Diversity: The Voices Of Sarasota
P.O.Box 2453
3301 6th Street Sarasota, Fl. 34237
Sarasota FL 34230
 Through songs of hope and inclusion, our LGBT chorus celebrates all of humanity and inspires our community to embrace equality.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Joan Faucher
Board Chair Affiliation volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota
Gulf Coast Mens Chorus
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1998
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS 501 (c) 3 letterView
Impact Statement


1. Prepared and performed both a Spring and Holiday Concert of 18 musical pieces at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center with 35 singers, some able to read music and some not. The chorus was accompanied by local musicians and soloists. It was very well received by the community.
2. Diversity performed at the installation ceremony for the new pastor at Saint Andrew United Church of Christ.
3. Successfully embarked on a search for a new Artistic Director and secured the well experienced and talented, Bruce Ensinger. 
4. Formed a Recruitment and Retention committee where more that 20 new and diverse voices joined the chorus.
5. Supported All Faiths Food Bank with a successful food drive during the month of November 2017. Also, supported First Step's Mother and Infant program donating many items of need for both the moms and infants during the month of December 2017.
Goals 2017:
1. To contribute to the artistic enhancement of the Greater Sarasota Community by providing at least 2 major choral performances.
2. To continue to serve as advocates and supporters of LGBT youth causes and organizations. 
3. To serve as a bridge in uniting the LGBT and straight communities through music and song.
4. To extend our outreach and engagement to other diverse segments of the Sarasota community through partnerships with schools, churches, and mosques.
Needs Statement

Pressing needs:

1.  An underwriter for our holiday and/or spring concerts ($6,000 to $10,000.)

2.  Funding for updated brochures, concert playbills, advertising, and business cards ($2,000 to $4,000.)

3.  A laptop computer with updated software for accounting, management, and technical support of our website and social media presence  ($3,000.)
 4.  Continuing funding to support the replacement of dated and deteriorated costumes and scenery ($2,500.)

5.  A color laser printer to assist with coping programs, inserts, news letters and documents for mailing to Diversity supporters ($800-$1300.00)

Background Statement

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota debuted originally as the Gulf Coast Men's Chorus in December of 1997 and joined with the women's group Harmony in 2008.  Today, together as Diversity, the chorus performs in many venues in the Greater Sarasota Community.

Diversity regularly performs at the Pride Festivals of both Sarasota and Manatee counties, World Aids Day ceremonies and has participated in a joint concert with The Sarasota Pops Orchestra directed by Robyn Bell.  Additionally, Diversity joins with the international LGBT community every four years at the GALA festivals nationwide, and performed Sing for a Cure at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
As we have developed over the years, we have been fortunate to be inspired and led by some amazingly talented artistic directors. Our Interim Artistic Director is Bruce Ensinger. Bruce joined the Diversity family in January as our accompanist. When Jon Arterton was no longer able to be our conductor, Bruce agreed to accompany and plan our December concert. Bruce earned an AB degree in Music Education from West Liberty State College and an MM in Music History and Literature from Ohio University. He completed additional studies at the University of Zürich, Princeton University, Westminster Choir College, Duquesne University, WVU and St. John Lateran in Rome, Italy. Ensinger has been a church musician since he was a 7th grader and taught public school music in WV for 38 years.

Here is a statement to you from Bruce Ensinger:

To the Philanthropic Community:

"The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up."

Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

I am humbled to serve as director/accompanist for Diversity. The group made me feel so welcome when I became their accompanist in January. As I assume the role of Artistic Director and meet regularly with members of the board, I appreciate Diversity even more. Not only do they share their love of music and care and concern for each other, they are assisting with a food drive in October and purchasing gifts for mothers and infants in need at Christmas.

Daily we see one group of people positioned another. Now, more than ever, we need to rejoice in our differences and help those who need our help. Diversity has members from various races, economic class, religious affiliation, and professional background but work together beautifully for the good of the entire organization. Their positive attitude and great work ethic inspire me. Come to one of our concerts and let us inspire you.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- Hillsborough
Areas Served Comments
Although our primary performance location has been in Sarasota County, we draw membership and audience from the larger geographic area. Additionally, we have performed in Manatee and Pinellas Counties, Key West, Miami, Denver, New York, Montreal, and San Jose,CA.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Seven years ago, I was looking for a place where I could feel comfortable and be accepted as part of a community.  I joined Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota because I recognized it an organization which brings people together as one through song.
I was asked to step forward and become the President of this group to lead us back from our losses, both financial and artistic.  After losing our Artistic Director, accompanist, and Executive Board mid-season 2015-2016, my job was to help bring us back to being a loving family of performers.  We are now on track and flourishing to fulfill our mission to inspire the LGBT and Greater Sarasota Community through song.
Our expenses remain a challenge as we depend on members' dues, donations, ticket sales, and sponsors, all of which vary from month to month.  While it is not always apparent to our audiences and supporters, our expenses are substantial.  Some of our expenses include the purchase and licensing of music, venue rental, salaries for our artistic director, website management, costumes, rehearsal space, rent, storage and more.  We are diligent with our budgeting just to make ends meet.  Our margins are small.  We are still in need of financial support to afford our two main performances each year.
We are an LGBT and LGBT-friendly group, and we are unique within the Sarasota artistic community.  We are made up of people who share a common belief in equality for all.  Race, religion, and sexual orientation does not separate our chorus members.  Our audiences represent the same diversity and love of music that the chorus does.
I feel we are a family who shares all things in our lives.  The hurtful things we do as a society can only be changed by people participating and supporting Diversity's mission in our world and community.  This is why I love singing and serving with this group and I can only hope that we will continue to grow and work to enrich our community. 
In May we will be performing a program called "All About Love" featuring a number of songs by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and more. We are honored to have been asked to perform an original piece written by Ann Hampton Callaway honoring the memory of a young LGBT man, Tyler Clemente a violin student at Rutgers University. The chorus will be accompanied by a violinist, soloist and other local musicians.  
S. Joan Faucher
Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota 
The chorus has two major performances, a holiday concert in the fall and a spring concert.  Our musical selections range from Broadway show tunes and standards to contemporary and classical. 
Our holiday concerts typically include music from around the world and from a variety of faiths as we embrace our diverse cultures and evoke the warmth and family feelings of the holiday season.
Budget $0
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Continued growth in our musical skills, chorus membership and attendance at our concerts.
Long Term Success

We believe

  • in the power of music to change lives
  • in the affirmation of the place of LGBT people in our society
  • that there is unity in diversity
  • that music builds bridges to bring communities together.
Program Success Monitoring
  • chorus membership
  • attendance at our concerts
  • donations and ad revenue
  • community partnerships
Program Success Examples
We continue to grow in our musical ability as evidenced by our more challenging repertoire. 
Community organizations continue to invite us back for performances and new performance requests are on the increase.
Comments from our audiences continue to provide evidence that our music is changing lives and attitudes within our community.
Program Comments by Organization Voices soaring with songs of hope, love, and inclusion, our LGBT chorus celebrates all, without exclusion, inspiring courage and acceptance in our community and embracing equality for all.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email contact@diversitysarasota.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
David Phillips July 2008 - June 2012
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
UCC and MCC Charities; Sarasota Pride; Manatee Pride; ALSO Out Youth; The Pops Orchestra; GALA Festival, Booker High School.  
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 N/A
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 No
Management Comments by Organization n/a
Board Chair
Board Chair Joan Faucher
Company Affiliation volunteer
Board Term June 2017 to May 2018
Board Chair Email sjfaucher7@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Beverly Alter Community Volunteer
Bern Cattanach Community Volunteer
Michael Chesek Community Volunteer
Joan Faucher Community Volunteer
Karen Nee Community Volunteer
Francisco Suarez Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
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)
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Governance Comments by Organization n/a
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 $26,780.00
Projected Expenses $34,222.00
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$16,118$40,202$45,876
Administration Expense$14,829$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.811.031.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses52%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$37,053$7,950$6,920
Current Assets$37,053$7,950$6,920
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$37,053$7,950$6,920
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $50,578Contributions, gifts, grants $34,557Contributions, gifts, grants $39,309
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $5,440Membership Dues $6,675Membership Dues $7,780
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
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 Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Diversity: The Voices Of Sarasota
Address P.O.Box 2453
3301 6th Street Sarasota, Fl. 34237
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone 941 993-3085