Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Inc
PO Box 2000
Boys Ranch FL 32064

The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient and productive citizens.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Frye
Board Chair Sheriff Bill Leeper Chair
Board Chair Affiliation Nassua County Sheriffs Office
General Info
Former Names
Florida Sheriffs Youth Fund
Florida Sheriffs Girls Villa
Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1957
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration No 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
Each year hundreds of children turn to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches for assistance. We look forward to helping each one of them meet their personal goals and become lawful, productive citizens.

Over the past year, the Youth Ranches has served over 5,000 boys and girls.


This charitable nonprofit corporation was founded by the Florida Sheriffs Association and operates four residential child-care campuses and two Youth Camps. Voluntary contributions are the primary source of funding, especially thoughtful gifts made through special bequests in wills and trusts.


The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and the American Camp Association. 
Needs Statement
Our top five most pressing needs are:
Operational Funds - of any amount
Cottage Parents - $76,000 for a couple of $38,000 for mom or pop
Food and food related supplies - $13,500 for one cottage for a year 
Capital expenses agency wide - $262,000
Background Statement
The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is a non-profit, statewide network of residential campuses, youth camping programs and community based services that was founded in 1957 by the Florida Sheriffs Association.  Beginning with $5,000 and 160 acres of donated land along the Suwannee River, the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches has now served over 141,000 children and their families.
Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL - Brevard
FL - Lake
FL - Orange
FL - Osceola
FL - Polk
FL - Seminole
FL - Volusia
FL- Charlotte
FL- Hardee
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Our programs and services are offered to the children and families of the state of Florida.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Let me begin by saying how honored and excited I am to serve as the President of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

It started out as an idea of a few Sheriffs, which turned into a vision of the Florida Sheriffs Association and in 1957 when the Boys Ranch was founded it became a reality.  The goal was to create a place for  children in need to have opportunities to become successful adults.  From those humble beginnings, we have grown from a small residential campus along the banks of the Suwannee River into a network of residential and camping programs.  This past year we served 8,000 boys and girls with a variety of diverse programs all aimed at improving their lives by giving them hope and purpose to succeed.
One of the reasons the Youth Ranches has remained so successful in changing lives has been our own ability to change programming.  This past year was no exception.  In an effort to serve more children, our Board of Directors and the Sheriffs of Florida approved a conversion of one cottage at the Youth Villa for a sibling program.  This cottage is for brothers and sisters who have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect.  The moment we opened the door it was filled to capacity.  These children ranging from 3 to 15 would have otherwise been separated and placed into different foster homes creating even more trauma in their young lives.  Approval was also given to convert our Bradenton residential campus into a multi purpose camping and residential program.  We now serve hundreds of children each year with a variety of programs in addition to the number traditionally served in residential setting.
While change can be difficult, it is necessary,  just as we teach our children to embrace change in their lives so must we as an agency.  Of course none of this would be possible without the generosity of our donor family.  It is because of you that thousands of children have the opportunity each year to make positive changes in their young lives.  While our financial struggles continue, we remain diligent in our efforts to provide the highest quality of services to children in need!
Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your support of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and for providing opportunities for change in the lives of children.
Bill Frye 
The Youth Ranches trained and devoted staff are well equipped to nurture needy, neglected boys and girls and provide a warm sense of safety, guidance and tenderness.  Youth are cared for 24/7 by "cottage parents" who help develop a strong work ethic, sense of responsibility, teamwork and respect in each boy and girl. 
Additionally, we have youth participate in the Youth Ranches college scholarship program; with youth on A/B honor roll and youth volunteering in the community.
Budget $10,047,052
Category Human Services, General/Other Residential Care for Dependent Children
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Other Named Groups
Short Term Success
Successful completion of the residential program -attain all youth growth plan goals as determined with each youth. 85% reunified with family unit; 85% remain out of the juvenile/adult criminal justice system for one year or longer.
If age appropriate, 90% high school graduates, GED, Vo-tech certified, or enrolled in the military/college as appropriate.
Long Term Success
Young men and women who can face the future with a sense of direction, ability and hope.  Specifically, we want them to grow up to be responsible members of our communities, (i.e. out of jail or prison, employed and good fathers/mothers/family members.)
Program Success Monitoring
National Accreditation Standards - complaince above 95% in all areas - achieved!
Quarterly quality assurace reviews for each site
Annual physical plant risk management assessments by external advisor
Youth individual growth plan assessments and family review conferences quarterly
Counslor notes/physical/ psychological/academic reports
Annual youth surveys
Annual parent surveys
Annual community stakeholder surveys
Alumni feedback
Scholarship mentoring reports
Aftercare services
Medicaid and other state audits/inspections
Quarterly review of all program areas by Board Committee
Program Success Examples
Ana Nathe was a very shy and quiet girl.  Her mother had some serious psychological problems and her father spent most of his time at work.  No matter what went wrong at home or who was responsible, it was always Ana's fault.
At the Youth Villa, Ana found that strength to overcome this rejection and learned that life could be so very different.  She made new friends and developed a new understanding of the word "family".  Ana excelled in school and was selected to represent the Youth Ranches on a special trip to Washinginton DC.  Her confidence soared and she grew into a very responsible, poised young woman.
"The Youth Ranches plays a role in my life that a family would.  They have given me a sense of accomplishment and belonging like no one else has," Ana says.
Ana finished high school and went on obtain her Bachelor's Degree from Wellesley College and her Doctorate Degree in neuroscience at Boston University. She is a successfull, well adjusted young woman.

Serving the 67 counties of Florida, we work with the families of the children in our care.  Our therapists are available to assist parents as necessary - offering aftercare and referral services to the families of Florida.

Budget $750,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Other Named Groups Adults
Short Term Success
This is an ongoing service - Clients are at varying stages from intake to aftercare.  
Long Term Success
80% family reunification after child has completed Ranch program; Family participation at a minimum of 50% in family growth plan.  PLEASE NOTE:  Expenses for these services are included in residential care budget previously quoted.
Program Success Monitoring
Quarterly reviews
Supervisory conferences 
Monthly census reports
Statewide training and assessment
Program Success Examples
Andrew and his family have been receiving services for nearly seven years.  On two occasions, the family felt he was ready to come home and we tried home placement while monitoring the situation.  Both times, the child needed to return to placement as things were not working out at home.  He was able to easily reenter the program with the help of this ongoing care and case management. 
The camping services programs of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches consist of Harmony in the Streets, Harmony in the Schools and Summer Camp.
Harmony in the Streets® (HITS) is a mobile camping program that brings the four R's to your neighborhood in a day camp setting.  Our staff and law enforcement officers teach children to Respect themselves, Respect others, Respect their communities, and Respect the environment. 
Harmony in the Schools is much like our Harmony in the Streets mobile camping program in that it brings the same concept into schools.
Summer Camp includes many different therapeutic camping activities. Canoeing, archery, swimming and other activities allow youth the opportunity to build basic teamwork and peer communication skills. Additionally, deserving boys and girls can spend the week enjoying the beautiful, tranquil outdoor environment.
In fiscal year 2013 -14, camping services provided services for 3,880 children.
Budget $1,197,766
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
Increase in self esteem through a positive healthy camp experience. Ability to just be a kid!
Long Term Success
Children engaged in these programs will learn to appreciate and value law enforcement officers in an "officer friendly" role.  They will increase respect for themselves, others, their communities and the environment. We have an anti-bullying, health and wellness curriculum that will encourage better lifestyle choices.
Program Success Monitoring
American Camp Association Accreditation
Quarterly evaluations
Summer camp surveys of staff, law enforcement, kids and parents 
Program Success Examples
Willie Nickerson came from the poorest part of town - an area full of crime and delinquency.  He knew his future would be very limited if he stayed on the street.  In his mid-teens, a counselor asked him if he would like to attend a free summer camp.  Without hesitation, Willie agreed.
After experiencing the Florida Sheriffs Youth Camp, Willie asked about the Boys Ranch.  "Was there room for just one more boy?"  The answer was yes, and he began the journey that gave him the opportunities to succeed.  Gratefully, Willie knows how very different his life could have been.
"The Boys Ranch has supported me in everything that I wanted to do.  They have taught me that success is not a destination, it is a journey," says Willie.  And it all began that week of summer camp.
Willie graduated from Florida A&M University with a Master's Degree in Criminology.  He is employed by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and is beginning to fulfill his life-long dream of serving people through a career in law enforcement.
Program Comments by Organization
The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches offers a wide array of services to meet the diverse needs of the children and families of Florida. Our vision is to develop young men and women who are able to face the future with a sense of direction, ability and hope. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Frye
CEO Term Start Oct 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email bfrye@youthranches.org
Experience Bill Frye took over as President of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches on October 1, 2014.   

With a Master's Degree in Counseling, Frye joined the Youth Ranches in 1985, previously serving as Vice President Program. He has many years of extensive experience in residential child-care and social work.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Mrs. Teena Buchanan Vice President of Finance
Mr. Mark Davis Vice President of Operations
Mr. Brad Gregory Executive Vice President
Mrs. Maria Knapp Vice President of Donor Relations
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 212
Part Time Staff 74
Staff Retention Rate % 70
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 689
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Local Sheriffs Offices 
Alliance for Children and Families - Member2011
American Camp Association - Member2012
Coalition on Residential Education (CORE)2012
Council on Accreditation (COA)2012
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation2008
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2009
Awards & Recognition
New American Community AwardNational Center for Crime and Delinquency2000
Edie Klein award for program excellenceAmerica Camp Association2006
Donors of the yearCouncil on Residential Education2010
Program Director AwardCouncil on Residential Education2011
Volunteer of the YearFlorida Coalition For Children2011
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Destruction Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Sheriff Bill Leeper Chair
Company Affiliation Nassua County Sheriffs Office
Board Term Feb 2017 to Feb 2020
Board Chair Email bleeper@nassauso.com
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Primrose Cameron Volunteer
Dr. Patrick Coggins Department of Teacher Eduction
Sheriff William "Bill" Farmer Sumter County
Mr. Dan Hager Harbor Community Bank
Sheriff Bob Hansell Osceola County Sheriffs Office
Sheriff Bill Leeper Nassau County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Paul May Okeechobee County Sheriff
Mr. G.J. Orgeron Orgeron Retired
Sheriff Bill Prummell Charlotte County Sheriffs Office
Mr. Philip F Renaud Retired
Dr. Jim Sewell Consultant
Mr. Scott R Stephens Ventura Ranch
Sheriff Ben Stewart Madison County Sheriffs Office
Mrs. Rose Mary Treadway-Oelrich Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 12
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 71
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $14,995,588.00
Projected Expenses $14,717,980.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $22,832,937.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
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
IRS Form 990s
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$9,741,504$9,274,844$8,116,300
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,900,827$1,600,218$3,137,443
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$167,766$91,053$307,260
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$11,886,997$10,884,574$11,834,035
Administration Expense$2,022,091$1,925,053$2,003,057
Fundraising Expense$2,086,503$1,830,628$1,723,615
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.060.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%74%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%18%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$62,202,021$60,834,409$63,232,539
Current Assets$3,664,719$4,256,720$4,446,510
Long-Term Liabilities$6,850,627$7,304,716$7,519,556
Current Liabilities$1,538,880$2,320,321$2,457,768
Total Net Assets$53,812,514$51,209,372$53,255,215
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $9,741,504Contributions, gifts, grants $9,274,844Contributions, gifts, grants $8,116,300
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountResidential Programs $4,202,525Residential Programs $3,276,918Residential Programs $3,498,004
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $1,900,827Investment Income $1,600,218Investment Income $3,137,443
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.381.831.81
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets11%12%12%
Financials Comments
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.
Nonprofit Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Inc
Address PO Box 2000
Boys Ranch, FL 32060
Phone 800 765-3797