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
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS 501 (c) 3 letterView
Impact Statement


1. Prepared and performed Holiday Concert of 18 musical pieces at Holley Hall with 50 musicians, some able to read music and some not.  It was very well received by the community!
2. Re-established the Board of Directors in Spring 2016 and added 9 new members to reinvent and re-energize the chorus.
3. Successfully embarked on a nationwide search for a new Artistic Director and secured the nationally renowned Jon Arterton. Additionally, we hired a talented, new local pianist and composer to be our accompanist. 
4. Recruited and reassembled the entire chorus, adding many new and diverse voices.
5. Supported All Faiths Food Bank with a successful food drive at our May 2016 free community performance.
Goals 2016:
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 with continued volunteer efforts at such events as The Turkey Trot benefiting ALSO Youth of Sarasota.
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 new laptop 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 portable canvas canopy (10ft. x 10ft.) for outside events ($1,000.)

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, and has participated in a joint concert with The 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 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, however, this Spring we struck gold in welcoming the nationally renowned Jon Arterton as our new Artistic Director.  Jon began his musical journey as a choirboy at Washington's National Cathedral.  He holds a Masters Degree in choral conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music, and was a co-founder of The Flirtations, the gay a cappella group seen in the film Philadelphia.  In 2002, Jon founded The Outer Cape Chorale in Cape Cod, a 140 voice community chorus.
Here is a statement to you from Jon Arterton:
To the Philanthropic Community:
The recent events in Orlando have dramatically demonstrated the important role that organizations like Diversity play in today's society.  By representing the LGBT community in a very public way they help to break down stereotypes and promote better understanding among people.  Members of our chorus come from every race, economic class, religious affiliation, and professional background - and almost half the singers are what we affectionately call our "straight allies."  Yes, we are indeed diverse.
It's been an honor for me to serve as their conductor since February.  When I joined them I was immediately impressed by their singing ability.  As time went on, I became even more impressed by their steadfast devotion to the group, and their immense love and respect for each other.  They are a "family" in the truest sense of the word.  It is that relationship to each other that makes them so special - something that their audiences seem to understand as evidenced by the standing ovations and the full-house attendance that greeted us at our first concert together in May.   
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
Five 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 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 December we will be performing a program called "All That Jazz" featuring a number of jazzy songs by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and more, and some exciting arrangements of seasonal carols by contemporary English composer Will Todd.  We'll be accompanied by a jazz quartet.  Then in the Spring we'll present Echoes of Africa - a concert of music of Africa and music from the West that has its roots in Africa.  There'll be gospel, spirituals, Civil Rights songs, drumming and more!
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
MCC Trinity Charities; Sarasota Pride; Manatee Pride; ALSO Out Youth; The Pops Orchestra; GALA Festival.  
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 fauchersj@aol.com
Board Members
Board Members
Beverly Alter Community Volunteer
Bern Cattanach Community Volunteer
Michael Chesek Community Volunteer
Joan Faucher Community Volunteer
Bill Kraus 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 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
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 No
% 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
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $27,180.00
Projected Expenses $35,774.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign 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$40,202$45,876$55,691
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.030.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,950$6,920$5,707
Current Assets$7,950$6,920$5,707
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$7,950$6,920$5,707
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $34,557Contributions, gifts, grants $39,309Contributions, gifts, grants $38,545
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $6,675Membership Dues $7,780Membership Dues $7,395
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Our fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30, therefore our 2015-2016 tax prep will not be completed until August 30th as taxes are not due until November. We will upload tax doc as soon as it is completed.
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