Sarasota Waldorf Inc dba Mangrove School of Sarasota
SARASOTA FL 34231-3831
Mangrove School of Sarasota is a non-profit dedicated to engaging students through a hands on, developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to strengthen their capacities, so they may meet the ever-changing world with creativity and confidence.    
CEO/Executive Director Erin Melia
Board Chair Eric Lundquist
Board Chair Affiliation Community Vounteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Mangrove School of Sarasota
Former Names
Waldorf Sarasota
Sarasota Waldorf School
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2002
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2018
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

 Top three to five accomplishments from the past year:
 * Expanded our Forest Fridays nature immersion program for grades students, and added a Forest Kindergarten for early childhood students.  Outdoor education has shown to improve academic abilities, even afterwards
 * Expanded our  drama program for grades students that allows students complete creative control - the lines, the set, the costumes, etc.  This collaborative process has layers of benefits for the students as they need to communicate, negotiate, and work as a team in order to successfully complete the project.
*Added the French language  as part of the foreign language curriculum (joining Spanish), Learning foreign languages help the students hone their listening skills, while increasing their cognitive flexibility and appreciation for other cultures.
*Added a homeschool enrichment option to make our unique education available as a resource for a wider range of families in the area. 
Top three to five goals for the current year: 
* the school will be adding one new grade each year and will - by the beginning of the next school year - be able to achieve a long pursued goal: adding a sixth grade and thus start adding own middle school
* renovating our Early Childhood play yard to include more shady areas, and more exploration - including a water pump that the students use themselves. Adding more activities to the student's outdoor time, such as woodworking.
 *  Increasing  our ability to grant financial aid for those with economic need seeking a more experiential educational experience for their child.
Needs Statement
  1. funds for adding a middle school will be needed (such as: renting extra rooms; purchasing or renting special equipment to accommodate 6th grade curriculum;...) $8000
  2. funds for more / new space - we are particularly in need of outdoor space - forest and farm to deliver the outdoor aspects of education in a more permanent way - caring for animals, building structures, and the like. $50000
  3. funds for adding on further specialty classes for all grades, to enhance existing music and arts programs for all grades $5000
  4. funds for hiring PT maintenance and bookkeeping personnel $8000
  5. professional development of teachers and staff $4000
Background Statement

Our Mission:

Mangrove School of Sarasota is dedicated to providing a nurturing and calm space in which children can love, learn, and grow. We seek to engage the whole child in their education – head, heart and hands, while also honoring our inherent connection to nature through frequent exploration of and hands-on experience in our majestic natural surroundings

Our History:

Mangrove School of Sarasota was founded in 2000 by a small group of dedicated parents and experienced Waldorf teachers. What began as a playgroup swiftly expanded into much-needed nursery and kindergarten programs. Our grade school soon followed, as did more families and more exceptional teachers.

Today, we offer early childhood programs and a comprehensive grades curriculum, currently to 6th grade. Additionally, parent-child classes, homeschooling enrichment programs, adult practical art classes, free summer programming, and festivals are extended to the greater Sarasota area. We have attracted a community of extraordinary teachers and families, committed to growing a school inspired by the principles of Waldorf education, with a strong connection to nature, experiential learning, and service to those in need.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Description Creative play, puppet storytelling, circle time, practical and artistic activities balance free, creative expression of your child within the teacher-led group experience. We work with natural materials for a true education of the senses. Rhythms of the day, week and seasons provide a basis for structure, helping your child gain a secure relationship to the world. Each day will become known to the children, not by the day of the week, which carries little meaning to them, but by the activities that are done that day, such as bread day or painting day. The children enjoy gluten free, organic lunches, which they often help prepare. Young children in our Early Childhood are typically 3 to 6 years old.
Budget $90,000
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short Term Success Children are happy and content during their first time out of the home in school.
Long Term Success Children will have a solid base of social skills, play and imagination for later academic success.
Program Success Monitoring Weekly faculty meetings, along with consistent feedback from parents allows us to develop the program based on the children who are in the class at the time.  
Program Success Examples The children love the program so much, they don't want to leave.  Several have requested longer school days because they are having such fun. 

In our grades program our students in a process of learning that engages their whole being - head, heart and hands. Traditional academic subjects are enlivened in a unique, dynamic way through many mediums,  including music, movement, drawing and painting. Subjects such as mathematics, history, botany, chemistry, physics and others are presented to the grades students so the material is tangibly and deeply experienced. Our students truly grasp concepts and have an understanding of facts and their deeper connections.

In addition, our grades students learn how to do handwork, woodworking, gardening, drama, foreign language, sign language and movement.  We also place an emphasis on our connection to our beautiful natural surroundings through nature immersion.  

Budget $145,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success This program will yield children who are very capable human beings, having developed many capacities that are left untouched in traditional education settings.
Long Term Success This program will yield children who are very capable human beings, having developed many capacities that are left untouched in traditional education settings.  
Program Success Monitoring Program monitoring is through student's progress reports, as well as feedback at parent teacher conferences.
Program Success Examples A perfect case study is a child having transferred into the program from a public school.  In one year this child is much more confident in all subjects, has had a lead role in a play, learned to crochet, and has made leaps and bounds socially.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Erin Melia
CEO Term Start Aug 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 8
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
We are beginning to collaborate with other organizations in the Sarasota area.  This past year we volunteered for All-Faith's Food bank and Transition Sarasota.  We hope to continue to expand our service to the local community as it is one of the pillars of our curriculum.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
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 No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Our former Board Chair, Todd Murray, M.D. created a slideshow to capture many of the outstanding achievements of Waldorf graduates, as well as the many successful people who have chosen Waldorf education for their own children. Find out more about our school at Kind thanks to the International List of Famous Waldorf Alumni ( and Renewal Magazine for being such wonderful resources.
Huge thank you to Stephanie Boyd for graciously allowing us to use her very moving piece - along with Alan Toda-Ambaras - cello, and Benjamin Woo - piano. Check out her website for more amazing music -
For the sheet music to this amazing piece:
Board Chair
Board Chair Eric Lundquist
Company Affiliation Community Vounteer
Board Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Laura Barrett Waldorf School of Sarasota
Heather Green Community Volunteer
Eric Lundquist Community Volunteer
Erin Melia Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 96
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
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $275,199.00
Projected Expenses $271,497.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$269,683$286,338$246,314
Administration Expense$0$5,927$40,297
Fundraising Expense$3,064$2,108$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.991.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%97%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%8%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$3,885$3,906($136)
Current Assets$3,885$3,906($136)
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$3,885$3,906($136)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountElementary Education $260,134Private School Tuition $266,159Program Service Revenue $257,994
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $15,128Fundraising $23,643Contributions, gifts, grants $20,070
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Contributions, gifts, grants $2,000Foundation & Corporate Support $5,165
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%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We strive to be affordable to all families seeking a unique, progressive education for their child.  In order to do this successfully, we rely on volunteers and fundraising within the community.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Sarasota Waldorf Inc dba Mangrove School of Sarasota
Address 6210 CRESTWOOD AVE
SARASOTA , FL 34231 3831
Phone 941 927-3711