Sarasota United For Responsibility And Equity - SURE
7750 Beneva Rd
Sarasota FL 34238-2848

SURE exists as a faith-based Justice Ministry to train volunteer leaders to   work with community leaders and public officials to correct inequities in the Sarasota community adversely effecting the poor, under-served and disadvantaged and provide hope for equality of opportunity for the future.

CEO/Executive Director Rev. Ryan McBride
Board Chair Rev.Dr. Vincent Smith
Board Chair Affiliation Trinity Christian Fellowship Center
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2000
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
1. SURE worked with Sarasota County staff to create a local hiring initiative asking that at least 15% of hiring be Sarasota residents when county contracts are granted for construction and construction related projects. Initiative passed County Commission unanimously.  Effort of implementation are proceeding but slowly.  SURE continues to work with Sarasota County government on this issue.
2. SURE got a commitment from Sarasota County school district to institute Restorative Justice/Discipline practices in pilot schools.  In April 2013, School Superintendent, Lori White agreed to expand Restorative Justice/Discipline practices district-wide. In 2014-2015 school year Restorative Justice practices were implemented in all Elementary schools in Sarasota School District.  Expansion of Restorative Justice practices to Middle schools will begin in the 2015-2016 school year.
3.  SURE worked with Mental Health Professionals, Manosota 211 and Sarasota County Health and Human Services to create a central access point for low-income and other at risk populations to access care to Mental Health services via Manasota 211 referral service.
1. Build the power of our organization by recruiting new congregations, new community partners and new corporate partners in order that we may bring even greater justice to the citizens of Sarasota County.  
2. Goal is to have Sarasota County use the Civil citation program provided by Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to reduce/eliminate arrest of youth for non-violent, non-serious misdemeanor offenses by putting these at-risk youth in diversionary programs instead of Juvenile arrests and court.
3.  Another goal is to work with City of Sarasota, Sarasota County and community partners to end Homelessness in Sarasota County.  Discussions with all are continuing an on-going dialogue and working to increase collaboration in our community for the benefit of all.
Needs Statement
1. Local introductory and advanced training for volunteers [$8,000] starting research on new issue approved by congregational assembly in November 2014.
2. SURE has need of an associate organizer to support the organization in growing to South County and expanding the effectiveness of the SURE organization.  Full-time Assistant to the Executive Director to recruit new member congregations, offer leadership training, grant writing and relationship building in the community [$34,000]
3.   IT and related support with emphasis on social media outlets, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. [$5,000]
4.  Office staff support to organize files, records and correspondence and communication with members.[$8,000]
Background Statement

Founded by religious and community leaders more than 15 years ago, SURE is united by its member’s commonly shared interests and values. As a grassroots, nonprofit, congregation-based community organization, our challenge is to bring people together across racial, religious and socioeconomic lines to pursue justice in Sarasota County.  We believe that through mutual training and outreach our faith-based organization effectively strengthens the witness of each member and is a positive network for improving many lives.  Further, SURE's working in cooperation with other similarly constituted organizations on issues of common concern enhances the social and economic well-being of the Greater Sarasota area.


2010 SURE leaders sought and received a commitment from the Sarasota County School Superintendent to implement restorative discipline programs in two elementary schools and one middle school, each of which had a significantly higher than average out-of-school suspension rate. This commitment followed a determination that the County used out-of-school suspension at a far higher rate than many similar counties and that these suspensions proved to be ineffective in curbing undesirable conduct while pushing children out of school. Restorative discipline focuses on peer accountability and raising awareness of the consequences of inappropriate actions. Schools adopting these practices have had dramatic success in reducing both the number of out of school suspensions and the number of occurrences of troublesome conduct. SURE leaders expect results to lead to expansion of restorative discipline to other schools.


2006 At the April Nehemiah Action, commitments were secured to protect and expand downtown and Newtown’s stock of affordable housing through expansion of the Community Redevelopment Area serviced by Tax Increment Financing and the reduction or deferral of impact fees when constructing new affordable housing. On April 10, 2008, SURE held its Nehemiah Action with over 500 people in attendance to press public officials for a renewed commitment to “preserve and expand” the stock of affordable housing. A breakthrough saw the earmarking of nearly $14 million for the redevelopment of the county’s largest public housing project to address facilities long neglected by local government and lagging far behind code.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments

SURE serves all of Sarasota County.  Two prime examples of Countywide issues are affordable housing/impact fees and helping to create a dedicated jail pod for inmates working to end the addiction-jail-addiction-jail cycle.  For City and other related issues, please see the Background Statement.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

We have recently hired a new Executive Director and added a number of new congregations to our organization.  Over the next few months many more congregations are voting to join in our mission of justice in Sarasota County.  These new members bring an increased need for training and education.  New staff is already needed to keep up with the tremendous growth we are experiencing.  We intend to hire a new Assistant to the Director in June as well as part-time administrative help.  These new positions will cause us to out-grow our currently donated office space, so we anticipate the necessity of larger office space in June as well. We need infrastructure like a dedicated phone line, updated computers and software and an updated website.

Though this list of needs is great, we know that our task is great and will require this kind of growth if we are to be successful.  We are obliged, called, inspired, impassioned, commissioned and determined to be successful.  Any investment in SURE is an investment in the Sarasota community.  We have a solid system of checks and balances and you can count on the fact that your investment is secure and going to precisely what we've said it will go towards - training, education, expansion and delivery of determinative wins for justice in our community.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
SURE brings together large numbers of diverse individuals from diverse congregation and faith backgrounds to powerfully address issues of injustice in our community.  We listen to our individual members through our intensive listening process where we engage more than 800 people each year around issues in our community that personally affect them.  Then as an organization we vote on which problem to address, which leads to a period of deep research and crafting of a viable solution based on best practices.  At our Nehemiah Action Assembly this year we plan to bring out more than 1000 people in support of our cause and call on local officials to act upon our solution.  Then we engage in a monitoring phase where we ensure that the desired results are achieved.
We consistently hold the largest community events of their kind year after year in order to bring greater justice to Sarasota County.  Why?  Because our God calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves - we believe all people to be our neighbors and we believe that all people deserve justice and a fair shake at leading productive lives. 
Executive Director costs $45,00 per year
 Direct volunteers from faith-based coalition of local congregations to collaborate with local governments and local agencies both public and private.
In 2015 worked with congregations and community organizations; Sarasota Police Dept., Sarasota County Sheriff Dept., Public Defender, State's Attorney and District 12 Juvenile Probation to introduce State of Florida Juvenile Justice program "Civil Citation" to reduce youth arrests.
Budget $10,000
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Juvenile Justice
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success The county wide use of the Civil Citation program would reduce youth arrests for low-level non-serious offenses.  Last year there were more than 1900 youth arrested in Sarasota County that would have qualified for Civil Citations.
Long Term Success Long term benefits to the use of Civil Citations would be the ability of our children to pursue careers, military and college educations without a juvenile record.
Program Success Monitoring Statistics from the Florida JJ would show a rise in Civil Citations
Program Success Examples Data from DJJ.
Description SURE congregations worked with local law enforcement, Sarasota City Commission, Sarasota County Commission and Salvation Army on this ongoing project.
Budget $10,000
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Short term goal is to get community partners, City Commission and County Commission to talk on a regular basis to address the homelessness in our community.  SURE is attempting to get City and County to have a least 2 meetings by November 2015.
Long Term Success Long term goal is to end homelessness in Sarasota County within the next 3 years.  This can be accomplished by local governments, agencies and community partners working together.
Program Success Monitoring SURE would monitor success by meeting with local government and sampling area residents and visitors for satisfaction of any homelessness plan adopted and put in place.
Program Success Examples
Immediate success work be demonstrated by meetings of City Commission and County Commission occurring within the next 30 days.  Long term success would have happened when homelessness is erased from Sarasota County.  Our residents, businesses and visitors would herald Sarasota for eradicating homelessness.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Ryan McBride
CEO Term Start Dec 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email

Ryan McBride is our Executive Director.  Ryan has served as Pastor, Associate Pastor or Youth and Families Pastor of four different churches in the past 12 years.  He has volunteered locally for the Salvation Army, teaching the Bible to their drug and alcohol rehabilitation members and ran a meals on wheels route once a week for over a year.  He holds a BS in Biology from James Madison University and an Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.  He is deeply committed to his community.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Michaella Brady Jan 2010 - Oct 2012
Ms Erika Kuester Jan 2008 - Jan 2011
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 80
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Sarasota County Commission
Sarasota City Commission
Sarasota County Health and Human Services
Manasota 211
Behavioral Health Consortium, consisting of Mental Health Provider, Justice system, State of FL Dept of Children and Families and Health and Human Services.
Sarasota County Schools
Sarasota County Transit
Suncoast Workforce
Salvation Army
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 Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev.Dr. Vincent Smith
Company Affiliation Trinity Christian Fellowship Center
Board Term Nov 2014 to Oct 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Rev. Wes Bixby First United Congregational Church
Ms Claire Coyle St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church
Mrs. Mary Gaulke Concordia Lutheran Church
Minister Demetrius Jafunza, Sr. Bethel CME Church
Rev. Patrick Miller Bethlehem Bible Church
Ms Sue Morusiewicz Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church
Rev. Keturah Pittman Greater Hurst Chapel AME Church
Ms Valerie Reeves New Bethel MBC
Rev. Vincent Smith Trinity Christian Fellowship Center
Ms Sue Tharp St. Wilfred Episcopal Church
Mr James White Bethlehem Baptist Church
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
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
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $98,500.00
Projected Expenses $98,500.00
Organization has Endowment No
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
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$28,825$83,629$47,000
Administration Expense$57,183$6,798$22,874
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.170.881.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses34%92%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$32,610$18,303$29,345
Current Assets$32,610$18,303$29,345
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$32,610$18,303$29,345
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $72,919Contributions, gifts, grants $51,464Contributions, gifts, grants $61,684
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $26,178Membership Dues $27,920Membership Dues $10,250
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $1,2170 $0Program Service Revenue $1,215
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
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 Foundation Financial information taken from 990-EZ where available.  If 990-N filed, financial information taken from compilations.  For 2011, no expense information was provided by the organization.  Additionally, no balance sheet information was provided for 2011 - 2013. No 990 was filed for 2013.
Nonprofit Sarasota United For Responsibility And Equity - SURE
Address 7750 Beneva Rd
Sarasota, FL 34238 2848
Phone 941 894-2819