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Agency Sustainability

A recent national study by the Nonprofit Finance Fund shows that 31% of nonprofits have less than three months of cash reserves on hand, and 62% list long-term financial sustainability as their top operational challenge. By providing overhead resources, Glasser/Schoenbaum is a partner in sustainability for our agencies; we help to keep their lights on and their doors open.

We provide over 48,000 sqft of air conditioned office space and subsidize operational expenses for our nonprofit tenant partners, ensuring their resources can be used to deliver more services to people in need.

Cash on Hand and Headline Challenges graphs from Nonprofit Finance Fund

1. Rent and Utilities Subsidy

We pay our agencies' electricity, water, security, grounds-keeping, cleaning, and building maintenance. Agencies pay a rent of $8.50/sqft per year, roughly 41% of the cost to run the Center, and less than half of the current comparable market rate.

Since opening the Center's doors in 1990, rent subsidy alone has saved tenant partners an estimated $7.5 million in overhead expenses as of 2019. 

2. Shared Services & Amenities

The Nonprofit Centers Network analyzes the value of shared services, saying "Shared services leverage the economies of scale that are created when multiple organizations access services from the same service providers. Shared services also allow service providers and participating organizations
to create positive impacts beyond the direct services provided." (Rethinking Overhead: Daring to Share Resources).

Some of our favorite shared services and amenities include:

  • 24/7 access to three conference rooms, hosting 1,200 individuals in 72 meetings annually
  • Full-use campus kitchen, complete with fridge, oven, and two microwaves
  • Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for all campus staff
  • Recycling service, including a specialized toner recycling program
  • Shredding services for all agencies
Staff by the coffee station

3. Shapiro Memorial Fund

Upon the passing of our dearly missed Lifetime Board Member, Sam Shapiro, we established the Shapiro Memorial Fund. This fund allows any tenant partner to request a grant of up to $1,000 in a fiscal year for needs that arise.
 
In its first year, we approved $14,000 to 14 agencies for a range of requests, including:
  • Client incentives
  • ID assistance
  • Staff support
  • Marketing costs
  • School supplies
  • Conference attendance
  • Branded shirts for outreach teams
  • Tech upgrades/Office updates
  • Company retreats
This fund will be replenished with 100% of all donations during the upcoming Giving Challenge on April 28-29, 2020.
Coastal team wears their new shirts

Campus Connection

As demand for services continues to rise, nonprofits list collaboration as their top solution to help meet the need. With a built-in community of nonprofits, the Center provides a hub where those collaborations are convenient, and actively facilitates networking and relationship building.

If you are interested in supporting one of these inter-campus events, contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

1. #GlasserPassports

#GlasserPassports is an opportunity for staff working on the campus to meet and learn more about their neighbor agencies. Each month, one tenant partner presents information about their mission, their programs, their needs and their resources. Neighbor agencies attend to get a better understanding of the wide range of services that are right here on our "Campus of Caring". The lunches spark discussion, ideas, connections and collaborations.
Collage of #GlasserPassports event

2. Summer Series

Our Summer Series takes place between May and September, and offers workshops for self-care (Wellness Wednesdays) and professional development (Thirsty for Learning Thursdays). Topics range from marketing and time management to meal planning and yoga. These workshops are offered to all campus staff (currently over 200) during lunch and are free of charge.
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3. Healthy Lifestyle

In an ongoing initiative to support a healthy lifestyle on the campus, the Center hosts a weekly Weight Watchers group. Employees of nonprofits in the human services sector often wear many hats and work many hours in fulfilling their missions to serve those in need. Providing support, discussing health goals, all with lots of laughter, the group has collectively had wonderful results that go beyond losing weight.
Weight Watchers meeting at the Center

4. Quarterly Campus-Wide Lunches

We have learned that nothing brings people together better than food! That's why every quarter we offer a themed campus-wide lunch. Ranging from tailgate potlucks to holiday gatherings, these popular lunches allow the campus to come together as a whole. Camaraderie and community pave the way for trust and collaboration. When human services collaborate, our entire region benefits.
Tailgate party at the Center

Community Resources & Leadership

As a hub for human services, and because we are not funded by federal or state dollars, we are in a rare position of neutrality and centrality for the local human services sector.

That "Switzerland" position means that the Center provides connective tissue for our region's social safety net. The examples below illustrate our role in community connectivity.

Staff discusses campus business

1. 211 Community Liaison

211 is a free, confidential information and referral service that any individual may call, email, text or search when they aren't sure where to find help for financial assistance, health programs, crisis support and more.

Glasser/Schoenbaum staff member Christina Russi is the Community Liaison for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto County's 211 service, providing the connection between the 211 call center and the resources available to those in need.

2. Community Administrative Roles

  • The Community Alliance of Sarasota County is a group comprised of organizations in Sarasota's human services community. It is a meeting of minds for the sector, making connections and setting priorities for the social services delivery system as a whole. As a voluntary, unincorporated alliance, the logistical and organizational functions are also voluntary. Glasser/Schoenbaum COO, Charlene Altenhain, provides the administrative functions necessary to keep the Alliance operating and moving forward.
  • EFSP/FEMA (Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency) distributes funding to human service agencies in communities across the country. Legislation for the program calls for "sensitivity to the transition from temporary shelter to permanent homes and attention to the specialized needs of homeless individuals with mental and physical disabilities and illness and to facilitate access for homeless individuals to other sources of services and benefits." Glasser/Schoenbaum is the local administrator for this board, helping to ensure that this vital funding reaches our community.
Community Allicance of Sarasota County Logo

3. Fiscal Agent for Community Resources

  • Season of Sharing (an initiative of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Herald-Tribune Media Group) helps individuals and families who are on the verge of homelessness regain stability and stay in their homes. Funds may be used for rental/mortgage assistance, utility bills, child care, transportation, emergency food and clothes/tools for work to eligible applicants. As a Fiscal Agent for this special fund, Glasser/Schoenbaum processes roughly 1/3 of the annual $2.1 million raised, helping an estimated 1000 households per year.
  • Publix Last Resort Emergency Assistance Funds (Publix Last Resort Funds) are used to assist employed persons who have experienced an un-budgeted and unexpected expense, a lay-off, an unexpected loss of income, or a financial hardship due to a catastrophic event or declared disaster. In a collaborative effort with the United Way Suncoast, Glasser/Schoenbaum acts as a fiscal agent for the distribution of funding to Publix associates in need, as well as community members qualifying for assistance. Glasser/Schoenbaum distributed $40,000 of these funds to individuals and families in 2019.
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The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center empowers non-profits to closely network with other agencies and create synergistic energy towards the life changing opportunities we all want for our clients and those in our community.

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Chris Johnson Chief Executive Officer Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
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Beyond the savings we experience, we are so grateful for the truly supportive environment both our clients and staff experience on the campus. The collegial nature of our organizations fosters a spirit of health and wellness.

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Phillip J Brooks LMHC Vice President Outpatient Service, First Step of Sarasota, Inc.
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I can't fully express how wonderful it is to take a client by the hand and walk them no more than a couple hundred feet from our office to another agency that can help them when they are in crisis.

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Justin Creel Program Manager St. Vincent de Paul, Rapid Rehousing Program
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We are a small and young organization and having the ability to network and partner with other community organizations is key to the quality and impact of our work. In addition to the affordable space that The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center provides to all of us, it inspires us to use this collaborative model as we work to empower our students and their families.

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Luz Corcuera Executive Director UnidosNow
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As a small organization with a staff of two, employee safety was a big consideration when we were looking for office space. We did not want our employees to be in a place where they were alone. Being on the GSHSC campus has been great because there is a whole community of like-minded professionals.

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Svetlana Kaminsky Executive Director Children's Guardian Fund
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