ABC Books 4 Children Adults
6109 55th Terrace East
Bradenton FL 34203
ABC– Artisans of Books for Children and Adults is made up of professional and aspiring authors, illustrators, publishers, and editors. Our mission is to form a networking alliance of independently published, self-marketing, and aspiring artisans in the fields of children’s and mainstream books, to exchange knowledge, share experiences, assist in marketing, and promote literacy wherever possible.
CEO/Executive Director no executive director
Board Chair Nancy Buscher
Board Chair Affiliation retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes Feb 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
In the past year, we have been able to organize and implement a marketing plan to help our authors obtain more visibility in the future. We are looking to find more qualified independent publishers for our members and mentors to teach them the complicated process of finding the right publisher for their work. Several of our members have gone on to win awards for the works and raise awareness for independent authors.
for the foreseeable future, we are looking to donate to scholarships for high school students in creative writing. Our first donation will be a monetary award in March to the National League of American Pen Women for their awards program, Launching Leaders in the Arts. Also, we are compiling a list of local professionals such as illustrators, publishers, editors, and formatters to refer our authors too.
Needs Statement
  1. movie projector for use at our general meetings and awards presentations - $500
  2. supplies to continue our mission - $100
  3. quick books program for our financial records - $360 
  4. funds to supplement the honorarium of professional speakers  - $500
  5. with enough funds, we would like to offer scholarships to aspiring writers and artists - $500
Background Statement
A gathering of fifteen authors of children's books met at the Crocker Church in Sarasota in March of 2012. The purpose was to form an organization to raise awareness of children's authors in the area. In the following years, we became incorporated and grew to recognize that authors of mainstream adult books had the same needs and desires. As we evolved we wanted to do more for the community and became a 501c3. In 2016 we started to look around for grants that would allow us to improve literacy in the area, particularly with children.  This search brought us to the community foundation. We now have a membership of fifty authors and are recognized as the go to organization for information on writing, publishing and marketing the area from Tampa to Ft. Charlotte.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Hardee
Areas Served Comments
North Port
Pt Charlotte
Punta Gorda 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
we have grown from a small group of local authors in 2012 to over fifty members which include authors, publishers, illustrators. Our members have benefited from our organization and have gone on to win local and National recognition. We are a  point of contact for many in the area looking for guidance in publishing their books. We have been trying to promote literacy in children and adults. In 2015 we partnered with Realize Bradenton to help organize the Children's Book Fair and Reading Festival. Recently we were given a donation to purchase children's books for homeless children in the Sarasota school system. We firmly believe that we can improve children's lives through literacy.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
I'm a great believer that children need to be encouraged from an early age to enjoy reading. Books can transport a child to another place, another time, another universe. Educating a child begins with educating the parents. If a parent doesn't read the child will not pick up a book. I support the Bradenton Children's Reading Festival every year. I help the organizers find great authors who bring their books to the event. Our authors were also at the Sarasota Pumpkin Festival. We are bringing our books to the children and the parents in the hope of encouraging children and their parents to pick up a book and read.
Our organization has a monthly program for the exchange of information and frequently have a guest speakers who talks  on a subject relevant to our goals. Sometime we have to pay the speaker an honorarium. The dispersal of this information is vital to our growth as individuals and as a group.
Budget $500
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success Attendees learn from professionals in their field and can pass on that knowledge. Using information received enhances the understanding of creating a book that the author can be proud of and share with others. Some of the participants have gone on to receive awards for their work. 100% of those attending have improved their understanding of what goes into the process of writing and publishing, 75% of attendees have grown in self confidence and are more successful in marketing their books.
Long Term Success The program helps to improve the works of the authors and connect them with their readers. It helps to put authors in touch with editors, formatters, Illustrators, whatever they are looking for to produce their best work.
Program Success Monitoring
We have seen our members progress from having an idea for a book to having several books written. We see tangible results in a person who didn't even own a computer to being  able to function and enjoy using it for daily interactions. During a program a new author will show off their published books for the first time. Someone will relate receiving an award for their children's book or their adult novel.
The self-confidence and self-esteem achieved is immeasurable.  
Program Success Examples
We have become the go to organization in the area for information on writing, publishing and marketing. 
We were recently given a donation of $100 to provide books for the Homeless children in one of the Sarasota schools. A book by one of our authors, Carole Stevens Bibisi was approved. 
Program Comments by Organization ABC maintains an average of 50 members, who attend meetings, receive frequent emails on upcoming events and receive a monthly newsletter all of which educate authors and illustrators in the writing process, polish, critique, proof, publish, print and assist with the marketing of their work. We are working with other local organization to raise awareness of the importance of reading and books. Improving literacy and the enjoyment of carving out a bit of our busy lives to slow down and read a good book.
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 0
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Dona Lee Gould, Bradenton, FL; owner of the Village Voices Gallery and Bookstore and president of the Florida Writer's Association; collaborated with ABC on the Art Center Sarasota Book Fair three years running.Art Center Sarasota worked with us to hold our book fair in their building. in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Other collaborations include the Sarasota Authors connection, Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime Association, and the Peace River Writers. We keep each other informed regarding speakers and events.We try to connect and promote each other and encourage members of the different groups to work together on projects. In 2015 we joined with Realize Bradenton to help organize the Bradenton children's Book Fair. 2018 will be our third year participating in this even.
External Assessments and Accreditations
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Nancy Buscher
Company Affiliation retired
Board Term May 2016 to Apr 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Nancy Buscher retired
Pamela Colendar retired
Robert Coons retired
Dennis Havlin retired
Jeanelle Havlin retired
Dr. Robert Krupp retired
Brenda Spalding retired
Lucy Tobias retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
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
Governance Comments by Organization
Our challenge is to find people with a knowledge of the writing, publishing and marketing of books. Every board member brings a different set of skills and this diversification will make for a well informed and rounded board. We look to the people we already have worked with and know their strengths. With this in mind the opportunities as an organization to grow and provide local writers with information on how to be an author. There is also the opportunity to reach more children and provide quality books to improve literacy.
The challenge is to find members willing to take on the positions. there is a lot of unpaid work involved and a knowledge of what it takes to write, publish and market a book. Most of our members are older and the technology involved is time consuming to learn. Most can not commit the time it takes. However, the opportunities to learn and become better informed are great. It's a sense of being part of helping the writing community to become more visible and helping others. 
Governance Comments by Foundation Organization held only one board meeting in 2016.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $1,000.00
Projected Expenses $300.00
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
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$0$0--
Administration Expense$493$275--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.332.11--
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%0%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,122$0--
Current Assets$1,122$0--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$1,122$0--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $1,150Other $580--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Our financial challenge is to have enough funds on hand to meet the needs of running the organization. the cost of paper, ink, business cards is coming from membership dues. With donations from the public we could meet these costs and be able to give back to the community by providing free help to our authors and also donate books to local groups that need them.
Financial Comments by Foundation The organization files a 990-N.  Financial information taken from the organization's unaudited compilations.
Nonprofit ABC Books 4 Children Adults
Address 6109 55th Terrace East
Bradenton, FL 34203
Phone 941 773-5340