Sarasota County 4H Foundation Inc
PO Box 48408
Sarasota FL 34230
Mission
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.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Nimie Gill
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Sarasota County 4-H Foundation, Inc.
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
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $25,150.00
Projected Expenses $24,890.00
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 fund raising 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
Area
FL
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.
Programs
Description
These programs are provided to traditional 4-H Clubs as well as public, private, and home school organizations. Marine biology, sustainable living, water quality, robotics, engineering, environmental conservation and preservation are all taught with a focus on career development. Fishing tournaments, environmental projects, field trips, and environmental awareness are used as experiential models of learning to directly engage youth in the marine and environmental science content.
Budget $5,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success

Children learn about marine biology and the local environment through fishing tournaments, field trips, and by participating in hands-on STEM activities such as building underwater robotics, identifying specimens, observing successful environmental restoration projects as well as identifying barriers and challenges for existing environmental issues. Youth help protect and preserve our natural resources by engaging in problem-solving activities centered on our local land, wildlife, and water.

Long Term Success

Youth become global citizens who carry with them a commitment to care for and protect our environment. An example of this program’s long term success was the presentation of the Christopher Benchley Youth Award at the Carnegie Institution for Science to former 4-H member Sean Russell in 2013. This award recognized his outstanding work to address the marine pollution problem in Sarasota Bay. In high school, Sean created “Stow it, Don’t Throw it”, a program utilizing recycled tennis ball containers to properly dispose of fishing hooks/lines. Sean distributed these containers to local fishing areas and his idea has now spread nationally. Resulting from this program, in 2011, Sean created the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit. This annual event is held in association with the National Marine Educators Association and the National Aquarium’s Aquarium on Wheels program. Sarasota County 4-H members and present day school children go on to become leaders in the preservation of our environment.

Program Success Monitoring
Program success is monitored by the Sarasota County 4-H Agents  using the tools of observation, awards presented at the local county fair, district and state events for children's demonstrations and projects and interviews of participants.
Program Success Examples
 Environmental and Marine Education successes are the growing participation by 4-H youth during the year and at 4-H camp, added programs open to community children, and scheduled monthly presentations for home-schooled students. This program has created an interest in and appreciation of our local natural resources and a beginning of life-long hobbies including fishing, boating, bird watching and shell collecting. 
 
A successful impact on marine pollution control was Sean Russell's recycling fishing hooks and line project for which he received the Christopher Benchley  the 2013 Youth Award at Carnegie Institution of Science.  Sean's project evolved from the local Sarasota level to national use of his recycling containers.
 
Description

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).
Description
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.
Comments
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
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 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
Collaborations
Organizations like the Sarasota County Farm Bureau, Sarasota Cattlemen's Association, Gecko's Grill & Pub, and Sun N Fun Resort help make our activities possible.
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 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2013
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 Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Nimie Gill
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Chair Email nimiegill@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Roger Barr Community Volunteer
Barbara Briggs Community Volunteer
Annette Chapman Community Volunteer
Carrie Dean Volunteer
Nimie Gill Community Volunteer
Ron Hess Community Volunteer
Gay Hess Volunteer
Dr. Jill Jackson Community Volunteer
JoAnn Kallio Community Volunteer
Bill McClain Community Volunteer
Amanda Day Rojas Community Volunteer
Rick Torrington Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
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 4
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
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 No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 83
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
By-laws
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Executive
Finance
Investment
Scholarship
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Comments
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 Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $25,150.00
Projected Expenses $24,890.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $366,284.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
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 Year201520142013
Program Expense$8,973$30,843$48,190
Administration Expense$18,582$9,195$6,376
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.382.251.49
Program Expense/Total Expenses33%77%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$411,875$413,343$351,552
Current Assets$411,875$413,343$351,552
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$11,858$0
Total Net Assets$411,875$401,485$351,552
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $16,714Investment Income $61,682Investment Income $39,860
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $12,125Fundraising $16,031Program Service Revenue $23,944
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $5,935Program Service Revenue $10,788Fundraising $13,351
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--34.86--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
This year we again hosted our Casino night, we changed our location and time of year in hopes of drawing a larger crowd.  Our numbers in attendance was down, but our profit was good despite this lower number.  
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 34240
Phone 941 302-2604

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.