SailFuture Inc.
SARASOTA FL 34237-6118

SailFuture transforms the lives of high-risk youth by combining long-term housing, accredited alternative education, counseling, and rite of passage sailing experiences.

CEO/Executive Director Michael Thomas Long
Board Chair Mr. Justin Bean
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
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
Accredited by Pinellas County School board to operate an alternative high school 
- 4 high school graduates in less than 3-months 
- Students made, on average, 3.7 grade level improvements in reading, math, and science in less than 6-months
- 3 youth enrolled in college at age of 17
- 14 students enrolled throughout year
 Licensed by the Dept. of Children and Families to operate a 5,200 square foot residential facility
- Provided 18 high-risk youth stable housing
- Avg. Length of Stay: 143 days
4-Month Rite of Passage Sailing Experience
- 12 youth participated in a 1,800 nautical mile, 4-month service learning journey around the state of Florida
- Over 200 hours of volunteer labor supporting Hurricane Irma relief efforts
- 50+ business tours and career days
- 200+ hours of job training in culinary, engine mechanics, and maritime operations
Needs Statement
1. Start-up Funding for Mental Health Counseling Program - $75,000
SailFuture is seeking $75,000 to start a mental health counseling program and medicaid billing system. This investment would be one-time and ensure that all youth in SailFuture programs have access to culturally-appropriate, high quality mental health care. The funds would be utilized to hire an initial mental health counselor and PT administrator to build a medicaid billing system that will fully fund operations in year 2.

2. Second Sailing Vessel - $200,000
SailFuture is seeking $200,000 to purchase a second sailing vessel to meet the increasing demand for our programs. The vessel will be 65-80 feet in length and will serve as an accredited high school at sea. SailFuture has already identified an ideal vessel that is valued at $1.1M. The owner of the vessel is willing to accept $200,000 in cash and the remainder in the form of a tax deduction.
3. Education Materials: Laptops, Robotics Kit, and  - $9,000
SailFuture is seeking funding to purchase additional school laptops and a robotics educator kit to supplant our alternative education curriculum.
4. Staff
SailFuture is growing exponentially and is actively searching for qualified mental health counselors and K-12 teachers to join our team. Please spread the word!
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; 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
Mentoring Program
SailFuture recruits youth for our high school program from Booker high school in Sarasota County.

Child Welfare group home
SailFuture accepts referrals from across the state of Florida for placement in the SailFuture group home.
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 program works specifically with foster youth who have high-risk behaviors.
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 Group Home model engages crossover and defiant foster youth in a 4-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 and building “Personal Development Plans” that outline their employment, housing, and education goals.

After their 4-month sailing journey, 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 $450,000
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

82% employed part or full-time, or pursuing higher education

82% earned their high school or still enrolled in high school

18% recidivism rate

82% in stable housing

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.”

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. 
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
Leadership St. Petersburg 
New College of Florida
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Florida Department of Children and Families
Eckerd Youth Alternatives  
US Sailing
External Assessments and Accreditations
Florida Department of Children and Families2018
Florida Department of Health2018
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
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 Mr. Justin Bean
Company Affiliation SailFuture, Inc.
Board Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Justin Bean Reusable Transport Packaging
Mr. Andrew Gould Check I'm Here
Mr. Michael T. Long SailFuture, Inc.
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
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $550,000.00
Projected Expenses $500,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of July 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$304,556$301,942$66,803
Administration Expense$3,553$8,821$5,722
Fundraising Expense$12,650$175$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.580.971.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%97%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,233,473$1,252,428$186,049
Current Assets$12,804$73,782$54,118
Long-Term Liabilities$0$870,148$0
Current Liabilities$911,475$0$122,171
Total Net Assets$321,998$382,280$63,878
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $185,360Contributions, gifts, grants $302,490Contributions, gifts, grants $103,103
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 Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.01--0.44
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%69%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990 and 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit SailFuture Inc.
Address 2381 FRUITVILLE RD
SARASOTA , FL 33712 6118
Phone 941 219-9847