Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, Inc.
465 Wakulla Park Dr
Crawfordville FL 32327
Contact Information
Address 465 Wakulla Park Dr
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Telephone (850) 561-7276
Alternate Address 223 Iroquois Road
Crawfordville, FL 32327
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At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
EIN Number 59-3375905
Year of Incorporation 1996
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $55,190.00
Projected Expenses $55,190.00
Mission Statement
A CITIZEN'S SUPPORT ORGANIZATION (CSO) FOR WAKULLA SPRINGS STATE PARK IN WAKULLA COUNTY, FLORIDA, whose mission is to conserve, protect and enhance the natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources of Wakulla Springs State Park for present and future generations.
Needs Statement
1.  Develop educational materials for area schools about human impact on water quality and wildlife, stress responsible citizenship in preserving precious water resources. Initial concept development: $1,000
2. Support expansion at the waterfront of interpretive center. Initial conceptual plan: $4,000.
3. Prepare endowment plan packages for Community Foundation. $500
Impact Statement
Accomplishments from the past year:
1.  Continued support to monitor and protect springs water quality.
2.  Refurbished and converted river tour boats to solar electric power;
3. Added new sinkhole trail to park.
1.  Increase regional outreach to bring awareness to the spring's health.
2.  Raise funds through Spring Serenade and other public events.
3.  Establish educational material for regional schools who visit the park on field trips.
Background Statement
The Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, Inc. was organized in 1996 to stem a threat to the cave system leading to the emerging spring water at the park. As a result, a proposed gas station opposite the park was thwarted; land acquisition support resulted in the addition of thousands of acres that protect our aquifer and karst system; historic park buildings were protected and upgraded and an interpretive addition was included at the ticket office to the tour boat rides. The historic 1960s tour boats have been refurbished and upgraded to include manatee shields on propellers, and ecologically viable mechanics. We continue to provide financial park operations support where funding falls short to keep this large natural resource open public enjoyment.
Service Categories
Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation & Management
Educational Services
Swimming, Water Recreation
Areas of Service
Areas Served
The main Wakulla Spring serves the Big Bend region of Florida and is  accessible to swimmers, nature lovers and scientists. The park itself, 6,800 acres, protects the Wakulla Karst System's hundreds of sinkholes and other springs from surface degradation. This karst system, one of four in the world, also provides a variety of scientists opportunities to contribute to the world's hydrogeological understanding.
Board Chair Statement Our organization is almost 20 years old. As with all other non-profit volunteer efforts, a shortage of hands-on volunteer board members is always a challenge. We have a large board of directors (18) who serve a staggered two-year term. As a founding member of this organization and past and present President, it is my aim to spread the organization's message far and wide:  There should be NO THREATS to Wakulla Spring. Not from septic tanks, not from developers, not from ill-gotten political schemes. The undiscovered histories in and around the spring shed need careful scientific and professional research. Within this large National Historic District only a miniscule glimpse into the past has been researched. I strongly support all efforts to investigate what happened at this first magnitude spring prior philanthropist Ed Ball's 1934 acquisition of the area. Objective reasoning about the importance of the area will resonate with future volunteers and members of our organization rather than subjective emotionalism.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement There is no paid staff for the Friends organization - no CEO or Executive Director.
Wakulla Springs is famous for its interpreted river tour cruises. The boats in this historic district are 60 years old and require upgrades to propel them through the waters silently. We have provided funding to install solar panels and electric motors and will continue to provide assistance to this ongoing example of working with new technology.
Budget $0.00
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Public Parks & Recreational Trails
Population Served General/Unspecified, Families,
Short Term Success
The electric motors have been positively received by park visitors, and the staff who guide the river cruises.  They provide a quieter ride, with less disruption to the wildlife.
Long term Success
This project will protect the water quality of the Wakulla River by eliminating the use of gasoline motors by the tour boats.  Furthermore, it will serve as a demonstration of the use of solar-powered electric motors.
Program Success Monitored By
Park staff and river cruise drivers comments and reports.
Examples of Program Success
Contribution boxes, which are provided at the boat loading area, have received generous contributions from visitors, who have experienced the quieter cruise on the 2 upgraded electric motor boats.
We support all efforts to increase the scientific knowledge about the water quality, the minimum flow and water levels and educational outreach.
Budget $10,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Watershed Conservation
Population Served Other Named Groups, US& International, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Hydrilla control efforts by the park and state staff are closely monitored and publicized by the Friends.  Additionally, scientists on the Board of the Friends collaborate with other water quality groups to join efforts for policy advocacy.
Long term Success
Water quality has been protected through out-of-court agreements with the City of Tallahassee and wastewater treatment facilities.
Program Success Monitored By
Individual board members and other scientific and environmental group networks advocate for and monitor water quality on a regular basis.  The Friends maintain collaborations with the Wakulla Springs Alliance, the Hydro-geology consortium, and the Big Bend Environmental Forum.
Examples of Program Success
Although the Friends organization may not advocate positions contrary to the public policy of the state park system, individual members, through their advocacy and collaboration with other groups, have been responsible for legal action enforcing the out-of-court settlement with City of Tallahassee to improve water quality at the sewage treatment plant, which was shown to directly affect water quality at the Springs.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments Our annual challenge is to attract engaged board members and committee chairs. With a 6,800 acre state park, the opportunities to increase the message about water quality and quantity is a challenge we gladly take on. We welcome assistance in reaching all communities about the urgency of water quality issues.
Board Chair
Board Chair Madeleine H. Carr
Company Affiliation Historian
Term Apr 2014 to Mar 2016
Board Members
Dr. Lynn Artz community volunteer
Dr. Madeleine Carr historian
Heather Encinosa Attorney
Dr. John Epler Aquatic Entomologist
Audrine Finnerty Attorney
Katherine Gilbert Biologist
Dr. Julie Harrington FSU Center for Economic Forecasting
Cal Jamison Springs Ambassador
Ann Kennedy retired biology teacher
Jack Leppert retired educator
Dr. Sean McGlynn McGlynn Labs
Dr. Renney Murray Science education
David Murrell retired
Bob Peloquin retired
Ron Piasecki retired federal government
Trudy Thompson retired social worker
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 10
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 50%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director No Paid Staff
Term Start Apr 1996
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 150
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $55,190.00
Projected Expenses $55,190.00
Endowment Value $16,714.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$16,032
Individual Contributions$16,006$16,379$12,143
Investment Income, Net of Losses$181$242$71
Membership Dues$6,597$1,760$5,147
Special Events$18,503$22,490$5,534
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$32,063$37,243$43,113
Administration Expense$4,487$3,051$6,111
Fundraising Expense$8,423$8,151$12,067
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.160.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%77%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue24%21%36%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$67,817$71,044$63,289
Current Assets$67,817$71,044$63,289
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities($5,988)$96$105
Total Net Assets$73,805$70,948$63,184
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--740.04602.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Organization Comments More than 90 percent of our budget is used toward park program related expenses
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the 990s
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals as they are not separated out in the 990
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the 990
  • Has an endowment at the Community Foundation
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, Inc.
Address 465 Wakulla Park Dr
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Primary Phone 850 561-7276
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Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director No Paid Staff
Board Chair Madeleine H. Carr
Board Chair Company Affiliation Historian
Year of Incorporation 1996