Science And Environment Council Of Southwest Florida, Inc (EckoTours)
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 Tony Clements
Board Chair Affiliation Oscar Scherer State Park
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
EckoTours
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
 
 
Projected Revenue $150,300.00
Projected Expenses $150,300.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
1.  Our 2014-2015 fertilizer and pet waste awareness campaign had a direct reach to over 8000 people who attended  outdoor events hosted by SEC Members and community partners, over 1200 people who played our mobile phone game, almost 90,000 people who saw our messages on local movie theater screens,  and 675,000 people who saw our messages on Facebook. Among surveyed participants, 88% reported that they learned something new and 44% said that because of our campaign they changed their behavior by adopting new practices for protecting water quality in our creeks and bays.
2. We enhanced our Watershed Mobile Phone Tour with five new tour stops at Red Bug Slough Preserve, Island Park, Lemur preserve, Selby Gardens and Neal Preserve for a total of 30 stops across Sarasota and Manatee Counties that received over 2000 calls in the last year.
3. We launched ((ecko)) ecotours, a collaborative non-profit business, marketing and learning platform for sustainable ecotourism offering 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.
4. We launched our Community Conversations program to promote and convene various segments of the community to discuss and better understand the importance of the natural environment to our economy and way of life. 
 
Goals:
1. Grow ((ecko))
2. Grow Community Conversations
3. Identify new long-term operational funding sources
Needs Statement
1. Capping funds to complete fund-raising for start-up costs for ((ecko)) ecotours ($20,000)
2. Project funding to write three newspaper columns for the Sarasota Herald Tribune, as part of a regular series on the environment ($1500)
3. Project funding to finalize analysis and create and print an infographic brochure for our comprehensive impact study of the influence of SEC organizations on the health and wealth of our community ($1500)
4. Project funding to host the SEC's 30 stop Watershed Mobile Phone Tour ($1175)
5. Operations funding to support continued organizational capacity development to reach out to new members and organize networking opportunities for new and existing members. ($10,000)
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 29 Members include:
Around The Bend Nature Tours
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
City of Sarasota
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Florida House
Florida Native Plant Society
Florida Society For Ethical Ecotourism 
Florida West Coast RC&D
Founders Garden Club of Sarasota
Historic Spanish Point
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Manatee County Government
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mote Marine Laboratory
Nature's Academy
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
South Florida Museum
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
USF Sarasota-Manatee
Venice Area Audubon Society
 
 
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- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments The SEC welcomes members and 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
Programs
Description For the past nine years, the Science and Environment Council has been awarded funding annually by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Sarasota County Government to promote best practices among area residents and visitors for conserving water and protecting watersheds.  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 at SEC member sites 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
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Shafer PhD
CEO Term Start June 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email jennifer@shafer-consulting.org
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
The SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL (SEC) of Southwest Florida is a collaboration of leading science-based environmental non-profit and government organizations. Collaboration is integral to SEC’s framework, allowing the organization as a whole to accomplish goals that no single member can achieve individually.
 
Our Members include:
Around The Bend Nature Tours
City of Sarasota
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Florida House
Florida Native Plant Society
Florida West Coast RC&D 
Founders Garden Club of Sarasota
Historic Spanish Point
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Manatee County Government
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mote Marine Laboratory
Nature's Academy
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
South Florida Museum
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
USF Sarasota-Manatee
Venice Area Audubon Society
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
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 No
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Retention
Board Chair
Board Chair Tony Clements
Company Affiliation Oscar Scherer State Park
Board Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2016
Board Chair Email tony.clements@dep.state.fl.us
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Brynne Anne Besio South Florida Museum
Tony Clements Oscar Scherer State Park
Michael Crosby Mote Marine Laboratory
Charlie Hunsicker Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources
Christine Johnson Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Julie Morris New College of Florida
David Pilston Save Our Seabirds
Jennifer Rominiecki Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
David/Jennifer Shafer Shafer Consulting, LLC
Larry Thompson Ringling School of Art + Design
Molly Williams Sarasota County Utilities
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 5
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 20
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Education
Finance
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization The Science and Environment Council is an organization of organizations.  Board members serve as representatives of their respective organizations, therefore personal contributions by Board members are not expected.  Instead, each member organization pays annual dues.  In addition, Board members and staff from their organizations provide in-kind services on SEC projects.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $150,300.00
Projected Expenses $150,300.00
Organization has Endowment No
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 Year201520142013
Program Expense$76,140$61,376$57,580
Administration Expense$24,577$21,264$18,193
Fundraising Expense$550$0$290
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.901.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%74%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$19,423$17,655$25,731
Current Assets$19,423$17,655$25,731
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$400$0$0
Total Net Assets$19,023$17,655$25,731
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $82,996Contributions, gifts, grants $58,367Contributions, gifts, grants $62,511
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $19,639Membership Dues $16,197Membership Dues $13,668
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0Program Service Revenue $5,149
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities48.56----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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 (EckoTours)
Address PO BOX 2879
SARASOTA , FL 2879
Phone 941 232-8222

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