SailFuture Inc.
SARASOTA FL 34237-6118
To create effective programs that empower high-risk juvenile offenders and at-risk high school students to make 180° life changes. 
CEO/Executive Director Michael Thomas Long
Board Chair Mr. Michael Long
Board Chair Affiliation SailFuture, Inc.
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2013
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2017
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
2015 Accomplishments
- Licensed as an alternative to incarceration for cross-over youth by the Florida Department of Children and Families
- Acquired a $500,000 flagship sailing vessel by donation, and sailed vessel 12,000 miles from Turkey to Florida
- Led nine of the highest-risk juvenile offenders on a global sailing and service expedition. Program was recognized by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the White House, the U.S. State Department, and more then 20 local and state media affiliates. 
- Acquired a 4,500 square-foot home to be utilized for long-term housing for SailFuture program participants. 
Needs Statement
SailFuture is actively searching for qualified mental health counselors and K-12 teachers to join our team. Please spread the word! 
Home Renovations
SailFuture is seeking $165,000 to renovate a recently acquired house. The home has a crumbling foundation and is in dire need of a new seawall and pool, as well as a dock to support SailFuture's marine-based program operations.

Board Members
As a growing organization, SailFuture is interested in expanding our board of directors. Candidates with expertise in law, insurance, youth development, and sailing may find an opportunity to match their services with an important need.
Transition Program Mentors
Success happens when preparation meets opportunity. For the youth graduating from both our local program and the Odyssey program, we have found that older mentors dedicated to helping with job and education placement can make a transformational difference in their transition. If you are looking to make a difference, 1:1 with a student in need, please contact us.
Background Statement

SailFuture specializes in programs for both high-risk youth in need of residential treatment and at-risk youth in need of an early intervention.

Our unique behavior modification programs are driven by our founder, who himself spent several years in Florida’s juvenile justice system and experienced many types of programs from the view-point of an offender.

As an organization, we strive to employ a youth-driven approach in every aspect of our work. This philosophy has helped us build positive culture, family-like relationships, and to achieve our goal of transformational change.

We operate two programs: Child welfare group homes in Southwest Florida for behaviorally defiant foster youth with criminal charges; and a prevention program for at-risk high school students in partnership with Booker High School and New College of Florida.

SailFuture is a registered 501c3 and donations can be specified to support our Fellowship program in Sarasota or a specific child welfare group home.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments SailFuture recruits youth for our high school program from Booker high school in Sarasota County. Youth entering our residential treatment program are recruited from counties across the state of Florida, however, our focus is on serving as many participants as possible from the Sarasota area. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
My name is Michael Long and I am the founder of SailFuture.

When I was a teenager, I spent two years in and out of Florida's juvenile justice system. My time in various residential, detention, and diversion programs showed me a very different side of the system. I can easily recall being a client receiving mental health counseling, drug treatment classes, and being locked up in secure facilities.
Unlike many of my peers, I was lucky to have many mentors and strangers help me break a cycle of poverty and crime. I went on to graduate from New College of Florida and to serve on the Board of Directors of Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice.

As a Board member responsible for the oversight of an agency that once controlled my life, I gained an entirely new perspective. One that complimented my personal experience and provides a well-rounded viewpoint of how the system is structured and how it affects all involved -- compliance monitors, jail guards, non-profit providers, and agency leaders seeking to reform old practices.
SailFuture is a result of that insight and knowledge. I founded the organization to truly create transformational experiences for some of the highest risk youth in the United States. We specifically work with the underdogs with incredibly challenging behaviors that others in the system have given up on working with. Our residential treatment program for juvenile offenders works specifically with foster youth who have high-risk criminal offenses in Florida, and have been deemed to be such a risk to public safety that they may be placed in prison.
Very few programs in this field are led by those closest to the problem. The majority of our team members at SailFuture have life experiences that allow them to truly understand the pain, turmoil, and culture of the youth we serve.

Our unique program model allows counselors and teachers to build authentic and powerful relationships. Their relationships with the youth we serve empower them to achieve unusually high education, job training, and mental health outcomes. 

Our organization has become a safety net and family to many kids and staff alike, and I am incredibly blessed to wake up every day to "do work worth doing."

The SailFuture Fellowship program is a semester-long, twice per week intervention program for the most challenging students at Booker High School in Sarasota, FL. All of our operations take place at our partner facilities at New College of Florida in Sarasota.

Youth in our programs are disengaged high school students that have lost respect for the "traditional path." Our average entering GPA is a 0.6 and many youth are on the verge of expulsion or dropping out of high school.

Three core components make up our program model: near-age mentorship, educational interventions, and sailing.

Budget $15,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
Improved academic performance
Improved school attendance
Reduced behavior infractions
High school graduation
Heightened self confidence, self-worth, and curiosity
Developed support system
Instill responsibility, grit, and foster teamwork skills 
Long Term Success
90% high school graduation for all students who enter program
80% employment / technical training / college attendance for all students who enter program
90% program retention
Program Success Monitoring
- Entry and exit surveys for both students and teachers
- Pre and post program attendance data collected through sarasota county schools web portal
-  Pre and post program academic performance data collected through sarasota county schools web portal 
- Post program self and group evaluations with program staff
- Feedback surveys from partners and stakeholders  
Program Success Examples One of our students who entered our spring 2014 program was not on track to graduate from high school on time and had no post-graduation plans. By working closely with his mentor and the student 1:1, not only did he graduate on time with the rest of his high school class, but he went on to receive a football scholarship to play and study at Fullerton College in California. 

The SailFuture Group Home model engages crossover and defiant foster youth in a 3-month service learning program where they live on board a 65-foot sailing vessel and sail around the state of Florida, leading community service projects at each port of call.

During the morning, youth participate in a fully accredited high school program to earn their GED or diploma. Afternoons are spent leading service projects.

Youth also create “Personal Development Plans” that outline their employment, housing, and education goals.

After sailing, youth return home to live with their teacher and counselor, where they continue to make progress on their personal development plans. All youth are required to participate in an internship or part-time job while finishing their GED or diploma when living in the group home.

Following their 18th birthday, youth join the SailFuture graduate living community, where they receive subsidized rent and continued counseling and support.

Budget $550,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
<20% recidivism (measured for three years)
>80% full time employment and/or education placement
>80% GED attainment / high school graduation 
Long Term Success Youth will break out of a cycle of crime and poverty that would have otherwise handcuffed them to social programs and the adult corrections system. Youth will earn their GED's, gain employment, and become productive members of society. 
Program Success Monitoring External evaluators, including the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Justice Research Center, will conduct 6-month and 1-year evaluations of program efficacy. 
Program Success Examples The Justice Research Center’s independent evaluation stated “SailFuture is accomplishing behavior change that would be impossible to replicate in a traditional correctional setting.”
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Michael Thomas Long
CEO Term Start Aug 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Michael Long is a 50-ton master captain and the Executive Director of SailFuture, an innovative child welfare and juvenile justice agency that utilizes sailing as an alternative to secure confinement. Mike holds a degree in public policy and economics from New College of Florida and is a 2013 Harry S. Truman scholar.
Mike spent two years in and out of Florida's juvenile justice system as a teenager and was exposed to a wide array of secure and non-secure treatment and intervention programs. Prior to launching SailFuture, Mike pursued his passion for juvenile justice systems reform as a Congressional legislative analyst in Washington, D.C.
Anger towards the outcomes of youth committed to secure facilities led Mike to leave the policy arena and utilize his knowledge and experiences to create a more effective intervention model for higher juvenile risk offenders.
Mike continues to work in advocacy as a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's Advisory Group and as a member of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice's youth committee.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 30
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Booker High School
New College of Florida
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Florida Department of Children and Families
Eckerd Youth Alternatives  
US Sailing
Circuit 13 Probation Office 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
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
Management Comments by Organization SailFuture's staffing structure will change significantly after August 1st, 2016, thus changing our staff retention rates. We are moving from an all volunteer organization to a paid staffing model.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization SailFuture recently became a licensed and funded child welfare and juvenile justice agency for the state of Florida. We are on the cusp of a very fast growth phase. To prepare for and assess expansion goals, the organizatoin began a long-term strategic plan review process on July 1, 2016. As part of the strategic plan, we will review all existing policies and procedures, and marketing, fundraising, program model, and staffing strategies. We plan to have a carefully crafted document to guide our growth in place by November 1, 2016.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael Long
Company Affiliation SailFuture, Inc.
Board Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Andrew Gould Check I'm Here
Mr. Michael T. Long SailFuture, Inc.
Mr. Michael Pender Cavanaugh and Cavanaugh
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 10
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $550,000.00
Projected Expenses $500,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose We have embarked on an important campaign to complete renovations to SailFuture's newly acquired group home facility. The home needs a new seawall, dock, and transportation vehicle to support our long-term housing program.
Campaign Goal $165,000.00
Campaign Dates July 2016 to Oct 2016
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of July 2016
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$66,803$7,945$2,106
Administration Expense$5,722$527$905
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.424.452.35
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%94%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$186,049$33,300$4,064
Current Assets$54,118$20,463$4,064
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$122,171$0$0
Total Net Assets$63,878$33,300$4,064
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $103,103Contributions, gifts, grants $37,708Contributions, gifts, grants $7,075
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.44----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit SailFuture Inc.
Address 2381 FRUITVILLE RD
Phone 941 219-9847