PGI Green Thumbs Inc
1405 BLUE JAY CT
PUNTA GORDA FL 33950-8264
Mission
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.
Leadership
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 2017
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,000.00
Impact Statement
2016 
- Installed outdoor furniture for Phase I including ADA compliant sidewalk and picnic area.
- Began work on Phase II (east side of park) featuring only Florida native plants.
- Increased funding events to finance maintenance of the park.
- Installed solar lights
 - Partnered with Master Gardeners to host plant clinic held at the park.
 
2017
 - Continuing development of Phase II (east side of Park)
- Obtain outdoor furniture for Phase II
- Begin construction of Florida native fern beds,
- Establish habitat area for Florida native and endangered species of orchids. 
 
 
 
Needs Statement
  1. Landscaping Equipment (battery operated pole saw) - $500
  2. Plant supplies (mulch, fertilizer, etc) - $3,500
  3. Purchase approved plant identification signs - $3,000
  4. Plants required for developing Phase II - $5,000
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 currently in the design and engineering stage. This will include an outdoor area 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 $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".  We also partnered with the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association and the Mural Society to host a free community dinner during the 2016 Giving Challenge.
 
 
 
 
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
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.

Programs
Description
Reaching the community 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. meeting with knowledgeable butterfly enthusiasts and providing information highlighting the butterfly habitat and life cycles 
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 residents of assisted living facilities providing 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 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.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
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 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
Collaborations
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
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
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
Plans
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
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
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 richardpolk@comcast.net
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
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
Governance
Board Term Lengths 8
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
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 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,000.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $5,800.00
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
990-N2013
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$6,802$5,127$6,621
Administration Expense$1,128$744$922
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses4.390.691.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%87%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$30,207$3,128$4,008
Current Assets$30,207$1,028$4,008
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$30,207$3,128$4,008
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $31,203Contributions, gifts, grants $4,077Contributions, gifts, grants $5,358
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $3,3500 $0Foundation & Corporate Support $3,100
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $2250 $00 $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 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
PUNTA GORDA , FL 33950 8264
Phone 941 380-0993

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