The Sharing Tree, Inc.
218 E. 3rd Ave
TALLAHASSEE FL 32303
Contact Information
Address 218 E. 3rd Ave
TALLAHASSEE , FL 32303
Telephone (850) 264-4035
E-mail recycle4art@yahoo.com
Alternate Address 1727 Riverbirch Hollow
Tallahassee, FL 32308
At A Glance
Organization DBA
The Sharing Tree
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 30-0694650
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $65,300.00
Projected Expenses $61,128.00
Mission Statement
The Sharing Tree:
Creative Reuse for Arts & Education
 
The Sharing Tree is a reusable resource center which collects and redistributes reusable materials to educators, artists, and the broader learning community while simultaneously educating the community on the art of creative reuse.
 
The vision of The Sharing Tree is to be the regional model for innovative reuse and recycling.
 
Trash is the failure of imagination.
 
 
Needs Statement
The Sharing Tree operates on the goodwill of our community and we are so thankful to our supportive community for bringing us this far.
 
Top 5 Needs-
  1. Donations- Both materials and financial. The Sharing Tree provides a Materials List on our website TheSharingTreeFL.org as well as a link to make a donation through PayPal.
  2. Volunteers...Are in high demand at The Sharing Tree. We need volunteers to do everything from manual labor (helping to lift, organize, and sort) to helping make recycled art examples for giving our audience inspiration.
  3. A Vehicle. Since the beginning, The Sharing Tree Team has had big ideas, big dreams! We hope that one day we can take this show on the road. A larger vehicle (perhaps a van or bus) would not only allow for us to deliver our materials to school and organizations, but also to take our art projects on the road and what a display it would be!
  4. Facility Search- Railroad Square Art Park has been an amazing home- bringing us into the light of the entire arts community. Although, we do not have air conditioning which limits us to our summer activities. We currently seek a building that is affordable, at least 2,000 square feet, centrally located, and has central heat & air
  5. Advocates- The Sharing Tree is still a new organization with a lot to offer. We need support throughout our community to help spread the word and invite everyone to come and experience what a true resource The Sharing Tree is.
Impact Statement

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Given away over $380,000 in classroom materials.
  • Diverted over 290 Tons from our local landfills
  • Established a workshop series called "Branching Out," to educate the community on the art of creative reuse which intertwines arts and sustainability.
  • Joined Creative Reuse Alliance, a national affiliate of reusable resource centers
  • Provide classes/ field trips to local schools, child care centers, home-school groups, and other non-profit organizations.
  • Continuing to develop new community partnerships- most notable this year- Whole Foods Market
  • Continuing to work with local schools/ universities to provide service learning opportunities
  • Continue to work with Ability 1st & transition programs to provide job traning.
  • Continue to host free, educational, family-friendly events
GOALS
  • Aiming to be a state model for innovative reuse & recycling
  • Continue to be a valuable resource for educators, artists, and the broader learning community while simultaneously diverting thousands of pounds from our local landfill.
  • Continue educational efforts
  • Applied for a Knight Foundation Grant to obtain a mobile unit which would help us service other counties, attend events with creative reuse projects and provide a donor pick-up
  • Facilities improvements- The Sharing Tree is currently seeking a new facility so that we may be a more convenient resource center to all who wish to benefit from our services!
Background Statement
The Sharing Tree is a public/nonprofit partnership. Founding partners are: Leon County Schools, Goodwill Industries-Big Bend, Sustainable Tallahassee Inc., and the Leon County government. These organizations have come together to establish a reusable resource center where donated new and gently used items are available to educators, artists, and the broader learning community. The partnership grew out of a commitment to help educators, who are facing shrinking operational budgets, and to divert reusable materials from the local landfill.

The Sharing Tree was given a leader and a building in June of 2010. From that day forward the donations have poured in. The Sharing Tree opened its doors to Leon County School teachers in August of 2010 just in time for the new school year.

Serving LCS teachers in the beginning, The Sharing Tree Board quickly realized that donations were never going to be the problem. Striving to be the ultimate community resource, The Sharing Tree opened its doors to the public in January of 2011. LCS educators will always be at the heart of The Sharing Tree and remain a strong and crucial partner. Because of this strong partnership, LCS educators will continue to get FREE classroom materials. As for the rest of the community, we are still an ultimate resource. Maybe not free, but deeply discounted materials will put less strain on non-profit and educational budgets.

In its two years of successful service, The Sharing Tree has given away nearly $250,000 worth of classroom materials to Leon County school educators, ELC childcare providers and other community members.  While providing a dire resource, The Sharing Tree has also diverted over 400,000 pounds, or 200 tons from the local landfill. Quite staggering statistics for the first two years.

Service Categories
Primary & Elementary Schools
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
Leon
Board Chair Statement

The Sharing Tree provides our community with a link to expand their creativity!!  It is a great resource for educators, students and anyone who likes to craft, decorate or teach.  From workshops and birthday parties to shopping at our retail store and partnering at local art events, The Sharing Tree offers something for everyone.  The Sharing Tree keeps reusable items out of our local landfill while offering unique opportunities for its customers.  If you haven’t been to The Sharing Tree lately, we invite you to visit us today.  

CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement
Dear Community, 
Since I was a little girl I have been interested in creative reuse and resource centers. The Sharing Tree is truly a treasure to the Leon County community- being a multi-faceted program that benefits our environment, local educators, arts community and youth. This is a uniquely, innovative concept that can benefit our community in so many different ways for years to come. We appreciate any support you can give- it makes a difference to a child, a teacher, and a cleaner, more sustainable local environment. Whether you can gather your  materials and become a donor or volunteer your time, we are forever appreciative of the community support we have received since the beginning. THANK YOU!
Description
A large part of The Sharing Tree's mission is to provide education on the arts of creative reuse. In other words, teach our community how to reuse materials so that we can divert materials from the local landfill and offer the tools for resourcefuls arts and education.
 
The Sharing Tree offers an array of educational experiences from children to adult and artist to teacher.
Budget $5,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served , ,
Program Success Monitored By
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Examples of Program Success
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Description
The Sharing Tree was founded on the strong need that our local educators have for classroom materials and educational tools. By way of community collaboration The Sharing Tree built a reusable resource center that would provide Leon County School educators with free classroom materials. A unique concept that combines waste management and creative reuse, The Sharing Tree has provided over 3,000 local edcuators with over $320,000 worth of classroom materials while also diverting them from our local landfill.
Budget $55,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Teacher & Faculty
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short Term Success
The Sharing Tree will always aim to give local Leon County School educators classroom materials so to ease the burden of out-of-pocket spending. Simultaneoulsy, by using these unique materials, we are aiding in the creative process for all classrooms and students. The Sharing Tree staff and board of directors recognizes this as our biggest service to the community and will therefore constantly assess how we can be more succesful.
Long term Success
The Sharing Trees vision is to become the regional model for innovative reuse and recycling. Through education and providing a resource center, the organization has a far reaching affect on our community and beyond. By giving local community and educators the tools and knowledge to reuse, The Sharing Tree is saving thousands of tons of trash from going into our local landfill while simultaneously aiding the creative process and giving educators the optimum materials to achieve success. This is a multi-dimensional approach to a creative, healthy, and sustainable community.
Program Success Monitored By
The Sharing Tree keeps statisctics so that we are able to measure our success from year to year. By calculating the amount of teacher giveaways and the tonnage of materials diverted from our local landfill we are able to set measurable goals from month to month and year to year. The Sharing Tree began by exceeding all of our original goals and we aim to continue to do so.
Examples of Program Success
The Sharing Tree is open for both the public and educator shoppers on a weekly basis. Since our establishment in 2010, The Sharing Tree has given away over $320,000 in classroom materials. We are also sstarting to provide educational experiences through field trips, workshops, and other outreach efforts.
Description The Sharing Tree has hosted several events in the past few years including, but not limited to Kids Day, Sidewalk Sales, Green Shopping, Re-Boutique, Green Arts Fest, and several other collaborative efforts. Providing free, family-friendly events are important in spreading our mission.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), General/Unspecified
Long term Success With the continued support of our community, donors and founding partners, The Sharing Tree will be able to provide education through these free, family-friendly events.
Program Success Monitored By Success can be measured by calculating the number of guests that attend our events, the number of children & families that participate as well as the number of sponosrships we are able to retrieve.
Examples of Program Success The Sharing Tree has reached hundreds of families through these events and believe that we are creating long-term recyclers and reusers. The Sharing Tree has experienced success with these events by simply gaining traction and our attendance growing from year to year. By rallying even more sponsors in the future, The Sharing Tree will continue to spread our mission of innovative creative reuse for arts and education!
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Sharing Tree has always been a dream of mine. 
I believe in it's unique capacity to reach people through multiple layers whether it be arts, environment, sustainable living, education, or youth services. The Sharing Tree also has the capability to provide arts and environmental education to ANY population no matter its race or socioeconomic class and I think that is beautiful. Part of the beauty is that we can continue to develop and grow. With the continued support of our community, The Sharing Tree will always stretch our imagination to serve better and serve more. One day we could potentially have a classroom, a mobile unit, and more outreach services... 
Board Chair
Board Chair Dana Noles
Company Affiliation Tallahassee Chamber
Term Sept 2014 to Aug 2015
Email dnoles@talchamber.com
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Amy Bradbury
Company Affiliation Leon County Schools
Term Sept 2014 to Aug 2015
Email abradbury@leonschools.net
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mary Bedford Emergent
Amy Bradbury Leon County Schools
Joseph Brown Hopping Green & Sams Law Firm
Cristin Burns New Leaf Market Co-op
Sean Buzzetta VISIT Florida
Laura Floyd CAARS, Railroad Square Art Park
Elaine McConnell Retired, Envision Credit Union
Robert Mills Leon County
Dana Noles Chamber of Commerce
Laura Rogers Chamber of Commerce
Raquel Simon-Petley Network of Young Elected Officials
John VanGieson Retired
Jovita Woodrich Goodwill Industries
Donna Wright Goodwill Industries
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Building
Marketing
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Executive
Fundraising
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Carly J Sinnadurai
Term Start June 2010
Email recycle4art@yahoo.com
Experience
The Sharing Tree Executive Director is a reusable resource guru...
Coming to Florida from Minnesota and California, she was well-versed with the reusable resource centers in both locales.
 
Sinnadurai is an art education graduate of FSU and is a reusable resource guru. Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota she frequented an RRC called Art Scraps. Later in her life she would end up working at the center and teaching classes. “Not knowing it at the time, this would shape much of who I am today. Being a thrifty artist and environmentalist, I have always dreamed of building a reusable resource center.” Carly’s dream came true and she hit the ground running June 1st. Sinnadurai has been an art teacher for several years, teaching various populations at Le-Moyne Center for the Visual Arts, Pyramid Studios as well as
painting murals and making art.
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $65,300.00
Projected Expenses $61,128.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
990EZ2013
990EZ2012
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$40,000$40,000$50,000
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$40,000$40,000$50,000
Individual Contributions$11,320$2,319$7,000
$0$0$0
$925$469$775
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$1,200$12,949$611
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$15,071$11,711$4,087
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$49,697$39,718$29,515
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.381.702.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$97,888$79,069$51,340
Current Assets$96,488$77,669$49,940
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$97,888$79,069$51,340
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments
The Sharing Tree is a very new organization and has survived under the fiscal umbrellas of a few other organizations. Just receiving our tax-exempt status approval in April, we filed our first 990 EZ in May.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the in-house financial statements
  • Admin expenses could not be determined 
  • 990EZ for YE 2014 will be uploaded in November
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
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Nonprofit The Sharing Tree, Inc.
Address 218 E. 3rd Ave
TALLAHASSEE , FL 32303
Primary Phone 850 264-4035
Contact Email recycle4art@yahoo.com
CEO/Executive Director Carly J Sinnadurai
Board Chair Dana Noles
Board Chair Company Affiliation Tallahassee Chamber
Year of Incorporation 2013