Venice Youth Boating Association Inc
VENICE FL 34285-1119
Investing in youth to create positive impacts for boys and girls:  Raising self-confidence, self-reliability, and self-responsibility by providing new knowledge and skills as they learn to sail, a skill and a sport to last their lifetimes, and learn about marine life, our natural resources and waterways; and as they mature gain an understanding of their responsibility for conservation and preservation of our natural resources.  
Our philosophy in what we teach is:  
Right Side Up...On the Water...and in Life!
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bryan P. White
Board Chair Mr. John P Sammet
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Venice Youth Boating Association, Inc.
Former Names
Pram Fleet
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1972
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2017
State Registration Yes Jan 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $256,310.00
Projected Expenses $249,050.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
Significantly improved board governance & effectiveness
Implemented a 3 year strategic plan and focused our board to:
a) programs of excellence
b) heightening community awareness & publicity
c) development (fundraising)
d) establishment of an endowment fund for future financial sustainability
Needs Statement
  1. Sailboats:  4 - Club 420s, $8,500 each and 12 Beginners' sailboats, $2,000 each, total $60,000
  2. Multiple Sails (Opti - Club 420), $200 to $1,000 each, total:  $12,000
  3. Materials for "REACH" implementation in public school (STEM modules, integral to the sport of sailing that serve as adjunct to what youngsters are learning in school about science & math), $2,500.
  4. Funds for a complete renovation of our small boat yard including new boat racks for greater safety of our sailors as they maneuver their boats on dollies to the dock for launching them in the water, Total:  $12,000
  5. Boston Whaler coach boats, engine replacements, $12,000
Background Statement
Founded in 1952, over 4,500 greater Venice area boys & girls have learned to sail here.  Incorporated in 1969 and designated as 501(c)(3) by the IRS in 1972, the organization has thrived as a grass roots, family oriented beginning sailing opportunity open to the public though housed on the grounds of a private club.  Originally sailors were taught by volunteers who were experienced sailors.  Now sailors are taught by U S Sailing certified instructors, and the organization is managed by a full time Director, a highly experienced sailor, with multiple U S Sailing  certifications.  Oversight of the organization is by an all volunteer board of directors comprised of active business/professional people, a few parents of our sailors, and retired individuals.  Tuition for our programs covers only the cost of the part time coaches requiring the board to engage in significant fund raising for annual operational expenses which exceed today $100,000 annually.  Partial and full scholarships are provided to sailors in need.   VYBA does  not turn away any young boy or girl who is aspiring to learn to sail!   Numerous graduates of our programs have gone forward to highly successful college sailing experiences, and post college sailing experiences including not only sailing but also coaching at major sailing centers in the U. S.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments All youth, boys & girls, open to the public, in greater Venice, Florida, including  Nokomis, Osprey, Sarasota, Bradenton, Englewood, North Port, and Port Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Science & Technology
Tertiary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
To be involved in indicative of the wonderful story and legacy of the VYBA and its sailors.  It has become a passion with me to be involved in this small but most amazing program providing such a unique opportunity for youth.  To watch a youngster, age 9 or 10, who comes on the first day with fear in their eyes because of the swim test and capsize test ...who then five days later sails out from the dock, alone in the boat, confident, and ready to learn and have fun on the water.  This provides a life lasting experience for these young sailors, and I am thrilled to be part of helping it  happen.  The boys and girls  gain increased self reliability, self responsibility, and self confidence.
To support the young sailors is a daunting challenge for our board of directors.  Our key challenges are:
1.  Recruiting qualified new board members with time to give
2.  Raising awareness of the organization in greater Venice
3.  Creating a sustainable, fundraising plan
4.  Gaining annual and significant corporate sponsorships
5.  Continuing to build board meeting process / discipline for focus on those above challenges and the required focus on our program offerings and tuition.
6.  Continuing education for board members about the not-for-profit world and its impact and opportunities for VYBA going forward
7.  Generating interest in, support for, marketing of and investment in the VYBA Endowment Fund for financial sustainability and stability of VYBA going forward. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Our sailing program is similar in content and structure to all sailing learning programs for young boys and girls, ages 9 to 18.  However, ours has a unique difference:  We are a grass roots, family oriented program requiring the involvement of parents with their children.  Our small size lends itself to the opportunity for individual instruction and lessons.  While we participate in regattas with other sailing organizations, and while we do include racing skills learning in our program, our first priority is how to have fun on the water, safely.  Youngsters having fun on the water will eventually migrate into sailing racing at some point, and when a youngster is ready, we are prepared to train about racing.
Beginning sailing 2 week, 30 hours on the water learning experience and new in 2016, a one week Polliwogs program for youngsters, ages 6 to 8, to introduce them to having fun on the water as a precursor to participating in our beginning sailing programs in one or two years.
Intermediate sailing 2 week, 30 hours on the water learning experience
Intro to Club 420 and Advanced Club 420 summer sailing learning
Opti & Club 420 racing clinics
School Year Program for all boat classes, based on knowledge and experience, ages 9 -18,  and includes 42 Saturdays of sailing and learning and competitive regatta participation
Our summer program is comprised of two week sessions, each with a morning or afternoon class option across ten weeks of summer for beginning and advanced classes in Optis, ages 9-13 and in Club 420s, ages 13-18.
In addition, we host and sponsor an adult twilight sailing group on Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 in daylight savings time, sailing in our Club 420s. 
Budget $150,000
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Boating
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
Self Confidence, Self Reliability, and Self Responsibility are significantly heightened by the conclusion of a two week beginning sailing class because the joys of sailing go beyond learning how to safely navigate the water on a sailboat.  Youngsters learn more about themselves and how to communicate with others and develop enduring friendships with others with whom they share a common interest.  The levels of confidence and self responsibility and maturity are raised even further at the end of a two week intermediate sailing class.   The change even for the youngest is astounding!  Our philosophy is:  "Right side up...on the water...and in life!"  Experiences youngsters have here raise their performance in academics at school, in their social relationships, and in their general behavior and demeanor.  Maturity rapidly increases when one is alone in a boat on the water and having fun! 
Over 4,600 young boys & girls have learned to sail in our programs and have experienced increased levels of these personal attributes and assets.
Long Term Success For students completing our basic learn to sail programs, approximately 50% will return to sail on a year round basis.  Our competition in sailing is the wide variety of sports available in schools today.  Of those students who join the school year program, 90% historically sail through high school and then continue with college sailing.  More importantly, parents of our students learn from their youngsters as they bring home what they learn about boating and water safety, the rules of the road on the water.  The impact goes far beyond the youngsters themselves.  Graduates of our programs have gone on to high school and college level sailing, both in the U. S. and around the world.  In addition, many of our older high school students become U. S. Sailing-certified Level I instructors.  Continuing to sail after college, some of our graduates have taught or are currently teaching at major sailing centers in the USA.
Program Success Monitoring
Attendance Records including punctuality
Instructor notes
Instructor observation on the water
Personal conversations by director with any sailor dropping out
Annual Parent and Sailor "Customer" Satisfaction Survey 
Program Success Examples
For more than 60 years youngsters have learned the art and science of sailing and how to have fun on the water, safely.  The number is over 4,600, and it grows each year.  From academic success in middle and then high school, our graduates go on to achieve academic success in college and continue sailing in college and after.  
Program Comments by Organization The program offerings of Venice Youth Boating provide an investment opportunity by parents in their children whereby not only do they learn sailing and a sport to last a lifetime, but they gain a new level of self confidence, self responsibility, and self reliance.  In addition, the students learn about marine life and our natural resources, and they learn to be stewards of them,  They also learn to be concerned about their care and preservation for the future, learning they will carry with them for their lifetimes.  Additionally,  they learn about the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through the U S Sailing REACH curriculum, a series of educational modules integral to the sport of sailing as an adjunct to what they are learning at school.  This program is focused on the development in a youngster in multiple dimensions, and the level of maturity difference can be readily observed when watching our sailing students in social interactions with others in their age group who have not had the advantages offered in our program.  Expanding our program to encompass more youngsters in this unique learning opportunity is greatly enhanced by our taking the STEM modules of U. S. Sailing's REACH program into our public schools, at no fee for the schools or the students, as a matter of community outreach and community service.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bryan P. White
CEO Term Start June 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email
Graduate-University of South Florida with a Finance major
U S Sailing-certified Instructor
Highly experienced sailor and member of a college racing team
Very experienced instructor for youth sailing in multiple sailing centers
Exhibits high passion for sharing sailing knowledge and teaching youngsters how to sail and compete well in sailing regattas. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Peter M. Eduardo June 2012 - June 2015
John B Gordon Jan 1995 - Sept 2011
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 0
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Venice Sailing Squadron
Venice Women's Sailing Squadron
Venice Yacht Club
Venice Marine Police
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Sarasota
Edmund and Elizabeth Campbell Foundation
U. S. Sailing Association
Florida Sailing Association
U. S. Opti Dinghy Association 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Key challenges:
a)  Raising community awareness & increasing publicity
b)  Fundraising
c)  Recruiting effective, committed volunteer board members
d)  Providing programs of excellence at reasonable tuitions / fees 
 These are being addressed on a longer term basis via the strategic plan implemented September, 2014. 
e) Marketing opportunity our new Endowment Fund offers donors 
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
VYBA has a 3 year strategic plan with annual updates in first month of each fiscal year.
VYBA has a long list of policies governing the organization in addition to our By Laws; policies are amended, deleted, or added as circumstances dictate; all require board approval. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John P Sammet
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2014 to Aug 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Molly Bartlett Community Volunteer
Mrs. Brenda Bell Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Frank Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Hitchcock Community Volunteer
Mrs. Julie Latchford Community Volunteer
Mrs. Pam Miller Community Volunteer
Mrs. Pattie Newi Community Volunteer
Mr. Joseph Occhino Community Volunteer
Mrs. Sari Reegler Community Volunteer
Mr. John Sammet Retired
Mr. Joseph Terranova Community Volunteer
Mrs Tracey Van Gennip Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 77
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 1
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization The key governance challenge for this board is the sourcing, recruiting, and selection of qualified volunteers with the varied background profiles and expertise required to insure an effective, bold & courageous, active and working board to achieve the longer term key objective of this not for profit organization which is its sustainability and growth, long term.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $256,310.00
Projected Expenses $249,050.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $12,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose Boat acquisitions, boatyard renovation, parts for boats
Campaign Goal $150,000.00
Campaign Dates Sept 2015 to Aug 2016
Amount Raised To Date 82000 as of Jan 2016
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$173,823$124,248$129,196
Administration Expense$16,910$17,741$25,042
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.161.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%88%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$147,648$116,557$93,599
Current Assets$51,596$55,764$22,148
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,078$1,382$860
Total Net Assets$146,570$115,175$92,739
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $122,451Contributions, gifts, grants $82,998Program Service Revenue $85,033
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBoating Classes $94,711Program Service Revenue $80,618Contributions, gifts, grants $64,995
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $4,957Other Income $800Other income $3,853
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities47.8640.3525.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our financial policies were completely revised in 2011 and are updated annually with the oversight of our outside, retained accounting firm and our board chair, our treasurer, and our chair of our audit/finance committee.  Our financial statements passed a full audit by another accounting firm for fiscal ending 2012 and passed a full accounting review by the same outside firm for the fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014 and once again 2015.  No corrections or suggestions were made during the course of those audits and reviews.  We have automated the payment of invoices requiring 2 approvals and 2 signatures on all checks.  Our disbursements, that is outbound checks for vendors is  automated now and is managedd electronically through a third party cloud company retained by our day to day accounting firm.  Our processes are documented and are supported by our externally engaged CPA firm.  Our board exercises due diligence over all expenditures of the organization, and strict adherence is followed regarding all our accounting, financial policies and controls.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audit documents reconcile.   
Nonprofit Venice Youth Boating Association Inc
VENICE , FL 1119
Phone 941 468-1719