Suncoast Center For Independent Living Inc
3281 17TH ST
SARASOTA FL 34235-8907
The mission statement for Suncoast Center for Independent Living is empowering people with disabilities to independence.
CEO/Executive Director Michael Fluker
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Sanderson
Board Chair Affiliation Attorney
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1990
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Apr 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
SCIL IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

Service Accomplishments   

  • Distributed 226 pieces of medical equipment to people with disabilities.

  • Distributed 40 wheelchairs to people with disabilities.

  • Installed 20 grab bars for people with disabilities.

  • Constructed 25 ramps for people with disabilities.

  • Distributed 290 computers and computer components to people with disabilities.


Media Accomplishments  


  • In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, and incorporation of Suncoast Center for Independent Living, SCIL was featured on ABC7 and SNN News at 5:30pm.
  • SCIL Executive Director participated in television interview on ABC7 News at Noon to promote the community's awareness of disabilities and disability issues.
  • SCIL Executive Director participated in television interview with ABC7 and SNN News at 5:30pm to promote 50 free computer giveaway to persons with disabilities.
  • SCIL staff was featured on ABC7’s Black Almanac to promote minority community awareness of disabilities and disability issues. 



Financial Accomplishments  

  • SCIL FY 2015 revenues were $622,207 compared to $514,888 in FY 2014, representing a 20% increase.
  • SCIL FY 2015 expenses were $493,997 compared to $457,515 in FY 2014, representing a 8% increase.
  • SCIL FY 2015 Unrestricted Funds Bank Account Funds were $65,541 compared to $47,753 in FY 2014 representing a 37% increase.
  • SCIL was awarded a $5,000 grant to fund the development of its Visually Impaired ILS Training Project.
  • SCIL was awarded a $46,000 grant to fund the purchase of an accessible van..
  • In FY 2015, SCIL diversified its funding sources by raising $21,109 in contributions from local businesses, foundations and individuals compared to $18,135 in FY 2014 representing a 16% increase.




  • Diversify funding sources through the development and maintenance of ongoing relationships with potential donors, local businesses, private foundations and civic organizations.
  • Increase Program Volunteer participation by educating prospective volunteers about SCIL, and how their support can make a difference.


  • Establish an effective marketing strategy to raise brand awareness within the community through outreach initiatives designed to position SCIL as a gateway to the disability community for Independent Living programs and services.
Needs Statement
Hire Van Driver: 20,000.  Federal budget cuts forced staff  reductions during a time when the demand for our transportation services has increased.
Volunteer Coordinator: Recruit other volunteers, track volunteer hours, create and fill schedules for SCIL program and event needs.
Upgrade Website:  1,750+
Transition Program:
Background Statement
Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Inc, (SCIL) is a non-residential, non-profit 501(c)(3) federally designated Center for Independent Living (CIL). Centers for Independent Living are cross-disability organizations providing services to people with disabilities so they may lead self-directed lives and fully participate as equal members of society.
Founded in 1990 as a community grassroots effort led by the late Michael Gahr, SCIL is a consumer controlled organization: At least 51% of SCIL’s staff, and Board of Directors are comprised of people with disabilities.

SCIL is dedicated to enhancing the quality of for people of all ages with disabilities residing in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Together with public, community and business leaders, SCIL works to educate and promote sensitivity about disability related topics in order to remove economic, social, attitudinal, and environmental barriers.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

As we enter the 25th year of providing Independent Living Services to Sarasota and Manatee County residents with disabilities, we continue to draw inspiration from the man considered by many to be the “Father of Independent Living Movement”, Ed Roberts.

Our mission is to “Empower People with Disabilities to Independence” and with the committed support of our Board of Directors, funders, staff, consumers and volunteers we continue providing independent living opportunities to people with disabilities.  In fact, each year, we focus on assessing the challenges that face SCIL Consumers and set goals for helping them overcome those challenges.  In 2013, SCIL Consumers faced transportation challenges that hindered their ability to gain maximum benefit from our services. As a result, we set a goal to acquire an accessible van to provide additional transportation options for our consumers. I’m pleased to announce that through diligence and persistence we achieved that goal with the acquisition of new capital funding to purchase an accessible 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan.

SCIL’s highest emphasis remains addressing unmet consumer needs that are necessary to maximize their independence, and remain an active voice for our consumers and others with disabilities in our community. One such unmet need was found in the lack of services for unilateral visually disabled consumers, which lead us to implement our JAWS (Job Access With Speech) Independent Living Training for people with unilateral visual disabilities.

We are excited that the 25th anniversary will allow us the opportunity to reflect upon and honor  the groundwork of such IL pioneers as Ed Roberts, our founder Michael Gahr  and others. SCIL is thankful for their earlier efforts and the current support of our Board of Directors, funders, staff, consumers and their families. And with their continued support, we believe that over the next twenty-five years the vision of the Independent Living pioneers will not only remain alive and vibrant, but  grow as we embrace our role to build on their earlier work to expand and strengthen independent living services to create a fully inclusive society for this generation and the one to come.


Michael D. Fluker

Executive Director
SCIL refurbishes and loans durable medical equipment on a long or short-term basis to people with disabilities who lack the financial income or insurance to cover the cost of purchase from other sources.

• Wheelchairs

• Walkers

• Power Chairs

• Canes

• Grab Bars

• Reachers

• Transfer Benches and more!

Budget $58,412
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Short Term Success

Over 400 consumers were served, with over 450 pieces of medical equipment (walkers, commodes,wheelchairs, canes, transfer benches, etc.) distributed.

Long Term Success
90% of participants who received mobility equipment will report that they are able to participate more effectively in the community.

90% of participants who received medical equipment will report they are able to move in and out of their home more report they are able to move in and out of their home more independently while establishing and maintaining their safety.

Program Success Monitoring
The Equipment Loan Program is measured by satisfaction surveys and interviews with consumer impacted by our actions.
Program Success Examples

SCIL was contacted by the grandparent of a 24 year old young lady with severe cerebral palsy. She is a delightful young lady full of life who enjoys attending her church, listening to music and going camping! She requires 24 hour care but that has not diminished her zeal for life. Unfortunately, due to physical limitations, her grandparents are unable to transfer her in and out of their vehicle. Through our Medical Equipment Loan Program, she received a generous donation of a vehicle wheelchair lift. This lift is used for safe transport of wheelchairs in and out of vehicles. This equipment removed a barrier that threatened to limit her independence. This consumer can now maneuver in and out of her grandparent’s vehicles with ease, accessing the community she enjoys so much. 

SCIL builds wheelchair ramps for people with disabilities to assist with making their homes safe and accessible. This is a growing problem -- people with disabilities who have difficulty getting in and out of their homes. People with disabilities in our community are suffering silently, literally confined to their homes because they lack a ramp. Some are forced to rely on help from family members and friends to carry them in and out of their own homes. One person who contacted us for help told us the last time he tried to leave his home by himself he fell and was on the ground for hours until a neighbor saw him and called 911 for help.
Budget $51,079
Category Housing, General/Other Barrier-Free Housing
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
20 clients will be served. 20 wheelchair ramps will be constructed through the use of volunteers and contractors.
Long Term Success
90% of participants will indicate that the ramp they received has allowed them to participate in community activities.
90% of participants will indicate that the ramp they received has delayed or prevented them from having to be placed in institutional care facility.
Program Success Monitoring
The Portable Modular Ramp Program is measured by satisfaction surveys and interviews with consumer impacted by action.
Program Success Examples
William contacted SCIL because his existing ramp was too narrow for his wheel chair and too steep for him to walk and keep his balance. His leg strength is extremely weak, and he has fallen several times attempting to exit his home. In fact, the process was such a challenge that William had not ventured out of his home for the past three years. 

SCIL was able to dismantle the old narrow ramp and replace it with a brand new ramp that was wide enough to accommodate William’s wheelchair along with hand rails for walking to help him keep his balance. The new ramp has allowed William to go out of his home for the first time in ears. He told us that he was looking forward to a trip to Wal-Mart to shop and Hungry Howie’s for pizza.

Independent Living Skills Training services teach independent living skills in health and wellness, computers, financial management, social skills, and household management. SCIL staff encourages each consumer to identify the skills they desire to learn. We work with each consumer to create an individualized Independent Living Plan (ILP) to develop the skills needed to live independently and participate in community activities. Independent Living Skills Training is conducted in a group setting based on the appropriate skill level of each Consumer.
Health and Wellness

• Nutrition

• Medical Needs

• Community Safety


• Basic Computer Skills

• Word 2007

• Internet usage and safety

Life Math

• Banking

• Budgeting

Household Skills

• Kitchen safety

• Cooking

• General Cleaning

• Transportation

Budget $47,391
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled Adults People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success
80% of consumers will indicate that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the services provided.
Long Term Success

Consumers develop the skills and knowledge that build self-esteem in ways that empower them to confidently apply those skills and knowledge to live independently as self-sufficient, community active and socially responsible citizens.

Program Success Monitoring

Each consumer is administered a pre-assessment test and post-assessment test to measure improvement. An annual survey is disturbed to consumers. Attendance sheets track participation. Progress is monitored by achievement of goals in each consumer’s Independent Living Plan (ILP).

Program Success Examples

One of our consumers, Carlos' mother recently called us to thank us for the transformation in her son's life. Prior to enrolling in the SCIL Independent Living Program's Transition Center, Carlos spent his days watching television and playing video games. His life found greater meaning when he enrolled in the SCIL Transition Center.

After enrolling in the SCIL Transition Center, the information he learned in our classes changed his life. Carlos began to set life goals and found the motivation to pursue the challenge of home ownership. He recently enrolled in a home buyer assistance program. Upon successful completion of the program, he would receive down payment assistance. He passed the course owing his success in the class to all the things he learned in the Transition Center and now has the confidence to take the first step towards owning a home which is moving into his first apartment and learning how to live independently before he buys a home. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Michael Fluker
CEO Term Start Feb 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email
Michael brings a depth of experience to SCIL having worked over 10 years in a not for profit setting as a Chief Operating/Chief Financial Officer. His keen interest in helping people with disabilities has been applauded by the employees, clients served by SCIL and the Board of Directors.

He received his B.A. Degree from St. Leo University in Business Administration, Associate of Arts in Computer Science from Central Florida Community College, and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Florida State University.

Although Michael’s expertise is in finance, he has shown great enthusiasm to promote SCIL’s goal to empower people with disabilities to take charge of their lives and guide them through their own destinies.

He has received several awards for his community service, including recognition by the Selby Foundation as a winner of the Selby Foundation Tapestry of Giving. Mr. Fluker has served on the boards of several community organizations in leadership roles. He currently serves on the Board of the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living, Inc.
Michael Fluker embraces the Independent Living Philosophy that each person with a disability is unique, possesses civil rights and is capable of making a positive contribution to society.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 80
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Tropicana/Pepsico Enable
Community Center for the Dear and Hard of Hearing
Lighthouse for the Blind
Sarasota Lion's Club
Trinity United Methodist
Unidosnow Inc.
University of South Florda
Division of Blind Services
Sunshine Meadows Assisted Living Facility
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
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 Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Sanderson
Company Affiliation Attorney
Board Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. N. Scott Biehler Computer Consultant
Mrs. Vicke Mack Executive Director at Sunshine Meadows Assisted Living Facility
Mrs. Nancy Martin Community Volunteer
Ms. Candy Partee Private Investigator at Watchdog Security
Mr. Kevin Sanderson Attorney at Merritt & Sanderson, P.A.
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 75
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $495,750.00
Projected Expenses $474,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$449,102$584,272$447,281
Individual Contributions$9,295$31,681$56,165
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$440,783$464,687$428,456
Administration Expense$30,277$29,310$29,059
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.261.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%94%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$385,430$391,869$263,477
Current Assets$280,443$263,698$214,742
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$31,494
Current Liabilities$9,629$49,334$17,658
Total Net Assets$375,801$342,535$214,325
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Federal $212,099Government Grants - Federal $316,311Government Grants - Federal $222,842
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $191,148Government Grants - State $184,249Government Grants - State $178,084
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $45,855Government grants - Local $45,855Contributions, gifts, grants $56,165
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities29.125.3512.16
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%12%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Suncoast Center For Independent Living Inc
Address 3281 17TH ST
SARASOTA , FL 34232 8907
Phone 941 351-9545