the WareHouse of Venice Inc
PO BOX 844
VENICE FL 34284-0844

The WareHouse empowers teens, in the Gulf Coast community of Venice FL, to become civic change makers, as they share their time and talents, as participants, volunteers, and leaders.

CEO/Executive Director Linda Banister
Board Chair Debbie Eaton
Board Chair Affiliation the WareHouse of Venice, Inc.
General Info
Organization DBA
the WareHouse
Venice WareHouse
Venice D-Fy
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2005
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2018
State Registration Yes Feb 2020
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

2017 Accomplishments: 

    1. Introduced “I Can Do That” to the Engage in Service Program.
      Community leaders joined the WareHouse, during the monthly 2nd Saturday events, teaching skills found lacking through surveys and interviews, and some “just because,” like auctioneering.
    2. Twelve key WareHouse members participated in the 2017 USCA Pro-Am Croquet Invitational. The WareHouse players were partnered with nationally ranked players, from around the United States.
    3. Finalist in the South County Business / Nonprofit of the Year Awards. This is a juried selection process.
    4. Executive Director became paid staff versus volunteer.
2018 Goals:

1. Increase the number of teen volunteers, participants, and leaders by 10%.
2. Introduce the new WareHouse Volunteer Training, including Workforce / Community Development modules.
3. Develop and implement a Fundraising Plan.
4. Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan.

Needs Statement


  1. $5,825 for WareHouse van insurance, fuel, and maintenance
  2. $750 for marketing materials to reach teens, adult volunteers, and the community
  3. $1,680 for storage unit that contains equipment and supplies for all WareHouse Programs
  4. $7,800 to hire a part-time D-Fy Promoter / Business Partner Coordinator, $15 / hour, 10 hours / week average
  5. $1,000 to upgrade WareHouse cell phone


Background Statement
One week after relocating, from the Midwest to Venice, FL, our co-Founder's son was stopped in a local parking lot and asked where to find some drugs. Her son went home, told the story, and said, "We've got to do something about this." Within a week, teens were gathering in their living room: playing board and video games, watching sports, and having fun in a safe, comfortable environment. It became obvious that Venice area middle and high school ages were under-served regarding positive things to do, safe places to hang out, and healthy ways to utilize their creative energy.
The WareHouse incorporated on November 19, 2004, and was granted 501(c)3 status on January 21, 2005.
There are no teen-specific or exclusive venues in the Venice area. The local organizations that work with young people tend to serve a younger age range, or do not offer things to do during prime time (i.e. evenings and weekends). The locations where teens would frequent have "no loitering" policies that prevent them from congregating and socializing for any length of time.
In 2006, the WareHouse began using a facility in the "warehouse district" of Venice, which is where the name originated. With attendance growing, the facility was rapidly outgrown according to the City of Venice Building Codes. Since the facility was shared, no building modifications were allowed. The WareHouse then became a "virtual" provider of local teen activities, travelling to whatever facility was available for each event or activity. For example, sports nights in the YMCA gymnasium, game nights at the Friendship Center, concerts at the Venice Community Center or Centennial Park gazebo. 

Since 2006 we have provided thousands of volunteers for hundreds of workdays, festivals, and celebrations for over two hundred organizations and agencies.

We've provided the Easter Bunny at the Annual Eggstravaganza since 2007, and led County youth initiatives for Students Working Against Tobacco and now Drug-Free Youth. We partnered with Disney and HandsOn Network to assign a Volunteer Opportunity for over 850 volunteers in Disney's "Give a Day; Get a Day." We've provided volunteer services for the Shark's Tooth Festival, Sun Fiesta, Rotary Art Festival, Make a Difference Day and many others.

Youth empowerment and volunteering. That is the perfect description for the WareHouse. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Venice area including Venice, North Port, Englewood, Nokomis, Laurel, and Osprey. This area is frequently referred to as South County.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

As Board Chair and President, it has been a privilege to work with the WareHouse of Venice from the beginning. The positive outcomes we help bring about every day, in the lives of Venice area teenagers, is impressive.

The WareHouse mission is to empower teens, in the Gulf Coast community of Venice FL, to become civic change makers, as they share their time and talents, as participants, volunteers, and leaders. This is done by offering development and volunteer opportunities for any teen in the South County area.

On a more personal level, the WareHouse opens doors for area young adults to see new things, and to see old things in a new way, and sometimes to see what they can't see: hope, possibilities, and a positive future. The satisfaction of watching a teen's face light up when we listen to their ideas and respond with, "Yes! Let's do that!" is incredible. That light. That hope. That, motivates us.

Our Board stands firmly behind the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Each member plays a significant role through their unique blend of strategic guidance, financial support, and community outreach. We are focusing more on our financials, funding and board governance.  

I have also been privileged, this past year, to receive very valuable, and meaningful mentoring from some key people.

On behalf of the Board, we are most grateful for the support of our benefactors and community partners. W
ithout them our work would not succeed. I invite you to learn more about the WareHouse and our impact on area youth and the community, by reaching out to our Executive Director or members of the Board.

With Warm Regards,

Debbie Eaton

Board Chair and President



The WareHouse’s relationships, in the South County community, provide many opportunities for teens to become leaders and change makers, as they interact with people of all vocations, ages, and backgrounds.

During “I Can Do That” teens are led by community leaders in a variety of development activities:
  Social Skills: introductions, handshaking, networking, table etiquette
  Business: writing a check, addressing an envelope
  Family: setting the table, sewing on a button
  Other: auctioning, knot tying, speed reading

Teens are trained by WareHouse leaders, before, during, and after each volunteer event. This provides self-esteem, feelings of success, as well as rewards for participating.

When preparing for public speaking, they are mentored with role playing, providing confidence and content.

Ongoing development is invaluable for teens. It encourages them to become leaders and change makers as they progress through high school, college, family, and careers.


Budget $42,052
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Short Term Success

The WareHouse will partner in a minimum of one event per month, in 2017-2018, at South County festivals, special events (e.g. Blood Drives), and national days of service (i.e. Make a Difference Day, National Family Volunteer Day, 911 Day of Service, Martin Luther King Day of Service).

A minimum of 100 teens will participate in development activities and then use those skills during the year. 

Long Term Success

Young people who volunteer and participate in their communities also: perform better in school, are more likely to graduate, obtain employment, vote, and become active citizens.

Of the teens who participate in Engage in Service!, 85% will fulfill all High School requirements.

Many of the teens continue with the WareHouse as adult leaders, donors, and volunteers.


Program Success Monitoring

"I Can Do That" development includes a pre/post survey for all participants. During training, as each skill is demonstrated, participants track progress using punch cards. As levels of completion occur, awards and prizes are given. This includes public announcements and cheering, which everyone seems to enjoy.

Volunteer attendance and total hours are recorded using sign-in sheets at 100% of volunteer activities.

Individual reports are available, as needed, for those pursuing Bright Futures Scholarships, other grants and scholarships, with an emphasis on community involvement, and future employment.

Program Success Examples

At the 2017 Sun Fiesta, the WareHouse was asked for 8 people to help with the Kid’s Korner.

The WareHouse promoted this, at events, with flyers, and through social media. At the Sun Fiesta, the WareHouse provided 23 people who, after training, provided over 63 hours of service. There were enough teens to not only meet the Kid’s Korner commitment, but also helped in three other areas of service.

Additionally, through WareHouse promotion, three of the youth winners, for the 2017 coloring contest, were from WareHouse families.

“I Can Do That” Monthly Development

In six months, during 2017, there have been 20 different topics / skills / trainings offered by nine community leaders and volunteers. 

Rewards are given at multiple levels of completion every month. Larger achievements are rewarded at the time of completion.



Venice D-Fy (Drug-Free youth) is an organization of middle and high school age peers who share the commitment to make positive choices and live a healthy, drug-free, life.

There is no membership fee to join. Applicants commit to be drug, alcohol, and tobacco free, for one year. They are encouraged to renew their membership annually.

They validate their commitment through a confidential, voluntary, drug screening, and random screening, throughout membership. Their photo ID member badge provides member-only benefits, at businesses and retailers, in a four county area.

Voluntary renewal is available annually.

Budget $17,448
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Short Term Success

D-Fy members choose to commit to be drug, alcohol, and tobacco free. Short-term improvements include:

  • They're not using drugs or drinking
  • They're less likely to get kicked out of school, or arrested, for use or possession
  • Their chances of a DUI are much lower
  • Their chances of staying alive, to the end of high school, are increased
  • D-Fy members receive a D-Fy ID and then are eligible to receive local discounts and attend special D-Fy events

Members can also participate in community service events. They can step up as leaders and set the agenda for special D-Fy events and activities.

This helps create opportunities for D-Fy youth to develop leadership and life skills that will benefit them throughout their life.

Long Term Success

The long-term benefits of renewing and maintaining a Venice D-Fy membership, during middle and high school include:

  • D-Fy members are less likely to use illegal drugs or misuse prescription drugs
  • They are less likely to drink irresponsibly
  • Members are more likely to graduate with no police record
  • Membership gives a sense of belonging to a group who is taking a positive and meaningful stand
  • D-Fy membership is an excellent referral for scholarship and college applications, as well as employment.
  • Members are more likely to develop healthy, lifelong habits.

 Community D-Fy Business Partner benefits: 

  • These businesses help create a community culture that supports and rewards youth who are making positive choices
  • They receive free advertising on the Venice D-Fy website (, on facebook (, and can display support with a “We Support Drug Free Youth” window cling
Program Success Monitoring

Confidential, numbered applications are completed prior to testing. They are kept on file in a secure database.

Measures of success for Venice D-Fy are:

  1. 25% increase in the number of sign-up / testing events year after year.
  2. 50% increase in the number of currently approved Venice D-Fy members. These are young people who voluntarily commit to being drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free for a minimum of twelve months.
  3. Testing is available every month in the Venice area, twice per month when public school is in session.
Program Success Examples

In the 2016-2017 school year, 163 Venice area teens became D-Fy members, either testing for the first time or renewing their membership.

As of October, 2017, the 2017-2018 school year has had 139 Venice area teens become a D-Fy member.

Many of these students were informed of the opportunity during the 2017-2018 opening week grade-level assemblies, at Venice High School. The D-Fy program was given a small amount of time, on the agenda, to present D-Fy benefits and the signing schedule.


Program Comments by Organization

WareHouse Programs continue to evolve through the leadership and ideas of young people committed to exploring the possibilities of "what if."

The focus of events change as the existing youth leaders head to college, new leaders are trained and developed, and needs of the youth and the community change.

One team of leaders was exceptionally gifted in performing arts, especially playing in bands and singing. Through extensive project management training and empowerment, this leadership team created and produced the "Lost and Found" Concert Series. They were taught all aspects of successful concert production: talent acquisition, venue, sound, vendors, ticket sales, decorations, promotion, funding, and emceeing the event. The same leader group was trained to host national bands using promoters and fulfilling contract requirements.

Other leader teams have focused on:

  • Sports
  • Environment (beach cleanups and recycling)
  • Civics (appeared before the County Commissioners, made presentations for "Students Working Against Tobacco," and manned an "aging booth" at Thunder by the Bay showing the effects of tobacco on the users appearance)
  • Social Activities

Because of the diversity of our young people, our Workforce / Community Development training is hands on and flexible enough to be different for each group of teens. They express their interests and we modify curriculum to develop their interests.

Recently one of our leaders gave their 30 second "speech" at a network luncheon. Her story made some gasp and some almost cry. She simply said, "...without the WareHouse...I literally wouldn't be here anymore. They've helped me so much. I'm alive today because of the WareHouse and what they've done for me."

We believe that mentoring and relationships are critical to the success of this generation's teens. Though mostly confidential, the results have been encouraging. And, there are always more teens who we are excited to get to know.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Linda Banister
CEO Term Start Nov 2004
CEO/Executive Director Email

For over thirty-five years, the Executive Director has been leading teams of volunteers and staff for nonprofit organizations. She has developed a broad network of collaborative relationships, throughout South County, since moving to Venice in 2001.

As a teenager, she became involved in her community as a volunteer. From then until now, her ongoing community efforts encompass all aspects of a nonprofit organization: volunteer, client, and multiple staff positions.

She has enhanced her learning by serving on state and county-wide committees and participating in county-wide initiatives for youth. She has and continues to attend nonprofit leadership training. She partners the WareHouse with government, nonprofit organizations, local foundations, and corporations.
Her connections, background, and influence in South County, gives her the breadth of experience to provide strategic leadership and guidance. Through her leadership, the WareHouse capacity to serve youth and the community continues to increase.
Her passion, strength, and flexibility allow her to work with teens and adults alike, regardless of their background, needs, or abilities.
As a tireless and creative fundraiser, she engages in all opportunities to support and promote the agency including grant writing, fundraising campaigns, and hands-on projects.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 11
Volunteers 189
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

Our community collaborations include:

  • Venice Lions Club - community outreach, leadership and public speaking training, working with visually impaired since 2007
  • Sarasota County Croquet Club - national competitors provide skill development for South County teens, access to clubhouse supplies, inter-generational play, health and well-being benefits, social skills training since 2007
  • First Step of Sarasota - program and resource management for the Venice D-Fy (Drug-Free youth) program
  • Charis Childbirth - program and resource management for the Venice D-Fy (Drug-Free youth) program
  • Women's SERTOMA - community outreach, event training, social skills training
  • Venice Area Chamber of Commerce - mentoring and one on one training for youth through networking and volunteer services options plus excellent community exposure for future employment possibilities
  • Serendipity Solutions - grant sources, effective grant writing, community partnering
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce2016
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Best Holiday MusicVenice Holiday Parade2015
Business of the Year Award FinalistVenice Chamber of Commerce2017
Spotlight AwardVenice Chamber of Commerce2016
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
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
Management Comments by Organization

Since 2003, the WareHouse has partnered with over 200 businesses, agencies, and organizations, who share an interest in teens. In the beginning, there was some resistance to the use of teens, in leadership and volunteer positions.

Today, with one-on-one mentoring, volunteer training, and solid leadership by example, this has changed. The WareHouse is now invited to provide leaders and resources. Instead of seeking out opportunities, those opportunities now look for us.


As we are investing in area teens, through leadership development and mentoring, it is challenging to train a steady flow of young people to replace the leaders who move away, from the South County area. We constantly keep our eyes open for leadership potential, and the unexpected leader.

Another challenge is finding adult leaders willing to walk the talk: healthy lifestyle choices, punctual, follow directions, and help complete the task at hand while setting a positive example.

With the addition of a donated van comes the additional expenses. These expenses require new or expanded sources of funding.


Reestablished relationships, with the Faculty and Administration, at Venice High School, are providing a supportive and proactive environment for student access. It is also aiding in the identification of vulnerable teens and potential youth leaders.

With the addition of a donated van, we now have the ability to transport teens who otherwise have been unable to attend WareHouse hosted or promoted opportunities. This will expand our reach, in the community, and lighten the load for some of the families we serve.

Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
The WareHouse is beginning it's Strategic Plan, with the help of a former board member with many years experience in Strategic Planning development. Our first meeting is February 7, 2018. 
The Board has already submitted individual SWAT Analysis in preparation for this meeting. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Debbie Eaton
Company Affiliation the WareHouse of Venice, Inc.
Board Term Dec 2015 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Linda Banister the WareHouse of Venice, Inc.
Justin Banister Out & About Coffee
Dallas Council AAMCO Transmissions of Venice Inc
Debbie Eaton Retired
Tom Roberts Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
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 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 94
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
Governance Comments by Organization

Board Meeting Agendas have refocused from reporting to development, including stronger governance agenda items (e.g. Strategic Planning).

Two Directors will be back-filled because their terms end in 2017. They have both chosen to not retain their positions on the Board. One for personal reasons. The other due to additional responsibilities which could potentially create a conflict of interest.

The Action Plan resulting from the 2017 CPA Audit will be implemented.

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 $65,500.00
Projected Expenses $60,375.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
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
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$27,675$9,578$6,743
Administration Expense$3,022$8,048$9,450
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.210.851.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%54%42%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$13,595$12,909$12,968
Current Assets$5,810$3,191$6,995
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$13,595$12,919$12,968
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind Contributions $19,270Contributions, gifts, grants $12,099Contributions, gifts, grants $14,361
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $9,717In-Kind Contributions $2,180Foundation and Corporate Support $4,290
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $4,384Fundraising $640Concessions Income $380
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Implementation of a Fundraising Plan and a Strategic Plan will provide the targets and focus for a solid financial year.

Recommended improvements from the 2017 CPA Audit will be reviewed and initiated.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the unaudited compilations for 2013.  Beginning in 2014, financial information was taken from the Federal 990-EZ and unaudited compilations.  In 2015 and 2016, the organization included the value of in-kind contributions in revenue on both its compilations and Federal 990-EZ. 
Nonprofit the WareHouse of Venice Inc
Address PO BOX 844
VENICE , FL 34284 0844
Phone 941 497-7117