Habitat For Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. (Venice)
280 Alligator Dr
Venice FL 34293

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operating on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. 

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deidre L Danmeyer
Board Chair Mr. Stephen Long
Board Chair Affiliation Long, Sparma, Long
General Info
Organization DBA
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc.
Former Names
Habitat for Humanity Venice Area
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1992
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2019
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS documentationView
Impact Statement

Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. has made great strides towards our mission to build or rehab affordable, safe housing for those in need in south Sarasota County.  

Freed from the stress and worry of unaffordable and unacceptable living conditions, families can find firmer footing and follow a path that can lead to improved health, better education outcomes and financial stability.
Needs Statement
  1. On-going resources to build new affordable homes - the cost to build a Habitat house from development of lot to finished product is $140,000.
  2. Affordable lots - we need $20,000 to $30,000 to purchase each buildable lot.
  3. New septic system for the Venice ReStore.
  4. Sponsors for our Brush with Kindness program.
  5. Hurricane Irma Lost Income Assistance (we estimate a loss of $25,031 between expenses and lost income): Due to power loss at our corporate office and both Restore locations, we incurred pre and post storm unexpected expenses that included: two generators, fuel, UPS, USB & hard drive, hurricane supplies (batteries, flashlights, tarps), 22 ballasts, repair to North Port ReStore’s security cameras and internet. Total expense was $3,497. The Venice Restore was closed for 7 days, losing an estimated income of $17,150.00. The North Port branch was closed 8 days and lost an estimated $4,384. A total of $21,534 of Restore income lost to Hurricane Irma.
Background Statement

Since 1992, HFHSSC has been building homes in communities of Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice, North Port and Englewood Florida. The need for Habitat homes in south Sarasota County has never been greater. Workers in many of southwest Florida’s service occupations are now dedicating more of their paychecks toward housing than they can financially afford.  According to a study by the Center for Housing Rising Policy, soaring home prices and  rental rates have made housing expense for workers in south Sarasota County well beyond average wages during the past two years.  Even when home prices were affordable, amassing a sufficient down payment or getting access to credit posted barriers for many working class families” said Bill Russell, ED, Sarasota Housing Authority. The hardest hit with this latest economic home downturn are the families who qualify within the economic guidelines for Habitat for Humanity housing. 

As a multifaceted organization operating as a home builder, social services agency and retail store our mission is to build and sell safe, decent, affordable housing for families in need.  We all know the impact a new house can have on a family and that impact creates a ripple effect throughout our economy. 
Habitat houses are ENERGY STAR certified. Building ‘green’ helps keep our families within their budgets assuring long term sustainability and stability for the homeowners.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc.  serves the south Sarasota County communities of Osprey, Nokomis, Laurel, Venice, Englewood and North Port.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Secondary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Tertiary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President


Sitting at my desk today, I am amazed to be writing this letter to you once again. Time flies, they say. I never truly understood that until I had children of my own. Now I’m trying to hold on to anything I can to slow this train down. It’s a losing battle, I know, but I’ve got to try (see Einstein’s definition of insanity).

This got me thinking about time and how precious it is. As a Christian, Lent has a special way of helping me to reflect on how I have chosen to spend my time and to subsequently hold myself accountable for the good as well as the bad. It’s a not-always-pretty, but critical, part of the year for me to reset my soul’s compass and put me back on the path that God has chosen for me. Muhammad Ali is famous for saying “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”

While I am incredibly proud of our staff, board members, and volunteers, without whom none of the accomplishments that Dee will outline would be possible, it would be disingenuous to say that I am satisfied. I am not. I am not satisfied that I live in a community where we are quite literally driving an entire service industry away from the neighborhoods they serve. Are you aware that the median home price in Sarasota County is $275,000 (that’s a monthly cost of more than $1,300)? I am not satisfied that we continue to struggle with the short-sighted ‘not in my backyard’ mentality of so many misinformed citizens who place their own self-interests above the chance to provide safe, affordable, and decent living conditions for our neighbors and friends.

If these sentiments seem harsh, then you are reading me correctly. It would be impossible to serve this organization for almost eight years and not be discouraged by the magnitude of the affordable housing crisis in South Sarasota County. But ‘every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb’ (Sir Winston Churchill, not me). The climb has brought me to home dedications for our partner families, to the knowledge that a child will finally have a stable place to call home, a single mother will feel safe in her community, and a veteran won’t have to worry about an ever-inflating power bill.

Our work is not done. I am afraid it never will be. But I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for climbing this mountain with us. For your time, talents, and treasures that we so desperately need. Our triumphs are yours, and I am forever grateful. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve you and the community of the underserved.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Homeownership makes a measurable difference in people’s lives and has a profound impact on future generations. The families we partner with, the volunteers who provide the labor at the job site and throughout our organization, the Board that commits their personal time and expertise, the experienced staff, and the donors who make our mission possible – have all had a part to play in Habitat’s accomplishments.

Here are just a few of our accomplishments in 2017:

We welcomed 7 families in their new homes

· Organized a Women Build Week in which 90 women volunteered on two homes in 5 days raising over $17,000

· Initiated “A Brush With Kindness” program, painting homes for vulnerable families in our community

· Celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a huge gala that raised over $150,000

· We introduced 254 new donors to the work of Habitat South Sarasota

· Our ReStores generated over $900,000 in sales as a result of 56,289 total visits from customers last year

We are thankful for all of you who are helping us provide hope to lower-income families in our community. Despite their good credit and work histories, these families struggle to find safe, decent and affordable homeownership opportunities. Together, we are providing a “hand up” to homeownership and its many benefits and, in doing so, are building better communities.

Habitat builds, with volunteers,  new affordable, energy efficient homes and rehabilitates area foreclosures, for local residents whose incomes fall between the 30% and 80% average median income range in Sarasota County. They must have the need for housing, be willing to partner with Habitat for over 300 hours of sweat equity and be able to pay the 30 year no interest mortgage. Families, seniors and veterans that qualify must go through a defined selection process and interview with our Family Services department and an twelve hour trial run at our construction site. They also must attend financial education and first time homebuyers classes in addition to saving a down payment of $2,150. The program takes our applicants about a year to complete before they purchase their home. Habitat then services the mortgages and provides a mentor for support for the life of the 30 year mortgage commitment. 
Budget below is PER HOME.
Budget $140,000
Category Housing, General/Other Housing Development, Construction & Management
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Other Economic Level Families
Short Term Success
Building hope for local families through affordable home ownership.
Long Term Success
To eradicate poverty housing in South Sarasota County.
To give the dream of  home ownership to those that normally would not qualify for a conventional home loan.
Program Success Monitoring
Mortgage collection each month and personal contact with each homeowner.
Program Success Examples
Since 1992 we have to date (4/2017) built, sold and rehabilitated 125 homes in South County.
At our two ReStore locations in Venice and North Port, gently used clothing, furniture, appliance, building materials and home goods are collected and sold to benefit Habitat's affordable housing program. We also collect aluminum cans to recycle. In the last five years the ReStore proceeds have provided the funding to build six new homes for families in our communities.
Budget $300,000
Category Environment, General/Other Recycling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success
HFHSSC has been successful as a local employer in our community that has not only created local jobs but has encouraged community volunteers to be part of an affordable housing solution in their area. 
Habitat is also building awareness in the public about recycling more and how Habitat's mission works through partnerships.
Long Term Success
Since the ReStore opening in 2007, the proceeds from the sales of donated items has built six affordable Habitat homes and has recycled tons of metals that have kept many larger materials out of our local land fill.
Program Success Monitoring
Monthly status reports document expenses and revenues.
A ReStore committee also meets monthly to discuss strengths and weaknesses.
Program Success Examples
The building of six safe, secure and affordable homes in South Sarasota County from the stores proceeds and the selling of those homes to Habitat partner families.
Program Comments by Organization
We build to offer families the opportunity for a better future, to transform communities and to give hope a place to flourish.
Too many families know the worry and wear of not having a decent place to call home. Too many families know the impossible tradeoffs that must be endued to afford acceptable shelter.
When you partner with more needy families, you help us create stability, security and hope for them and renewal, vitality and vision for our communities. 
In fiscal year 2015 - 2016, 95% of funds was spent on program.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deidre L Danmeyer
CEO Term Start June 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email ddanmeyer@habitatsouthsarasota.org
Dee Danmeyer, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is not a new face to the affordable housing industry. Dee has been working with Habitat for Humanity for 15 years, nine were with the Orlando Affiliate.
A native of Maryland, she worked as the Director of a small Habitat affiliate in Frederick, Maryland prior to moving to Florida in 2005. Dee brings to south Sarasota County experience in building energy efficient large Habitat communities.
Dee attended Towson University, has completed Leadership Frederick and Leadership Orlando programs as well as Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management at Harvard Business School. Dee is a founding board member of Habitat Florida (the state support organization for the Florida Habitat affiliates) and is a former Chair of the board for that organization. She was appointed to the Orange County Mayor’s Sustainable Committee from 2012-2014. Dee was most recently appointed to the Sarasota County SHIP Affordable Housing Council in 2016. 

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Judith H. Wilcox Oct 2004 - June 2014
Senior Staff
Aimee Holmes Chief Development Officer
Brian Scott Director of Family Services
Michael Sollitto Construction Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 99
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 860
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
  • State of Florida
  • Sarasota County Government
  • Laurel Community Center
  • Goodwill/Goodhomes
  • Community Housing Trust of Sarasota County
  • Homeless Coalition
  • All Faiths Food Bank
  • Sarasota County Libraries
  • Sarasota Reading Council
  • North Port High School
  • Venice High School
  • American Red Cross
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Local Garden Clubs
  • Local mission groups
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2012
National Association of Home Builder2010
North Port Chamber of Commerce2008
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce2007
Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council2010
Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce2012
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County2012
National Association of Home Builder2012
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Non Profit of the YearNorth Port Chamber of Commerce2010
Nominated 3 years in a row for Non Profit of The YearVenice Area Chamber of Commerce2012
Finalist for Non Profit of the yearHerald Tribune Group2011
Sustainable Building PartnerHabitat for Humanity International2011
Affiliate in Good StandingHabitat for Humanity International2012
Platinum Rated Energy Star BuilderDepartment of Energy2012
Auora AwardFlorida Green Building Coalition2011
Best of 2014Venice Gondolier2015
Housing Innovation AwardUS Department of Energy - Zero Energy Ready Home2014
Housing Innovation AwardUS Department of Energy - Zero Energy Ready Home2015
Risk Management Provisions
Builders Risk
Automobile Insurance
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Business Income
Computer Equipment and Software
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization The major management challenge is limited funding for additional staff to increase capacity. 
Multi-Media Comments by Organization There are many changes to implement with our affiliate and the website and presence on social media are two of those changes. We are working with an outside source to assist with these changes.
Other Documents
Other Document 2
• Whistleblower Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stephen Long
Company Affiliation Long, Sparma, Long
Board Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board Chair Email mstephen_longjr@ml.com
Board Members
Board Members
Bill Ahern Island Time Spirits & Gourmet Market
Annie Boone Isphording, Bechtold & Sharrer, P.A.
Blaise Casellano Castle Air
Joe Dalton Babe's Plumbing
Denvil Farley Christ United Methodist Church
Joe Justice retired
Michael Stephen Long Jr.Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor
William MacKay Coastal Living Remodelers
Tom Meyn Community Volunteer
Elizabeth Natherson STAR Student
Patrick Reilly Snyder & Reilly, Trial Lawyers
Susan Rosenbaum Retired
Mark Smith Owner Smith & Waggoner, CPA, PA
Laurie Sparr Venice Regional Bayfront
Jon Steketee Inn Keeper
Dennis Stroer Calcs Plus
Wayne Welsh Gulf Shores REalty
Bill Werdell Calusa National Bank
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 14
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 79
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 25
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization

There are over 2,000 non-profits in Sarasota County and finding board candidates who aren't over-extended is a challenge.

Every year, Habitat for Humanity International audits our  policies and procedures for best practices.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $2,725,385.00
Projected Expenses $1,932,691.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,620,025$1,235,798$1,259,599
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,907$5,709$7,366
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$151,659$104,168$106,059
Revenue In-Kind$1,026,831$508,390$499,220
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$3,660,636$3,653,632$2,468,313
Administration Expense$59,078$63,971$64,795
Fundraising Expense$87,899$67,292$76,638
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.241.001.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%97%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,197,235$5,417,377$5,189,925
Current Assets$3,896,211$1,194,771$921,886
Long-Term Liabilities$817,871$682,081$523,627
Current Liabilities$58,064$280,825$172,671
Total Net Assets$5,321,300$4,454,471$4,493,627
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,620,025Home Sales $1,489,482Contributions, gifts, grants $1,259,599
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHome Sales $1,278,000Contributions, gifts, grants $1,235,798ReStore $844,719
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRestore $900,783Fundraising $104,168Home Sales $374,545
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits Yes
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities67.104.255.34
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets13%13%10%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
As with many non-profit organizations, securing sufficient funding to achieve the mission is an on-going challenge. As stated earlier, there are over 2,000 non-profits in Sarasota County. Many of our donors are "seasonal" and, therefore, we have a short window of opportunity to host fundraising events. We are trying to spread our efforts over three or four different events and placing less emphasis on one big fundraiser. We will participate in the Giving Challenge sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota. Statistics show that most individuals still give more at yearend, therefore, we will focus on a more creative yearend appeal. I think three or four smaller "asks" is more appealing to our donors that one big ask. 
In addition, we are always searching for more support from local and national foundations. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents. Assets & liabilities on 990s and audits reconcile. Total revenue per audits: $2,236,595 (2011), $2,577,980 (2010); $1,299,260 (2009). Total expenses per audits: $931,888 (2011), $878,825 (2010), $478,327 (2009). The value of donated merchandise is included as revenue in the financial statements.  .
Nonprofit Habitat For Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. (Venice)
Address 280 Alligator Dr
Venice, FL 34293
Phone 941 493-6606 229