Links to Success
907 S ORANGE AVE
ARCADIA FL 34266-8808
Mission

The mission of Links to Success is to provide resources, services, experiences, and guidance to prepare youth for post secondary education and careers. 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Everlena Richardson
Board Chair Affiliation FGCU
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
0
0
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2013
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2017
State Registration Yes Nov 2017
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $57,000.00
Projected Expenses $57,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
501c3View
Impact Statement

 

  • Links to Success receives a Silver for the second year in a row, the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Only 20% of all charities throughout the United States receive the award two years in a row. Links to Success received this rating based on its ability to provide transparent financial and organizational information.
  • Links to Success has provided services to over 300 students in DeSoto County since 2012. Programming includes college, career and leadership preparatory services.
  • Our graduating seniors had a 100% college acceptance rate and over $150,000 worth of scholarships received.
  • Links to Success collaborated with over 50 organizations and businesses for student programming.
  • Our students completed over 1000 community service hours in the community.

 

Needs Statement

 

  1. $35,000 for one full time Executive Director.
  2. $7,500 to provide a Spring Break College Tour in March 2016.
  3. $20,000 to meet the programming needs of our rapidly expanding program. 
  4. $28,000 to fund 3 prepaid college funds.
  5. $2500 to provide scholarships to current college students serving as college coaches to our high school students. 


 

Background Statement

In 2012, after recognizing the need to improve the number of DeSoto County High School graduates going to college; sisters, Ashley and Maria Coone launched Links to Success.


Since launching, Links to Success has provided programming to more than 300 DeSoto County students.

Through the support of more than twenty annual community sponsors, Links to Success provides college preparatory and success services to middle, high and first year college students.

In 2014, Links to Success saw its first group of seniors graduate. Of the 9 seniors in the program, 100% of them were accepted into college and they amassed over $150,000 in college scholarships.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
Areas Served Comments Desoto County
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Links2Success provides education and career prep for students in Desoto County who are at risk of not matriculating into post-secondary education. 
Programs
Description

The Youth Leadership & Career Summer programs provide exposure to careers, post-secondary education options, leadership, and interest-building activities to students in DeSoto County.

The conference helps students develop a love for learning and set a goal to graduate and pursue post-secondary education opportunities.

Students experience careers in heath, banking, STEM, judicial, government, law enforcement, non-profit, agriculture, and so much more.

Budget $30,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success

  • 100% of students will complete the Youth and Leadership Conference knowing a career they would like to pursue and the education needed to obtain it.
  • 100% of students attending the Financial Aid workshop will receive a copy of the local scholarship application.
  • 90% of students in our College Prep program will enroll in a post-secondary institution.

 

Long Term Success

  • 90% of our students will recognize the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related skills in everyday activities and careers
  • 95% of our students will graduate from high school. 

 

Program Success Monitoring

  • Assessments and student reviews after each program.
  • Analyzing the number of students applying for local scholarships.
  • Annual reviews to determine post-secondary education enrollment.

 

Program Success Examples

  • 100% student satisfaction gathered from surveys


 

Description

College and Career Prep Academy is tasked with helping high school students prepare for life after high school.  The program provides services to any junior or senior attending Desoto High School. 

Volunteers assist students with post-secondary planning including: college and technical school research, school applications, resumes, SAT/ACT information, scholarships, Federal Aid, Bright Futures and volunteer service hours.

We hosts our annual College & Career Prep Bonanza in the Spring for more than 250 students.   
Budget $30,000
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success

  • 100% of students will be exposed to careers in health care. 
  • 100% of students attending the Bonanza will receive the local scholarship application.
  • 95% of students in our College & Career Prep Academy will enroll in a post-secondary institution

 

Long Term Success

  • 90% of our students will recognize the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related skills in everyday activities and careers
  • 95% of our students will graduate from high school.
  • 80% of students in our College Prep program will graduate from a post-secondary institution.

 

Program Success Monitoring

  • Assessments and student reviews after each program.
  • Analyzing the number of students applying for local scholarships.
  • Annual reviews to determine post-secondary education enrollment.

 

Program Success Examples

85% of seniors in the College Prep Program were accepted into a post-secondary education institution

Our students have received over $150,000 worth of scholarships in 2 years.

Over 250 DeSoto County High School juniors and seniors and 20 community organizations participated in our 2015 College & Career Bonanza.
Description

The First Year College Program provides support for Desoto County students attending South Florida State College (Desoto Campus) through the important first year of their college education. We answer their questions, connect them with on-campus resources, provide student success skills, and financial aid when available.

The program is dedicated to taking a proactive approach with students in order to increase academic success.

Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success

  • 100% of students will complete their first semester of college with at least a 2.5 GPA
  • 100% of students will attend college success skills workshops

Long Term Success

  • 100% of students will complete their first year of college with at least a 2.5 GPA
  • 75% of students will graduate with their AA/AS degree within 2 years.
  • 80% of students will continue on to a 4 year college institution.

Program Success Monitoring This program will be launched in Fall 2014. 
Program Success Examples This program will be launched in Fall 2014. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
We collaborate with many organizations including Desoto County Schools and other local organizations and agencies.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization


Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Everlena Richardson
Company Affiliation FGCU
Board Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2017
Board Chair Email links2success@yahoo.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Edith Andrade Student
Maria Coone The Imagination Station
Ashley Coone DeSoto County Clerk of Court
Ms. Everlena Richardson Bethune Cookman University
Mr. Jaccarie Simons First State Bank
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 75
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $57,000.00
Projected Expenses $57,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
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
2015 9902015
990-N2014
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$44,374$34,555$9,725
Administration Expense$3,166$4,322$818
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.271.601.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%89%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$22,275$39,257$1,507
Current Assets$22,275$39,257$1,507
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$22,275$39,257$1,507
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $55,146Contributions, gifts, grants $37,068Contributions, gifts, grants $9,260
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $5,280In-Kind Donations $25,000In-Kind Donations & Income $2,060
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Fundraising $305Fundraising $730
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for the short year January 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013 and for 2014 was taken from their audited financial review.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.The value of in-kind donations is included in revenue.  Financial information for 2015 was taken from the organization's Federal 990.
 
Nonprofit Links to Success
Address 907 S ORANGE AVE
ARCADIA , FL 34266 8808
Phone 863 990-0527

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.