Transition Sarasota Inc
P.O. Box 1861
Sarasota FL 34230
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 Sarah Moore
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 2017
State Registration Yes Nov 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $55,170.00
Projected Expenses $46,161.00
Impact Statement
Past Year Accomplishments:
  1.  Delivered 16 talks, screened eight documentary films, and offered three "reskilling" workshops that were attended by 1,177 people.
  2. Mobilized dozens of volunteers to harvest 33,267 pounds of local produce for All Faiths Food Bank.
  3. Distributed more than 6,000 copies of the first print edition of our Eat Local Resource Guide & Directory.
  4. Brought together 23 organizations to offer 28 events during our fifth annual Eat Local Week.
  5. Grew the community of people connected with us through our mailing lists and social media by 19% to 3,775.
Current Year Goals:
  1. Offer at least 12 new talks, four new films, and four new "reskilling" workshops.
  2. Donate at least 30,000 pounds of produce to All Faiths Food Bank and expand our Gleaning Project to harvesting fruit trees.
  3. Distribute 10,000 copies of an expanded second print edition of our Eat Local Guide.
  4. Make our sixth annual Eat Local Week our biggest and best one yet. 
  5. After five years under fiscal sponsorship, establish ourselves as an independent organization and achieve financial sustainability.
Needs Statement
1. Fund Gleaning Project which brings fresh, organic produce to needy Sarasota families. $10,000
2. Develop sponsorships and underwriting for Eat Local Week, a week-long series of education events that stress consumer involvement in the local food shed and support for local farms. $15,000. 
3. Update and publish the Eat Local Guide, a resource for finding restaurants, retailers and farms committed to the local food shed. $5,000
4. New computer with business and graphics software. $4,000
5. Expand and provide training as needed for the Board of Directors. $1,500
Background Statement
Transition Sarasota was founded in 2010 by the founding Executive Director, Don Hall. Before becoming an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in January 2016, it 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 primarily engages residents and business in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
As an individual, I have been aware of man’s affect on the natural world for as long as I can remember. It has also been apparent to me that globalization has removed the personal aspect of business interactions and that many large corporations have built their business models around maximizing profits with little regard for the effects they have on natural resources and the environment in general. 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 first had the pleasure of working with Don Hall, the founder and 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 current electric utility structure into one that would allow for citizens of our community to decide where our power would come from and how it would be produced. More recently the efforts of Transition Sarasota have included creating a new nonprofit organization, building a board, and highlighting the best aspects of our local food economy.
Although building a local food economy in a global market is challenging, Transition Sarasota has shown success by increasing the number of participants in our Eat Local Week year after year. The gleaning of organic produce for donation to All Faiths Food Bank has also been very successful, but the full potential of this initiative 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 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 Transition Sarasota's Local Food Shift campaign is focused on growing a more sustainable, just, and prosperous local food system. It is also comprised of three main programs: our Suncoast Gleaning Project, which harvests surplus produce from local farms to benefit the food insecure in our community; Greater Sarasota's Eat Local Resource Guide & Directory (online at, which provides detailed listings of local food-related businesses and organizations in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto counties; and Greater Sarasota's Eat Local Week, which is an annual, week-long celebration of the best of local food and farming in Southwest Florida. We also have a 10% Local Food Shift Pledge, which encourages individuals and institutions to commit to purchasing or growing at least 10% of their food as locally and sustainably as possible.
Budget $14,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults US
Short Term Success Over the next few years, we will increase the amount of produce we donate through our Suncoast Gleaning Project by partnering with additional farms and residential fruit tree owners. Starting in September of 2016, we will distribute 10,000 copies of an expanded second print edition of our Eat Local Guide. We will also continue to grow our annual Eat Local Week and the number of people who have taken our 10% Local Food Shift Pledge.
Long Term Success The primary goal of this campaign is to increase the amount of locally-grown produce consumed in Sarasota County by 10% or more within the next 10 years. According to a 2006 study, this would add at least $80 million per year to our local economy and create thousands of new green jobs.
Program Success Monitoring We keep a record of the number of pounds of produce donated and volunteer hours worked through our Suncoast Gleaning Project. Our metrics for judging the success of our Eat Local Guide include how many people it is reaching and how many new listings have been added. We track partners, events, and media coverage related to our Eat Local Week, and how many individuals and institutions have taken our 10% Local Food Shift Pledge.
Program Success Examples Thanks to approximately 7,000 volunteer hours of support, our Suncoast Gleaning Project has donated 178,980 pounds of fresh produce to All Faiths Food Bank and The Food Bank of Manatee since its inception in October 2010 through March 2016. The number of listings in our Eat Local Guide has grown from 98 in April 2011 to 266 in March 2016. In the Fall of 2014, we distributed more than 6,000 copies of our first print edition, and our online guide is currently receiving around 2,800 pageviews from 850 unique visitors per year. Our Eat Local Week, which brings together dozens of partner organizations and businesses each year to offer dozens of diverse events, has inspired 20 articles in the mainstream press, many radio and TV interviews, and official proclamations from the governments of Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota. 377 individuals and institutions have taken our 10% Local Food Shift Pledge to date.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Sarah Moore
CEO Term Start Oct 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email

Sarah Moore, Acting Executive Director, has been an active participant in the local food system for the past 15 years. She worked in wholesale produce sales for Global Organic Specialty Source and in retail sales for the Granary and managed two local food co-ops. A longtime member of the Audubon Society and Sierra Club, Sarah helped organize 2011's Hands Across the Sand event with Transition Sarasota and has volunteered for a number of human rights and environmental conservation causes. She has a degree in economics from New College of Florida.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Don Hall Jan 2010 - Aug 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), 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 the founding executive director spoke directly to the need of the organization to evaluate the work load of the executive and focus on developing resource streams that will secure the top position now and ultimately provide the funds that will be needed for organic growth based on community needs and opportunities. The Acting Executive Director is not paid, allowing the board time to ramp up fundraising and provide management support to priority programs.


The recent resignation of the founding executive director 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. The Acting Executive Director is not paid, allowing the board time to ramp up fundraising and provide management support to priority programs.

Other Documents
Other Document 2
Board Chair
Board Chair Roger Landry
Company Affiliation Building Energy Solutions
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Roger Landry Building Energy Solutions
Cooper Levey-Baker Sarasota Magazine
Nikki Logan Curran Hitched & Honey
Darryl McCullough Retired
Sarah Moore Acting Executive Director
Ward Pallotta J. Ward Pallotta Tax Service
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization Transition Sarasota was under fiscal sponsorship of another 501(c)(3) nonprofit from 2010 through 2015; it separately incorporated in late 2015. Since incorporation the establishing Board of Directors has grown to six members and established a Finance Committee, bank and brokerage accounts, generally accepted accounting procedures, 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. Sarah Moore moved from a voting board seat to Acting Executive Director during the transition period.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $55,170.00
Projected Expenses $46,161.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
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. 
Financial Comments by Foundation
Organization is new and financials will be posted after one fiscal year has been completed.
Nonprofit Transition Sarasota Inc
Address P.O. Box 1861
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone 941 702-4769