The Future Farmers of America dba Palmetto High FFA Alumni & Supporters
1200 17th Ave W
Attn: Agricultural Room
Palmetto FL 34221
Mission
Palmetto High FFA (Future Famers of America) Alumni & Supporters d/b/a North River FFA Alumni & Supporters makes a positive difference in the lives of Manatee County middle and high school students through the development of their potential of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Maria C Mahoney
Board Chair Affiliation Sun Hydraulics
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Palmetto High FFA Alumni & Supporters
North River FFA Alumni & Supporters
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1945
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2017
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
IRS Letter of Determination (Group Exemption #0776)View
Impact Statement
Palmetto High FFA Alumni & Supporters is proud to announce the following accomplishments for this last year:
 
1.  Gave out over $2,100 in Scholarships, $2,034 travel scholarships for 20 students to State awards, and an additional $250 in travel support for the students to attend Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
2.  Taught our students to expand their outreach program to include Easter Seals of Southwest Florida's VIP Program.  Facilitating a 4 days of hands on farming experience with livestock and gardening. 
 
3.  Arranging at least 5 internships for students that have expressed career paths that complement their expressed career paths.
 
We still have soft aspirations to complete this year that we feel will benefit not only our students but the local community:
 
1.  Raise either funds or in-kind donations to improve security and automation in our team's land lab.  Approximately $5,000 in total.
 
2.  Arrange at least 5 more internships with local for profit agencies, so we may provide the students a breadth of opportunities to develop skills in the more than 650 different career paths within agriculture.
 
3.  Develop a role of leadership and mentorship as an organization that knows how to bridge the gap between the needs of the community and the "old fashion" values of community barn raising.   
Needs Statement
  1. Scholarships:  $1,500
  2. Uniforms: $300
  3. National Recharter: $500
  4. Travel Expenses: $500
Background Statement
Palmetto High FFA (Future Farmers of America) Alumni & Supporters d/b/a North River FFA Alumni & Supporters was originally founded in 1992 by 12 local families that are leaders in the agricultural industry of Manatee County.  An industry that by every measures provides the second largest labor force in the county and does over $2 Billion in revenue annually.  In partnership with Future Farmers of America  middle and high school programs, they did it with the hopes of recording their history and helping to develop young minds and skill sets.  We currently provide direct physical and fiscal support for 3 local schools.  In many respects, the organization acted as a fraternal organization with all fund raising being directed at a couple of scholarships each year.  This last year, we recognized the organization should become a true non-profit agency and expand its outreach to provide students a wider breadth of education and assistance.  With over 650 different career paths, we are looking beyond basic farming and scholarships; arranging strategic partnerships, expanding education to business, finance, law, etc, and arranging hands on internships.  Additionally, we are looking forward to permanent job placements for all abilities and skill sets.  We are Amplifying the future of our students.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
Throughout the United States
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Palmetto High FFA (Future Farmers of America) Alumni & Supporters d/b/a North River FFA Alumni & Supporters serve the students of Palmetto High School, Buffalo Creek Middle School, and Lincoln Middle Schools and several other non-profit organizations that promote agricultural studies or community needs.   Currently serving over 150 students in the 3 chapters.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The Palmetto High School FFA (Future Farmers of America) Alumni Association & Supporters d/b/a North River FFA Alumni & Supporters believes in the future of agriculture.  We strive to help our students reach their full potential in life.  Traditionally we have provided scholarships and transportation.  We are excited to explore new avenues of programs and services this year.  We are now focused on our business community and education mentoring, job placement, micro loans and grants for our agriculture students.

Thomas A. Cole, President
Palmetto High School FFA Alumni & Supporters
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Palmetto High FFA (Future Farmers of America) Alumni & Supporters d/b/a North River FFA Alumni & Supporters is an all volunteer organization.  With approximately 50 local volunteer members meeting monthly to monitor and update our progress versus our goals.  The beauty of this organization is every single cent goes into program needs, no salaries, no overhead.  With over 650 identified career options in agriculture, we have the ability to incorporate experts in the fields of business, finance, and law into our memberships as well.  Providing our students guidance beyond the farm.  We recognize that farming is a tool to teach discipline, planning, and a great work ethic. All with a passion for one thing which:  developing tomorrow's leaders.
 
John P. Berkey, Vice President
Palmetto High School FFA Alumni & Supporters
d/b/a North River FFA Alumni & Supporters 
Programs
Description
Students that have participated as seniors in the Future Farmers of America chapter of Palmetto High School have been blessed with at least $3,000 in scholarships given annually over the last 2 years.  Our pledge to the student body as we formed Palmetto High FFA (Future Farmers of America) Alumni & Supporters d/b/a North River FFA Alumni & Supporters this year is that tradition is paramount and will continue.   
General rules are that the student have a 3.0 or higher GPA, participate in 75% or more of FFA activities or community service requirements, and be a member in good standing.
All student applications have to be submitted by April 15th of each year.
In late April or early May, the students interview with a group of volunteer community leaders that are non-members of either organization. The student is to give a strong presentation.
The volunteer committee then provides their selection of the top three candidates.
Budget $1,800
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Other Economic Level Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success Last year we distributed $2,200 to three seniors.  Also, a local donor presented a four year scholarship to one of the students for her leadership in the agriculture community.  This year, we immediately set aside $1,800 as per our pledge. 
Long Term Success Traditionally, this organization was acting as a fraternal organization and not a reporting 501(c)3 but looking through bank records and prior claims the organization has authorized over $10,000 in scholarships over the last 5 years, over $7,500 was claimed and distributed to the students the following school year.
Program Success Monitoring
We have a committee solely dedicated to providing the rules of the scholarship at the start of the year and monitor progresses throughout the year. The scholarship does not require the student to continue to study agriculture post high school but does require that they use by February of the year following their graduation at a post secondary school program. Our primary goal is that the students place personal education and development as a priority in their lives.
Program Success Examples Of the prior 2 years scholarships:  we have had 7 students go onto begin their post-secondary education based upon the scholarships provided.  Six students at local colleges, one in Georgia.  Thus far, six of the seven are in planned four year school programs.  Most importantly, six of the students plan to use their education to be productive in the local community whether it be in agriculture, culinary, or business careers.  We are investing in our collective futures in Manatee County.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email phs.ffalumni@gmail.com
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 25
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
We naturally collaborate with Palmetto High School, Buffalo Creek Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, and the Future Farmers of America Chapter at the school organically.  However, this year we have started reaching out to University of Florida, Easter Seals of Southwest Florida, and Manatee County Farm Bureau through our members to expand outreach. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
The Future Farmers of America
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Policies and Procedures Under Development
Comments
Management Comments by Organization We are proud this year that we expanded our coverage to include 3 schools instead of a single school.  We in turn started d/b/a North River FFA Alumni & Supporters to better reflect our geographic coverage area.  We maintain the same standards of excellence in our pursuit of promoting agricultural and vocational studies.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Please view the video it gives you a glimpse of what our mission is locally.  All funds and efforts are local but we share a national vision to promote today's youth through agriculture.  A venue which provides over 600 career paths each depending on strong STEM and leadership skills.  Additionally, something we feel is often lacking today, discipline and focus.
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Maria C Mahoney
Company Affiliation Sun Hydraulics
Board Term May 2017 to May 2018
Board Chair Email chris.mahoney@sunhydraulics.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
RONNIE ANSLEY National Organization Board and Advisor
SAM ATHERTON National Organization Board and Advisor
John P Berkey Retired
Rosemary M Berkey US Post Office
Jacquelyn I Berkey Student President
KARI BOETTCHER National Organization Board and Advisor
STEVE BROWN National Organization Board and Advisor
ROBERT CALVIN National Organization Board and Advisor
LARRY CASE National Organization Board and Advisor
WILBUR CHANCELLOR National Organization Board and Advisor
Thomas A Cole Manatee County Sheriffs Department
Deb Cole Paralegal
Kathy J Cole Student
Julie Cole Stantech
BARRY CROOM National Organization Board and Advisor
THOMAS DORMODY National Organization Board and Advisor
HAROLD ECKLER National Organization Board and Advisor
DENNIS FISCUS National Organization Board and Advisor
MARION FLETCHER National Organization Board and Advisor
KEVIN FOCHS National Organization Board and Advisor
STEVE GASS National Organization Board and Advisor
NORMAN GAY National Organization Board and Advisor
NANCY HEADRICK National Organization Board and Advisor
Donald Herndon Easter Seals of Southwest Florida
CARL IGO National Organization Board and Advisor
LEE JAMES National Organization Board and Advisor
IKE KERSHAW National Organization Board and Advisor
SHERRY KEY National Organization Board and Advisor
ZACH KINNE National Organization Board and Advisor
MONTE LADNER National Organization Board and Advisor
JASON LARISON National Organization Board and Advisor
JOEL LARSEN National Organization Board and Advisor
BRUCE LAZARUS National Organization Board and Advisor
Lynn Lowrimore Retired
JEWEL MOORE National Organization Board and Advisor
BRIAN MYERS National Organization Board and Advisor
MORGAN PARKER National Organization Board and Advisor
Buddy Parks Rancher
Rhonda Parks Rancher
JOHN RAKESTRAW National Organization Board and Advisor
BRADY REVELS National Organization Board and Advisor
P Wynona Rife Manatee County School Board
SALLY SHOMO National Organization Board and Advisor
Kimberlin Simon Community Volunteer
David Simon Tropicana
Emily Stoops Community Volunteer
BECKY SULLIVAN National Organization Board and Advisor
John Summeralls Magazine
Michelle Summeralls Rice Appliances
TYLER TENBARGE National Organization Board and Advisor
ROBERT TORRES National Organization Board and Advisor
ZELIA WILEY National Organization Board and Advisor
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 5
Caucasian 95
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 40
Female 60
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 73
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 25
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Scholarship
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization The prior years management of attendance was lax since it was operating as a fraternal organization.  A couple of the board members only view the annual meeting as important.  As such, we selected board members and leadership team with a strong emphasis on attendance in board meetings. 
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Sept
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month Aug
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $13,000.00
Projected Expenses $9,000.00
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 Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Security and maintenance repairs at Land Lab
Campaign Goal $5,000.00
Campaign Dates Dec 2015 to Sept 2017
Amount Raised To Date 50 as of Jan 2016
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$2,580$2,471--
Administration Expense$840$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.960.61--
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$5,185--
Current Assets$0$5,185--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$0$5,185--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $5,255Membership Dues & Banquet $1,497--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $4,7000 $0--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation and Corporations $8000 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits Yes
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The 990s prior to 2015 are for the National FFA Organization.  All funds and actions will be used exclusively in Manatee and Sarasota counties.  The most recent financial report of 990N is the local chapters return and was under $6000 in total for the year.  Our expenses less than revenue.
Financial Comments by Foundation
This profile is under the national EIN because of the "Group Exemption Explanation." Each local affiliate must annually report their 990 to national. 
 
Financial information taken from the partial year financials (September 2015 - March 2016) provided by the local organization.
Nonprofit The Future Farmers of America dba Palmetto High FFA Alumni & Supporters
Address 1200 17th Ave W
Attn: Agricultural Room
Palmetto, FL 34222
Phone 941 840-8586

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