The Newtown Nation Inc
1425 25TH ST
SARASOTA FL 34234-7425
To engage and empower the community to improve the quality of life in Newtown.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Valerie Buchand
Board Chair Affiliation Community volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Newtown Farmer's Market
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2016
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Yes Mar 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Impact Statement
2015-2016 Accomplishments include:
Improved access to affordable healthy food through the Newtown Farmers Market;  Held large event to introduce children and youth to healthy foods; Engaged with organizations to provide job training for residents in green construction; Working with the Sarasota Police Department and Neighborhood Associations participated in the development of strategies to improve safety.
2017 Goals include:
Improve and expand Farmer's Market; Identify and eliminate barriers to educational achievement(Grades Pre-K through High School); Provide jobs for unemployed residents; Support local entrepreneurs in micro-business development/growth; Partner with Sarasota Memorial Hospital to improve healthcare access; Partner with developers on proposed housing and business development in Newtown. Hold additional sessions to further introduce children and youth to healthy eating.
Needs Statement
1. Funding for Farmer's Market Manager - $30,000 per year
2. First Year Liability Insurance for local vendors - $600 per vendor / per year (3 vendors $1800)
3. Marketing: Printing of Market Fliers and Food Order Sheets to be delivered throughout the community - $1,000 / per year
4. Funding for Community Outreach Workers - $ 5,000 per year 
5. Rental Transportation for Purchasing produce - $1,500 per year
Background Statement

In 2014 a group of Newtown residents began a conversation about how to improve social and economic conditions in Newtown. Conversations continued through 2015 and focused on how to build on existing qualities and fulfill unmet needs. Identified issues included voting rights, jobs for felons, housing for low-income citizens and felons, job training, access to healthy foods, education, safety and recreational activities. The Newtown Nation officially formed in 2015 and later incorporated as a 501(c)3.

One passionate member, well versed in nutrition and how healthy eating can improve lives, wanted to tackle food access issues and thus began work on the Farmer’s Market Initiative. The goal is to provide healthy fruits and vegetables to the community.
In December 2015 we applied for and received The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Grant Service Award from Florida State University. The grant award allowed us to pilot the Farmers Market on January 18, 2016. Since February 26, 2016 we have been open for business the 1st and 3rd Friday's of each month, sometimes on Saturday morning from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Building upon the early success of the Farmers Market, the Newtown Nation continues working to expand the Market and implementing other identified community needs.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Newtown, located in North Sarasota, is an historic black community in zip codes 34234. The Newtown area includes 17th Street on the South,; University Parkway on the North; Tamiami Trail on the West and Lockwood Ridge on the East. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Employment
Tertiary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I am a native of Sarasota and have lived my entire life in Newtown. In 2008 I left my business as owner and operator of Buchand Lawn Care Service to focus more of my time to help ex-felons restore dignity in their lives. Issues of housing, job training and education almost consume my waking hours. I have served on the Sarasota Housing Advisory Board for almost 20 years, where I am an advocate for public housing residents.

When The Newtown Nation was formed in 2014 we knew that community collaboration and partnership would the best way to implement real change in Newtown. Our Board actively participates with municipal and community-based organizations to work on positive change. Through philanthropy, government and NGO grants, we are collectively working to improve lives in Newtown.

Description Newtown Farmers Market opened in February 2016 and operates the First and Third Fridays of each  month. Fresh produce is purchased at a collaborative farmers market and sold on each market day. 
Budget $54,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Blacks, African Heritage
Short Term Success
Market has provided fresh produce two times each month and residents express appreciation and they continue to support the market. Convenience, our acceptance of EBT Cards (food stamps); Debit Cards and cash at the market captures and redistributes social dollars within the community.
During 2016 we have sold over $5,000 in fresh produce. 11 Volunteers have been recruited to work with the Market.  
Long Term Success Healthy living through healthy eating will become a way of life for community residents because of the market.
Program Success Monitoring We are still developing an evaluation instrument to objectively measure the outcomes of the market.
Program Success Examples
Residents / customers have reported the benefit of being "able to shop with pride in my neighborhood"; "the fresh fruits and vegetables are very good and is for a good price. Also everyone is very nice and respectful" . The owner of a local child care center states, "it is important to serve fresh fruits and vegetables. I have been able to get my children to eat more vegetables than they did before....because they are fresh and look good. I believe in supporting neighborhood small business". 
Customers also report the taste of produce from the market "taste better than food that has been sitting in a store for who knows how long". 
Program Comments by Organization The Newtown Farmer’s Market, after 11 months of operation, has proven to be beneficial to residents who are now able to procure fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables in the community. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
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 1
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
City of Sarasota; CareerSource Suncoast; USDA; New College of Florida; Whole Cities Foundation; Amaryllis Park Neighborhood Association; Bayou Oaks Neighborhood Association
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Of Service Grant AwardFlorida State University2016
Certificate of Special Congressional RecognitionU. S. Congressman, Vern Buchanan2016
Certificate of RecognitionSarasota County Government2016
Grant Award for Farmer's MarketMASALA2016
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
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

The Newtown Nations Board of Directors and Advisory Board are replete with retired professionals from Finance, Health Administration, City Administration, Education, and Law. These committed Board Members are currently providing the management and leadership expertise for the organization. While employing an Executive Director is a long-term goal, the Board remains committed to providing the leadership and management needs of the organization until funding can be secured to hire a Director.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Valerie Buchand
Company Affiliation Community volunteer
Board Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Deanie Bergbreiter Bayou Oaks Homeowners Association
Ms Valerie Buchand Community Volunteer; Retired Business Owner
Ms. Caroline Cogsdill Retired Educator
Ms. Ashley Foust AmeriCorps VISTA
Mr. Elbert Griffin SquareBiz360 Marketing
Ms Katelyn Grimmett New College of Florida Student
Ms. Barbara Langston Amaryllis Park Neighborhood Association
Ms. Cornelle Maxfield Community Volunteer
Ms Delores McFarland Retired
Mr. Lou Murray Retired
Mr. Joseph Newman Retired
Ms. Joyce Raybe Retired Educator
Ms. Adrianne Smith Community Volunteer
Ms. Katherine Sogolow Retired Master Gardner
Mr. Nathaniel Willis Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 11
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 60
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Governance Comments by Organization

As a newly formed organization, we have made much progress in creating and formalizing our organization structure. With much work ahead, both on the program and governance levels, we have engaged a consultant who will help refine our bylaws, structures and business plans.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
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$6,855----
Administration Expense$3,416----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.72----
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
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 AmountProgram Service Revenue $6,462----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $5,611----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation and corporate support $5,000----
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

In the first operational year of The Newtown Nation we have secured three small grants to 1. Pilot a Farmers Market in Newtown; 2. Hire a Market Manager and set up a website; 3. Develop a training manual and program to train unemployed residents. We know the Market is beneficial and scalable. Because we have no funding to hire an Executive Director or Administrative Staff Person, we rely on volunteers to help write grant applications and maintain our fiduciary and legal reporting requirements.  Outside funding allows us to continue to manage the market operations, with little paid staff, and will ultimately help us develop large grant proposals to secure long term funding.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations. 
Nonprofit The Newtown Nation Inc
Address 1425 25TH ST
SARASOTA, FL 34230 7425
Phone 941 544-3262