Laurel Civic Association Inc.
509 Collins Rd.
Laurel FL 34272
Laurel Civic Association is a community-based organization that shapes the foundations for successful lives for people of all ages in Sarasota County through education, life development skills, personal empowerment, community awareness, and opportunities for growth that lead to self-sufficiency.
CEO/Executive Director Sandra Terry
Board Chair Tish Scott Murphy
Board Chair Affiliation Centennial Bank
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement



Our adult program served 45 people who are homeless and 775 at risk of homelessness through assistance with utilities and other services that help unhoused people find permanent homes or stay in their homes; USDA food distribution served 1,341 families with food; 115 families received benefits through our ACCESS program; helped another 219 with SCAT Liberty passes; 72 families assisted through Season of Sharing donations and 153 through our LIHEAP assistance. 

Empowering Youth served 500 children and youth. Provided hot meals afterschool to 80 children per day; Assisted more than 100 children in our after-school program; 100 children participate in our Earning by Learning reading program and  93% maintained or increased their grade-level reading scores.; In Teen Empowerment, 13 of 40 youth found employment. They leave this program with increased knowledge of college readiness, financial literacy, how to get and keep a job, and personal relationships.

Goals: (1) continue to meet or exceeding all outcomes measured; (2) communicate our story better (3) bring in and keep more donors (4) expand and diversify our board.





Needs Statement

1)     Program Support in amounts from $1000 to $5000. $1000 donation will pay for:

               Scholarships for low income student in school year educational  programs

               One month transportation for 77 children from school to our program daily

               Two teens to attend 7 week, day long summer educational and empowerment program

               Food for two months for Kid’s Café meals – 1200+ meals

               New books for our Summer Reading Program

               Supplies for one month for all programs


2)     2) Organization and Staff support needs range from $1000 to $30,000.

                Background checks for volunteers working with children-$1000

                Supplies for a year $7000

                Support staff for the organization $5000 a month

3)                 3) General Operating Support – Increase individual Gifts - $200,000

Background Statement

Laurel Civic Association has grown to become an active and dedicated non-profit organization having an impact on a wide range of neighborhood issues throughout Sarasota County. The cornerstone and foundation of the organization has always been to make life better for the disenfranchised through education and support. Even though we began with a small group of concerned neighbors in 1969 whose main purpose was to bring street lighting to a little close-knit and largely African-American community, time and our inherent caring for others has taught us, as well as others, that needs have no boundaries. Laurel Civic Association’s community development activities transformed a small neighborhood organization into a non-profit that brought unimaginable changes to Laurel and beyond. We have succeeded in developing needed programs that serve not only the entire family and the Laurel/Nokomis area, but also are a magnet for clients from the southernmost part of Sarasota County to the northernmost part. With the backing of more than 300 active volunteers, donations, and grants, Laurel Civic Association provides programs designed to ensure graduation from high school, improve living conditions, decrease hunger, improve health, and provide access to decent affordable housing. Laurel Civic Association has been a catalyst for positive change through community development activities that have brought a series of neighborhood improvements that go far beyond the original goals. After bringing in more than $15 million for infrastructure such as paved streets, water lines, sidewalks, a community center in an expanded park, and new and rehabilitated housing, the physical foundation is well on its way. 

 Along with those achievements, we will continue to support our clients with programs that positively affect the social and economic problems that flow down through the generations of disenfranchised families. Our educational and social supports for adults and children teach skills leading to self-sufficiency for all. The results show in the prevention of school dropouts, secured employment, parental mentoring, decreased hunger, elderly staying in their homes longer, and safe supervised activities after school and in the summer. These programs build solid foundations for successful lives. You can be the difference in the continuing success of these critically needed programs by making a financial contribution, volunteering your time, and/or spreading the word about what we do.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Our main area of service is South Sarasota County (Laurel, Nokomis, Osprey, Venice, North Port, Englewood).  Some of our adult and children's activities draw clients from the entire county. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Laurel Civic Association is unlike any other non-profit organization in Sarasota county and possible in the state of Florida. With a whole family approach toward community improvement, financial assistance and educational programs, this organization has developed needed programs and offers support services all at one location to those who need it most. Partnerships and collaborations enhance and support our one-stop-shop for family and community services and support.

LCA has been near and dear to me for many years. As an early volunteer over 20 years ago to my current position as Board Chair, I have seen how the mission of this caring organization can have a positive impact on many lives.   The passion and leadership of our executive director, Sandra Terry, continues to inspire others to join our mission and support this unique organization. 

This year as Board Chair I hope to engage discussion with the board and staff, focusing on the future. All who have committed time and energy over these past 30 plus years want to see the result driven programs and services of LCA continue for decades to come. Board growth and advancement is a major priority of as we look for others to join our team. By strengthening and expanding our board to incorporate new visions, ideas and contacts we help solidify the future of LCA.

I will also work closely with the board and the Executive director to ensure we have legacy planning to the mission. A focused effort on development, especially reaching new donors, is crucial to our continued success and will ensure our financial stability. Planning for the future is key but this board and leadership is ready to ensure we are prepared for all that lays ahead. With our committed volunteers, seasoned staff and a renewed energy, the future is looking bright for Laurel Civic Association and I am honored to have witnessed the continued success.  

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

We have been nurturing, feeding and supporting disenfranchised families and children for almost 50 years.  All of our clients come to us voluntarily. When children come in at kindergarten or sometimes earlier, they tend to stay until graduation from high school, and keep in contact well into college and successful lives.

      Our educational programs and summer programs have been well ahead of some other better funded agencies. Our early situation gave us no choice but to respond to the needs of a neglected community and all the children who lived in Laurel/Nokomis area. We have brought into the area more than 15 million dollars in housing, infrastructure and a community center and park. We can now focused all of our energy on those living on the edge.

      Adults in our community, more than 1,500 each year, have their special needs, too. Time has redefined the “needy” family. In addition to financial assistance, today’s families also need social, academic and nutritional help. Basic needs include shelter, decent housing, health services and food. People think that we serve a very small community. That isn’t true. We are physically located in a small community, but we serve and attract participants from all areas of Sarasota County who come to us because they know that they will get the help they need. There is no “wrong door” at Laurel Civic.  When you  the Laurel Civic Association you have come to the right place. If we don’t have the assistance you need, we know who does. We don’t just give you a number to call, we call it for you and get the commitment in person that you will get the help you need. I encourage you to drop in at any time to see our after school program. You can meet the many children who get their most nutritious meal of the day here at in our Kid's Cafe while also  are also being fed and nurtured socially and emotionally through education.

       Our small staff is not a hindrance to providing services because of our level of caring and unique understanding of the disenfranchised families living on the edge.

       We are expanding our staff, our board and securing a development position in order to increase our funding and our relationship with our donors. We haven’t and probably never will serve a population that can fully pay or pay at all to support our programs, so fundraising will always be with us. We will do what is necessary to keep an engaged board of directors , enhance our fundraising, and make sure that our programs have positive and usefull outcomes for our client's pathway to self-sufficiency.




By concentrating on the whole child our innovative afterschool program has 137 K-12 students enrolled. Program is Monday through Thursday right after school until 6 pm. Children are transported from school on a bus contracted and paid for by Laurel Civic Association. Students are fed a meal in our Kid’s Cafe before continuing into our positive learning environment. Communication is direct and daily with teachers, and parents in order to complete the circle of communication. We take a proactive approach to teaching conflict resolution skills that lead to the strong positive relationships our youth enjoy. Students are introduced to life-changing skills that include improved social skills, the arts, increased academic performance, and improved attitudes toward learning. Meeting our outcomes, youth participants transition successfully from childhood to adulthood. Also included are summer activities: Teen Empowerment and Earning By Learning reading program.

Budget $193,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
All clients have on time movement to the next grade and be on grade level in reading and math. The students will remain in positive activities and continue to make positive decisions and life choices that lead to self-sufficiency.
Long Term Success
All clients will always have a safe and positive place to be after school. All clients will have access to up to date technology in order to stay on a level playing field with their peers. All clients will remain of grade level in math and reading until high school graduation.  All clients will maintain proper attendance in school and become lifelong learners. They will learn positive actions from being around positive role models everyday, have on tome graduation and have a written pathway to post-secondary education in order to become a self sufficient adult.
Program Success Monitoring

We are in direct contact with teachers and parents on a daily basis. We communicate so that we know if something is not working for a specific child and the specific help that they need. We have written agreements with the School Board and with the school that the bulk of our students come to us from. Report cards are the main tool we use to measure and track the success and progress of each student. Satisfaction surveys are also done with the parents and the students. Our summer programs focus on reading for k-6 and life skills, financial literacy, STEM, job interview skills,  resume writing and the written pathway to post secondary education.

Program Success Examples
This program has grown from having 21 African-American and mixed race students who were falling through the cracks to 137 students of all ethnic backgrounds who participate in every part of the educational, artistic, and technology activities that make up a school day.

We have brought the students we serve from having a six year drought in 1990 of not having even one African-American male graduate high school, to having our students not only graduate from high school, but to go on to college and graduate from college. In 2012, our students were  inspired, involved, smart, appreciative of the safe environment that is there every day and using the knowledge gained  in order to become self-sufficient. Students who started with us at 3or  4 years old are now teachers; working on their Ph. D; in six figure jobs; in law enforcement and graduating from high school and college at rates that bring tears to our eyes.



Our adult program serves the disenfranchised and needy through community development, advocacy and access to needed services, including food and healthcare. In addition to financial assistance for basic needs, today’s families also need social, academic and nutritional help. Adults learn self-sufficiency through our educational and social supports. Results can be measured in secured employment, parental mentoring, decreased hunger, elderly staying in their homes longer, and safe, drug-free social activities. These programs build solid foundations for successful lives. Our goal is to help individuals and families before they are in crisis. The target population is low-income to moderate-income adults in need of advocacy and educational, financial, and social services, especially food and referral services. Because LCA is community based, we see the evidence each day of the need for these services and we respond quickly to these demonstrated needs.

Budget $150,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

100% of participants are offered preventive health services.

100% of participants receive sufficient food for themselves/their families.
100% of clients have access to financial and personal  assistance including utility bills, help with food stamp applications, access to computers and and any other assistance that will make their life better and lead to self-sufficiency.
Long Term Success Empowerment to achieve self sufficiency. Adults learn self-sufficiency through our educational and social support. Results can be measured in secured employment, parental mentoring, decreased hunger, elderly staying in their homes longer, and safe, drug-free social activities. These programs build solid foundations for successful lives. 
Program Success Monitoring Program success is monitored through surveys at admission to the program and quarterly services throughout program participation.
Program Success Examples

Israel and his family have a Habitat house in the Laurel community. He was active in Laurel Civic Association’s youth programs through high school graduation. The adult program assisted Israel’s family and now, as an adult, Israel himself has received services and continues to volunteer with the youth program.  Laurel Civic Association referred Israel to CYD job training. He attended the CYD Job Fair in October with several friends.  He writes: “Since attending the job fair I have been contacted by AMC Theatersfor employment! I wanted to let you know that I am immensely grateful to you for both the job skills workshops and the job fair. I had been trying unsuccessfully to find a job for months and thanks to you guys I got the chance I'd been looking for. Let me know of any upcoming events and if there's any way that I could volunteer or help you guys in the future. Thanks a million, Israel”. Israel and his brother now both very valued employees of  Starbucks while attending college.

Program Comments by Organization Laurel Civic Association has an enviable record of attracting volunteers and finding creative ways to continue programs because in our history we've learned that if someone is in need - you help them. We've been able to be inventive in ways that are successful for infrastructure and helping those in need. We get more clients because we serve them when they come to us. At the same time, we are continually being asked to do more for more people and do more to be accountable to the public and to our funders. There is no other organization that provides the services we do for the citizens we serve in our area. There is no other organization in southern Sarasota County that provides such a broad range of services to all ages, from cradle to grave.  We get a lot done well with our small staff because we care deeply about the clients who need our help.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Sandra Terry
CEO Term Start Oct 1998
CEO/Executive Director Email
The Executive Director is starting her 30th  year as Executive Director: the first ten as a volunteer and the last twenty as a full-time employee.This executive led the transition from the 1969 community group to a 501(c) 3 nonprofit agency in 1989. 
Her life experiences, coupled with a genuine concern for the quality of life for this unique community and Sarasota County , supports success in neighborhood revitalization while at the same time providing activities and services for at-risk and low-income families.

She has enhanced her learning through serving on county-wide boards, attended nonprofit leadership training courses from the 80’s continuing to the present and has been mentored by established community leaders. She partners this agency with government, other organizations, local foundations and corporations.

As a tireless fundraiser, she explores all opportunities to support and enhance the agency including grant writing, fundraising campaigns and hands-on projects. She has secured more than 16 million dollars in infrastructure, housing, parks and parks improvements, and programs that enhance the lives of children and families in Sarasota County.

 The strength and flexibility Sandra exhibits in her ability to work with very diverse ethnic and economic groups of citizens allows her to collaborate with numerous volunteers, local government, organizations, businesses, the community, and the school system to assure that the needs of the entire area, and the county, are met.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Mr. John Jefferson Empowering Youth Coordinator/Liaison
Mr. Benjamin Petro Adult Program Coordinator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 300
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

All Faiths Food Bank- (Kid’s Café, USDA Food Distribution, SPROUT Truck)

Casey Key Library Foundation
City of Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall- Total Access Program

Clearpoint – Credit Workshops

Conservation Foundation of the Suncoast- Educational Field Trips


  Florida Department of Children and Families-ACCESS  

Florida Department of Health in Sarasota- Sexual Risk Avoidance, Pregnancy Prevention, STD/HIV Education

 Interagency Agreements –School Board of Sarasota County - Laurel Nokomis School

 Mote Marine Aquarium – Summer STEM partnership

Nokomis and Osprey Post Offices- Letter Carriers Hunger Drive-

Planned Parenthood-Abstinence, Pregnancy, STD/HIV education

The Book Club of Venice

Salvation Army (Sarasota)-Coordination of CSBG services

Sarasota County (OHCD) – Social Service Case Management-CDBG

Sarasota County Area Transit- Liberty Pass Program

Sarasota County Parks and Recreation/Natural Resources- Space/ $10.00 a year.

 Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

School Board of Sarasota County Transportation Department

Subrecipient Agreement with Sarasota County for social service case management- CDBG

Suncoast Partnerships to End Homelessness- HMIS

 Many many churches, businesses, and groups

External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Recognition of Leadership ExcellenceHealth and Human Services Leadership Development Council’s2008
 New Community Center in Laurel named – SANDRA SIMS TERRY COMMUNITY CENTERSarasota County Commission1993
• Volunteer of the YearVolunteer Center South1992
Civic Beautification Special Award Venice Area Chamber of Commerce1993
Service to Mankind AwardWomen’s Sertoma of Venice1994
Alexis de Tocqueville Society AwardUnited Way of Sarasota County1994
 Crystal Heart AwardGulfcoast Girl Scout Council1994
 Olympic Torch BearerUnited Way of Sarasota County1996
 Community Based Big Sister of the YearBig Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast2001
 Lifetime Achievement AwardSarasota County Branch, NAACP2001
Cultural Diversity ScholarshipNational Trust for Historic Preservation Conference1993
Two Wooden Gavels, Silver GavelSarasota Herald Tribune1999
Gubernatorial Appointment for 2 four year terms• Florida Housing Finance Corporation Board2000
Boundary CrosserSCOPE 2013
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Automobile Insurance
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2017
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
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

We serve mainly southern Sarasota County and, although we are physically located in Laurel, most of the clients we serve—adults and children live in greater Sarasota County. We serve those in need whether it be through education, food, advocacy, financial support, housing or community improvements all over Sarasota County.

For an agency our size we offer a lot services needed by disenfranchised and working poor residents. We are working our Fundraising Plan while meeting the increasing needs of our clients.  We've taken this challenge because there is a need for our services.

We have expanded our board and are working on plans to find  a funding stream that will allow us to do the important work we do well into the future. We haven’t and probably never will serve a population that can pay to support our programs, so fundraising will always be with us. We need your support and would be grateful for any time or monetary gift that will help us continue our impactful work.

Other Documents
Other Document 2
Retention/Destruction Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Tish Scott Murphy
Company Affiliation Centennial Bank
Board Term July 2017 to June 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Suzanne Barksdale Tidewell Hospice
Rev. Willie James Beckom Community Volunteer
Ms. Kimberly LeBlanc Capri Isles Golf Club
Dr. John Mancini Retired Dentist
Mr. Robert L. Moore Retired Attorney
Mrs. Tish Scott Murphy Centennial Bank
Ms. Terri Ramey Ramey Insurance
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Governance Comments by Organization Our board is recently expanded and we will be utilizing consultants and training to enhance the knowledge of a full governance board in order to move the organization ahead. 
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 $332,480.00
Projected Expenses $300,613.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? 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$137,035$148,371$115,542
Individual Contributions$145,709$155,193$160,236
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$9$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$17,063$29,415$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$36,838$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$238,766$264,168$254,580
Administration Expense$51,262$30,298$24,189
Fundraising Expense$3,590$6,147$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.140.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%88%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%2%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$125,042$112,318$54,348
Current Assets$121,798$107,728$48,411
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$9,223
Total Net Assets$125,042$112,318$45,125
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $145,709Contributions, gifts, grants $155,193Contributions, gifts, grants $160,236
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $137,035Government Grants - State $148,371Government Grants - Local $115,542
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $17,063Fundraising $29,4150 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----5.25
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Our largest grants are monthly reimbursement grants. We are working very hard at enhancing our fundraising by hiring  a development director to  have  a more consistent flow of grant funds and donations. Competition for dollars is always there and although it’s a daily job, we are keeping up. We are working our fundraising plan and went through a re-branding. We are telling and getting our story out to more potential donors and volunteers.  

Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures are based on IRS Form 990s. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as provided on Form 990. 2011 audit reports $400,485 total revenues and $168,626 total assets. 2010 audit is not available. 2009 audit reports $134,504 total assets.
Nonprofit Laurel Civic Association Inc.
Address 509 Collins Rd.
Laurel, FL 34272
Phone 941 483-3338