North Port Coalition For Homeless Needy Children Inc. dba Back Pack Angels
PO BOX 6826
NORTH PORT FL 34290-6826
To provide hygiene products to the homeless/needy children of North Port which will improve self-esteem and enable them to remain in school, clean and well groomed. 
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Dianne Patterson
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Back Pack Angels
Backpack Angels
Supported Organization North Port Coalition For Homeless/Needy Children, Inc.
Former Names
North Port Coalition for Homeless Students
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
BPA BrochureView
BPA Brochure 2016View
Certificate of RecognitionView
Back Pack Angels BrochureView
Certificate of RecognitionView
Impact Statement
  1. Our number of children being identified and serviced continues to grow annually.  In 2015 we donated 4,300 bags of hygiene products.  Last year, 2016, we donated 6,239 bags of toiletries through the North Port School District, preschools, and agencies.
  2. Back Pack Angels is continuing to get more exposure in the community due to a very active Board that is constantly promoting the organization.
  3. Back Pack Angels continues to increase it's yearly fundraising  and is planning a special event for February 2018.
  4. Our volunteers continue to grow and have presently reached  over 100. 
Needs Statement
  1. Monetary donations allow the purchase of full-sized products. Ex: $90 will enable us to provide 6 bags of toiletries with 15 items each. It cost the Coalition $3,000 - $4,500 monthly to purchase supplies to meet the needs of the students that we are serving.
  2. New, full-sized products (shampoo/conditioner, laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant, combs/brushes, bar soap, 4-pack rolls of toilet paper, tissues, lotion and suntan lotion) may be dropped off at North Port area collection centers listed on the website or call Naomi 941-429-0681 for pick-up of large donations.
  3. Volunteers are encouraged.  For further information call our Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Ricard at 941 423-6347.
Background Statement

In the Spring of 2010, The North Port Coalition for Homeless Students, (AKA The Backpack Angels) was formed by a small group of women moved to action upon finding that many homeless children were not attending school because they could not wash their faces or brush their teeth before attending school. They began by collecting hygiene products and back packs and distributing them through school guidance counselors who could identify homeless students. As they discovered that a large portion of the students attending North Port Schools were receiving free or reduced school lunches, they changed their name to The North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children, Inc. and applied for and received 501(c)3 determination and expanded their hygiene product distribution to include those needy students. The group distributed about 550 back packs the first year, and five years later in 2015, distributed 4,315 bags of personal hygiene items. As the students receive the hygiene products monthly, the products are now delivered in large brown grocery bags, donated by our neighborhood Publix Market, instead of the back packs. Volunteers have been added to aid in the purchasing, receiving, packing, and delivering the bags of products to the schools and organizations. There are currently over 100 people who volunteer their time and expertise, 34 of them are seasonal residents and only reside in North Port for three to six months of the year.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
North Port, FL
Sarasota County
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Our challenge has always been making sure we had enough money to purchase products.  Back Pack Angels started by using the volunteers own money, but as the number of children increased, that was impossible and we started fundraising. As BPA's mission became known to the public, donations started to come in and fundraisers increased. Someone certainly was looking out for BPA because we always had enough money to purchase what was needed for the month. BPA initially did not have a tax exempt number because they didn’t have the money to hire a lawyer. After two years an angel came our way in the form of a lawyer who was willing, free of charge, to apply for the tax exempt status for us. So we are now a 501(c)3 non-profit charity organization. At the beginning Patriot Storage allowed us to use a pod free of charge. Now we rent several bays at a reduced price. We rely on grants, fundraisers, and donations to continue.

We started six years ago, with seven friends discovering that there were children at the high school in need of hygiene products. They were not attending classes because they did not have access to soap, shampoo, etc. We decided to do something about this. We service all schools, Social Services, Salvation Army, and the preschools in North Port monthly. During the summer, we pack and deliver to all except the schools.

Our love for children and their needs have always been dear to our hearts. Being a part of this organization was a no-brainer for all. Our enthusiasm has not wavered one bit. We feel blessed to have a wonderful Board of Directors who take their positions very seriously and are a cohesive group. Needless to say, our100+ additional volunteers are dedicated and enthusiastic. Whenever we call upon them, they are always ready to assist. Board meeting, and General meetings are held monthly.

Our goal is to continue publicly speaking about our mission.  We continue on our path with our present fundraisers and apply for more grants so that we have a cushion to service more children and add additional products. Money is alway a concern. We are very strict about advising the guidance counselors/directors that we service only the homeless/needy children. They are screened by these professionals. We do not meet the children. We interface with the personnel monthly.

We know where we started and where we are now and what we have accomplished thus far. We have more work to do and we will continue on the path of providing hygiene products to the children of North Port to enable them to attend school and continue on to graduate without worrying about how they appear to others. We want their own self esteem to improve. We know we are making a difference.

The mission of our organization continues to spread as to what we do and our success rate reaching as many children as we have over these past 6 years. 


The North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children, Inc. AKA The Back Pack Angels, was formed in May, 2010 to address the hygiene needs of homeless/needy children who were not attending school due to not having hygiene products to care for their personal well being.  The basic objective is to provide bags of personal hygiene items to homeless and needy students who may be challenged to stay in school due to personal hygiene issues. The process includes the collection, purchase, and distribution of products. These are distributed monthly to schools and organizations throughout the school year and continued for students in programs that continue throughout the summer. For a visual overview about the organization, please visit the website:

Budget $34,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success

If our number of bags of product delivered each month keeps increasing, telling us that more students are being identified and served, we will know that progress is being made.  Social workers and guidance counselors report that attendance has improved since the students have been receiving the hygiene products.

Long Term Success Ultimate success would be reached if we no longer had to distribute bags of personal hygiene products to students, because all people had an education, a job and a cozy home.  However, in the real world, our success will be measured through identifying more of the homeless and needy children and meeting those needs through the distribution of more bags of products. monthly.
Program Success Monitoring

North Port Schools have approximately 63.1% of its 11,000 students on free or reduced lunch, 204 of which are “known” homeless students. Our number of bags of product delivered each month is constantly increasing, telling us that more students are being identified and served.  Our system is working well.  However, we have noticed that most schools' guidance counselors and social workers are very enthusiastic and receive our products thankfully.  We have also noticed that the schools in the district who have the highest number of students receiving free or reduced lunches, were the schools who request the smallest amount of bags and need to be prodded to submit their requests monthly.  We need to try to give more attention to these schools and encourage them to help us identify more of their students, so they may receive the Backpack Angels services they deserve. 

Program Success Examples Over the last four years, many thank you notes and letters have been received by the Backpack Angels.  Guidance counselors, school social workers, and students themselves have written heart-felt notes of thanks.  One such letter reads, "Thank you so much for your generous donation to our school.  I only wish that you could hear the gratitude in the voices of the families that we assist.  People like you help to keep our young learners a bit healthier and happier!" 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 96
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
We collaborate with the Schoolhouse Link of Sarasota County, Social Services, and school guidance counselors and other school personnel to obtain our homeless/needy children's names and to help us in delivering the hygiene products to the children.
Charity partner of HOPE for North Port Community Development Corporation. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of RecognitionSarasota County Government2014
Certificate of RecognitionSarasota County Government2016
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
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 No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Dianne Patterson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Frank Casey Community Volunteer
Carol Lazzeri Community Volunteer
Dianne Patterson Community Volunteer
Pat Petersmark Community Volunteer
Joy Ramirez Community Volunteer
Susan Ricard Community Volunteer
Linda Warmington Community Voluntee
Jan White Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 5
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $61,000.00
Projected Expenses $58,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$44,892$30,900$31,975
Administration Expense$2,871$5,038$2,915
Fundraising Expense$0$473$839
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.291.061.34
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%85%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$58,644$44,830$42,824
Current Assets$58,644$44,830$42,824
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$58,644$44,830$42,824
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $46,791Contributions, gifts, grants $23,753Contributions, gifts, grants $36,382
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $14,569Foundation & Corporate Support $8,750Fundraising $11,395
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $218Fundraising $5,0930 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Our major challenge is to continue to raise these much needed funds of approximately $4500 per month to cover the 600+ bags of toiletries for the homeless/needy children of North Port. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information was taken from the organization's financial reviews, as the nonprofit files a 990-N. The valuation of In-Kind Gifts is included in calculation of income.
Nonprofit North Port Coalition For Homeless Needy Children Inc. dba Back Pack Angels
Address PO BOX 6826
NORTH PORT , FL 34290 6826
Phone 941 426-8360