Universal Design Coalition Inc
SARASOTA FL 34232-6402

The mission of the Universal Design Coalition is to educate the public on the beneficial aspects of Universal Design so that all age groups and people of all mobility levels can enjoy accessible, safe, pleasing, and environmentally friendly housing.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Larry Hale
Board Chair Affiliation Larry Hale, LLC
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2016
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes Oct 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

The UDC has grown over the past three years to become a regionally recognized organization with a strong mission and proven track record in educating the Suncoast community on: 

  • Home Modifications for “Aging in Place”
  • Opportunities to allow all age groups to create safe homes (built environments) for themselves and their visitors.
  • Minimizing risk for various types of challenged people
In 2015, the newly formed UDC initiated its outreach to multiple professional groups. Through these efforts, we created a significant awareness among professionals as well as "draw" for our programs. Sarasota County professionals in aging, construction and home and health care are increasingly aware of the benefits of universal design.
This year, we have expanded the depth and breadth of our outreach. Due in part to our efforts, Sarasota County passed a voluntary resolution on Visitability and Universal Design. We helped them determine a preset checklist that contractors and home owners can use when building to incorporate Visitability and UD. We supported the Sarasota County Sustainability Department in promoting Universal Design through presentations to interested individuals in the community. We presented Universal Design to business groups such as  the American Institute of Architects - Sarasota, Construction Specifications Institute - Sarasota and Tampa (Architects, Contractors, Engineers) to advance awareness. We supported  Sarasota Mayor Willie Charles Shaw for his presentation to the League of Cities Mayors in Orlando. In addition to these community efforts, we extended our programming to include:
During the past two years, 150+ professionals and residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties have attended our programs. Universal Design is now well on its way the level of public awareness that "going green" achieved a decade ago.
Needs Statement
  1. $300 to be a co-sponsor of one of UDC's educational programs
  2. $2,500 to develop a social media/direct mail program and informational poster to promote our seminars to local clubs and organizations dealing with aging issues
  3. $10,000 to develop coursework on Residential Design that works for everyone, especially to allow for Aging-in-Place. This would be included in the Gerontology BS or MA degree program at University of South Florida-Sarasota/Manatee
  4. $15,000 to fund national speakers and marketing for a 1-day UD seminar to be created in collaboration with other built environment organizations (e.g. Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF), Center for Architecture)
  5. $250,000 to purchase and remodel a demonstration home to illustrate Senior Housing/ Aging in Place/ Accessible living features to the public with an open house/tour event. The home could be created in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Sarasota County Health Human Services Department on Sustainability, or Age Friendly Sarasota
Background Statement
The Universal Design Coalition (UDC) was initiated from the SCOPE "Continuing the Conversation" meetings. UD (design  for easy living) gained momentum when The Institute for the Ages included Universal Design as one of its six main groups. UDC is the only group that exists post-Institute for the Ages.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments While UDC is based in Sarasota, our outreach is expanding statewide. Our continuing education program is valid state wide. For example, we have members in Manatee County and the Miami area.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Tertiary Org Type Health Care
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The Universal Design Coalition (UDC) began as a small band of professionals who are passionate about improving the design of living environments—personal, business, and community—for everyone. Two years ago, we decided to focus on advocacy and education for universal design principles.
In just a few years we have provided numerous educational programs and successfully effected awareness of quality senior living by helping to promote Sarasota County's Voluntary Resolution for Visitability and Universal Design. We have supported our Mayor in representing universal design concepts to his colleagues. And we have collaborated with Sarasota County Department of Sustainability to promote and educate the public on features of U.D.
2016 marks a significant turning point for UDC. In April, we incorporated; in October, we received our State Charitable Solicitations Permit. Our Board is currently renewing our organization's dedication to educational efforts and will develop a new strategic plan early in 2017. At the heart of the plan will be advocacy to permitting authorities, builders, developers, and homeowners regarding awareness and application of UD principles. We will expand our existing educational programs and seek to purchase and remodel a demonstration home open for the public to learn the enormous benefits of universal designs. These plans require resources beyond the pockets of our Board members and their associates. 
In January, we will develop our new strategic plan in collaboration with associated groups and donors in order to have a significant impact on how our environments are built. I personally look forward to all we will accomplish in the coming years.
Description An interactive event where attendees are invited to learn about all types of services, equipment, resources and programs that enhance the lifestyle of individuals, promote aging in place, accessibility, visit-ability and sustainability, prevent injury and promote physical as well as social health. The Universal Design Coalition participates in this event and directly interacts with attendees, providing education regarding the concepts of Universal Design, the benefits, cost and resources available. Collateral materials are provided with additional information and sufficient time is allotted for questions and answers. The Universal Design Coalition has participated in this event for 2 years running and plans to continue to participate each year upcoming.
Budget $500
Category Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success

At the completion of the presentation/education by the Universal Design Coalition member:

  • 85% of the attendees had the resources needed to contact a UD Coalition representative.
  • 85% of the attendees understood the importance of incorporating universal design concepts in homes and businesses
  • 85% of the attendees completed the post-event questionnaire indicating what quality senior living/ aging-in place changes they could make in their homes.
Long Term Success Long term success of this program will be evidenced by increased public knowledge of what is required for engaged senior living and to have the ability to age-in place- as evidenced by consumer demand for U.D. features in new construction and remodels. Incorporating Universal Design concepts in new construction and renovations will enhance lives within families by abolishing multigenerational boundaries, allowing the very young to live harmoniously with their elders; promoting sustainability, accessibility, visit-ability. In the future, this will also be measured through construction data. And, measured through health data related to Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities admission data as seniors will no longer be shuttled off to these facilities as they will be aging safely in their homes, healthy and injury free.
Program Success Monitoring At the completion of each of these events, attendees are asked to complete a brief questionnaire and provide feedback. This feedback is analyzed and used to modify future events and to measure what was most meaningful for the attendees. The results are reported in graph form and shared with the Vendors who provided education and services.
Program Success Examples

18 post-event survey cards were returned after the event. 100% responded that they found the event: 

  • Informative
  • Educational
  • Motivational 
Description UDC routinely offers our state-approved education course to design professionals, interior designers, and contractors. This course covers several areas of focus. It includes a definition of what universal design is, such as sustainable. A building must be universal design if to be truly sustainable. Also, the difference between ADA and UD is explained. The course then goes into detail regarding why UD is so important and the many purposes of UD. Demographics are shown on both the large percentages of physical disabilities as well as other impairments that need to be considered in good design. Statistics are provided on the entire aging population and what goes hand-in-hand with aging. Board members and other volunteers have fully funded the costs, development time, and delivery of this program.
Budget $15,000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success All program participants rated the most recent programs a 4 (with a scale of 1-4).
Long Term Success
The UD Coalition is continually asked by various organizations to present this Program.
It has been reported by several Participants that they were inspired to make the stated modifications for easy living.
There have been several Life Long Learning organizations the are interested in continuing and expanding this Program.
Like minded groups with compatible building environment interests have approached the UD Coalition for various types of collaboration 
Program Success Monitoring
Program Surveys are utilized at events.
We follow-up with event sponsors and are scheduling future events.  
Program Success Examples Sarasota County has directly requested that will continue to offer and to expand this program. Organizers of events (e.g., AIA) have requested we participate in their future design conference.
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 50
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
  • Sarasota County Office of Sustainability
  • Manatee Sarasota Building Industry Association 
  • Age Friendly Sarasota (World Health Organization - WHO)
  • Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF)
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Larry Hale
Company Affiliation Larry Hale, LLC
Board Term May 2017 to Apr 2018
Board Chair Email larryhalellc@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Brian Anderson Gulfside Homes, Inc.
Don Fitts Cornerstone LifeCare, LLC
Larry Hale Larry Hale, LLC
Nancy Hobson Friendship Center
Tracy Lux Retired
Cynthia S. McMullin Retired
Cynthia Tanner Blake Medical/Trauma Center
Charles J. Vollmer 101 Mobility
Nancy von Lazar Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Jeannette Watling-Mills Bob's Window & Pressure Cleaning
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 88
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
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
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $951.00
Projected Expenses $800.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$636----
Administration Expense$30----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.43----
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$285----
Current Assets$285----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$285----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $800----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $126----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $25----
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 Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the unaudited compilations as the organization files a 990-N. 
Nonprofit Universal Design Coalition Inc
SARASOTA, FL 34236 6402
Phone 941 376-2167