Founders Garden Club of Sarasota Inc
PO Box 25612
The purposes of Founders Garden Club are to stimulate interest in horticulture and the artistic use of plant materials; to promote the protection of trees, shrubs, wild flowers and birds; to encourage civic beautification; to foster education regarding conservation and preservation of natural resources; and to encourage activities in support of these objectives.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mrs. William L. Irene Page
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Founders Garden Club of Sarasota
Former Names
Founders Circle of Sarasota Inc
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1986
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

*We coninued the 20 year tradition to provide gifts and box-wood tray favors for the Sarasota County Meals on Wheels Holiday dinner with a goal of exceeding an all time high contribution of a total of 560 items.

*Proceeds from our annual "Flower Talk" Luncheon were allocated to a Community Signature Project, the second installment of our $25,000 dollar pledge for the Childrens Mosaic Backyard Universe expansion project of the South Florida Museum.

 *Garden Project at Alta Vista School

Our goals are to continue to give back to the community via outreach in education, civic beautification, and conservation efforts. Funds will be raised through the "Flower Talk" luncheon on November 7th

*A Spring Flower Show April h  at Phillippi Creek Mansion will be presented.

*We will continue to increase the scope of the Holiday Favors/Meals on Wheels endeavor.

*A Scholarship Program is to be established to give a student an opportunity to learn more in his or her studies in the areas of the mission of Founders Garden Club.



Needs Statement
1. Our Club is in need of a meeting space for our monthly meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month October - May.
2. Proposals for future community projects exceed available funds by $59,000 in the coming year.
3. Additional finances to sponsor educational programming and scholarships for local students (children and adults) interested in the science of horticulture and botany.
Background Statement
Founders Garden Club was established in 1927, the first garden club in Sarasota. Members of the original roster included  Mrs. John and Mrs. Charles Ringling and Mr. Owen Burns. It is a thriving institution  today with 55 active members and 29 affiliates. Originally known as  the Founders Circle, it was one of several circles under the umbrella of the Sarasota Garden Club and affiliated with the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, as well as, since 1987, the Garden Club of America.  In 2008 the name was changed to the present form and its affiliation became exclusively with the GCA.   Education, conservation and civic projects are the ongoing focus.  All dollars raised in the community are returned to the community.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments In the counties of Sarasota and Manatee, our membership is drawn and community service is focused on the towns and cities of Sarasota, south to Venice as well as Bradenton.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Environment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The success of The Founders Garden Club of Sarasota Florida is one that has been proven over time as we were organized in 1927 in the very early days of Bradenton and Sarasota. It is great when a board’s members are in-sync and operating as a team but not always the case. The development of new ideas to bring together the varied interests of our organization which have been listed in our purposes is primary. Our committee chairs develop the projects that are brought forth throughout the year.

Every other year we have a Flower Show that is open to the public. The classifications are conservation, horticulture, floral design and nature photography. Founders programs provide information, inspiration and resources for education and encourage the conservation of our habitat.

Our annual Luncheon is the manner in which we raise funds to support our club Community Projects. Donations to our Community over the years have equaled $279,900.  Some of the organizations we have supported are: The Pines of Sarasota, Ringling Museum of Art, Historic Spanish Point, Historical Society of Sarasota County, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota Garden Club, New College Foundation, Women’s Resource Center, Partners for Plants, Selby Gardens, Everglades Foundation, Student Conservation Association, Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Community Haven, Sarasota Conservation Foundation, Garden Club of America. The  awards to project(s) for a given year are voted on by the membership.

Founder’s has  been a sustainable organization because of the engaged and active board which appreciate their responsibilities. Always in our minds are the ideals of developing our community along with its beautification and conservation. We have done this with a sense of community with our Founders Garden Club of Sarasota.

 Irene Page, President of the Board 

Description A tradition of 20 years running with Founders members, every year the membership creates decorative holidays arrangements of greens and carnations.  These favors and individually wrapped presents are delivered to Meals on Wheels for distribution in the holiday period.  We are extremely proud that the number served is exceeding 500.
Budget $600
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The program is intended to bring cheer and attention to individuals and families who are the recipients of the Meals on Wheels organization of Sarasota.
Long Term Success It has been a success for over 20 years and each year we expand the scope to ensure that each and every recipient is included.
Program Success Monitoring Meals on Wheels continues to annually express their appreciation and support for our effort.
Program Success Examples  While every FGC member contributes time, talent and a gift to the program, other members volunteer in the distribution.  First hand knowledge of the gratitude and pleasure exhibited by the recipients is solid proof of the success of the effort.
Description Community projects which meet the criteria of civic beautification and education of children and adults in conservation of natural resources are proposed by members to a standing committee and a membership vote is held on the three deemed most appropriate. The winning proposal is funded as our resources permit over a period of one or multiple years..
Budget $10,000
Category None of the above
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adults General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The most recent award to the Children's Rain Forest at Selby Botanical Garden has been judged by the recipient and the general public as a valuable component of the overall exhibit and well received by the target audience.
Long Term Success More than 20 different entities since 19991 have received awards totaling more than $279,900.  While there have been instances where the particular project has not been maintained over time, the preponderance of the results have been successful, effective and sustained.
Program Success Monitoring Monitoring is achieved mostly on an anecdotal basis.  We have no written or codified method as each project is different in its measure of success.
Program Success Examples  In 20010, the Historical Society of Sarasota received $2500 for landscaping at their meeting location at the Crocker Memorial Church and Sarasota's oldest house in Pioneer Park on 12th Street in Sarasota. Since then the members and the general public visiting the site for the many events open to the public have enjoyed the attractive entrance.
Program Comments by Organization
Community outreach is an important facet of FGC.  Our collaboration with the Sarasota-based organization of Meals on Wheels allows us to bring cheer and warmth to nearly 600 individuals during the holidays.
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 55
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
Meals on Wheels
The Garden Club of America1985
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 No
Management Comments by Organization No management
Multi-Media Comments by Organization The website FoundersGCSarasotaorg has been under development and is now available as a communication tool for members and for general information to the public.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. William L. Irene Page
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term June 2017 to May 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Robert Sue Benjamin Community Volunteer
Mrs. Robert Marlene Blalock Community Volunteer
Mrs. Leslie Barbara Dubitsky Community Volunteer
Mrs. Raul Alison Elizalde Community Volunteer
Mrs. Charles LeeAnn Gladding Community Volunteer
Mrs. Bradley MaryBeth Goddarad Community Volunteer
Mrs. Lawrence Elizabeth Gourlay Community Volunteer
Mrs. Ric Gina Gregoria Comunity Volunteer
Mrs. Michael Chrissy Hays Community Volunteer
Mrs. Patrick Bernice Hebda Community Volunteer
Mrs. Alfred Mimi Hernandwz Community Volunteer
Mrs. David Nancy Morgan Community Volunteer
Mrs. William L. Irene Page Community Volunteer
Mrs. Thomas Jeannie Russell Community
Mrs. William Lue Stryker Community Volunteer
Mrs. Lee Patty Sullivan Community Volunteer
Mrs. Everett Deborah Walk John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Mrs. Allan Sandy Werft Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 18
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 91
Board Self-Evaluation No
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
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization The programs and projects of this organization are hands on and labor intensive and the results are invariably greater than the sum of the components.  100% contribution of the membership is a challenge. The executive board is continually striving to explore ways to involve each member in our efforts.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month May
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Apr
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $13,730.00
Projected Expenses $13,730.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $40,900.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy % 0
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$12,500$12,500$3,000
Administration Expense$16,337$13,956$13,969
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.501.392.56
Program Expense/Total Expenses43%47%18%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$133,785$119,441$109,209
Current Assets$132,285$119,441$109,209
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$133,785$119,441$109,209
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $28,035Contributions, gifts, grants $14,650Contributions, gifts, grants $33,142
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $9,930Fundraising $11,998Membership Dues $9,453
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $5,173Membership Dues $10,005Fundraising $771
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

The operating budget is self-funding through membership dues and fees. The Signature Project program is funded by an annual fundraiser luncheon involving ticket sales, silent  and other auctions, and underwriting, The proceeds, net of a percentage to the Educational Endowment Fund and a Zone Meeting of the GCA obligation are earmarked for the winning project submission.

The value of worthy submitted projects far exceeds the available funds.  The challenge is to increase the dollars raised for the purpose.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Founders Garden Club of Sarasota Inc
Address PO Box 25612
Phone 941 926-9294