Karma Yoga Outreach Inc
2888 B Ringling Blvd
Sarasota FL 34237
Karma Yoga Outreach Inc. serves the greater Sarasota County, FL area. It's mission is to bring free or affordable therapeutic yoga to targeted populations including, but not limited to Veterans with PTSD, children with Autism, people with Parkinson's Disease, and people in addiction recovery.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mrs. Harriet Roberts
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Feb 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Current therapeutic yoga programs:
Veterans: four free classes per week of specialized yoga for veterans, including those with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, combat stress, depression and physical disability and their immediate family members;
Children with Special Needs: five classes per week of specialized yoga for children with special needs including those with autism, Aspergers, sensory integration disorders and other mental developmental disabilities;
Parkinson’s: two classes per week of specialized yoga for Parkinson’s students;
Addiction Recovery: one free class per week of specialized yoga for 12 step recovery, Y12SR, for recovering addicts, alcoholics and their loved ones.
These classes are delivered in partnership with other non profit organizations which serve these populations including, Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services, Disabled American Veterans97; Ave Maria Preparatory School for Children with Special Needs and Neurochallenge Foundation for Parkinson’s.
In addition to sustaining these ongoing programs we plan to expand our offerings to include more schools for children with special needs; specialized yoga for persons with debilitating diseases including Alzheimer's and cancer; and specialized yoga for women veterans who have suffered Military Sexual Trauma.
In order to maintain the highest quality of credentialed yoga professionals in our programs we require our instructors to be credentialed in advanced therapeutic yoga training specific to the populations we serve. We plan to continue to bring such trainings to Sarasota. As our programs continue and expand we are in need of more qualified yoga professionals. Wherever possible we wish to provide scholarships to qualified yoga teachers for such trainings. So far, we have hosted Connected Warriors Yoga for Veterans trainings and Every Kids Yoga, Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs, at our home studio space donated by Garden of the Heart Yoga Center.
Needs Statement
1.  Veterans Yoga teaching fees for 1 year, 4 classes per week $10,000; 
2. Yoga for Children with Special Needs teaching fees for 1 year, 5 classes per week $12,150;
3. Yoga for 12 Step Recovery teaching fees for 1 year, 1 class per $2,500
4. Teaching fees for new programs for 1 year: estimated need $ 19,650
5. Specialized yoga equipment for all yoga programs. Estimated Need: $6,000
Background Statement

Karma Yoga Outreach began in 2013 as an idea for a model of delivering yoga to the community. Harriet Roberts, a yoga instructor and former lawyer and law professor, Cheryl Chaffee, Director of Garden of the Heart Yoga Center and Betsey Downing, Founder of Garden of the Heart Yoga collaborated on a concept intended to broaden the work of yoga professionals to serve the larger community.

Those who engage in yoga practice are familiar with the compassionate engagement of the body, mind and spirit to enhance one’s own personal health and happiness. However, there are many in our community who have experienced trauma, disease, mental disorders, and pain: people who mostly likely would never go to a yoga class due to lack of access or exposure to yoga: people who could benefit from yoga the most. We set out to initiate programs of specialized therapeutic yoga to targeted groups in the community.

In partnership with institutions in the philanthropic community including Goodwill Manasota, Neurochallenge Parkinson’s Foundation, Ave Maria Preparatory School, and Sarasota Ballet, we grew into an active community-based yoga organization engaged in a variety of projects aimed at bringing the transformative benefits of yoga to the those in need.

We currently offer 4 free classes per week for veterans and their family members. Many of our veterans have PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression, and physical disabilities. We are about to begin our third year at Ave Maria Preparatory School, teaching yoga to approximately 65 children each week, ages 6-22, with neurological disorders including Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Integration Disorder, and other developmental disabilities. We offer year round and seasonal classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease in North Port and in Sarasota. And we are offering a Y12SR class, the Yoga of 12 Step Recovery on a weekly basis, free to people who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Until December 2015 we functioned as a sponsored program of Goodwill Manasota, applying for grants and accepting donations with Goodwill Manasota as our fiscal agent. Because of our partnership with Goodwill and with the help of philanthropic organizations in the community, including the Community Foundation, our outreach programs have matured, our community involvement has deepened, and our impact has bettered the lives of hundreds of people in need.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments The greater Sarasota/Manatee County area, including Sarasota and North Port, FL.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We believe that yoga has the power to heal the heart, mind, and body. Karma Yoga Outreach, Inc. is dedicated to helping people find a sense of wholeness and wellness through the therapeutic practice of yoga. We bring yoga to people who wouldn't ordinarily step into a yoga studio. We invite you to join us by teaching, volunteering or making a donation.
Description Therapeutic yoga for US Veterans and their family members.
Budget $10,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Other Named Groups Adults
Short Term Success At the end of each class, participants leave feeling calmer, more relaxed, and better connected to their bodies.
Long Term Success Participants will, in the long term, be able to use the techniques learned in classes to reduce their own stress levels, manage insomnia, improve flexibility and strength, and feel better overall.
Program Success Monitoring We provide a survey to participants to report their perceived progress and get feedback from the students.
Program Success Examples Case scenario: after an 8 week series of classes, one veteran reported that he felt better after each class.  He realized that he could get up off the couch and move his body.  He began to engage in activities he previously enjoyed, such as kite flying and mountain bike riding, radically changing his sedentary lifestyle as a result of taking yoga classes.
Description Yoga is provided to children with Autism, Asbergers, and Sensory Processing Disorders.
Budget $26,000
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Health/Disability Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Other Health/Disability
Short Term Success During each class, participants exhibit an increase in focus, body awareness, and communication skills, in addition to stretching and moving their bodies. After class, they continue to maintain focus, sociability, and calmness.
Long Term Success Long term goals for the students are increased body awareness, better communication skills, and the ability to self-regulate or reduce stress and anxiety.
Program Success Monitoring At the end of each semester, the school provides us with a report that includes attendance, grades, and self-reported results. Children participating in the yoga program have shown improvements in their academic work across the board.
Program Success Examples Teachers report that after yoga class, students do better on in-class assignments and homework. Teachers also report that students are more attentive, have fewer melt-downs, and are more social after yoga.
Description Therapeutic yoga is provided to people with Parkinson's Disease and their care takers.
Budget $2,500
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Parkinson Disease
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success During classes, participants build strength and flexibility, and enjoy moving their bodies. By the end of a series of classes, some students have progressed to being able to participate without the assistance of a chair.
Long Term Success Long term changes have included increased strength, more fluid mobility, greater confidence, and a reduction of tremors. 
Program Success Monitoring Participants self report success in balance, sleep, stress levels, and mobility.
Program Success Examples Case scenario- one woman who participates regularly reported very poor balance and would not get out of her chair.  After several classes, she began to explore balancing just holding on to the chair.  After several months, she is able to balance on one foot.
Description Karma Yoga Outreach, Inc. sponsors a Y12SR class for people in recovery from addiction.
Budget $2,500
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short Term Success This program is relatively new, but participants report a greater sense of ease, stress reduction, community building and support.
Long Term Success This program helps to support people in recovery through talk and yoga. It gives them an outlet to be with others in recovery.
Program Success Monitoring Participants self-report.
Program Success Examples This is a relatively new program, so we do not yet have any examples of long-term success.
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 8
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

From late 2013 until December 2015 the Karma Yoga Outreach Program functioned as a sponsored program of Goodwill Manasota during which time we applied for grants and accepted donations with Goodwill Manasota as our fiscal agent. Because of our partnership with Goodwill and with the help of other philanthropic organizations in the community, including the extraordinary help of Community Foundation, our yoga outreach programs have matured, our community involvement has deepened, and our impact has bettered the lives of hundreds of people in need.

Karma Yoga Outreach has also collaborated with the Neurochallenge Parkinson’s Foundation and the Sarasota Ballet in developing and marketing classes for our Parkinson’s program. We are currently in collaboration with the non-profit organization Connected Warriors to promote and market our free yoga classes for veterans. Connected Warriors also provides free, specialized training to the teachers in our program. And, for the third school year, we continue to collaborate with the Ave Maria Preparatory School/Goodwill Manasota to provide daily yoga classes for students with Autism and other developmental disorders.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Volunteer of the Year- given to Harriet Roberts for her work at Karma Yoga OutreachGoodwill Manasota2015
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Harriet Roberts
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email Harriet@gardenoftheheartyoga.com
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Cheryl Chaffee Garden of the Heart Yoga Center
Mr. Nikhil N. Joshi Esq.Hultman Sensenig + Joshi
Harriet Roberts Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 Indian/American (1)
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 92
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
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $23,000.00
Projected Expenses $24,000.00
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
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$17,734----
Administration Expense$1,582----
Fundraising Expense$2,272----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.05----
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$0----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $17,512----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation and Corporate Support $13,959----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $11,010----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Since we are a brand new non-profit, we do not have any official financial statements from 2015 or earlier.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilation.  No balance sheet information provided.
Nonprofit Karma Yoga Outreach Inc
Address 2888 B Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone 941 341-9781