Ear Research Foundation, Inc.
1901 Floyd Street
Sarasota FL 34239
The Ear Research Foundation is dedicated to research, education and community service for hearing and balance disorders.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Alexandra Quarles
Board Chair Mr. Geoffrey Frazier
Board Chair Affiliation Global Financial Private Capital
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1979
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes Jan 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
ERF has 3 primary goals:
  1. Perform clinical research for the purpose of advancing treatment techniques for hearing, balance and dizziness problems;
  2. Train physicians through fellowships and CME conferences & educate the public on hearing and balance disorder treatment options;
  3. Provide free & discounted screenings, hearing aids and medical care for indigent patients, especially children. 
In 2016 our accomplishments included:

Research – Participation in 10 research studiess. Presentation of recent study results at 10 national and international medical conferences. Topics of studies and presentations included hyperacusis, Meniere's disease, tinnitus, eustachian tube dysfunction, and state-of-the-art hearing devices including bone anchored, fully and partially implantable hearing devices.

Education – Planned the Minimally Invasive ENT/Open Forum Course and Lab to be held in March 2017 ENT physicians. Hosted the SERF's UP conference for former Fellowship graduates.

Graduated the 42nd Fellow in June and our 43rd Fellow began her year of intensive training in July.  

Over 15 community education seminars were presented throughout the year on Meniere’s Disease, Tinnitus, Hearing Loss, Implantable Hearing Devices, and more.

Treatment – Provided hearing screenings to over 1,100 children at area pre-schools and Sarasota County charter schools. 

Received referrals from the SMH Community Medical Clinic, Vocational Rehab and the County Health Department for treatment of over 250 patients with ear conditions that were serviced though our community clinic. 

The Help Us Hear program provided 48 needy individuals with hearing aids from July 2012-December 2016.  We also received referrals from Special Olympics Florida and we fit 4 of their athletes with hearing devices.

Our focus for 2017 is to continue to expand our reach with all of the above programs; especially the Help Us Hear Program.   
Needs Statement
  • A donation of $1,000 will help us to provide a needy individual with a hearing aid and care through our Help Us Hear program. 
  • A donation of $500 will help us to fund a research project participant.
  • A donation of $350 will help us to present a community lecture.
  • A donation of $200 will help us to screen a Pre-K class for hearing loss.
  • A donation of any amount will contribute to helping us with the above programs.
Background Statement
The Ear Research Foundation was founded in 1979 by Dr. Herbert Silverstein to continue the research he had done previously in academic settings.  In 1983, the physician fellowship training program was added.  Shortly after, the indigent care clinic began.  Thus the mission became 3-fold - research, education and community care.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments
Research and Education programs have international reach.  Indigent patient care is primarily provided locally.  Patients enrolling in research studies and clinical trials can come from anywhere as long as they can come to our clinic to participate for the length of the study.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Medical Research
Secondary Org Type Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines
Tertiary Org Type Health Care
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The mission of the Help Us Hear program is to educate the public on the various treatment options for hearing loss and to provide funds for hearing aids and implants for those who cannot afford them.


The goal of the campaign is to raise funds to:


  • Educate the public on the incidence and impact of hearing loss on the individual, the family, and society.
  • Educate the public on the prevention of and then treatment options for hearing loss. Because with today’s advanced technologies and the numerous options for help, living with deafness is a personal choice and not a must anymore.
  • Provide financially eligible candidates with hearing aids, surgical reconstructions, or implants, because the gift of hearing should be made available to all, not only to those who can afford it.
Budget $50,000
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Ear, Nose & Throat Diseases
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
In 2015, we hope to fit 15 needy people with hearing aids that they otherwise could not afford.
Long Term Success
Currently 16% of Manatee and Sarasota County residents have hearing loss and statistics show 4 out of 5 adults nationally do not get treatment. Our long term goal is to increase the number of local residents seeking help and treatment for hearing loss.
Program Success Monitoring
  • Data from the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota
  • Number of applicants to the HUH program vs. number we are able to serve
Program Success Examples
Valeria De Lello, 60, was our second recipient of a new hearing aid. 
She told us: "The worst of it was that I found myself becoming reclusive.  The self alienation made me an outsider to my own family and community.  All of the things I wanted to do, like volunteering in the neighborhood, or simply engaging in conversation, became fearful for me.  Being an asset and a good companion to those around me was next to impossible. Feeling sorry for myself became easy and that was road I did not want to take.  Now that I can hear, I can give back what I can to my fullest.  The ability to hear has re-opened a world that was gone for many years."
This program provides hearing screenings to Sarasota County Pre-K children to ensure they have no hearing or ear issues and will be ready to learn in Kindergarten. We have expanded in recent years to also provide screenings to Sarasota County Charter Schools.  Over 1,000 children are screened each year.
Budget $7,500
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short Term Success
Our short term goal is to increase the number of children screened and treated for ear and hearing issues by 10% each year until all children in the pre-K system have been screened and treated if necessary.
Long Term Success
Our long term goal is that 100% of children in the Pre-K system with ear or hearing issues will have had these issues addressed prior to entering kindergarten.
Program Success Monitoring
We track the number of children that we screen against the enrollment numbers of the individual centers.  The Centers monitor the number of children with "refer" scores and follow-up with the parents to ensure they seek treatment. We also track the number of children seeking treatment at our facility (note: parents may seek treatment at any pediatrician or ENT office and do not have to get services at our Institute).
Program Success Examples
We regularly get calls from parents asking to explain results of the screenings or seeking repeat screens at our Institute.  The individual centers track the data of total children referred versus reported number seeking treatment.
Description We offer a one-year clinical fellowship in Otology-Neurotology featuring extensive hands-on surgery, patient care and research. Fellows gain valuable clinical experience in treating all types of ear and balance disorders. A temporal bone lab and extensive research library are available. Fellows are also able to publish and potentially present research results. The Ear Research Foundation has trained 42 physicians since 1983 - many who are recognized as some of the top ENT practitioners in the field.
Budget $40,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success Our short-term goal is that by the end of their one-year fellowship, 98% of Fellows in training will graduate and will go on to lead successful careers in the ENT field, treating and caring for those with hearing and balance disorders.
Long Term Success
Our long term goals are for graduate Fellows to "give back" to the program: 
75% of the graduate Fellows will regularly give back to the Ear Research Foundation program to enable future physicians to be trained.
20% of the graduate Fellows will attend and/or help teach our annual physician education courses. 
Program Success Monitoring We regularly communicate with our Fellowship graduates through email, e-newsletters, event and course invitations. Many of them interact with us at the physician courses we host and at the annual American Association of Otolaryngology conference.  Some participate with us in multi-institutional research studies and co-author published papers and books.  Many have also referred Fellowship candidates to us. We also specifically track donations to ERF from Fellows. 
Program Success Examples
Since 1983, only 2 Fellows have not completed the program (graduated) due to lack of skills or inability to complete the program.  
Over the last five years, 65% have make contributions to the Ear Research Foundation annually.  
Over the last 10 years, 61 have returned to attend and/or help teach our annual physician education courses (about 15%).
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Alexandra Quarles
CEO Term Start Mar 2018
CEO/Executive Director Email aquarles@earresearchfoundationofflorida.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Jennifer Moss - Mar 2018
Senior Staff
Ms. Julie Daugherty Ph.D.Assistant Director of Research
Dr. Seth Rosenberg MDVice President
Dr. Herbert Silverstein MDPresident
Dr. Jack Wazen MDVP/Director of Research
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 1
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
The Ear Research Foundation collaborates with numerous other community organizations to provide programs and services including but not limited to the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, SERTOMA Speech & Hearing Foundation, Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota/Manatee, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Audiology Management Group, Cochlear Americas, Oticon Medical, Special Olympics Florida, FIERO, and the Florida Medical Association.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
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 Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Other Document 2
ERF ByLaws
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Geoffrey Frazier
Company Affiliation Global Financial Private Capital
Board Term Dec 2015 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email GAF@gf-pc.com
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Steve Buckley Rooms to Go
Mr. Geoffrey Frazier Global Financial Private Capital
Mr. Charles Githler Intershow
Mrs. Eileen Hampshire Art to Walk On
Ms. Jennifer Moss APR, CPRCEar Research Foundation
Mr. Edward Ogiba HLAS
Dr. Seth Rosenberg MDSilverstein Institute
Dr. Herbert Silverstein MDSilverstein Institute
Mr. Raymond Suplee CPASuplee & Shea
Mr. Robert Tufts Retired
Dr. Jack Wazen MDSilverstein Institute
Mr. Ty Wilkinson Net Impact Consultants
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 10
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 73
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 72
Standing Committees
Scientific Advisory
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $550,000.00
Projected Expenses $550,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
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
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$36,592$35,418$62,259
Investment Income, Net of Losses$50,666($596)$42,138
Membership Dues$4,050$12,850$0
Special Events$15,029$22,669$302
Revenue In-Kind$154,429$157,054$157,654
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$346,702$471,927$382,867
Administration Expense$158,526$350,798$143,951
Fundraising Expense$0$0$18,114
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.780.460.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%57%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%29%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,703,523$1,855,784$2,261,843
Current Assets$743,225$765,869$1,369,617
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$40,843$6,668
Total Net Assets$1,703,523$1,814,941$2,255,175
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind Services $154,429In-Kind Services $157,054In-Kind Services $157,654
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountResearch Programs $120,449Research Programs $118,235Research Programs $112,715
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $50,666Educational Programs $36,461Contributions, gifts, grants $62,259
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--18.75205.40
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
We work off a zero based budget.
Our annual audit typically takes place in June.  Audit results are shared at the September board meeting and our 990 is filed in November for the previous year. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures taken from 990.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile. Entity includes the value of in-kind donations in the revenue reported.
Nonprofit Ear Research Foundation, Inc.
Address 1901 Floyd Street
Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone 941 365-0367