Boxser Diversity Initiative Inc
2301 Gulf of Mexico Dr
Unit 63
Longboat Key FL 34228-3218
The Boxser Diversity Initiative funds programs that provide speakers, exhibits and other methods of communication to foster tolerance and understanding of all groups, no matter their race, religion or gender identity.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Daniel Boxser
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Former Names
Herman and Sally Boxser Diversity Initiative
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2016
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
 Accomplishments in the Past Year
1. Organized a program  in February 2016 with Van Jones ( to discuss prison reform.   Approximately 200 people attended this event at Sainer Hall, New College of Florida. 
2. Helped organize the first Hackathon in Sarasota, working with the Education Foundation #SRQHacks.  Over 300 people were involved with this event from all sectors of the Community.  This included approximately 65 students and 60 mentors.
3. Sponsored together with the Florida Holocaust Museum the award winning film Aftermath,  including a presentation from the author of the book,  Prof. Jan Gross from Princeton University.  He wrote the book on which the film was based.  Approximately 85 people attended the program.
4. Presented Taking Israel program on February 7th - film and discussion about African American student program from Wilberforce University living in Israel that lasted over 20 years. Film was attended by the producer and the director of the Film. Chief Judge Charles Williams moderated a panel discussion afterwards. This program was presented with the cooperation of ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History) Sarasota-Manatee. It was also supported by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota/Manatee. Almost 200 people attended the event. The producer said this was the largest attendance for the screening of this film in the county. 
 Goals/Plans for Current Year   
1.  Participating in a program with Project 180 to discuss prison reform in April 7th.  The speaker will be Janeen Buck Willison, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute.
2. Participating in a grass roots movement in Sarasota/Manatee counties to promote coding to underserved young people.
4. Providing busing to the Embracing Our Differences program in April 2017 . The sponsorship will cover approximately 285 students. The field trips will take place April 1 through May 31
5. Sponsoring 80 students from Booker High  School to attend the play, Brownsville Song at the Florida Studio Theater on March 22nd. Approximately 80 students will be able to attend.
6.  Planning to bring Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to present a program on the latest situation of Hate Groups in Florida today. 
Needs Statement
1. Student event tickets ($75-$100 per student) - funding for underserved students to attend relevant events, lectures, etc. 
2. Speaker fees ($25,000) - funding for major speakers who focus on diversity
3. Diversity Exhibitions ($10,000 - $15,000) - e.g. "Beyond Swastika to Jim Crow" in 2012 
4. Administrative support ($7,500 /year) - Part time employee and marketing/communications support
5. Busing and general support to partner diversity events ($5,000)  
Background Statement
The Boxser Diversity Initiative was founded as the Herman and Sally Boxser Diversity Initiative in 2009 as a "designated fund" at Temple Beth Sholom to promote diversity in Southwest Florida. This fund has grown in scope to an independent 501(c)3 organization dedicated to diversity.   
Past programs include:
1. Program about the Southern Poverty Law Center, with Morris Dees, the Founder of the SPLC and Richard Cohen, the president making presentations.
2. A presentation by the author Professor Christopher Brown about his book "Remembering Survival,  Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp"
3. Sponsored the Exhibition:  Beyond Swastika to Jim Crow,  at the Florida Holocaust Museum from Oct 2011 until January 2012.  Programs in conjunction with the exhibit included, presentations by students, professors. the Curator of the exhibit as well as a special program including Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights Movement
4. Sponsored a presentation by the Palestinian doctor, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Nobel Prize nominee and author of "I Shall Not Hate.   He  not only presented to the audience at Temple Beth Sholom, but also to high school students in the Sarasota area. His visit resulted in the inception of a program at New College of Florida to educate women from the Middle East of all religions.  The Diversity Initiative was heavily involved in the program. 
5. In October 2014, the Diversity Initiative organized a presentation by Leslie Kelen, Curator of the Exhibition "This Light of Ours," an award winning photographic depiction of the Civil Rights era. 
In 2015, it was decided to move the Initiative fund to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. In 2016, it was decided that the Initiative had grown to level of an independent 501(c)3. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Generally the counties of Sarasota and Manatee in Florida
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Secondary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The Boxser Diversity Initiative is meant to foster a better understanding of the various groups in our society here in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  Although to many, Southwest Florida may appear as a center for tourism and retirees, it is actually quite diverse racially and religiously. There often appears to be lack of discourse between these various groups.
The only way to alter this is to form dialog between these people.  This is nothing new, but judging by the response our Initiative is getting, it would appear that such conversation is needed. 
Although the Boxser Diversity Initiative is involved in a myriad of programs relating to diversity in Sarasota-Manatee, one of the main thrusts for the Initiative is presenting speakers to emphasize the importance of diversity. 
Normally, we will have a speaker once to twice per year who focuses on a specific issue related to diversity. Reviewing our Impact statement will clarify the scope and the breadth of these speakers.
Budget $5,000
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success The programs focus on exposing the audience to issues related to diversity that they may not have known about before. There is no question that this awareness of disparate issues and viewpoints creates a better understanding among the audience. 
Long Term Success Long term, these programs serve as the foundation for the audience's ability to understand, to empathize, and to interact with people from different cultures or of different viewpoints. 
Program Success Monitoring Program success monitoring is accomplished by monitoring audience feedback. This is often in the form of email responses after events, phone calls, and even Facebook comments on posts. 
Program Success Examples
"This is so great to read Dan.  What fantastic work the Boxser Diversity Initiative has done in bridging these communities."
Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity, Facebook" 
Re Taking Israel Event:  "It was a marvelous piece and better because the reflections of the 'students' some 20 years later were really better and more poignant!  We enjoyed and keep doing great work....both of you" 
William Johnston, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, New College of Florida 
"Good luck with it. (Taking Israel) These diversity efforts are needed more than ever.  You are doing God's work" 
 Wendy Ormond,  Former General Counsel, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of GE Capital
 "....contribution to your efforts with the BDI (Boxser Diversity Initiative)! Keep up the good work - .."
Penelope Kingman, Trustee Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium 
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 25
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
UnidosNow, Florida Holocaust Museum, Association of the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Temple Beth Sholom, Florida Studio Theater, Embracing Our Differences, New College of Florida, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Unity Award WinnerBiz9412014
Risk Management Provisions
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 No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Daniel Boxser
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Daniel Boxser Community Volunteer
Litten Boxser Community Volunteer
David Boxser That LLC
Marc Boxser Volley LLC
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Governance Comments by Organization The plan of the Initiative is to expand the Board, having additional directors from all parts of the community we serve. This will be completed by the end of 2017. 
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 $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,000.00
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
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? 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$2,256----
Administration Expense$423----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses7.30----
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%----
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 AmountContributions, gifts, grants $18,922----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $632----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
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 Foundation Financial information taken from compilation as the organization files a 990-N.  Donations may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated in the compilation.  No balance sheet information provided.
Nonprofit Boxser Diversity Initiative Inc
Address 2301 Gulf of Mexico Dr
Unit 63
Longboat Key, FL 34228 3218
Phone 941 321-7852