HearCare Connection Inc
2800 Hillview St
Sarasota FL 34239
HearCare Connection builds the self-worth of individuals by restoring their hearing potential and providing them with opportunities to engage with their communities through service to others.
CEO/Executive Director Anna Bogdon
Board Chair Joseph Bonahoom Esq
Board Chair Affiliation Bonahoom & Bobilya, LLC
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Jan 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

HearCare Connection brings hearing screening and hearing health treatment to low and moderate income individuals (income up to 250% of federal poverty level) through a reduced fee, sliding scale community clinic.

Our patients, along with the reduced fee, "pay for services" by engaging in meaningful volunteer work, of their own choosing, which we call our Circle of Giving Model.

The impact of the Circle of Giving is that individuals that were not able to afford hearing aids have access to affordable hearing healthcare, and are able to interact and connect with others in the community through their volunteer hours.

Research has shown that individuals with hearing loss can become isolated and depressed as they retreat from interaction because they are unable to participate in normal conversations.

Our impact can be measured by the number of patients fit with hearing aids and the percentage of patients receiving follow-up care. We will survey patients on their perception of self-worth and meaningful involvement in the community upon the completion of the volunteerism structured through the Circle of Giving model.

In 2016, HearCare Connection opened a satellite clinic in Sarasota, Florida expanding the accessibility of hearing healthcare services to under-served individuals in Sarasota and Manatee County. Within the first six months of 2016, we have raised over $20,000.00 for our clinic.  HearCare Connection Sarasota has served over 30 individuals in our local clinic, fit over 60 hearing aids, have had 600 volunteer hours served by our patients, collected 150 used hearing aids from our community, and received an undocumented amount of hearing smiles.
Needs Statement


  1. Facilities and Equipment - $10,578.94 to supply the equipment, software and facility for HearCare Connection to operate.
  2. Professional Services - $17,000.00 This provides administration services from the HearCare Connection office in Indiana.  
  3. Marketing and Advertising - $2,500 To provide the ability to market the mission, as this is our first year, we need to spread the word of the importance of hearing health and its accessibility for all members of the community in Sarasota and Manatee counties. 
  4. Special Events/Fundraising:$5,000-allows HearCare connection to generate funds to fit people with hearing devices in Sarasota and Manatee counties as well as globally. 
  5. Office,Clinical Expenses $2,000- Allows for office supplies, postage, printing and fees to be paid and for an administrative director to be paid on a part-time basis. 


Background Statement

 In 2011, HearCare Connection, Inc. was established as an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to provide low-income and uninsured families access to a hearing clinic. A reduced fee is access is provided based on a sliding scale based on income and family size. The sliding scale allows for hearing aids to be affordable for patients while also requiring them to make a personal investment in their own healthcare.

In January 2012, we began seeing patients in Indiana. By the end of 2012, we reached a patient base of 127 individuals. In 2014, our clinic hours expanded to three days per week. In 2016, HearCare Connection established a satellite clinic in Sarasota, Florida. Today, HearCare Connection continues to grow and expand to reach more individuals who are in need of hearing care, but would otherwise be unable afford hearing health services.

Hearing loss is the 2nd most prevalent health issue globally. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, the number of people with hearing loss is more than those living with Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and diabetes combined. The lifetime costs of profound hearing loss can be as much as $1 million per person in the U.S. This invisible disability affects 1 in 5 people and that number is rising. Based on these averages, approximately 113,541 adults in both Sarasota and Manatee County are living with hearing loss and 15,659 of those are living in poverty.

The Herald-Tribune reported in 2014 that economists say that much of the job gains in recent years in Southwest Florida have been in lower-wage positions -- positions that may not provide enough income to lift people out of poverty and has “left many families struggling to stretch paychecks that have not increased with expenses”.

HearCare Connection seeks to alleviate the financial burden of audiology care while empowering individuals and reconnecting them to the community.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments HearCare Connection provides reduced fee hearing services to low-income children and adults on a sliding scale system based on household size and income for residents of Sarasota County and Manatee County.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Health Care
Secondary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
By providing the gift of hearing to those in need but who can’t afford it, HearCare Connection is helping that person to establish or re-establish their personal self-worth and self-esteem and allowing them to become the best version of themselves as possible. When one receives the gift of hearing they are able to become happy productive citizens in our community. This fosters a desire for them to improve not only themselves but the lives of those around them and within their community. The gift of hearing empowers people to better themselves, motivate them to help others, and makes them become a more productive citizens. What could be more important to our community.
-Joe Bonahoom, Board President 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Generosity is the word that I use every time I talk about HearCare Connection. Year after year, we see the generosity of our community through the gifts they share with HearCare Connection so that others can hear. From our foundations, to our donors, to our vendors, to our patients themselves - each piece of the puzzle is coming together to meet a community need.

We believe strongly in this community. We believe and care about quality hearing healthcare. Did you know that it is estimated that 112,000 adults in Sarasota and Manatee County are living with hearing loss? 30,000 of those adults are also struggling in poverty.

Your generosity extended through HearCare Connection is reaching these individuals. They are hearing again. They are having meaningful and life giving relationships again. They are receiving quality, on-going care from licensed audiologists. Our patient Linda said it best, "I can't believe I'm hearing. It seems like a whole new world." A whole new world is opening up for people right here in Sarasota and Manatee County and it's all because of YOU! Thank you! Thank you for giving your time, your talents and your treasures to HearCare Connection. Your investment is being felt in the hearts of individuals, who live in families, who touch this community each and every day. Please keep standing with us and helping us make an impact for generations to come.

-Anna Bogdon, Executive Director


At HearCare connection, we provide; hearing screenings, hearing tests, hearing aids, hearing aid maintenance, hearing aid repairs, and follow up care after initial treatment. We are able to fit individuals with gently used donated hearing aids collected through our community donation program. We also have the ability to purchase new hearing aids at greatly reduced costs from the manufacturer. Fees for services are based on a sliding scale according to family size and income requiring the patients to make a personal investment in their own healthcare. In addition to our nominal fees, we require our patients to complete a set number of volunteer service hours at a not-for-profit agency within our community to earn “sweat equity” for their hearing aids. Because we rely on the community’s support to operate our program, our patients give back to the community that has made it possible for them to receive care.

Budget $55,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success The short-term goals for this project will be improvement in individual client’s ability to hear environmental and speech sounds.
Long Term Success  Long-term goals for adults include; increased income potential, increased social interaction with peers, increased social and civic engagement, decreased feelings of isolation and depression, and overall improvement in quality of life.
Program Success Monitoring

HearCare Connection will directly impact our clients’ ability to hear environmental and speech sounds. We will maintain standard records and files for all patients treated to track our effectiveness in meeting our measurable outcomes. We will have immediate measurable results on changes in hearing through a program called Live Speech Mapping and Verification. We will continue to develop and makes changes as we learn more about conducting this program.

Program Success Examples 100% of our patients fit with hearing devices are still wearing and using them. A small percentage of our patients are continuing their volunteer hours long after their required hours are completed. Patients are referring their friends to HearCare Connection.
Description Over the last two years we have seen an increase in cancer patients who have lost their hearing due to cancer treatments. With the hearing loss, they struggle with communications with their doctors, families and support system. We believe that at this critical juncture in their lives, they are in desperate need of hearing healthcare, but also have their finances stretched to the max with cancer treatments. We do not require them to fit within our income requirements to be a part of this program. They are required to have a referral from our community partner or their oncologist. There are stipulations to the services we are providing and volunteer hours are also required of them or their family to participate. If this program develops as we hope, it will slightly change the demographics of “low income” that we serve.
Budget $10,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations People/Families of People with Cancer
Short Term Success The short-term goals for this project will be improvement in individual client’s ability to hear environmental and speech sounds.
Long Term Success

Long-term goals for adults include increased income potential, increased social interaction with peers, increased social and civic engagement, decreased feelings of isolation and depression, and overall improvement in quality of life.

Program Success Monitoring

We will maintain standard records and files for all patients treated to track our effectiveness in meeting our measurable outcomes. We will have immediate measurable results on changes in hearing through a program called Live Speech Mapping and Verification. We will continue to develop and makes changes as we learn more about conducting this program.

Program Success Examples
Harry was fit with hearing aids through the cancer services program in Indiana.   After having a childhood filled with surgery's to place tubes in his ears, Harry's hearing continue to decline.  Undergoing cancer treatments caused Harry to take action.  Through a referral to HearCare Connection, Harry was able to receive the care and the support he needed.  "I could never afford these.  With the cancer program, I did sixteen hours of community service.  They (HCC) provided me with hearing aids for just a low cost.  It's such a wonderful gift.  I don't know what I would do without them".  With the diagnosis of cancer a family is thrown into a world wind of treatments, financial choices and new support systems.  HearCare Connection wanted to provide for those who, on top of everything else, now struggled with hearing loss due to treatments.   "The difference is so incredible", says Harry.  "I don't know what the country would do without organizations just like you and people just like you."
Program Comments by Organization

HearCare Connection has now completed five successful years of serving low income individuals in Indiana. Our program has grown quickly. We operate efficiently with a small staff. We use trained and licensed professional audiologists to treat patients. We have established partnerships with other agencies and schools to refer patients to us for hearing care and treatment. We have established relationships with hearing aid manufacturers to purchase gently used and refurbished hearing aids at discounted prices. Other communities are now seeking out our guidance in starting similar programs in their communities.

The clinic in Sarasota is developing partnerships within their own community to bridge the gap needs for those who struggle with hearing loss. In our experience, most nonprofit medical/dental facilities do not provide audiology care, most insurances do not have sufficient coverage for people needing hearing aids and most individuals who could benefit from hearing aids go without because they cannot afford them. We are developing our resources to meet those unmet needs and to serve people with dignity. A hearing aid donation program has been implemented to collect hearing devices to benefit those who cannot afford them. A hearing aid loaner program for cancer and hospice patients is in the works to further bridge the gap in the communities of Southwest Florida. 


CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Anna Bogdon
CEO Term Start Oct 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email anna@hearcareconnection.org
Anna joined the HearCare Connection family in October of 2012. She is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana and has worked extensively in non-profit mission work both locally and globally. With over 20 years of experience in Executive Administration, her desire to help lead people into an “abundant life” fits into the passion of HearCare Connection: that no person is prevented from full participation in life due to
hearing loss. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Angelina Boungou June 2011 - Oct 2013
Senior Staff
Jodi Blakenship Community Liaison
Cindy Fraser Patient Care Coordinator
Olivia Hahn Audiology Intern
Dr. Kristina Sheehan Au.D.Director of Audiology
Stephanie Webb Billing and Finance Administrator
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 14
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Currently, the Sarasota Clinic is developing collaborations in Sarasota and Manatee County. 
Indiana has worked hard to develop community relationships to further our mission. Their relationships include:  

We have a partnership with Matthew 25 to provide a monthly hearing testing and treatment clinic at their clinic site. We continue to work with Brightpoint (formerly CANI) to provide hearing screenings at Brightpoint pre-school sites because early identification and intervention for children with hearing loss can benefit their emotional, social, and intellectual development. We receive referrals from Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, K21 in Warsaw, and local oncologists for cancer patients who have lost hearing because of cancer treatments. We have budding partnership with Heartland Home Healthcare to help provide for declining hospice patients who have hearing loss.

Because of the success of our program, we have partnered with audiology practices in Toledo, Ohio and Sarasota, Florida to establish satellite clinics of HearCare Connection to serve these communities. We are providing administrative support and guidance to help them establish these new clinics. 
Sertoma International2013
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization HearCare Connection worked with an organization to develop a strategic plan for the growth of our young nonprofit.  We have been using this plan as we look at new ventures and development of growth.  This plan has allowed us to focus on the core of our mission while raising support for the overall work of the organization.  We are very thankful for the leadership that our board has provided through our strategic plan.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Joseph Bonahoom Esq
Company Affiliation Bonahoom & Bobilya, LLC
Board Term Sept 2015 to Dec 2019
Board Chair Email joeb@blegal.com
Board Members
Board Members
Denise Bickley Indiana Ear, Audiologist
Joe Bonahoom Esq.Bonahoom & Bobliya, LLC
John Freiburger Precision Tool & Die
Justin Libey Salin Bank
Larry Piano Retired
Curtis Smith Director of Community Outreach, Parkview
Nora Stewart Entheos Audiology Cooperative/Chief Vision Officer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
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 5
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 72
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization Because we are a young and growing organization, board development is an important need. We are reviewing our current board makeup and recruiting process to help strengthen our board overall and develop an ongoing process for recruitment, orientation, training and leadership succession for our board. A current board member will be appointed to work with the Executive Director on this process. This will result in a stronger board with the ability to regularly review board performance; intentional recruitment of board members with needed skills and attributes and an ongoing process to develop succession of board leadership.
Governance Comments by Foundation All board members are at the national organization in Indiana.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $375,600.00
Projected Expenses $375,600.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
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
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$77,047$286,467$158,339
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$107,369$37,022$15,030
Revenue In-Kind$2,025$10,906$32,997
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$398,598$276,881$212,801
Administration Expense$68,477$41,605$43,022
Fundraising Expense$24,311$49,565$36,714
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.210.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%75%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%15%21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$163,622$133,772$53,939
Current Assets$144,241$117,889$31,634
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$12,481$8,880$5,656
Total Net Assets$151,141$124,892$48,283
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $275,824Contributions, gifts, grants $286,467Contributions, gifts, grants $158,339
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $107,369Net Income from Sales of Inventory $57,425Net Income from Sale of Inventory $43,622
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $77,047Clinic Fees - Net $37,354Clinic Fees $32,566
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.5613.285.59
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization


HearCare Connection continues to build relationships in the community. During 2016, we secured over $200,000 in operating grants from foundations, an increase of 30% from 2015. Our special event fundraiser raised 60,000.00.  We continue to diversify funding streams to support our organization. 

In our Sarasota clinic, we raised $25,000.00 our very first fundraiser for the work of the local clinic.  We are receiving fees for services and continuing to work on gaining local foundation support. 

The company as a whole is increasing our efforts to raise funds from individuals and corporations.  We continue our policy of maintaining two months of operating expenses in reserve. 


Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information taken from the Federal tax returns and audited financial statements.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support. Financial information for 2016 taken solely from the unaudited compilations as the Federal tax return was not available at time of review.  The value of in-kind donations is included in income on the compilations.
Nonprofit HearCare Connection Inc
Address 2800 Hillview St
Sarasota, FL 46825
Phone 941 316-0406