PGI Green Thumbs Inc
1368 Willet Court
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 June 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Florida Urban Forestry AwardView
Impact Statement

 - Continued development of Phase II ( east side of park)
- Began construction of Florida native fern beds
- Hosted a seminar through Life Long Learning Institute on Florida habitat

- continue plant ID labels
- propose native rose garden to city for approval
- continue hosting LLI seminars and master garden clinics
- initiate contact with Parks That Teach program in city to explore hosting their walks
- continue establishing habitat area for Florida native and endangered species of orchids

Needs Statement
Landscaping Equipment - $500. Plant supplies (mulch, fertilizer, etc) - $3,500. Purchase approved plant identification signs - $2,000. Plants - $3,000
Background Statement
The Nature Park is a 24-acre park located on the corner of Aqui Esta between Bal Harbor and Guadalupe Street 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 2 and 1/2 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.

The Punta Gorda Fire Department separates the park into 2 sections - the east and the west side. The west side was the first to be developed and is now 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.

The east side has been designed, engineered and work has been started on implementing the next stage of development. Native trees, shrubs, and gardens have been established. An ADA compliant sidewalk has been installed sectioning the picnic area. New outdoor furniture is on order. Plans include establishing native orchid habitats along with native fern and native grass beds.

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 $5,800.

As a group, our volunteers have contributed to our community by participating in other community projects i.e. TEAM Punta Gorda's "Paint Your Heart Out" and beautifying a garden at the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte.  We also partnered with the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, The Punta Gorda Fire Department and the Mural Society to host a free community dinner during the 2016 Giving Challenge.

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.

Description Reaching the community and civic organizations by offering guided tours throughout the park.
1. highlighting specialty beds such as the herb/spice bed which we freely share with the community and encourage them to take samples home
 2. showing the use of bromeliads as environmentally friendly plants and explaining their benefits and ease of care.
 3. Established a monarch butterfly rearing project; meeting with knowledgeable butterfly enthusiasts and providing information highlighting the butterfly habitat and life cycles
4. Providing a place for Lifelong Learning Institute to host their class to highlight 3 primary Florida habitats; costal, wetlands, and uplands.
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 Members of our community (who are not our volunteers) stop by to offer their expertise and donate unique plants to add to the variety in the park

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 northern climes and visit the park to learn 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. in neighboring landscaping.
Program Success Examples A significant increase in number of visitors to the park year or year.  Very successful Giving Challenge results with significant number of donors participating demonstrating community support.
Program Comments by Organization
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 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 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
Sue Manternach Retired
Richard Polk Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 8
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
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
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $20,950.00
Projected Expenses $9,250.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $7,056.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$5,487$6,802$5,127
Administration Expense$1,586$1,128$744
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.314.390.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%86%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$19,245$30,207$3,128
Current Assets$19,245$30,207$1,028
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$19,245$30,207$3,128
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation and Corporate Support $1,200Contributions, gifts, grants $31,203Contributions, gifts, grants $4,077
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,000Foundations & Corporations $3,3500 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $16Fundraising $2250 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
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 1368 Willet Court
PUNTA GORDA , FL 33950 8264
Phone 941 380-0993