Michaels Community Services Corporation dba Better Tomorrows
2350 Central Ave.
Sarasota FL 34232

Janie's Garden Apartments, an affordable housing community within the Better Tomorrows family of communities, is committed to creating and maintaining strong, healthy living environments for its residents by providing critical resources which build economic stability, educational success, healthy lifestyles and strong communities.  Janie's Garden achieves these goals by providing a diverse range of services, programming and direct support to youth, adults, families and senior residents as well as neighboring communities.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Tone
Board Chair John O'Donnell
Board Chair Affiliation The Michaels Organization
General Info
Organization DBA
Michaels Community Service Corporation d/b/a Better Tomorrows at Janie's Garden
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2018
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
BT (Michaels Community Services Corporation) 501(c)3 letterView
Impact Statement
Better Tomorrows at Janie's Garden Local Sarasota, Florida,
*All services provided by Janie's Garden are offered to the entire community free of charge
*Janie's Garden serves over 530 adults, seniors and children annually
*Janie's Garden educational support programs have helped over 260 youth improve their academic performance
*Janie's Garden has been honored for its work with support from Sarasota County Schools, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County 
Needs Statement

Funding of Out of School Educational Program, including Part Time Educational Director position (see table)

PT Staff Salary

$15,600 = $25 per hr x 3 hrs per day x 4 days per wk x 52 wk per year.

Program Incentives & Awards for participating youth

$2,400 = $200 per month x 12 months


$900 = $75 per month x 12 months



Update of computers and software

Classroom Furniture (tables and chairs)

Educational Materials (curriculum, software, hardware,

Assist with transportation to field trips for Summer Enrichment program for youth.

Background Statement
Janie’s Garden Apartments (2350 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34234) is an affordable housing community located in Sarasota, Florida.  Demographically, Janie's Garden residents are 82% African American and 16% Caucasian with an average annual household income of $9,500.
Janie’s Garden is one of many affordable housing communities across the United States which are served by Better Tomorrows, a national organization headquartered in Marlton, New Jersey. Better Tomorrows currently serves over 26,000 youth, adults, and seniors in over 100 affordable housing communities across the country.
Better Tomorrows' purpose at Janie's Garden is to provide case management and supportive social services to low-income residents of affordable housing communities which focuses on four core goals: (1) Educational Success, (2) Economic Stability; (3) Healthy Lifestyles; and (4) Strong Communities.
Better Tomorrows' ultimate goal at Janie's Garden is to provide its residents with the educational tools and resources required in order that they may lead happy, healthy, independent and productive lives.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Better Tomorrows at Janie's Garden serves the city of  Sarasota, Florida (ZIP 34234).  All donations to Better Tomorrows at Janie's Garden are invested in improving services for Janie's Garden residents and the surrounding neighborhood.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Better Tomorrows provides case management services and critical community programming to low-income adults, seniors, children and youth. Better Tomorrows staff are located in community rooms within the affordable housing developments, allowing for direct access to the populations we serve. Our proximity means that our staff are better able to provide convenient, cost-effective, and outcome-driven programming. Better Tomorrows recognizes the need to create safe environments for the communities we serve. With this in mind, Better Tomorrows uses a uniform approach of case management and community programming to maintain our high standards of service.


Better Tomorrows case management is built upon three standard practices: social service intake, assessment, and ongoing support. These practices allow Better Tomorrows case management services to go beyond reactionary management and proactively work with residents to achieve definable mutually agreed upon objectives.

When a resident first moves into a Better Tomorrows community, staff immediately set up an introductory meeting with the individual or family. During this initial meeting, Better Tomorrows helps identify not only the current – often more basic – needs of the individual or family, but also set attainable goals for the future. Goals may include pursuing higher education, obtaining livable-wage employment, or maintaining a healthy home. Depending on their goals, Better Tomorrows shares relevant information on local resources including transportation, childcare, and low or no-cost food.


Using annual community assessments, standardized surveys, and a personalized understanding of the community’s needs, Better Tomorrows identifies strengths and weaknesses within the communities we serve. We then design programming across our core program areas – educational success, healthy living, economic stability or community strengthening – to address the specific needs within each community.

Once a specific programmatic need is identified, Better Tomorrows staff research the resources in the local community to discern whether or not a similar program is already in existence. If a similar program already exists, Better Tomorrows will coordinate with the other program to bring those services directly to the residents. When similar programs do not exist, Better Tomorrows identifies steps to create and implement a successful program. Better Tomorrows continually tracks key metrics and outcomes of our services to ensure our programs are cost-effective and impactful.



The Watts Academy at Janie's Garden was created in order to close the academic achievement gap that exists for students from low income families in Janie's Garden and surrounding communities. The Watts Academy achieves its goals through the following ways: 

  1. Targeting children ages 4 and 14 who are about to enter the educational system or those students who are below grade level by providing them with ongoing homework assistance and tutoring. 
  2. Providing immersive homework and tutoring assistance to ensure students who are on track stay on track and to help students who are struggling with their studies. 
  3. Providing a summer enrichment program through which participants engage in educational and community activities during the summer months.
Budget $15,000
Category Education, General/Other Tutorial Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

Students participating in The Watts Academy at Janie's Garden will show quantifiable academic improvement in reading and math. Program participants will also show consistent school attendance and a reduction in behavioral issues.

Long Term Success

Program participants will be on point in national reading and math standards by graduation. A quantifiable reduction in student drop our rate will shown as will the number of students successfully graduating from high school.

Program Success Monitoring

Through the newly established relationships with Sarasota County Schools, the program will collect student test scores, attendance records, and behavior records to track and evaluate students’ academic gains. In addition, Janie's Garden uses a computer based case management system, Efforts To Outcome (ETO), where data will be entered and reports generated detailing the effect The Watts Academe has on the participants.

Program Success Examples Since its inception, The Watts Academy at Janie's Garden has successfully helped over 260 youth improvement their academic performance
Program Comments by Organization

Janie's Garden -- as with all Better Tomorrows communities -- is committed to capturing, measuring and utilizing data in its programming in order to positively impact the residents and community members it serves. In order to achieve this goal, Janie's Garden utilizes the Efforts to Outcome (ETO) data management system. ETO has been specifically designed for Better Tomorrows in order to provide ongoing analysis of existing programs, program funding requirements and, ultimately, successfully delivering quantifiable outcomes as defined by BT's logic model. Most importantly, any program and/or project undertaken by Better Tomorrows must align with the organizational mission and core areas of educational success, economic stability, health and wellness, and community strengthening.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Tone
CEO Term Start Feb 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email rebecca.tone@bettertomorrows.org
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As President and CEO of Better Tomorrows, Rebecca Tone is committed to furthering Better Tomorrows' mission of empowering individuals, families, and neighborhoods to thrive. She leads Better Tomorrows with a focus on data-driven outcomes, and individual and community impact.

Rebecca comes to Better Tomorrows with extensive leadership experience having held senior leadership positions at several major nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she held the position of National Senior Director of Fund Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Prior to that, she led the start-up initiative for the Family Service Foundation in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Rebecca started her career as an Americorps VISTA in Denver, Colorado, as a member of the inaugural class of Americorps. She has a career dedicated to serving children and families that include roles with United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Big Sisters of Philadelphia.

Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Rebecca is an active Americorps alumni, and serves on the board for Girls Inc. of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Rebecca lives in Marlton, NJ, with her two children, William and Caroline.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Kelleigh Parker Director of Network Relations
Michael Schultz Vice President Development & External Relations
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 18
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 1
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Janie's Garden has established strong partnerships and/or collaborations with the following organizations and businesses:
Manasota Job Connection
Sarasota County Schools
Sarasota Health Department
Sarasota County Technical Institute
Children First, Health Families
All Faith Food Bank
Sarasota Police Department
Community AIDS Network
Sarasota Housing Authority
Coastal Behavioral FLIP program.
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
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
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 No
Management Comments by Organization
All of the documents in this section are national in scope.  They all apply to all sites but are centralized through Better Tomorrows' National Office.  The National Office is responsible for all insurance, policy creation and implementation, and fundraising planning.
Locally, Better Tomorrows sites are encouraged to seek additional funding support to supplement the programming and case management they offer. Nationally, Better Tomorrows employs over 100 staff members.
Better Tomorrows at Janie's Garden in Sarasota has one full-time coordinator, a part-time educator, and several volunteer staffers.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization

All donations received through The Giving Partner will be directed to Janie's Garden in Sarasota Florida.  The funds received will be used to continue to offer current programming and expand services in order to serve additional residents and individuals from the surrounding community.

Board Chair
Board Chair John O'Donnell
Company Affiliation The Michaels Organization
Board Term Mar 2013 to Feb 2020
Board Chair Email jodonnell@themichaelsorg.com
Board Members
Board Members
Marge DellaVecchia Deputy County Administrator, Camden County NJ MUA
Dr. Bruce Johnson The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation
Walt Kubiak Mission First Housing Group
John ODonnell The Michaels Organization
Joseph Purcell The Michaels Organization
Rebecca Tone President & CEO, Better Tomorrows
Roger Williams Rogelio Williams and Associates
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 98
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
Governance Comments by Organization
Janie's Garden is a component of Better Tomorrows and, as such, is governed by Better Tomorrows national Board of Directors.  In 2015, Better Tomorrows added two new members to its Board in order to expand the Board's scope and capabilities.  One new members brings extensive experience in the areas of public housing and community government.  The second member brings extensive fundraising and marketing skill and, in the past, served as a program director at a major foundation.
Moving forward, Better Tomorrows is committed to continuing expanding its Board to include qualified individuals with expertise in law, finance, fundraising, real estate and affordable housing.  Of equal importance, Better Tomorrows is committed to expanding its board to include greater diversity from an ethnic, gender, geographic and professional standpoint.  Better Tomorrows continues to explore the creation of local advisory boards.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Apr
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Mar
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $6,055,313.00
Projected Expenses $7,032,046.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$4,711,270$4,803,056$4,481,135
Administration Expense$658,455$620,889$547,611
Fundraising Expense$224,649$218,786$184,596
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.840.930.84
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%30%44%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$569,511$1,453,455$1,150,042
Current Assets$527,913$1,413,608$1,137,338
Long-Term Liabilities$3,050,000$2,880,000$2,245,000
Current Liabilities$166,762$316,893$249,906
Total Net Assets($2,647,251)($1,743,438)($1,344,864)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProject Revenue $3,586,148Social Services $4,508,936Project Revenue $3,936,017
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,101,913Contributions, gifts, grants $729,433Contributions, gifts, grants $422,741
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $2,500Miscellaneous $5,788Other Income $11,758
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $200,001 - Plus
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.174.464.55
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets536%198%195%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
All of the financials are reported for Better Tomorrows at a National level. Local numbers for Better Tomorrows at Janie's Garden Sarasota are included in the national numbers.
All funds donated through the Giving Challenge will be restricted for use at Janie's Garden and will be used to sustain and enhance services to residents of Janie's Garden and the surrounding community.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information is taken from the Federal 990 where available and the audited financial statements.   Financial information for 2016 taken solely from the audited financial statements as the Federal tax return was not available at time of review.
Nonprofit Michaels Community Services Corporation dba Better Tomorrows
Address 2350 Central Ave.
Sarasota, FL 08053
Phone 941 953-2255