Denis V Cooper Foundation Inc
2820 OAK ST
SARASOTA FL 34237-7344
Mission
Honoring our brave military veterans who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, as well as those who have reintegrated back into civilian life after their military service, by Granting Wishes!
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr Maverick Johnson
Board Chair Affiliation iHeart Media
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
0
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2017
State Registration Yes Mar 2018
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
  • Continue to Strengthen our great relationships with all local military organizations.
  • Granted Four Different Wishes to local Military Heroes and their families in 2016
  • Creating partnerships and collaborations with various local groups and organizations. 
Needs Statement
  1. Awareness from our returning Military Heroes - $5,000
  2. Exposure to the general public - $5,000
  3. Granting Wishes - $25,000
Background Statement
Sgt. Denis V. Cooper bravely battled a cancer that went misdiagnosed and ravaged his body. A United States Marine who protected his family and country, was not able to take that one last trip fishing with his family. “Because they didn't want their Dad’s “Last Wish” to go unfulfilled, The Denis V. Cooper Foundation – Wishes for Heroes, was created.                      
                                            
During the Summer of  2011, Maverick Johnson - long-time media personality in Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice, FL (and his family) lost a Father, Husband, Brother, Son & Uncle... (USMC - Sgt. Denis V. Cooper) to lung cancer as a result of his exposure in Vietnam to Agent Orange. While in the V.A. Bay Pines - Hospital Hospice Unit (St. Petersburg, FL), Maverick and his family were informed of a Grant A Wish Program the VA does on a limited basis. Unfortunately for Sgt. Cooper, his last wish: Take a fishing trip with his family, was not possible, due to the severity of his medical condition. Unfortunately, this seems to be the case, all too often.                         
                                     
"The Denis V. Cooper Foundation - Wishes for Heroes" was created with a simple goal. To develop a program that reaches out within Sarasota & Manatee Counties on a grass-roots level to honor our military veterans and their families. Currently the 13th Congressional District in Florida which encompasses most of Sarasota & Manatee Counties, is one of the largest Congressional Districts with military veterans in the entire country. The goal to serve our returning veterans as well as those terminally ill veterans and their families, by honoring their service.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
We are truly blessed in life, when we realize why we are here. In 2011, I lost my dad, the greatest man I will ever know. In the following months, as I was looking for answers as to why, I woke up one night with some clarity. Honor my dad and his love of the military, while at the same time honoring those who have served our great country. Dad treasured his family, his faith and the USA.
 
My father did not get to participate in his "last wish", so we have created "Wishes For Heroes" hoping you can fulfill many wishes for our local military heroes and their families.  
 
The Denis V. Cooper Foundation - Wishes for Heroes is an official 501c3 non-profit organization. 
 
Programs
Description These wishes fulfill a desire for a better quality of life, or support a quest for life-gratifying endeavors. Knowing that wishes can come true, directly affects service members' spirits, in addition to the families and communities that support them. Whether realizing a dream to sail, go to a ball game, see a family member who lives far away or take a vacation to a special destination, The Denis V. Cooper Foundation honors the goals and desires of our brave military service members and their families, by granting "Wishes for Heroes". 
Budget $10,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Named Groups Adults Families
Short Term Success

Granting Wishes to our Military Heroes. As funds allow, we will provide a better post military life, by assisting heroes for a better quality of life. 100% of heroes that receive a granted wish will be served!

Long Term Success

Will continue to serve the needs of 100% our military heroes, when funds allow. From bringing them to their grandchildren one last time, before their end of life. To helping their children adjust after their military service. We can also help them with a better quality of life, from attending concerts and sporting events to helping with housewares and daily amenities, many of us take for granted.

Program Success Monitoring Will do full re-caps with each wish that is granted. Talking to each veteran and their family and friends. Have yet to begin, awaiting to receive wish requests from our military heroes.
Program Success Examples

We are a new organization, that has yet to fulfill a wish. Wish requests can be submitted online at ... www.WishesForHeroes.org

Comments
Program Comments by Organization Honoring our brave military veterans who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, as well as those who have reintegrated back into civilian life after their military service, by Granting Wishes!
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email none
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 8
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
Collaborations

Collaborate with all local Veterans Organizations and those who serve Veterans and their Families. We have been proud to partner with Goodwill Manasota and their Veterans Services Program (together we helped a homeless Vet and his family get into a full-furnished home. We are also proud to have partnered with JFCS (Jewish Family and Children's Services) by assisting a World War II Vet with his housing needs.  

External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Our wish honoring Lt. William Payne - US Navy and his wife Betty. As told by their friend, Col. Ben Knisley. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Maverick Johnson
Company Affiliation iHeart Media
Board Term May 2015 to May 2018
Board Chair Email Maverick@MaverickJohnson.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Grace Cooper Retired
Mr Steve Hopkins Affordable Heating and Cooling
Mr Maverick Johnson Community Volunteer
Mr Gary Kortzendorf Callaghan Tire
Mr Robert Morrison Hy Tech Power Equipment
Mrs. Kelly Podesdlik Community Volunteer
Mr Derek Williams Williams Wealth Management
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 86
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 71
Standing Committees
Executive
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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
IRS Form 990s
990-N2015
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$8,162$5,245--
Administration Expense$347$0--
Fundraising Expense$10,123$2,597--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.672.36--
Program Expense/Total Expenses44%67%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%14%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0--
Current Assets$0$0--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$0$0--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $32,547Fundraising $17,667--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $12,279Contributions, gifts, grants $850--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $4,9320 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
No paid staff - All Volunteer
Financial Comments by Foundation
Nonprofit Denis V Cooper Foundation Inc
Address 2820 OAK ST
SARASOTA, FL 34230 7344
Phone 941 915-8810

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.