Change A Life Inc.
1749 CATTLEMEN RD
SARASOTA FL 34232-6234
Mission
We want to fulfill the unmet needs of our community by providing necessities of life at low or no cost to those who would qualify. These necessities include, but are not limited to furniture, clothing, shoes, baby items, household goods and kitchenware. The items needed for the store would be petitioned from the very community we seek to inspire, in conjunction with our mission statement, "helping those in our own backyard".
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms Michele Postell
Board Chair Michele Postell
Board Chair Affiliation President
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Change A Life Charity
Change A Life Charity Thrift Store
Supported Organization Change A Life Inc
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2014
State Registration Yes Sept 2014
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
IRS LetterView
Other Documents
Board MeetingsView
Impact Statement
Provided clothing and furniture to individuals experiencing loss of income and/or home. Provided furniture and kitchen utensils/tableware to a family whose home was burned out. Supported the Bethesda House with donations, in order to help those with aids live a more productive life. Provided children's books and Christmas decorations to area churches.
Future goals and immediate needs include raising sufficient funds to maintain store operations and staff, increase donations that can be provided to other community-based charities, churches and individuals; increase amount of donated items to serve a variety of needs; increase number of volunteers to fully staff the store and attached warehouse. 
 
 
Needs Statement
Our immediate needs are:
Receipt of monetary donations to maintain daily operations of our facility (approximately $8,000 monthly). 
Truck with lift-gate, to pick up and deliver donations, and if needed, to tow items (cost estimated at approximately $15,000).
Updated computers and software for office.
Construction of a fence to increase storage area and installation of security cameras to protect staff and deter vandalism of stored items (cost is approximately $2,000).
Volunteers to work in various capacities, including carpentry, furniture repair, cleaning, sorting and cataloging of donated items, and office administration.
On July 13, 2013, the Bradenton Herald reported that at the 17th annual Florida neighborhood conference in Palmetto, Florida ranked 3rd-highest nationally in the number of homeless individuals, with 54,300 in 2012. Manatee and Sarasota Counties had 2,054 homeless individuals as of January 27, 2013.  Per Heather Thomas of the Orange County Office of Mental Health and Homeless Issues, "we see people becoming homeless because of our economy". 
Per the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012 there were 169,520 households with income & benefits living in Sarasota County, of which 38,881 or 23%, made less than $25,000 annually (10,146 households earned less than $10,000 annually).
Background Statement
Change A Life Charity was created by its owners in November 2012 with the desire to give back to the community in which they live. Specifically, they wanted to impact the lives of community residents who had experienced loss of job/income, loss of home or belongings due to reduced income, loss of a loved one, or natural disaster (ex., fire, flood, hurricane); or those suffering from debilitating illness. We operate a thrift store where such residents can shop for necessities such as clothing, baby items, books, household goods, kitchenware and furniture at very low prices. In the event of a total loss, individuals or families can qualify for donations at no cost. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments We primarily serve all residents of Sarasota County, but are willing to help those in Manatee County if we are made aware of their needs. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Secondary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
By providing a place where individuals and families who have fallen on hard times can come and purchase daily necessities and household items at a very low cost (or if a total loss, at no cost), we are lifting their spirits and encouraging them to become productive members of our community. We also work with other charitable organizations and churches in Sarasota County, providing them with donations they require to help those in need. We are successful when those in need receive the required assistance to feel hope and encouragement for a brighter future while ensuring immediate resolution of their present situation. Our greatest challenge is obtaining monetary donations from individuals and organizations who understand and desire to support our mission, in order to maintain operations and continue the work of our charity.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Change A Life Charity is a community-based organization that is not affiliated with any one group.  With this in mind, I have made it our goal to provide aide to as many individuals, charities, and churches in Sarasota County as possible. From the military/veterans to children, to the elderly and others, I WANT to help!  I like to think of us as helping those in our own backyard first. Change A Life is here for those with anything from loss of income or home, debilitating illness, or major disaster, to the small "hiccups" that can occur in daily living.
I look at Sarasota County (and to some extent, Manatee County) residents as an extension of my family; helping them in their day to day struggles could be that positive nudge/force they need to get back on track, encouraging them to pay it forward; or simply to CHANGE their outlook on LIFE. Hence the name Change A Life Charity.
Finally, I believe that for many affected by the circumstances described above, daily life can be a tough challenge; asking for help when your down shouldn't be. 
Programs
Description
Our goal is to help those in our own backyard first.  We believe in being there with necessities such as clothing and household items when major disasters or illness, as well as the small things that affect our economic well-being, occur. We choose our community as our charity. It does not matter if the individual is young or elderly, single or married, a business owner, civilian, veteran or currently in the military; of if the group is a church or other type of charitable organization; since they are part of our community, we reach out to and want to help all. It is our ultimate goal to provide hope and encouragement to all those we assist, and to inspire them to do the same when they are able. 
 
*Budget: $6,000 monthly
Budget $6,000
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success In the near future we hope to inform the public that we are here and ready to help. Additionally, we would like to set up a fundraiser of some sort to get the truck we need to pick up donations as well as deliver them, increase our volunteer help, and be more secure financially.
Long Term Success Our long-term goal is to build strong roots in our community and be a haven for support when needed. We also hope to have many volunteers because of our growth in the community.
Program Success Monitoring We can monitor the success of our charity simply by how many people come in and ask for help based on what they heard about our local store.  We can also track all the outgoing donations and see first hand the positive effect it has made in their lives.
Program Success Examples
Our first ever donation was given to a young girl Maxine who had an interest in sewing, but could not afford a sewing machine she saw in our store. So, we donated one to her! 
 
A local church contacted us in need of Children's books for their kids classes. We were able to give an assortment of books so their kids could continue to learn and grow.
 
A local choir found out about us and came to the store with a need of 25 notebooks but didn't have the money to buy that many. They told us they needed them to keep their songs in order for Sunday Services. We were able to donate the notebooks to them on the spot.
 
 
 Another donation experience went to a homeless gentlemen who needed clothes. He told us he had just gotten a job and in his line of work his clothes got very dirty but he didn't have enough money to buy more. In turn, we got two pairs of clothes in his size among a few other things he needed and he was on his way.
 
For our final example, we had a young mother of 3 daughters come into the store. She desperately needed 3 bed frames for her girls so they didn't have to sleep on the floor anymore. The board took her request, approved it, within that very same day each of the girls got to pick out a headboard and foot board to leave with.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization Our immediate need and challenge is donation of funds and/or grants from individuals and community foundations . Without funds we cannot continue to provide the various items (clothing, furniture and household goods) that so many in our community need and deserve. Our monthly budget primarily includes rent of store and warehouse space, utilities and payroll. Our proceeds from the items sold does not cover our operating expenses (approximate $8,000 monthly).
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms Michele Postell
CEO Term Start Nov 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email michele@changealifecharity.org
Experience 5 years of management/administrative experience with prior company. Also, extensive experience in office/accounting procedures and operations.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mrs. Sharon Underwood Fundraiser/Campaign Coordinator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 95
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Under development
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization Our primary challenge is receipt of sufficient monetary donations to maintain daily operations of our charity and thrift store. We are currently interviewing for, and increasing our number of volunteers, but have monthly operational expenses of approximately $8,000 (the majority of which is rent, payroll and utilities). Monthly sales proceeds are not sufficient to support that number. 
Multi-Media Comments by Organization We are presently utilizing the internet, facebook and twitter in order to communicate with the public, as well as sites such as this one to share our mission and goals. We have a website, www.changealifecharity.org, which can be accessed by anyone wishing to learn more about our charity and to make donations.
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Destruction Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Michele Postell
Company Affiliation President
Board Term Nov 2012 to Jan 2015
Board Chair Email michele@changealifecharity.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr Tomas Jasek Treasurer/Secretary
Mrs. Radana Jasek President
Ms Michele Postell Vice President
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 15
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 80
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization We are in need of monetary donations from individuals and foundations in order to continue our charitable operations. Owner-invested initial capital was approximately $50,000 with an additional contribution of $30,000 in 2013. We have hired a full-time fundraiser/campaign coordinator to aide us in acquisition of funds and organizing fundraising events. We are also organizing an advisory council comprised of community members, including college students, to assist us with assessing our needs, goals and accomplishments.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2013
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2013
Projected Revenue $45,000.00
Projected Expenses $96,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are endeavoring to obtain fencing at the rear of our warehouse to increase storage space, security cameras to protect staff and donated items, and purchase a used truck with lift-gate to retrieve and deliver donations. We would also like to acquire additional warehouse space in our same geographical location to permit us to accept and store more donated items.
Campaign Goal $30,000.00
Campaign Dates Nov 2013 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date 1200 as of Dec 2013
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Our primary and most pressing challenge is the acquisition of funds from individual philanthropists and community foundations in order to sustain operations of our charity and thrift store. With receipt of these funds we will be able to continue to support our community and assist those in need with necessities of life. 
Financial Comments by Foundation
This organization is newly incorporated and does not have a full year of financials.
Nonprofit Change A Life Inc.
Address 1749 CATTLEMEN RD
SARASOTA , FL 6234
Phone 941 371-5111

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