funds from the above-mentioned and other initiatives to provide scholarships to students on a case-by-case emergency basis as well as meeting necessary equipment, facility and material needs of the MTC programs.
Needs Statement
1. Scholarships for tuition, books, uniforms ($ amounts vary per individual)
2.  Refurbished Law Enforcement Academy firing range bringing it up to new codes for use by the Academy students as well as by community law enforcement agencies who rely on this facility for training and retraining officers. $5 Million
3. Furniture, fixtures, equipment ($ amounts vary per situation)
Background Statement
MTIF was founded in 2002 but activity was limited. It was not fully functioning until 2011 and since has increased its funding from less than $11,000 to well over $100,000 annually. The Board of Directors has since added a number of income-generating initiatives to be able to award more scholarships as well as to assist with needs of the educational programs not covered by School District funds or tuition. The Board is now also working with outside advisors to help steer its course to a robust future.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
Manatee County Florida
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Employment
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
As Chairman of the MTC Board of Governors and MTI Foundation I stand for one thing: creating a skilled, sustainable workforce for American business and industry. This means that as Chairman of the Foundation my mission is to identify, solicit and acqiure restricted and unrestricted resources to support the programs, educational services, teachers and students of Manatee Technical College.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

MTIF is distinctive from other educational foundations in that it is a separate entity from the Manatee County School District and operates under its own 501.c.3 designation. Thus, its Board of Directors can operate independently for the good of Manatee Technical College by controlling its own monies through banking, investments and programs separate from those of the Manatee County School District. Even though operating independently, MTIF maintains a working relationship with the School District for the common good of its students, teachers, alumni  and community.

MTI Foundation provides, on an emergency case-by-case referral basis, scholarships to cover tuition, books and uniforms. There is no specific budget for scholarships. The Foundation is available to help as many students as possible in emergency situations.
Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Migrant Workers
Short Term Success
An example during this past school year: one student who needed one more course in order to complete her program was planning on dropping out because she could not pull together the final $500 necessary to meet her requirement. MTI Foundation provided her with a scholarship so that she could earn her certificate for graduation and move on to finding employment.
Long Term Success
Students whose individual circumstances may prohibit them from completing their program at MTI either through a tuition shortfall or the inability to continue purchasing books or uniforms are helped, on an individual, case-by-case basis. This program is not linked to the financial aid services of MTC and is accessed only in emergency situations.
Program Success Monitoring
Success of this program is monitored by the graduation rate of each individual assisted by this program.
Program Success Examples
See long-term and short-term success descriptions. During 2014 the MTI Foundation was able to provide one-time emergency scholarship assistance to every student who required it, whether it be for tuiton, books or uniforms. Requests are considered individually and this financial assistance is not in any way tied to the Financial Aid Department of Manatee Technical Insititute.
Description MITF  hosts its Tour of Kitchens where visitors enjoy culinary delights prepared by area executives chefs in the kitchens of luxury homes within a selected Manatee County neighborhood each time. Proceeds from these events fund scholarships for deserving MTC students. 
Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Minorities Migrant Workers
Short Term Success Short term success brings additional money for funding scholarships.
Long Term Success Long term success increases the number of scholarships available on an emergency basis as well as increases the community's involvement with and awareness of MTC.
Program Success Monitoring More students who would be unable to finish their MTC training due to extenuating financial circumstances (such as illness, loss of employment, returning veterans, incarceration of a supporting family member, lack of transportation, lack of language skills, etc.) are able to gain the skills needed to become productive members of the community.
Program Success Examples MTIF has been able to double the number of scholarships awarded over the years from its annual Tour of Kitchens.
Description MTIF accepts used computers from the Manatee County School District for refurbishing by MTC's Networking Services students. Once the computers have been refurbished they are distributed free-of-charge to students within the County who would not otherwise have access to this technology.
Budget $0
Category Education, General/Other Computer Literacy
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Minorities Migrant Workers
Short Term Success Short term success is the training MTC Networking Services students acquire while working on "real world" projects. Also, students who would not otherwise have access to this technology are able to own  computers.
Long Term Success Long term successes include the computer literacy gained by students not having accessibility to this technology; on-going training for MTC Networking Services students to prepare for careers to support themselves and their families; and repurposing of equipment that would otherwise find its way to the recycling centers.
Program Success Monitoring Yearly updates of computers acquired by the Foundation, number of computers refurbished, and number of students receiving these computers are provided.
Program Success Examples In its second year, this program has provided computers to 100+ students in Manatee County as well as helped in the training of four classes of skilled networking services professionals.
Description MTIF accepts donations of boats and automobiles requiring service by its Marine Technology and Auto Collision Programs students. Once refurbished the boats and autos are sold and the funds are used to provide scholarships for Marine Technology and Auto Collision Programs students as well as augment equipment and supplies costs for these programs.
Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Minorities General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Short term successes include real world training for MTC Marine Science students as well as augmenting the funds available for scholarships, equipment and materials.
Long Term Success Long-term successes are the continuation of short-term successes.
Program Success Monitoring  Program success is monitored by the number of students trained, the number of scholarships awarded and the amount of money augmenting the program's equipment and materials budgets.
Program Success Examples  In 2014 three students were one course shy of completing the Marine Science program when their personal financial situations changed. Through monies generated by the boat restoration program and several community donors, these students received scholarships in order to complete their training, graduate and obtain employment. 
Description MTIF invites MTC alumni, teachers, students, members of its various Boards and the community at large to show its pride in MTC by becoming a part of its history by placing a plaque on the Donor Mural which greets students and visitors to its Main Campus. By joining others, donors support the ongoing work of MTIF for the betterment of MTC, its students, faculty, staff and other constituencies which it serves.
Budget $500
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Minorities Migrant Workers
Short Term Success Short term success increases the number of scholarships available to MTC students.
Long Term Success Long term successes continue scholarship availability to MTC students and provides permanent recognition to those who appreciate the value of the training and skills that MTC offers.
Program Success Monitoring Success is monitored each time new plaques are placed on the Donor Mural, each one also telling a story of how MTC has touched the life of that donor.
Program Success Examples

 In 2013, members of the first graduating class from MTC's Baking and Pastry Program were so grateful for the skills they acquired while at MTC they decided to place a plaque on the Donor Mural. Initially, they had hoped to raise $100 for the smallest plaque available, but their enthusiastic fundraising efforts yielded $1000 toward a much larger presence in the Main Campus lobby.

Other examples include several plaques placed on the Donor Mural in memory of former MTC instructors or family members of MTC constituents all of whom are grateful for the opportunities provided for ensuring a skilled workforce in Manatee County.

Program Comments by Organization
MTI Foundation has the desire to create numerous programs for MTC but, in order to do so, must establish an endowment from which these programs can be funded. Board members are focusing on this challenge.
Budget values are approximate as they vary by year and need. No MTIF funds are required for staffing the computer and boat projects as they are part of the regular MTC curriculum; however MTIF funds are used for necessary boat repair parts. Executive director's small stipend is paid annually and not broken down by project. Work-study salary is paid by federal grant to MTC. All other work is done by volunteers. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms Virginia L. Sirocky
CEO Term Start July 2011
CEO/Executive Director Email
Executive Director (NOT CEO) is an independent contractor (NOT an employee) who was appointed to the position of Executive Director for the MTI Foundation as well as for the MTC Alumni Association after serving for MTI as an Americorps VISTA and because of her previous experience:
President & Owner of an international marketing company; former Assistant Director of Foundation Advancement for an international research, technical and educational foundation; Board member of the world's largest dues-paying university alumni association; Alumni Board president of the country's largest accredited College of Communications; Member of the Board of Visitors for a major research university currently named one of the top 100 universities in the world.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 40
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
MTI Foundation has established a collaborative relationship with the MTC Alumni Association in order to strengthen the solidy of each entity and to leverage their complimentary missions for the benefit of MTC, its students, faculty, staff, alumni and other constituents.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
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
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
All MTI Foundation funds go directly to benefit MTC. Compensation for executive director (of both MTI Foundation and MTC Alumni Association) is paid directly to the independent contractor by MTI Foundation and a third party. Guidance for the Planned Giving initiative is being done pro bono and services of a CPA and legal counsel are billed on a per-service basis. Compensation for the work/study student come from a federally--funded program specifically for that purpose.
MTI Foundation has been granted a state solicitaiton permit and has procured an insurance policy for it Board members and officers.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization MTIF Board members are currently involved in a series of retreats, facilitated by a consultant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota, to update and/or create policies, processes and procedures to strengthen the organization. This includes the expansion of its Board and the election of officers. This process will not be completed until the end of summer 2016, so many of the resulting initiatives, processes, policies and procedures are not reflected in this profile due to the deadline mandated for updates.This profile will be updated once the planning process has been completed and the policies, processes and procedures have been approved by the MTIF Board of Directors.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Ziemnicki
Company Affiliation World Design Inc.
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. John Chappie Chairman Manatee County Commissioners
Dr. Richard Conard MDCommunity Leader
Ms. Maura Howl Manatee Technical College
Mr. Bill Lee Professional Automotive Services
Dr. Idelia Phillips Retired
Ms. Virginia Sirocky MTI Foundation
Mr. Earl Stockton Mote Marine Laboratory
Mr. Clayton Sutton Mechanical, Inc.
Dr. Valerie Viands Manatee Technical College
Mr. John Ziemnicki World Design Inc.
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 64
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 46
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Affairs
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization The MTIF board of Directors is in the process of conducting a series of  strategic planning retreats focusing on the establishment of an endowment; solidifying its policies, processes and procedures; and enhancing its Board of Directors.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $23,000.00
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
2016 990 pdf2015
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$71,033$47,984$87,862
Administration Expense$20,602$0$2,860
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.231.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%100%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$130,736$138,995$127,952
Current Assets$130,736$138,995$127,952
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$130,736$138,995$127,952
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $82,672Contributions, gifts, grants $58,510Contributions, gifts, grants $94,033
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $704Investment Income $517Gain from Sale of Assets Other Than Inventory $1,784
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0Investment Income $393
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Board of Directors, MTI Foundation is formulating detailed policies and procedures to be implemented.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Manatee Technical Institute Foundation Inc (MTI)
Address PO Box 15239
c/o Virginia Sirocky
Bradenton, FL 34203
Phone 941 751-7900 1012