Transition Sarasota Inc
1680 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota FL 34236
Transition Sarasota improves overall quality of life by building community, revitalizing our local food system, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and strengthening our local economy.
CEO/Executive Director Jeffrey Vredenburg
Board Chair Roger Landry
Board Chair Affiliation Building Energy Solutions
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $55,170.00
Projected Expenses $46,161.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

Past Year Accomplishments

 1. Mobilized participants in the Suncoast Gleaning Project to harvest more than 30,000 pounds of fresh organic produce for AllFaiths Food Bank.

2. Convened more than 20 local organizations to produce 24 events as part of our sixth annual Eat Local Week.

3. Hired a part-time Interim Executive Director through the end of 2017 and diversified the Board.

4. Expanded partnerships with local colleges by adding a New College student and a USF-Tampa Master’s Student as Interns.

Current Year Goals

1. Continue and expand the Suncoast Gleaning Project.

2. Present the 7th Eat Local Week Event in October.

3. Reinvigorate the Films For A Future program in partnership with the UU Church of Sarasota and Sarasota Film Festival.

4. Strategically plan to ensure a sustainable model going forward.

5. Expand cooperative efforts with local organizations.

Needs Statement
Needs Statement


1. Fund a full time Executive Director for $41,600. 

2. Fund and expand the Suncoast Gleaning Project which brings fresh, organic produce to needy families in Sarasota County, estimated $31,200 for a full time Gleaning Coordinator.

3. Fund a major sponsorship or endowment to institutionalize Eat Local Week as a sustainable community event that provides a focus and rallying point for the complex local food community in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, $10,000 per year.

4. Fund a new computer with business and graphics software, projector, portable PA equipment, and website upgrade, est. $5,000.

5. Fund rental for event and meeting sites at venues such as the Florida House, est. $3,000.

Background Statement
Transition Sarasota was founded in 2010. Before becoming an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in January 2016, the organization benefited from the fiscal sponsorship of the Peace Education & Action Center. Transition Sarasota is part of the international Transition Network ( and is recognized as an official Transition initiative by Transition US (
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Transition Sarasota engages residents and business in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Tertiary Org Type Environment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I have been aware of humankind's effects on the natural world for as long as I can remember. In my experience, increased globalization over time removed the personal aspect of business interactions. Many large corporations build their business models around maximizing profits, with little regard for the effects they have on natural resources and the environment. The international Transition movement seeks to act as a catalyst to relocalize business and build local economies in a manner that is socially just and environmentally responsible. I am proud to be part of this movement and believe in it's power to affect positive change.
I first had the pleasure of working with Don Hall, the founder and past Executive Director of Transition Sarasota, as part of a collaborative effort called “Sarasota Power” in 2010, where a group of citizens and organizations came together to transform the electric utility structure, allowing for citizens of our community to decide where their power comes from and how it is be produced. More recently, my involvement with the efforts of Transition Sarasota have included creating a new nonprofit organization, building a board, and strengthening our local food economy.
Although building a local food economy in a global market is challenging, the movement continues to grow steadily. Transition Sarasota successfully increased the number of participants in the Eat Local Week year after year. The gleaning of organic produce for donation to All Faiths Food Bank has also been a great successful. The full potential of these initiatives has not yet been achieved due to a lack of staff needed to take this program to the next level.
As a long-time supporter and contributor to Transition Sarasota, I feel every hour I spend and dollar I invest is effectively converted into a force for positive change in our community.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
While there are other local organizations that focus broadly on improving quality of life throughout our community, none emphasize the importance and urgency of achieving environmental, social, and economic sustainability like Transition Sarasota does. And while other local organizations address issues related to sustainability, none is as committed to uplifting our entire community as Transition Sarasota.
Transition Sarasota is also unique not only in articulating a comprehensive vision for a truly sustainable Sarasota County and a viable plan for how to get there, but we are also fully engaged in the practical action necessary to implement these ideas.
Description Now in the seventh year, Eat Local Week features a diverse collection of events during the last week of October (recently expanded to include two weekends), focused on strengthening the local food community in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. A keynote presentation and associated events set the theme, but events typically include farm-to-table dinners, tours of school gardens, fruit tree groves, and Mote Aquarium research facilities, educational presentations and classes, plant identification walks, festivals such as the Collard Greens Festival and the Geraldson Fall Harvest, and many more. Transition Sarasota carries out organization and publicity, while individual "partners" put on most of the events.
Budget $8,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Blacks, African Heritage
Short Term Success Outcomes include education of the public in regard to local food options and availability, home food production, food deserts and other community food challenges;  publicity for local non-profit and for-profit organizations related to local food.
Long Term Success Building community and strengthening our local foodshed, and supporting local food-related businesses.
Program Success Monitoring In the past we have not collected data, but this year we have plans in place to record attendance at Eat Local Week events, survey participants, and obtain feedback from partners.
Program Success Examples There are many small miracles of community building each year, but last year's Collard Greens Festival in Newtown was conceived as an Eat Local Week and grew beyond anyone's imagining. It will be this year's kickoff event for Eat Local Week, and we expect to structure our keynote presentation around the Fest and more generally the role of food in revitalization of the Newtown community.
Description Transition Sarasota features a monthly showing of a documentary film related to some component of the mission of organization, especially building local community through local food and local business.
Budget $3,000
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success We have changed the venue for the films to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota on Fruitville Road. We expect this to lead to a considerable increase in attendance, and to building a partnership with UUCS.
Long Term Success Long-term success would be a solid, ongoing series, well-attended and supported by substantial effort of Transition Saraosta volunteers.
Program Success Monitoring Previously, little was done to monitor success. We will record attendance and survey participants to obtain feedback on the program.
Program Success Examples As an inspirational and educational program, it is difficult to give a precise measurement of its benefits. We do know that the program was previously very popular with its small number of participants. We expect considerably increased participation in the new venue, and this and the volunteer energy we see generated will be the best measure of how the program is going.
Description Transition Sarasota organizes volunteers to harvest produce at Jessica's Organic Farm (and occasionally other producers) that would otherwise go to waste to distribute to low-income community members throughout Sarasota County by the AllFaiths Food Bank.  
Budget $3,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Elderly and/or Disabled Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success For each of the past six years, the Suncoast Gleaning Program has harvested over 30,000 of fresh organic produce. Distributed by AllFaiths Food Bank, this provides healthy and nutritious food for many poor, homeless, institutionalized, and other underserved populations throughout Sarasota County.
Long Term Success Given the remarkable amount and quality of the donated produce, it is beyond question that the top-quality healthy produce distributed to scores of local agencies has had a tremendous impact on the health and quality of life of many disadvantaged people in our community.
Program Success Monitoring The amount of produce and number of harvesting volunteers are tracked. The program has obtained some small grants.
Program Success Examples Given the remarkable amount and quality of the donated produce, it is beyond question that the top-quality healthy produce distributed to scores of local agencies has had a tremendous impact on the health and quality of life of many disadvantaged people in our community.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Jeffrey Vredenburg
CEO Term Start Jan 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email

Interim Executive Director, Jeff Vredenburg, is also the Sustainability Program Educator for the City of Sarasota. In that role, he focuses on the issues of recycling, climate change adaptation, waste diversion and greenhouse gas emission reductions. For the past decade, Jeff's work involved helping people reduce their carbon footprint through education and community involvement. He moved to Sarasota after studying sustainability science and sustainable tourism in 2015, and has worked on sustainability, worker rights and immigration issues at nonprofits across the country. 

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Don Hall Jan 2010 - Aug 2016
Sarah Moore Sept 2016 - Nov 2016
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 580
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Transition Sarasota works closely with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and local businesses, including Sarasota County Sustainability, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools Food and Nutrition Services, Slow Food Greater Sarasota, All Faiths Food Bank, Jessica's Organic Farm, Geraldson Community Farm, the Peace Education & Action Center of Sarasota, WSLR 96.5 FM Community Radio, the HuB, Transition US, Florida House Institute, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Slow Money, Sarasota County's Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP), the Myakka River Branch of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, Manatee Rare Fruit Council, and Crowley Museum & Nature Center.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Local Hero Award for Best NonprofitEdible Sarasota2013
Conscious Co-Creator AwardCo-Create Tampa Bay2014
Sustainability Leader AwardSarasota County Government2015
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 Under Development
Management Comments by Organization

The recent resignation of our founding executive director last year spoke directly to the need of the organization to evaluate the work load of the executive and focus on developing steady resource streams that will secure the top position now and ultimately provide resources needed for organic growth based on community needs and opportunities. We are still working out the role of the recently hired Interim Executive Director. Obtaining funding for the Executive Director position is a high organizational priority.

Other Documents
Other Document 2
Board Chair
Board Chair Roger Landry
Company Affiliation Building Energy Solutions
Board Term Jan 2016 to June 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Joseph M Chapman Community Volunteer
Laurin Kocher Whole Foods Market
Roger Landry Building Energy Solutions
Cooper Levey-Baker Sarasota Magazine
Darryl McCullough 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 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 14
Board Meeting Attendance % 92
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 40
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization Transition Sarasota was under fiscal sponsorship of another 501(c)(3) nonprofit from 2010 through 2015. The organization separately incorporated in late 2015. Since incorporation, the Board of Directors has grown to six members and established a Finance Committee, bank and brokerage accounts, generally accepted accounting procedures, conflict of interest policy, and a Gift Acceptance policy. Assignment of board members to newly established committees was underway when the Executive Director resigned, requiring the board to reprioritize program activities, assume management roles and focus intently on revenue. Jeff Vredenberg was recently added as Interim Executive Director through November.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $55,170.00
Projected Expenses $46,161.00
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
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The Projected Revenue and Expenses reported above were adopted in June 2016 for fiscal year starting July 1. The budget is undergoing revision.  As with many small not for profit organizations, we are challenged with funding the goals and mission of the organization. The Board has refocused their attention on fewer programs they feel can have a greater impact on the community and raise awareness of Transition Sarasota to allow us to broaden our reach.                  
Financial Comments by Foundation
Organization is new and financials will be posted after one fiscal year has been completed.
Nonprofit Transition Sarasota Inc
Address 1680 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone 941 702-4769