Alliance Francaise of Sarasota Inc
715 N. Washington Blvd, Suite C
The Alliance Française de Sarasota is dedicated to promoting French language and Francophone culture in the Sarasota and Manatee area through local educational, cultural, and social events.
Our mission is to encourage and develop knowledge of the French language and Francophone culture, foster cultural, intellectual and artistic exchanges between the USA and French speaking countries.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Carole Crosby
Board Chair Affiliation President
General Info
Organization DBA
Alliance Française de Sarasota
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1982
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
  1. Continu with Operation Manager 
  2. Implemented steps to engage and intern student(s) from New College of Florida
  3. Updated official website and implemented new software for class and membership management to increase work efficiency.
Our current goals are:
  1. Increase our membership
  2. Increase the number of students and improve our classes.
  3. Invite French authors, lecturers and entertainers.
  4. Work with Sarasota Sister Cities, and other French-language and francophone cultural organizations.
Needs Statement

  1. Hire French teachers certified in the state of Florida
  2. Improve the quality of instructors by providing ongoing professional development workshops ($1200)
  3. Invite French authors, lecturers, and/or entertainers (up to $1000 per event)
  4. Offer a wide range of cultural programs to attract a more diverse membership and student base ($500)
  5. Continue our partnership with the Sarasota County Library System and New College 
Background Statement
The Alliance Française de Sarasota was founded in 1982,  as one of the 100 Alliance  Française,   chapters in the United States. Alliance Française was founded in Paris in 1883. By the late 1890s, there were over 33 chapters in the USA. In 1902, those chapters formed the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, of which the Alliance Française de Sarasota is a current member.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

One of our challenges is to broaden our membership base.  We are addressing this by offering a variety of new and interesting classes to attract persons with an interest in the French language and cultural experiences available at the Alliance Francaise de Sarasota.  We also want to elevate our local and state profile by creating an understanding of our unique attributes as the place to go for  French culture. We want to make the name Alliance Francaise a household word in the greater Sarasota community, through various marketing efforts.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
I believe that we are the only organization in the Sarasota area able to: 
  1. Combine French language education for children and adults; 
  2. Offer French and bi-lingual activities related to art, music, literature, gastronomy, and travel;
  3. Join forces with New College, Sarasota Art Center, Sister Cities, and the Sarasota library system.
  4. Foster international communication and understanding in a non-political, inclusive, and diverse setting among Americans and French speakers from France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and Haiti, among others.
Description Dinner with music for 75- 150 people to commemorate the storming of the Bastille in France on July 14th, 1789.
Budget $4,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural Heritage
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults European Heritage International
Short Term Success

The brotherhood between France and the American colonies and the American revolution. To share the occasion together which is so similar to July 4th.

Long Term Success People will become more interested in French culture and be encouraged to take French language courses.
Program Success Monitoring

We keep track of our attendance and memberships.

We also conduct a survey to see what programs people liked the best.

We publicize the program to attract the largest number of participants. 
Program Success Examples Increased interest in the activities of the alliance in general.
Description The Francophonie Festival celebrates the diversity and richness of the French language and francophone communities around the world through a series of cultural events and outreach programs presented in March around the globe and we would like to start celebrating this festival in Sarasota.
Budget $10,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Minorities International
Short Term Success The public will be exposed to some of the  Francophone countries around the globe and will learn about the culture of those countries represented. 
Long Term Success By holding this festival we will get great exposure and attract new members and students in our classes.
Program Success Monitoring We can track attendance for the festival by charging a small entrance fee in the form of a ticket and we keep copies of the ticket.
Program Success Examples We can track our website visitors after the performances 
Description Every June 21, the longest day of the year, France celebrates Fête de la musique for 24 hours across the nation, as implemented by President Mitterrand and Jack Lang in 1981. We would like to celebrate it here in at Alliance Française de Sarasota.
Budget $1,500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Appreciation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified US& International International
Short Term Success This event would strengthen our relationship with the local community.
Long Term Success This event will contribute to the mission of Alliance Française de Sarasota by generating public interest in our cultural activities, in this case in francophone music, and in turn attract potential members.
Program Success Monitoring Number of attendees, volunteer involvement
Program Success Examples
This event has not been launched yet; this year will be its inauguration.
However, its success can be projected based on our annual events, such as Bastille Day, that had great success. Our Bastille Day event has 75-100 attendees  every year.
Program Comments by Organization We Offer a multitude of opportunities to socialize and speak French by offering luncheons, apéros, and coffee conversation mornings.
We hold  regular and well-attended gatherings for Club Littéraire, Casse-Croûte for discussion of contemporary events, and Ciné Club,
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 Yes
Contractors 6
Volunteers 20
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
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 5
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Carole Crosby
Company Affiliation President
Board Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Carole Crosby President
Eliane Levaque Community Relations Chair
Isabelle Striplin Event Chair
Stan Valerga Vice-President/Corporate Secretary
Jocelyn Van Tuyl Education Chair
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
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
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Program / Program Planning
Governance Comments by Organization

Our challenges are to strengthen the financial footing, to reinforce and grow the French Language School, to expand our outreach in the community, to diversify our membership and student base, and to expand our fundraising initiatives.

Our opportunities are the resources in the local community: the persons with expertise in French language and culture among our membership, our partnerships with other organizations with similar objectives, and the local corporations and organizations interested in sponsoring our events.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $103,681.00
Projected Expenses $76,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Value $0.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? 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 Year201620152014
Program Expense$62,744$52,913$37,210
Administration Expense$18,458$14,361$44,504
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.630.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%79%46%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$50,467$51,986$9,752
Current Assets$47,278$50,558$9,752
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$7,313$4,120
Total Net Assets$50,467$44,673$5,632
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $58,599Program Service Revenue $56,674Program Service Revenue $51,258
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $9,950Contributions, gifts, grants $35,188Membership Dues $8,553
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $8,783Membership Dues $9,894Fundraising $5,982
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--6.912.37
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Sarasota's population and demographics change greatly between winter and summer, having an adverse effect on our financial situation.


Up to now, our base membership target has been the city of Sarasota. Over the past few years, there has been tremendous growth to the East of the city and we will be trying to expand our efforts into that area. The demographics there are of younger, working families who are more year round residents than are our city dwellers.

We also see possible opportunities to provide French language courses to Sarasota's two major businesses, tourism and real estate.

In keeping with our mission, we maintain our French language and cultural programs throughout the year, even though we do not cover our costs during the summer months.

Consequently, we lost $7,000 in 2014. This year, we have increased our tuition fees and are cutting costs but we still forecast a loss of about $5,000 without outside assistance.

We have about 200 members. We offer them an extensive library, weekly conversation groups, a French book club, a great movie program, luncheons, opera and ballet outings and events for Bastille Day, and other special occasions. We believe we give our members good value.

We strengthened our administrative capabilities last year and trained an intern. We established a new accounting system and launched a new web page using the Arc-en-ciel platform.

The overall challenge is to continue to offer all the above services at the same high level, while maintaining our financial stability.


We need financial assistance to promote our Alliance Française in Sarasota and expand into the new surrounding suburbs. We believe we are taking the necessary steps towards financial stability but we need more publicity for our organization and the work we do for cultivating interest in all things that promote French-American interests.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal Form 990-EZ.  Contributions include corporate and foundation support.
Nonprofit Alliance Francaise of Sarasota Inc
Address 715 N. Washington Blvd, Suite C
Phone 941 955-0700