Sarasota County 4H Foundation Inc
PO Box 48408
Sarasota FL 34230
The Sarasota County 4-H Foundation provides resources for and promotes the local 4-H youth program.  We do this through fundraising events, cultivation of potential donors and stewardship in resource management.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Nimie Gill
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Sarasota County 4-H Foundation, Inc.
Supported Organization Sarasota County 4-H Program
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1974
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
Forty-four youth received scholarships totaling almost $6,000.00 to attend annual overnight Camp Cloverleaf, which teaches teamwork, communication, and interpersonal & intrapersonal skills through educational hands-on experiences.
Sponsored Achievement and Recognition awards to over 500 4-H youth for the successful completion of 4-H projects and related record books in areas ranging from plants and animals to photography and food preparation.
Engaged 82 local classrooms in the annual Tropicana Public Speaking Contest to enhance public speaking skills of more than 1,500 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students.  
Awarded five college and higher education scholarships to 4-H seniors based on outstanding leadership, civic engagement, and tangible development of critical life skills.
Provided $27,000 to support youth participation at and program coordination of local, district, state, and national 4-H events ranging from public speaking to leadership development.
Goals for the current year:
Build a strong donor base through enhanced relationships with individuals and corporate donors.
Guided by our mission statement, plan and successfully execute fund raising events to meet our budgeted program goals.
Maintain recognition of the Sarasota County 4-H Foundation as a community leader in support of local 4-H programs, its Volunteers, and all area youth.
Needs Statement
  1. Assess community needs based upon increased participation with more diverse partner engagement.
  2. Build a strong donor base through enhanced relationships with individuals and corporate donors. Plan, conduct and evaluate new fundraising events
  3. Maintain recognition of the Sarasota County 4-H Foundation as a community leader in support of area youth through 4-H programming
  4. Strengthen the 4-H Foundation governing board and its organization
Background Statement
The Sarasota County 4-H Foundation was organized and incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1974 by a small group of individuals to promote the educational objectives of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the University of Florida and Sarasota County to foster youth development and to support the County Extension programs for youth.
The Foundation has operated with charitable, education and social welfare goals to benefit the public and private sectors of community life.  Resources raised through out the Board's work are given to support Sarasota County's 4-H program for educational and leadership training scholarships and events such as horse and livestock judging, Awards and Recognition Night, youth demonstrations and public speaking awards, University of Florida state competitions, regional horse shows, leadership training at Florida Legislature Week, Washington Focus and National 4-H Congress.  School enrichment projects funded by the Foundation include a radish growing program involving over 2,000 school children, as well as, marine and environmental science programs.  The Foundation has annually awarded senior 4-H members with college scholarships and increased the endowment fund.  Sarasota County 4-H Foundation Board members are committed to the mission of the 4-H Foundation and give of their time, expertise, influence and financial support.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Sarasota County including Englewood, North Port, Venice, and Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We are proud of the Foundation's support of the local 4-H program and outreach projects to students in Sarasota County. All members work diligently conducting fundraising events. These events raised funds that sent more children to camp, strengthened our scholarship program, grew our endowment fund, and provided educational hands-on learning experiences for local youth.

4-H programs, curriculum, resources, etc… are provided to traditional 4-H Clubs as well as public, private, and home school organizations. Providing these resources seeks to create partnerships with other youth development organizations to coordinate programs which meet the needs of area youth. Examples of topics range from school gardens with radish growing competitions to Tropicana Public Speaking and healthy living and STEM emphases. Some programs are executed within the school while others take place after hours and during the summer.

Budget $3,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Agriculture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families Adults
Short Term Success

Youth become critical thinkers with first-hand knowledge of agricultural practices through the planting, growing, and harvesting of radish plants. Sarasota 4-H provides participating schools with radish seeds, record books, and concise instructions for the successful completion of this 21 day project. This short, hands-on experience allows youth the opportunity to apply and understand the scientific method. Youth develop their hypothesizing, observing & measuring, analyzing, documenting, and effectively communicating their results. Youth also gain a sense of accomplishment through the personal responsibility of caring for and maintaining a plant.

Long Term Success

With this program, youth learn from where food comes and gain insight into its production. This knowledge can be applied to their own gardening and/or livestock project or if one wanted to grow their own crops for feed. Acquiring this information allows youth the opportunity to explore the wide-world of agriculture related careers ranging from raising livestock, trees, and/or bees to certifying environmentally friendly farms. It also fosters a conversation about food security and the importance of conserving farmland. While radish growing is a small program, it uses this hands-on approach as do most 4-H programs, to foster much larger conversations about using our Head for clearer thinking with our choices; using our Heart when working together to achieve specific goals; using our Hands for larger service when caring about the impact and consequences of our actions; using our Health to ensure healthy environments, healthy diets, healthy living for our community, country, and world.

Program Success Monitoring At the culmination of the program, surveys are dispursed to participating schools.  Youth also submit their record books, which exhibits their theories, observations, and conclusions about the project.  They also include photographs of the progression of their project.  At the end of the program, youth submit their record book with the radish plants.
Program Success Examples Youth starting their own garden; learning to prepare healthy meals; sharing this project with their family- family support & engagement in the planting, observing, and harvesting process; learn effective recording, measuring, etc... skills (scientific method).
4-H Scholarships are provided to 4-H youth for district, regional, state and national level events.  Scholarships are awarded for state and regional horse shows, shooting sports and livestock judging events, state competition activities at the University of Florida, leadership training at 4-H Legislature at the State Capitol and Washington Focus at the National 4-H Center, Camp Cloverleaf summer camp and horticultural, marine science, and dairy camps.  Without the scholarships provided by the Foundation many 4-H members would not have the opportunity to attend these events.  In addition college scholarships are awarded to Senior members for outstanding leadership, community service and life skills learned through 4-H.
Budget $0
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
Scholarships allow children educational, leadership and confidence-building opportunities that would not be available without this financial support.  New perspectives and social growth come from interaction with other youth at statewide and national events.
Long Term Success
Being able to attend diverse 4-H training, leadership events and collegee gives our youth pathways to future success as our community's business people, educators, leaders and involved citizens.
Program Success Monitoring
Sarasota County usually leads the state in the highest number of 4-H members attending 4-H Congress at the University of Florida. This is a week-long event for leadership and competition activities.  The Foundation's scholarships make it possible for more youth to attend. Sarasota County has a large number of campers able to go to a week long summer camp, because of Foundation scholarships. Eleven senior 4-H members received college scholarship in June 2013.
Program Success Examples
Sarasota County 4-H members have successfully competed at local, district, state, and national competitions with the help of Foundation scholarships.  These scholarships helped with training and travel expenses.  In the past 4 years, two Sarasota County 4-H members were elected president of the State 4-H organization.  Many other members have received achievement recognition in state competitions. 4-H scholarship recipients have become  productive citizens and leaders.
Program Comments by Organization All supported programs focus on youth development through a process of learning by doing. Leadership, community pride and self-esteem are critical life skills gained through these programs.
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 15
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Organizations like the Sarasota County Farm Bureau, Sarasota Cattlemen's Association, Gecko's Grill & Pub, and Mosaic help make our activities possible.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
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 No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Nimie Gill
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Roger Barr Community Volunteer
Barbara Briggs Community Volunteer
Annette Chapman Community Volunteer
Carrie Dean Volunteer
Nimie Gill Community Volunteer
Jason Henshaw Community Volunteer
Ron Hess Community Volunteer
Gay Hess Volunteer
Dr. Jill Jackson Community Volunteer
JoAnn Kallio Community Volunteer
Bill McClain Community Volunteer
Justin Reese Community Volunteer
Amanda Day Rojas Community Volunteer
Rick Torrington Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 93
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 83
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization
A major challenge is finding new Board members with diverse areas of expertise and various demographics to assure a governing board committed to the mission of the Foundation.
We are addressing this challenge by presenting our Foundation Showcase, highlighting the mission, accomplishments, and activities of the organization.  The Showcase was set up and staffed with Board members throughout the county fair.  Through this outreach potential members and volunteers become familiar with the Foundation.  The Showcase will be presented at various community functions throughout the year. Meet and Greet meetings will follow Showcase sessions.
Another challenge is to complete the Governance Committee's job of writing procedures and guidelines for members. The Governance Committee will continue writing guidelines and procedures for the general membership.  These guidelines help with training new members and continuing the education of present members.  The new guidelines and procedures have helped as a quick reference when questions have arisen.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $25,150.00
Projected Expenses $24,890.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $366,284.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$20,715$20,948$8,973
Administration Expense$9,571$17,682$18,582
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.321.161.38
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%54%33%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$458,055$418,187$411,875
Current Assets$454,075$418,187$411,875
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$458,055$418,187$411,875
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $38,169Fundraising $17,100Fundraising $16,714
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $16,922Investment Income $14,497Investment Income $12,125
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $10,358Program Service Revenue $11,735Contributions, gifts, grants $5,935
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
We continue to grow our relationship with local businesses to partner on fundraising opportunities. Our goal is to grow our reputation as we grow our capital in the effort to establish more long-term sponsors, donors and partnerships. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from the Federal 990-EZs and audited financial statements.    The valuation of in-kind contributions is included in income in the audited financial statements.
Nonprofit Sarasota County 4H Foundation Inc
Address PO Box 48408
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone 941 302-2604