Friends of Oscar Scherer Park Inc
OSPREY FL 34229-9663
The mission of The Friends of Oscar Scherer Park is to provide a natural environment of learning and pleasure for school children, groups, naturalists and families.
CEO/Executive Director no executive director
Board Chair Mr Ronald Newton
Board Chair Affiliation none
General Info
Organization DBA
Friends of Oscar Scherer Park Inc
Supported Organization Oscar Scherer State Park
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1992
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
Goals accomplished last year:
  • Purchased pavilion kit for beach 
  • Upgraded trail maps
  • Repaired existing BBQ grills 
  • Continue ongoing support:
    • Repair of park golf carts
    • Improve Halloween event
    • Provide volunteers to open Nature Center year round
    • Provide volunteers to assist with all events
    Goals for 2017:
    • Complete Engineering design for boardwalk
    • Build three new picnic pavilions
    • Continue promoting Adopt a Scrub-jay program
    • Continue fund raising for boardwalk 
Needs Statement
  1. Construct ADA accessible Boardwalk/Fishing Pier over Lake Osprey - $200,000
  2. Install new water aerating pump for Lake Osprey - $5,000
  3. Upgrade of Nature Center displays - $10,000
  4. Install outside shower at Lake Osprey - $4,000
  5. Refurbish Beach Sand at Lake Osprey - $6,000
Background Statement
The Friends of Oscar Scherer Park (FOSP) has been a major supporter of the Park by providing equipment, maintenance, volunteer personnel and event support throughout each year. Our volunteers have put in countless hours to help beautify the park and make it an enjoyable place to visit. Over the past several years our Park has been visited by over 250,000 visitors. We continually strive to make the Park more attractive and host entertaining events that are enjoyed by all ages.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments The Friends and park are located in Osprey, FL and serve Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties primarily.  
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
One of the biggest challenges of our organization is recruiting and maintaining Board of Directors. It is even a bigger challenge to procure officers. By the nature of our mission it is difficult to attract younger board members that would add continuity to our board.  We have been recruiting lately at festivals and shows with some success. Our biggest challenge in front of us now is raising enough money to construct a beautiful boardwalk across Lake Osprey. We have been participating in a multiple of events for fund raising and have succeeded in raising three quarters of the $200,00 needed to complete the boardwalk. Over the past five years we have provided a fire truck, a utility vehicle, numerous small tools the Park desperately needed and will continue to do so. The Park continues to become more attractive for visitors, bird watchers and entertainment.
Description Fathers Day Orienteering.  A group of father and son teams are given a compass and taught how to use it and then are taken to a designated course in the park which they have to use their compass to navigate an established  course. Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties are invited.   
Budget $250
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy No
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Short term success is based on participants entered from all three counties.
Long Term Success Long term success is based on ever increasing numbers.
Program Success Monitoring Records are matched each year to compare entry numbers and home areas of entries .  We receive numerous favorable comments from parents.
Program Success Examples Numbers of entries have increased each year in addition to initial entrants returning for advanced classes. Favorable comments are received each year indicating the course is educational and interesting to both adults and children.
Description The park is open to the public and organizations are brought in that have programs and businesses that support environmentally safe projects. Volunteers guide guests around the park discussing our environmental successes.
Budget $1,500
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success Guests are brought up to date on new environmental projects and programs that are available to make their lives and surroundings much more comfortable to live in. 
Long Term Success Success has been measured by the ever increasing number of participants and guests each year.  New events and projects are brought in each to keep our event interesting and informative.
Program Success Monitoring This event has never decreased in size and the comments and compliments of the public show a ever increasing trend to the number of people that are growing more interested in their environment.
Program Success Examples Event participation has consistently shifted from vendors to professional environmental services.  More and more green oriented services are appearing  to get the word out in regards to our protecting our surroundings.
Description A 5K and 10K race is held every February followed by a festival that invites vendors and supporters of the scrub jay bird. Over 500 race competitors compete in our sanctioned race.  The festival is centered around saving the scrub jay habitat and population.
Budget $10,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Exhibitions & Shows
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success Each race is a learning process. This year we rented personal timers for each entrant to give precise race times.  More volunteers were added to make sure routes were followed eliminating of course errors.  The festival displays increased by three displays and live music was also added.
Long Term Success The festival has been ongoing for six years and every year more of the public is made aware of the plight of the scrub jay. The scrub jay is only found in Florida and is in danger of being put on the endangered list. Loss of this bird will rob the bird watchers and public the joy of watching a unique bird conduct its living in the wild.
Program Success Monitoring
The population of the scrub jay has been in decline for several years mainly  because of the human population increase. A scrub jay needs approximately 25 acres of land to support its life style. By maintaining the parks habitat keyed to the jay we are hoping to slow down the birds demise.
Program Success Examples The race and festival is making the public aware of the birds situation as the donations to help the park increase its aid to the bird by keeping the environment favorable for the Jay.
Description This is a free entrance day to the park for visitors to learn how to keep our environment green. We host approximately 30 to 35 vendors, have entertaining music, a variety of food vendors and tram rides through the park. There are programs for children and an enjoyable playground to keep the entertained.  There are a variety of vendors that provide plants and trees for home decorations and methods to keep the environment healthy.
Budget $9,000
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Participation at our annual Earth Day event has continually increased over the years. A count is conducted as vehicles pass through the Ranger Station. This year we had 2800 visitors for Earth Day compared to 2600 last year. This event helps to educate the public to the hazards facing our environment and ways to combat them. This event will hopefully make people aware of cleaner ways of living and keeping the environment clean.
Long Term Success It is difficult to follow long term effects of this program being it  is a one day event and no control over the visitors is expressed. What we see in long term success is that visitors to the park do not hesitate to pick up a piece of trash laying on the ground, show appreciation of the beautification programs on going and enjoying the scenery.
Program Success Monitoring Monitoring this program is done by attendance count each year.  It is also monitored by the number of vendors that repeatedly attend the event. Both of these issues has been steadily improving.
Program Success Examples The success of the program is demonstrated by the increase in numbers that are coming into the park. This year the Park was visited by over 250,000 visitors. The population knows they have a place to visit that practices clean and green living and are showing it by visiting our beautiful Park.
Program Comments by Organization Most of our programs are recurring annual events in which we learn from each event which helps us improve these events. Last years Halloween event topped all expectations with guests exceeding 14,000.  All the events are geared to attract visitors and help educate them to the beautiful environment the park offers and a place to view natural wildlife.
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 260
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
  • Venice Aquarium Club
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Service 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Youth Female Volunteer of the YearState Friends of Florida State Parks2014
Short term projectsState Friends of Florida State Parks2013
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 Mr Ronald Newton
Company Affiliation none
Board Term Mar 2017 to Dec 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr John Beatty Financial Committee
Mr Clive Beckett President/Secretary
Ms Lynne Beckett Membership Director
Miss Gia Douglas Director
Mrs Ann Heuer Treasurer
Mrs Carolyn Morgan Director
Mr Ronald B Newton Vice President
Mrs Jane Reeves Director
Mr Steve Uglinica Director
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 94
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 2
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization
Being in an elderly community it is challenging to hold board members for a prolonged period of time. Therefore it is a challenge to keep all current board members abreast of the current and future project ongoing.  In addition the park is ever changing or adding new projects that gives our board new goals to achieve. The Friends of Oscar Scherer Park readily accepts all these changes which inspires our board into action.  Being a support agency for the park we constantly strive to encourage new members into the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park and educate them on the beauty of the park and encourage them to participate in our organization. The programs the park sponsors gives us a great recruiting base and our volunteers are terrific at communicating with the parks guests. 
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $26,000.00
Projected Expenses $23,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $5,352.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy % 10
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
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$69,911$42,628$36,473
Administration Expense$9,121$53,636$6,217
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.231.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%64%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$188,967$173,348$142,975
Current Assets$187,005$173,348$142,975
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,181$3,581$1,045
Total Net Assets$183,786$169,767$141,930
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $63,924Program Service Revenue $54,176Contributions, gifts, grants $32,040
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGross Profit from Sales of Inventory $18,458Gross Profit from Sales of Inventory $18,157Fundraising $9,917
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $9,004Contributions, gifts, grants $8,567Gross Profit from Sale of Inventory $4,398
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities36.0948.41136.82
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation The state just changed their fiscal year from July 1-June 30 to the calender year.  Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990-EZ.
Nonprofit Friends of Oscar Scherer Park Inc
Address 1843 S TAMIAMI TRL
OSPREY , FL 34229 9663
Phone 941 966-1133