Cortez Village Historical Society Incorporated dba Cortez Cultural Center
11655 Cortez Road West
CORTEZ FL 34215-0663
The object of the Society shall be to investigate and study the History of the Village of Cortez, to provide for the collection, preservation and dissemination of knowledge and information with reference thereto and to provide for the collection and preservation or display of papers, books, records, relics, and other things of historical interest; to acquire, hold, own, operate, and manage property, real or personal, necessary or advisable for these expressed purposes.
CEO/Executive Director no executive director
Board Chair Theodore Adams
Board Chair Affiliation Cortez Village Historical Society
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization Cortez Cultural Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1990
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2017
State Registration Yes May 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $19,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,820.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Over the past few years, the organization has changed tremendously, gaining a new space in which to host a public heritage center. In the past year alone, volunteers have restored the historic building including laying a new roof, refinishing the interior including rewiring the building, refinishing floor, ceiling and insulation, installing lighting, creating a wheelchair ramp, and adding climate control.  All new exhibits were created, and the Cultural Center opened for business to the public.
Goals for the upcoming year:
  1. Growing our audience and increasing awareness of the Cultural Center's existence. 
  2. We are determined in reaching as many local residents as possible to continue our mission of recording cultural, historical, and genealogical memories of the Village. 
  3. We strive to make the public aware of our resources through special events, exhibitions, and programming. 
  4. We also continue to work on methods of generating operating revenue and increasing membership.
Objectives for 2016


  1. Open the Cortez Cultural Center Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
  2. Hire and use a museum consultant to assist us with the presentation of our pictures and records.
  3. Write interpretive stories to explain and capture the interests of our visitors.
  4. Using a small museum database tool, digitally record and document our accessions.
  5. Plan a landscape for the cottage that utilizes both ornamental and native Florida plants.


Needs Statement
1. Website site development, including new website to reflect opening of new facility. Also to include hosting domain name registry. $1000 creation, $200/year operation
2. Wifi and phone connection and operating costs. Our ability as a genealogical research facility depends in a large part to access databases. $600/year
3. Archival supplies to continue to preserve artifacts to the highest museum standards. Examples include acid free tissue paper, acid free garment and photo boxes, photographic housing, and accessioning materials. $500, ongoing material use.
4. Printing costs for temporary and changing exhibitions, bi-or tri-annually $500-1000.
5. Exhibition cases, clothing mounts, archival materials for exhibition building. $500-5,000.
Background Statement

Cortez Village Historical Society was founded November 8, 1984 by Mary Fulford Green and Linda Molto. We are a 501 c 3 corporation. We are an active group in Cortez, Florida, with a structure of a Board of Directors, Active Members, and Members, all of whom are unpaid volunteers.

We serve as a cultural center for the village of Cortez. The importance of our organization is preserving the history of the last remaining active fishing village of the west coast of Florida. The village attained Historical Status in 1995 and works to retain the lifestyle and image of an active maritime area in the twentieth century.

Our organization has grown and diminished over the thirty years of its existence, and are always seeking to increase membership with an active membership campaign. 

With our incredibly diligent volunteers, we obtained almost twenty five thousand dollars in grants since January of 2013 to refurbish the historic Monroe Cottage and convert it into a small museum/cultural center. Thousands of man-hours later, with the building moved to a new location, renovations complete, and new temporary exhibitions installed, our grand opening was during the Cortez Fishing Festival, February 2016. We look forward to continuing to serve the community with this new center where collecting local history is a priority.

Cortez Village Historical Society has always faced the challenges of being a small village that is opposed to local growth that could affect the historical village. We hope to continue this process of opposing big development and outsized infrastructure.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Cortez, Manatee County, Florida; Tourists from destinations across America as well as international visitors.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I couldn’t be more proud of the Cortez of the Cortez Village Historical Society’s new home, The Cortez Cultural Center; I can’t wait to share it with visitors. Our historic building hosted its grand opening during February of this year (2016) during the Cortez Fishing Festival.  CVHS members brought the center to life in honor of my late husband David Marion Bell “Sam”, who was born in Cortez. He loved Cortez so much. This would’ve been a dream of his to accomplish. We were married 50 years when David passed away.  He was the President of Cortez Village Historical Society, I was the Vice President and stepped up to be President.

Rehabbing the historic cottage is part of a larger plan to educate locals and tourists about Cortez history and the village’s historic and present day value to the commercial fishing industry. It took several years for the society to secure permits, restore the cottage, and open to the public. The cottage was moved over from Bradenton Beach to a lot in the F.I.S.H Preserve (Florida Institute for Saltwater Fishing); it needed rewiring, a new roof, new interior walls and flooring in the main room. All the work was done by CVHS volunteers starting in the summer of 2013.

The Cortez Cultural Center focuses on preserving “old Florida” history and the stories surrounding the families of the historic fishing village. Starting with early families like the Fulford’s, Guthrie’s, and Mora’s the displays show early photographs of the village, people and fishing. The displays go more into depth about Cortez schools, WWI and WWII veterans, music, Captains and their boats, Working Women, and the Albion Inn. We try to document the many obstacles the village has had to overcome such as Chris Craft wanting to build a marina, the 1995 net ban, stopping the high rise bridge, and the attempt to sell the Cortez Mobile Home Park. 

During the 2016 Cortez Fishing Festival, the Cultural Center resonated with Cortezians. It was so gratifying to watch people come in; some were brought to tears by photos of relatives whom they have never seen. Some of those visitors brought in more items and photographs in the months after the Fishing Festival.

Documenting and preserving the history is the Cortez Cultural Center’s main goal. CVHS is motivated to maintain the life and history of fishermen of this fishing village on Sarasota Bay. I envision the Cortez Cultural Center as a gateway to the 95 acre F.I.S.H. Preserve where visitors can use walking and kayaking trails, F.I.S.H. Boatworks, with examples of historic wooden boats and tools, then visit Florida Maritime Museum, and of course eat at one of our waterfront seafood restaurants. 

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Description The Cortez Cultural Center hosts a variety of speakers on diverse topics such as commercial fishing, the history of the village, local arts, and genealogy. 
Budget $600
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success Participants expand their knowledge of the history of the Village of Cortez, the local fishing industry, and local history.
Long Term Success We aim to increase the awareness of the longstanding traditions of the community.
Program Success Monitoring We track attendance, repeat visitation, visitor comments, and bringing guests back to the Cortez Cultural Center.
Program Success Examples Many in the community have participated in bringing the Cortez Cultural Center to existence through donations of artifacts, oral histories, cash and in-kind donations, and volunteer hours. 
Program Comments by Organization

Our most recent Program was a book signing by a Cortez author, J.B. Crawford on May 21, 2016.  The book Cortez Village is a compendium of stories about the working fishing village of Cortez and how it has flourished and survived for 130 years on the west coast of Florida.

Cortez Village Historical Society members have published a cookbook and three historical history books to raise money for the preservation of the way of life found in the fishing village.  J.B. Crawford has published two historical books about Cortez, two historical fiction books about fishing in Cortez for teens, and one coloring book for children; he contributes a portion of his sales to CVHS.    We currently sell these books, t-shirts, posters, and postcards throughout the year to raise money to support the Cortez Cultural Center.

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 15
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage, Florida Maritime Museum of Cortez 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Cortez Village listed on National Register of Historic PlacesNational Park Service, Department of the Interior1995
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization The Cortez Village Historical Society is directed and staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers. We are a passionate group who have a keen interest in preserving the stories, history, and interests of one of the few remaining Fishing Village communities in the state.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization

Board Chair
Board Chair Theodore Adams
Company Affiliation Cortez Village Historical Society
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Theodore Adams CVHS
Joseph B. Crawford Community Volunteer
Bob Landry Community Volunteer
Linda Malto Retired
Kris Martinez Community Volunteer
John McDonald Community Volunteer
Robin Schoch Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 23
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization
The principal challenge of all organizations is to maintain an understanding of and commitment to the fundamental mission and to establish systems for continuity of leadership. The Cortez Village Historical Society is no exception. Each passing day re-emphasizes the need to stay focused on our mission, making certain the next generation of historians shows respect for elders and their generational knowledge, committing to a positive and responsible future. 
Our organizational challenges are based on currently being an all-volunteer led group. It has required serious efforts of time and expense to move the Monroe Cottage across the length of the Cortez Bridge and to completely restore and refurbish the historic building on FISH Preserve land. The CVHS officers, directors, and members poured over thousands of photographs, letters, documents, and artifacts to begin to tell the story of the Village in the new museum. We continually commence grassroots fundraising, including sales of books and publications to memorabelia and strawberry shortcake. As the grandsons and granddaughters of the pioneers of our community, our fundamental duty is to investigate, study and preserve the history of our aging commercial fishing village, a responsibility we take seriously.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $19,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,820.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently 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
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$19,971$5,260$88
Administration Expense$920$507$167
Fundraising Expense$0$0$808
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.630.603.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%91%8%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%--21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $6,901Program Service Revenue $3,483Fundraising $2,598
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSales $3,3600 $0Contributions, gifts, grants $1,255
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $2,8900 $0Membership Dues $70
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 Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
We are a strong grassroots organization powered by volunteer commitment. A very small part of our operating budget is based on membership and donations. A large part, and one of our greatest strengths, is project-based fundraising. We have been very successful in paying for the relocation of the historic building and its subsequent complete renovation into a museum through collaborations, grants, and fundraising events. We host geneaological seminars and book signings, staff booths at festivals, make ourselves available to the community as keepers of the community's history, and find success in turning that enthusiasm into larger projects to benefit the community. 
Now that we have opened to the public, and are seeing new visitors daily, we are faced with more mundane financial matters such as electricity and internet. We continue to look for ways to keep our museum self-supporting.  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilations. No balance sheet information provided.
Nonprofit Cortez Village Historical Society Incorporated dba Cortez Cultural Center
Address 11655 Cortez Road West
CORTEZ , FL 34215 0663
Phone 941 524-4081