Friends of Boca Grande Community Center, Inc.
PO BOX 1222
BOCA GRANDE FL 33921-1222
The Mission of Friends of Boca Grande Community Center is to provide the best cultural and educational programs for Boca Grande.
The Vision: Our Community Center…Where Boca Grande Comes Together.
CEO/Executive Director Marta B Howell
Board Chair C Roger Lewis
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1987
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2015
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
  • Plan and execute the first Civil War Symposium. Over 200 people and 70 volunteers participated in this week-long learning experience.
  • Plan and execute the All That Jazz concert series. Over 300 people enjoyed jazz played by four different artists from around the region.
  • Improved communications through use of the media and the publication of the annual newsletter.
  • Improved the use of volunteers in programs and office management.
  • Increase the use of volunteers in programs and office management.
  • Develop security plans for both public programs and organizational succession.
  • Refine existing programs and use research to determine if programs can be expanded.
  • Seek out and deliver relevant children's programs.
  • Organize a committee to work on a Travel Program
Needs Statement
Top Needs of Friends of Boca Grande Community Center
Sponsors for All That Jazz to underwrite the cost of the talent. Sponsors receive preferred table seating and recognition at the All That Jazz concerts and in the Friends Annual Report as a contributing member of the organization. Sponsorships are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Sponsorship of one evening costs $200.
Contributions to our Annual Appeal. The 2013 goal is $350,000.
Volunteers. There are many ways you can put your skills to use at the Community Center – from a little to a lot!
Sponsors for Civil War Reflections to underwrite the cost of lecturers.  Becoming a sponsor of Civil War Reflections is the perfect way to show our community your commitment and support of our nonprofit efforts to develop high quality programs for Boca Grande.  Sponsors of Civil War Reflections may deduct the full amount allowable by law of their sponsor donation, less the value of any tickets that are used by the sponsor.  Sponsorships range from $250 to $5,000.


Background Statement
In October 1986, an organization called Friends of Boca Grande Community Center was formed to supplement the programs provided by Lee County and further energize the Boca Grande Community Center’s programs and activities.  Almost immediately, improvements began to be made in the center’s physical facility and operation.
A second renovation of the Community Center was completed in 1994 and 1995.  More than $470,00 was raised by Friends of the Community Center under the presidency of Joan Carroll.  This along with an appropriation of $575,000 from Lee County made it possible to add major improvements throughout the center.  
The Friends were involved in the restructuring of the Center’s operating management in 1999, when they agreed to partially fund the newly created position of senior supervisor to oversee the center into the new millennium.  Attendance in 2000 doubled from the previous year.  In addition, our auditorium went through a complete $600,000 overhaul in 2001which included new flooring, restoration of the original window openings, comprehensive accessibility improvements, as well as new curtains, lighting, and a state-of-the-art sound system.  The auditorium now offers a perfect venue for community based theater productions and community gatherings.
In 2006 the Friends and their valued supporters celebrated 20 years of service to the community center with a January 14 gala highlighted by the grand reopening of the newly refurbished Teacherage and Dishong Bowen Complexes which will now house the Woman’s Club Boca Bargains, as well as the local Art Alliance and Historical Society.  
In 2010 the Friends undertook another restructuring of the Center’s operating management by launching a nationwide search for a professional executive director for the organization.  Marta Howell was hired and assumed the position of Executive Director in July 2010.  Under Marta’s leadership, the Friends have expanded the Lifelong Learning program, added a wide selection of volunteer opportunities, and reinvigorated the musical offerings.  The Friends have truly made remarkable strides in improving our community recreational life here on the island.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Lee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments The programs at the Community Center attract people from as far away as Sarasota and Fort Myers.  The main geographic area served is Gasparilla Island, which is located in both Charlotte and Lee counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
I can’t believe that three years have come and gone since I joined the team at the Community Center – what a whirlwind of programs, activities, and FUN!  I have learned a lot in these three years – most importantly that it is YOUR involvement and enthusiasm in program planning that is the key to our success.  As you look over the programs planned for 2013/14, please tell me if there is something that you would like to help with, or if there is something missing that you would like to help plan.  The Community Center is only as good as YOU make it – let me know what we are doing right, and what we can do to make it better.  Call me (941-964-0827); write me (PO Box 1222, BG); email me (
Lifelong Learning is an adult education program that offers a variety of learning opportunities.  Topics for the 2013/14 Season include:
  • Finding the Perfect App for your Apple Device
  • File Management on your Macintosh Computer 
  • The Evolution of the Detective Story from Daniel to Lord Peter
  • Business Ethics, have we lost our Moral Compass?
  • Universities and America's Future
  • Study Group on Comparative Religions
  • Panel Discussion - Challenges to our Economic Growth
  • At the Center of the World - Hyannis Port and the Presidency of John F. Kennedy
  • The State of the Union in Political Cartoons
  • Current Events with Brit Hume
  • The America Dream and Why it has Become a Nightmare
  • Film Forum on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Film Forum on Gun Control - Do We Need More or Less of it?
Budget $44,800
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success Attendance goals are met
Long Term Success
Lifelong learning opportunities will keep the mind sharp, improve memory, increase self-confidence, help you meet people who share your interests, and build on skills you already have.
Program Success Monitoring The Board of Directors has established a Lifelong Learning Committee who regularly monitor attendance goals and conduct opinion surveys.  All program attendees are also asked to fill out a class survey which is monitored by the Committee.
Program Success Examples We have changed to format to include several different kinds of learning opportunities, including lectures, panel discussions, traditional classes, films, and small study groups.  These programs are meeting attendance goals.
Boca Grande LIVE offers a variety of live entertainment, including:
  • The All That Jazz concert series 
  • National Theatre LIVE encore performances from the London stage
  • Concerts by The Brentano Quartet, Lynda Jamison, and The Kruger Brothers
  • Free Community Concert by the Naples Jazz Orchestra
Budget $67,800
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families
Short Term Success Attendance goals are the key indicator of short-term success.
Long Term Success Experts say exposure to music makes changes in the way your brain works; it opens up new patterns of thinking, and even improves cognitive functions that are non-music related.
Program Success Monitoring The Board of Directors has established a Boca Grande LIVE Committee who regularly monitor attendance goals and conduct opinion surveys.  This Committee also makes on-site visit of prospective performers to assure quality.
Program Success Examples The All that Jazz concert series has sold out all shows.  The number of people attending the National Theatre LIVE performances is steadily increasing, including a sold-out performance for "The Audience" starring Helen Mirren.  We have sponsors for all of our concerts.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Marta B Howell
CEO Term Start July 2010
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Darryl Keisling Administrative & Program Assistant
Denise Searle Programs Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 70
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
The Friends of Boca Grande Community Center collaborates with:
Lee County Parks & Recreation
Boca Grande Historical Society
Royal Palm Players
Boca Grande Art Alliance
Johann Fust Community Library
Literature Forum
Live Poets Society 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2013
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
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair C Roger Lewis
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Mar 2013 to Mar 2014
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Patricia M Agger Community Volunteer
Linda Aley Community Volunteer
Joan Ardrey Community Volunteer
Patricia L Chapman Chairman Emeritus
John Cleghorn Community Volunteer
Barbara Edgerton Community Volunteer
Ann Fletcher Community Volunteer
Sue Fuller Community Volunteer
John Kissinger Community Volunteer
C Roger Lewis Community Volunteer
Leonard Saari Community Volunteer
Jane Schlegel Community Volunteer
Bruce Stirling Community Volunteer
Carol Tilley Community Volunteer
Dee Wheeler Honorary Member
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $454,025.00
Projected Expenses $491,331.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $360,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
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
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$264,529$370,939$337,046
Administration Expense$69,091$87,197$83,061
Fundraising Expense$8,999$18,200$8,326
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.521.231.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%78%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%5%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,627,797$1,600,302$1,496,718
Current Assets$122,799$187,774$214,670
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$145,050$127,626$143,111
Total Net Assets$1,482,747$1,472,676$1,353,607
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $197,658Contributions, gifts, grants $379,001Contributions, gifts, grants $308,020
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $184,398Program Fees $149,657Program Fees $113,057
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMiscellaneous $331Investment Income $55,140Investment Income $58,674
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.851.471.50
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990s. 
Nonprofit Friends of Boca Grande Community Center, Inc.
Address PO BOX 1222
BOCA GRANDE , FL 33392 1222
Phone 941 964-0827