Riverview High School Foundation Inc
SARASOTA FL 34231-5141
The mission of the RHS Foundation is to provide funds for the enhancement of education at Riverview High School when there are no other funding sources available.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Jeanne Armour
Board Chair Affiliation President
General Info
Supported Organization Riverview High School
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1983
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
RHS Foundation IRS 501c3 letterView
Impact Statement


  • We established the REACH program (Riverview's Efforts to Assist our Children at Home) for the "in need" kids by providing a  well stocked food pantry and clothes closet as well as provided bus passes so that students can fully participate in all the high school experiences, including athletics, band, various clubs & sponsored events.  
  • The RAMp It Up program (Riverview Academic Mentor Program) was also created which provides after school tutoring for "at need" students.  The program includes providing snacks as well as bus passes so the kids can get home. 
  • In addition, we have provided funding for the Planetarium, the AquaScience program, the Media Center, Classroom Enhancement Grants, Teacher Travel Grants & Student Scholarships. 
Needs Statement
  1. REACH Program: $10,000 which would provide full funding for a year
  2. RAMp Program: $7,500 would provide funding for a year
  3. Operational costs: $15,000 would cover administrative costs for a year
  4. Scholarships: $10,000 would provide 5 student scholarships of $2,000 each
  5. Alumni: $10,000 would provide the ability to set up a current database with contact information for all class years (1961-2015) to help with reunions and other communications that alumni would be interested in.
Background Statement
The Riverview High School Foundation was founded in 1982 as a means to support students, faculty and the campus.  The RHS Foundation sponsors and funds many projects and programs which have no other funding source.  We are a 501(c)3 public, non-profit and administer permanent charitable endowment funds for the benefit of Riverview High School.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments The Riverview High School District
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

In the past 10 years, the RHSF has provided over $350,000 in grants & scholarships to RHS students and teachers.

$100,000+ - classroom grants

$100,000+ - teacher travel grants

$100,000+ - student scholarships
60,000 - tutoring, food & clothing (REACH & RAMp Programs) 

The RHSF facilitated raising 100% of the funds needed to build the planetarium.  We also played an intricate part in helping to raise the necessary funds to build the Greenhouse / "AquaDome".

Now that RHS has the most beautiful school in the county and probably even the state, the RHS Foundation has decided to turn our focus on our most valuable commodity - our students and staff.  In today's economic situation many RHS families have been faced with very difficult times.  The Foundation recognizes this and has started a program to assist our families called R.E.A.C.H.   R.E.A.C.H. stands for Riverview's Efforts to assist our Children at Home.  This program provides financial assistance to needy students in various ways.  In the past some of the support the Foundation has given are to purchase school supplies, calculators, pay for SAT classes and tests, college application fees, and provide bus passes to students so that they can stay after school for tutoring.  In addition to the financial support for this program the Foundation started two other signature programs at Riverview.  The first of these programs is our Food Pantry.  The Food Pantry is stocked by donations and students can take home meals for evenings and weekends.  The second program we have started on campus is the Clothes Closet. Through donations and volunteer hours of various clubs, we have a very organized and filled closet for students who are need of items to come and choose from.  You will hear throughout the year, messages to contribute to these, or if you have items to contribute you can bring them to the front desk at Riverview High School.

The third program the Foundation is focusing on this year is one that assists students with their academics so that their achievement can improve.  As many of you know, our students are being expected to achieve at much higher levels than ever before. Some of our students come to RHS already behind and need extra assistance to be successful.  We are fortunate to have an outstanding staff here committed to making ALL children succeed.  The program we are supporting is called R.A.M.P.  which stands for Riverview Academic Mentoring Program.  This program provides tutoring and mentoring to RHS students.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
no Executive Director or CEO
Description REACH was created to help Riverview students who are falling short on their academic potential because basic needs are not being met.  Needs like clothes, shoes, proper nutrition and money for required school activities.  The REACH program has a food pantry, clothes closet and a benevolent fund to help meet these deficiencies quickly, better ensuring academic success.
Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Student Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success

Let’s give students every opportunity to do the best that they can.  Being inattentive due to inappropriate clothing or not eating for a day (or more) really is a handicap.  We want to provide these students with a lifeline to help them focus just a little bit better so the barrier between learning or just sitting in class is pulled down.

Long Term Success

High School is the last opportunity for a structured education for many young adults.  If a student can’t concentrate because they are hungry or cold then that moments chance at learning has been missed.  Do that enough times and an entire semester may go by without absorbing everything that could have been learned.  Kids don’t always have a lot of control with regard to their surroundings because it’s based on their parents’ decisions.  Not having appropriate warm clothing in the winter or not having enough food for the family to eat unfortunately happens more often than we care to admit.  Over a third of students at RHS are currently on free or reduced lunch!  Long term, if a student can retain just a little bit more because they’re not shivering or because they are not hungry he/she will have that much more to help them when it comes to obtaining a job or communicating and functioning out in the world.

Program Success Monitoring

Measuring how much more a student is able to retain because he/she was able to attend school without being hungry is difficult.  However, we can see that food is flying off the shelves and the teachers that send the students to the food pantry already realize their need because they see them 5 days a week.  It’s the feedback we get from the teachers that help us determine that students are more attentive and participate more in class when they are not worrying about how hungry they are or about how cold it is outside and they don’t have a sweater or a jacket.

Program Success Examples

Because there is most definitely a need for food and warm clothing we can see our success in this program because the items in the clothes closet and the food pantry are continuously used up and need to be replenished often.

Description Riverview Academic Mentor Program is designed to target students who are in need of academic assistance to assure they can succeed at Riverview and graduate as productive citizens and succeed in life.  It is critical that we meet this need to serve these students with an extra measure of help.
Budget $7,500
Category Education, General/Other Dropout Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success

Identifying the students and convincing them to attend this hour long session on a regular basis can be a challenge.  We currently have 2 teachers and 30 students participating.  Our goal is to be able to hire as many teachers that are needed for as many difference subjects that are needed to be able to assist every student that is on that border of either passing or failing.  

Long Term Success We know that we can’t help them all and sometimes we just have to face facts that a student isn’t going to make it through high school.  However, with the RAMp It Up program we try to target those students that are close but need a little extra push.  Our goal is to have every student that participates in our program pass their end-of-year exam;SAT; or other test that they might not have otherwise passed.
Program Success Monitoring All students sign in and the teachers ensure that they participate to the best of their ability.  Test scores are then compared from at a previous point in time and currently administered exams.
Program Success Examples

Every student we are able to nudge over to the passing side is considered a huge success!

Program Comments by Organization Funding at the high school level always posses a challenge as well as parental & community involvement. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email foundationcoordinator@rhsfoundation.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Cyndi Forgeur Foundation Coordinator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 12
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
We work with faculty on many of the various programs.  It's their input that is key to determining who we can help and how.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
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 No
Board Chair
Board Chair Jeanne Armour
Company Affiliation President
Board Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Chair Email jaarmour2@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Stacy Alario-Chrisman director
Jeanne Armour President
Heather Barr Secretary
Dr. Paul Burns Principal
Kathy Collums Treasurer
Carrie DeZutter director
Cyndi Forgeur Coordinator
Karen Hamblin director
Jay Lorenz director
Steve Martin Vice President
John Sinclair director
Vivian Yack director
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
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 83
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Governance Comments by Organization We are always exploring the opportunity to diversify the board.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $145,000.00
Projected Expenses $145,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$147,693$59,004$76,686
Administration Expense$8,845$10,904$10,960
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.781.001.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%84%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$264,836$143,172$143,081
Current Assets$264,836$142,746$142,553
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$264,836$143,172$143,081
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $252,523Contributions, gifts, grants $69,997Contributions, gifts, grants $95,407
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $25,677Investment Income $2Investment Income $2
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $20 $00 $0
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 are looking for a donor to provide an endowment for one or more of our ongoing programs for students.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Riverview High School Foundation Inc
Address 1 RAM WAY
SARASOTA , FL 34232 5141
Phone 941 376-7877