From Cradle To College Foundation

Building Dreams - Transforming Lives - Impacting Generations

Palmetto, FL   |
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From Cradle To College Foundation

EIN: 81-5170404


The From Cradle to College Foundation's mission is to provide unique services to the citizens of Manatee County and statewide, supporting communities, families, and early childhood educators through our programs and scholarship opportunities.

Notes from the nonprofit

From Cradle to College Foundation is dedicated to serving the citizens of Manatee County and the state of Florida through our scholarship funding and training programs.

Ruling year info


Interim Director

Marie A O'Connell

Main address

525 7th Avenue West Suite 2

Palmetto, FL 34221 USA

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Subject area info


Population served info

Infants and toddlers




NTEE code info

Corporate Foundations (T21)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The From Cradle to College Foundation aims to provide unique services that support the community, families, and early childhood educators in their success. We are working to address educational and family engagement needs, and scholarship services to promote careers in much-needed first responder and early childhood educator positions. We are working to address the ongoing need for emergency preparedness in educational facilities where our youngest children receive essential early learning instruction each day while their parents work to care for their families. Raising awareness of the vulnerability of these young children so that we can better protect them in emergency situations, using both planning, preparation, and environment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Operation W.I.T. - Whatever It Takes

W.I.T. provides a multi-faceted approach to supporting young children to grow and develop to their maximum by partnering with churches throughout the community. The program is provided either with our Mobile Learning Lab or The Book Bus. Parents receive the Effective Black Parent curriculum with a trained professional while an early learning educator offers children the Connect for Learning curriculum. Parents and children regroup then participate in an early childhood activity. Parents practice skills with the support of the parent educator. Parents and children will be invited to participate in a family field trip!

The goal of Operation W.I.T. is to improve overall educational outcomes indirectly, by giving parents the tools they need to better connect with their children and be more effective in their parenting.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
People of African descent
Multiracial people
Family relationships

The Preschool Emergency Learning System (PEARLS) team travels throughout the state, sharing valuable training, providing awareness and exposure to a new way of thinking, including options for acting in threatening circumstances.

Evaluation of their environment, discussion, and planning are immediate outcomes of this training, as well as communicating with their children and parents to establish preparation and protection as a priority. Training has been proven to give individuals the ability to make decisions and act quickly in situations where danger exists, such as CPR. PEARLS trainees firmly support this concept and the necessity of thinking in a new way to handle potential events in our world today.

An underlying theme throughout the training is collaboration and communication with law enforcement to mitigate risk and save lives. Events such as active shooting are often over before law enforcement has arrived at the scene, so it is critical that citizens understand options such as Evacuation, Lockdown with Barricade, and Counter to protect themselves and those in their care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

NAEYC 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of staff members certified in subject area training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Number of child care providers who have participated in PEARLS trainings

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FCTCF is dedicated to helping provide scholarships to Manatee County youth for educational and first responder careers. These career paths yield not only success for the individuals, but continued essential support for the community as well. Through the PEARLS program, FCTCF trains child care providers how to respond and act in threatening circumstances such as an active shooter situation. The PEARLS program is now in its 5th year of operations.

FCTCF is actively applying for grants and local funding as an individual agency and in collaboration with partners.

FCTCF actively applies for grants and local funding as an individual agency and collaborates with community partners such as MTC Foundation and SCF Foundation to maximize the results of funds.
FCTCF has significant state funding for programs and continually seeks grants or funding opportunities that would benefit the organization's goals to support the community.

FCTCF has three staff who oversee the admin and day-to-day running of the organization, and a well-versed board of directors with expertise in law, education, finance, and emergency planning. We deliver our trainings in both English and Spanish to better serve Florida's citizens.

FCTCF has been operating the PEARLS program for six years, continuing to train childcare providers across our state. This essential training is raising awareness and prompting important discussion around planning and preparation to protect children in threatening situations. Scholarship funding provided in the amount of $50,000 is being enhanced by match programs to serve the maximum number of students. These students are seeking careers in preK education, K-12 education, and first responder careers, areas that are both essential and in dire need of staffing. As these students successfully complete their education and move into their essential worker careers, they are continuing the cycle of service to the community. The Foundation has continued to grow over its existence, providing value to the local community and the state of Florida. FCTCF stands ready to respond and adapt to the community's ongoing needs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


From Cradle To College Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2023 From Cradle to College Foundation, Inc. 2021 FCTCF Financial Statements 6.30.21 2020
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.88 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.8 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of From Cradle To College Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$51,955 $57,810 $201,960 $71,644 -$3,473
As % of expenses -16.7% 27.6% 43.9% 16.7% -1.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$51,955 $57,810 $185,583 $49,808 -$25,309
As % of expenses -16.7% 27.6% 39.0% 11.1% -8.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $259,173 $266,996 $584,888 $499,671 $265,502
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 3.0% 119.1% -14.6% -46.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 92.5% 0.0% 99.8%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 7.5% 99.1% 0.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $311,128 $209,186 $459,855 $428,027 $268,975
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -32.8% 119.8% -6.9% -37.2%
Personnel 56.3% 68.9% 23.9% 20.8% 69.1%
Professional fees 21.5% 9.1% 57.9% 48.7% 5.7%
Occupancy 0.9% 1.1% 2.2% 0.8% 0.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 7.4%
All other expenses 21.4% 20.9% 16.0% 29.7% 16.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $311,128 $209,186 $476,232 $449,863 $290,811
One month of savings $25,927 $17,432 $38,321 $35,669 $22,415
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $152,849 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $337,055 $226,618 $667,402 $485,532 $313,226

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 3.2 6.8 4.3 3.1 5.4
Months of cash and investments 3.2 6.8 4.3 3.1 5.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.7 4.4 1.3 3.4 5.2
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $83,588 $117,993 $166,127 $109,198 $120,086
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $5,538 $11,500 $9,722 $87,368 $39,986
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $152,849 $152,849 $152,849
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 10.7% 25.0% 39.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 78.6% 40.6% 40.6% 24.8% 17.3%
Unrestricted net assets $19,118 $76,927 $185,583 $235,391 $210,082
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $19,118 $76,927 $0 $235,391 $210,082

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No Yes No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Interim Director

Marie A O'Connell

Ms. O'Connell has been in business and talent management for the majority of her career. Her education is in Accounting and Business Management and she is also an SHRM Certified Professional. Ms. O'Connell is a graduate of the Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute. She has been involved in the From Cradle to College Foundation since its creation, supporting Mr. Sharff's quest to provide valuable services to the community and state.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 04/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Judge Marc Gilner

Diana Dill

Dianne Kopczynski

Rodney Andeasen

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/2/2024

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/02/2024

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.