Longboat Island Chapel Inc dba Aging in Paradise Resource Center (AIP, AIPRC)
2nd Floor
LONGBOAT KEY FL 34228-1511
The Aging in Paradise Resource Center mission is to enhance the quality of life for local seniors.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Suzy Brenner
Board Chair Richard M. Pelton
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1966
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes Dec 2020
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $357,284.00
Projected Expenses $369,860.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement


1.     Continue to annually increase the number of high quality useful programs and services and number of seniors served. We are the only Resource Center on LBK. We provide Health and Wellness, Education, Counseling & Referrals.

2.     Finding a donor to cover the cost of hiring a p/t Communications assistant, to keep our Facebook and Twitter accounts active and update our website in a timely fashion. We’re basically a volunteer organization that relies on incredibly gifted and dedicated volunteers, but we do need additional staff. 

3.     Produced a successful annual (our 3rd) fundraising gala: Enchanted Paradise at the Lido Beach Resort.

4.     Graduating another class from the 10-week Aging Mastery Program developed by the National Council on Aging in partnership with The Patterson Foundation.


1.     Make the Aging Mastery Program, a Patterson Foundation initiative, a core AIPRC program partnering with the National Council on Aging. This is a cumulative 10-part series presented during season. It is designed to enable seniors to navigate the future by knowing the steps to take to enhance longevity, improve health, strengthen financial well-being and improve the quality of their lives. We would love to continue this program each winter.

2.     To raise an additional $100,000 from individual donors to cover the costs of new programs and services and an additional seasonal p/t employee to ensure the same high quality for future programs. Our programs had attendance of over 4,000 last year. We would like to double that number to 8,000 in the next two years!

3.     We are outgrowing our current space and would like to purchase our own building to offer even more diverse programming. This will require a capital campaign or a generous donation from an individual or individuals as passionate about serving the needs of seniors in our area as we are.

Needs Statement
    1. Program funding of $5,000 for our 3rd year of offering the National Council on Aging’s 10-part Aging Mastery Program on the art of living well. An additional $25,000 is needed for several major projects we'd like to implement, particularly establishing a Social Senior Day Care Program at our Center.  These programs would be yearly ongoing donor opportunities. Other programs such as exercise classes, art classes and other specific topics can also be donor-specific opportunities.
    2. Staff needed:  A P/T Seasonal Employee at $15 an hour for 15 hours a week, October through March = $6,000 annually to assist with heavy volume of Workshops, Computer/Social Media, Clerical work or $15 an hour for 20 hours a week for six months = $7,800 annually.
    3. Volunteers Needed:  1-2 half days per week for support with promoting and producing workshops; grant researcher/writer; office support; website/social media editor.

Background Statement

Aging in Paradise Resource Center (AIPRC) is an expanded community service initiative of the Longboat Island Chapel (LBIC) begun in 2008. It is designed to provide educational seminars, exercise classes, practical skill workshops, counseling and other services for all seniors and their families on Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido and the surrounding Sarasota/Bradenton communities. AIPRC is the only resource center specifically serving the barrier island communities. This past year we had attendance of over 4,000 at our approximately 300 programs.

Our continuing goal is to provide more joy, comfort, knowledge, security, and good health to seniors on the islands and the surrounding area so that, we may all live independently, with dignity and vitality as long as possible.

The populations of the areas we serve face daily challenges and opportunities that come with aging. These challenge include staying healthy and vital, aging-in-place, navigating through the medical system, financial planning, finding quality caregivers and service providers; and dealing with the diverse transitions that will affect all of us throughout our lives. The opportunities: new, fulfilling activities in which to take part.

MISSION: To enhance the quality of life for local seniors.

OUR FOCUS: Aging in Paradise Resource Center’s focus is on education, wellness, socialization, and age-related support for seniors on Anna Maria Island, Lido and Longboat Keys and the surrounding communities.

CORE VALUES: Although we are located on the second floor of the Longboat Island Chapel, we do not promote any religious community. All who wish to take part in our activities or need assistance are welcome. Inclusion, Support, Independence and Friendship are the cornerstones of all Aging in Paradise Resource Center activities. 

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments

Aging in Paradise Resource Center serves Manatee and Sarasota Counties with the majority of our participants coming from West Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lido Key and downtown Sarasota.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

My wife was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment in 2008. Subsequently, dementia began to erode her "normal" living as she struggles today to hang on to vestiges of life in the now. My home at the time, on Longboat Key with an older demographic, opened up my eyes to aging in general reinforced by worldwide aging issues discussed by author Ted Fishman in his book Shock of Gray, published in 2010.

As a member of an organizing group of members at Longboat Island Chapel, a committee was formed in 2009 to focus on all aspects of aging with a goal of making it "positive" - hence we called it Aging in Paradise. Having been active in SCOPE I learned much about senior issues and programs occurring in the area. Subsequently, my family become one of the original contributors of Institute for the Ages. Mentors in this learning process included Tom Waters at Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Tim Dutton (SCOPE) and Tom Esselman (I4A).

Our (AIP) mission, sponsored by Longboat Island Chapel, had a community focus to provide education, wellness, socialization and emotional support for seniors in an area from downtown Sarasota to the barrier islands of Lido, Longboat Key, AMI, and West Bradenton - our model being Sarasota's Friendship Center with somewhat more focus on learning, seminars/workshops, wellness than SFC.

Our group’s efforts ebbed and flowed as we depended on volunteers with a lot of enthusiasm but limited time and skill in running a professional not-for-profit "business".

Our prayers were answered when we reached out in October 2013 and hired a part-time Executive Director, Donna Dunio, with a complete mastery of a not-for-profit organization. Her skills including generating relationships, instilling motivation to the Board and volunteers, providing fundraising strategies and the like, have taken AIPRC to a new level of community contribution, awareness and appreciation.

Today, AIPRC, headed up by full-time ED Suzy Brenner and a paid Executive Assistant, continues to use the second floor of the Longboat Island Chapel. Since 2013 AIPRC remains self-funded for all of its financial resources. This independence broadens our reach with the communities we serve, yet our physical space is attractive, sizeable and ideally located.

Our program/participation successes have grown exponentially, with the year ending 2016 having offered almost 300 programs with over 5000 participants. Our third major annual social/fundraising event was completed in January 2017. Receipts exceeded the previous two years and a broader participation increased awareness of Aging in Paradise Resource Center.

Our challenges relate to broadening our reach, building awareness and participation in the areas we serve while managing our financial and volunteer resources. Also, we must be diligent in supporting, growing and recognizing our partners, sponsors and participants. 

Richard M. Pelton 


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Aging in Paradise Resource Center (AIPRC) is thrilled to be a Giving Partner organization. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for local seniors. And we do this by listening to the needs of our community members, then providing quality programs and personal support to specifically address those needs. Our diverse offerings of classes range from Refresher Bridge, Zumba and Gentle Yoga, to Lunch & Learn seminars from topics such as How Annuities Can Work for You to our Brain Health Forum and Transportation Awareness Panel. We have also been privileged to produce the National Council on Aging’s 10-part Aging Mastery Program in partnership with the Patterson Foundation in both 2016 and 2017. We are able to provide these and dozens of other workshops thanks to our dedicated volunteers, generous donors, the in-kind donation of space from the Longboat Island Chapel, and our many sponsors.

Shifting Sands Support Group, facilitated by MiMi Horwitz, is free and open to seniors going through difficult transitions.  It provides a confidential and supportive setting where you can discuss personal concerns and give and receive emotional, spiritual and practical support. Additionally, AIPRC is the proud recipient of two donated FDA-approved JUVENT therapy devices that aid bone health, circulation, balance and wound healing.  Finally, Aging in Paradise Resource Center offers Personal Referrals recommended to us by individuals who have personally used the service of:  doctors, dentists, caregivers, lawyers, senior/assisted living facilities, and a wide variety of personal services (i.e., pet care, plumbers, house cleaning). Unfortunately, seniors are often the target of service scams, so we are happy to be a resource for such referrals.  


There are three things that enable us to live a higher quality and longer life: Being engaged with others; Continuing to learn new and useful information; Having a purpose beyond ourselves. Aging in Paradise Resource Center is a great place to achieve all three. Join us!


Suzy Brenner

Executive Director 



Aging in Paradise Resource Center provides a wide variety of Healthy Living options. Among them, Gentle Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, Mat Pilates, and Memory Screening are offered at different times throughout the year. A large percent of our workshops are focused on maintaining the highest level of mental and physical health.  AIP is the only Resource Center on LBK and we are the only location that provides 2 FDA-approved Juvent platform therapy devices that are available to the general public.

Budget $30,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Adults People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success Enhanced both the quality of life and the number of years lived. To provide quality solutions and exciting opportunities that enable those we serve to live with dignity and the highest possible level of health, independence and quality of life.
Long Term Success Many testimonials related to improvement in overall health and quality of life. Testimonials explaining that surgery is no longer required for bone issues, reduced BP, better bone density, and improved health due to being engaged with other human beings and learning how to live better related to nutrition, exercise, balance, medication, etc.
Program Success Monitoring Testimonials, Evaluation Forms, Surveys and the dramatic growth in numbers of participants.
Program Success Examples

My experience with the Juvent. I started using the Juvent at Aging in Paradise Resource Center, Longboat Island Chapel this past January....I decided to try it because of the problem I was having with my ankle due to a previous injury. I have been getting steroid shots for the past several years-the last one I had gotten was in the Fall of 2013 which had no effect on relieving the pain. Because of a subsequent X-ray and MRI, the doctor determined an operation was necessary. Since I was leaving for Florida the first of the year, the operation was to be postponed until I returned to Massachusetts and if I continued to have moderate to severe pain while in Florida, to "take Advil and do the best you can until you return". After having used the Juvent 5 times for 20 minutes each time, the pain disappeared. This past Monday, I saw my doctor to schedule the operation, but as a result of his examination, he was totally amazed and said "I cannot recommend any medical procedure for you at this time".

Another result of having used this machine, the neuropathy I have had in my left foot for many years is gone and I now have complete feeling in that foot.

3rd benefit from having used the Juvent is that I have been able to bike two to three days in a row with no pain--something I had not been able to do because of two total knee replacements.

Alden Lumbard


Aging in Paradise Resource Center provides dozens of educational workshops/events yearly.  These workshops provide up-to-date information on Financial Planning, Legal information, Medicare updates, Home Safety, Refresher/Beginner Bridge, Brain Strengthening workshops, Updates on the Latest Medical Advances, using a Smartphone, local transportation options and so many more.  This keeps our participants mentally and physically challenged and living at their highest possible level of health and independence.  All programs/workshops require participants to fill our a detailed Evaluation Form.

Budget $30,000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Short-term goal was to provide 24 quality, relevant workshops to benefit seniors and their families, mentally, physically and spiritually. We have greatly exceeded this goal.  
Long Term Success The ultimate long-term goal is for our participants to live healthier, longer lives with the highest level of education, health, independence and quality of life possible. Based on our growth in number of participants, the satisfaction of our participants (thousands of Evaluation forms rated in the highest category), the opportunity to be engaged with others and the world around them (reducing the number of people who felt isolated was a major concern), and finally, a greatly enhanced quality of life due to having the knowledge and tools to live to the best of their ability.
Program Success Monitoring Detailed Evaluation Forms are a part of every program/workshop, on-line and in-person Surveys, Testimonials, On-going Feedback via our diverse networking, individual meetings with new and ongoing participants to provide them with a warm and friendly environment to share their personal goals, accomplishments, brainstorming sessions with diverse representation and focus groups.
Program Success Examples Testimonials range from telling us that they are now able to understand their doctor and the prescriptions they are taking, to having been able to make informed decisions about their finances and Medicare, to loving to challenge their brains, to better understanding the onset of dementia due to presentations by medical experts from area hospitals and the Roskamp Institute, to learning how to maintain their balance and move correctly! 
Description Shifting Sands Support Group, led by MiMi Horwitz, provides individual and group therapy and is open to any senior going through a difficult transition. This weekly group provides an opportunity to discuss issues related to personal and health concerns, to give and receive emotional and practical support, and to exchange information in a confidential and welcoming environment. 
Budget $25,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled Adults
Short Term Success After participating in Shifting Sands all those interviewed said they were more involved in their community, more likely to seek medical care when needed and were more confident in their decisions. 80% felt less depression and all said they "felt better physically and emotionally".
Long Term Success Most members of the group choose to continue due to the friendships and support the program provides. As new members join a therapy group, new groups are established. Definitely a sign that the program is needed. All group therapy sessions are at no cost to the participants.
Program Success Monitoring Evaluation forms indicate a 100% satisfaction with Shifting Sands.
Program Success Examples Group therapy sessions continue to grow.

Navigating life can become more challenging as we age, and that includes complex issues like financial planning and home healthcare.  It can also include everyday needs such as a reliable electrician or dog walker.  Aging in Paradise Resource Center provides personally recommended referrals for all types of services including doctors, lawyers, computer technicians, caregivers and contractors.

Budget $5,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success Those calling for referrals are satisfied with the services received.  
Long Term Success Local seniors receiving the services they need to live with dignity, and the highest possible level of health, independence and quality of life. A continued 100% satisfaction rating.
Program Success Monitoring By continually monitoring the satisfaction of our participants and by annually reviewing the organizations on our referral list. 
Program Success Examples 100% satisfaction from participants. 
Program Comments by Organization

Studies have shown that the top 3 things that add to both the quality of life and to the number of years lived are: being engaged with other human beings, continually learning new and useful things and having a purpose beyond ourselves.  This is exactly what Aging in Paradise Resource Center (AIPRC) is doing. In addition to engagement and learning opportunities, AIPRC also provides the convenience of on-site medical screenings, free counseling and diverse types of physical exercise for all levels of health. And, we are the only facility in our area that provides two FDA-approved Juvent micro-impact platforms for use by the general public. These therapy devices are used for bone strengthening, enhanced circulation, wound healing and balance.

AIPRC is the only Resource Center on Longboat Key, making it possible for many isolated seniors to participate in Health and Wellness programs, Educational workshops, Group Counseling and Personal Referral services. Many in our arear moved here over 20 years ago and are now facing financial and health challenges but are unable or uncomfortable driving into downtown Bradenton or Sarasota. Many are isolated and living alone or are caring for a loved one with physical or mental disabilities. The majority are in they are in their 70s and older. Please help us continue to help others live with dignity and the highest possible level of health, independence and quality of life. Thank you.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Suzy Brenner
CEO Term Start Apr 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email suzybrenner@aginginparadise.org

Suzy Brenner was named Executive Director of Aging in Paradise Resource Center in April, 2017. She began volunteering at AIPRC after moving to the area from Washington, DC in the summer of 2015.  Suzy presented the Exercise module of the Aging Mastery Program in January, 2016 and chaired the Cinema Paradiso Gala that March. AIPRC created the new position of Communications Specialist, which was created to continue to get the word out about the fantastic programs, classes and workshops offered and Ms. Brenner was hired into that role.

Suzy was Executive Director of the national member-based association, The Society for the Arts in Healthcare in Washington, DC from 2000-2003 and continued her non-profit work as the event manager for a private philanthropist producing many shows and programs for U.S. military troops and wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center, Bethesda Naval Hospital and Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Ms. Brenner holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The American University. She has held a variety of management and marketing positions in field including commercial real estate development, golf course management, financial services and womens’ fitness.

Suzy lives on Longboat Key with her rescue pit bull, Lahni.


Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 75
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Aging in Paradise Resource Center (AIPRC) collaborates with many organizations to strengthen and enhance its programs and services for area seniors. There is not enough space allowed to list them all, but they include: The Town of Longboat Key, LBK Chamber of Commerce, LBK Community Foundation, Longboat Island Chapel, Matt & Lisa Walsh, The Observer Media Group, The Arnold Simonsen Family Foundation, LBK Fire and Rescue, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Roskamp Institute, the Sarasota Bay Club, Association of Fundraising Professionals SW FL Chapter, Christopher Pinckney & Johanna Gustaffson (Merrill Lynch), Cannons Marina, The American Cancer Society (Making Strides Against Breast Cancer), The Alzheimer Association, Comfort Keepers, Right at Home, Meals on Wheels Plus, Friendship Center, Tidewell Hospice, Senior Blue Books, Sarasota County Aging Network, Juvent, Ocean Properties, UBS Dunn-Caliendo Group, Alderman Oaks, Temple Beth Israel. And we are always welcoming new partnerships.

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2013
Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2010
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Donna Dunio, Past Executive Director as "Amazing Suncoast Woman"ABC 72015
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 Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Richard M. Pelton
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2019
Board Chair Email rmpdee@verizon.net
Board Members
Board Members
Suzy Brenner Executive Director, AIPRC
Jack Duncan Community Volunteer
Rev. Bill Friederich Senior Minister, Longboat Island Chapel
Barbara Koetsier Community Volunteer
Vicki Lyons Community Volunteer
Richard M. Pelton Community Volunteer
Carol Peschel Retired
Christopher Pinckney Merrill Lynch, Gustafsson Pinckney Group
Rick Skerrett Community Volunteer
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 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
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
Governance Comments by Organization

The leadership of the Aging in Paradise Resource Center includes a paid Executive Director and a part time Executive Assistant. Additionally, an incredible group of volunteer Advisory Board members whose dedication to the mission of our organization is responsible for its success.   

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $357,284.00
Projected Expenses $369,860.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
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$366,160$256,243$294,296
Administration Expense$3,700$77,722$2,436
Fundraising Expense$0$454$3,555
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.031.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%77%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$59,566$72,143$63,690
Current Assets$42,771$47,556$30,331
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$59,566$72,143$63,690
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $296,159Contributions, gifts, grants $323,420Contributions, gifts, grants $274,474
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEvents/Seminars $42,512Fundraising $18,992Sponsorships $22,041
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSponsorships $17,500Facility Fees $460Special Events $17,968
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
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

1.      We are seeking funds to implement the Aging Mastery Program partnering with the National Council on Aging and Patterson Foundation for a third consecutive year. This is a cumulative 10-part series which we have presented January – March of 2016 and 2017. It is designed to enable seniors to navigate the future by knowing the steps to take to improve health, strengthen financial well-being and improve the overall quality of their lives.

2.      We hope to raise an additional $100,000 from individual donors to cover the costs of new programs and services and a part-time employee to continue our high quality programs. We had attendance of approximately 4,000 last year and are working to double that number in the next two years.

3.      Our goal of having our own building to ensure that Aging in Paradise Resource Center will always be here to provide quality programs to the community.


Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Longboat Island Chapel Inc dba Aging in Paradise Resource Center (AIP, AIPRC)
Address 6200 GULF OF MEXICO DR
2nd Floor
LONGBOAT KEY, FL 34228 1511
Phone 941 383-6493