Conquistadore Historical Foundation Inc dba Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
6404 Manatee Ave. W.
Suite G.
BRADENTON FL 34209
Mission
The Conquistadore Historical Foundation was created exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes. Our primary goal at this time is to facilitate and promote an appreciation of Spanish and American historical and cultural alliances.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Louis Marello
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1965
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2017
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $56,410.00
Projected Expenses $58,070.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Needs Statement

Student Ambassador Program to Barcarrota, Spain: $2,500

Hosting Student Ambassador from Spain: $2,500

Queen’s Court College Scholarship: $10,000

Capital Improvements – Float: $50,000

Capital Improvements – Dwellings: $150,000

Background Statement


Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Conquistador Historical Foundation was created exclusively as a means of funding various local charitable, literary and educational initiatives. Today, our focus is supporting the mission of the Hernando deSoto Historical Society, while facilitating and promoting an appreciation of Spanish and American cultural alliances, beginning with the children of Manatee and surrounding counties.

We are proud to contribute to many charitable organizations including Manasota Lighthouse for the Blind, Early Learning Coalition, Manasota Operation Troop Support, Feeding Empty Little Tummies and Manatee Players just to name a few. Throughout the past decade, our foundation has contributed more than $500,000.00 in grants to promote and educate our community. Additionally, our Spanish Manor House, which serves as the Conquistador Historical Foundation headquarters, is on view to the public as a permanent exhibit of our proud partner, the South Florida Museum.

Scholarships for our Queen and Princess, as well as the DeSoto Queens’s Court participants are established, to help further their college education. In addition, a Student Exchange Program with our sister city ion Barcarrota, Spain provides an educational and cultural benefit for students of both cities. This unmatched and unforgettable educational and cultural experience further deepens ties between the two cities.

While our Society volunteers work hard to bring great events and entertainment to Manatee County, none of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, community partners and YOU! Welcome and please enjoy our festival.

Programs
Description

Students in the local community can apply to go on a trip of a lifetime to Barcarrota, Spain. The student is picked through an application and panel interview. The student stays with a host family for about three months learning and living in the Spanish culture.

Budget $5,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served European Heritage European Heritage Europe & Newly Independent States
Short Term Success By the end of the trip, the student will have learned more about the Spanish culture and have an appreciation for other people and their lifestyle.
Long Term Success To build lasting relationships with our sister city of Barcarrota, Spain. Student participants will be able to pass their knowledge of international travel to their friends and the community.
Program Success Monitoring
Exit interviews with hosting families from Spain.
Tracking of career paths of student participants. 
Program Success Examples Previous ambassador continued studying the Spanish language and became bilingual. She exercised her love of learning and became an elementary school teacher.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email info@desotohq.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 11
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations

The Manasota Operation Troop Support (MOTS) was started in 2007 as a grass roots organization at King Middle School by a teacher, Jim Comkomcyz, whose son was serving in the Middle East and was severely wounded. Upon returning from Walter Reed Hospital, “Mr. C” was determined to find what his community could do to help other local troops. He felt like the community could do more than what they were doing. MOTS sends monthly packages to local deployed troops with ties to Manatee and Sarasota Counties who are serving in the Middle East. They and their families receive help before, during and after deployment by MOTS.

The Mission of the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County is to provide and coordinate the services of school readiness programs, in an efficient manner, in order to help all children develop the skills needed to achieve future educational success, to support the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher, and to continue to improve the quality of services available in the community..

The Hernando de Soto Historical Society and its charitable arm, the Conquistador Historical Foundation, have been fostering a relationship with Bradenton’s Sister City, Barcarrota, Spain for over 75 years. As the birthplace of Hernando de Soto and many conquistadores of his day, Barcarrota has a special place in history and an important connection with Bradenton and Manatee County. This city, with a population of just 3,500, is filled with warm and friendly people. Each year the city sends an envoy to Bradenton to participate in our De Soto Heritage Festival. We affectionately call this group, our “Amigos.” The Amigos stay in the homes of our members during the Festival and visit local malls, restaurants and of course our beaches! We are thrilled to see our friends each year and honored to host them in our community.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Louis Marello
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Bill Campbell Community Volunteer
Art Englehard Community Volunteer
Ron Hernden Community Volunteer
Louis Marello Community Volunteer
Ray Niecestro Community Volunteer
Rick Parcels Community Volunteer
Mike Parrott Community Volunteer
Bob Richardson Community Volunteer
Gus Sokos Community Volunteer
Terry Wilson Community Volunteer
Don Zirkelbach Community Volunteer
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Gender
Male 11
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 88
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
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $56,410.00
Projected Expenses $58,070.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
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
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$42,234$53,430$44,489
Administration Expense$10,453$9,901$10,170
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.668.643.39
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%84%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,329,249$1,369,056$898,127
Current Assets$984,625$1,029,194$607,542
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$130,101$149,066$154,752
Total Net Assets$1,199,148$1,219,990$743,375
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $25,000Net Gain from Sale of Assets Other Then Inventory $491,967Contributions, gifts, grants $148,850
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $11,873Foundation & Corporate Support $21,858Investment Income $29,246
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Contributions, gifts, grants $19,120Foundation & Corporate Support $11,500
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.576.903.93
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990s. 
Nonprofit Conquistadore Historical Foundation Inc dba Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
Address 6404 Manatee Ave. W.
Suite G.
BRADENTON , FL 34209
Phone 941 747-1998

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