Future Builders of America Inc
2600 Centennial Place
Tallahassee FL 32308
The mission of the Future Builders of America is to be engaged in construction-related educational activities, including assisting students in understanding and pursuing rewarding careers in construction and related trades.
CEO/Executive Director Cindy Hall
Board Chair Beth Cantin
Board Chair Affiliation Cantin Homes
General Info
Former Names
Florida Home Builders Association Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2000
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes Apr 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

In 2016, The Future Builders of America distributed $9,250 in scholarships to students entering secondary education. The 3-day FBA Leadership Summit was held in April of 2016 and was attended by 46 students and 37 volunteers from across the state. Students participated in hands-on classes in carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, electric, green building, landscape/irrigation and more as well as classes in marketing, etiquette and a career fair to encourage our students to pursue careers in the construction industry. We were able to raise over $35,000.00 to support this event. In June of 2016, we relaunched our Founder’s Circle Campaign where each member pledges $1,000.00 per year. We had originally budgeted for 10 members and by year’s end, we had 16 contributing members. Students from the Bartow High School Chapter participated in the Southeast Builders Conference in July where they built Adirondack chairs on the show floor and raffled them off to raise money for their chapter and FBA. In 2017, we are looking to expand our chapters by at least 5 with the start of the school year in September and to further the opportunities for our existing chapters.

Needs Statement
  1. Summit Sponsorships: 3 day leadership camp in Haines City from March 12-14 with approximately 65 students in attendance and 35 professional volunteers. Includes all lodging, meals, T-shirts,classrooms, materials, and ropes course and other activities - Total cost is $40,000.
  2. Scholarships- Yearly scholarships to graduating high school seniors as well as those still in college. Typically we give out $500 - $2000 scholarships to students enrolled in any sort of construction/engineering major. We have given from $4000 - $25,500 annually years past to deserving students throughout the state. Any donation for this is appreciated. These funds roll over from year to year if not used until needed.
  3. Southeast Builders Conference (SEBC) trip to Orlando in July funding. Typically we bring the top students available to represent the group. The cost of room/board and entrance to the SEBC as well as making sure the students are dressed to impress. Each student typically costs $500 to go for the trip based on double occupancy.
  4. Our long term biggest goal is to create own own campground for the FBA in northern Florida where we have a few hundred acres of land that was graciously granted to us by Robert and Amy Harper. As of now we use the Future Farmers of America Leadership Training Grounds in Haines City to host our leadership camp each year but our dream and the dream and vision of our founders was to have our own Leadership Camp that can be used at an affordable rate and perhaps even turn a profit and make us more self sufficient in future years. This is a big dream indeed and would run approximately $2 Million to get a lodge house and cafeteria as well as some activity areas for sports or other activities. 
Background Statement
The Future Builders of America was originally established in 2000 as a foundation under the Florida Home Builders Association to address the workforce shortage in skilled trades.  Since 1949 the Florida Home Builders Association has represented the interest of Florida's construction and remodeling industry encompassing more than 473000 and pulls from across the state, producing an annual economic impact of more than 42 billion.  In 2010 it was restructured as a stand-alone, Florida non-profit.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments Future Builders of America currently has 13 chapters in Florida.
Bartow High School, Bartow
Charlotte Technical Center, Port Charlotte
DeLand High School, DeLand
George Jenkins High School, Lakeland
Immokalee High School, Immokalee
Leesburg High School, Leesburg
Manatee High School, Bradenton
Manatee Technical College, Bradenton
North Port High School, North Port
Okeechobee High School, Okeechobee
Palmetto High School, Palmetto
Port St. Lucie High School, Port St. Lucie
South Fork High School, Stuart
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Future Builders of America faces the challenge of opening the minds of young students to the idea of being successful in the construction industry. This is a challenge because the stigma of being in a non-traditional college educated career is viewed as “less than” a success by many parents and students today. Our challenge is to communicate to these students that they can choose their own path to success that may or may not include traditional college. We need to impart that the construction industry, the same one that puts a roof over each one of our heads every night, is a great way to make an honest living and that you can be very successful if you work hard. Students that choose a construction industry job have a focused professional education that is equal to a traditional college education without the debt associated with it. We have a labor shortage in the United States in the construction industry due to the lack of interest over the past decade when our economy dropped out of the housing market that we need to address and offset.

Our success has been that, through our FBA programs, we have students who are mentored by construction business owners through local builders associations who encourage their career choice and give scholarships and jobs that pay decent wages where they are appreciated and encouraged to continue learning. I have hired FBA students in my own company and have one now that we are very happy with. He comes to work and is proud of having a plan for himself and confident that he will succeed. He works on my carpentry crew and has plans to purchase a home next year and eventually become a licensed contractor himself. Alumni students have returned back to volunteer with students coming into the industry and have shared their success and pride in working in a career that creates the buildings we live and work in. During the economic decline we saw our chapters start to fall off but in the last 2 years we have started re-building and regaining our student membership. The Leadership Summit hosted by FBA is being expanded to include a second summit to serve even more students. We have seen an increase in pledges to help financially on a continued basis this last year. I started volunteering for the FBA in 2007 when I learned of the chapter in Charlotte County. I am a third generation contractor and am blessed to have my family and their support in this industry but another positive influence in my career has been being mentored by some great people at my local builders association and Florida Home Builders Association. The FBA students benefit from this same mentoring they get when we bring them to events for FHBA like the SouthEast Builders Conference, Leadership Summit, local membership meetings, and other events. Our organization has given these students a group to belong to that will encourage them on a great path. We have seen this in our alumni that come back to volunteer and help students like themselves because the program did make a difference in their own life.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Future Builders of America is a unique organization that partners with the local home builder’s associations and the local high schools to engage and encourage students to participate in careers in the construction industry. With a major shortage in a skilled workforce, it is critical to the construction industry to start bridging the gap in our aging workforce. Through after school programs, field trips, projects and our 3-day Leadership Summit, students are exposed to a variety of job opportunities in the construction industry.

Description Chapters of the Future Builders of America are workforce development programs in schools that offer drafting, construction and engineering related classes.  The program links the local professionals to their future workforce and building industry leaders.  Guest speakers, field trips and opportunities for employment help introduce the students to rewarding futures.
Budget $100,000
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success The main short term goal of our organization is to support students in their education in the construction industry. We offer financial aid to those students attending post secondary classes as well as job placement assistance to those entering the work force. FBA students are networked with professionals throughout the state of Florida. By working with local and industry leaders the students are encouraged to become leaders themselves.
Long Term Success The ultimate long-term goal of the future builders of America organization is to enable our students to go forward with a sense of pride in workmanship and to create a better, stronger, construction industry. Our long-term goal for our students completing our program is that they will one day go through and gain the knowledge to become a journeyman and then a master of their trade and eventually the dream of owning their own business will be a reality. We want to impart the importance of having a profession versus having a job.
Program Success Monitoring Most of the students in our program volunteer to return as counselors for our leadership camp. We also hear reports of success from their employers and from their teachers that have helped them in the program. Each year we receive renewed applications from students still continuing in college that have been prior reciprocates of scholarships.
Program Success Examples
As a young boy I always had an interest for building and creating. Thankfully while in high school I was given the opportunity to attend Charlotte Vocational School's building construction program. It was there that I was taught the groundwork for blueprint reading, framing, roofing and more. During my attendance at VoTech (CTC) my former interest developed into a passion. I was first to graduate from the building construction program and was blessed to have been given a generous scholarship from Future Builders of America (FBA). This scholarship allowed me to further my education at Santa Fe College in Gainesvill, Fl. I graduated in 2012  with an A.S. in Building Construction Technology. Today, I can proudly say I own a successful construction company in Charlotte County where my interest began. The Future Builders of America was instrumental to my education and my success.
Mathew Bennett
Bennett Building & Remodeling 
Description The Future Builders of America scholarship fund helps address the pressing need for a better trained workforce in the building industry.  The program has awarded scholarships to an average of fifteen students per year throughout Florida for higher education in Universities or Trade Schools.  Traditionally, at least 10% of Future Builders of America's general operating budget is set aside to be awarded annually through the scholarship program.  Since 2000 the Future Builders of America has awarded over $100,000 in scholarship funds to students interested in a career in the construction industry.
Budget $15,000
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success For those students going directly into the workforce, our "Tools of the Trade" scholarships allow the students to be able to purchase much needed tools for the trade they are applying for and with tools in hand, will be a much more desirable to hire from an employer.
Long Term Success By receiving a Future Builders of America scholarship, the student will be able to further their education in colleges and trade schools to learn more about a specific trade they are interested in pursuing, as their career of choice in the construction industry.  This will hopefully encourage the student to become our next business owner of a construction company, trade company, engineer, etc.
Program Success Monitoring We know the scholarship program is helping because of the feedback, monitoring and success stories of graduated students.
Program Success Examples Because of success stories from students that graduated from the program and have gone on to become project superintendents for large construction corporations, working up the ladder with companies they chose as their career trades and owning their own construction/trade companies.
Description Leadership Training Camp is an annual program where the students learn more about their selected industry.  Run by professionals of the building industry, the students develop team building, leadership and networking skills through various classes and activities.
Budget $45,000
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Students who go through the leadership training camp program leave with a sense of empowerment that they have the support of not only other industry professionals but that they have learned new skills. Those students showing exceptional leadership potential are recognized and awarded.
Long Term Success Although only three days long students are enriched by networking with leaders in their future profession. Students also network with top students throughout the state at this leadership camp. Only the best and brightest in their classes are allowed to attend this innovative program that builds upon their path to success. The mentoring the students receive from our top professionals goes long term towards their success by building their confidence and helping them map out their future plan.
Program Success Monitoring The program leads to the success of students in the program and is monitored by the follow up of graduated students, their career paths they chose to follow and their successes.
Program Success Examples All three programs work hand in hand in the success of the Future Builders of America.  Those that attend Leadership Camp have an opportunity to hone in on a specific trade they would like to work and narrow the many trade options that are available in the industry.  With this experience they will be able to decide if they will apply for the Tools of the Trade scholarship to enter the workforce or a scholarship to further their education in a specific field.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Cindy Hall
CEO Term Start Apr 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email execdirector@futurebuildersofamerica.org
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 1
Volunteers 17
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Florida Home Builders Association
Habitat for Humanity 
External Assessments and Accreditations
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 No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Beth Cantin
Company Affiliation Cantin Homes
Board Term Oct 2016 to Oct 2017
Board Chair Email beth@cantinhomes.com
Board Members
Board Members
Allen Baggett Okaloosa Walton BIA
Beth Cantin Cantin Homes, Inc.
John Carlson Core Construction
David Carter Carter Engineering
Michelle Delaney LRA Insurance
Wendy Dittmar Manning Building Supplies
Suzanne Graham Massey Services, Inc.
Richard Ilmberger Suncoast Glass & Mirror, Inc.
Gayla Lees The Real Connection
James Painter Painter Masonry & Construction, Inc.
Rusty Payton Florida Home Builders Association
Ray Puzzitiello Puzzitiello Builders, LLC
Emmett Reed Florida Health Care Association
Drew Smith Two Trails, Inc.
Natasha Cartagena Spencer Shelter Mortgage Company
Jeremy Stewart Jeremy Stewart Construction
Bill Truex Truex Preferred Construction, LLC
Maddie Williams Executive Director - Treasure Coast Builders Association
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 11
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 55
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 36
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 76
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization

Our governance challenges would be the fact that we are a statewide organization and have a large geographical area that we cover. As such, it makes it challenging for some of our board members to meet face-to-face. One of the ways we are addressing this is to provide call-in opportunities for our board members that cannot attend the meetings in person due to the distance and/or time away from their businesses. We have openings on our board that provides an opportunity to engage with other entities outside of our typical pool of potential members. This allows for more engagement on a broad spectrum to further the mission and goals of our organization.

Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $101,000.00
Projected Expenses $93,300.00
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
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$175,523$72,485$140,294
Administration Expense$50,605$11,068$77,279
Fundraising Expense$438$113$32
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.891.090.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%87%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$806,698$829,417$840,175
Current Assets$85,709$79,687$116,522
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,039$3,247$21,922
Total Net Assets$801,659$826,170$818,253
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $145,051Net Gain from Sale of Assets Other Then Inventory $43,922 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCamp Registration Income $31,348Contributions, gifts, grants $27,401 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $22,282Fundraising $11,304 --
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.0124.545.32
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Our financial challenges have been the retention of recurring donors. Systems have been put in place to automate donor contributions and to provide easier access to online contribution payments as well as monthly contributions.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal tax returns.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Future Builders of America Inc
Address 2600 Centennial Place
Tallahassee, FL 34958
Phone 772 370-4713