TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council
SARASOTA FL 34231-3300
The mission of the TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council is to support the success of the Volunteer & Partnership Office by advising, promoting, and recommending the activities of the Volunteer & Partnership Office to the schools in the Sarasota County School District and the greater Sarasota community by recruiting, training, and recognizing school volunteers and others who support the achievement of Sarasota County public school students.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Dr. Sue M Gordon
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
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 2017
State Registration Yes Feb 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $32,000.00
Projected Expenses $32,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
2015-16 School Year Top Accomplishments:
√ Supported over 9,000 volunteers in the Sarasota County School District schools who donated more that 370,000 hours to our students and schools.
√ Tripled the number of volunteers for the Summer Reading Camp 
 Activated a website to highlight our activities, recruit volunteers and business partners, and showcase our sponsors.
Initiated two fundraising activities, the Giving Challenge and a golf tournament which increased funding for our activities to support volunteers and business partners. 
2016-17 School Year Top Goals:
Recruit volunteers and business partners focusing on the elementary reading program, emphasizing south county schools, and increasing community awareness of all programs.
Train volunteers, business partners, and school-based coordinators including the Elementary School Reading Tutor Program, the Working with Children from Poverty Volunteer training and the Volunteer Retired Administrator Mentoring Program.
Formally recognize outstanding volunteers and business partners and present student service awards.
Increase participation in our fundraising license plate promotion, Giving Challenge, and golf tournament. 
Needs Statement
  1. Recruitment materials including a new student 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
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

“Children with the lowest reading scores account for 33% of all students, yet they account for 63% of all children who do not graduate from high school.” “Most important, we know that intervention programs for third-graders who are at risk of being retained can substantially increase their academic achievement. These two findings from a recent Annie E. Casey Foundation study demonstrate one of the reasons why volunteers are so important to the 32% of third grade students in Sarasota this spring who did not pass the reading test. Recruiting and training reading tutors is one of our major foci.

The TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council recruits and trains volunteers for the public schools throughout Sarasota County. The school district office, under the leadership of Danielle Schwied, assigns the volunteers to schools that request them. During the 2015-2016 school year over 9,000 individuals volunteered over 370,000 hours. In order to thank these individuals and to demonstrate to them and others what an important role volunteer service is to the students and school system the Council supports and recognizes our volunteers and business partners in numerous ways.

While the volunteer numbers are impressive, two facts must be kept in mind: Some volunteers are only involved occasionally, such as for field trips, and not for the one-to-one tutoring that we strive to supply, and demography adds an additional challenge in that over 52% of the students in Sarasota County qualify for free or reduced lunch. Research has shown time and again that these students run the greatest risk for struggling in school. For these reasons, we are constantly challenged to find volunteers willing to consistently meet with a growing number of students needing one-on-one tutoring. Those who rise to the occasion unfailingly tell us that they receive so much more than they give. Our challenge is getting the word out to the community at large.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Thanks to the vision of the Junior League and the Selby Foundation 36 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 in 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.

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 to volunteer, especially as 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 PALS volunteer data base 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.
Description Train volunteers for the Elementary School Reading Tutor Program.  In addition, continue to implement Working with Children from Poverty and Volunteer Toolbag Tutor Strategies as well as training sessions for school-based Volunteer Reading Coordinators.
Budget $3,300
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success The number of volunteers for the middle school reading program have increased over the past year.
Long Term Success Supporting and training increases the likelihood of success and retention of volunteers. 
Program Success Monitoring The PALS volunteer data base records number of volunteer hours. 
Program Success Examples Feedback from the volunteer training evaluation forms indicate a participants were very satisfied (5) or satisfied (4) with the sessions.
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 demonstrate their value to the community.
Budget $15,000
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success The efficiency of the registration process and overall flow of the event has improved.
Long Term Success The district-level recognition event continues to grow in number of attendees, because more schools are recognizing the value that volunteers add to their school site.  In the future, a larger venue may need to be considered to accommodate the increase in numbers.  Also, the cost of catering, facility rental, awards, etc. increases every year.
Program Success Monitoring The increased number of participants indicates success of this program.
Program Success Examples The smiles on the volunteers' faces the night of the event and the awards that are proudly displayed by the volunteers is evidence of success.
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 for our schools. Many community members are not aware of the full-range of opportunities to volunteer in the schools. They mistakenly believe that they must have some experience in education to volunteer in our schools. Another problem is that folks are unaware of how much difference they can make in the life of a student by giving as little as a 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
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 17
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

Within the TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council, six standing committees meet on a regular basis to implement the organization’s mission. Each committee reports at the monthly Council meetings and welcomes suggestions from the Council at large. The Council directly collaborates with the Sarasota County School District Volunteer & Partnership Office and with multiple departments to design training modules and training and recruitment materials and to identify volunteer and partnership needs. Each school has a volunteer coordinator and a business coordinator both of whom we 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
Risk Management Provisions
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 No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Sue M Gordon
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term May 2016 to Apr 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Christopher Brantley ABC7 News
Dr. Tom Buchanan Education Consultant, Volunteer
Cindy Eley Community Volunteer
Kia Garnett Retired Educator, Volunteer
Dr. Sue Gordon Retired Educators, Volunteer
Diane Hein Community Volunteer
Dr. Pam Houfek Retired Educator, Volunteer
Jo Ivey community volunteer
Dr. Wendy Katz Education Consultant, Volunteer
Susan Lacey Achieva Credit Union VP, Volunteer
Sally Mancheno Community Volunteer
Shelly Nierman Keiser University Faculty, Volunteer
Mandy O'Malley Take Stock In Children Coordinator, Volunteer
Danielle Schwied Sarasota County School Board
Dr. Judy Snodgrass Retired Educator, Volunteer
Dr. Carole Storch community volunteer
Lynn Tressler Sarasota County School District, Volunteer
Thomas Watson Retired Engineer, Volunteer
Dr. Patricia Williams Education Consultant, Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 19
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 77
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
Governance Comments by Organization The southern part of Sarasota County has a student population with significant needs, but less of a population from which to draw volunteers to tutor students or to serve on the TeamUP Volunteer and Partnership Council. We are challenged to find individuals from south county to become council members.  We have been increasing our contacts in south county and have just added a new board member with experience in south county. With our rebranding only one year old, we continue to seek recognition with our new name.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $32,000.00
Projected Expenses $32,000.00
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
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$28,656$24,403$16,505
Administration Expense$5,052$896$111
Fundraising Expense$0$0$902
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.880.540.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%96%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$25,366$0$0
Current Assets$25,366$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$25,366$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $12,115Foundation & Corporate Support $10,245Auto Tag Sales $11,942
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $10,651Contributions, gifts, grants $2,550Foundation & Corporate Support $4,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,817Fundraising $840Fundraising $495
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations.
Nonprofit TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council
Address 1960 LANDINGS BLVD
SARASOTA , FL 34231 3300
Phone 941 927-9000 31500