TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council
Sarasota County School District Volunteer & Partnership Office
1960 LANDINGS BLVD
SARASOTA FL 34231-3300
 
Mission
The mission of the TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council is to support Sarasota County School District Volunteer & Partnership Office, providing direct support and funding, in the recruiting, training, and recognizing/retaining school-based volunteers and partners who support student achievement.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Shelly Nierman
Board Chair Affiliation Keiser University
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council for the Sarasota County Schools
Supported Organization Sarasota County School District
Former Names
Partnerships and Alliances Linking Schools (P.A.L.S.) Community Advisory Board
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1984
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2018
State Registration Yes Feb 2018
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
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Impact Statement
2016-17 Accomplishments
  1. Supported 12,000 volunteers in the Sarasota County School District who donated more than 200,000 hours providing the school district a value-added amount of 5 million dollars.
  2.  During the summer reading tutor program, every student (100%) in both north and south county was tutored by a volunteer.  This was the first year that 100% of south county students' needs were met.
  3. The goal to train volunteers, business partners, and school-based coordinators for the Elementary School Reading Tutor Program was met and continues to be a priority.  At the same time, the number of retired school administrators who mentored new district administrators also increased.
  4. The goal to formally recognize outstanding volunteers and business partners was met and continues to be an annual priority for the purpose of retaining community members who are already committed to Sarasota County Schools.
  5. Increased participation in the Giving Challenge.  Continued to explore fundraising opportunities.
 
2017-2018 Goals
  1. Identify and implement fundraising initiatives to support student achievement.
  2. Recruit volunteers and business partners focusing on the Elementary School Reading Tutor Program.  Specifically, providing a reading tutor for every kindergarten student all Title I schools; thereby aligning with and promoting the community's campaign of reading on grade level.
  3. Formally recognize outstanding volunteers and business partners and present student service awards to increase retention of community members who already are committed to Sarasota County Schools. 
Needs Statement
  1. Recruitment materials including a new promotional video. $4,800
  2. Ongoing fees for distribution of newsletter via Constant Contact and maintenance of website. $1,700
  3. Print materials to recognize outstanding volunteers and business partners. $2,050
  4. Print materials to attract individuals to our funding activities. $1,700

 

 
Background Statement
The Sarasota County School District volunteer and partnership program,  Partnerships and Alliances Linking Schools (P.A.L.S.), was established in 1979 through a special partnership among the Junior League, the Selby Foundation, a local bank, and the Sarasota County School District. The PALS Community Advisory Board (CAB), now called the TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council (July 2015), was created at that time as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization designed solely to support and guide this volunteer program toward a coordinated district-wide volunteer program that provides support through training, recruitment, orientation, recognition, networking, and enrichment for the school volunteers and the teachers with whom they work. Today the Council continues to facilitate a structure that provides coordination and support to all schools while still encouraging the volunteer and community partnerships programs in each school to be responsive to local staff, students, and community needs and interests.
 
The school volunteers and partners are fellow community members: parents, students, business owners and employees, professional people, and retired citizens. They share their special knowledge, concern, skills, hobbies, and talents to provide support for the instructional programs in the schools.
 
With school budgets limited to only the most pressing needs, volunteers represent a limitless resource of expertise, attention, and caring to help today's youth improve academic skills, take risks necessary for learning, cope with personal problems, and expand their view of the world. The pairing of a student with an adult or retired citizen builds an early foundation to connect with the community in a meaningful way. Given the ever-increasing demands on schools, community involvement throughout the school district continues to play a significant role in providing our students with a quality education that prepares them to become happy, productive, contributing community members.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments All traditional and charter public schools in the Sarasota County School District.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council supports the Sarasota County School District Volunteer & Partnership Office by providing direct support and funding for recruiting, training, and recognizing/retaining school-based volunteers and partners who support student achievement.

In line with its mission, last year the council supported 12,000 volunteers who donated more than 200,000 hours, which provided the school district with a value-added amount of five million dollars. Also during the 2016-2017 school year, the council recruited and trained volunteers and business partners for the Elementary School Reading Tutor Program as well as the Summer Reading Tutor Program where every student in both north and south county was tutored by a volunteer. Following a 30-year tradition, the council hosted its annual volunteer and business partner celebration where outstanding volunteers and business partners from each school were recognized. At the evening dinner event, guests and principals of 40-plus schools were seated at tables according to school, which provided the opportunity for each school to celebrate within the broader, grand event.

Looking ahead to the 2017-2018 school year, the council is poised to continue championing its mission by maintaining the tradition of hosting the annual volunteer and business partner celebration as well as recruiting and training volunteers and business partners for the Elementary School Reading Tutor Program. Specifically, working closely with the district’s Volunteer & Partnership Office to provide a reading tutor for every kindergarten student in all Title I schools; thereby aligning with and promoting the community’s campaign of reading on grade level.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Thanks to the vision of the Junior League and the Selby Foundation 38 years ago, the non-profit TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council was created to directly and solely support the Sarasota County School District volunteer and partnership program. This support includes procuring funding to support the collaborative efforts between the Council and the district to recruit, train, retain volunteers and partners for the district schools.

Given that unique structure, the Council works directly with me, the coordinator for the school district's volunteer and partnership program, to recruit, train, retain, and recognize those community members--caring volunteers and supportive individuals, businesses and organization--who generously give of their time, talents, and resources to help our students, our teachers, and our schools.

We know that we would not be one of the best-performing districts in the state if it were not for that support, especially given that over 50% of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. We are proud of the infrastructure that has been built over the years by the school-based and district staff in partnership with the Council to ensure that we have an organized business partner program that supports the collaboration between businesses and the schools and a well-supported volunteer program to ensure that we not only match the school needs with the volunteer interests and strengths but also provide research-based training so volunteers are best prepared to work with our students and our teachers.

Programs
Description Increase community awareness of the school district volunteer and business partner programs by presenting to community businesses, organizations, neighborhoods, etc. with members who are likely become school-based partners and volunteers, especially volunteer reading tutors.  In addition, contract for design of recruitment/awareness brochures, continue Constant Contact subscription and maintain website.
Budget $6,520
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Short term success will be presenting at three or more community functions.
Long Term Success The ultimate change will be an increase of volunteers in the school district. 
Program Success Monitoring The school district volunteer data base (Volunteers Count!) and business partner database will be used to determine whether there is an increase in volunteers.
Program Success Examples In the past, volunteer presentations were offered through the ACE catalog. Direct recruiting presentation to Walmart administrators and staff resulted in a significant increase in volunteer reading tutors in the school district summer reading program for students who failed the 3rd grade standardized test in south county, an area of particular need for volunteers.
Description Train volunteers for the Elementary School Reading Tutor Program, which was designed by the school district Curriculum & Instruction Department specifically for volunteers to tutor students 1:1.  Given the community focus on Reading through the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, the Volunteer & Partnership Office and the Council are increasing focus on this initiative. The Council provides direct support and funding for the volunteer training materials and the books and materials used by the volunteers in the schools. Therefore, in addition to volunteers, the Council helps recruit community partners to support the program cost.
Budget $3,300
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success The Council was successful in recruiting administrators and staff from a local Walmart to be trained and to tutor in a local school. Currently, an additional 20 individuals have been recruited for the 1:1 volunteer reading tutor for all students in one selected Kindergarten class
Long Term Success Supporting and training increases the likelihood of success and retention of volunteers. 
Program Success Monitoring The school district volunteer data base (Volunteers Count!) records number of volunteer hours. The district's Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator maintains a record of those schools implementing the program and the number of volunteer reading tutors trained and assigned to those schools.  
Program Success Examples Feedback from the volunteer training evaluation forms indicate a participants were very satisfied (5) or satisfied (4) with the sessions. Over 90% of the responding volunteers have indicated that the students demonstrate success from the program and that they, themselves, are willing to continue with the program. Over 90% of the teachers have indicated they see a positive effect on their students participating in the program.
Description Select district volunteer and business partner winners, conduct surprise visits to announce district-level winners, and host district-level recognition event to honor volunteers and business partners and demonstrate their value to the community. At this event, the school-based individuals who coordinate the volunteer program, the business partner program, and the volunteer reading tutor program also are recognized and honored. Those recognized are seated by school with the principal, thus achieving a school-based celebration of all who work together to help students and teachers in the midst of the broad celebration of 40+ schools and district administrators honoring all involved in a grand celebration and recognition.
Budget $15,000
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success The district-level recognition event continues to grow in number of attendees, because more schools are recognizing the value that volunteers and partners add to their school site. In the future, a larger venue may need to be considered to accommodate the increase in numbers.
Long Term Success
As a result of the recognition celebration, school-based volunteers and partners feel valued, which increases the likelihood that they will continue to support the schools. In addition to that, as they are honored, they serve as examples (through media coverage) to others in the community who may not be aware of the needs and opportunities for volunteers and partners in the schools. 
Program Success Monitoring Number of school-based volunteers and partners who attend this event and the number of district schools that participate.
Program Success Examples The increased number of participants indicates success of this program.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Clear, consistent, and far-reaching communication about what this organization is and does is essential to successfully recruiting and retaining volunteers and partners for the schools in the Sarasota County School District.  Community members often are unaware of the full-range of volunteering opportunities that are available, regardless of experience in education and availability.  Every volunteer makes a difference for a student, even when giving as little as an hour a week!
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
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 18
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations

The Council is designed specifically to support the Sarasota County School District volunteer and partnership district-wide program through direct work with the school district Volunteer & Partnership Office.In doing so, the Council indirectly collaborates with multiple departments in the district to design training modules and training and recruitment materials and to identify volunteer and partnership needs. Each school has one or more volunteer coordinator(s) and one or more business partner coordinator(s) who the Council support. These coordinators also work with the the district-level Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator (who serves as an Ex-Officio member of the Council) to establish and implement trainings for volunteers, develop volunteer and partner recruitment and partnership strategies, and manage volunteer registration and background screenings. The Council also collaborates with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. In addition, the Council works directly with the community to further its mission to recruit, train, and recognize school volunteers and partners who support the academic achievement of Sarasota County public school students.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
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 No
Board Chair
Board Chair Shelly Nierman
Company Affiliation Keiser University
Board Term May 2017 to Apr 2018
Board Chair Email Teamupvpcouncil@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Christopher Brantley ABC7 News
Laura Dethloff Achieva Credit Union
Cindy Eley Community Volunteer
Kia Garnett Retired Educator, Volunteer
Dr. Sue Gordon Retired Educators, Volunteer
Francie Hall Volunteer
Diane Hein Community Volunteer
Dr. Pam Houfek Retired Educator, Volunteer
Jo Ivey community volunteer
Dr. Wendy Katz Education Consultant, Volunteer
Dr. Tanice Knopp Volunteer
Shelly Nierman Keiser University Faculty, Volunteer
Ashley Salter Volunteer
John Scherden Volunteer
Danielle Schwied Sarasota County School Board
Delaney Smith Student
Dr. Carole Storch community volunteer
Katrina Ward Sarasota School District
Susan Whitesides Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 17
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 94
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Executive
Nominating
Volunteer
Scholarship
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization We are seeking more diversity from throughout the county in our membership.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $12,000.00
Projected Expenses $22,178.00
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$9,776$28,656$24,403
Administration Expense$1,502$5,052$896
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.780.880.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%85%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$27,107$25,366$0
Current Assets$27,107$25,366$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$27,107$25,366$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $10,446Fundraising $12,115Foundation & Corporate Support $10,245
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $5,708Foundation & Corporate Support $10,651Contributions, gifts, grants $2,550
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $3,805Contributions, gifts, grants $3,817Fundraising $840
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations.
Nonprofit TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council
Address Sarasota County School District Volunteer & Partnership Office
1960 LANDINGS BLVD
SARASOTA , FL 34231 3300
Phone 941 927-9000 31500

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