Siesta Key Kiwanis Club Foundation Inc
PO BOX 5485
SARASOTA FL 34277-5485
Mission

The Siesta Key Kiwanis Club Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit Corporation that supports the Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key in its mission to serve the children of the Sarasota metro-region by providing support for programs that will change their lives – especially children and youths who are disadvantaged, possibly at risk, bearing burdens through no fault of their own. 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No executive Director
Board Chair Clark Lauren
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2003
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $13,000.00
Projected Expenses $13,000.00
Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
    Collaboration with Wilkinson Elementary School has given us the opportunity to ensure that over 75 children in the most need received gifts during the 2015 year-end holidays. Working with school leadership, our BUGs (Bringing Up Grades) program recognized the academic improvement efforts of over 300 students. We provided a grant to help purchase books for the 2016 Summer Remedial Reading program.

    Our members support All Faiths Food Bank’s Campaign Against Summer Hunger with food drives both within the Club and at condos on Siesta Key. Our Foundation made an additional grant of $2,000 specific to the Back Pack program and a $10,000 grant for the Campaign Against Summer Hunger..

    Hope Kids School Readiness program hosts events at Sarasota locations where children are invited and receive school supplies, haircuts, medical/dental checks, photo ID’s, and a meal. Our Foundation granted Hope Kids $2,000 in 2016.  We will have 30 volunteers helping at the Sarasota Baptist Church Readiness event where 168 kids are expected.

 
    Service Leadership Program (SLP) at Pine View, Riverview, and Sarasota Middle School has 150 students engaged in community service.

Goals

  • Identify children's causes where we can make a difference.
  • Expand the Wilkinson Elementary collaboration to provide needed funds to make a difference in their summer literacy program.
  • Use the model developed at Wilkinson and reach out to support another elementary school. This requires additional, but modest, funding for year-end holiday gifts, and an additional BUGs program
  • Support Everyday Blessings’ “wish list” requests – unfunded day-to-day incidentals needed at their shelters. Expand so EDB can be sure of such incidentals when needed.
  • Increase financial support for All Faith's Back-Pack nutrition program, specifically for Wilkinson Elementary.
  • Increase our membership and financial resources so we can expand the difference we make in addressing the unmet needs of children.
Needs Statement
  1. Introducing BUGS to another Title 1 elementary school - $200
  2. Supporting the Xmas Angels program in that elementary school for 20 to 40 students - $500 to $1,000
  3. Providing transportation to the FL Key Club Convention for High School students in the Kiwanis Student Leader Programs (SLP) - $1,740 will cover both Riverview and Pine View students.
  4. Formally funding the incidentals needed for residents in Every Day Blessings programs to replace personally donated “Wish List” items - $2,500
  5. Financial assistance awards for college and community college bound SLP Key Clubbers - $5,000
Background Statement

   The Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key was founded in 2001 by men and women on Siesta Key to provide help to children in the Sarasota metro-region who had important unmet needs - typically shelter, health issues, education problems, and literacy. Recognizing that the issues to be addressed often required funding and looking to the future, in 2003 the Club established the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club Foundation. In 2014 the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club merged with the South Sarasota Kiwanis Club retaining the Siesta Key name. Currently the Club’s membership includes men and women of various ages, some retired, many working; all committed to addressing the unmet needs of children.

   The Siesta Key Club is now a service club with 40 members and a modest but growing Foundation. Our resources are members’ time and its Foundation money. This gives the Club an advantage in that it can address its mission in two ways:  through direct member service and/or financial support. Some projects require no funding, some have members contributing time and their own money, and some require only money. By policy and by law, no Foundation funds are used for the benefit of members or for the Club’s administration. All money donated or raised through fundraisers goes directly to our Foundations’ accounts.

   The Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key has a Board (Officers and Directors) elected annually by its members under the Club's by-laws. Elected Board members serve on both the Club and Foundation Boards. The governing documents of Club and Foundation are reviewed and approved by the parent organization, Kiwanis International, with headquarters in Cincinnati Ohio. Each Kiwanis Club is part of a local Division with typically 8-9 clubs, and a District of all clubs in a large area such as Florida. Each Club is expected to focus on the unmet needs of children is its geographic area, although Kiwanis International has initiated world wide projects such as a neonatal tetanus elimination.

 
   Many of our members serve on non-profit Boards in Sarasota  increasing our visibility to needs and opportunities for investment  aligned with our mission. 
 
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Although our Kiwanis Club was founded by men and women on Siesta Key, children with unmet needs - hunger, literacy, safety, education, shelter, clothing, etc. - are in greater Sarasota, typically not on Siesta Key.  We have developed partnerships with organizations that focus resources on children having the needs we are interested in, which usually means schools and pre-schools.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Our mission is children – improving children’s lives by addressing unmet needs, one at a time if necessary.  Members of our the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club and Foundation know that the number of children with unmet needs in Sarasota is surprisingly large:  556 children in the school system were counted as homeless in 2015-16.  (That number approaches 1,000 once younger siblings are included.)  The 21,000+ children that are “food insecure” benefit directly from All Faiths Campaign Against Summer Hunger and “Back Pack” programs.  These numbers are indicative of the problems children face in Sarasota County, a challenge to any organization with a children centric mission.  Ours is no exception.

  
Our Club is but one of thousands of Kiwanis Clubs world-wide. The larger Kiwanis organization is international. It has a mature system of procedures, rules, training, checks, balances, practices and traditions to ensure the organization is well governed. This is all well and good, leaving each Club, ours included, to make decisions on how best to address the unmet needs of children and youth in its community. 
 
   
The challenge for our Club, and I suspect many organizations, is to find ways to obtain the greatest results with our available resources – our member’s time and our Foundation’s money. One proven way is to identify and support good ideas early to ensure success. “Hope Kids School Readiness” events are examples. We invested in that effort early on with both funding and members time. Another way is to bring branded Kiwanis programs to children in individual schools.  "Bringing Up Grades” at Wilkinson Elementary and “Service Leadership Programs” in Sarasota Middle, Riverview High, and Pine View schools  are examples of efficient programs with proven benefits to children and youth. The school-focused approach at Wilkinson Elementary has evolved from providing year-end holiday gifts for children (clothing, not just toys), to recognizing academic accomplishment and providing a summer reading program grant.  Such partnerships open the path to identifying beneficiary's  needs that otherwise would not be addressed.
   

I joined the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club because its approach fit my desire to use my free time to support an important cause in the Sarasota community. Once a member of the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club, I found myself in the company of volunteer activists willing to break new ground and, at the same time, take proven paths to supporting children with unmet needs. Representatives from other organizations and individuals often speak to us about the needs they are addressing with their programs. Some members, including myself, attended community meetings and forums where issues of children and youth were discussed. As a Kiwanian, I had exposure to other Kiwanis Clubs and to their initiatives. These experiences shaped my understanding of “the unmet needs of children” and continually reinforce my commitment to find ways to address them. I am thankful I am a Kiwanian in Sarasota where there is much to do and a commitment within my Club and the community to get things done.

D.D.Griffin, President and Board Chair
Siesta Key Kiwanis

  
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key and its Foundation has no paid staff.  Club members serve on the Boards of Directors by annual election.
Programs
Description Bringing Up Grades - recognition of elementary school students who are not yet on the school's scholastic Honor Roll but who are actively striving to improve their grade performance.  Students are nominated by teachers and recognized for their success at school assemblies several times a year.  BUGs students receive a certificate with their name printed on it together with an additional memento such as a pin or gift coupon.  Note, the intent of the BUGs program is to broaden recognition for individual academic achievement in an appropriate way.  It is not meant to replace existing recognitions.
Budget $200
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success

In the spring of 2015 our BUGS program was implemented in the Wilkinson Elementary School (Sarasota FL) at the invitation of the school's leadership. Before the first BUGs award assembly some teachers doubted the program's value. By the second BUGs assembly held weeks later, teachers had lined up behind the program. The feed back we received was that the students’ interest and participation in classroom work had noticeably increased and teachers were actively building on the changes.  This result is in line with the experience of other Kiwanis Clubs in the U.S. that sponsor BUGs programs.

The second BUGs year at Wilkinson it appeared to us that more parents were turning out for the awards assemblies. That observation was confirmed by Mr.Muth, the school’s principal. Increased parental interest has been observed in other schools where BUGs is part of the schools’ program to recognize academic achievement.

Long Term Success

Clearly there are many factors in student scholastic achievement, recognition is one.  Recognition itself has many dimensions: Honor Roll, teacher praise, and parent encouragement among them. For many students BUGS is the first public recognition for scholastic achievement available to them. The experience at Wilkinson Elementary has been positive – a noticeable increase in students’ scholastic enthusiasm and an increase in observed parental interest.

Longer term, we anticipate the benefits at Wilkinson Elementary will track those at other schools where a local Kiwanis Club has worked with administrations to implement the BUGs program, sustained scholastic achievement and parental interest in their children's education.

In Florida those benefits would be reflected in Florida State student achievement tests and school rankings.

Program Success Monitoring
BUGS is a Kiwanis program used in many elementary schools.  The proven ways of measuring success are:
  1.  Grade improvement - increases in Honor Roll students during and across successive years.
  2.  Attendance at awards assemblies where BUGS certificate are awarded
  3.  Teacher support for the BUGS program
  4.  Ultimately the Florida Education Department's scholastic performance results.
BUGS is in its second year of implementation at Wilkinson Elementary and other than teacher support and attendance at award assemblies the year-to-year honor roll comparisons are not yet possible.
Program Success Examples Feedback from Wilkinson's teachers and administration has been positive, indicating that BUGS recognition has resulted in more positive learning attitudes on the part of students.  We have observed that the number of parents attending the BUGS awards ceremonies has increased.
Description

Through its Service Leadership Programs,  Kiwanis strives to introduce students to community service, project management, team work, and leadership. SLP Clubs span the elementary, middle, and high school experience. SLP programs are a major initiative of the Foundation of the Siesta Key Kiwanis and its members with SLP Clubs at Riverview High, Pine View High, Sarasota Middle School, and Pine View Elementary.

Budget $2,500
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Activities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Over the past several years, SLP students in the "Builders Club" at Sarasota Middle School have raised money for the March of Dimes.  In 2016 the amount raised was over $2,000.  Key Club members (SLP Students in High School) have funded a school building project in Bangladesh, paid for wells in the Sudan, and worked on Habitat builds in Sarasota.   For two years (2015-2016), Key Club members at Pine View have secured and distributed 40,000 pounds of food to low income areas of Sarasota.   These successes demonstrate the team work, project management, and leadership capabilities developed by our SLP students. 
Long Term Success Long term success for students in the program are reflected in academic and post secondary school success.  Students in our Key Clubs are typically college bound.  The skills and experiences gained while in our SLP clubs are positives for college admittance and scholarships.  In the large scope of things the teamwork, management, and leadership skills  they've acquired are a foundation for career success - whatever their chosen career.
Program Success Monitoring
At the beginning of each school year, each Club sets its community service goals.  Tracking progress against those goals is the SLP Club leader's responsibility.   A member of the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club and Foundation is assigned to each SLP Club as an adviser.  The adviser follows the progress to determine if intervention is needed for the Club to reach its goals.  The Kiwanis Adviser will work with the SLP Club's faculty adviser if needed for success.
  
At another level, SLP Key Clubs from across Florida meet in conference once each year for education and sharing.  Part of this experience is competition for outstanding examples of performance, including officers, projects, public presentations etc.  We expect our Key Clubs to be competitive and to be recognized for their accomplishments.  They rarely fail to be recognized in some way at the Florida level.
Program Success Examples
  1.  In 2016 our Sarasota Middle School raised over $2,000 for the March of Dimes (well above the goal of $1,000.)
  2.  In the past 2 years both our Key Clubs have worked on Habitat house builds.
  3.  Pine View Key Club has secured and distributed 80,000 pounds of food to families in need.
  4. Within the past 5 years, the Pine View Key Club has funded a school build in Bangladesh and wells in the Sudan.
  5.  SLP students perform weekly service projects from making sandwiches for the Salvation Army to distribute, "birthing mats" for rural African villages, to providing gift packages for service men, etc.
Description

There are many AKtion Clubs worldwide but the first club was founded by the Kiwanis Clubs in Sarasota years ago at what is now Community Haven. AKtion Club Members are adult men and women who's capabilities are challenged mentally. In addition to providing its members the means to contribute to local charities, this AKtion Club supports the quality of life objectives the Haven seeks for its clients. All Kiwanis Clubs in the Sarasota metro-area contribute financially to support this AKtion Club.

    

The second AKtion Club in the Sarasota metro-region is the Suncoast AKtion Club founded in 2015 at the Suncoast Technical College by the Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key. The students in the Suncoast AKtion Club are 18-22 year-old men and women in a special program focused on job skills, independent living success, team work and socialization. Their experiences as AKtion Club members support these objectives while building self confidence and contributing to the community.

Budget $750
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short Term Success AKtion Club membership is modeled after that of adult Kiwanis Clubs.  In that environment, they learn through experience goal setting, planning, and team work.  Through their project work members gain self confidence, expand their personal capabilities, and experience recognition for their contributions.
Long Term Success
For Community Haven's clients who are members of the Haven's AKtion Club, there are long term quality of life benefits that come with self confidence and accomplishment.  The structure of AKtion Club activity is a recognized factor in the success that many clients have in the job market and volunteer positions.
 
Suncoast AKtion Club members are in a program whose goal is self-sufficiency and independence.  As part of their program, the AKtion Club experience is intended to improve members' ability to move forward with their lives with the confidence  and ability to manage largely on their own.
Program Success Monitoring Both AKtion Clubs are under constant staff supervision.  Both Clubs have Kiwanis advisers who attend meetings and interact with their Club's leaders.   Should issues arise needing attention, intervention is provided by staff and is available from Siesta Key and other Kiwanis Clubs.  All AKtion Clubs are reviewed and memberships renewed annually.  They are never in any way "adrift."
Program Success Examples
Over the years since its Chartering, the AKtion Club at Community Haven has a proven track record of improving members' quality of life and self-confidence.  The number of memberships in the Haven's Club is limited by staff support and available transportation.  It always has had a waiting list to join.  So the waiting list is an indicator of the value Haven's clients expect to receive as AKtion Club members.  The Club raises several hundreds of dollars for local charities and is a major sponsor of  the annual "Jingle and Jog" fundraiser at the Haven.
 
The Suncoast Club is entering its second year after chartering.  The measure of its success will be the success of its members after they leave the program when they reach 22 years of age.  Members have demonstrated the decision making, team work,  communication, and planning skills needed for independent living.  In the 2015 school year the Club raised money for the Salvation Army, and in 2016, received a prize for its holiday display at a shopping mall.
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 40
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
We collaborate with, support, and have partnerships with the following:
  1. Wilkinson Elementary School
  2. Sarasota Middle School
  3. Riverview High School
  4. Pine View Elementary School
  5. Pine View High School 
  6. Suncoast Technical College
  7. Habitat for Humanity
  8. Every Day Blessings
  9. Hope Kids
  10.  All Faiths Food Bank
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Distinguished ClubKiwanis Internations2015
Distinguished ClubKiwanis International2014
Distinguished PresidentKiwanis International2015
Distinguished SecretaryKiwanis International2015
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization

Leadership’s major challenge is how to use our resources to best advantage. We have two resources our member’s time and our Foundation’s money. The unmet needs of many children in the Sarasota region are well known: hunger, literacy, safety, education, shelter, clothing, parenting etc. The numbers are high - hundreds homeless, 21,000+ served by the Campaign Against Summer Hunger. For us, the challenge becomes a process of identifying specific situations where our resources will result in the greatest benefit for the most children.

    
We approach this challenge at every weekly meeting by reaching out to individuals and community organizations doing important work aligned with our mission, asking them to share with our members their work, stories, and successes. We do this with our speakers program, and by attending community meetings and forums focused on issues children and youth.
   

For example, a few years ago a member heard through friends that a woman had single-handedly launched an effort to prepare homeless kids for school at the beginning of the September school term. Getting ready for school in the fall means more than spiral notebooks, pads and pencils. It means clothes, haircuts, shoes, check-ups, IDs and encouragement. That woman was Pam Hawn.  We invited Pam to speak to our members about her work.  She described the need, her efforts, the results and her hopes to increase the number of children served during the next summer's efforts. Our members were moved and our Foundation gave Pam financial support to continue her work.  

    
Each year Pam returns to share the progress of what is now the annual “Hope Kids School Readiness Program.” And so every year our support for Pam and Hope Kids has grown. This summer (2016) our club will provide a team to prepare meals for one of the school readiness events. In May, our Foundation gave Hope Kids a $2,000 check to support this summer's school readiness. This demonstrates how leveraging our members’ time and our Foundation’s money directly benefits children in need.
    

Some additional examples where member’s time and Foundation money  combine for the greatest result are:

  • Our partnering with Wilkinson Elementary School
  • Literacy Buddy support for children in VPK classes
  • Student Leadership Programs at Pine View, Riverview and Sarasota Middle School
  • Support for Kiwanis AKtion Clubs at Community Haven and Suncoast Technical College
  • All Faiths Food Bank’s Back Pack Program
  • Food drives for All Faiths Food Bank
  • Foundation grants to the Campaign for Summer Hunger

 

Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Clark Lauren
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Oct 2016 to Sept 2017
Board Chair Email skkcpresident@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mary Lynn Desjarlais JDDesjarlais Law & Title.
Marianna Ehmke Chef - In Home Catering
John Ferrari JD, MBAFerrari & Gonzalez, PLLC
Douglas Griffin MBACommunity Volunteer
Carolyn Jones-Penn AAMSCommunity Volunteer
Peter Kiziu Retired
Clark Lauren MBACommunity Volunteer
Dan Lundy JDCommunity Volunteer
Linda Prenosil Community Volunteer
Carmen Ramsey Community Volunteer
Fred Scheerle Habitat for Humanity Sarasota
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 13
Board Meeting Attendance % 77
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

Kiwanis is a membership organization where Club Boards, such as ours, are elected annually and candidates are Club members in good standing.  Because of this, our governance challenges are related in large part to the size and talents of our Club's member pool of 40, of which 11 are currently Board members.  

 
Of our 40 current members, 30 have served on prior Boards or on the current Board.  Of these, there are a number who, while willing to chair projects and serve on committees, feel they have done their part or are currently too busy with careers to serve.
    
A secondary but no less important concern is the technical capability – hardware, software and skills – of Board candidates, as well as committee chairs and the members at large. Good governance requires good, timely communication. Lapses and gaps in technical capability, especially in organizations such as ours where individual members provide and operate the infrastructure, introduce communications and administrative disconnects.
    

Yet, these same situations represent opportunity, especially with technology. New members with careers, appear able to make room in their schedules to assume leadership roles because we have been working to make our organization’s communication better focused and efficient. At the same time, we’ve been working to ensure workloads, especially for Board members, are manageable and appropriate. Coincidentally, recently retired new members possess computer skills and personal technology more in line with the needs of our organization. Also, the technology available now allows members to participate in Board meetings while traveling, expanding the candidate pool.

   

When I became a Kiwanian and first came on the Board I found the record keeping was such that the physical location of key documents was not always known. When I became the organization’s Secretary it became clear that at least one important document had been lost. When I was elected President, the Board agreed that the problem was one that should be addressed. Documents were scanned to electronic files and organized on our website. Missing documents were replaced where replacements could be obtained, and rewritten for member approval when they could not. In the process, we found some by-law content was out-of-date and required drafting and member approval.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $13,000.00
Projected Expenses $13,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $250,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$27,238$6,119$6,020
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$2,241$9,776$9,586
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.452.651.70
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%38%39%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%45%67%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$250,664$139,226$112,968
Current Assets$250,664$139,226$112,968
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$250,664$139,226$112,968
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $11,313Investment Income $20,304Fundraising $14,192
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,929Fundraising $19,244Investment Income $12,216
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Contributions, gifts, grants $2,605Contributions, gifts, grants $200
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

We face two intersecting challenges: 

1) To identify opportunities where our support (grants from our Foundation, and direct member involvement) will effectively address the primary needs of children, which otherwise would not be addressed. 

2) To raise the funds necessary to make sustainable grants from our Foundation, while at the same time, growing the asset base of our foundation. Our foundation’s assets are currently consigned to the Sarasota Community Foundation.

    

We address these issues in two ways:

First, we seek out and invite representatives from regional non-profits to speak at our Wednesday meetings. In this way our members have developed an expanded perspective of both the unmet needs of children and youth, and an understanding of organizations working to address those needs.  We give weight to emerging efforts that address important but under served needs.  These efforts are an investment opportunity where our support will result in a positive point of inflection.  This is why we supported "Hope Kids School Readiness."  We believe the Everyday Blessings initiatives in the foster care space is another such opportunity.
  

 
We also believe early intervention is important so many members directly support The Early Learning Coalition’s Literature Buddy program, and Every Day Blessings’ requests for items published on their “Wish List.”
     

Second, we manage a portfolio of fundraising events during each Fiscal Year planned to replace and exceed the grants given by our Foundation. The advantage is that the results (and risks) are spread across many events. A concurrent advantage is that our Club members have increased opportunity to be involved in fundraising as committee chairs and volunteers.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilations as the organization files a 990-N..
Nonprofit Siesta Key Kiwanis Club Foundation Inc
Address PO BOX 5485
SARASOTA , FL 34238 5485
Phone 941 374-8267

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