Childrens Guardian Fund Inc
The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center
1750 17th Street, J-1
Sarasota FL 34234
The mission of the Children's Guardian Fund is to meet the emergency needs of children removed from abusive and neglectful homes and to reestablish normal childhood experiences in their lives during their stay in foster or state care.
CEO/Executive Director Svetlana Kaminsky
Board Chair Carol Belmont
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
The Childrens Guardian Fund
The Children's Guardian Fund, Inc.
Children's Guardian Fund
Supported Organization Guardian ad Litem Program, 12th Judicial Circuit
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1996
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Yes Mar 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
CGF IRS Exempt LetterView
Impact Statement

The top three accomplishments during the 2016/17 fiscal year:

1) In an effort to address academic deficiencies caused by abuse, neglect, abandonment and the stress of living in state care - we expanded our tutoring program and funded over 500 targeted, one-on-one tutoring sessions.

2) We helped over 150 local children in foster and state care to participate in a specialty summer camp or activity. Children attended a variety of local programs including literacy and science camps, athletic camps, dance programs, and camps focused on arts and culture.

3) During the past year we continued to advocate for adolescents age 13 to 23 who need extra support as they transition out of state care and into self-sufficiency and provided assistance with drivers education, GED testing, career attire, bicycles, and additional support as needed.

4) We served over 1,200 local children this year.

Our top goals for the 2017/18 fiscal year:

1) With the expansion of our programs and the growing number of children coming into state care, our top priority this year is to continue to meet the normalcy and enrichment needs of abused, abandoned, and neglected children in our area.

2) Our organization is working to expand funding sources with a focus on growing corporate sponsorships this year.

3) We are planning a board retreat with the goal of producing a strategic plan looking at the next 3-5 years.

Needs Statement
The five most pressing needs of the Children's Guardian Fund are: 
1) $30,000 for Summer Camps and Activities ($150-$300 will fund one child)  
2) $30,000 for Birthday Gifts ($35 will fund one child)

3) $25,000 for Children's Enrichment Items ($200-$300 will fund one child) 
4) $25,000 for tutoring ($250-$500 will fund one child)  
5) $12,000 for Aging Out Expenses ($150-$500 will fund one teen) 
Background Statement

Children’s Guardian Fund (CGF) was established in 1995 by a few Guardian ad Litem volunteers who realized that many of the children for whom they advocated had never celebrated their birthday. These few volunteers raised funds to purchase a $20 Publix gift card for every child in care. That gift card allowed the caregiver to purchase a few items for a small birthday party – hot dogs, potato chips and soda and most importantly, a birthday cake and candles! It was the first time many of these children ever had the joy of a birthday celebration.

From those early days, CGF has grown into an organization which now provides a $35 birthday gift card for all 1,300+ children, as well as funding for a multitude of experiences that allow children of all ages to lead richer and happier lives.

CGF remains privately funded through individual donations, community and foundation grants. That means we can immediately respond to the needs of a child who has been removed from his or her family. We have provided cribs for newborns, emergency food supplies, clothing and many other essentials. Generous support from our donors means we are able to do much more. In order to provide a semblance of normal family life for the children in foster and state care, we fund academic tutoring, music lessons, sports uniforms, summer camps, bicycles, driving lessons, prom, homecoming and graduation expenses, and many other “extras” which help reestablish normal childhood experiences.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments

Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit which includes 1,500 children in Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto counties and 430 Guardian ad Litem volunteers.

Guardian ad Litem offices

DeSoto County

115 E. Oak Street, Suite B1

Arcadia, FL 34266


Manatee County

1051 Manatee Avenue, Suite #330

Hensley Wing

Bradenton, Florida  34205


Sarasota County

Criminal Justice Center

2071 Ringling Boulevard, Suite 628

Sarasota, FL 34237

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Serving as president of the Children’s Guardian Fund is a honor and a significant responsibility. The demands are easy to understand: there are currently more than 1,000 children in our area who have been removed from their families because they were abused, neglected or abandoned. The epidemic of drug abuse has led to a tragic increase in the number of infants born addicted and the economic downturn has led to family stress that often results in children being harmed and removed from their homes. The demands on our funds have grown accordingly.

The reasons to feel exhilarated may be less obvious but are nevertheless real. Exhilaration comes from knowing that the funds we raise make a significant difference in the lives of children who have done nothing wrong except to be born into families unwilling or unable to care for them.

Despite the welcome signs of an economic recovery, the Children’s Guardian Fund continues to see challenges ahead: shortfalls remain in the state budget and the most vulnerable in our society continue to need help. Fortunately, our local area enjoys the great blessing of a dedicated group of volunteer child advocates. However, we want to ensure that our child advocates are provided with the resources they need to have the maximum impact on the lives of children in care. With the right combination of care and services, these children can grow up to enjoy a safe and positive future.

We want children of all ages to get the help they need with their school studies. We want the child with a musical gift to join the school band or the church choir. For children with an interest in athletics, we want to provide team uniforms, or soccer cleats, or baseball mitts. We want to be sure that a newborn baby abandoned in the hospital and taken in by a generous neighbor or relatives has a crib to sleep in.

The volunteer child advocates from the Guardian ad Litem program provide a voice for the child who has nobody else to speak on their behalf. The Children’s Guardian Fund supplies the money that enables the advocates not only to speak up, but also to pay for some of the everyday extras that allow children in foster care to feel more like the other kids in their neighborhood. In turn, we rely on you, the generous residents and corporate sponsors of this town, to donate the funds that enable us to help these children who deserve so much more than to be neglected, abused and abandoned.

Please join me in making my term as president as productive and successful as it can be—for the sake of the children.

Carol Belmont

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
For the hundreds of children in our local community unlucky enough to have been born into abusive or neglectful families, being taken into state dependency (often known as "foster care") is actually a step toward a better and more hopeful life.  The challenges such children face are great and state support is, of necessity, limited and sometimes inflexible. The Guardian ad Litem Program and the Children's Guardian Fund work together to try to insure that young people who don't have the support of their parents at least have the support of our community.  We attempt to provide a semblance of normalcy:  $35 Wal-Mart gift cards for birthdays, specialized summer camps for children traumatized by their life experiences, Academic Awards for young people struggling to keep up in school against all the odds and many other special requests ranging from cribs for newborns to bicycles for teens trying to make it to part-time jobs.  
Description Most children in foster care come from chaotic and abusive environments. Many have never had a birthday cake, a book or a stuffed animal, much less the calm, undivided attention of an adult in their lives. Their needs range from the profound to the more mundane. Guardian ad Litem child advocates apply for funding through the Children’s Guardian Fund (CGF) to provide simple needs such as a prom dress or soccer cleats, or life-changing experiences such as specialized summer camps or music, art or sports lessons. Each request is tailored to a particular child’s physical and emotional well-being.
Budget $298,570
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations US
Short Term Success

To continue and expand our ability to fund the unmet needs of abused, neglected, and abandoned children in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida. 

Long Term Success

Our ultimate goal is for every child to have a permanent family, and grow up to become a contributing, non-abusive adults in our community.  


Program Success Monitoring

The key to our knowing the most effective way to assist these children is the volunteer Guardian ad Litem, the single most important resource in these children’s lives. Because strict child protection and privacy laws prohibit us from having direct contact with these children, we rely upon the volunteer Guardian ad Litem to use their training and judgment to make requests upon each child’s behalf. We measure our success based on of how many unmet needs we are able to respond to, as well as occasional thank you notes from the volunteer Guardian ad Litem providing us with moving testimonies of how the small gift made such a huge difference in the life of a child.  

Program Success Examples

One fourteen year old girl wrote to us:

            “A few months ago I wanted to go to the 8th grade dance at my school, but I said to myself, ‘How can I go to the dance and I don’t have shoes, or a dress?’ I started talking to my Guardian Ad and she told me that she’ll figure something out. A few days later, I received a phone call form her and together we started making plans for where we were going to shop for my dress. I got so excited. Then Friday, my wish came true. I had the right shoes, good hairstyle, and matching earrings! If it wasn’t for you guys, I don’t think that I would have had such a great opportunity in my life as a teenager!”

She was living in a shelter at the time of the dance and when she wrote the letter. Since then she has been place in another foster home and she is really hoping to be adopted. Her biological mother died of a drug overdose years ago. 
Another child wrote:
        "Thank-you for getting the bike helmet, lock and the pump. In addition I got a pair of boots with the money left over and with a dollar to spare. Thank you."  
After receiving a gift card for her birthday, a girl wrote:
   "I would like to you for the birthday gift card. I plan to buy boots or a new bathing suit. Thank you so very much.  

GAL and CGF are committed to the goal that each and every child should go to court and through the child welfare system with a personal advocate. To this end, CGF provides the GAL program with funds for recruitment, training and retention of trained child advocates. In addition, we host an annual appreciation lunch for the volunteers where they can network with one another. 

Budget $17,000
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Voluntarism Promotion
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Victims
Short Term Success

For every child in the 12thJudicial Circuit of Florida to have a court appointed volunteer Guardian ad Litem. 

Long Term Success

For every child in the 12thJudicial Circuit of Florida to have a court appointed volunteer Guardian ad Litem. 

Program Success Monitoring

The number of volunteers recruited and retained over time determines the effectiveness of the program. Volunteer data is tracked by the state mandated Guardian ad Litem program. 

Program Success Examples

We provide the GAL program with extra dollars for recruitment and training. We pay for the printing of the Guardian ad Litem brochure which is an effective recruitment tool. Also, every year we do a Guardian ad Litem appreciation luncheon. This gives the volunteers a unique opportunity to connect and network with each other. Also, it reminds them that the work they do is both appreciated and very important.  

Every year we invest in the GAL program staff by funding training conferences. Staff return from conferences more equipped for dealing with the many difficult situations that they encounter in their jobs. Conferences also help prevent burnout among program staff, as they inspire staff to continue working to ensure that every child withing the child welfare system has a voice.  


Through this program, CGF advocates for adolescents age 13 to 23 who need extra support as they transition out of state care and into self-sufficiency. Approximately six youths per month age out of the system in the 12th Judicial District. We know that children “graduating” from foster care and group homes have a far higher rate of homelessness, incarceration and unemployment than the population as a whole. More than 80 percent will become parents within a year. Our goal is to help these children become more successful academically and acquire important life skills before they start living independently. Funds raised for this at-risk group may be used for:

  • Housing and utility deposits
  • Bus passes, gas cards or bikes
  • Career clothing such as uniforms or dress clothes for a first job
  • Mentors and peer tutors
Budget $19,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Our goal is to increase the academic success and acquisition of life skills of teens in the system. The Next Step program provides mentors, peer tutors, and career clothing to teens aging out of care. 
Long Term Success

Our ultimate goal is for every child to get out and stay out of “the system,” becoming contributing, non-abusive adults in our community.  

Program Success Monitoring Approximately six youths per month turn 18 and age out of the dependency system. The national and state statistics for such youth are sad. 82% will become parents within a year. 25% will have problems with the law. And even in our area 15% will become homeless. Next Step has succeeded with approximately 50% of the teens coming into the program. 
Program Success Examples Financial assistance provided to a youth enabled him to buy a proper work uniform and a bus pass to cover transportation costs until his first payday. As many as 20 teens are being mentored currently by New College students. These are just two examples. We help young people overcome life's basic challenges as they take their first steps into independent living. 
Program Comments by Organization
There are currently over 1,500 children in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties who have been removed from their birth families for reasons of abuse, neglect and abandonment.  The Children's Guardian fund works with volunteer Guardians ad Litem, who are appointed by the courts, to provide normalcy, enrichment and opportunity to children whose lives have been disrupted.
Because we work with dependent children who are protected by privacy laws and often housed in temporary/short term placements, it is often challenging to gather certain types of information to measure outcomes. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Svetlana Kaminsky
CEO Term Start July 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email

Svetlana has been with the Children’s Guardian Fund since August 2012.  Prior to moving to Sarasota, Svetlana worked as a Program Coordinator at Refugee Women's Alliance in Seattle.  She is a University of Washington graduate and holds a B.A. degree in Communication.


Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 14
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations include the Guardian ad Litem Program, Safe Children Coalition, Sarasota YMCA, and Furniture Warehouse. 
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 Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Carol Belmont
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Apr 2017 to June 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Carol Belmont Retired
Bo Brault Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, CPAs
Jeremy Carter Retired Educator
Michael Cogswell Retired
Barbara Dittmann Retired
Emily Garriott Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A.
Kimberly Hopper Regions Bank
Tina Mroczkowski Bowman George
Clare Murphy Retired
Nancy Sanders Retired
Ian Sharp Retired Engineer
Major Connie Shingledecker Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Barry Wells Retired
Tresa Zumsteg Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
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
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $438,905.00
Projected Expenses $438,905.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $79,287.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy % 0
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
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$324,331$284,046$221,086
Administration Expense$61,954$88,266$21,920
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.081.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%76%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$334,860$352,251$315,985
Current Assets$228,309$250,966$199,953
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,290$14,098$682
Total Net Assets$331,570$338,153$315,303
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $201,318Contributions, gifts, grants $319,927Contributions, gifts, grants $225,346
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind Donations $93,862Fundraising $82,047Fundraising $63,568
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $74,964Investment Income $609Jury Duty Fees $2,085
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities69.3917.80293.19
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization In-kind donation of database software increased our administrative expense by 4.5% this past fiscal year.  Although it is depreciated as an expense and shows up under administrative cost, the database software is 100% cost free to the organization and is saving us both time and money. 
Financial Comments by Foundation
Foundation and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990s or audits.  Financial figures were taken from the 990.  The Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.  Financial information for 2017 taken solely from the audited financial statements as the Federal tax return was not available at time of review.  The value of in-kind donations is included in revenue on the financial statements.
Nonprofit Childrens Guardian Fund Inc
Address The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center
1750 17th Street, J-1
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone 941 504-9515