United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida Inc
6915 15th St E Suite 202
Sarasota FL 34243
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida is an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy's National Organization whose mission is to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. UCP of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a proud member of the Sunrise group of companies, a network of not-for-profit organizations providing services to people with disabilities, and one of the largest not-for-profit networks serving individuals with disabilities in the United States. The mission of all Sunrise affiliates is to provide people with disabilities the support and assistance necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Leslie Steiner
Board Chair Ms. Gloria A Wetherington
Board Chair Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Broker
General Info
Organization DBA
United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota Manatee
UCP/Sunrise of Sarasota Manatee
UCP of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Former Names
UCP of Sarasota-Manatee Inc.
Sunrise Community, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1977
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc. increased services in the past year for both residential and adult day training.  Currently, we support approximately 140 individuals at our Adult Day Training facility and continue to be the single provider of services for adult individuals with developmental disabilities with extensive behavioral and/or extensive physical challenges.  
We continue our relationship with Bealls Department Stores on the Hanger Project, allowing scores of individuals the opportunity to participate in paid employment while learning 'real world' skills.
This year the organization's goals are to cultivate donors and build a local advisory board to help us support our mission.
Needs Statement
Our focus at this time is as follows:
1.  Hurricane Preparedness...to secure funding for a stationary generator at our Adult Day Training Center and replace current Air conditioning systems.  Additionally, we are in need of furniture and computers for our newly renovated classrooms. 
2. Physical plant challenges are also a top priority for many of our community group homes.  Much needed funding for kitchen appliances, new flooring and bathroom renovations are some of our more urgent areas of need. 
3.  Actively seeking volunteers to assist our individuals with learning computer skills, community involvement activities, and other social interactions.
Background Statement
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc. (formerly, United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc.) was incorporated in October of 1977 to meet the growing need for services for adults with developmental disabilities in the local community. For more than 40 years, UCP has been serving adults with disabilities such as Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Prader Willi syndrome, epilepsy, as well as "failure to thrive", and other risk factors. The majority of the people served by UCP have more than one diagnosed disability.
Just as the general population of Sarasota and Manatee counties has increased dramatically since 1977, so has the population of adults with developmental disabilities. To better meet the increased demand for services throughout the counties of Southwest Florida, UCP of Sarasota-Manatee changed its name to UCP of Southwest Florida in June of 2011. This change provides for better name recognition in some of our service areas outside of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, while continuing to allow for localized services in each of the geographical areas where we operate, each of which are managed by a hands-on local director and supporting staff.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Lee
Areas Served Comments
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida provides services to adults with developmental disabilities throughout 8 Southwest Florida counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee, Lee, Glades, Hendry and Collier. Specific service areas include: Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, 
Riverview, St. Petersburg, Naples, Cape Coral, and Clewiston.  Throughout all these locations, we provide a combination of residential group homes, a variety of training programs at our Adult Day Training Centers in addition to transportation services, if needed.  
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Employment
Tertiary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

 United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc. has provided quality services to over 140 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1977.  Over the years, we have increased our capacity,  and our goal is to continue to work with legislators to address the 20,000+ person wait list for much-needed services in the state of Florida.  Our challenges continue to be rate cuts from traditional funding streams for services that are critical to the people we support.   

The ability to positively impact the lives of the people supported by UCP of Southwest Florida is the driving force for my fellow board members whose passion and commitment to the organization's mission can only be described as admirable.   Having served on the board for a number of years, I feel privileged to witness the transformation of individuals who once lived in state institutions and have transitioned to living in their respective communities, enjoying the same quality of life afforded to all of us.   There can be no greater feeling than to know we have made a difference in enriching the lives of the people we support. 

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc. prides itself in serving people with a variety of needs, including individuals whose needs may not have been met in other settings.  Although a not-for-profit organization, UCP of Southwest Florida operates with sound business practices; employs high quality, dedicated staff and enjoys the benefit of strong management as well as a committed Boards of Directors and Boards of Trustees.
Description In the Sarasota-Manatee service area, there is one Adult Day training center that provides a variety of services including, but not limited to: education and training, recreational activities, employability skills training, behavior services and supports, transportation, health & wellness education, arts and crafts activites, personal hygiene care, and adult basic education services. There is a second Adult Day Training center located in Cape Coral, FL with similar services.
Budget $822,140
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
By the end of a participant's plan year, 70% of individuals served will have mastered one personal objective.
Long Term Success UCP is one of the nation's most efficient charities, with a systemwide average of 85% of all revenues going to programs.
Program Success Monitoring
United Cerebral Palsy uses the Personal Planning System to measure objective data and reports to external case managers quarterly and annually.
Program Success Examples
Three (3) new participants have been hired as UCP employees and are learning on the job training skills for competitive employment.
In the Sarasota -Manatee area, United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc has 7 group homes licensed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and one Intermediate Care Facility licensed with the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Budget $2,700,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Residential Care for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
Within the last year, 1 individual moved into a supported living program and 2 individuals stepped down from behavior focus group home living to standard group home living (a reduction of intense needs).
Long Term Success
Some individuals living in our group homes will go on to more indpendent living situations: supported living or independent living, while others will need long term care, but will improve their level of functioning through training of their personal goals.
Program Success Monitoring
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc is externally monitored by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Delmarva Foundation, and UCP also conducts an internal self-assessment and a consumer satisfaction survey.
Program Success Examples
All homes passed licensing in July 2012. Our recent consumer satisfaction survey revealed revealed above a 90% satisfaction rate. Our Delmarva review of residential programs completed in December 2012 scored 100%.
Behavior Analysis services are provided to assist a person to learn new behaviors that are directly related to existing challenging behaviors. Assessments are completed to determine the function of a behavior and training is provided to all caregivers involved in the person's environment to increase success and minimize recurrence of challenging behaviors. Behavior services are currently provided in the residential homes and the Adult Day Training center.
Budget $230,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
In the last year, one (1) person moved from a behavior focus setting to a supported living setting and two (2) individuals have moved from behavior focus settings to standard group home settings
Long Term Success
Individuals with challenging behaviors will reduce those challenging behaviors and learn replacement behaviors that will enable the individual to live in lesser restrictive settings.
Program Success Monitoring
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc. is monitored by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Delmarva Foundation. Additionally, UCP conducts a self-assessment and consumer satisfaction surveys.
Program Success Examples
The behavior focus homes were licensed  in July 2012. The satsifaction surveys and self-assessment are currently being conducted.
United Cerebral Pasly of Southwest Florida, Inc provides assistance in developing the skill sets necessary for meaningful employment, job development, hands on training in a vocational setting, as well as travel training, socialization skills, and coaching through the supported employment program.
This service is provided to individuals served at United Cerebral Palsy as well as clients referred to UCP by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The purpose of the program is to enable individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enter or re-enter the workforce. The staff in the Supported Employment program assist the individuals in job searches, training, job coaching, and job maintenance.
Budget $60,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
80% of individuals served in the program will obtain and 75%  of those individuals will maintain employment for at least one year.
Long Term Success
Indivivduals with disabilities will obtain job placement and maintain long term employment.
Program Success Monitoring
UCP receives payment from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) by achieving benchmarks. Without progress, the agency doesn't receive funding from VR. Other individuals are assessed by the Delmarva Foundation and UCP completes a satisfaction survey and self-assessment annually.
Program Success Examples
The Delmarva review will occur in 2013. The self assessment process and satisfaction surveys will begin in January 2013.
Program Comments by Organization
Employment is an important facet of a person's self-image, no matter their unique abilities.  UCP is looking for partners to assist in employment opportunities for people with intellectual and/or developmental challenges. We will work with employers to provide training and support individuals identified as "ready to work". We can also help employers with tasks they want to "out-source" at our Adult Day Training facility, e.g. sorting, stuffing, assembling, etc.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Leslie Steiner
CEO Term Start Sept 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email Lsteiner@sunrisegroup.org
Experience Leslie Steiner has more than 20 years experience in the field of Intellectual Disabilities as a Direct Care staff, A Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional, A Medicaid Waiver Support Coordinator and was most recently the Area Director for United Cerebral Palsy/Sunrise Community in Lee, Charlotte, Desoto, Hendry and Glade's counties.  Leslie is a native of Florida and earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach.    Leslie has dedicated her career to the service of people with intellectual and physical challenges.  Leslie is also an active member of her community and volunteers with Parent Teacher Organizations, Student Advisory Board,  Awana Children's program, and is a Sunday School teacher at her church.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Leslie Leech Jr.Nov 1976 - June 2016
Senior Staff
Ms. Caitlin Seeley Director of Operations
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 96
Part Time Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % 75
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 1
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Samoor Grotto 
Sarasota Exotic Car Fest
Sarasota County Developmental Disabilities Commitee
Sarasota County Human Services agencies
United Way of Manatee County
Manatee County Community Services Department
United Way of Collier County
United Way Member Agency2013
United Way Member Agency2014
Manatee Chamber of Commerce2015
Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2015
External Assessments and Accreditations
Agency for Health Care Administration
Florida Department of Children and Families
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Workplace Violence
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
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
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 Like most nonprofits, the need to build discretionary funds is paramount to ensuring the value added services for those who do desperately need it. Budget cuts by traditional funding streams, has challenged us to do more with less and still maintain exceptional quality.  This provides us the opportunity to review how we do business.  Additionally, we have recently began to upgrade technology systems so that less man hours go into those tasks that can be automated. 
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization The succession plan is in the strategic plan
Multi-Media Comments by Organization

Sunrise/UCP of Southwest Florida website has been re-launched as of April, 2017.

Other Documents
Other Document 2
Name Change letter
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Gloria A Wetherington
Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Broker
Board Term July 2015 to June 2016
Board Chair Email gloriawe@earthlink.net
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. F. Joseph McMackin IIIBond, Schoeneck & King PA
Mr. Steven M. Weinger Esq.Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger & Tetzelli PA
Ms. Gloria A. Wetherington Commercial Real Estate Broker
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 15
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Governance Comments by Organization Our fiduciary board is strong in its conviction to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Having been in operation for over 40 years, we currently are implementing a process to recruit new members, reviewing the policies, and exploring term limits.  
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $3,913,964.00
Projected Expenses $3,769,311.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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
IRS Form 990s
Historical 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$132,479$225,190$0
Individual Contributions$0$272,573$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$556,486
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$112,515$87,315$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$79,456$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$5,160,875$5,222,840$5,063,681
Administration Expense$455,331$455,693$548,085
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.981.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%92%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$838,640$794,553$1,082,660
Current Assets$526,444$457,950$460,248
Long-Term Liabilities$5,575$70,771$60,447
Current Liabilities$485,535$432,016$607,810
Total Net Assets$347,530$291,766$414,403
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMedicaid Waiver Revenue $4,458,236Medicaid $4,227,447Medicaid $4,131,550
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContract Revenue $591,175Contract Revenue $632,711Contract & Grant Revenue $826,381
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $132,479Contributions, gifts, grants $272,573Other Support & Revenue $515,305
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.081.060.76
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%9%6%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
The 990 and the Audit fiscal are the entire company of UCP of SWFL.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.  The 2013 990 reflects no financial information; accordingly, the audited financial statements were used for the financial review. 
Nonprofit United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida Inc
Address 6915 15th St E Suite 202
Sarasota, FL 33173
Phone 941 251-4956