Just For Girls
1011 21st Street East
Bradenton FL 34208
To provide the framework within which girls can aspire to more successful lifestyles, to seek a better education, to secure meaningful and financially-equitable employment, and to become responsible and caring members of our society.
CEO/Executive Director Becky Canesse
Board Chair Tim Polk
Board Chair Affiliation Urban Planning Solutions/Retired City Planner
General Info
Organization DBA
Just for Girls
Former Names
Manatee County Girls Club, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1969
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Manatee County Girls Club 501C3View
Other Documents
JFG Annual ReportView
JFG Annual ReportView
Annual ReportView
Just for Girls Academy Annual ReportView
Just for Girls Annual ReportView
Just for Girls Academy Annual ReportView
Annual ReportView
Impact Statement

Just for Girls provides the educational and emotional foundation to help girls achieve their full potential. Our vision is to enable all girls to rise above their circumstances and become inspirational leaders in their community by helping girls grow up feeling safe, capable, and smart; with respect for themselves and others. 

Major Accomplishments 2016:

88% of JFG Elementary students improved their reading scores.
72% of JFG Elementary students improved their math scores.
JFG Elementary was awarded the Florida Positive Behavior Support Program’s Silver Award.

74% of students who entered the JFG Middle school program this year increased their GPA.
58% of students entering the JFG Middle School program this year improved their attendance.
84% of students enrolled in GAPS (Girls Alternative Program For Success) increased their knowledge and understanding of pregnancy prevention.

91% of JFG after-school students improved study habits and attitudes about reading
87% of JFG after-school students improved empathy, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Needs Statement

Just for Girls has identified immediate and planned needs over the next five years. This assessment addresses client needs, facilities, land, playgrounds, buses, technology, safety, sustainability and capacity building for self-sufficiency.

  • Remedial education and tutoring after school and through the summer for students needing extra help at all 3 centers and both schools. Scholarships average $2500 per girl per year.
  • Playground equipment and safe surfacing at the Palmetto Just for Girls Leadership and Learning Campus - $40,000. Playground installation at Just for Girls Elementary (East Bradenton Center) to provide safe surfacing and play equipment - $20,000.
  • Expand & upgrade student transportation; add transport vans at 3 centers and 2 schools for $125,000; include 3 newer buses with wheelchair access for $225,000.
  • JFG West Bradenton Leadership and Learning Center: multi-purpose, durable and energy-efficient, sustainable facility that will be shared between the JFG Before and After School Programs, JFG Elementary, and community partners to serve as a community connection center as well as a shelter for displaced families following a disaster. Legacy opportunities range from $5,000 for engraved bricks, $50,000 for a classroom, $250,000 for the multi-purpose room and shelter, to $1,000,000 for naming rights to the building.

Background Statement

Spearheaded by educator Ida Stewart and community leader Sarah Tomberlin, the Manatee County Girls Club was created to provide local girls an educational program designed for their needs in an environment that fosters success. In December 1968, the Manatee County Girls Club, Inc. received its charter; it opened its doors in Bradenton on January 6, 1969.

The organization flourished, and with the assistance of community leader Sara Alice Harllee, opened a Palmetto center just two years later. In 1979, the Bradenton Kiwanis Club generously deeded land to Just for Girls on 59th Street, where the west Bradenton center stands today. In 1981, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation funded retiring the mortgage on that facility. A few years later, after a successful capital campaign led by Dan S. Blalock, Jr., both the east Bradenton and Palmetto centers relocated to brand-new facilities.

The name Just for Girls was adopted in 1992, and in 1993, the Just for Girls Alternative Education Program was established to serve the educational needs of middle school girls who have not been able to succeed in a traditional school setting.

For over 47 years, Just for Girls has met and exceeded the highest standards for excellence in programming, stewardship and accountability. Currently serving over 500 girls ages 5 through 17 annually, Just for Girls provides comprehensive before school, after school, and summer services, a K-5th grade and a 6th-8th grade Alternative Education Program. Providing hope for those in need, we are making a difference in this community – one girl at a time.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments

Just for Girls is located directly in neighborhoods facing the most hardship: families living with economic disadvantage or at risk of homelessness, and children at risk of violence, emotional trauma, gangs, substance abuse, and school dropout. The greatest number of members live in Manatee County and include leading areas for delinquency charges and youth referred to the Dept. of Juvenile Justice.

JFG's West Leadership and Learning Center is located on 59th St. West and serves all areas of West Bradenton and parts of northern Sarasota.
JFG's East Leadership and Learning Center is located on 21st St. East and serves all areas of East Bradenton and parts of northern Sarasota.
JFG's North Leadership and Learning Center is located on 10th St. West in Palmetto and serves all areas of Palmetto and parts of Ellenton.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Dear Giving Candidates:

It is with a great sense of urgency and joy that I invite you to support the one-of-a-kind mission, and the essential building campaign, of Just for Girls.

Just for Girls is the only before and after school program in Manatee County with a multi-tiered focus that includes alternative education options for K-8th grades and year-round enrichment, academics, and character development in response to research that illustrates the unique challenges girls face in and out of the classroom. JFG helps young girls recover academic losses, build self-esteem, develop confidence, and fulfill their potential.

While research overwhelmingly shows that all girls benefit from the special touch provided by Just for Girls and its staff, girls from underprivileged families need what JFG offers even more. Young female minds from struggling families and low-income neighborhoods find the security, stability, and consistent support from JFG that helps them overcome the challenging circumstances of trauma, abuse, neglect, and poverty.

I have witnessed this personally. A young girl I was familiar with, whose family had sadly guided her to early promiscuity and disciplinary issues that prevented her success in traditional classrooms, received a second chance through Just for Girls. The program's careful eye and nurturing spirit helped this young girl find the right path and earn her diploma. Their prevention and redirection programs focus on positive reinforcement of healthy choices and long-term goal-setting with achievable benchmarks to ensure that girls do not merely survive, but rather thrive in an environment of compassion, courage, and confidence.

Just for Girls is also a districtwide standout, earning unmatched accolades for character education, prevention and redirection programs. This past year, Just for Girls received high praise from the Manatee County School Board when it transitioned from a charter school to an alternative education program. Plans to redevelop their West Bradenton Leadership and Learning Center have been enthusiastically approved by the planning council, and several community agencies have offered matching grants to supplement fundraising efforts for this Smart Growth Initiatives.

Manatee County is a better community because of Just for Girls. Their hard work and the aspirations this wonderful institution inspires in girls, parents and families are instrumental in building a strong, capable community for generations to come. Please join our community in supporting this essential organization and the great work it is doing on behalf of young girls and their families.


Christine Hawes, Immediate Past President

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

We are continuously focused on meeting the needs of girls and providing program quality with increased staff training and careful hiring. With programming quality assured and funding secured, we will move forward on marketing plans for membership development. 

Our plans for the redevelopment of our West Bradenton Center have been approved with great enthusiasm by the City of Bradenton's Planning Commission, and Just for Girls was recognized as "one of the finest organizations we have dealt with." (Tim Polk, Director of Planning and Community Development) We are collaborating with the Red Cross to share our facility for use as an operations center for first responders and a post-disaster shelter for displaced families in the event of a natural disaster. 

 Community collaboration and sharing our facilities has helped provide unparalleled efficiency, and shared staff between our foundation, schools and centers keeps administrative expenses well below industry standards.
As you explore our profile, you will see the short-range (financial and human resource development), mid-range (Smart Growth Initiatives Capital Campaign, program, and membership development), and long-range (product development and academic expansion) plans. Throughout, we will be working to grow our foundation, which has stretched itself to stabilize and continue our services through the economic downturn.
The financial, organizational and educational enhancements from these initiatives will impact our future and future generations of girls in a profound and powerful way. Working together, we will create a brighter future for girls! 

Girls develop resiliency through physical safety, a structured environment, academic skill building, high quality homework help, engaging activities, conflict resolution skills, positive social experiences, and supportive relationships with adults. Elements of the program include:

--KidzLit, a research-based literacy program specifically designed for the afterschool environment.

--Enrichment activities such as creative and performing arts, health and fitness, life skills, games, and free play.

Protective factors are built through group settings that provide supportive relationships, opportunities to belong, and activities that promote skill building.

Positive social norms are built through rules, expectations, and experiences that promote decision making, problem solving, and peaceful conflict resolution.

Budget $756,135
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Outcome 1: 
Students will retain or improve attitudes and behavior leading to improved quality of life, health, and safety.
Intent to implement at least 3 behaviors relating to good habits, better nutrition, hygiene, fitness, and others.
Outcome 2
Students will retain or improve knowledge that supports academic achievement and healthy adolescent development
Demonstrate understanding of decision making, teamwork, respect, and responsibility
Long Term Success
The ultimate goal of this program is to build the protective factors and reduce the risk factors that are critical in helping local at-risk girls make better life choices vital to their individual successes, their future families, employers, and their community as a whole. We intend for our members to become successful adults. We want them to pursue a college education and have a career, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty within our community.
Working hand in hand with these girls and their families – most who are of the working poor – Just for Girls is making a positive impact on this community now and through future generations as our members grow to become agents of change.
Program Success Monitoring
  • Just for Girls conducts pre and post testing twice a year for each of its programs.
  • Parent surveys are given at the end of each school year to determine our clients' opinion of our program's overall success.
  • Tutoring surveys are given to students to determine their satisfaction with progress achieved.
Program Success Examples
Goal: Learning to make healthy and positive decisions
Measure: "I can name 4 things on food packages that provide info on healthy eating"
Clients: Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Positive response Pre-test: 43% Post test: 74%
31% increase in knowledge
Goal: To treat others with respect and to make positive contributions to a team
Measure: Students demonstrated teamwork, respect, and responsibility
Clients: Kindergarten - Sixth Grade
96% achieved this goal

Excerpt from a client’s letter: “When I first started at JFG Alternative Middle School, I had so much anger I didn’t care about anything or anyone. I began with a low D, but now I am an A/B student. I learned I had courage, and the ability to change my ways.”

The Girls Alternative Program for Success (GAPS) serves high-risk, middle-school-aged girls who are referred to Just for Girls after struggling in a traditional school – often being truant, delinquent, hostile or even violent to their peers and teachers. An unacceptable number of girls come to us expressing suicidal thoughts; some have attempted suicide. The GAPS program helps girls turn F’s into A’s and overcome life circumstances and challenges that no child should ever have to face. The continuation of this program saves lives.

Last year:
74% - increased their grade point average
58% - improved their attendance
88% - improved reading score
74% - improved math score

Budget $475,090
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Outcome 1
Girls who regularly attend the Girls Alternative Program for Success (GAPS) will increase skills, attitudes, behavior, and knowledge and gain awareness of healthy life choices with emphasis on pregnancy prevention.
Students will demonstrate improved attitudes, behavior, and skills, and knowledge of the real-life hardships and consequences of teen pregnancy and the developmental skill needed to make healthier life choices as measured by student pre and post-tests and tracked by staff observation.
Outcome 2:
Girls do not become pregnant while in the GAPS program or in the year that they transition to a traditional high school.
Girls are not pregnant as determined by staff report, school counselors’ reports, self reporting
Long Term Success

The ultimate goal of the Girls Alternative for Success is that girls are empowered to understand choices and consequences; that there are rewards in life worth working for; and that restraint and responsibility are positive values that reap their own rewards. Academic and life skills are blended into a prevention and redirection based program that allow girls to discover and pursue long-term goals through the cultivation of healthy relationships with themselves, their peers, and their elders. Long-term program goals include 90% of girls remaining crime-free while enrolled and for one year after the program. 100% of girls will remain pregnancy-free while enrolled and for one-year of tracking after program completion.

Program Success Monitoring
  • Gaps conducts pre and post testing on all programs
  • Baby Think it Over has pre and post surveys as well as electronic monitoring
  • Progress is charted through use of daily agendas and behavior reports, copies of which go home to parents every day.
  • Staff conducts parent contacts, parent workshops and regular progress reporting.
Program Success Examples

88% - Students who increased their FCAT reading score
74% - Students who increased their grade point average
58% - Students who improved their attendance

Excerpted from a father’s letter, with permission:
"My daughter had quite a rocky start at Just for Girls. Her knowledge levels were well below the grade level she was in and her attitude towards school, authority, and learning was deplorable. But in the last two years, her attitude has gone from deplorable to quite delightful, and her thirst for learning has increased one hundred fold. I attribute all of this to the teachers and staff at Just for Girls. Their hearts of compassion, encouragement, and patience have put my daughter on a path that she would never have been able to achieve without Just for Girls. They awakened her curiosity and opened her mind to a whole new world. Now she can see the potential and vitality in herself. I am so proud of her academic achievement in the last two years and owe it all to the teachers and staff.

Girls love coming to school!.

  • Girls excel in an all-girls classroom where they are inspired to achieve at the highest level.
  • Character and leadership development build emotional intelligence, empathy, courage and confidence.
  • Service-learning opportunities strengthen girls’ ties to their peers, families and the community.
  • Responsive classrooms help girls recover from trauma, build empathy, and develop a culture of caring.

It is the goal of JFG Elementary to promote the health of the whole child, with structures, curriculum, and instruction that help each girl grow academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and ethically. By fostering a wide range of skills and character traits, JFG Elementary's goal is to prepare its students for the future by outfitting them with tools such as thinking skills, social competencies, coping skills, problem solving skills, and positive character traits.

Budget $1,244,663
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
  1. At least 70% of the Just for Girls Elementary's student body will advance at least 1.1 grade level each year.
  2. There will be an annual increase in the percentage of students at Just for Girls Elementary scoring at Level 3 or higher on the FCAT 2.0.
  3. Underperformers whose baseline test is at or below grade level in reading will achieve more than one grade level improvement during that year of education in the JFG Elementary
Long Term Success It is the goal of Just for Girls Elementary to promote the health of the whole child, with structures,curriculum, and instruction that help each girl grow academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and ethically. By fostering a wide range of skills and characteristics, Just for Girls Elementary’s overarching goal is to prepare its students for the future by outfitting them with tools such as thinking skills, social competencies, coping skills, problem solving skills, and positive character traits. Intermediate goals include the successful development of intellectual skills such as self-regulation, pro-social skills such as mutual responsibility, trust, and empathy, and the development of strong ties to family, school, and community.
Program Success Monitoring
Success is measured objectively by recognized measurement tools aligned with state and national standards of achievement. These include FAIR and STAR monitoring tools and assessments for K-5th grades.
Regular staff reports from teachers and classroom observation by senior staff.
Program Success Examples

We are already seeing short term success with 75% of students who were below target in Reading or Math (or both) are at or above target level after just one quarter at Just for Girls Elementary.


Resiliency, Education, And Prevention (REAP)

Age-appropriate alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention education where girls learn to recognize substance abuse and its harmful effects, and develop character, decision-making skills, and healthy life choices.

Abuse Prevention

Children who live with the fear and burden of domestic violence receive counseling services through collaboration with HOPE Family Services. Teens and Tweens also participate in a Dating Violence Prevention Program where they learn to recognize warning signs of dating violence and develop skills to protect themselves.

Budget $69,552
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

Outcome 1:

80% of students participating in Just for Girls’ Resiliency Education and Prevention Program will demonstrate increased or improved knowledge on the prevention of drug, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use including the harmful short and long-term effects and the consequences of substance use.


Students participating in this class will retain or improve their prevention-based knowledge in topics relating to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco over the school year as measured by pre and post testing. 

Outcome 2:

80% of the students participating in Just for Girls’ Resiliency Education and Prevention Program will increase or maintain skills, knowledge, attitudes, or behavior regarding decision making skills, controlling impulses, positive peer norms, and a healthy self-concept - all critical to the prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use as measured by student pre and post-tests and/or surveys.


Students participating in this program will retain or improve positive attitudes and behaviors as demonstrated by intent to control impulses and use decision making skills, and measured by self-reporting on pre and post tests.

Long Term Success

Through Resiliency, Education, and Prevention (REAP), girls will strengthen positive values and learn social competencies, coping skills, and the importance of sound decision making; they will practice resistance skills; and they will develop a positive identity so that they have a sense of purpose and worth. Prepared with these internal assets and the external assets of support, boundaries, and constructive use of time, girls will gain the knowledge and capability to achieve their full potential. They will make better life choices vital to their individual successes.

Program Success Monitoring
  • Just for Girls conducts pre and post testing twice a year for each of its programs.
  • Parent surveys are given at the end of each school year to determine our clients' opinion of our program's overall success.
Program Success Examples
Goal: Maintain or increase prevention based knowledge
Measure: "Cigarettes, snuff, and chewing tobacco are all harmful to someone's health"
Clients: Third Grade
Positive response Pre-test: 74% Post test: 93%
19% increase in knowledge
Goal: Students will retain or improve attitudes and behaviors conducive to resisting peer pressure to use alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs
Measure: "Skills I learned at Just for Girls will help me resist peer pressure to use alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs"
Clients: Fourth grade and older
Positive response Pre-test: 73% Post test: 88%
15% increase in knowledge
Program Comments by Organization

We achieved many program goals this year that we set at the organizational level.

  • JFG Elementary received the 2nd highest attendance improvement in the district, and met or exceeded the district in 8 of 12 progress measures. 
  • We expanded service-learning programs and community engagement projects with JFGE and JFGM.
  • We started safety-related renovations and improvements to our playgrounds.
  • We laid the groundwork with extensive outreach to upgrade our transportation services.

We took opportunities to set ourselves and our mission apart.

  • We targeted program improvement and clearer marketing of the benefits of our gender-specific mission.
  • Media coverage on our annual event and SGI campaign, along with Middle and Elementary school press this year positioned us with greater visibility and clearer distinction from other co-ed recreational programs.

We also worked on beneficial collaborations with other agencies.

  • We secured commitments from Easter Seals for counseling services, HOPE Family Services for healthy relationship workshops, and Selah Freedom for human trafficking awareness classes.
  • 13th Avenue for transportation sharing
  • ELC for staff development and program improvement.
  • We continue to cultivate relationships with community agencies through collaborations and service programs.
  • We are building relationships with community businesses through referral networking.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Becky Canesse
CEO Term Start Nov 1987
CEO/Executive Director Email bcanesse@myjfg.org

Becky Canesse has been the Executive Director of the Manatee County Girls Club, Inc., now known as Just for Girls, since 1987. In her 29 years of directing youth programs, she has received numerous national, regional and local awards and has been a speaker and trainer for national conferences on prevention and human services. Her leadership in community service has included serving as Chairman of the United Way Agency Council, President of the Manatee Community Council for Children, and Founding Chairman of the Mayor’s Drug Free Communities Committee.

QUALIFICATIONS: Twenty-nine years comprehensive involvement in all phases of organizational development and community partnerships with a proven record of ethical stewardship and principle-centered leadership, with extensive experience in business development, writing and administering grants, coordinating programs and services, analyzing budgets and program effectiveness, strategic planning, public speaking, innovative collaboration, human resources, personnel administration, leadership and training.

As Chief Executive Officer Ms. Canesse oversees three Leadership and Learning Centers and two schools as well as the administrative offices, coordinates and monitors educational and developmental programs for approximately 500+ children and their families, develops and manages annual budgets of $2.3million combined, and provides proper stewardship of assets exceeding $4million.  


  • Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2014 Nonprofit of the Year Award Youth and Children's Services
  • U. S. Dept of Education’s Shining Stars: Prevention Programs That Work
  • U. S. Dept of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention’s Promising Programs and Strategies
  • Governor’s Best Practices Award, FL Dept of Children & Families
  • Top-ranked agency providing child care services in Manatee County - University of South FL Dept of Education
  • Leadership role in establishing children’s services referendum and drug free communities partnership


Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Lisa Harriman CPAFinance Director
Andi Watson Development Director
Nancy Welch Accounting & Reporting Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 27
Staff Retention Rate % 93
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 37
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Just for Girls collaborates with many organizations to provide services, volunteers, and educational opportunities in support of its  programs. These include: 
Easter Seals
Selah Freedom
AAUW (provides lending library, reading tutors, and mentors) 
Junior Achievement (provides curriculum and training)
Experience Works
Retired Senior Volunteer Program 
Manatee Health Department
Children’s Community Action Treatment Team
Safe Children Coalition
Centerstone of Florida
Family Resource Center Runaway Shelter
Palmetto Art Center (art enrichment activities)
Manatee Sail and Power Squadron (fishing trips for Alternative School girls)
M & I Bank (work and service opportunities)
Family Resources Counseling Center
University Park Women's Club (volunteer and enrichment)
Family Partnership Center
HOPE Family Services
SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy)
13th Avenue Dream Center (Transportation)
Manatee Players and The Sarasota Ballet (fine arts and cultural enrichment) 
Manatee Chamber of Commerce2014
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2015
External Assessments and Accreditations
Florida Department of Children and Families2012
Awards & Recognition
Promising Programs and StrategiesUS Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention
Shining Stars: Prevention Programs that WorkUS Department of Education Drug Free Schools Recognition Program
Top-Ranked Agency Providing Child Care Services in Manatee CountyUniversity of South Florida, Department of Education1999
Governor's Substance Abuse Best Practices AwardFlorida Dept of Children and Families and the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association2001
Nonprofit of the Year - Youth and Children's ServicesTampa Bay Business Journal2014
Model Schools Silver AwardFlorida's Positive Behavior Support Project2016
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Dishonesty
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2017
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization

The staff of Just for Girls has been identified by evaluations and strategic planners as one of its greatest strengths. We have developed and implemented pay equity initiatives to retain quality staff and compensate our professionals consistent within the industry average as reported by the Non-Profit Resource Center.

 As CEO, I am responsible to the Just for Girls Board of Directors to implement its policies and oversee the agency finances, human resources, and operations of the organization. I also hire and supervise a great team of program directors, principals, teachers, support staff and the finance, development and administrative staff.

I am an advocate of Daniel Pink’s, 'Drive - The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us', which uses 50 years of behavioral science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation. Pink shows that carrot and stick motivators have been oversold and that high performance depends much more on the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things and to do better by ourselves and the world. The philosophy of Drive is taken into consideration as Just for Girls employees take part in establishing goals and objectives for their personal and professional growth, and help chart the course for the classes, programs, school and students, staff and organization. 
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Destruction Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Tim Polk
Company Affiliation Urban Planning Solutions/Retired City Planner
Board Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2020
Board Chair Email TimothyPolk4840@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Becky Canesse CEO, Just for Girls
Dwayne Denison Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Peggy DeSear Community Volunteer
Johanna Eccles Health & Wellness Coach
Kristin Gause Bank of the Ozarks
Sandra Holley Retired Educator
Melanie Knowles Melaleuca
Timothy Polk Retired Planning Director, City of Bradenton
Keith Pratt Executive Director for Bishop Animal Shelter
Edward J Semmerling Edward Jones
Candace Swenson BMO Harris Bank
Kristina Vorndran Allegiant Private Advisors
Marlene Woodson-Howard Retired, FL State Senate
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 6
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Governance Comments by Organization

During a previous organizational assessment, a self-evaluation conducted by the Board of Directors identified Board Development as an opportunity. Just for Girls addressed this with Government in the Sunshine training, nonprofit organization board training, parliamentary procedures and Robert's Rules of Order training and engaging ongoing consultative support and board meeting participation by registered parliamentarian Shirley Brodbeck of the Bradenton Unit of Parliamentarians.

Board members also attend various working lunches provided by AFP and other local partners. The nominating committee uses community networking sources including the Leadership Manatee membership directory, Chamber directory, and JFG board alumni to keep its board diverse and representative of the community. After new board members are elected by the Board of Directors, orientation is conducted by the nominating committee and the CEO.
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 $1,621,321.00
Projected Expenses $1,820,498.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $77,226.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Strengthen existing bldgs longer lifespan; incr transport to reach more students replace vehicles; enhance techn at compt learning ctrs; land purch, new hardened, energy effic, multi purp educ ctr shelter; playgrounds; Endow for grwth of fndn
Campaign Goal $7,000,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2003 to Dec 2019
Amount Raised To Date 3371053 as of Feb 2017
IRS Form 990s
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$1,543,453$1,131,967$986,247
Individual Contributions$128,569$234,733$358,458
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,149$12,738$8,676
Membership Dues$7,330$5,995$4,515
Special Events$37,002$3,585$12,473
Revenue In-Kind$1,900$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,745,679$1,524,344$1,373,309
Administration Expense$136,329$735,926$102,413
Fundraising Expense$63,498$23,490$47,901
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.701.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%67%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,261,418$3,371,053$4,079,107
Current Assets$557,586$501,037$504,540
Long-Term Liabilities$205,845$938$5,486
Current Liabilities$170,741$385,883$322,185
Total Net Assets$2,884,832$2,984,232$3,751,436
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $1,543,453Government Grants - Unspecified $1,131,967Government Grants - Unspecified $986,247
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $128,569Contributions, gifts, grants $234,733Contributions, gifts, grants $358,458
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDaily Program Fees $64,477Daily Program Fees $78,729Daily Program Fees $70,021
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $125,001 - $150,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.271.301.57
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Every organization faces challenges and the nature of the challenges change as the company matures. Just for Girls has always had passionate supporters and many of its major donors are still those related to some of our founders. We get regular funding from Manatee County, the United Way, and some foundations. We write strong grants and compete for state and federal dollars. But the last few years of funding cuts has accentuated something we already knew: relying on a limited pool of revenue sources is a challenge to our development. Just for Girls has been working tirelessly to diversify its funding sources.

  • We have expanded our efforts with our foundation and produced a new foundation planned giving brochure.  
  • We have planned and developed strategies to refine our efforts toward our Smart Growth Initiatives and Redevelopment campaigns.
  • The Giving Partner and Gulf Coast Gives are initiatives we were privileged to be invited to join and which are taking our resource development to another level. They are putting us in touch with new donors and giving us exposure to a wider community. 
  • We are represented among many community and business networking groups, that have assisted with outreach and fundraising, reducing the burden on corporate staff.

Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as listed on Form 990s. Total revenue on audit for 2010 is $1,429,160 and for 2009 is $1,548,900.  The in-kind contribution revenue includes non-cash contributions and donated services and use of facilities as reported on the IRS Form 990.  Donated services and facilities are not included in total revenue on the IRS Form 990.
Nonprofit Just For Girls
Address 1011 21st Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone 941 747-5757