Transition Sarasota Inc
3820 Myrtle St
Sarasota FL 34235
To create food and economic security by supporting local, sustainable sources.
CEO/Executive Director Janet M Lewis
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 2019
State Registration Yes Sept 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

Past Year Accomplishments

1. Mobilized over 260 participants in the Suncoast Gleaning Project to harvest more than 54,000 pounds of fresh local produce for All Faiths Food Bank.

2. Convened more than 18 local organizations to produce 17 events as part of our seventh annual Eat Local Week. 
3. Reinvigorated our Films For A Future program with eight films shown to an average of 40 participants each.
4. Successfully developed a sustainable operations model with the hiring of a part-time Interim Executive Director and increased engagement of an active and diverse board.  

Current Year Goals

1. Continue and expand the successful Suncoast Gleaning Project, which makes fresh local produce accessible to low-income families.

2. Organize and facilitate the 8th Eat Local Week in October.

3. Continue and expand "Films For A Future" series in partnership like-minded local nonprofits.

4. Incorporate students into internships to build experience and develop programs. 

5. Cooperate with local organizations to conduct additional events to increase community awareness of and connections with local food production and producers.

Needs Statement
Needs Statement

1. Increase part-time executive director capacity from 10 hours/week to 25 hours/week: $22,750.

2. Fund a Gleaning Project Coordinator for 15 hours/week, 32 weeks/year, to expand the Suncoast Gleaning Project: $8,400.

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.

4. Technology upgrade including new computer with business and graphics software, projector, portable PA equipment, and website upgrade: $5,000.

5. Fund rental for event and meeting sites at venues such as the Florida House: $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 its 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 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
Transition Sarasota provides a unique three-fold approach to simultaneously address social, environmental and economic conditions. Through supporting and promoting the local food system, Transition Sarasota works to improve the resilience of the local economy, food security, human health, and community relationships – All of which are fundamental for individuals to enjoy life and thrive. In addition to local benefits, Transition Sarasota’s work has global benefits through lowering both the carbon footprint and the pollution associated with food transport. In 2007, the National Resource Defense Council reported that the average American meal consists of ingredients from five different countries, and the fossil fuels burnt through transport of these goods dramatically increases air pollution and greenhouse gases in comparison with locally produced foods ( Transition Sarasota is unique in articulating a comprehensive vision for truly sustainable Sarasota and Manatee Counties, developing viable plans for how to get there, and engaging in the practical action necessary to implement these practices.
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 All Faiths Food Bank. Gleaning is conducted weekly during higher production months (October through May).
Budget $8,400
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 seven years, the Suncoast Gleaning Program has harvested over 30,000 of fresh organic produce. Distributed by All Faiths 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. In addition, gleaning brings together hundreds of community members, which builds relationships, provides tangible assistance and salvages high-quality food that would otherwise be lost. Furthermore, the gleaning program serves as a living example for students to learn about local food systems, reducing food waste, and how they can help meet needs in the community.
Program Success Monitoring The amount of produce and number of harvesting volunteers are tracked. For the previous gleaning season, the Suncoast Gleaning Project had over 260 volunteers and harvested more than 54,000 pounds of fresh produce, which was donated for for distribution to needy individuals and families in the community. 
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. In addition, in just the previous year's gleaning season, over 260 individual volunteers participated, which builds community relationships and awareness around local food and meeting local needs. Furthermore, the Suncoast Gleaning Program is an educational tool, such as in January, 2018, when eighteen high school students learned about and participated in gleaning first-hand. 
Description Now in its 8th 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 Newtown Big Mamas Collard Greens Festival, the Geraldson Fall Harvest Festival, and many more. Transition Sarasota carries out organization and publicity, while individual "partners" put on most of the events.
Budget $10,000
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, strengthening our local foodshed and supporting local food-related businesses.
Program Success Monitoring For the 2017 Eat Local Week, we tracked web-page hits, Eventbrite page hits, Eventbrite sign-ups and estimated actual attendance. In total, we estimate over 1200 in-person attendees across the 2017 Eat Local week events.
Program Success Examples
There are many small miracles of community building each year. 2017 included our first "Veterans Appreciation Dinner", which was created as an Eat Local Week event in partnership with Green Path Veterans Farm. In addition, 2017 was our first year partnering with "Giving Hunger the Blues", an event to benefit the Mayors Feed the Hungry program. "Big Mamas Collard Green Fest" in Newtown, which was a successful Eat Local Week event spearheaded in 2016, enjoyed its second year.
Description Transition Sarasota is partnering with local nonprofits to expand this years' Films For A Future series. This series examines documentary films focused on aspects of Transition Sarasota's mission, especially with respect to building and supporting local community and improving sustainability. We are also exploring expanding Films For A Future to include new formats, such as book-club style discussion activities.
Budget $3,000
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success We are developing partnerships with local nonprofits to expand the impact of the Films For A Future series. Through such partnerships, we are excited about the increased viewership that these documentaries will have, and the increase in dialogue and community improvements as a result.   
Long Term Success Long-term success is an ongoing educational series which raises awareness, catalyzes community dialogue, strengthens community relationships and motivates practical improvements.    
Program Success Monitoring In 2017, eight films were screened to an average of 40 participants per film. In 2018, event participation will continue to be recorded.
Program Success Examples As an inspirational and educational program, it is difficult to give a precise measurement of its benefits. We know that the program has been very popular with its small number of participants. We expect considerably increased participation through partnerships with like-minded local nonprofits. Greater numbers of participants, which catalyze vibrant discussions and changes in the community overall, is the success that we seek through this film series.
Program Comments by Organization Transition Sarasota's dynamic programs provide ongoing (weekly, monthly, annually) activities through which community members can be engaged, grow in knowledge, and develop relationships all-the-while supporting local, sustainable sources. These activities and community participation help to develop local food and economic security.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Janet M Lewis
CEO Term Start Dec 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email

Janet Lewis has a doctorate in plant breeding and genetics and has held research positions focused on developing new wheat varieties in both academia and the corporate sector. Arriving in Sarasota in the summer of 2017, she has become engaged in local food and climate change initiatives. Her long-term aim is to mitigate the effects of climate change on the food system to ensure future food security.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Sarah Moore Sept 2016 - Nov 2016
Jeffrey Vredenburg Jan 2017 - Dec 2017
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 270
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
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, Solutions To Avoid Red Tide, the Peace Education & Action Center of Sarasota, WSLR 96.5 FM Community Radio, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sweetsong Groves, Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, Giving Hunger the Blues, Transition US, Florida House Institute, BOLD Cowork of Sarasota, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Myakka River Branch of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, and the Manatee Rare Fruit Council.
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
$5,000 GrantJunior League2016
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 No
Management Comments by Organization

In 2016, the resignation of our founding executive director revealed the need of the organization to evaluate the workload of the Executive Director 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. Jeff Vredenburg successfully completed his interim Executive Director term as of December, 2017. With the hire of Janet Lewis, we are maintaining the Executive Director position as part-time. We are working to gain additional funding streams before increasing the responsibilities of the Executive Director and the Suncoast Gleaning Project Coordinator. Obtaining funding for the Executive Director and the Suncoast Gleaning Project Coordinator positions is a high organizational priority

Board Chair
Board Chair Roger Landry
Company Affiliation Building Energy Solutions
Board Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Jeff Hollway 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 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
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
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. Janet Lewis was recently added as Executive Director.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $62,790.00
Projected Expenses $60,781.00
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 As with many small not for profit organizations, we are challenged with funding the goals and mission of the organization. The Board has focused current programs to be in-line with resources and ensure their success. We see great opportunities to expand program activities and increase impact in the community if the necessary funding is secured.                  
Financial Comments by Foundation
Organization is new and financials will be posted after one fiscal year has been completed.
Nonprofit Transition Sarasota Inc
Address 3820 Myrtle St
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone 941 702-4769