Science And Environment Council Of Southwest Florida, Inc
PO BOX 2879
SARASOTA FL 34230-2879
Mission

Increase science-based environmental understanding, conservation and restoration in Southwest Florida through collaboration and public engagement.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Shafer PhD
Board Chair Christine Johnson
Board Chair Affiliation Gulf Coast Conservation Foundation
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Science and Environment Council
Former Names
Science and Environment Council of Sarasota County
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2001
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes Oct 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
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Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
1. Launched the Climate Council of Sarasota-Manatee, a facilitated network of experts and practitioners working on climate change issues in the Sarasota Manatee Region. The Climate Council will work collaboratively to advance regional understandings of climate change through science and education and to help translate those understandings into planning and projects.
2. Conducted education and outreach on activities that homeowners and businesses can do to reduce their impact on natural lands and waterways. Outreach included tips on proper fertilizer use, pet waste disposal, and Florida Friendly Landscaping.
3. Created a branded collaborative campaign to increase public awareness of Phillippi Creek, including a website (www.phillippicreek.org) to share information and opportunities for the public to enjoy the creek and to improve its condition.
4. Promoted sustainable ecotourism through our innovative ecotourism platform (www.eckotours.org), which offers unique multi-day ecotours, led by certified providers, delivering exciting and educational experiences and providing unparalleled and responsible access to the Gulf Coast's unique places.
5. Nurtured, energized and engaged our unique network of thirty science-based environmental organizations working together to make Sarasota’s environmental exceptional.
Goals:
1. Develop capacity, programming, and work products for the Climate Council.
2. Host the 2018 Environmental Summit (www.environmental-summit.com).
This hallmark event happens once every five years and is a catalyst for creativity, learning and collaboration. The event brings together the broad community to share discoveries, accomplishments, challenges and opportunities related to our natural environment and the critters who call it home.
3. Advancing Our Legacy: Connecting pioneer environmentalists with a new generation to share history, insights, and inspiration.
Needs Statement
1. Project funding for the "Climate Council" to create and share education and outreach materials (website, information cards, presentations, film screenings) and to lead a process to create science-based unified projections for sea level rise ($50,000+)
2. Project funding for "Advancing Our Legacy" to connect pioneer environmentalists from our area with a new generation -- to share history, insights, and inspiration. ($10,000+)
3. Project funding to host and expand the "Watershed Mobile Phone Tour", a cellphone-based tour of our environment. ($2,500)
4. Project funding to host public issue-specific environmental workshops, meetings, films, lectures. ($5,000+)
4. Operations funding to support organizational capacity and network development for the Science and Environment Council. ($5,000-25,000)
5. Operations funding to better network the Science and Environment Council with area business and professional networks ($5,000)
Background Statement
The SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL (SEC) of Southwest Florida was incorporated in 2001 as a consortium of leading science-based environmental non-profit and government organizations. We are a collaborative organization. Together, through the synergy of shared resources and collective expertise, we collaborate to address issues and develop projects that promote science for better environmental decision-making and quality of life.
 
Our 31 Members include:
 
Around The Bend Nature Tours
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
City of Sarasota
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Florida House
Florida Native Plant Society
Florida Society For Ethical Ecotourism
Florida State Parks
Founders Garden Club of Sarasota
Historic Spanish Point
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Manatee County Government
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mote Marine Laboratory
Myakka River State Park
New College of Florida
Oscar Scherer State Park
Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarasota Audubon Society
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Sarasota Bay Watch
Sarasota County Government
Save Our Seabirds
Sea to Shore Alliance
State College of Florida
South Florida Museum
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
This Spaceship Earth
USF Sarasota-Manatee
Venice Area Audubon Society
Wayne's Adventures
 
We achieve our collaborative mission by:
 
• Developing interactive programs among members to improve effectiveness in helping the public understand the role and use of science in solving local conservation and environmental problems.
• Working together in a non-partisan way to increase awareness among decision-makers about the need to use sound science, conservation, and environmental principles in decision-making.
• Collaborating to educate students and adults on advancements in science that enhance our knowledge about conservation and environmental issues.
• Sharing knowledge, experience, programming, and facilities for more efficient use of resources and funds.
• Promoting member programs and collaborating on enhanced exhibits and activities to better engage the community through a variety of educational and recreational experiences.
• Building partnerships with the for-profit sector on projects that further the mission.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments The Council's network works on projects throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties and adjacent watersheds, as appropriate to supporting our mission.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Environment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The Science and Environment Council is a super-group of our area's leading science-based environmental organizations. Our members work tirelessly to increase our area’s environmental literacy, conservation, and restoration. These goals directly translate into improved quality of life, public health, and economic value.
The Council’s network serves as a catalyst and multiplier for what each of our local organizations are doing on their own -- creating powerful synergy and leverage to accomplish incredible things no one organization would on its own.
In this coming year, we aim to bring the community together more often to talk about our environment and our priorities for maintaining it. We recognize a need to anticipate issues and facilitate information sharing and honest, respectful dialogue on them before they become a crisis. The Council is uniquely positioned to convene the community and facilitate those discussions.
 
Programs
Description The Science and Environment Council works to promote best practices among area residents and visitors for conserving water and protecting our waters.  The program has taken various approaches including: 1) workshops for policy-makers to develop consensus documents around water issues in the region, 2) production and distribution of high quality videos on watershed protection, 3) educational kiosks that travel between SEC member sites, 4) outdoor interpretive signs overlooking watershed features at SEC member sites, 5) a watershed mobile phone tour with 30 stops at SEC member sites, and 6) watershed awareness outreach campaigns delivered via events and through creative social media.
Budget $50,000
Category Environment, General/Other Watershed Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success Annual program evaluation will show improved awareness, learning and behavior change among participants related to their activities and choices impacting the environment.
Long Term Success Swimable and fishable local waters achieved via reduction in non-point source pollution to our creeks and bays through the adoption of best practices to capture and reuse stormwater, reduce yard run-off, limit use fertilizers and pesticides and dispose of pet waste.
Program Success Monitoring Surveys, interviews, and social media engagement among participants.
Program Success Examples

Events
10 Number of community hosted outreach events
8212 Number of direct contacts
50 Number of hours

Game engagement
1291 Number of times game was played
390 Number of email addresses collected

Facebook Marketing Engagement
2,031,121 Number of ads shown
674,027 Number of users who saw ads
30,709 Number of clicks (5% CTR)
3225 Number of Post Likes Comments and Shares
207,256 Number of video views

Movie Theater Engagement
89,956 Total attendance 
539,736 Number of Ads shown
1500 Hours of exposure 

Learning and Behavior Change
88% Percentage of participants surveyed who learned something new
44% Percentage of participants surveyed who adopted at least one new behavior
Description
The Climate Council is a non-partisan, non-advocacy facilitated network of experts and practitioners working on climate change issues in the Sarasota Manatee Region.  It works collaboratively to advance regional understandings of climate change through science and education and helps translate those understandings into planning and projects.  Activities  focus on promoting a science-based approach to improving understanding of climate issues and facilitating a coordinated regional response through information sharing and collaboration.
 
Participants in the Climate Council will include representatives from public and private sector organizations. Broad community participation will include representatives from self-organized groups including – business, insurance and banking, realtor and developer, faith, agriculture, health and wellness, art and culture and community foundations.
Budget $50,000
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Short Term Success Short term success is measured in number of participants in the Council and number of work products produced.  We aim to grow participation in the CC by 10% each year.  Early work-products will include unified/shared educational materials, workshops, presentations, meetings, and white papers.
Long Term Success Long term success is measured in improved understanding, planning, and action regarding climate variability.  Measures will include numbers of private and public organizations participating in assessing risk and planning appropriate adaptation measures.  Long term success will be measured in the degree of literacy and planning for climate variability and in adoption of projects designed to protect those elements of our community that our community prioritizes through planning.
Program Success Monitoring Monitoring includes number of private and public sector organizations involved and work-products created.  The Climate Council was created in 2017 and is developing capacity.  The CC has increased numbers of private and public sector organizations involved.
Program Success Examples The program was launched in 2017 and already has participation by staff of local governments, non-profits, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Mote Marine Laboratory, and others.
Description Outreach and education events designed to increase environmental literacy in the community and to forge a spirit of cooperation among private and public sectors to conserve and restore priority environments.
Budget $50,000
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Short Term Success Short term success will be defined by the number of people engaged through communication and events.  Specific measures of success will be defined for each communication goal.  For example, if the goal is to get more people to responsibly dispose of pet waste in an area impaired for bacteria, the metric will be number of people engaged with communication about the threats to the environment and public health due to harmful bacteria.
Long Term Success Long term success will be reflected in an environmentally literate community, where private and public sectors cooperate and collaborate in a respectful process to communicate and change behaviors to benefit environmental conservation and restoration.  
Program Success Monitoring
Education is key to motivating community members to reduce their impact on the environment.  There is significant social research that shows that the more times people are exposed to a new idea, the more likely they are to adopt that idea.  
Program metrics include number of events, number of media communications, number of people engaged, number of people responding to calls to action.  
 
 
Program Success Examples The Science and Environment Council, through its various communication campaigns, has engaged hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors in the Sarasota-Manatee area.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Shafer PhD
CEO Term Start June 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email jennifer@shafer-consulting.org
Experience Five years experience leading the Science and Environment Council.  PhD scientist and educator.  The Co-Executive Director, David Shafer, is also a PhD scientist and educator.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 1
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
Our Members include:
 
Around The Bend Nature Tours
City of Sarasota
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
DeSoto National Park
Florida House
Florida Native Plant Society
Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism
Founders Garden Club of Sarasota
Historic Spanish Point
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Manatee County Government
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mote Marine Laboratory
Myakka River State Park
New College of Florida
Oscar Scherer State Park
Pelican Cove
Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarasota Audubon Society
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Sarasota Bay Watch
Sarasota County Government
Save Our Seabirds
Sea To Shore Alliance
South Florida Museum
State College of Florida
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
This Spaceship Earth
USF Sarasota-Manatee
Venice Area Audubon Society
Wayne Adventures
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
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
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Retention
Board Chair
Board Chair Christine Johnson
Company Affiliation Gulf Coast Conservation Foundation
Board Term Oct 2017 to Oct 2018
Board Chair Email christine@conservationfoundation.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Brynne Anne Besio South Florida Museum
Tony Clements Oscar Scherer State Park
Michael Crosby Mote Marine Laboratory
Christine Johnson Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Julie Morris New College of Florida
David Pilston Save Our Seabirds
Ben Quartermaine Sarasota County Utilities
Jennifer Rominiecki Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
David/Jennifer Shafer Shafer Consulting, LLC
Larry Stults Sarasota Bay Watch
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Education
Finance
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $116,837.00
Projected Expenses $111,712.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
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 Year201620152014
Program Expense$99,891$76,140$61,376
Administration Expense$24,470$24,577$21,264
Fundraising Expense$0$550$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.010.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%75%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$27,227$19,423$17,655
Current Assets$27,227$19,423$17,655
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$400$0
Total Net Assets$27,227$19,023$17,655
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $55,566Contributions, gifts, grants $82,996Contributions, gifts, grants $58,367
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $50,025Membership Dues $19,639Membership Dues $16,197
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $21,4140 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--48.56--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 Science And Environment Council Of Southwest Florida, Inc
Address PO BOX 2879
SARASOTA , FL 2879
Phone 941 232-8222

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