PGI Green Thumbs Inc
PUNTA GORDA FL 33950-8264
The PGI Green Thumbs is a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to enhance the green spaces of our community. We establish and maintain gardens and parks to provide places of beauty and education for our visitors.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Richard Polk
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2016
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $9,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,500.00
Impact Statement
-    Established Florida coquina rock garden
-    Completed planting of gardens for Phase 1
-    Acquired picnic tables and benches
-    Install trail signage for birds, butterfly, and insect identification.
-    Met with the City Council to present initial designs for Phase 2 and seek approval to proceed with planning.  Approval was granted.
- Reach out to more private schools, and assisted living residents to make trips to the park for education and recreational purposes.
- Partner with Master Gardens to have yearly plant clinics held at the park.
- Improve visibility of wetlands plus additional plantings for educational purposes.
- Continue planting of plants with appropriate identification markers.
- Increase funding events to finance maintenance of Park.
Needs Statement
  1. Landscaping Equipment (battery operated trimmer, edger) - $1,000
  2. Pergolas for shading picnic tables and benches - $3,000
  3. Plant supplies (mulch, fertilizer, etc) - $2,000
  4. Purchase approved plant identification signs - $1,000
  5. Web Designer for further development for web site -$1,000
Background Statement
The Nature Park is a 24-acre park located at the corner of Bal Harbor and Aqui Esta in Punta Gorda Isles, a large residential subdivision within the city of Punta Gorda FL.  This land was originally purchased by the City of Punta Gorda in 1994 using Florida Forever Funds from the Florida Communities Trust program whose purpose is to assist communities in protecting important natural resources through land acquisitions.  The park, adjoining wetlands, and 21/2 miles of trails in the Nature Preserve are to be operated in perpetuity as a natural conservation area for public outdoor recreation and education.
In January 2012, after reaching a long term agreement with the City of Punta Gorda, the PGI Green Thumbs began  landscaping and maintaining the park in partnership with the Urban Design Department which must approve all plans.  The park contains gardens that emphasize landscape conservation, native plant species, and habitat protection.
Phase I is complete.  Gardens have been established with native and Florida friendly trees and plants; butterfly gardens; herb spice and edible gardens; hummingbird garden, rock garden; wetlands garden; native grass area; and 16 Florida animal topiaries.
Phase II is scheduled for design beginning in 2016.  This will include an outdoor classroom pavilion, walking paths with native plantings throughout, a drop off for school buses, and a renovated picnic area. 
Our “Save A Dime” program has been established whereby 10% of all funds received are set aside for funding an endowment to ensure the financial health of the gardens of the Nature Park for future generations.  The Program has a current balance of $2,200.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments The Nature Park is located at the corner of Bal Harbor and Aqui Esta in Punta Gorda Isles, a subdivision of Punta Gorda, Florida.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

As President of the PGI Green Thumbs, I would like to thank all of our members for their continuous outpouring of support. First a big thank you to our members who join us for our work days. While we are working we not only complete our tasks for the day, we are also having a great time doing it. The way all our members work together is just amazing. Secondly, I would like to thank our Board of Directors for their time and dedication in sitting through those sometime long meetings. All that has been accomplished has been done by our volunteers in conjunction with the guidance of the City of Punta Gorda. Our people are faithful to the park, they are there working in the cold winds of January and the stifling heat of August. Some of our members have been with us from the start fifteen long years ago.

The PGI Green Thumbs has had an extraordinary success in the transformation of Nature Park. We began three short years ago with a completely blank canvas. We transformed a grassy field into a beautiful park complete with gardens and education beds. We also now have sixteen toparies of animals found in Florida. With the addition of benches, picnic tables, informational signage and a bike rack, our park is now truly user friendly.

As with all non-profits today, our main challenges are securing volunteers and funding. Our growth in volunteer membership has resulted primarily from word of mouth and visitors using the park. Our location at the crossroads of our community allow people to see us on our workdays as well as notice what the park has become. Our financial needs have been met by member donations as well as community and business support. Also, we have also been able to secure local financial grants. We continue to explore various options to secure additional funding.

Our entire group is dedicated to improving the beauty of the green spaces in our community.

Planning meetings with City of Punta Gorda Urban Design Department for the development of the park within the guidelines of  the Florida Communities Trust program.  An additional plan for a wetlands project was developed. This project provides an educational system to teach the importance of conservation of our watershed, the benefits of using native plants and the sustainability of the natural environment.
Budget $100
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Urban Beautification
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
A grant was awarded for the wetlands project by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.  Our responsibility was to provide time and effort by selecting, locating, planting, and maintaining all the native plants in the wetlands.
With the help of Urban Design city staff, we have been able to establish Florida native and Florida friendly gardens for Phase I. 
Long Term Success
The wetlands project and developed gardens enhances the beautification of the Nature Park and encourages those living in our community and visitors to explore the Nature Preserve and Wetlands area. 
On September 15, 2015 Punta Gorda City Council gave approval to proceed with development plans for Phase II.
PGI Green Thumbs was the winner of the 2013 Friends of Our Urban Forest Awards Program in the category of Outstanding Tree Advocacy Group.  
Program Success Monitoring Large increase of visitors to the park
Program Success Examples Outdoor equipment (picnic tables, benches, kiosk, bike rack,) has been purchased for the Nature Park by the City of Punta Gorda using Park Impact Funds.
Our park is currently managed and staffed by volunteers, many of whom are master gardeners. The volunteers share their enthusiasm for gardening by caring for the park as a team.The volunteers regularly meet on Friday mornings to do the gardening necessary (pruning, planting, watering) to keep the Park looking its best.
We make field trips i.e. Michael's Bromeliads - Venice; Crooked Garden- Fort Myers; Naples Botanical Gardens; and local Florida native nurseries.  Volunteers help host events and as well as provide financial support. There are two regular social events: volunteer appreciation picnic and a Christmas party.
Budget $200
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Urban Beautification
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The number of our volunteers has grown from 8 to 22 in the three years we have been in existence..  The rate of continuing volunteers (year over year) is 95%.
Long Term Success ReMax Harbor Realty recongizes the Green Thumbs as an example of the volunteer spirit of Punta Gorda residents.  They include a visit to the park as part of their city tour for prospective clients.
Program Success Monitoring
100% of our volunteers contribute financial support to the Park.
ReMax Harbor Realty continues to be our major corporate sponsor.
Program Success Examples
ReMax Harbor Realty includes our informational brochure in their marketing program.
Visitors to the park have been increasing.
Punta Gorda City Hall includes our brochures in their information package.
There is a donation box located at the Park.
Description Reaching the community through various programs such as visits from assisted living residents, and student field trips. 
Budget $100
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children Only (5 - 14 years) General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
A visit by assisted living provides an opportunity to reconnect with nature.
A field trip by children provides a hands-on encounter with nature. This exposure instills an appreciation for the wide variety of plants that provide food (herb, spice, edible gardens) and habitat (butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens and wildlife living in the wetlands area). 
Long Term Success Help people discover this relatively new park, established guided walking trails and wetlands area.  Visitors frequently stop to inquire about plants they can use in their home landscaping.  Most residents move here from nothern climes and are confused about what works successfully in a Florida garden.
Program Success Monitoring A noticeable increase in the usage of appropriate plants i.e. bromeliads, shade trees, butterfly plants, etc.
Program Success Examples
Positive feedback received from teachers, and students.  A significant increase in number of visitors to the park year over year.  16 animal topiaries ad 14 mahogany shade trees were purchased by our volunteers and residents.
14 mahogany trees were purchased by volunteers and residents.
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 22
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
City of Punta Gorda 
Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary
Keep Charlotte Beautiful
Charlotte County Master Gardeners
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Proclamation - PGI Green Thumbs DayCity of Punta Gorda2013
Citizens Initiative AwardTeam Punta Gorda2013
Friends of Our Urban Forest awardFlorida Urban Forestry Council2013
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 No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Multi-Media Comments by Organization We have received extensive coverage by our local media.  Harbor Style Magazine did a 10 page article with photographs in the September, 2013 issue.  Numerous articles have appeared in the Punta Gorda Herald, the Charlotte Sun and the PGICA Commentator.  SNN tv station came to the park for an interview.
Board Chair
Board Chair Richard Polk
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2012 to Jan 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Helen Cavanaugh Retired
Linda Hefty Retired
Peggy Jensen Retired
Richard Polk Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 8
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
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 Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $9,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,500.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $2,200.00
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
990-N 20142014
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$5,127$6,621$3,911
Administration Expense$744$922$1,899
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.691.121.53
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%88%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,128$4,008$3,093
Current Assets$1,028$4,008$3,093
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$3,128$4,008$3,093
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $4,077Contributions, gifts, grants $5,358Contributions, gifts, grants $5,022
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Foundation & Corporate Support $3,100Foundation & Corporate Support $2,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0Fundraising $1,881
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilations.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit PGI Green Thumbs Inc
Address 1405 BLUE JAY CT
Phone 941 380-0993